Category Archives: Academics

Four departments at Auburn University redesignated as schools

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Four large academic departments in four colleges at Auburn Unversity were redesignated as schools within those colleges by the university’s Board of Trustees in June.

The new schools are Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture; Industrial and Graphic Design in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; and Kinesiology in the College of Education. As in other schools within colleges, the top administrator in each of the new schools will be designated as a school director or equivalent title.

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Auburn Graduate School to host Three Minute Thesis competition June 27

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thirty Auburn University graduate students will have three minutes each to present their research to judges and the public in a thesis competition Thursday, June 27, from 1-3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. The competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council.

Typically, a student will present an 80,000-word thesis or dissertation in a nine-hour period. The Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, communication competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and convey the important parts of their research to a non-specialist audience in a three-minute time frame.

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Harbert makes transformational gift to Auburn University, positions College of Business for prominence

Raymond J. HarbertAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Some reintroductions are in order for Auburn University’s College of Business in the wake of the largest gift in the university’s history.

The college will now be known as the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business – a move made possible by a $40 million commitment from 1982 alumnus Raymond J. Harbert. Auburn University’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the college during its Friday morning meeting at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

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Auburn students spend the summer studying abroad

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – While summer is a time for college students to start a new internship, relax by a pool or visit home, for many Auburn University students the summer semester brings with it the opportunity to travel the world – all while earning class credit.

Auburn Abroad, the university’s study abroad program, allows more than 1,000 students to study around the world each year from every area of study.

This summer, 585 Auburn students are participating in study abroad programs. Another 45 students are involved in non-credit international programs for volunteer work or an independent program.

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Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering names new associate dean

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Steve R. Duke has been named associate dean for academics in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, effective June 15, announced by Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. Duke serves as undergraduate program chair and Alumni Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

In his new role, Duke will be responsible for overseeing the college’s academic programs, ensuring the quality of the engineering curricula and providing counsel to faculty, staff and students on a variety of academic issues.

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Former Auburn swimmers awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Stuart FergusonKyle OwensAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Former Auburn swimmers and 2013 graduates Kyle Owens of Johnson City, Tenn., and Stuart Ferguson of Richmond, Va., have been awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, considered one of the highest academic honors a student-athlete can receive.

The award measures success beyond the playing field, encompassing academic accomplishments, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. One hundred seventy-four NCAA senior athletes across all sports and divisions are chosen each year and receive a $7,500 grant to pursue post-graduate education.

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