All-Star Lecture Series

Fridays before home football games at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center in the Goodwin Room or Galloway Atrium.

Sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn Athletics, the Office of Communications and Marketing, and OLLI@Auburn.

August 29 - Arkansas

David Housel '69

Jordan-Hare Stadium at 75 – Memories Down Through the Years with David Housel

David Housel spent the better part of his working life at Auburn University. He came to Auburn as a student in 1965. After a brief stint as news editor of The Huntsville News, he was hired by the University in 1970. In his 36 years at Auburn, he worked as Athletic Ticket Manager, Journalism instructor, sports information director (1981-93) and, from 1994 until 2005, Director of Athletics.

In his time as Athletic Director, Auburn won eight national championships, more than 30 SEC titles, had its highest graduation rates ever and finished every year financially in the black, one of a very few athletic departments in the country to do so.

He is the author of six books, including the “Auburn University Football Vault” and co-author of “The Alabama-Auburn Football Vault.”

He is a member of three halls of fame, including the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame. The press box at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium is named in his honor.  He received Distinguished Service Award from, among others, the Walter Camp Football Foundation in New Haven. Ct, the Birmingham Touchdown Club and the Alabama Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.  He was chosen Distinguished Citizen of Lee County by the Boy Scouts of America in 2011.

He is active in church and community affairs and has served on the Boards of the Presbyterian Community Ministry, the American Red Cross, Auburn Preservation League and chaired a campaign for the Child Advocacy Center of Lee County and East Alabama.

He had three goals in life: To be thin, rich and happy. Having failed miserably on the first two, he is now concentrating on the third, being happy, by reading several books a month and playing as much golf as he can.

A member of two men’s book clubs, Housel also hosts and moderates a student book club for the Honors College of Alabama here at Auburn.


September 5 - San Jose State

Beth DeMaioribus Monroe '04
Walt Disney Company

The Disney Difference

Beth DeMaioribus Monroe is a 2004 Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn. Beth grew up with a love for the fine arts, but excelled at math and science and wanted to find a career that creatively blended the two. Inspired by a video shared in the Intro to Engineering course during her Freshman Year at Auburn, Beth discovered her dream job: to work as an Industrial Engineer for the Walt Disney Company. She changed her major and began the pursuit.

Beth just celebrated 10 years with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Industrial Engineering Team, having worked 5 years in Orlando and then staying on part-time to work remotely from Jacksonville, Alabama for the last 5 years. She began in the perfect role to blend her interests, supporting the Entertainment and Costuming lines of business. She had the opportunity to support the process planning and logistics of the largest working wardrobe in the world and make sure Mickey knew where he was supposed to be at all times. She then spent a couple years supporting the backstage efforts and making sure that the magic onstage happened as seamlessly as possible. For the last 7 years, she has supported the Project Development team, working closely with Walt Disney Imagineering teams in Glendale, CA to help evaluate the magic in the making. She has also been honored to work on the Shanghai Disneyland Resort development, the Walt Disney Parks newest addition set to open late 2015.

Since her time at Auburn, Beth married her high school sweetheart, Jay, has celebrated the victory of Jay's battle with brain cancer and become "mom" to three little ones, Bella Grace, Tucker and Clara Leta.

Dreams do come true!


September 26 - Louisiana Tech

Oaks: Matt Moulthrop and Dennis Harper
Sponsored by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Inside the Moulthrop Studio

Losing the Auburn Oaks was a tragedy for the Auburn University campus and community. The trees were an integral part of the cultural fabric of the university. When noted artist and third generation master woodturner Matt Moulthrop of Atlanta, Georgia heard the national news story, he cared enough to reach out to university and museum administrators through Auburn alumnus Jim Gorrie and offered to create a bowl from the wood for Auburn’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. When experiencing the scale and beautiful finish of the wood sculpture on view at the museum, you can’t help but feel pride in your university and the renewed spirit of the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner. In a salon-style conversation with Matt Moulthrop, go inside the artist’s studio through photographs and video, as he discusses his inspiration, advancements in the woodturning process and the Auburn Oak Bowl with Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at JCSM. If you would like to visit the museum this day to see the bowl, the museum is extending our hours of operation until 6 p.m. Admission is free courtesy of JCSM Business Partners.

Matt Moulthrop

Benefitting from the experience of master woodturners in his family, Matt Moulthrop turned his first wood bowl on a lathe at age seven. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and completion of a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia Institute of Technology, he embarked on a typical business career. Yet, Matt (like his father and grandfather, who were both trained in other non arts-related disciplines as well), soon succumbed to the pull of the lathe. He has worked professionally as a woodturner since apprenticing with his father and grandfather from 1993 through 2002.

Matt continues a legacy of innovation in the art of woodturning, advancing techniques in finishes and exploring atypical rotational axes for the wood on the lathe. He is often drawn to a confluence of limbs and trunk that, when cut across the grain, reveals dramatically patterned surfaces. His Auburn Oak Bowl, created specifically for the Auburn Family, is a particularly striking example resulting from his insights into the hidden potential within a section of the tree. As he explains: “Each tree has a story to tell. Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors tell the story of death by lightning or blight. My job is to tell the story—lengthening the life of the tree rather than ending it.”

