This Week @ AU
Aug. 18, 2014
Welcome Week

Welcome Week continues with variety of events; check out the video

New and returning students are invited to participate in the 2014 Welcome Week activities, which consist of more than 115 events designed to help welcome all students back to Auburn this semester. A full listing of events is available on the Guidebook mobile application. "Each of our big event themes is around a country or city," said Welcome Week director Megan Eldridge. "I am most excited about seeing everyone back on the Plains. I love the atmosphere of campus when all 25,000 students are here, and being able to put on the first set of events for the incoming freshmen is a pretty cool experience." For more information, visit the Welcome Week website or call 844-4788. Check out the video and feature story, too.

Justin Garrett and Glenn Loughridge
New Wellness Kitchen offers students an unlimited buffet

Auburn students have a new dining option this fall with the opening of the new Wellness Kitchen, a $6.6 million facility located just north of the Athletics Complex parking deck, across the street from the South Donahue Residence Hall. It offers an unlimited buffet, featuring make-to-order action stations, pizza oven, carving station for beef, pork or poultry, a hot line with fresh meats and vegetables, salad bar and fresh fruit smoothie station. In addition, the facility contains the university’s first gluten- and allergen-free prep area to accommodate those with special dietary needs. The new dining building is open to all students and will be used by student-athletes for their training table programs. Pictured are football player Justin Garrett and Director of Campus Dining Glenn Loughridge. For details about the Wellness Kitchen, see the feature story.

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Help Auburn win the College Colors Day contest

Auburn is ranked in the top 5 nationally in the College Colors Day contest that recognizes the most spirited fans in the nation. You can participate by uploading your Auburn pictures to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #wareagle and #collegecolors and by downloading the College Colors app, which allows fans to upload pictures that can include school logos. Universities get points based on the number of picture uploads or app downloads, with the winning school getting $10,000 for scholarships. You can visit the website for more information and the current rankings. The contest runs through Aug. 28. Don’t forget to wear your orange and blue on Aug. 29 in celebration of College Colors Day.

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ePortfolio Project names new student ambassadors

The ePortfolio Project has six new ePortfolio ambassadors who completed training on Aug. 13: Keely Britton, Mitch Carter, Robyn Hunter, Gang “Leo” Liang, Jamie McClintock and Emily Unwin. They will help students and faculty create their own ePortfolios and promote the initiative at various events. Ambassadors returning for a second year include Will Collier, Elizabeth Devore, Megan Lankford, Patience Marsh and Caitlin Shostak. These undergraduate and graduate students represent a wide range of majors across campus. For more information about the ePortfolio ambassador program, contact or visit the website.

International Buddy Program applications available

The International Buddy Program student organization provides a way for international and local students to form meaningful friendships with one another, facilitating smooth transitions into student life at Auburn and the local community. All students are invited to join and share and embrace new friends and cultures. Host buddies do not need special training, and incoming freshmen are welcome to join even in their first semester. The application deadline is Sept. 5. For more information, visit the website or contact Katherine Williams at Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AuburnIBP.

Hand writing
Miller Writing Center opens Wednesday

The Miller Writing Center, which opens for the semester on Wednesday, Aug. 20, provides free writing support for all students in all majors, undergraduate and graduate. Trained consultants are available to help plan, draft and revise any kind of writing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The center has six locations: RBD Library; Student Athlete Development Center; Library of Architecture, Design and Construction; Haley Center; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building; and the Student Center. All locations are open to all students. Visit the website for each location’s hours, directions and information about scheduling appointments.

Theatre holding auditions for fall productions

The Auburn University Theatre will hold auditions for its fall productions of Nunsense by Dan Goggin and Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill on Aug. 20-22 in the Telfair Peet Theatre. Interested performers should contact Dan LaRocque at about Nunsense or Chase Bringardner at about Vinegar Tom. Auditions are open to the entire Auburn University community.

Green Universities
Auburn named greenest college campus in Alabama

Auburn University was recently named the greenest college campus in the state of Alabama by College Prowler, earning a green rating of 8.6 on a scale of one to 10. College Prowler described the schools on the list: “Green living is steadily becoming the norm. These days, schools boast a high number of LEED-certified facilities and sustainability initiatives. The following colleges and universities are striving for a more eco-friendly future.” See the map of the greenest college campuses in each state and read more online.

Cheryl Seals
Seals to lead Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program

Cheryl Seals, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, has been appointed acting director of the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program, or AEP, in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The AEP helps incoming minority engineering students adapt to and succeed in college life. Sponsored by Alabama Power, the program supports students throughout the duration of their collegiate career. Study groups, tutoring and peer counseling sessions are among the activities available for participants. Read more online.

