AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The state of Alabama’s role in the Civil War and its aftermath will be the focus of a free, public symposium at Auburn University.
“The Yellowhammer War: A Civil War Symposium” will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Langdon Hall on the Auburn University campus. Speakers will include contributors to the book, “The Yellowhammer War: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama,” which was published to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and will be available for purchase at the event.
Edited by Auburn University professor of history Kenneth Noe, the book is a collection of essays covering topics including race, women, the home front and even Alabamians’ reactions to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – On its 10th anniversary of honoring outstanding journalists with ties to Alabama, the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council in the College of Liberal Arts will recognize five distinguished print and broadcast professionals at its luncheon Sept. 12. The luncheon will be at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 and may be ordered online at www.bitly.com/journalismawards.
The council will also dedicate its highest award to the memory of Roy Bain, a 1959 Auburn graduate and the former publisher of the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times. Bain was co-founder of the Advisory Council and creator of the council awards. As a young reporter, he covered civil rights in Tuscaloosa and Mississippi. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence overseas in the 1960s during the Cold War and, as editor and publisher of numerous Florida newspapers, worked tirelessly with local governments and leaders to found numerous nonprofits, including parks, libraries and school scholarships. After retiring from newspapers, he returned to Auburn to complete his degree in 2001. Bain died at the age of 77 in December 2013.
The 2014 honorees are: Distinguished Community Sports Journalist, the late Bill Shelton; Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist, John Ehinger; Distinguished Auburn University Journalism Alumnus, Rob Rainey; Distinguished Special Achievement in Mass Media, Mark Winne; and the Roy Bain Distinguished Special Achievement Award in Journalism will go to Harvey H. “Hardy” Jackson.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Jean Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing, returns to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga, Alabama, Sept. 26.
After holding an urban-themed extravaganza on the AUM campus last year, the schools have planned a return to its original locale, the rustic confines of Dye’s property. Since its inception in 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has attracted hundreds of friends, faculty and students each year, and benefits students, faculty and programming initiatives in the Schools of Nursing.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY- Auburn University will award 1,150 academic degrees Aug. 2 in Auburn Arena during two summer graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Human Sciences; and Nursing. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – For those interested in exploring their family history, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, OLLI at Auburn, is offering a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on genealogy. OLLI member and Auburn alumnus Richard Robinson will lead the program.
The session is June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 1577 S. College St. No registration is required for the summer sessions. Visitors are welcome and participants can bring a lunch.
Robinson said many people become interested in their ancestors as they get older and wish they had paid more attention to the stories about their families that they heard as children. Some want to know whether they are descended from nobility, some want to find out their family’s medical history and still others just want to know where they came from. Robinson said his talk is designed to help newcomers find starting points for their search.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Aquaponics 101: Teaching with Tilapia and Tomatoes,” is a workshop for teachers that will provide them with a new way of introducing science and technology into their classrooms. The workshop, taught by Alabama Extension and Auburn University faculty, will be held June 9-13 at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at 2010 N. College St. in north Auburn.
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics – the art and science of growing fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship in a single system. The fish are fed a high quality prepared diet and their waste is used as fertilizer to grow plants. The plants in turn act as a filter to clean the water that can be returned to the fish tank.
During the workshop, teachers will design and build their own aquaponics systems that they can take back to their schools. Participants will receive the resource materials to integrate this knowledge into existing curricula. Expert instruction will be provided by faculty from Alabama Extension, Auburn University, Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama/Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.