AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The green space outside the Auburn University Student Center will be filled with more than 2,200 Auburn University students at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, as they kick off the 12th annual BIG Event with special guests Alabama Rep. Mark Tuggle and City of Auburn Mayor Bill Ham. The BIG Event has become an Auburn tradition as students give back to the surrounding community.
Beginning at 9 a.m., teams of students will visit 168 job sites including Opelika Municipal Park, Loachapoka High School, Magnolia Place Assisted Living facility and other homes, businesses, churches and schools to perform a variety of tasks like landscaping, painting and pressure-washing.
“This year’s BIG Event, with the slogan of ‘One BIG family, One BIG difference, One BIG Event,’ is all about connecting the Auburn community,” said James Prewitt, assistant executive director of the BIG Event. “The BIG Event is an amazing opportunity to show the people of the community how Auburn students appreciate them for allowing us to call Auburn home.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Spending a week on the beach, relaxing at your parents’ house, going on a road trip with friends or going to Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers on health care – which spring break trip sounds most exciting? First-year Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy student Kaitlyn Gary’s choice, hands down, is a trip to our nation’s capital to combine her two passions: pharmacy and government.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., and a 2013 Auburn graduate, Gary was selected for a program called RxIMPACT through the National Association of Chain Drugstores, or NACDS. As part of the program, she will travel to Washington, D.C., March 12-13 for RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill and RxIMPACT U Academy. Gary will represent Auburn University as one of a group of students from around the country lobbying lawmakers on current issues facing the pharmaceutical profession.
Gary, no stranger to Capitol Hill, was excited about the opportunity to return and lend her voice in advocacy for pharmacy.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – For most students, summer is a time to relax and recharge, maybe take a class or two. For most students at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, the summer also includes a two-week pharmacy practice rotation. But second-year pharmacy student Elizabeth Wood will spend her summer working at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country.
Wood, a native of Vestavia Hills, Ala., will spend the summer in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Clinic. She was selected as one of four students nationwide to work in the clinic’s outpatient pharmacy program.
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.