AUBURN – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, known as OLLI at Auburn, was recently awarded a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The gift was given in recognition of programming excellence and demonstrating potential for long-term success and sustainability.
OLLI at Auburn has more than 700 members who can choose from more than 150 classes annually and from many other activities such as special lectures, socials and trips. This peer-led organization relies on members, guest speakers and Auburn faculty to teach and moderate courses with books, film and recordings.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Athletic Department and Tigers Unlimited recently announced the endowment of the Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professorship in memory and honor of the beloved Auburn coach.
During the recent A-Day festivities, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs made a special presentation to Ralph Jordan Jr. and Provost Mary Ellen Mazey, who will award the professorship to a deserving faculty member.
Jacobs said the professorship was established to support the academic mission of Auburn University and President Jay Gogue’s initiative to increase professorships on campus.
AUBURN – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded one of its two national Chairman’s Extraordinary Action Awards to Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. The $12,000 award will support a pilot project to assist the NEA in developing their Big Read program for correctional facilities.
“The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities,” said Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. “For this project, APAEP will work with NEA personnel to enhance the program for the prison setting.”
AUBURN – Ted and Alice Mallory have donated a condominium in their hometown of Fayetteville, Ga., to the Auburn University Foundation. Most of the profit from the sale of the donated property, appraised at $111,000, will be used to establish the Ted and Alice Mallory Endowment for Scholarships in Aviation and Supply Chain Management. The rest will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for an Auburn majorette and to provide unrestricted gifts to the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts’ Women’s Leadership Institute.
“We are delighted to provide this gift for scholarships,” said Ted. “The education and experiences we received at Auburn provided us with outstanding opportunities. These scholarships are a way for us to say thank you for what Auburn has given to us.”
AUBURN – Mike and Jane McLain of Atlanta have increased an existing pledge to the Auburn University College of Business in support of the university’s efforts to recognize and retain exemplary faculty through its endowed professorship program. Their commitment of $150,000 is the second secured by the College of Business in less than two months in response to President Jay Gogue’s challenge to create 81 new professorships across campus for existing faculty with exceptional merit.
When fully funded, the McLain Family Endowed Professorship will be awarded by the dean of the college to a professor who exhibits a strong commitment to students and a high quality of instruction, research and service. The donors requested that preference be given to a faculty member in finance or marketing. To make the endowment one of distinction, the university will match the annual spendable amount which is available for distribution with $7,500 in perpetuity.
AUBURN – Carolyn Brinson Reed, Auburn University class of ’65, along with her sons Randy ‘89 and Scott ’90, recently established a $1 million planned gift with the Auburn University Foundation to honor the memory and legacy of a devoted husband, father and community leader.
The donation will establish the Robert E. Reed Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the College of Liberal Arts and will benefit honor students from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham. Mr. Reed was a 1965 graduate of Auburn.