Category Archives: Athletics

Auburn Athletics partners with Hunger Solutions Institute in End Child Hunger campaign

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Athletics Department goes on the offense against hunger. Through a partnership with the End Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA) campaign, spearheaded by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn Athletics is embracing hunger as its priority initiative.

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs joined ECHA spokesperson Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and pro-golfer Jason Dufner to announce the new partnership Friday during a visit to a summer feeding site at the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn.

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Father and son tackle academics on the Plains as fellow students

Auburn football player and senior marketing student C.J. Uzomah, left, congratulates his dad, Xavier, who earned his Executive MBA in May.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Running into your brother or sister on campus is not unusual for siblings enrolled on the Plains. Bumping into your father as a fellow student is quite rare, though, and might be considered awkward – but not for Xavier and C.J. Uzomah, a father and son duo pursuing their goals through Auburn University and its Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

C.J. has been working toward an NFL career since he was 6. And why not? A prize recruit at North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, he became the starting tight end on Auburn’s 2013 SEC championship team and scored three touchdowns on 11 receptions last season – including the dramatic game-winner in the closing seconds against Mississippi State.

“But at the same time, I know that if that doesn’t work out then there are other options for me,” said C.J., a senior marketing major. He’s a passionate soccer fan who also ponders a future as a communications/marketing representative for an international “futbol” outfitter.

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Aubie wins eighth UCA Mascot National Championship

DSC_9040Auburn University mascot Aubie was awarded the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship for an unprecedented eighth time in a competition held in Orlando, Fla.

“Aubie continues to set the example for the model mascot program in the country,” said Corey Edwards, director of the Office of Student Involvement. “The competition is based around the production of a skit. Although there are rules for the number and size of props being used as well as a strict time requirement, it is completely up in the air after that.”

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Auburn’s eagle to fly in pink Oct. 26 to support breast cancer awareness

Auburn eagle to fly in pink for breast cancer awareness
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn’s eagle will fly in support of breast cancer awareness when he makes his pregame flight in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26, by wearing pink, one-of-a-kind leather jesses — the thin straps that help the handler control the eagle – and flying to a pink-highlighted lure.

When one of Auburn’s eagles, Nova or Spirit, flies before the Auburn-Florida Atlantic game, he will sport the handmade equipment that allows Southeastern Raptor Center specialists to securely handle the eagle. For the last three years, the equipment for each flight has been made by volunteers.

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Auburn University graduate receives History Scholar Award

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Recent Auburn University graduate Hannah Riordan, a native of Cornwall, Ontario, has received one of 15 History Scholar Awards given each year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors, selected from candidates across the United States, who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies. Selection is based on grades, letters of recommendation and writing samples.

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Message from President Jay Gogue on annual Department of Athletics evaluation

Dear Auburn Family,

The committee I appointed to review operations of Auburn Athletics as part of the Department’s annual evaluation has provided its findings. I’m grateful to members of the committee for their hard work, good thinking and dedication to helping Auburn Athletics move forward.

We asked the committee to review the Department’s total body of work with a focus on five areas: academic and support services for student-athletes; financial management; customer service; competition, including winning, sportsmanship and compliance; and management structure.

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