Matt Moulthrop’s vessels are placed in prominent collections across the United States, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, and now, Auburn’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Dennis Harper

Dennis Harper is curator of collections and exhibitions at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. His recent curatorial projects include Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy; Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel; and As Above, So Below: Recent Work by Scherer & Ouporov, which was conferred the Southeastern Museums Conference Award of Excellence in 2011. Prior to working at Auburn, he served as curator of exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art. In addition to his career in the museum field, Harper is a practicing artist with exhibitions across the United States. Harper has taught studio classes at Auburn University, University of Georgia, UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and led workshops on egg tempera painting, fresco and gilding.


October 3 - LSU

Susana Schuler
VP of News, Raycom

Staying Relevant When the Audience Already Knows Everything

Susana Schuler graduated Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a BS in Broadcast/Journalism and a minor in Business many, many moons ago. She started out as an associate producer in college in Fort Worth for KXAS while in school. Other jobs held were reporter, anchor, producer, assignment manager and eventually news director in Wichita Falls, Texas. Susana moved on to Harrisburg, PA, as an assistant news director, health reporter and anchor. In Terre Haute, she served as a News Director and corporate VP of News for Nexstar Broadcasting and eventually moved to Irving, Texas, to Nexstar headquarters. She helped them grow from three TV stations in 1997 to almost 50 in 2006. In 2006, Susana came to Raycom as VP of News. In January of 2014 was promoted to Senior Vice President and now oversees News, Marketing and Programming for Raycom Media. She was named one of the Top 10 Women to Watch by Broadcasting & Cable Magazine in 2002. She was honored with the First Amendment Leadership Award in 2011 by the Radio Television Digital Foundation.

Being a Texan it’s only fitting that she met her husband (another native Texan) at a rodeo. They have two daughters. One is the proud wife of an Army soldier and mother of a two beautiful children Elijah and Bella. The other daughter is almost 13 with the dubious distinction of being born on 9/11/01.

Susana is a first generation American born to Chilean parents. She was born in Houston while her father finished a residency at the Houston Medical Center. The family then moved back to Chile until the early 70’s when President Allende was set to take over the country. They fled to Germany for about 6 months and eventually landed back in Texas.


October 24 - South Carolina

Craig Darch and Mel Rosen, includes a book signing

From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen

Author Craig Darch interviewed many of Rosen's former athletes and fellow coaches. Included in the book are comments from football/baseball superstar Bo Jackson, legendary football coach Pat Dye, and Olympic medalists Harvey Glance, Willie Smith, and Carl Lewis.

Dr. Craig Darch is the Humana-Sherman-Germany Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Auburn University. He has co-authored three college-level textbooks on learning and intellectual disabilities and has published more than sixty research articles for professional journals in the fields of special education and psychology.


November 7 - Texas A&M

Project Serve

Auburn/Auburn Montgomery Nursing Students caring for Veterans: Establishing an academic-practice partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Presented by Libba McMillan '83, associate professor, Auburn School of Nursing;
Marilyn Rhodes, associate professor, Auburn Montgomery School of Nursing;
David Crumbley, assistant clinical professor, Auburn School of Nursing

Libba McMillan, who came to Auburn in 2008, has more than 30 years of nursing experience including critical care, cardiac rehabilitation, post-partum and medical surgical nursing. She is a two-time Auburn alumna with research interests in patient safety, curriculum development, national accreditation standards, creative pedagogy in teaching writing, and community health promotion. She is married to retired Lt. Col. Ken McMillan, an Air Force Academy graduate and former A-10 and F-16 fighter pilot.

David Crumbley spent three years in the U.S. Army as a medic and went on to receive a nursing degree. He spent 20 years as a Nurse Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy during which he implemented three nurse-managed wound care programs including the Complex Wound and Limb Salvage Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2012, Crumbley retired from the Navy with the rank of commander and joined the Auburn faculty.

Marilyn Rhodes currently teaches baccalaureate and graduate nursing students at Auburn Montgomery. After nearly 20 years of full scope midwifery practice and over 2,000 births, she began teaching as a clinical adjunct. Rhodes spent 30 years in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps and retired with the rank of colonel. She is married to retired Air Force Col. Michael Grumelli. Their son, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Greg Rhodes, whose unit recently returned from Afghanistan.


November 21 - Samford

Michelle McKenna-Doyle '87, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, National Football League

Technology and Sports

Michelle McKenna-Doyle is responsible for the NFL's technology strategy, shared service delivery and management of the league's corporate technology activities. She also leads the league's efforts for in stadium connectivity to fuel the fan experience and the NFL's Sideline of the Future initiative.

Ms. McKenna joined the NFL from Constellation Energy in Baltimore, Maryland where she was the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Constellation Energy, McKenna was President of Vision Interactive Media Group, a where she was responsible for marketing, technology, business development, operations and finance.

She has extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Universal Orlando Resort. In this role, she was responsible for the innovation, oversight and leadership of technology at Universal Orlando Resort, including the recent launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

McKenna is a certified public accountant. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Auburn University and a master's degree in business administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park Florida.


Last Updated: August 22, 2014