AUBURN 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.
AUBURN 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.
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.
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.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University recently awarded 16 Young Alumni Achievement Awards to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn Family, 40 years of age and under.
The award, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, was created in 2011 and honors recipients for significant achievement in their professional lives and for distinguished community service.
“Auburn graduates are making significant contributions in a variety of occupations all across the globe, and some of the more interesting stories are happening with our young alumni,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University. “It’s a great honor to recognize them in this way. Auburn’s future is shining a bit brighter due to the impact made by these impressive individuals.”
AUBURN – Two former Auburn student athletes are among the six finalists for the 2012 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, the NCAA’s highest academic award. Auburn’s finalists are Dan Mazzaferro, diving, who graduated in 2010 from the College of Sciences and Mathematics and in 2011 from the College of Business; and Mary “Katy” Frierson, women’s soccer, who graduated in 2011 from the College of Liberal Arts.
Each year, three male and three female finalists are invited to interview for one of two awards. One male and one female former student-athlete will be selected later this month for the renewable award, which provides $24,000 annually.