AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University are among a group of partners and sponsors who have helped establish The Oyster Trail, an interactive public art and restoration project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program to raise public awareness of the role oysters play in the Gulf Coast ecology and economy.
The trail will be comprised of a dozen fiberglass replicas of oysters, each measuring 5 feet in size, and featured in parks, in hotel lobbies, on sidewalks and in other locations throughout Mobile.
The debut of six of the trail’s oyster sculptures will take place at 5 p.m., July 11, at Wintzell’s Oyster House, 605 Dauphin Street in Mobile, and at five other locations throughout downtown Mobile. The final six sculptures will be presented later in the summer. Continue reading
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following a national search, Joseph Aistrup has been named the dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. Aistrup, currently the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University, will begin his appointment Sept. 1.
“Dr. Aistrup brings a wealth of experience as both an administrator and an educator,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to his leadership of the College of Liberal Arts and its diverse programs and course offerings.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alabama’s most profitable agricultural industry is the focus of a new partnership between Auburn University and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The partnership is designed to open more career doors in a part of the state where much of the poultry industry is concentrated.
Students in the program will complete their freshman and sophomore years at Wallace State and their junior and senior years at Auburn, completing a bachelor’s degree in poultry science.
“This is an excellent opportunity not only for Auburn and for Wallace State but for the state of Alabama,” said William Batchelor, dean of Auburn’s College of Agriculture. “Poultry is our state’s leading agricultural resource. It’s an industry of great economic importance to us, and it’s an industry offering excellent career paths for students. We’re grateful to our friends at Wallace State for helping make this partnership possible.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a new program that measures sustainability performance and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
The Auburn University Office of Sustainability collaborated with Academic Sustainability Programs to conduct the comprehensive self-assessment throughout 2012 and submitted findings to STARS in January. Representatives from a number of areas of campus participated in gathering and providing data.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A group of Auburn students is learning the value of investing through a friendly competition with other universities.
The Auburn University Investment Club is competing in the Student Investment Fund Competition sponsored by Sterne Agee, a Birmingham-based investment bank which distributed $50,000 to each of the four schools in the Southeast participating in the equity portfolio management challenge. The schools also include the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia and the University of Mississippi.
The winner will collect the full monetary value of its return while the other schools will receive half of their return; all prize money won by Auburn will go to the College of Business.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Office of International Programs will host a group of 25 Korean high school students Feb. 8, as part of a comprehensive cultural and leadership development program.
The students, selected by the government of the Gyeongsang province in Korea, will experience hands-on activities in the College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to showcase Auburn University to these top Korean students,” said Jennifer Mason, director of international initiatives at Auburn. “We hope this exposure to everything our region and our university can offer will inspire these students and their friends and families to consider Alabama as a prime destination for higher education.”