AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Azeem Ahmed has been named winner of the 2014 President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, an honor presented to only one university student worldwide each year.
“We are excited that Azeem’s passion for tackling global hunger has been recognized in this award,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “He has dedicated his undergraduate studies and extracurricular activities to understanding and alleviating the roots of hunger. This speaks to Auburn’s land-grant mission to improve the lives of Alabamians as well as people around the world.”
AUBURN – The Auburn University Board of Trustees agreed on Feb. 3 to establish the International Hunger Institute, providing the university with another tool to use in the fight against domestic and global hunger.
The proposal from the College of Human Sciences was based on the college’s ongoing relationship with the United Nations World Food Programme and the university’s role as a land-, space- and sea-grant institution.
“No other institution is as well positioned to create an international hunger institute as Auburn University,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Honors College will hold its spring 2010 honors convocation, “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat’: Bringing Relief and Enabling Self Reliance in Developing Countries” on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in 2370 Haley Center. This event is open to the public.
The speakers will be Douglas Coutts, distinguished visiting professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science on assignment from the UN World Food Programme, and Emma Clark, Auburn native and graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a master of health science degree in global epidemiology.
Auburn University will host representatives from more than 20 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada for its fifth annual University Hunger Summit, Feb. 26-28 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The theme of the 2010 conference, “Mobilizing to Feed a Hungry World,” reflects an ongoing and expanding initiative known as the War on Hunger that began more than five years ago at Auburn in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme. Involvement now circles the globe to include more than 130 colleges and universities as part of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
AUBURN – The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s student leadership group for the War on Hunger, is donating $15,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme for Haiti relief. The money was collected over the past 18 months through various fundraisers by Auburn’s individual schools, colleges and organizations, as well as campus-wide activities.
The World Food Programme, or WFP, is the largest humanitarian agency in the world, feeding on average over 90 million people in 82 countries annually. As a first responder in the current crisis, WFP is attempting to bring weekly rations to more than 2 million people in Haiti over the next few weeks.
The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s leadership team for the War on Hunger, has designated Oct. 12-16 as Hunger Awareness Week at Auburn University. This annual event highlights the plight of the one billion chronically hungry people throughout the developing world and draws attention to the needs of individuals and families in the local community.
Events begin on Monday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. with the Student Government Association’s 16th annual Beat Bama Food Drive. For more information, go to http://www.beatbamafooddrive.com.