AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will award 1,432 academic degrees Dec. 14 in Auburn Arena during two fall graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by Auburn alumnus and former football player Stan White, now an insurance executive and football analyst.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; Nursing; 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; and Human Sciences. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although rivals on the athletic field, students from Auburn University and the University of Missouri are working together to help save tigers in the wild through a conservation program called the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition. The coalition joins together academic institutions with tiger mascots to help spread awareness of the survival challenges tigers face, including habitat destruction, poaching and the pet trade.
“Tigers are such beautiful animals, and with it being our university’s mascot, and with Aubie being consistently ranked one of the best in the nation, it makes sense that Auburn students would work to help Aubie’s wild cousin, which is on the brink of extinction in its natural habitat,” said Ashley Newell, a senior in zoology/pre-veterinary medicine and a campus representative for Auburn’s Tigers for Tigers program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is the winner of an online auction of an Andy Warhol photograph from Christie’s Auction House, an eight-by-10 black-and-white image featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 nominee John Oates in 1981 wearing a “War Damn Eagle” T-shirt.
The museum staff, with donations from Auburn alumni and community partners, sought to acquire the photograph, not only to add to its existing Warhol collection of 150 photographs, but also to advance the mission of research, instruction and outreach to the Auburn Family.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The sixth annual unveiling of the Auburn gingerbread village Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. will launch holiday festivities for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, visitors can view the village in the lobby and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The village will then be on display throughout the month of December.
The gingerbread village is a collaborative project between students and faculty from the Master of Integrated Design and Construction program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and general manager Hans van der Reijden and chefs of the hotel.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – At Auburn University the latest in printing technology is literally going to the dogs, cats and other animals. Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine is among the first veterinary programs in the United States to use three-dimensional printing and models in advance of complicated surgeries.
A 3D printer builds up objects layer by layer, using various methods to deposit and harden the ‘ink’ where it is needed. Many materials, including plastic, metal and ceramic can now be printed based on instructions from computer-assisted design programs.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The public will have an opportunity to witness firsthand the enthusiastic, sports-like environment surrounding the final competition of the BEST Robotics Program as the 2013 South’s BEST championship takes place on the Auburn University campus in Auburn Arena, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. Hours for the free, public event are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Answering the nation’s need for more and better-prepared workers in scientific, industrial and technological fields, BEST, which stands for “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology,” is a middle school and high school robotics program, now in its 21st year nationally and 13th year in Alabama, that is available to all schools at no cost.