James W. “Jimmy” Rane, chairman, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc., was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association earlier this week. The award was presented at a luncheon during the group’s annual conference with hundreds of broadcasters from across the state in attendance. This award recognizes contributions to education, business, professional, civic or philanthropic efforts that have benefited Alabama citizens. Rane is an Auburn University alumnus and serves as President Pro Tempore of the Board of Trustees.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Nearly 150 Medicare Part D enrollees across Alabama have benefited from a partnership between the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and Alabama’s State Health Insurance and Assistance Program.
Last fall, 17 events were held in 11 cities, where pharmacy students worked one-on-one with Medicare Part D beneficiaries to determine which prescription drug plan best suited their individual needs. The events were in Alexander City, Valley, Mobile, Auburn, Montgomery, Tuskegee, Phenix City, Wetumpka, Opelika, Roanoke and Eufaula.
“I saw this as an opportunity to bring the classroom to the community, something that can benefit everyone,” said Salisa Westrick, an associate professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Jean Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing, returns to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga, Alabama, Sept. 26.
After holding an urban-themed extravaganza on the AUM campus last year, the schools have planned a return to its original locale, the rustic confines of Dye’s property. Since its inception in 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has attracted hundreds of friends, faculty and students each year, and benefits students, faculty and programming initiatives in the Schools of Nursing.
The Food Bank Garden, a short drive from the center of Auburn University’s campus, is a garden flourishing with vegetables, all to be donated to the Food Bank of East Alabama. This spring and summer is the first time in some years that the garden is back in operation, helping those in Lee County and surrounding counties.
“The Food Bank Garden was created to help out the community,” said Beth Guertal, professor of agronomy in the College of Agriculture, who started the garden in 2006. “I wanted to provide the local food bank with healthy and fresh vegetables to give to their customers.”
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.
AUBURN 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.