L-R: Jennifer Wood Adams, Sushil Bhavnani and Richard Burt
AUBURN UNIVERISTY – Three Auburn University faculty members have been named fellows in the 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within Southeastern Conference institutions and beyond.
Jennifer Wood Adams, director of the School of Communication and Journalism; Sushil Bhavnani, the Henry M. Burt Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Richard Burt, head of the McWhorter School of Building Science, will join 46 faculty and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities at academic workshops Oct. 14-16 at the University of Georgia and Feb. 5-7 at the University of South Carolina. Each of the 14 SEC universities also has a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and the Southeastern Conference announced today that Professor Pradeep Lall of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has been honored with the SEC’s Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award for 2012-2013.
Lall, the T. Walter Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Electronics at Auburn, will receive a $5,000 honorarium, and he becomes Auburn’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year, who will be selected from 14 nominees representing SEC universities.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University College of Agriculture students have teamed up with Alltech, an international agriculture company, to sell Haitian coffee to help the people of Haiti rebuild sustainable economic growth, jobs, agriculture and education in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.
Katie Brennan, Casey Randle and Alexandra Hawkins began selling bags of coffee at the beginning of fall semester as part of the SEC Alltech Challenge, with the goal of 1,500 bags sold before the competition deadline in April. They are competing with students from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Mississippi State University and Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College for the opportunity to travel to Haiti and help restore the devastated area.
Sixty-five percent of the proceeds goes into a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit fund; the other 35 percent goes to the College of Agriculture’s Ag Council, which works with agricultural organizations on campus.
AUBURN – Auburn University is ranked second nationally out of 145 public institutions in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars, the university’s Office of Enrollment Services announced this week. The rankings are included in the recently released 2010-2011 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Annual Report.
Auburn is first in the Southeastern Conference among public institutions and second, behind Vanderbilt, among all Southeastern Conference institutions. Auburn ranked ninth overall out of the 359 institutions where these scholars are enrolled, with Chicago, USC, Harvard, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Washington-St. Louis, Oklahoma and Yale ranked higher. Only Oklahoma was ranked above Auburn among all public institutions.
Auburn enrolled 181 new scholars this summer and fall, which is a 35 percent increase over last year’s number of 134. Auburn moved up from third in the SEC and 16th overall last year.
AUBURN – Auburn University joined with the 11 other Southeastern Conference institutions today in the launch of the SEC Academic Network, a Web site (www.secacademicnetwork.com) designed to promote academic endeavors of SEC universities using ESPN360.com technology.
The Academic Network, developed using technology and coordination from ESPN Digital Media and Origin Digital, will feature content from every institution ranging from research, innovation and economic development to community partnerships, civic engagement and service.