AUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the July 4 weekend, when most people will be celebrating the holiday without a lot of thought about the history it represents, Erica Marie Vatella will be immersed in the study of American history as she pursues her master’s degree at Auburn University in secondary social science education.
Vatella was recently awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which assists teachers earning a master’s degree with a focus on Constitutional studies. Named for James Madison, the nation’s fourth president and the acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” the fellowship is funding up to $24,000 of Vatella’s graduate studies.
The award goes to just one outstanding student in each state and supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Running into your brother or sister on campus is not unusual for siblings enrolled on the Plains. Bumping into your father as a fellow student is quite rare, though, and might be considered awkward – but not for Xavier and C.J. Uzomah, a father and son duo pursuing their goals through Auburn University and its Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.
C.J. has been working toward an NFL career since he was 6. And why not? A prize recruit at North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, he became the starting tight end on Auburn’s 2013 SEC championship team and scored three touchdowns on 11 receptions last season – including the dramatic game-winner in the closing seconds against Mississippi State.
“But at the same time, I know that if that doesn’t work out then there are other options for me,” said C.J., a senior marketing major. He’s a passionate soccer fan who also ponders a future as a communications/marketing representative for an international “futbol” outfitter.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – That low-paying internship you worked in college may have a bigger impact on your future employment than you realize.
A recent study found that those who are underemployed, or have accepted a job beneath their skill set, receive 15-30 percent fewer interview requests than job seekers who became ‘adequately’ employed after graduation. However, college internship experience obtained by job seekers reduces the negative effects of underemployment substantially.
The authors of the study, Auburn University’s Alan Seals, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse’s John Nunley and Adam Pugh and the University of Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Romero, submitted resumes to 2,000 online job postings in seven cities – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Portland – across job categories including banking, financial services, insurance, management, marketing and sales.
Stokes, Williford and Waldroop
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University Honors College students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their studies in the United Kingdom and Germany this summer and fall.
Jamesa Stokes, a senior physics major, will conduct research at the German Space Agency’s Institute of Structures in Design in Stuttgart, Germany; Carson Williford, a sophomore with a double major in English and philosophy, will study at the United Kingdom’s Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute; and Lauren Waldroop, a senior double-majoring in environmental design and German, will study at Rhine-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany.
Auburn has had 10 Fulbright recipients in the past five years, and this year marks the first time with three winners in one year.
New Auburn graduate Susie Bridges poses with the sculpted eagles in Samford Hall.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The sculpted eagles from atop the gates in Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner have been placed in the Samford Hall lobby, so spring graduates can continue the tradition of taking photos with them.
The eagles are perched on two custom-made pedestals in front of an Auburn backdrop. They were taken down from the gates in March and stored on campus for safekeeping prior to the start of the redevelopment of the corner.
New graduates can take photos Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 15, at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Azeem Ahmed and Courtney Bessemer, and William I. Sauser Jr., a faculty member in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.