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.
AUBURN – Tools for Tigers, an event designed to help young alumni with all aspects of their job search, will take place Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn University Alumni Center. It is hosted by the Auburn University Career Center and the Office of Alumni Affairs.
The event will inform job-seekers about personal branding, networking, job searching, interviewing, business etiquette and resume and cover letter writing. Participants will also have the opportunity to take personality and strengths assessments to enhance their self-awareness and ability to communicate skills and abilities in a resume, cover letter or interview.
Miss Leeds Area Courtney Porter, 2009 Auburn University graduate, took the crown at the Miss Alabama 2011 competition, Saturday, June 11. The competition was held at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham.
Porter, who studied communications at Auburn, was among eight other Auburn students and graduates and one incoming freshman, of whom three were top five finalists and five were top 10 finalists.
AUBURN – Bobby McAlpine, an Auburn University alumnus who is internationally recognized for his work in architecture and interior design, will be the featured speaker for the 2011 Grisham/Trentham Lecture Series on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
McAlpine, a native of the Monroe County community of Vredenburgh in southwest Alabama, graduated from Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and founded the architectural firm of McAlpine Tankersley in Montgomery. He also established the design firm of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier Interiors and McAlpine Home, a handcrafted furniture company. His visit to Auburn, however, will focus on the world of interior design.
AUBURN – Hal Nix ’41 and Margaret Nix, of Matthews, NC, recently donated two endowed scholarships to the Auburn University Scholarship Campaign. The scholarships will be allocated to general scholarships at the university for students from North Carolina.
The gift will support the Auburn Scholarship Campaign which hopes to raise $15 million by December 2011 to strengthen Auburn’s merit scholarship program for exceptional undergraduate students.