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For the faculty and staff of Auburn University
Feb. 21, 2017

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

Tiger Giving Day happening today

Auburn's second Tiger Giving Day, taking place today, gives donors an opportunity to fund projects with goals ranging from $1,600 to $30,000. Projects include study abroad and internship opportunities, sending a student-built satellite into space, building a public display for Auburn's dinosaur egg and more. All the initiatives benefits students, research or outreach programs. [Read more]

Mell Classroom Building bringing ‘leading edge’ learning environments to Auburn University

When the 69,000-square-foot Mell Classroom Building opens on Auburn University’s campus this fall, students will enter a learning environment like they’ve never experienced. With 29 active learning classrooms, two lecture halls and approximately 50 group study spaces, the $35 million facility is one of the single largest investments in engaged active student learning in the Southeast. While most college students are familiar with large lecture halls, classrooms in the new facility will be outfitted with technology that far exceeds laptops and projectors. Instead, students will take an interactive approach by using multiple TV monitors, cameras and digital screens to collaborate and engage with peers and professors.

“Student success is our number one priority at Auburn University. This is one of the steps in our strategic planning process to provide students with state-of-the art, actually leading-edge, classroom and learning environments. We would like to set the standard for others,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger. [Read more]

Black History Month lecture to feature bestselling author and member of Harvard University faculty

As part of Auburn University's celebration of Black History Month and the annual speaker's series of the Africana Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts, author and Harvard faculty member Sarah Lewis will give a free public presentation Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Foy Hall auditorium on the Auburn campus. Her talk will feature prominent African American figures who worked through failure to achieve mastery as part of their process of innovation and discovery. A book signing will follow.

Lewis is a bestselling author, curator and assistant professor at Harvard University. Her most recent book is Los Angeles Times bestseller, "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery," a narrative of how innovation, discovery and creative progress are driven by the challenges of goals not yet achieved. [Read more]

New York Times bestselling author luncheon keynote speaker for 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference

The Auburn University Women’s Center, a division of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, will host its 11th annual Women’s Leadership Conference March 24 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The conference, with the theme “Be Bold, Be Powerful, Be You,” will feature Heidi Durrow, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” as the luncheon keynote speaker. Durrow’s book received the Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. [Read more]

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