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Want to be a tailgate guru? App from Auburn can help

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — If you want tailgating done right, there’s now an app for that. Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute has created a multimedia app called AU Tailgate Times for iPhones and iPads.

The app, which can be downloaded at the iTunes store or on the Food Systems Institute website, brings together a wide range of information about the tradition of tailgating, with the focus on food and fun.

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Auburn University names Diane Boyd director of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Diane Boyd

AUBURN UNIVERSITY— Auburn University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Timothy Boosinger, has announced the appointment of Diane Boyd of Furman University as director of Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, effective Sept. 1.

Noting that Boyd was selected following a nationwide search, Boosinger said, “Dr. Boyd brings an outstanding reputation for building strong faculty enhancement programs at her former institution. I am confident we have found an energetic, creative and engaging leader who understands the needs of our faculty and will work steadfastly to provide innovative teaching and learning programs.”

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Auburn University Panhellenic attains national recognition during record-breaking recruitment

Auburn University Panhellenic attains national recognition during record-breaking recruitmentAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The National Panhellenic Conference recently recognized Auburn University and just 20 other campuses nationwide with the College Panhellenic Achievement Award. The distinction follows a record-breaking recruitment for Auburn including the largest number of registered participants, 1,401, in the history of Auburn Panhellenic.

At the end of Panhellenic recruitment, 100 percent of the potential new members who went through the final recruitment process step of bid-matching received an invitation to join one of Auburn’s 17 Panhellenic sororities. This resulted in a record-breaking 1,278 bids, with a total of 92.3 percent of the participants placed. Panhellenic was able to predict a large number of participants because the number generally fluctuates with the size of the incoming freshman class, which is one of the largest in Auburn’s history.

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Auburn University’s 10th Journalism Awards to honor distinguished journalists with Alabama ties

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – On its 10th anniversary of honoring outstanding journalists with ties to Alabama, the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council in the College of Liberal Arts will recognize five distinguished print and broadcast professionals at its luncheon Sept. 12. The luncheon will be at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 and may be ordered online at www.bitly.com/journalismawards.

The council will also dedicate its highest award to the memory of Roy Bain, a 1959 Auburn graduate and the former publisher of the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times. Bain was co-founder of the Advisory Council and creator of the council awards. As a young reporter, he covered civil rights in Tuscaloosa and Mississippi. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence overseas in the 1960s during the Cold War and, as editor and publisher of numerous Florida newspapers, worked tirelessly with local governments and leaders to found numerous nonprofits, including parks, libraries and school scholarships. After retiring from newspapers, he returned to Auburn to complete his degree in 2001. Bain died at the age of 77 in December 2013.

The 2014 honorees are: Distinguished Community Sports Journalist, the late Bill Shelton; Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist, John Ehinger; Distinguished Auburn University Journalism Alumnus, Rob Rainey; Distinguished Special Achievement in Mass Media, Mark Winne; and the Roy Bain Distinguished Special Achievement Award in Journalism will go to Harvey H. “Hardy” Jackson.

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Replicas of historic eagles installed at newly renovated Toomer’s Corner

Replicas of the historic stone eagles have been installed at the newly renovated Samford Park at Toomer's Corner.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Capping a five-month renovation of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner, workers today placed two stone eagles atop the gates marking the entrance to Auburn University.

The eagles are replicas of the two marble statues that adorned the gates for more than 50 years. The original statues were displayed inside Samford Hall this summer, away from the elements that have taken their toll over the years.

“They are showing a lot of wear from exposure to the weather,” said Ron Booth, executive director of facilities operations. “By moving them inside, we can better protect them and create displays that allow for viewing up close.”

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Alabama Broadcasters Association names Auburn alumnus, Trustee Jimmy Rane “Citizen of the Year”

J Rane with Citizen of the Year award at ABA

James W. “Jimmy” Rane, chairman, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc., was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association earlier this week.  The award was presented at a luncheon during the group’s annual conference with hundreds of broadcasters from across the state in attendance. This award recognizes contributions to education, business, professional, civic or philanthropic efforts that have benefited Alabama citizens.  Rane is an Auburn University alumnus and serves as President Pro Tempore of the Board of Trustees.