AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University’s new 208,000-square-foot Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, located on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus, will be dedicated Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m.
The ceremony will include comments from Auburn University President Jay Gogue, Board of Trustees President Pro Tempore Jimmy Rane, Provost Timothy Boosinger and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Calvin Johnson.
By Bob Norton
Consumers have largely lost an understanding of the traditional sources of food (such as farms, fields, ranches and orchards) and now tend to think of food’s origin as the grocery store or the fast-food restaurant. America has moved so far away from its agrarian past that most people cannot produce for themselves even the most simply grown foods.
By Mark D. Smith and Stephen S. Ditchkoff
Wild pigs, frequently referred to as feral swine or feral hogs, have been in North American for a long time—since the late 1500s, in fact, when the first wild pigs were introduced by Europeans. Since that time, small isolated populations have persisted throughout the Southeast, whether from accidental escapes from swine production operations or remnants from the bygone days of free-ranging domestic swine. In the last 20 or so years, these wild pigs have steadily increased their range and numbers in Alabama and throughout the United States, where they are now found in 47 states.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University School of Kinesiology’s first Move and Groove Family Fit Day will offer games, wheelchair tennis and basketball, USA Team Handball demonstrations, group sport and exercise activities and sport technique analyses for optimization and injury prevention among other activities.
The free, public event, which features more than 20 activities focused on children’s health and fitness, will be held Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in and around the kinesiology research facility on the Auburn University campus at 301 Wire Road next to the campus tennis courts.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Longstanding Southern traditions of cooking and eating often clash with the dietary requirements needed to manage diabetes. In particular, type 2 diabetes is consistently problematic in Alabama, which has ranked among the top three states for diabetes for the past several years.
One of the problems is a lack of access to accredited education about culturally tailored healthy lifestyles and other diabetes management behaviors. Research shows that while education alone is often not enough for persons to decide to fully adhere with all diabetes self-management behaviors, it is a critical foundational component for those who do.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The green space outside the Auburn University Student Center will be filled with more than 2,200 Auburn University students at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, as they kick off the 12th annual BIG Event with special guests Alabama Rep. Mark Tuggle and City of Auburn Mayor Bill Ham. The BIG Event has become an Auburn tradition as students give back to the surrounding community.
Beginning at 9 a.m., teams of students will visit 168 job sites including Opelika Municipal Park, Loachapoka High School, Magnolia Place Assisted Living facility and other homes, businesses, churches and schools to perform a variety of tasks like landscaping, painting and pressure-washing.
“This year’s BIG Event, with the slogan of ‘One BIG family, One BIG difference, One BIG Event,’ is all about connecting the Auburn community,” said James Prewitt, assistant executive director of the BIG Event. “The BIG Event is an amazing opportunity to show the people of the community how Auburn students appreciate them for allowing us to call Auburn home.”