This Week @ AU
April 14, 2014
Bo Jackson

'Auburn and the SEC Network' talk with Bo Jackson appearance Friday

Bo Jackson, ESPN host and play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and ESPN vice president of production for college networks Stephanie Druley will join Auburn students, alumni and fans on Friday, April 18, in the Foy Hall auditorium for a free, public sneak peek into the launch of the SEC Network. The group will talk Auburn football and athletics, as well as Jackson's latest projects including his Bo Bikes Bama event. Jackson will take the stage at 3 p.m. to screen a three-minute clip of the "SEC Storied" documentary titled "Bo, Barkley and The Big Hurt," a retrospective look on a rare moment in time when three of the country's great athletes overlapped at Auburn. Jackson will also participate in a question-and-answer session following the viewing of the clip. To read more, see the news release.

Research Week
Research Week talks and sessions set for this week

Auburn University will have its Research Week Kickoff event Tuesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The speakers are Pam Hullinger, associate clinical professor at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Erica Meissner, Auburn Honors College graduate and former All-American swimmer. A keynote address by award-winning food author and biochemist Shirley Corriher will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hotel. Research Week is designed to highlight Auburn's top research and creative scholarship; a schedule of events with information about poster presentations, oral paper sessions and guest speakers can be found online.

Break the Silence Music Fest
Break the Silence Music Fest Thursday

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Task Force will be hosting the Break the Silence Music Fest on Thursday, April 17. This event will honor bystanders who step-in to prevent and intervene in situations that can lead to interpersonal and sexual violence. The concert will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Student Center green space. There will be door prizes, entertainment and information on the resources that students have available to them if they have been affected by sexual assault. For more information regarding the event, contact Katie Brown at

College of Engineering
College of Engineering receives second largest gift in its history

Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received a $10.55 million philanthropic investment from Walter S. "Walt" and Virginia E. "Ginger" Woltosz to support its students' educational needs and faculty's research efforts, while bolstering the technical advances of its research facilities. Their charitable gift is the second largest in the college's history. In recognition of their support, the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name engineering's central research facility in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology as the Woltosz Engineering Research Laboratory. To read more, see the news release.

Geoffry Hill
SEC's Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award presented to biological sciences professor

Auburn University and the Southeastern Conference announced today that Professor Geoffrey Hill of the College of Sciences and Mathematics has been honored with the SEC's Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award for 2013-2014. Hill, an Alumni Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and curator of birds for the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, will receive a $5,000 honorarium and represent Auburn as the university's nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year. Hill's research focuses on the function and evolution of ornamental traits in birds and on the co-evolution of hosts and pathogens. To read more, see the news release.

Auburn logo
School of Accountancy to offer university's first online undergraduate program

Auburn University's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business will become the university's first college to offer an online undergraduate program when its School of Accountancy opens its new Bachelor of Science offering this fall. The program, designed for working professionals interested in pursuing careers in accounting, will be added to the college's current online offerings, which consist of graduate-level degrees. Admission will be limited to second degree candidates who have already completed a bachelor's degree or MBA at a school or college accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. To read more, see the news release.

Auburn Speaks
Auburn releasing new 'Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems' book during Research Week

Auburn University will release its new book, "Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems," during the university's third annual Research Week. A panel discussion with the editors, writers and researchers is set for April 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. "Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems" is the third book in the Auburn Speaks series, following previous editions that covered the university's research pertaining to "The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010" and "Water." More information is available on the Auburn Speaks website and on the Facebook page. Auburn's Research Week is set for April 14-17 with a focus on food systems, safety and security, as well as many other disciplines. More information is available on the Research Week website.

Bill Hardgrave
Business dean says auto-identification technology could revolutionize food safety

Bill Hardgrave, dean of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, has penned an article, "Tracing Food History," for the online edition of the Auburn Speaks book that will be released during Research Week April 14-17. He writes that Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology, which is already being used by retailers for inventory control, could help guarantee food safety and quality by tracking food products through the supply chain, from the producer to the consumer. To read more, see the featured story. More information about Research Week is available here.

Frank Wilczek
M.I.T. Nobel Laureate lecture Tuesday

Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics from M.I.T., will deliver a lecture, "Expanding the Doors of Perception: The Physics of Color Perception," at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in 113A Lowder Business Building. He has also been a MacArthur Fellow, a Sloan Foundation Fellow and recipient of UNESCO's Paul Dirac Medal. Contact Gerard Elfstrom at for further information.

