AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The sixth annual unveiling of the Auburn gingerbread village Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. will launch holiday festivities for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, visitors can view the village in the lobby and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The village will then be on display throughout the month of December.
The gingerbread village is a collaborative project between students and faculty from the Master of Integrated Design and Construction program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and general manager Hans van der Reijden and chefs of the hotel.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The public will have an opportunity to witness firsthand the enthusiastic, sports-like environment surrounding the final competition of the BEST Robotics Program as the 2013 South’s BEST championship takes place on the Auburn University campus in Auburn Arena, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. Hours for the free, public event are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Answering the nation’s need for more and better-prepared workers in scientific, industrial and technological fields, BEST, which stands for “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology,” is a middle school and high school robotics program, now in its 21st year nationally and 13th year in Alabama, that is available to all schools at no cost.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences will honor Howard Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and a 1982 alumnus of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, for the 20th International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The College of Human Sciences established the International Quality of Life Awards in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships that make significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Adapted Sports Program has partnered with the City of Auburn’s Boykin Community Center to offer a community-wide Adapted Sports Expo on Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The free, public event will provide an opportunity for individuals of all ages with or without disabilities to participate in adapted sports including wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball and wheelchair tennis.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn’s eagle will fly in support of breast cancer awareness when he makes his pregame flight in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26, by wearing pink, one-of-a-kind leather jesses — the thin straps that help the handler control the eagle – and flying to a pink-highlighted lure.
When one of Auburn’s eagles, Nova or Spirit, flies before the Auburn-Florida Atlantic game, he will sport the handmade equipment that allows Southeastern Raptor Center specialists to securely handle the eagle. For the last three years, the equipment for each flight has been made by volunteers.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will light up the courtyard of Auburn University’s Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 25, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold the 25th annual Pumpkin Carve.
Family activities will begin at noon with T-shirts going on sale and visitors having a chance to “Pie a Professor.” Halloweiners will be sold for lunch at noon and again at 5 p.m., when there will also be a chili cook-off. Starting at 3 p.m., pumpkins will go on sale for the public and activities such as carnival games, a prize raffle and face painting will be offered.