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March 31, 2017

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

Nearly 500 Auburn University students showcasing their research April 13

Auburn University will hold its "This is Research: Student Symposium 2017" on April 13 in the Student Center, giving Auburn and Auburn Montgomery students an opportunity to share their research university-wide. More than 470 undergraduate and graduate students, up from 350 last year, have registered to participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays.

"This is a popular event that gives students a chance to showcase their work," said Steve Taylor, chair of the This is Research Symposia Committee and associate dean for research in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. [Read more about the research symposium]

Auburn University breaking ground on new performing arts center

Auburn University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m., to celebrate the construction of a new performing arts center. Located across from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on South College Street in Auburn, the center’s proximity to the museum creates a new arts district for the university, community and region. The center is expected to be complete by 2019, with programming beginning that year.

The construction of the center is made possible through a $25 million lead gift from 1957 graduates John and Rosemary Brown. The gift was announced as part of an overall $57 million commitment, the largest in university history, in support of Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University. [Read more about the performing arts center groundbreaking]

Record number of Auburn University students receive National Science Foundation Fellowships

Fourteen Auburn University students and recent graduates are recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, doubling last year’s number of awardees. The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. In addition to these 14 recipients, six other students were designated as honorable mentions.

Each fellowship consists of three years of support accessible over a five-year period. For each year the National Science Foundation, or NSF, provides a stipend of $34,000 to the fellow, and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution. [Read more about the recipients of the National Science Foundation fellowships]

SEC's Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award presented to James Barth

Auburn University Professor James Barth will receive the Southeastern Conference's Auburn Faculty Achievement Award for 2017.

Barth, who serves as the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the SEC, and he becomes Auburn's nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year, who will be selected from 14 nominees representing SEC universities. [Read more about Barth's award.]

Textron Aviation donates use of new Cessna Skyhawk 172 to Auburn aviation program

Auburn University aviation students love flying—especially on a school day field trip to Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, where they were presented with a new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft.

Seventeen students along with Auburn University Aviation Center personnel recently boarded an American Eagle jet, operated by Envoy Air, at the Auburn University Regional Airport and made the 1 hour 45-minute flight to Kansas. [Read more about Auburn's Cessna Skyhawk aircraft]

Auburn University selects Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ for 2017-18 Common Book

"The Circle" is the first work of fiction selected for the Common Book: One Book One Auburn program since its inception in the fall of 2010. Author Dave Eggers will be on the Auburn University campus Sept. 12-13 to speak about the international bestseller and his experiences.

Protagonist Mae Holland is granted the opportunity to work for the Circle, a powerful Internet company which uses social media and technological innovations to constantly be connected to its users. The story investigates themes of privacy, democracy and connectivity in the digital age. [Read more about this year's Common Book]

University Outreach holds ribbon cutting for Korea Corner

Pictured above, from left, are Daniel Yu, assistant director of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education; Ron Anders, City of Auburn councilman; Hope Stockton, director of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education; Giovanna Summerfield, associated dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts; Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger; Consul General of the Republic of Korea Kim Seong-jin; Vice President of University Outreach Royrickers Cook; Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller; Andrew Gillespie, assistant provost of the Office of International Programs; and Suhyun Suh, coordinator of Korea Corner. 

University Outreach held a ribbon cutting March 28 for Korea Corner, an educational and cultural resource center on Auburn's campus.Located at 2235 Haley Center, Korea Corner was established with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. Korea Corner will support the efforts of Auburn University Outreach to meet the changing needs of citizens in a global society. It will increase access to materials on Korea for Auburn students and members of the local community, and will help create educational experiences to strengthen the connection of members of the Korean community to American culture and society. [Read more about Korea Corner online.]

Journalist and writer Laura Ling speaking at Auburn April 3

The Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence will host Laura Ling, an award-winning journalist, web and TV host on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom.

Ling has dedicated herself to bringing attention to critical global issues, including slave labor in the Amazon, the drug war in Mexico, Internet censorship in China and women’s rights in Turkey. [Read more about Laura Ling's speaking event.]

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