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Auburn University’s 10th Journalism Awards to honor distinguished journalists with Alabama ties

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.

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Auburn’s prison arts project will continue with new NEA grant

Art work created by inmates in Alabama prisons who participate in Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Alabama Prison Arts + Education project at Auburn University has provided visual arts classes in multiple correctional facilities around the state since 2003. A recent $55,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts helps ensure the programming will continue.

The program is housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn. Under a partnership with the Alabama Department of Corrections, it offers semester-long arts, sciences and English classes in 10 correctional facilities across the state. Program Director Kyes Stevens said there are plans to reach into even more facilities in 2015.

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Auburn University partners with Intelligence and Security Academy to train public officials in data security

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Training offered by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University will provide public officials in Alabama and throughout the country with the resources needed to secure data and protect the interests of community governments and businesses.

Center director Don-Terry Veal said governments and businesses have operated under a heightened awareness of intelligence and security since the events of 9/11, and the need to secure data and information and protect resources is essential for the urban and rural communities within Alabama and across the United States.

Through the center, an agency of University Outreach, Auburn University recognized this need and collaborated with the Intelligence and Security Academy to provide current or upcoming managers, policy makers, law enforcement officers, military personnel and internet technology professionals with the proper tools to deal with security and intelligence issues and new threats.

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Auburn professor: Safe food equals a safe Fourth

AUBURN UNIVERSITY—The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and many Americans are making plans for a cookout with family and friends. To help ensure the Fourth is a safe and carefree holiday for all, Pat Curtis, director of the Food Systems Initiative at Auburn University, is offering tips and advice for grilling and food safety.

“The three main things to remember while preparing food or grilling are don’t cross-contaminate, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and cook food thoroughly,” Curtis said.

Don’t cross-contaminate

A mistake many people make while grilling is using the same plate and utensils when the meat and poultry is raw and afterward when it is cooked, without washing in between, said Curtis. Instead, after placing the raw meat on the grill, immediately wash the plate and utensil with soapy water or get a new plate for the cooked meats when ready. Also, if you touched the raw meat you should wash your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water.

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Auburn University’s fashion program earns top rankings

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is ranked among the best fashion design, merchandising and management schools in the region and country in 2014, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers.

Nationally, www.fashion-schools.org lists Auburn as the fifth best school for fashion management, sixth for fashion merchandising and 12th for fashion design. In the South –  which the website defines as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas – Auburn is the number one school for fashion merchandising and the number two school for fashion design.

No university in the Southeastern Conference is ranked higher than Auburn nationally or regionally. The University of Georgia is the only conference rival that comes close, finishing second in the list of Top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South.

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Future trees at Toomer’s Corner will grow in a high-tech environment

High-tech environment for future trees at Toomer’s CornerAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn’s famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer’s Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.

Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.

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