Category Archives: Development

Auburn’s Bass Sports Club honored for contributions to university

AUBURN – Auburn University President and Mrs. Jay Gogue recently honored the university’s Bass Sports Club at the President’s Home in recognition of the club’s contributions to the Auburn University Foundation.

Since January 2009 the club has presented $44,500 to Auburn from funds garnered in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Series. Teams that finish in the top five of each event are awarded funds which are distributed to the foundation for general scholarships and to the club for expenses.

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AT&T gift to Auburn University backs pilot program to reduce high school drop-out rate

AUBURN – A $400, 000 gift from the AT&T Foundation will support an Auburn University initiative to reduce the drop-out rate in Alabama high schools.

The pilot program involves a partnership between the Truman Pierce Institute in Auburn’s College of Education and five Alabama high schools, which will be announced later. The college’s Truman Pierce Institute focuses on ways to improve schools and communities by creating partnerships, conducting research and providing programs to meet the needs of schools and communities.

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Auburn University students to lead 60-mile march to Montgomery for hunger awareness

AUBURN – On Oct. 17, a group of Auburn students and other concerned citizens will embark on a 60-mile Hunger March from the Auburn University campus to the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness about the issue of world hunger.

Marchers will set out from the Auburn University Medical Clinic on Friday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. and travel southeast on College Street until it becomes U.S. 29. They will continue on to Ala. 81 North and conclude the first day, and 20 miles, in Tuskegee. On day two, Oct. 18, a 30-mile walk will follow U.S. 80 and finish in the Mt. Meigs area. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the final 10 miles will take the marchers to the steps of the capitol where they will arrive at about noon.

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AU offers Southeast’s first automotive engineering and manufacturing curriculum

High-res photo: An Auburn engineering student grinds frame rails during the construction phase of Auburn's 2008 Formula SAE car team project.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is now offering a curriculum in automotive engineering and manufacturing, the first of its kind in the Southeast.

To better prepare engineers for jobs in the region’s growing automotive manufacturing industry, the 15 credit-hour minor will focus on vehicle quality, logistics, design and planning. This program will provide Alabama’s automotive factories with much-needed employees for mid- and upper-management roles, developing the state’s economy by allowing the plants to become more efficient.

“The minor is designed to enhance students’ preparation for careers in the automotive manufacturing industry,” said John Evans, faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. “These well-educated graduates will be ready to join the workforce and fill positions that support production processes and improve assembly.”

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McNeill named Vice President for Development for AU

Jeffrey P. McNeill
AUBURN – After a national search, Auburn University President Jay Gogue has named veteran higher education fundraiser Jeffrey P. McNeill Vice President for Development.

President of the McNeill Group, a fundraising and higher-education management consulting firm in South Carolina, McNeill has nearly 30 years of experience leading development initiatives at other large institutions, including 25 at land-grant universities.

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Scholarship funding at AU surges 25 percent this year

AUBURN – Auburn University has seen a 25 percent increase in funding for student scholarships this academic year to a record $18.5 million.

Auburn students saw an increase in funding for both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Spirit of Auburn scholarships, a new program of financial assistance for students with outstanding academic records, led the way, with more than $2.5 million in scholarships in its first year.

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