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November 3, 2015

$5 million gift to renovate Broun Hall honors defense industry pioneer

Dorothy Davidson, chair and CEO of Huntsville's Davidson Technologies, has made a $5 million gift to Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to renovate portions of Broun Hall, the home of electrical engineering. Her gift honors her late husband Julian Davidson, a 1950 Auburn electrical engineering graduate and defense industry pioneer.

"Julian would agree that the renovation of Broun Hall will provide an environment that will inspire the next generation of engineers through spaces that are conducive to study and collaboration," Davidson said. [Read more]

Auburn University faculty members honored with endowed professorships

Top row, from left: Justin Benefield, Joseph Majdalani and Scott Kramer. Bottom row, from left: Baker Ayoun and Pradeep Lall. 

Auburn University and the Auburn University Foundation honored five faculty members with newly endowed professorships, as well as the donors whose philanthropic gifts made them possible, at a recent awards ceremony.

Honorees included Scott Kramer of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, recipient of the Atlanta Auburn Building Science Alumni Committee Endowed Professorship; Justin Benefield of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, recipient of the Walker Reynolds Bickerstaff Endowed Professorship; Joseph Majdalani of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, recipient of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Endowed Professorship; Pradeep Lall of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, recipient of the John and Anne MacFarlane Endowed Professorship; and Baker Ayoun of the College of Human Sciences, recipient of the June M. Henton Endowed Professorship. [Read more]

Voting for #AUshirt under way

Voting for the first #AUshirt has begun at The search for the first #AUshirt is part of the Student Design League, a competition among students majoring in apparel merchandising and apparel design in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences. Representatives from Auburn, as well as Robin Ruth, a leading designer for travelers worldwide, reviewed more than 100 designs submitted from 44 students and selected the four best to vie for the #AUshirt. Voting will close on Sunday, Nov. 8. Only one vote can be cast per computer or mobile device. The design receiving the most votes will be announced at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, on the steps in front of Langdon Hall. The student behind the winning design will earn a summer internship at Robin Ruth. The #AUshirt will go on sale at after the winner is announced. For every #AUshirt sold, $5 will go to support study abroad scholarships for Auburn’s fashion students.

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