Auburn University to launch ‘This is Auburn.’ Speaker Series

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A diverse group of speakers will share how their Auburn experiences have shaped their innovation, determination and success at Auburn University’s “This is Auburn.” Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 – 6 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The public event will feature distinguished Auburn students, alumni, staff and friends.

“As an Auburn Family, it is vital to create environments for individuals to share their stories and inspire those around them,” said Marissa Stanley, graduate student and co-organizer of the series. “People attending the event will get to experience life through a different lens.”

Jody Fuller, comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq, will serve as master of ceremonies and will give a talk on what he calls his motto in life, “adapt and overcome.”

“Life is always going to throw us challenges, and I want the attendees to leave with more of a can-do attitude,” Fuller said. “Setbacks are a part of life. How we handle them is a bigger part.”

Other speakers include senior Benjamin Hoefling who will graduate in May and pursue his dream of a musical career; alumna Kyes Stevens who will discuss her experiences as founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project; alumnus Brandon Riddick Seals who will talk about his career in the design and construction industry; and Auburn’s executive director of communications and marketing Camille Barkley, who will give an overview of the university’s “This is Auburn.” brand and marketing efforts.

“Each of the speakers have excelled within their field, have pursued extraordinary opportunities and have made a lasting impact in the lives of others, particularly within Auburn University,” Stanley said.

The free event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

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(Written by Chelsea Payne.)

Chelsea Payne, Division of Student Affairs, (334) 844-8920 (,
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