This Week @ AU
April 21, 2014
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winners

Bessemer and Ahmed honored with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University's highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 15, at the annual President's Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Azeem Ahmed and Courtney Bessemer, and William I. Sauser Jr., a faculty member in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The national honor has been presented at Auburn since 1951 as a reminder of the noblest human qualities exemplified by Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent humanitarian and first president of the New York Southern Society, now the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Each year, Auburn bestows the honor on one male and one female student from the graduating class and one non-student. Other honors presented during the luncheon were the President's Awards and the W. James Samford Jr. Foundation Awards as well as the W. James Samford Jr. Memorial Scholarship. To read more, see the news release

Foy Spirit Award
Roberson recipient of Foy Spirit Award

Natalie Roberson, a junior in public relations in the College of Liberal Arts, is the recipient of the Emma O. and James E. Foy Spirit Award, a prestigious scholarship that recognizes and rewards a student who exhibits exceptional qualities of leadership, character and a commitment to the Auburn community while maintaining a job to help pay for his or her education. The Foy family established the award in honor of former dean of students, James Foy, and his late wife. Roberson is a student worker in the Office of the President and is actively involved on and off campus in leadership and community service positions. For more information, go to the website.

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UPC hosting stadium movie Monday and Auburn Airwaves Thursday

This week, the University Program Council will host "Stadium Movie: American Hustle" in Jordan-Hare Stadium at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21. Auburn Airwaves featuring The Avett Brothers, B.o.B. and The Neighbourhood is Thursday, April 24, at 6:15 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. Student tickets for Auburn Airwaves are sold out, but public tickets are still for sale online for $30 and can be found at this website. For more information about the concert and updated news, visit the Auburn UPC Facebook page.

Division of Student Affairs
Student Memorial Ceremony set for Sunday

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Auburn's Student Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. The Division of Student Affairs will honor nine students who passed away during the academic year: Matthew Cole, Scott Kincaid, Stephen Kirby, John William McCarron, Justin Mooney, Dawson Morris, Scott Shockley, Tate Sutherland and Barrett Townsend. For questions or more information, contact Katherine Hettinger at 844-1423 or

Tiger Trek
Tiger Trek tour begins Tuesday

The Auburn Alumni Association has announced 10 sites for the 2014 Tiger Trek tour, featuring head football coach Gus Malzahn, Aubie and more. The tour will begin in Lauderdale County on April 22 and conclude in the Greater Birmingham area July 14. The Tiger Trek tour helps raise funds for local alumni clubs to benefit Auburn student scholarships in the respective communities. For information on the Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn Clubs or Tiger Trek visit the website.

Building Science
Building Science students complete concrete outreach

Fifty-three students from the McWhorter School of Building Science are completing service-learning projects that involve concrete on the Auburn University campus and in the Auburn-Opelika community. Working in crews of nine, the students in the Structures for Builders III class are preparing sites and completing projects for the Auburn Universities Fisheries lab; for Habitat for Humanities in Opelika; for the Auburn Forest Ecology Preserve; for Cary Woods Elementary School; and for the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit the website.

Mike Mullen
Environmental advocate to discuss climate change

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Mike Mullen will present a free, public lecture titled "Climate Change is Real, Dangerous, and Deadly: If the Deniers Win, We All Lose!" in Langdon Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. Mullen has more than 30 years of professional experience in environmental fields related to water quality, aquatic ecology and watershed management. The Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper is part of the national Waterkeeper Alliance and, led by Mullen, is an organization with the mission to protect and restore the ecological health of the Choctawhatchee River and surrounding systems that constitute the watershed. The event is part of the Office of Sustainability's celebration of Earth Week and Campus Conversations program. To read more, see the news release.

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Christian Veterinary Fellowship planning for trips to Ethiopia, Bolivia

The College of Veterinary Medicine Christian Veterinary Fellowship club is having a fundraiser Friday, April 25, at Chappy's Deli. Come out for some good food, sign the back of your receipt and let your waitress know you are there for the fundraiser and Chappy's will donate 10 percent of the proceeds for mission trips to Ethiopia and Bolivia summer 2014.

