Category Archives: Alumni

Auburn University honors Buffett and Cook with International Quality of Life Awards

2013 International Quality of Life AwardsAUBURN UNIVERSITY – In its 20th year of recognizing people and partnerships that make significant and lasting contributions to people’s well-being locally and around the world, Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences honored Howard G. Buffett and Tim Cook at the annual International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in New York City.

Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, was this year’s International Quality of Life Award Laureate. He received the honor from actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.

Cook, Apple’s CEO and a 1982 alumnus of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from his friend, Don Logan, the former president and CEO of Time Inc. and a 1995 IQLA Laureate. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have brought distinguished recognition to Auburn University and/or the state of Alabama.

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Auburn University to recognize philanthropist Howard Buffett, Apple’s Tim Cook at 20th annual IQLA event

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences will honor Howard Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and a 1982 alumnus of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, for the 20th International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The College of Human Sciences established the International Quality of Life Awards in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships that make significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.

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Auburn Alumni Association honors lifetime achievers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn Alumni Association has selected four Auburn University graduates as recipients of its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. They are: Tim Cook ’82, CEO of Apple Inc.; Pat Sullivan ’72, 1971 Heisman Trophy winner and current head football coach at Samford University; Larry Benefield ’66, dean emeritus of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; and John Brown ’57, chair emeritus of Stryker Corp., one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.

Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc. in 2011 after serving as the chief operating officer from 2005 to 2011. He was listed in Time magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in 2012 and has been an independent director of Nike Inc. since November 2005. He is the founding chair of the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s Alumni Council, founded the ISE Endowed Fund for Excellence and the Tim Cook Leadership Scholarship, established the Tim Cook Endowed Professorship, and was selected as the distinguished Auburn Engineer and Outstanding ISE Alumnus of 2000. He also gave the 2010 Auburn University commencement address.

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Auburn alumnus and pro golfer Jason Dufner and wife Amanda visit Opelika food program with Alabama Lt. Gov. Ivey

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Pro golfer Jason Dufner and his wife, Amanda, have joined Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey in a statewide initiative convened through Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute to address child hunger and food insecurity in Alabama.

On Friday, the trio visited the summer feeding program at Greater Peace Baptist Church in Opelika. Since 2003, the Greater Peace Community Development Corporation has provided meals to children from low- and moderate-income families through the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

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Arts grants help Auburn University alumnae, faculty with current and future works

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Fellowship grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts will provide two Auburn University alumnae and a current faculty member with the means to foster current and future art projects.

Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, and Brooke Bullman, a writer from Huntsville, each earned a $5,000 fellowship in literature. Chuck Hemard, an associate professor of art at Auburn, received one of two $5,000 fellowships in media/photography.

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Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation and Auburn University partner to feed hungry children through Blessings in a Backpack program

Jason and Amanda Dufner have partnered with the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University and the Office of Public Service to feed hungry children in Lee County through the Blessings in a Backpack program.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University students have partnered with PGA and former Auburn golfer Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda to feed hungry children in Lee County, Ala.

The Dufners chose hunger as one of their foundation’s major causes and discovered Blessings in a Backpack, a national program that targets childhood hunger.

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