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.
AUBURN – The contributions of Alabama writers to the 1930s depression-era Federal Writers Project will be the subject of an upcoming talk by Bert Hitchcock, Auburn University professor emeritus of English, on June 22 at 9:30 a.m. in Tuskegee University’s Bioethics Building Auditorium. Hitchcock’s talk is part of a series of programs, “New Perspectives: The WPA in Alabama,” taking place this year around the state.
The Federal Writers Project was one of the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, projects designed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to address unemployment during the Great Depression. Hitchock’s talk will focus on three writers with strong Alabama connections who worked for the Federal Writers Project.
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AUBURN – Auburn University alumnus Tim Cook, chief operating officer for Apple Inc., will deliver the commencement address at Auburn’s spring ceremonies on Friday, May 14.
The university will award approximately 2,967 degrees at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Cook, a native of Robertsdale and a 1982 industrial engineering graduate of Auburn, will speak at both ceremonies.
AUBURN – Lauren Hayes, a spring 2009 Auburn University graduate and former Student Government Association president, has won a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend Cambridge University in the fall.
Hayes will pursue a master of philosophy degree in education with a focus on politics, development and democratic education. She will examine the charter school movement in the United States and the U.K.
AUBURN – Auburn University students, alumni and fans will have the opportunity to vote for the 2010-11 All Auburn All Orange T-shirt design from April 5-9. All Auburn All Orange was created by the Student Government Association and the Athletics Department as a way to promote the unity and spirit of Auburn. It is a celebration of the “Auburn Family,” and the shirt designs will reflect this.
Three potential designs will be featured on the All Auburn All Orange Web site. Fans can vote once per day until 4:45 p.m. on April 9. The winning design will be announced at the A-Day game on April 17.