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TIAA-CREF CEO to address financial industry’s trust issues at Auburn University

Roger FergusonAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thanks to the recession, as well as insider trading, Ponzi schemes, and rate fixing scandals, public trust in financial institutions has plummeted over the years. TIAA-CREF President and CEO Roger Ferguson will offer solutions to some of the problems plaguing the industry when he visits Auburn University and the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business March 17-18.

Ferguson will offer his insights during a campus forum scheduled for Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in 125 Lowder Business Building. The session, “Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Services Industry: The Way Forward,” is open to faculty, students and the community. Reservations for the free event can be made at

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Meet Hayley, the first patient of Auburn’s Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital

Hayley, the first client to be treated in the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Just like clockwork, Hayley Eustice and her owners arrived Monday at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, ready to start another week of medical therapy.

While Hayley’s visit was routine, blood work and a check of her lymph nodes, for owners Elizabeth Eustice and Joan Taylor of Columbus, Ga., and the veterinarians and staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine, her arrival was significant – she was the first client in the door of the 208,000-square-foot Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Just like she’s done on every visit, the white poodle pranced around to greet everyone, happy to see familiar faces.

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Auburn water researchers using bees to help Kenya with nutrition, income and river protection

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – In Kenya, traditional cultures place a high value on honey and related products of the beehive – in the past it was part of the dowry or “bride price” for marriage, and a man needed to have at least 20 liters of choice honey to present to a prospective father-in-law when asking for his daughter’s hand.

More than just a tradition, this commodity could be the key to improving many aspects of Kenyan lives.

Auburn University’s Global Water Watch has joined with Kenya’s Green Belt Movement to find innovative ways of linking honey production with improved nutrition, higher incomes, community development and river protection.

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Auburn researcher part of team finding women’s primetime coverage less than men’s for Sochi Olympics

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Through nine nights of NBC’s Sochi Olympic broadcast, male athletes have again received the bulk of the primetime coverage, but not by as large a margin as in past years.

Lauren Smith, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, along with a research team consisting of assistant professor James Angelini of the University of Delaware, professor Andrew Billings of the University of Alabama and associate professor Paul MacArthur of Utica College are charting the clock-time of the Olympic telecast. Thus far, male athletes have received 47.6 percent of NBC’s primetime coverage, women athletes have received 37.6 percent of the coverage and pairs events have received the remaining 14.8 percent.

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Food Entrepreneur Conference to feature Auburn University experts on operating food businesses

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An upcoming conference in Prattville will provide expert tips and guidance for current and prospective entrepreneurs in all aspects of the food business.

The second annual Food Entrepreneur Conference, Feb. 27-28 at the Prattville Marriott, is coordinated by the Auburn University Food Systems Institute and will include experts from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Auburn Fisheries Business Institute and the Small Business Development Center speaking on topics ranging from writing a business plan and finding financing to product marketing and navigating a maze of regulations.

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Raptor Center holding ‘Whoo Loves You?’ Valentine auction to name rescued screech owl

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University is holding a ‘Whoo Loves You’ Valentine auction for the opportunity to name a rescued Eastern screech owl. The auction is open through Feb. 13.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center asks, “Whoo Loves You?” by offering a unique Valentine gift package for auction.

In addition to the opportunity to name its newest resident, an Eastern screech owl, the Valentine’s Day gift package will include a private tour of the education center to meet raptor center residents including Nova, Spirit and Tiger along with a photo and certificate.

The auction is open now and will close Feb. 13. To bid, go to

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