Auburn University Singers presenting fall show this weekend
The Auburn University Singers will present their annual fall show at Telfair Peet Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dale Farmer, the show choir will present a wide array of popular and show music complete with costumes and choreography. Performances will include songs from "Carousel" and "Grease," as well as arrangements of "Royals" by Lorde and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Tickets are $5 for students with an ID and $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Department of Music office or at the door. For more information, call 844-4165 or visit the website.
USA Team Handball tryouts set for Saturday; club tryouts also scheduled
The USA Team Handball Federation will conduct National Team Tryouts and Olympic Residency Evaluations in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 7. Auburn University in August was named the official training site of the USA Team Handball Residency Program as they train for Pan American and Olympic competition. On Saturday, Team USA head coaches Javier Garcia Cuesta and Christian Latulippe will be teaching handball fundamentals and providing evaluations. The AU Team Handball Club will also be present to recruit players for the men's and women's club handball teams. All students interested in trying out must register online via AllPlayers and pay a nonrefundable $15 fee. Women's tryouts are from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Men's tryouts are from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Maurice Godwin at email@example.com, visit Facebook, or visit the USA Team Handball website.
House United applications due today
House United, a joint building project between Auburn University, Habitat for Humanity and the University of Alabama, provides families of Lee County with a Habitat Home. Ten students from each school are needed to work together on a Habitat Home Dec. 15-18 in Lee County. The cost for the project is $80 per person. This fee will cover transportation, housing, meals, extracurricular activities and a T-shirt. All checks should be made payable to Auburn University. Submit completed applications to: The Office of Public Service, 201 O.D. Smith Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5607. Applications and payment are due Monday, Dec. 2. For more information and an application, visit the website or contact Joyce Thomas-Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Author to present 'Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History'
Special guest and author Joe Perry will present "Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History" at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Perry is an associate professor of modern German and European history at Georgia State University and author of "German Christmas: A Cultural History." He will explore the invention, evolution and politicization of Germany's favorite national holiday. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. Advance registration is encouraged via the museum's website.
Interlibrary Loans announces holiday deadlines
Book requests submitted after Friday, Dec. 6, may not be processed until Jan. 6. Article requests submitted after Dec. 13 may not be processed until Jan. 6. The Interlibrary Loan and AUBIExpress offices will be closed Dec. 20 through Jan. 6. For more information, contact Auburn University Libraries Interlibrary Loan at 844-1728 or email@example.com.
Auburn Circle artist expo Tuesday; fall issue distributed this week
The Auburn Circle, Auburn University's literary and art magazine, will be hosting its distribution week Dec. 3-6. The fall issue of the magazine will be first available at the magazine's biannual launch party, "SNAPS: Auburn Circle's Artist Expo," on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. All students and faculty are welcome at the launch party for a showcase of the art and student work in the fall issue. After SNAPS, the fall issue of the Circle will be handed out in the Student Center, on the concourse and at the Lowder Lounge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 4-6.
Office of Sustainability accepting award nominations in January
The Office of Sustainability will accept nominations in January for the second annual Spirit of Sustainability Awards. The awards were created to recognize the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff and alumni who exemplify the Auburn spirit by promoting sustainability on campus or in the community. Individuals or groups of students, faculty, staff and/or alumni are eligible, either by self-nomination or by nomination of another. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Earth Day, April 22. For more information and a list of last year's winners and their projects, go to the website.
Tiger Drive partial closure begins today
A section of Tiger Drive will be closed from Monday, Dec. 2, until April 2. The closure is necessary for the demolition of Dunstan Hall. For questions or concerns, contact Buster Reese, Facilities Management Project Construction, at 703-7112. View a map of the area at this website.
Auburn University Housing Fair scheduled Jan. 22
The first Auburn University Housing Fair will be held Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center. Students will have the opportunity to talk with a variety of local property managers about properties, rates and services in the Auburn area. Contact Katherine Hettinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 844-1423 for more information.
Relax with UPC's Winter Warm-Up
The University Program Council will host its Winter Warm-Up event Monday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in 3163 Student Center. Relax before finals, make a fleece blanket and enjoy light refreshments. Students must sign up in 3130 Student Center to participate. Space is limited to 20 people.
January luncheon and forum to celebrate integration at Auburn
The "Honoring the Past, Charting the Future" Commemoration and Recognition Luncheon and Forum will be held at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 21 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The luncheon will feature author, educator and poet Frank X. Walker; the Auburn University Gospel Choir; and honored guests Harold Franklin, Samuel Pettijohn, Willie Wyatt Jr. and Anthony Lee. Registration for the luncheon is available online through Jan. 10 at the website or by calling 844-1150. Prior to the luncheon, there will be a free, public forum at 9:30 a.m. in the hotel auditorium. Retired federal judge U.W. Clemon, Franklin, Pettijohn, Wyatt and Lee will participate in the forum which will be moderated by William Leftwich, principal with LS Strategic Group. For more information, go to the commemoration website.
Black Student Union hosting Study Nights
The Black Student Union is hosting Study Nights Dec. 2-6 in the Student Center, a week-long activity that allows students to fellowship and study for finals. The schedule and locations are Dec. 2, room 2216; Dec. 3, room 2310; Dec. 4, room 2107; Dec. 5, room 2225; and Dec. 8, room 2107. Some study supplies will be provided and all students are invited.
Musical concerts, recitals this week
The Department of Music is hosting a variety of concerts and recitals this week, including:
-- Community Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre;
-- Percussion Ensemble Concert on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre;
-- Senior recital by Amanda Fee, soprano, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall; and
-- Senior recital by Alex Luk, piano, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall.
Concert tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and will be sold at the door. The recitals have free admission. For more information, visit the Department of Music website.
Bookstore hosting Residents' Holiday Shopping Night
The Auburn community is invited to join the Auburn University Bookstore for Residents' Holiday Shopping Night on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The holiday fun will include a hot chocolate bar, holiday cookies, a secret sale, a holiday photo booth, one-night-only discounts, free gift wrapping, present giveaways and more. Join the event on Facebook to be entered to win great prizes.
Take 5 with Joe Eakes
The subject of this week’s Take 5 on the Auburn homepage is Huntsville native Joe Eakes. He enrolled at Auburn University in 1977 as a pre-engineering major, but early on in his academic career he discovered horticulture and made the switch. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture from Auburn and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, all in the 1980s, and then in '89 returned to Auburn as an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture. Through the years, Eakes—now the Jimmy and Chris Pursell Endowed Professor in Horticulture at Auburn—has won numerous teaching and advising awards, most recently being named the 2013 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Academic Excellence Foundation of PLANET, the national trade association of landscape industry professionals. Eakes' students, present and past, will say his classes are demanding, his tests challenging and his expectations high, but most will also say what they'll remember most about Eakes is that he exemplifies what George Petrie, in The Auburn Creed, called "the human touch."