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For the faculty and staff of Auburn University
March 24, 2017

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

Get to know incoming President Dr. Steven Leath

Selected Monday to lead Auburn, the future president discusses his vision for Auburn University. Watch a Q&A with the university's 19th president, Dr. Steven Leath, online

Auburn University galvanizes university leaders, students to address food waste on campuses

Auburn University is leading a gathering of nearly 100 university and multi-sector leaders this week to discuss how universities can take a leadership role in creating zero food waste and hunger free campuses.

Supported by international nonprofit Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH, Leaders Forum, March 23-24, at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, will focus on food waste and open data – two critical issues that if solved could greatly accelerate global food and nutrition security. [Read more]

Harrison School of Pharmacy, ADECA combat illicit, prescription drug abuse

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University is helping the state of Alabama fight a growing national problem–the abuse of prescribed and illicit drugs.

With a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, the school teamed up with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA, to offer a conference for those individuals who would typically have the first opportunity to intervene in drug abuse matters–law enforcement, first responders and health care professionals. [Read more]

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences names James Earl Kennamer 2017 Outstanding Alumnus

Pictured are, from left, Gretchen VanValkenburg, Auburn’s vice president for Alumni Affairs; James Earl Kennamer, Outstanding Alumni Award recipient; Michelle Isenberg, advisory council chairperson for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; and Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences recognized James Earl Kennamer, a 1964 game management graduate and former faculty member, as the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient during a presentation at its advisory council meeting March 1 in Auburn.

Kennamer, who later earned a master's and a doctoral degree from Mississippi State University, is part of a multigenerational family of Auburn wildlife alumni and faculty. He is the son of Earl Kennamer, Auburn's first wildlife Extension specialist. His own son, Lee, is also a wildlife graduate of Auburn. [Read more]

Lutzenkirchen public speaking award successfully endowed by foundation in Opelika

The W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation in Opelika has endowed The Philip Lutzenkirchen Excellence in Public Speaking Award. The funds will support a public speaking competition in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University in honor of the late Auburn tight end and communication graduate, Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Jennifer Johnson, lecturer in the School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, has worked with the Lutzenkirchen family, the Office of Development, and faculty and staff toward making the endowment a reality. [Read more]

Veterinary medicine students have headed out for eight weeks of real world experience

The week of spring break at Auburn University, 121 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017 students began preceptorships throughout the state and beyond to gain real world experience in their chosen disciplines under the supervision of veterinarians around the United States. During the eight-week experience, students apply what they have learned in classrooms, laboratories and clinical rotations.

The students in this class have chosen a variety of specializations. While 30 students will be gaining professional experience in Alabama and 30 in Kentucky, others will complete preceptorships in more distant locations. [Read more]

March Spirit of Excellence winners announced

Pictured, from left, are Codi Plaster, Jonathan Warren and Angela Head.

  • Angela Jackson Head, Office Administration, Communication Disorders

  • Barbara Barnes, Service/Maintenance, Parking Service

  • Codi R. Plaster, Administrative/Professional, Poultry Science

  • Jonathan M. Warren, Technical/Paraprofessional, Liberal Arts Administration

Spirit of Excellence is a monthly award from Human Resources which recognizes employees who perform above the requirements of their position. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the Employee of the Year Award, announced at the annual Employee Recognition Award ceremony in May. To nominate an employee, a form must be completed and submitted to the following address: Spirit of Excellence Award, Department of Human Resources, 1550 E. Glenn Ave., Auburn. The nomination form is available on the HR website. Nominations must be received by the 15th of each month and will remain in effect for a period of one year from the date submitted.

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