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Feb. 28, 2017

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

Tiger Giving Day fully funds 22 projects

Auburn University's online crowdfunding initiative, Tiger Giving Day, fully funded 22 projects for various schools, projects, and units across campus. The online fundraising event, which ended at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 21, inspired gifts from nearly 3,000 Auburn alumni, friends and fans, who raised more than $500,000.

Each project was showcased at and ranged from providing five job internships for student-athletes in Auburn Athletics to an upgraded nursery and portable ultrasound machine for Canine Performance Sciences detection dogs. [Read more]

Junior Hallie Nelson named finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Auburn University student Hallie Nelson has been named a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She will interview in Atlanta next month for one of the 60 available Truman Scholarships nationwide.

Nelson, a native of Birmingham, is an Honors College junior majoring in biosystems engineering with minors in Spanish, sustainability studies and community and civic engagement within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, University College and the College of Liberal Arts, respectively. [Read more]

Auburn accounting students offer financial literacy fair at middle school in Auburn on March 1

Sarah Patrick didn't wait until college to understand how to balance a budget and a checking account or how credit cards can impact her personal finances. She carried the passion of financial literacy straight from high school into Auburn University's School of Accountancy.

"The way our economy is, financial literacy is something that a lot of young people are ill-informed about," said the junior from Hoover. "Whether it's the basics, like the difference between checking and savings accounts, or investing in stocks versus bonds, it's something that a lot of people are not super-educated on. These are things that we all must deal with, and to make sound financial decisions, you have to be educated on those basics. The earlier you can expose students to it, the better." [Read more]

Auburn University hosts first stop on national listening tour

Auburn University will be the first stop on a national tour discussing America's place in the world at a time of increasing concern about global competition abroad and population diversity within national borders.

Inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's 19th century tour of the United States, the Asia Society has established “The U.S. and the World in 2017: A Listening Tour in the Footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville,” which kicks off Wednesday, March 1, with a town hall meeting at Auburn University. [Read more]

Eight teams advance to Tiger Cage student pitch competition semifinals

Student entrepreneurs representing Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Architecture, Design and Construction will compete in the semifinals of the Tiger Cage business pitch competition on March 3.

Presented by the Harbert College of Business and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, Tiger Cage discovers and rewards the best early-stage products, services or business concepts developed by Auburn University students. Eight teams advanced from a pool of 20 to the semifinal round, which will be held on Friday, March 3, from 1-3 p.m. in the Terrace Room at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more]

Voting starts Wednesday for University Senate chair elect and secretary elect

Auburn faculty will vote March 2-6 for future elected leaders of the University Faculty and its representative body, the University Senate. The faculty will vote electronically for chair-elect and secretary-elect between 8 a.m., Thursday, March 2, and 5 p.m., Monday, March 6. The winners will be announced at the spring meeting of the University Faculty, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in 238 Broun Hall. The University Senate will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. in 238 Broun Hall. [Read more]

Auburn University earns Tree Campus USA designation for eighth consecutive year

Auburn University has earned the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for an eighth consecutive year, recognizing the university's commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging staff and students in conservation efforts.

Auburn's campus is now home to more than 8,200 trees, and the count continues to grow. Auburn planted two new live oak trees at Toomer's Corner Feb. 18 as part of its commitment to having vibrant trees at the corner. The oaks were replaced after the Magnolia Avenue oak was heavily damaged by fire. [Read more]

Associate designer on Broadway returns to Auburn University to design set for ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Travis McHale, notable lighting and associate designer for several on- and off-Broadway plays, has returned to Auburn University as the scenic and lighting designer for the Tony award-winning musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." This is his fifth guest artist feature at Auburn, after just completing work on the Academy Award-winning "Sunset Boulevard."

A native of Los Angeles, McHale traveled southeast to attend college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, formerly known as North Carolina School of the Arts. He said it’s the familiar Southern culture that brought him back to Auburn. [Read more]

'Korean Art from the 1960s to the 2010s' topic of Dartmouth professor's talk at art museum March 5

"Searching for Self Identity: Korean Art from the 1960s to the 2010s" will be the topic of a talk by Sunglim Kim March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The program is sponsored by Auburn University's Office of International Programs. A reception will follow.

Kim is assistant professor in the Art History Department and the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on pre-modern and early 20th-century Korean art and culture, including the rise of consumer culture in the late Chosŏn dynasty and the role of the professional nouveau riche in the production, distribution, collection and consumption of art in 18th and 19th-century Korea and the lives, artistic achievements and evaluations of women artists in pre-modern and modern Korea. [Read more]

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