Preparing Future Faculty
Applications for Preparing Future Faculty Program now available

The Biggio Center's Preparing Future Faculty Program is an interdisciplinary year-long program for advanced graduate students who wish to pursue a career in academia. The cohort meets for two hours every other week to discuss topics related to careers in higher education. Students develop their own e-portfolios and prepare a teaching segment. The courses are team-taught, highly interactive and include presentations by numerous guest speakers. For more details and application forms, visit the website. The application deadline is Friday, April 18.

Industrial Design
Industrial Design students invited to participate in International Design Workshop

For the second consecutive year, industrial design students and faculty from Auburn's School of Industrial and Graphic Design were invited to participate in L*unchbox, an international innovation workshop at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Saint-Etienne, France, on March 24‒27. Working under the direction of Associate Professor Shea Tillman, Seth Maddox, Vanessa Lee, Jonathan Dunn, Marcus Crawford, Will King and Elené Weaver were tasked with generating, developing and presenting concepts that addressed this challenge of imagining the future of retail environments and experiences. For more information, visit the website.

Mu Sigma Upsilon
Mu Sigma Upsilon multicultural sorority holding informational session

Mu Sigma Upsilon will hold a "Ladies Night" informational session on Monday, April 21, at the Village Community Center about becoming the first multicultural sorority on campus. The national sorority was founded in 1981 to celebrate the abundance of cultures and to promote diversity on college campuses. For more information, contact Del Costanzo at .

Music notes
Music Department hosting recitals this week

The Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts will host students in instrumental and vocal recitals this week, along with Mitch Funk on euphonium and the Woodwind Quintet recital. All events will be held in Goodwin Recital Hall. Pianist Jenny Chong will perform in her junior recital on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Mezzo-Soprano Terri Sollie will sing in her junior recital Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Trumpet Greg Coggin will perform in his senior recital on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Christina Kettering will perform in her senior recital on Friday, April 18, at 6 p.m. Alex Shive, percussion, will perform in his senior recital on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Mitch Funk will perform on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Admission is free for the recitals listed above. The Woodwind Quintet will hold its recital Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m.; tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for general admission, $5 for children and students with a valid student ID. Contact the Music Department at 844-4165 or visit the website for more information.

Harrison School of Pharmacy
Laboratory renovations lead to student's success

Laboratory renovations in the Harrison School of Pharmacy have had a positive impact on Richard Cullum's dissertation research project. Richard is a mechanical engineering graduate student working in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development and is identifying potential drug candidates to treat skin cancers. Read the rest of the story here.

Bo Bikes Bama
Bo Jackson holding silent auction before Bo Bikes Bama ride

Bo Jackson will host a silent auction at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the evening before the third annual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride. The auction will feature signed memorabilia from athletes and entertainers. Proceeds benefit the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, which has repaired hundreds of homes and built 27 community storm shelters since the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. Tickets are $100, or $250 for a VIP ticket. Use promo code "WAREAGLEBO14" for 10 percent off the ticket price at this site. The ride on Saturday, April 19, will feature 62-mile and 22-mile routes. The 62-mile ride costs $60 online and $100 on the day of the ride. The 22-mile ride costs $40 online and $60 on the day of the ride. Registration is available online.

Anchorman 2
Pool movie night featuring 'Anchorman 2' Wednesday

The University Program Council and Campus Recreation will host a pool movie night on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. featuring "Anchorman 2." Gates to the Auburn Recreation and Wellness pool will open at 7 p.m. Attendees can sit in the pool or on the pool deck to watch the movie. The rain location is the MAC gym in the Recreation and Wellness Center. There will be no food or alcohol allowed at the event. Floats will be provided on a first come first serve basis. No outside floats will be allowed. You must present your Auburn ID to access the facility.

Auburn Airwaves
Auburn Airwaves tickets still available

The University Program Council's 2014 Auburn Airwaves tickets are still available. The spring concert will feature The Avett Brothers, b.O.b. and The Neighbourhood on April 24 at 6:15 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. Tickets to Auburn Airwaves are free for all Auburn students and $30 for the public. All tickets for students and the public are available on the website. For more information about the concert and updated news, visit the Auburn UPC Facebook page.

The Loveliest Village
'The Loveliest Village' book talk Tuesday

Jack Simms and Mickey Logue, authors of "The Loveliest Village," will give a program and have a book signing of their new edition of the book on Tuesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Simms' and Logue's book is a photographic history of the city of Auburn and Auburn University. It draws heavily upon photographs found in Special Collections and Archives' collection. To read more, see the news release.

