AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Growth rings from the base of Auburn University’s College Street live oak at Toomer’s Corner have revealed the tree’s age of 83-85 years old at the time they were removed April 23.
This week, two Auburn professors independently counted 81 growth rings in two directions from the center of the tree’s trunk.
“The center one-inch section of the trunk was split and not clearly delineated,” said Professor of Horticulture Gary Keever. “This growth most likely occurred over two to four years, making the trees 83-85 years old.”
For the third consecutive year, Auburn University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a recognition of the nation’s leading colleges and universities for their dedication to civic engagement, service-learning and volunteering.
Auburn is one of two universities from the state of Alabama and one of three from the Southeastern Conference to be named to the honor roll with distinction. A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 honor roll; of this number, 113 institutions earned the recognition of honor roll with distinction.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Auburn University officials today unveiled a new design for the Samford Park area at Toomer’s Corner during a Celebrate the Tradition event marking the final rolling of the poisoned Auburn Oaks, which will be removed Tuesday.
An arcing path design, set to be implemented in 2014 with the planting of two oak trees, was selected after a series of public workshops and an online survey in which more than 10,000 alumni, students, fans and friends provided opinions and ideas.
“We are unveiling the results of your ideas today,” said Bill Stone, Auburn Alumni Association president, who helped unveil an artist’s rendering. “I can tell one thing for certain: Live trees will be planted on the corner and the great tradition of rolling the corner will continue.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Director Marilyn Laufer was joined by Auburn University President Jay Gogue today to celebrate the museum’s recent accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national industry recognition for museums. With accreditation, the museum joins an elite group of 6 percent of museums in the nation. The announcement comes as the museum looks forward to launching its 10th anniversary celebration in October.
Doug Jones, an AAM board member and director of the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla., presented Laufer with a framed certificate commemorating the museum’s accomplishment. Tommy Chase, vice president of the Jule Collins Smith Museum’s advisory board, also participated in the event and offered congratulations to those who helped the museum reach its goal.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Libraries has produced a digital collection of school catalogs dating from 1860-1904. It includes catalogs from the East Alabama Male College, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama and the Alabama Polytechnic Institute – predecessors of Auburn University.
In addition to course information, the catalogs list names of faculty members and students, admissions criteria, expected costs, graduates, board members, rules of conduct and images of life on campus.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Howell Raines, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver the 2013 Neil O. and Henrietta Davis Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in the Dixon Auditorium The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The program is presented by the Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts and is open to the public. The Davis Lecture Series, established in 1996 to honor the late Neil O. and Henrietta W. Davis, encourages excellence in journalism and features distinguished journalists who inspire students to follow the spirit and the principles embodied in the couple’s life and work.