AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and the University of Alabama are collaborating with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for Alabama residents and this week united to complete a home in time for Christmas for a Lee County family.
Students and staff from both universities are working with homebuilders from Geordan Communities and staff from Lee County Habitat for Humanity to provide the finishing touches necessary to prepare the home for the family to move in before Christmas.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thanh “TJ” Nguyen, a senior in mechanical engineering at Auburn University, has received the National Student Employee of the Year Award from the National Student Employment Association. The award was presented to Nguyen April 9 at a reception for the nominees at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
Nguyen is employed by the Outreach Office of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, where he has served as technical director for the War Eagle BEST robotics program and counselor for the Science Matters summer program for children. He is responsible for maintaining technology for the office and has created user manuals for new equipment. He was nominated by Mary Lou Ewald, director of the Outreach Office.
AUBURN – The Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and the Kappa Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will hold the All In, All Pink event to promote breast cancer awareness on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Student Center green space.
There will be free food, giveaways, face painting and entertainment. A brief program featuring guest speakers David Barranco, Dr. Brandon Johnson and Dr. Karla Simmons, who will share their stories and expertise, will begin at noon and will end with an All In, All Pink group photo and balloon release at 12:30 p.m. in honor of breast cancer survivors and victims.
“As part of Auburn University Outreach’s ongoing commitment to public service, we are excited to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the American Cancer Society to discuss and educate our community on this very important topic,” said Royrickers Cook, assistant vice president for Auburn University Outreach. “This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the survival of many people who have conquered breast cancer and remember those who have lost the battle.”
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of University Outreach will kick off the new school year with an event to launch the 2011 College Prep Initiative, celebrating the partnership between Auburn University and Loachapoka schools, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Loachapoka High School. There will be an opening reception followed by welcome remarks at 6 p.m.
The event will provide an opportunity for students and families in the community to learn about and sign up for numerous educational programs offered by Auburn University. The College Prep Initiative is in its second year and was established to engage students and inspire them to attain postsecondary education. The goal of the initiative is to have a majority of the graduating class accepted into a college or university.
Chippewa Thomas, an associate professor in the College of Education, was recently named Auburn University’s director of faculty engagement in the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach.
As director of faculty engagement, Thomas will ensure faculty members have detailed and accurate information regarding outreach requirements as part of the tenure and promotion process. She will also work to develop incentives designed to increase Auburn’s outreach initiatives and will share information about collaborative projects with members of the university’s leadership team as well as the university at large. She will report to the assistant vice president for university outreach.
AUBURN – The entire senior class at Loachapoka High School is receiving HP netbooks as part of an innovative partnership between the school and Auburn University’s Outreach office. The initiative provides academic support and mentoring to help students enter and perform better in college, and ultimately qualify for better jobs.
The distribution of 100 netbooks, coordinated by Auburn’s Office of University Outreach with the Lee County School System, is being conducted for the first time this school year. Funding for the netbooks is part of a grant received by University Outreach from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to develop this college prep initiative. The mini-laptops are part of a wide range of educational enrichment opportunities now available to the students at Loachapoka.