This Week @ AU
July 21, 2014
Move-In Mania
Volunteers needed for Move-In Mania in August

Move-In Mania, an event to help this fall's new on-campus students as they move into their residence halls, will be held Aug. 9 and 13. The Department of University Housing and the Office of Residence Life are seeking students, staff, faculty and members of the community who are interested in volunteering to help with moving, greeting and providing refreshments. Volunteers can register online, and they will receive lunch, refreshments and a free T-shirt at the event. For questions or more information, email

Jelani Moore
Mural brings democracy to life for Auburn student

Jelani Moore and three other Auburn students took their talents into four Alabama communities this summer as part of the 10-week Living Democracy program. The program pairs students with Alabama communities and gives them the opportunity to take part in projects to build tourism, engage youth and simply learn the history of some of the state's hidden gems. Moore arrived in Elba at the end of May and did not waste any time getting out and getting to know the local citizens. He says he knew going into the project that he wanted to put his artistic skills to work in Elba and was interested in painting a community mural. Little did he know that local business owner and Auburn alumna Millie McCullough already had designed a rough sketch of the mural she envisioned for the wall of her business at 214 Factory Avenue North. To read the full feature story, go to the website.

Auburn University Bookstore
Textbook reservation weekend July 25-28

Students can save 10 percent on textbooks for fall semester during the Auburn University Bookstore's textbook reservation weekend Friday, July 25, through Monday, July 28. The 10 percent discount is valid when books are reserved for purchase from the Auburn University Bookstore website, and the coupon code SAVE10 is entered at checkout.

Katie Scheid
Take 5 with Katie Scheid

This week's Take 5 on the Auburn homepage is Katie Scheid, an interior design major in the College of Human Sciences. Scheid, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has become an entrepreneur and apparel designer while studying at Auburn. Scheid started Bibity Bobity Boo in 2010 as a way of selling her hand-sewn baby booties she started making for a neighbor. The business has since expanded to include custom baby and children's clothing, personalized name art, custom return address stamps and refinished furniture. Her products can be found online, as well as in stores in Louisville; Gulf Shores, Alabama; and Rockport, Maine. Scheid spent the summer in her hometown for an internship with Hubbuch & Co., a family-owned interior design and architecture firm. She will return to the Plains in August to graduate.

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Laufer presenting 'A Little Art Talk' on Wednesday

On Wednesdays at noon, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art offers "A Little Art Talk." The program lasts about 15 minutes, leaving ample time to drop by the cafe for lunch. Attendees will get free iced tea or coffee when they dine in the cafe. On Wednesday, July 21, Marilyn Laufer, director of the museum, will discuss photographer Walker Evans. Full menus and future speakers are both listed online. Convenient parking and free wifi are available. Admission is free.

Auburn on the Hill interns
Auburn on the Hill gives students experience on Capitol Hill

Auburn on the Hill connects Auburn University students to prestigious congressional internship opportunities in Washington D.C. The program brings many advantages such as connecting with the nation's leaders and their staffs, learning about government procedures, exploring career options, networking with prospective employers, getting leadership training, enriching education and experiencing art and culture. Also, beyond the professional experience there are many opportunities available in the nation's capital. For more information on session dates, application deadlines and materials, housing information and answers to any questions, contact program coordinator Meaghan Weir. Pictured in the photo are Auburn interns Valerie Resch, Rachel Eilers, Congressman Dennis Ross, Rachael Soloway (University of South Florida student), Sarah Stephenson and Lydia Butts.

Blood Drive
Blood drive scheduled Wednesday

The Student Government Association is partnering with the American Red Cross for a one-day blood drive on Wednesday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 2222 and 2223 in the Student Center. According to the Red Cross, for every one person that donates, up to three people's lives can be saved. For more information, go to the website.

Stephen Swartz
Business professor's research puts the hammer down

Every so often, Stephen Swartz allows himself to speak in the patois of the people he studies, the red-blooded, diesel-fueled American truck drivers who fill the airwaves with colorful CB banter while hauling everything from frozen foods to scrap metal. Swartz, an associate professor of supply chain management in Auburn University's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, will weigh in on a variety of issues connected to the business of trucking while speaking on Sirius XM Radio's Road Dog Trucking News. He might offer tips to help drivers maximize fuel and "dollar per mile" efficiency or demystify the findings of a government-funded safety study. When drivers aren't learning from him, he's learning about them. Swartz studies their attitudes and behavior as part of his examination of "the man-machine interface," the relationship between truckers and the tractor trailers they use to transport cargo on the nation's highways. To read the full feature story, go to the website.

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