AUBURN UNIVERSITY – As part of Auburn’s yearlong celebration of 50 years of integration, the “Honoring the Past, Charting the Future” Commemoration and Recognition Luncheon and Forum will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The 11:45 a.m. luncheon is a ticketed event and will feature author, educator and poet Frank X. Walker as the keynote speaker. Walker is the founder of Affrilachian Poets and has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at more than 300 national conferences and universities. The Auburn University Gospel Choir will perform, and honored guests will include some of Auburn’s first African-American students: Harold Franklin, Samuel Pettijohn, Willie Wyatt Jr. and Anthony Lee.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year Auburn University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its integration with a series of programs, lectures and performances designed to educate and inspire the Auburn Family.
Events will recognize Auburn’s first African-American student Harold Franklin as well as the impact of other pioneering faculty, staff, students and alumni.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers statewide conference will be held Nov. 5-6 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. This year’s theme is Diversity in Higher Education for the 21st Century: Bridging Research and Best Practices.
The conference is hosted by ALAHEDO, Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama System.
AUBURN – A team led by Auburn University researchers Ken Halanych and Scott Santos was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Assembling the Tree of Life program. The grant is for $3 million, with Auburn’s portion totaling $1.4 million.
Assembling the Tree of Life is an NSF initiative that seeks to improve understanding of the diversity of life on the planet and how the Earth’s more than 1.7 million species are related. Halanych and Santos are studying annelids, or segmented worms, one of the most abundant organisms on the planet.
AUBURN – Auburn University was named Scholarship Provider of the Year at the 2009 National Scholarship Providers Association Annual Conference in New Orleans for its Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholar program.
The award was presented in recognition of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ PLUS program, which provides academic and social support to students pursuing their undergraduate studies at Auburn University. The PLUS program provides an $8,000 four-year, renewable scholarship at $2,000 per academic year, and has been developed to complement the goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan.
AUBURN – Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Auburn University Gospel Choir will host “Voices Against Hunger” featuring the Afro-American Gospel Choir from the University of Alabama on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The City Church, 950 Shelton Mill Road in Auburn. Admission to this public event is $5 or five canned goods.
The “Voices Against Hunger” event is designed to raise awareness about hunger in the state of Alabama. Recent statistics indicate that 754,258 Alabamians, including 266,510 children, live in poverty. Additionally, 1,475,320 Alabamians live below the federal poverty level and 226,000 Alabama households are food insecure. Of those Alabamians living below the poverty level, approximately 546,684 persons per month receive food stamps with the average monthly food stamp benefit per person totaling $90.50.