AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University students bound for the new study abroad experience in Port Alfred, South Africa, this summer say they hope to make the journey with a large collection of school supplies to benefit an educational program outside Johannesburg.
Three students and Martin O’Neill, head of the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Sciences, are piloting the new study abroad program and have already delivered an initial collection of backpacks and other school supplies to the Teboho Trust in Soweto.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Azeem Ahmed has been named winner of the 2014 President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, an honor presented to only one university student worldwide each year.
“We are excited that Azeem’s passion for tackling global hunger has been recognized in this award,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “He has dedicated his undergraduate studies and extracurricular activities to understanding and alleviating the roots of hunger. This speaks to Auburn’s land-grant mission to improve the lives of Alabamians as well as people around the world.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will award 1,432 academic degrees Dec. 14 in Auburn Arena during two fall graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by Auburn alumnus and former football player Stan White, now an insurance executive and football analyst.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; Nursing; 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; and Human Sciences. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although rivals on the athletic field, students from Auburn University and the University of Missouri are working together to help save tigers in the wild through a conservation program called the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition. The coalition joins together academic institutions with tiger mascots to help spread awareness of the survival challenges tigers face, including habitat destruction, poaching and the pet trade.
“Tigers are such beautiful animals, and with it being our university’s mascot, and with Aubie being consistently ranked one of the best in the nation, it makes sense that Auburn students would work to help Aubie’s wild cousin, which is on the brink of extinction in its natural habitat,” said Ashley Newell, a senior in zoology/pre-veterinary medicine and a campus representative for Auburn’s Tigers for Tigers program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The public will have an opportunity to witness firsthand the enthusiastic, sports-like environment surrounding the final competition of the BEST Robotics Program as the 2013 South’s BEST championship takes place on the Auburn University campus in Auburn Arena, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. Hours for the free, public event are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Answering the nation’s need for more and better-prepared workers in scientific, industrial and technological fields, BEST, which stands for “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology,” is a middle school and high school robotics program, now in its 21st year nationally and 13th year in Alabama, that is available to all schools at no cost.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University mechanical engineering students in Professor David Dyer’s comprehensive design class take good ideas and help turn them into sleek, customer-ready products. Interestingly, the good ideas can be generated at the most unusual times.
One idea, now a finished product called the SledHammer, originated when a high school football coach helped his neighbors remove debris from their yards after the April 2011 tornadoes ripped across Alabama. Vaughn Maceina, now a strength coach and teacher at Auburn Junior High School, was living and coaching in the north Alabama town of Guntersville.