This Week @ AU
July 28, 2014
Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess

Auburn awarding 1,150 degrees in ceremonies featuring one of the nation’s top military intelligence and cyber security experts

Auburn University will award 1,150 academic degrees Saturday, Aug. 2, in Auburn Arena during two summer graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, Auburn University's senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Human Sciences; and Nursing. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university's website. Burgess, a 1974 Auburn graduate, joined the university in 2012 to lead its security and cyber initiatives. He is a 38-year U.S. Army veteran who spent much of his career in the upper levels of military intelligence and security, including service as director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2012. To read more, see the news release.

Cap and diploma
Cap and gown pick-up hours announced

Cap and gown pick-up begins Thursday in the lobby of the Haley Center. Pick-up days and hours are Thursday, July 31, and Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on graduation, go to the website.

Auburn University Bookstore logo
Auburn University Bookstore open for graduation Saturday

The Auburn University Bookstore will be open this Saturday, Aug. 2, for graduation from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bookstore will be closed Sunday. For all bookstore hours, go to the website.

Cassandra Calloway
Take 5 with Cassandra Calloway

Cassandra Calloway, a career specialist for the McWhorter School of Building Science, is the subject of this week’s Take 5 on the Auburn University homepage. She works to motivate and prepare students for their careers, providing them with the essentials for their job searches through resume building, mock interviews and professional etiquette programs. In addition, Calloway facilitates on-campus recruitment and the school's spring and fall career expos. She serves as the construction industry liaison, overseeing both the Industry Advisory Council and the Construction Industry Fund. This summer, she put her passion for the construction industry to work outside the university, leading a group of eighth- through 12th-graders on a mission trip to take part in the Raise the Roof Project, a home repair ministry in Mobile.

Cook book
Auburn King Sejong Institute offers Introduction to Korean Cooking workshop

The Auburn King Sejong institute is offering an Introduction to Korean Cooking workshop Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Guests will learn to prepare Korean favorites such as kimbap, bibimbap and other dishes. The cost is $15, which can be paid at the door. However, spaces are limited, and advanced sign-up is required. Contact Eun Hyun Park at to register. Participants must be 16 years of age or older. The class will take place at Jin Korean Restaurant, 2055 E. University Drive, in Auburn. For more information, visit the website.

Auburn Student Media
Student media organizations holding open house Aug. 28

Auburn University's student media organizations are hosting an open house for students and faculty on Aug. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Center in the media suites. This is a great opportunity to find out about how to join the staff, tour the studios and talk with student media personalities. Leaders from the Auburn Plainsman, Eagle Eye TV, the Glomerata, The Circle and WEGL radio will be on hand to answer questions and distribute prizes. Freshmen are encouraged to attend and pick up staff applications. For more information, contact Benjamin Arnberg, graduate assistant to student media, at

Parking sign
Alumni Center offers student parking

As the fall semester approaches and the scramble to find convenient parking reaches its peak, the Auburn Alumni Center offers an alternative for student parking. For $200, students can reserve well-lit, convenient student parking in the large gravel lot behind the Auburn Alumni Center. Located on the corner of Gay Street and Miller Avenue adjacent to the FIJI house, this lot is across the street from Comer Hall close to the center of campus. Reservations can be made at the Alumni Center.

Coaches and students
Athletics partners with Hunger Solutions Institute in End Child Hunger campaign

Auburn Athletics is embracing hunger as its priority initiative through a partnership with the End Child Hunger in Alabama, or ECHA, campaign spearheaded by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute. Athletics Director Jay Jacobs joined ECHA spokesperson Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and pro-golfer Jason Dufner to announce the new partnership Friday during a visit to a summer feeding site at the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn. The Auburn Athletics’ hunger initiative slogan, “Ever to Feed; Never to Need,” is a play on a line in the Auburn fight song, “Ever to Conquer; Never to Yield.” To read more, see the news release.

Mammals book
Professor publishes first and only guidebook to mammals in Alabama

Auburn University Biological Sciences Professor Troy Best has published a new book, “Mammals of Alabama,” which he wrote with the late Professor of Biological Sciences Julian Dusi. It is the first and only exhaustive guidebook to Alabama's diverse mammalian fauna. Written for anyone with an interest in mammalian diversity within the state, the book serves as a guide to species identification and includes hundreds of photos and fun facts. To read more, see the featured story.

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