Category Archives: Development

Endowed professorships presented to 13 Auburn University faculty in awards ceremony

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – As part of its recent Endowed Professorship Campaign Awards ceremony, Auburn University presented 13 new professorships to faculty in four colleges and schools. In addition to honoring faculty, the ceremony celebrated the philanthropic spirit of alumni and friends who created these professorships.

Faculty honorees included one faculty member from the College of Business, five from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, two from the Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery Schools of Nursing and five from the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

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Thompson Spirit Award perpetuates legacy of Auburn enthusiasm

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A recent charitable gift to Auburn University will forever immortalize the love and enthusiasm shown for Auburn by alumna Debbie Thompson during her lifetime. The Debbie Thompson Spirit Award will celebrate those same traits best exhibited by the member of the university’s War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen organization selected as the award’s annual recipient.

The Debbie Thompson Spirit Award, created by her husband Michael Thompson and Auburn alumni Will Herring and Ashley Thompson Herring, honor the memory of Michael’s wife and Ashley’s mother Debbie. Mrs. Thompson, a 1976 graduate from Auburn’s College of Education, was well known for her campus involvement as an undergraduate.

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Auburn engineers awarded more than $600,000 from governor’s Alabama Innovation Fund

AUBURN UNIVERSITY– Three Auburn University faculty members in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and one in the College of Agriculture have been awarded grants totaling more than $600,000 through the Alabama Innovation Fund as part of Accelerate Alabama, the state’s long-term plan to prioritize economic development.

Oladiran Fasina, an agriculture faculty member in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, and engineering faculty members Weikuan Yu in the Department of Computer Science and Software, Bruce Tatarchuk in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Marko Hakovirta, director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, are among 15 first-round grant recipients chosen as part of Gov. Robert Bentley’s efforts to further prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship in the Education Trust Fund budget.

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Auburn University Scholarship Campaign passes $3 million mark

AUBURN – The Auburn Scholarship Campaign, an initiative to build funds supporting and attracting top students to the university campus, has surpassed the $3 million mark.

The campaign, which began in fall semester 2010, offers alumni and friends a unique opportunity to help provide considerably larger scholarships to recipients.

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Friends honor Raye T. Benefield with gift to Auburn Scholarship Campaign

AUBURN – More than 20 family members and friends of Raye T. Benefield have funded two endowed scholarships to Auburn University in his memory. The scholarships are designated for students from Guntersville High School and Marshall County.

Rayes friends chose to remember him in this way because of his great love for Auburn University, his wife Jean Benefield said.

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Auburn University introduces music education to Notasulga students with ‘Beethoven & Me’

AUBURN – “Beethoven & Me,” a music education project designed for elementary students in Notasulga, has introduced music instruction to the students and has earned an award for its creator.

Jane Kuehne, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education, recently received the 2010 Robby D. Gunstream Education in Music Award for her efforts to build the instrumental and compositional skills of elementary school students in Notasulga.

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