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Auburn awarding 1,432 degrees in fall ceremonies featuring guest speaker Stan White

Stan White

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

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Auburn and Missouri students team up with ‘Tigers for Tigers’

Tigers for TigersAUBURN 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.

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South’s BEST Robotics Championship to be held in Auburn Arena this weekend

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.

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Auburn-engineered football training device has roots in tornado cleanup efforts

Inventors Vaughn Maceina, left, and Sesie Bonsi, right, worked with Auburn mechanical engineering students to create the SledHammer strength-training device.
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.

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Auburn senior Patrick Donnan named Marshall Scholar, one of 40 in United States

Patrick DonnanAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Patrick Donnan has been named a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, becoming one of only 40 U.S. students selected to attend their choice of university in the United Kingdom.

“We are very proud of Patrick, both for his accomplishments at Auburn and for his being named a Marshall Scholar,” said Melissa Bauman, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “He has displayed great leadership in the classroom and the laboratory and in advancing science in the community.”

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Auburn, AUM nursing students to experience care for wounded warriors at Walter Reed in spring 2014

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Nursing students at Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery will have the opportunity this spring to work with staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., providing care to wounded service men and women.

“With a growing number of service members, veterans and their family members seeking care outside of the Military and Veterans Affairs health systems, it’s imperative for our students to be properly prepared to address their physical, as well as emotional, needs,” said Schools of Nursing Dean Gregg Newschwander. “We are fortunate to have an agreement with Walter Reed to provide this clinical opportunity.”

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