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Auburn Athletics partners with Hunger Solutions Institute in End Child Hunger campaign

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Athletics Department goes on the offense against hunger. Through a partnership with the End Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA) campaign, spearheaded by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn Athletics is embracing hunger as its priority initiative.

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs joined ECHA spokesperson Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and pro-golfer Jason Dufner to announce the new partnership Friday during a visit to a summer feeding site at the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn.

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Father and son tackle academics on the Plains as fellow students

Auburn football player and senior marketing student C.J. Uzomah, left, congratulates his dad, Xavier, who earned his Executive MBA in May.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.

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Former Auburn swimmers awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Stuart FergusonKyle OwensAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Former Auburn swimmers and 2013 graduates Kyle Owens of Johnson City, Tenn., and Stuart Ferguson of Richmond, Va., have been awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, considered one of the highest academic honors a student-athlete can receive.

The award measures success beyond the playing field, encompassing academic accomplishments, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. One hundred seventy-four NCAA senior athletes across all sports and divisions are chosen each year and receive a $7,500 grant to pursue post-graduate education.

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Jay Jacobs to provide keynote address at Women’s Philanthropy Board 2012 Fall Luncheon

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jay Jacobs, Auburn University director of athletics, will provide the keynote address at the Women’s Philanthropy Board 2012 Fall Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 26, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Collective Philanthropy: Joining Forces for Greater Impact.”

Jacobs earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration from Auburn in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and was a member of the Auburn football team, earning two letters as an offensive tackle in 1982 and 1983.

Jacobs was named Auburn’s 14th director of athletics in 2004, after working in almost every area of the Auburn Athletics Department for the previous 20 years. Under Jacobs’ leadership, Auburn athletics has made major strides benefitting Auburn student-athletes, coaches and fans. The department has focused on five strategic goals under his leadership: winning, graduating student-athletes, managing the department’s fiscal affairs, complying with SEC and NCAA rules and providing a positive game-day experience.

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Auburn Athletics pledges $1.5 million to marching band facility

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Athletics Department announced today it has pledged $1.5 million to the Auburn Marching Band for its capital campaign to fund a new band practice facility.

The Band Practice Facility project was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2010 and will provide more than 32,500 square feet of space for the nationally renowned program. The total cost of the facility is estimated at $10 million and will feature a concert band rehearsal hall, percussion studio, marching band rehearsal hall, practice studios, administrative offices, archive gallery and a music library.

“The Auburn University Marching Band is an integral part of the pageantry and fabric of our gameday experience, and we are pleased to be able to help the band program move closer to its goal of building a first-class rehearsal facility,” said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs.

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Two Auburn University students selected as Rhodes Scholarship finalists

AUBURN – Two members of Auburn University’s Honors College have been named finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, one of the nation’s top academic awards. Seniors Erica Meissner of Ashburnham, Mass., and Krissy Voss of Paradise Valley, Ariz., will interview with selection committees in Birmingham, Ala., and Los Angeles, respectively, Nov. 19-20.

Scholarship winners will be announced following the interviews.

“Mentoring students with exceptional potential has been a key component of Auburn’s strategic plan, and Krissy and Erica are the best of the best,” said Auburn President Jay Gogue. “We’re proud to have them represent the Auburn family.”

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