AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University students will participate in “The Mayor’s Scholars Conference” in Birmingham Sept. 12-14.
The War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, the Black Student Union, Auburn University Student Government Association and the Auburn University Lobby Board will serve as ambassadors for the Reaching Economic Justice and Building Tolerance panels during the morning session on Sept. 12.
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 – A recent Auburn University study provides evidence that today’s college students are heavier and, yes, fatter when they graduate than when they first arrived on campus. And that’s true more so for the male student body than the female. The study tracked changes in male and female college students’ weight, size, shape and body composition not just as freshmen but over the course of their four-year college careers.
Results from the in-depth research project that ultimately followed 89 females and 42 males from their first semester on campus in August 2007 to their last in May 2011 showed seven out of every 10 students participating in the study gained weight – an average of 13 pounds for males and 3.7 pounds for females – on their journey to a bachelor’s degree.
More telling, however, were the changes in body fat percentages, which revealed that the average weight-gaining student in the four-year study had 4.7 percent more fat tissue as a graduating senior than he or she had as an incoming freshman. Body fat percentages increase not only with gain of fat tissue but also with the loss of lean muscle mass, so, although females in the study gained only 3.7 pounds on the scales, they had 8.5 more pounds of fat in the body at the study’s end. For males, the higher body fat percentage translated into 11.1 additional pounds of fat.
AUBURN – Nearly 4,000 Auburn University students in 30 residence halls saved more than $12,000 in water and electricity costs in this year’s Sustain-A-Bowl, Auburn’s annual resource reduction competition. The goal of the competition was for each residence hall to reduce both its electricity and water consumption by 10 percent.
Twenty-three of the 30 residence halls participating reached the electricity reduction goal, while 22 halls reached the water reduction goal. Overall winners for the competition included Broun Hall in the Quad, Toomer Hall in the Hill and Tiger Hall in the Village.
AUBURN – Auburn University will host “Collaboration and Innovation,” an arts exhibition celebrating the works of ninth-grade Auburn Junior High School students who participated in the Room Eleven program, Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Auburn’s Biggin Hall Gallery.
“Room Eleven is a collaborative venture between artists, teachers and students that infuses the traditional classroom with the arts,” said ninth-grade language arts teacher, Whitney Reed. “As a result of their work together, the students have come away with enriched understandings not only of the curriculum, but of who they are, where they live and why art matters. ‘Collaboration and Innovation’ is a celebration of the arts and education that are taking place in our own Auburn community.”
AUBURN – Approximately 140 collegiate anglers are expected to fish on Lake Guntersville this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, in the 2011 Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series tournament trail. The fishing series, hosting by Auburn University’s Bass Sports Club, is open to all university-sponsored fishing teams throughout the Southeast and beyond.
Teams are scheduled to arrive Thursday for an official practice day and will launch out of Spring Creek beginning at safe light on Friday and Saturday. Weigh-ins will be held Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend and support their favorite schools. A live broadcast of the weigh-ins will be available at www.auburn.edu/bass.