AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Alabama Prison Arts + Education project at Auburn University has provided visual arts classes in multiple correctional facilities around the state since 2003. A recent $55,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts helps ensure the programming will continue.
The program is housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn. Under a partnership with the Alabama Department of Corrections, it offers semester-long arts, sciences and English classes in 10 correctional facilities across the state. Program Director Kyes Stevens said there are plans to reach into even more facilities in 2015.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A small creek that winds past the football and baseball fields and old coliseum of Auburn University has been transformed this summer from eyesore to outdoor classroom.
The push to complete construction and campus restoration projects before fall typically marks the end of summer semesters at Auburn University. A summer project this year was the restoration of a section of Parkerson Mill Creek that runs through Auburn’s campus near the South Donahue Residence Hall and the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
Through the years, this particular section had become overgrown and unsightly.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Jean Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing, returns to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga, Alabama, Sept. 26.
After holding an urban-themed extravaganza on the AUM campus last year, the schools have planned a return to its original locale, the rustic confines of Dye’s property. Since its inception in 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has attracted hundreds of friends, faculty and students each year, and benefits students, faculty and programming initiatives in the Schools of Nursing.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A black box experimental theatre and a 1,500-sq.-ft. dance studio are part of a newly constructed addition designed to enhance the experience of audiences and performers at Auburn University’s Telfair B. Peet Theatre.
The $3.9 million project is a two-story, 10,471-sq.-ft. addition to the existing theatre, featuring a production space that will accommodate up to 150 patrons and a dance studio that can double as an event space. The addition will expand production possibilities for Auburn’s theatre, music and dance programs and provide the latest technology, training and education for students.
A black box theatre is just that – a square performance space with black walls and a flat floor, which allows for flexibility in the ways the area is used for different kinds of performances.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Near the hustle and bustle of a university campus, eight rows of produce grow unnoticed for the sole purpose of feeding the residents of the community.
The Food Bank Garden, a short drive from the center of Auburn University’s campus, is a garden flourishing with vegetables, all to be donated to the Food Bank of East Alabama. This spring and summer is the first time in some years that the garden is back in operation, helping those in Lee County and surrounding counties.
“The Food Bank Garden was created to help out the community,” said Beth Guertal, professor of agronomy in the College of Agriculture, who started the garden in 2006. “I wanted to provide the local food bank with healthy and fresh vegetables to give to their customers.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY- Auburn University will award 1,150 academic degrees Aug. 2 in Auburn Arena during two summer graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Human Sciences; and Nursing. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.