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Alacare makes gift for new nursing building at Auburn University

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alacare Home Health and Hospice Services Inc. has made the lead gift to Auburn University to help construct a proposed new building for the School of Nursing.

Alacare President and Chairman John Beard and CEO Susan Beard Brouillette are longtime advocates of the corporate partnership between Alacare and the School of Nursing. Alacare facilities around the state have long served as clinical rotation sites for Auburn nursing students. Alacare’s prior philanthropic support has helped to purchase life-like mannequins for the school’s simulation lab. The mannequins were appropriately nicknamed “Mr. Charlie” and “Miss Mary Sue” after John and Susan’s parents. Charlie Beard founded Alacare in 1970.

“Our parents were big supporters of the nursing profession,” said Brouillette. “We are proud to carry on the tradition.”

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Auburn University junior named Harry S. Truman Scholar, one of 59 nationwide

Auburn University junior Sam Wilcox, an Honors College student majoring in history, has been named a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University junior Sam Wilcox, an Honors College student majoring in history with a minor in economics, has been named a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of the nation’s top academic awards bestowed to college juniors.

Wilcox, a native of Nashville, Tenn., was informed of the prestigious award by Auburn University President Jay Gogue during a surprise visit to class.

Created in 1975 by an act of Congress, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded to 59 college juniors on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent” and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

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Auburn University and police offering $10,000 reward for information about campus threats

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and the Auburn Police Division are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of those responsible for recent threats of violence. On April 16 and April 22, threatening messages were left at two locations on the Auburn campus that led to disruption of operations and cancellation of classes.

Engaging in threats that disrupt school and cause public alarm is a felony offense. The Police Division, with the assistance of state and federal agencies including the FBI, is actively investigating both cases and intends to utilize all resources to identify those responsible. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity or provide information regarding either of these incidents is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division at (334) 501-3140 or the Auburn Tip line at (334) 246-1391.

Environmental advocate to discuss potential dangers of denying climate change

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Mike Mullen will present a free, public lecture titled “Climate Change is Real, Dangerous, and Deadly: If the Deniers Win, We All Lose!” in Langdon Hall at Auburn University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Mullen has more than 30 years of professional experience in environmental fields related to water quality, aquatic ecology and watershed management. He also has participated in environmental consulting, research and education.

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Auburn University president Jay Gogue honors students, faculty at annual luncheon

2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipients Courtney Bessemer, William I. Sauser Jr. and Azeem AhmedAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 15, at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Azeem Ahmed and Courtney Bessemer, and William I. Sauser Jr., a faculty member in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

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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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