Monthly Archives: April 2012

Auburn researcher helps discover links between Facebook profiles, personality and job success

AUBURN – Employers commonly examine an applicant’s resume, cover letter, references and personality to evaluate how well the potential new employee may perform. Now, the applicant’s Facebook profile may play a key role as well, according to an Auburn professor.

Kevin Mossholder, a professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business, is one of three researchers who recently published a study linking Facebook profiles to job performance. Mossholder, along with lead researcher Don Kluemper of Northern Illinois University and Peter Rosen of the University of Evansville, conducted two studies of more than 500 students to find links of Facebook profiles with personality, hiring potential and job success.

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Auburn awarding 3,312 degrees in spring ceremonies featuring noted guest speakers

AUBURN – Auburn University will award 3,312 academic degrees May 6-8 in Auburn Arena during spring commencement ceremonies featuring talks by Auburn alumni and industry leaders.

The first ceremony on May 6 begins at 1 p.m. for the colleges of Agriculture; Architecture, Design and Construction; Education; and Human Sciences. Auburn alumnus Ron Baynes, NFL coordinator of recruiting and officiating development, will be the speaker. The second ceremony starts at 5 p.m. for the College of Business with Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of The Home Depot, serving as the speaker.

The morning ceremony on May 7 begins at 10 a.m. for the colleges and schools of Engineering; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Nursing; and Sciences and Mathematics. Auburn alumnus Kirby Bland, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be the speaker. A 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the College of Liberal Arts with Auburn alumnus Javier Goizueta, vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, serving as the speaker.

Each ceremony can be viewed live through the university’s website at

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Auburn University’s vice president of research named to board of national research consortium

AUBURN – John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research, has been elected to the board of directors for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

ORAU is a consortium of leading Ph.D.-granting institutions that cultivates collaborative partnerships to enhance scientific research and education.

Mason earned a bachelor’s in transportation from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in transportation engineering from Villanova University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. At Auburn, he is responsible for research program development, sponsored programs, technology transfer and commercialization. He is also president of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.

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Climate change educators to gather at Auburn University symposium

AUBURN – The College of Sciences and Mathematics will host a symposium titled “Global Climate Change in Education” beginning at 9 a.m. April 26 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The symposium is the culmination of a program funded by NASA that began with the development of three learning modules since incorporated into grades 9 to 12 biology, chemistry and physics classrooms across Alabama. By the time implementation is complete, potentially more than 200,000 students will have had the opportunity to delve into the science of global climate change.

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Auburn University to host national Anti-Bullying Summit

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education will host their second national Anti-Bullying Summit at the Grand Hotel and Point Clear Resort in Fairhope, Ala., July 11-13.

The summit enables educators, parents, mental health professionals, researchers, community-based agency personnel and others to learn more about bullying and effective intervention strategies.

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Auburn interior design students win first place in national design contest

AUBURN – A team of Auburn University interior design students, competing in the Interior Design Educators Council 2012 National Student Design Competition for the first time, earned first place for its design of an art therapy center.

More than 300 students from 45 institutions across the country were challenged to identify the problems faced by South Africa’s “Lost Generation,” the children who have lost one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS, such as safe housing, education and access to healthcare. Student teams chose one aspect of a problem and developed a design response located within their country, while representing their culture and heritage.

Lindsay Mercer, Savannah Roberts and Shellie Sauls won the top prize with a proposal called “Canvas” for an art therapy center for the children.

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