A-Day features athletics, open houses and Baja competition

AUBURN – Auburn University’s campus will be filled with activities Saturday, April 18, for football fans and other guests in town attending various events. Highlighting the day will be the A-Day football scrimmage at 1 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium as new head coach Gene Chizik gives the public its first look at the 2009 Tigers. After the game, fans will be allowed on the field for an autograph session with the team. More information about the game, which is being presented by the U.S. Navy, can be found at www.auburntigers.com.

Prior to the game, the Auburn Alumni Association will host its Minority Alumni Involvement Now, or MAIN, A-Day tailgate party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Nichols Center lawn near Jordan-Hare Stadium’s west entrance. More information is available at www.aualum.org. The Student Alumni Association and the Auburn University Parents Association will have their Spring Family Day Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Wallace Center lawn. Details are at www.auburn.edu/parents/spring09.html.

The men’s and women’s track teams will host the War Eagle Invitational at 11 a.m. at Hutsell-Rosen Track. Later, the softball team will face Georgia in a double-header at 4 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field. Men’s and women’s tennis teams will play Alabama at 5 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

The College of Veterinary Medicine will host its open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus on Wire Road. Activities will include canine, bovine and equine parades of breeds, sheep herding, police dogs, dog agility demonstrations, Teddy Bear surgery and birds of prey from the Southeastern Raptor Center. High school and college students can talk with counselors about selecting courses for a future in veterinary medicine. More information is available at www.vetmed.auburn.edu.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is holding its open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Displays and activities will include tours, information technology, compounding demonstrations, health screenings, recruitment and admissions information and meetings with the dean. A mobile disaster pharmacy also will be displayed. More information is available at www.pharmacy.auburn.edu. The pharmacy campus in Mobile also is hosting an open house Saturday.

Auburn’s School of Nursing will have its alumni reunion on the Miller Hall lawn from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and it will have an open house during this time.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is hosting the 2009 Baja SAE Alabama event at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test site in Opelika. Formerly known as Mini Baja, Baja SAE is an annual student competition to design, build and race a prototype of an off-road, all-terrain vehicle. The competition, sanctioned by the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, will feature 100 collegiate teams and approximately 1,000 students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and Venezuela. More information is available at www.bajasaealabama.com or www.eng.auburn.edu.

Contact: Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)