A Day
Bookstore A-Day hours and Mel Rosen book signing announced

The Auburn University Bookstore will be open for A-Day on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sales merchandise will be available under tents on the concourse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Author and Auburn University Professor Craig Darch will be at the bookstore from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., along with famed former Auburn Track Coach Mel Rosen, to sign copies of Darch's new book, "From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen." The bookstore will be selling tickets for A-Day for $5 each while supplies last.

Auburn Research
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair Wednesday

The Undergraduate Research Board in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research will host the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Held in conjunction with Research Week 2014, the fair provides a venue for undergraduates to meet with faculty representatives from a variety of disciplines and to learn about research opportunities. Admission is free. For more information, contact Annabeth Brewton at

Grand Slam Giveaway
Bookstore hosting Grand Slam Giveway

The Auburn University Bookstore is giving away an Auburn University Baseball Fan Experience during its Grand Slam Giveaway. The fan experience includes six tickets to the Auburn vs. LSU baseball game on May 17, six spirit shakers and the chance to throw out the first pitch at the game. Enter to win online until May 2. The winner will be announced during the week of May 5.

Gameday Button
Game Day Button Slogan Contest now open

The Auburn University Bookstore is accepting slogan suggestions for its 2014 Game Day Spirit Buttons during its Game Day Button Slogan Contest. Slogans suggestions will be accepted until April 30. A winning slogan will be chosen for each home game and it will appear on the button for that game. The author of the winning slogan will receive a free T-shirt from the bookstore and 10 buttons printed with their slogan. You can view the Game Day Button Video or submit here. The Bookstore distributes the spirit buttons to fans and visitors who come to the bookstore on home-game Saturdays during football season.

Jennifer Kerpelman
Take 5 with Jennifer Kerpelman

The subject of this week's Take 5 on the Auburn homepage is Jennifer Kerpelman. Kerpelman studied psychology at Old Dominion University in her native Norfolk, Va., earning a bachelor's degree in 1983 and a master's degree in 1990. She then found her way to Auburn University to earn her Ph.D. in human development and family studies. When Kerpelman joined the Auburn faculty in 1999, she was an associate professor and extension specialist in the College of Human Sciences. She is currently a professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the college. Because of her passion for research, Kerpelman has been active in the planning of Research Week for the last two years. This year, she served as chair of the Steering Committee. Research Week 2014 is being held this week at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

World Voice Day
MOSAIC troupe presenting World Voice Day performance Wednesday

The College of Liberal Arts departments of Communication Disorders, Music and Theatre will be celebrating World Voice Day on the Student Center concourse Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with song, theatre and a performance by the MOSAIC troupe. Students from the Department of Communication Disorders will be on hand to talk about how to take care of their voice. The event is listed on the International World Voice Day website as one of the events occurring in the United States. For more information, contact Mary Sandage at 844-9646 or

Turkish cooking class offered Thursday

The Diversity and Tolerance Organization at Auburn University will hold Turkish cooking classes beginning Thursday, April 17, in 238 Spidle Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The guests will enjoy a live preparation of famous dessert baklava, and the attendees will have a chance to taste baklava. RSVP at by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.

'Do Brain Networks Shape One's Religious Beliefs?' talk Wednesday

The Religion Club will welcome Gopikrishna Deshpande from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a guest speaker to the Religion Club. His talk "Do Brain Networks Shape One's Religious Beliefs?" will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. in room 2221 of the Student Center. This event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Richard Penaskovic by calling 559-0206.

Speak Up poetry event Tuesday as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Sexual Assault Awareness Committee will host a night of poetry and spoken word as it recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Poetry Month with one event: "Speak Up" will be held on Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at Foy Hall auditorium and is free. Speak Up was created by graduate student April Scott in collaboration with the Sexual Assault Awareness Month committee. Speak Up will feature six amazingly talented spoken word artists who will raise awareness of sexual assault through their gift of spoken word and poetry.

Check Out for Charity
Volunteers needed for Check-Out for Charity

Auxiliary Enterprises Property Management will hold "Check-Out for Charity" April 22-May 5. The program allows students to donate unwanted items as they move out of campus residence halls. Volunteers both from campus and the community are needed to work at Check-Out for Charity tents, which will be set up around the residence halls, to prevent theft of donated items and to help load goods onto trucks, especially on the heavy move-out days of May 1-4. Each year, Auburn students donate nearly 3,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of East Alabama and an estimated 20 tons of goods to the Salvation Army of Lee County through Check-Out for Charity. To volunteer, contact Amy Mosley at 844-4477 or For more information, read the featured story.

Construction cone
Facilities Management construction update

Facilities Management has posted a construction update newsletter that provides the current status of some of the major construction projects underway at Auburn University. For the construction update for April 2014, go to this website.

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