AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Maya Angelou, recent winner of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as part of Auburn’s Women’s Leadership Institute Extraordinary Women Lecture Series.
In anticipation of Angelou’s upcoming visit, the College of Liberal Arts and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will hold “Angelou and the Arts” on Monday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at the museum. The Angelou and the Arts event, which is free to the public, will include a drawing for tickets to the Extraordinary Women Lecture to be held on Nov. 8. This is the only opportunity for the public to access tickets to Angelou’s November lecture.
The Angelou and the Arts event will feature a juried art exhibition and talk by juror Diane Edison, professor of art at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art. The talk will be given in conjunction with the Department of Art’s corridor exhibition titled, “Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: A Juried Student Exhibition of Works on Paper.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A collection of modernist American art was assembled in 1946 by the U.S. State Department and launched as a traveling exhibition, “Advancing American Art,” to show the world America’s artistic coming of age. Controversy arose, the world tour was short-lived and the collection was brought back to the United States and dismantled.
Now, nearly 70 years later, all but 10 paintings from the original 117 oils and watercolors will be on display Sept. 8 through Jan. 5 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in the debut of the exhibition, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.”
“‘Advancing American Art’ was the highlight of a U.S. State Department initiative of cultural diplomacy during the Cold War,” said Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum. “The exhibition was slated to travel to Eastern Europe, Asia and through the Latin American republic to show the freedom of expression enjoyed by artists in the United States.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has launched a new request system for all events held on campus. The Campus Event Planning System is part of the university’s new Event Planning and Protocol website which gives students, faculty, staff and guests of the university information about procedures and guidelines that ensure a successful event on campus.
The site covers everything from the beginning stages of planning an event to evaluation after the event is over. Special focus is placed on safety and risk management, to ensure that all precautions are taken to produce a safe and secure event.
The Campus Event Planning System, developed by the university’s Office of Information Technology and Office of Communications and Marketing, allows event planners to fill out a central form that will be reviewed by the university’s Event Management Committee.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Dwayne Brown, a 1990 graduate of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named the assistant vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University.
“Brown brings to the position extensive experience in strategic planning as well as training, development and team building,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “We are fortunate to have someone on our staff with such strong executive management experience. He will be overseeing most of our departments and providing leadership in strategic planning and financial management, as well as working with the board of directors of the Auburn Alumni Association.”
AUBURN, Ala. – The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., will open a branch campus in the Auburn Research Park in Auburn, Ala., officials announced today.
The chairman and president of both the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, or VCOM, and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, or ARTF, signed an agreement establishing a branch campus and collaboration on biomedical research and healthcare projects. VCOM will build a new facility featuring classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. The first class of 150 students is proposed for fall 2015.
“Our goals for a new branch campus are to provide state-of-the-art medical education and research and train students to practice medicine in areas with the most need,” said VCOM Chairman John Rocovich.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center hosts educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games. Hawks, falcons and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers, enabling guests to see these raptors flying close.
“Football, Fans and Feathers” kicks off Sept. 14; other dates are Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Programs begin at 4 p.m. and take place in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. For GPS, use 1350 Raptor Road.
Visitors learn about the residents of the Southeastern Raptor Center during these entertaining programs, which are open to the public. Admission is $5 each and registration is not required. Admission is $3 a person for school groups of 25 or more, and those groups should call (334) 844-6943 in advance. Children under three are admitted free.