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Alabama 4-H receives initial $400,000 yearly gift for Centennial Youth Initiative

4H Foundation Trustee Check PresentationAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alabama 4-H has been transforming young people’s lives for more than a century. Through a generous investment by the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Alabama 4-H will reach more youth with improved programming through its Centennial Youth Initiative.

The Alabama 4-H Club Foundation will give $400,000 annually to support CYI and the expansion of 4-H within the state. Established in 1956, the foundation supports statewide 4-H youth education programs delivered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and generates private funds to meet youth educational needs.

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City and university collaboration to bring improvements to downtown Auburn

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The City of Auburn and Auburn University are working together to implement elements of the city’s upcoming Downtown Master Plan and several other downtown-related projects, as part of the one-year, grant-assisted Urban Sustainability Accelerator program of Portland State University.

Throughout the year, city and university officials will coordinate with experts affiliated with the program on downtown alleyway improvements, the intersection of Samford Avenue and College Street, parking improvements, pedestrian safety enhancements along South College Street downtown, rain gardens and a feasibility study of the daylighting of local streams. Other projects may emerge during the course of the year.

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Auburn’s golden eagle Tiger, War Eagle VI, dies June 18 at age 34

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Famed golden eagle Tiger, a symbol of the Auburn University spirit for nearly 30 years, died June 18, 2014. At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.

On Aug. 31, 2000, Tiger, who was also known as War Eagle VI, was the first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium. For seven years, she flew at home football games and was retired following her 2006 flight at the Auburn-Georgia  game.

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Finding family roots topic of OLLI at Auburn Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session June 16

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – For those interested in exploring their family history, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, OLLI at Auburn, is offering a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on genealogy. OLLI member and Auburn alumnus Richard Robinson will lead the program.

The session is June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 1577 S. College St. No registration is required for the summer sessions. Visitors are welcome and participants can bring a lunch.

Robinson said many people become interested in their ancestors as they get older and wish they had paid more attention to the stories about their families that they heard as children. Some want to know whether they are descended from nobility, some want to find out their family’s medical history and still others just want to know where they came from. Robinson said his talk is designed to help newcomers find starting points for their search.

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Auburn and Alabama business professors team up to pinpoint ideal locations for rural telemedicine health centers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The world gets smaller as we use smartphones, tablets and laptops to communicate each day, touching every aspect of our lives. But can that technology aid in rural areas when someone needs to make a lengthy trip to see a medical specialist?

Business professors from Auburn University and the University of Alabama have collaborated on research that could ease the state’s health care access problem and give rural residents an alternative to traveling long distances to see that specialist.

Rafay Ishfaq, assistant professor of supply chain management in Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, and Uzma Raja, associate professor of management information systems in Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, applied supply chain and business analytics principles in research that introduces telemedicine to the public. Supply chain management involves managing all the activities that deliver products to the consumer in an effective and efficient way.

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Future trees at Toomer’s Corner will grow in a high-tech environment

High-tech environment for future trees at Toomer’s CornerAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn’s famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer’s Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.

Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.

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