AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Capping a five-month renovation of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner, workers today placed two stone eagles atop the gates marking the entrance to Auburn University.
The eagles are replicas of the two marble statues that adorned the gates for more than 50 years. The original statues were displayed inside Samford Hall this summer, away from the elements that have taken their toll over the years.
“They are showing a lot of wear from exposure to the weather,” said Ron Booth, executive director of facilities operations. “By moving them inside, we can better protect them and create displays that allow for viewing up close.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s internationally recognized detector dog program, operating since 2009 as Animal Health and Performance in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been renamed Canine Performance Sciences.
“As the program grew and evolved it became clear that we needed to rename it to better describe what it actually does,” said Dr. James Floyd, interim director of the program. “We work with dogs, we employ rigorous scientific methods and we strive to improve the performance of canines wherever they are.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A small creek that winds past the football and baseball fields and old coliseum of Auburn University has been transformed this summer from eyesore to outdoor classroom.
The push to complete construction and campus restoration projects before fall typically marks the end of summer semesters at Auburn University. A summer project this year was the restoration of a section of Parkerson Mill Creek that runs through Auburn’s campus near the South Donahue Residence Hall and the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
Through the years, this particular section had become overgrown and unsightly.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A black box experimental theatre and a 1,500-sq.-ft. dance studio are part of a newly constructed addition designed to enhance the experience of audiences and performers at Auburn University’s Telfair B. Peet Theatre.
The $3.9 million project is a two-story, 10,471-sq.-ft. addition to the existing theatre, featuring a production space that will accommodate up to 150 patrons and a dance studio that can double as an event space. The addition will expand production possibilities for Auburn’s theatre, music and dance programs and provide the latest technology, training and education for students.
A black box theatre is just that – a square performance space with black walls and a flat floor, which allows for flexibility in the ways the area is used for different kinds of performances.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY- Auburn University will award 1,150 academic degrees Aug. 2 in Auburn Arena during two summer graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Human Sciences; and Nursing. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is elevating its aviation program by establishing a center that will serve as a focal point for instruction, research and outreach and support the aviation and aerospace industries.
The center will strengthen academic and research programs, recruit industry to Alabama, improve flight operations and training and collaborate with other colleges and universities, particularly in workforce development efforts.