Category Archives: Alumni

Auburn University alumnus McDaniel a semifinalist for James Beard Foundation Award

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rob McDaniel, a graduate of the Auburn University Hotel and Restaurant Management program, has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award.

The 2002 Auburn alumnus is one of 20 semi-finalists vying for Best Chef South.

“I couldn’t believe it. Really. I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes,” he admitted. “It still blows my mind to think about it.”

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Recent Auburn graduate selected for prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Paul BergenAUBURN UNIVERSITY - Paul Bergen, a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a full-cost award for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge.

Bergen will pursue a Ph.D. in pathology at Cambridge with a focus on how Salmonella infects the host intestinal cell and overcomes the host immune response to cause disease.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar,” said Bergen. “I hope my research will eventually improve the lives of those afflicted by this common bacterial pathogen.

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Auburn University planning final roll of the Oaks at Toomer’s Corner this April

The Oaks at Toomer's CornerAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and the City of Auburn will host a “Celebrate the Tradition” block party at Toomer’s Corner on Saturday, April 20. The event will be held after the A-Day football game and will give fans one final opportunity to roll and photograph the beloved oak trees before the trees are removed.

A date for the trees’ removal has not been set.

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Auburn University senior, alumnus named finalists for Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Paul Bergen and Jimmy KaczmarekAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University student Jimmy Kaczmarek and 2012 graduate Paul Bergen have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Of all the nation’s public universities, only four – Auburn, UC-Berkeley, UCLA and Rutgers – can claim two finalists per institution.

Kaczmarek, a senior in chemical engineering who is conducting research under the direction of Mark Byrne, Breeden Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, will graduate in May. He holds a 3.97 grade point average. If awarded the scholarship, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in medical sciences within the Department of Oncology at Cambridge. Last spring he was named a Goldwater Scholarship honorable mention, a national award for undergraduates in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

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Hudson gift to Auburn University’s Cary Center to start volunteer program for college students

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Kim and Tim Hudson recently made a $100,000 gift to the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Auburn University to start a leadership philanthropic and volunteer program.

The gift from the Auburn alumni will establish the Kim and Tim Hudson Fund for Excellence, which will be used to support the new Volunteers in Philanthropy, or VIP, program.

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Auburn alumnus donates $500,000 to support Health Services Administration Program

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Lee Spruiell, an Auburn University alumnus and health care professional, has donated $500,000 to establish the Lee Spruiell Annual Fund for Excellence within Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts’ Health Services Administration Program.

The annual fund will be used to expand international internship opportunities for students in the program. It will also provide support for research and for faculty and student travel to professional meetings, as well as necessary programming for the advancement of the Health Services Administration Program. Students also will receive support from the annual fund to attend and participate in the Spruiell Smart Training Lab at Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery.

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