AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following a national search, Auburn University President Jay Gogue has selected Timothy Boosinger as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Boosinger’s appointment was approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees at its June 22 meeting.
Boosinger, who has served as interim provost at Auburn since June 2011, will continue to oversee the academic programming for twelve colleges and is responsible for fostering the advancement of the university’s strategic plan. He has an extensive background in teaching, research and administration, serving as dean of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 1995-2011.
AUBURN – Robert Holm, assistant director of education in Auburn University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, was recently appointed a SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.
Chosen from a group of more than 2,500 nominees, Holm is one of nine educators elected to this year’s class of fellows. SENCER, or Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, is a National Science Foundation-supported faculty development and science education reform initiative that engages students in sciences and mathematics by focusing coursework on real world problems. Holm will serve an 18-month appointment, during which he will work to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and teaching.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host the combined southeast and southwest regional meetings of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Nov. 11 and 12.
The goals of the meeting include fostering communication and scientific interaction between people of diverse backgrounds and building a community of professional support. A variety of age groups and experience levels will be present at the meeting. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with representatives of industrial and governmental institutions and to explore further educational opportunities. Around 100 participants will attend, including many from historically black colleges and universities in the region.
AUBURN – Five employees of The Hotel at Auburn University were recognized at the Alabama Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards gala in Birmingham Oct. 24, with two taking home top honors. Catering and special events chef Leonardo Maurelli was named Chef of the Year and engineer Charles Smith was named the Hospitality Employee of the Year. Finalists in their fields were Laura Stirling, director of housekeeping; Ted Dempsey, member of the audio/visual department; and Caleb Reeves, bartender. Reeves also took home the silver medal for the Alabama Bartender Competition.
“We are so honored and proud to have two individuals from The Hotel at Auburn University win these very prestigious awards and three others named as finalists,” said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. “Chef Maurelli’s continued dedication to his craft and all of the effort he put into organizing Chefs to the Rescue, the June fundraiser event to benefit Alabama’s April tornado victims featuring 24 chefs from around the country, were some of the characteristics that helped him win his award.”
AUBURN – Peter Campion, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, has received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Poetry.
Of the nearly 3,000 applications received, 180 recipients were selected by the Board of Trustees for the foundation. Campion is the only Auburn faculty member to receive the prestigious award, and is one of the few selected from the Southeast.
James Edgar Foy, one of the most widely known and beloved figures at Auburn University for more than half a century, died Friday evening in Auburn. He was 93.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Auburn United Methodist Church’s Founders Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m at Auburn United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Eufaula at 3 p.m.
As Auburn’s dean of student affairs for a quarter century and a volunteer on campus for 30 more years, Foy became one of the most iconic Auburn figures of the last half of the 20th century.