AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alacare Home Health and Hospice Services Inc. has made the lead gift to Auburn University to help construct a proposed new building for the School of Nursing.
Alacare President and Chairman John Beard and CEO Susan Beard Brouillette are longtime advocates of the corporate partnership between Alacare and the School of Nursing. Alacare facilities around the state have long served as clinical rotation sites for Auburn nursing students. Alacare’s prior philanthropic support has helped to purchase life-like mannequins for the school’s simulation lab. The mannequins were appropriately nicknamed “Mr. Charlie” and “Miss Mary Sue” after John and Susan’s parents. Charlie Beard founded Alacare in 1970.
“Our parents were big supporters of the nursing profession,” said Brouillette. “We are proud to carry on the tradition.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received a $10.55 million philanthropic investment from Walter S. “Walt” and Virginia E. “Ginger” Woltosz to support its students’ educational needs and faculty’s research efforts, while bolstering the technical advances of its research facilities. Their charitable gift is the second largest in the college’s history. In recognition of their support, the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name engineering’s central research facility in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology as the Woltosz Engineering Research Laboratory.
Walt Woltosz earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 and a master’s degree in 1977 in aerospace engineering from Auburn and also holds a master’s in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is chairman and CEO of Simulations Plus, a company he founded in 1996 that is a leading developer of simulation and modeling software for drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Simulations Plus products are used by more than 200 pharmaceutical firms, including the world’s Top 25, helping to analyze new products and saving millions of dollars in research and development costs.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will have a new residency in veterinary reproductive medicine for companion animals funded through a charitable gift from the American Kennel Club and the Theriogenology Foundation.
Auburn is one of three veterinary medical programs in the U.S. – and the only one in the South – to receive funding, which will enhance Auburn’s national reputation in theriogenology, or reproductive medicine, in both large and small animal medicine. The other recipients are the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Davis.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s tribology and lubrication science minor, the first of its kind in the nation, recently received a gift from North Carolina-based RSC Chemical Solutions to provide scholarship and programmatic support.
Housed in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the program provides Auburn students the opportunity to earn a minor in tribology, the multidisciplinary study of contact, friction, wear and lubrication of surfaces. The applications of tribology and lubrication science range widely to include bearings, tires and engines in automobiles; human joint replacement; manufacturing; nanotechnology; oil product chemistry; power generation; hard-drive technology; and electrical contacts.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Some reintroductions are in order for Auburn University’s College of Business in the wake of the largest gift in the university’s history.
The college will now be known as the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business – a move made possible by a $40 million commitment from 1982 alumnus Raymond J. Harbert. Auburn University’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the college during its Friday morning meeting at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Foundation, which receives all charitable contributions made in support of and to benefit Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery, recently appointed four new directors to its board and named a new board chair.
The new directors are Dottie Kenady Blair ’81 of Montgomery, retired owner and president of Central Alabama Nursing Services; Ronald Dykes ’69 of Atlanta, retired chief financial officer of BellSouth Corporation; Maj. James Hoskins ’81 of Reston, Va., chairman and CEO of Scitor Corporation; and Benny LaRussa Jr. ’82 of Birmingham, founder and CEO of Sterling Capital Management.