Bradley Peterson
Duncan Lecture to feature discussion of quasars and black holes

The annual Duncan Lecture, sponsored by College of Sciences and Mathematics, will take place Wednesday, April 23, and will feature Bradley Peterson, professor and chair of Astronomy at Ohio State University and member of the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee and chair of the Astrophysics Subcommittee. The title of the lecture is "Solving the Quasar Mystery: A 50-Year Quest." Peterson will discuss quasars and supermassive black holes and their role in the cosmos. The lecture will take place in 115 Sciences Center Classrooms Building and is open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

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Keep Thinking event this Wednesday

The last Keep Thinking event of the semester will be taking place this Wednesday, April 23, at noon in Student Center room 2223. There will be a 20-30 minute lecture on "Resurrection, Reincarnation, or Rot? Can we know where we're going or how to get there?" and will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the discussion. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Herbert Levine
Levine to discuss the physics of cancer and living systems Friday

The Department of Physics will host a distinguished colloquium speaker, Herbert Levine, Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering and director for the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University, on Friday, April 25. Levine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences who specializes in the physics of cancer and the physics of living systems. His talk, "Using physics to decipher living systems; the case of directed cell motility," will be held at 3 p.m. in 115 Sciences Center Classrooms Building. The lecture is open to the public. For more information on Levine, visit the website.

Division of Student Affairs
Residence Life holding study break event

The Department of Residence Life will host a two-day study break event for all on-campus residents. The event will take place in the Village Community Center, across from the Village mail room starting Monday, April 28, through Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The event will be planned and hosted by newly hired resident assistants for the 2014-2015 academic year. The study break will offer residents a place to go to take a break from studying for final exams. Food, fun and a social atmosphere will be enjoyed by all who attend.

The Circle
Auburn Circle artist expo Tuesday

The Auburn Circle, Auburn University's literary and art magazine, will be hosting its distribution week April 23-25. The spring issue of the magazine will be first available at the magazine's biannual launch party, "SNAPS: Auburn Circle's Artist Expo," on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in 2222 Student Center. All students and faculty are welcome at the launch party for a showcase of the art and student work in the spring issue. After SNAPS, the spring issue of the Circle will be handed out in the Student Center, on the concourse and at the Carroll Commons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, through Friday, 25.

Student University
Student University hosts 'What is Industrial Design?' Wednesday

Sean Kennedy, a senior in Industrial Design, will present "What is Industrial Design?" on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Center, room 2223. Kennedy will talk about industrial design courses and about the field's profession and job market. He will also share a copy of his portfolio, showcasing his work as a student. For more information on this presentation and Student University, visit the Facebook page or email

Taryn Wilson
Take 5 with Taryn Wilson

The subject of this week's Take 5 on the Auburn homepage is Taryn Wilson. Wilson is an Honors College junior studying accounting and minoring in sustainability and community and civic engagement. She is active in Auburn's Student Government Association, student recruiters, organizations board and the involvement ambassadors. Wilson has spent much of her time on campus dedicated to sustainability, something that became a passion for her while she was a senior in high school and through an introduction to sustainability course she took at Auburn as a freshman. She has spent time working in the Office of Sustainability and in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department and was involved in the creation of the Sustainability Coalition, a group dedicated to different aspects of sustainability, including society, nature, economics and personal well-being. An only child and a native of Duluth, Ga., Wilson said she enjoys camping, hiking and on rainy days, watching movies.

Office of Diversity
Multicultural Affairs summer program counselor applications available

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking counselors for its summer programs. Students must be in good standing at Auburn University. Counselors must be able to live in the dorms with the campers and be available for the duration of the camp. If you are interested in becoming a counselor, go to the website. For more information, contact Jocelyn Vickers at or ChuChu Chidume at

Graphic Design
Graphic Design seniors exhibit final projects

Eighteen seniors in the Graphic Design program in the School of Industrial and Graphic Design will exhibit their senior projects on the ground floor of Wallace Hall from Tuesday, April 22, through Friday, May 2. The exhibit is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The opening reception for the Senior Show is on Tuesday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Wallace Hall 228 and 229. The closing reception is Friday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the same location. The events are free and open to the public.

Vivian Carter
Tuskegee professor to speak at Black Graduate and Professional Student Association lecture

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association is continuing its Juan Gilbert Distinguished Lecturer Series with Vivian Carter as the speaker on Tuesday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in room 2222 of the Student Center. Carter is an associate professor and chair of Tuskegee University's Department of Psychology and Sociology. Her lecture is titled "Having My Say: My Place in this World." A small reception will follow the lecture. RSVP by emailing BGPSA President Leonard Towns at

Her Campus
Her Campus National Princess Week April 21-24

The Auburn branch of Her Campus will host National Princess Week from April 21-24. The week will consist of four free events, including Crowns on the Concourse, where students can make crowns and model them in a Princess Photobooth. Another featured event is Pretty Tough, a workout and giveaway in the Recreation and Wellness Center. In addition, Her Campus will hold a showing of The Princess Diaries and host an opportunity to meet the staff and find out about Her Campus Auburn. For more information, visit the website.

Postal kiosks make it easier to send mail

Spurred by the success of the self-service "mail&go" postal kiosks in the Student Center, Foy Hall and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University has installed additional self-service postal kiosks in the South Donahue Residence Hall and Village Food Court. For more information, visit the Facilities Management website.

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