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Feb. 7, 2017

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

Two former Freedom Riders to be featured at public event in Auburn Feb. 22

In recognition of Black History Month, the Auburn Alumni Association will host Freedom Riders Bill Harbour and Charles Person in a free public event Feb. 22, from 4-6 p.m., at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Harbour and Person will offer accounts of their experiences as civil rights activists who rode interstate buses through the segregated southern United States in the early 1960s.

Harbour and Person endured beatings, bombings, harassment and imprisonment—but they changed the Civil Rights Movement and demonstrated the power of individual actions to transform the nation. [Read more]

Biotechnology in animal agriculture topic of Feb. 14 York Lecture on Auburn campus

Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam will address the often-controversial issue of genetic engineering’s role in livestock production systems on the Auburn University campus Tuesday, Feb. 14, when she presents “Animal biotechnology: What is it, what could it be, and will it be allowed?” as the Spring 2017 E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer.

The free public lecture is set for 4 p.m. in 113-A Lowder Hall. [Read more]

Auburn ag alumna receives international Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

Auburn University agriculture alumna and Kenya native Esther Ngumbi recently received the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award at the sixth World Sustainability Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ngumbi, along with a fellow recipient, split a $10,000 award sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute’s Sustainability Journal, an international scholarly publication covering environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability. [Read more]

Consul General of Mexico visited campus last week

Pictured, from left, are Senior Counsel to the President Anna Gramberg, Consul General of Mexico Javier Diaz de Leon and Auburn University President Jay Gogue.

Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico in Atlanta, met with Auburn University President Jay Gogue on Jan. 31. During this visit, the consul general also met with students, faculty and administrators/staff. The visit was the latest in a series of visits from international dignitaries and is part of a strategic plan to enhance education by providing more international experiences for students. 

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