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Pharmacy students help Alabama seniors with Medicare Part D selection

Nearly 150 Medicare Part D enrollees across Alabama have benefited from a partnership between the Harrison School of Pharmacy and Alabama’s State Health Insurance and Assistance Program. Seventeen events were held in 11 cities, where pharmacy students worked one-on-one with Medicare Part D beneficiaries to determine which prescription drug plan best suited their individual needs. The volunteers included 229 second- through fourth-year pharmacy students who were certified to offer consultation through the Alabama Department of Senior Services’ Online Training and Certification process. Three members of Auburn’s pharmacy faculty and staff were also certified. To read more, see the news release.

Bobby Woodard
Take 5 with Bobby Woodard, vice president for student affairs

Bobby Woodard, Auburn’s new associate provost and vice president for student affairs, is the subject of this week’s Take 5 on the Auburn University homepage. He comes to Auburn from East Carolina University, where he served as associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership. He brings to the Division of Student Affairs more than 15 years of experience as a student affairs director and educator and will provide support to enrich the Auburn student experience and promote student success. Woodard has been recognized by multiple organizations for his service to students and in the profession of student affairs.

Residence Hall room
Residence Life sponsoring room decorating contest

Residence Life is sponsoring a room decorating contest for all Auburn students living in on-campus residence halls. Students can enter their rooms in categories including resident assistant favorite, Auburn community favorite, most spirited room, greenest room and others through Residence Life’s AU Involve page. Contestant applications and photos will be accepted through Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Sept. 15. Additional contest sponsors include the Women's Resource Center, Recreation and Wellness Services, Greek Life, the Auburn Alumni Association, University Program Council and the Office of Sustainability.

Wheelchair Basketball
Learn about wheelchair basketball Friday

The Adapted Recreation and Athletics campus organization will hold an informational meeting for those interested in the Auburn University wheelchair basketball team on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Athletes with a permanent lower limb impairment or an injury that limits the ability to run, jump and cut can compete; however, several wheelchairs are available, and everyone is welcome to practice with the team. Anyone interested in playing or volunteering to work with the team should attend the meeting. The first practice will be held Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the coliseum. For more information, contact Jared Rehm at or (251) 599-3569. To learn more about Adapted Recreation and Athletics at Auburn, go to the website or go to the Auburn University wheelchair basketball Facebook page.

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Student Alumni Association hosting Color Me Auburn 5K

The Auburn Student Alumni Association, or SAA, is hosting the second annual Color Me Auburn 5K fun run on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. Participants will follow a route on campus and be showered with orange and blue powder. The first 600 people to register receive a race day shirt and packet. Registration is $25 for SAA and Auburn Alumni Association members and $30 for nonmembers. Discounted team registration is also available. To register, visit the website.

Smoke-Free Campus sign
Smoke-free policy includes e-cigarettes

Auburn University recently established a new smoke-free policy to create a healthier environment for the campus community. The policy no longer allows smoking inside or on property owned by Auburn University. This also includes e-cigarettes. The FDA defines and regulates e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. When crafting the smoke-free policy, Auburn University consulted with pharmacists and other universities which had smoking policies and reviewed the smoking policies of other government agencies. You can find more information about e-cigarettes online. To report a concern about smoking on campus, contact For updates about Auburn's effort to create a healthier and cleaner smoke-free campus, follow @SmokeFreeAU on Twitter.

Nutrition reseachers
Do nutritional supplements work?

Auburn researchers are testing the safety and efficacy of the ingredients of nutritional supplements with the help of a gift from 4Life, a company known for its immune system support products. Faculty and students in the Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab in the School of Kinesiology are interested in nutrition and exercise and how they improve biological or physiological markers. The researchers look at specific dietary ingredients and how they affect different physiological systems both with and without exercise. To read more, see the news release.

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Registration open for non-credit Korean language courses

The Auburn University King Sejong institute will offer non-credit courses in both beginning and intermediate Korean starting Monday, Aug. 18. The cost is $99 per eight-week course, plus the cost of textbooks. Beginning Korean will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Two intermediate Korean courses will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the website.

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Bookstore announces extended hours for Welcome Week

The Auburn University Bookstore will be open extended hours during the first five days of classes to accommodate students purchasing textbooks and class materials. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, through Thursday, Aug. 21. On Friday, Aug. 22, it will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will not be open on Saturday or Sunday. Regular operating hours resume Aug. 25: Monday and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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