AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, will kick off its membership drive on Earth Day, Monday, April 22.
“This is an exciting time to become a member of the Forest Ecology Preserve, said preserve administrator Jennifer Lolley. “We have just revamped the member program in 2012 to provide greater value for members with new benefits such as free passes to educational programs, members’ only events, and reciprocal admission to other nature centers. Preserve membership is a win-win for our members as well as our operations, as those funds support educational programs as well as maintenance and improvements at the preserve.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its annual open house on Saturday, April 20, opening its facilities to the public to showcase the variety of professional opportunities available and allow people to learn more about animal care and health.
The free student-organized event, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., features a variety of educational and fun activities for all ages on the college’s campus at 1130 Wire Road.
“Open House is a wonderful opportunity for those who love animals to come and get an inside view of the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Kris Street, an outreach programs administrator with the College of Veterinary Medicine.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Artist Stephen Malkoff, named the “Tree Man” by Southern Living magazine for his detailed pencil renderings of famous trees, has created a one-of-a-kind image of the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner.
A portion of each print sold will help fund student scholarships at Auburn University.
“Together we are preserving the memory of our historic oaks and providing a solid Auburn education to deserving students,” said Malkoff.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn fans will soon have a way to remember the oaks at Toomer’s Corner long after the trees are gone. To commemorate the tradition of rolling the oaks, the university will be working with several licensed manufacturers to create mementos from the trees’ wood following their removal later this month. All royalties collected from their sale will benefit Auburn students through a special scholarship fund.
“This is a very special way for the Auburn Family to remember one of our best-known traditions,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs. “Generations of our fans have gathered beneath the oaks over the years, and it is fitting that future generations of students will benefit from the scholarships they will provide.”
To heighten awareness of transportation safety, Auburn University, the City of Auburn, Auburn Police Division and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office launched the weeklong “Travel with Care” campaign, Monday, March 18. Auburn University Executive Director of Public Safety and Security Melvin Owens, Mayor Bill Ham Jr., Auburn Assistant Police Chief Paul Register and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones joined members of the community to kick off the campaign, which encourages motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and commuters using other forms of transportation to make safety their first priority on the road.
Throughout Travel with Care week, traffic laws and safety guidelines will be reinforced through public service announcements. Promotional items, many of which increase commuter visibility, also will be given away daily at various event stations. Big Dog Running Company is partnering with the campaign to make available a wide range of clothing and gear designed to increase nighttime visibility of walkers, cyclists and runners.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will host TEDx Wednesday, March 27, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The public event will focus on global challenges and social innovations and is designed to inspire students, faculty, staff and the community.
“TED talks have the power to motivate those who listen to them,” said Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht. “TEDx is an opportunity and educational resource to share the good work both on campus and in our community.”
The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the hotel’s auditorium. Thom Gossom Jr., actor, author, athlete and Auburn alumnus, will serve as master of ceremonies. A host of diverse speakers from around the community and nation will talk about gender inequity, education achievement gap, hunger and poverty, environmental sustainability and global health.