Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering receives second largest gift in its history

Walt and Ginger Woltosz honored for gift to Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of EngineeringAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received a $10.55 million philanthropic investment from Walter S. “Walt” and Virginia E. “Ginger” Woltosz to support its students’ educational needs and faculty’s research efforts, while bolstering the technical advances of its research facilities. Their charitable gift is the second largest in the college’s history. In recognition of their support, the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name engineering’s central research facility in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology as the Woltosz Engineering Research Laboratory.

Walt Woltosz earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 and a master’s degree in 1977 in aerospace engineering from Auburn and also holds a master’s in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is chairman and CEO of Simulations Plus, a company he founded in 1996 that is a leading developer of simulation and modeling software for drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Simulations Plus products are used by more than 200 pharmaceutical firms, including the world’s Top 25, helping to analyze new products and saving millions of dollars in research and development costs.

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Authors of ‘Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village’ to give talk on new edition April 15

Latest edition of 'Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village'AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University journalism professors emeriti Jack Simms and Mickey Logue will present images from their recently published third edition of “Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village,” in a Discover Auburn program at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Simms will show slides and discuss additions to the book, which chronicles the history of the city from 1836 and the university from 1856 to 2013. The presentation and a book signing by Simms and Logue afterward will take place in the library’s Special Collections and Archives Department.

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Auburn University to host USA Team Handball College National Championships this weekend

AU team handball club 2014AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The 2014 USA Team Handball College National Championships will be held at Auburn University this weekend, April 11-13, in the Recreation and Wellness Center and Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Collegiate men’s and women’s teams from around the country will come to Auburn, the current home of the USA Team Handball men’s and women’s national teams, for three days of team handball action.

Games begin at 5 p.m. Friday in the coliseum, and admission is free to the public. For a tournament schedule, go to https://flic.kr/p/mYfqyZ.

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Auburn University releasing new ‘Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems’ book during Research Week

Auburn Speaks book coverAUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will release its new book, “Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems,” during the university’s third annual Research Week. A panel discussion with the editors, writers and researchers is set for April 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“The book traces the university’s exceptional food-related research across many disciplines,” said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development. “Each year we select a topic that captures Auburn’s land-grant role in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing our state, nation and world.”

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Auburn’s School of Accountancy to offer university’s first online undergraduate program

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business will become the university’s first college to offer an online undergraduate program when its School of Accountancy opens its new Bachelor of Science offering this fall.

The program, designed for working professionals interested in pursuing careers in accounting, will be added to the college’s current online offerings, which consist of graduate-level degrees.

“Our online programs combine traditional instruction with modern technology delivery to offer educational opportunities to working professionals beyond Auburn’s campus,” School of Accountancy Director DeWayne Searcy said. “We are very pleased to be the first academic unit at Auburn to offer an online undergraduate degree and to pave the way for other programs to follow.”

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Auburn veterinary college hosting 107th Annual Conference April 10-13

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 107th Annual Conference April 10-13 at the college’s Wire Road campus and The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Approximately 450 veterinarians are expected to attend Annual Conference sessions and labs, which will offer the latest in continuing education from experts in the field and feature Auburn alumni and faculty. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 20 continuing education credit hours in a variety of small animal and large animal fields. This year’s small animal track will focus on diseases of the kidney, while the large animal session will have a general focus.

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