Mary Lou Ewald named inaugural Royrickers Cook Endowed Engagement award winner

Published: August 29, 2023

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The inaugural Royrickers Cook Endowed Engagement Award will be presented to Mary Lou Ewald, director of College of Science and Mathematics outreach on Sept. 6. This award is presented annually to one faculty or staff member who has shown an ongoing and purposeful commitment to outreach.

Ewald provides oversight and management of outreach programs, directs AU Science in Motion and the Southern Center of Robotics Education, or SCORE, serves as one of the principal investigators of AU-AMSTI and provides oversight of all grant-related activities for the unit. The award is named in honor of the current Vice President for University Outreach and Associate Provost.

Cook, an internationally known leader in higher education, has led University Outreach since 2006.  He oversees the division’s eight program units and provides university-wide leadership for engagement initiatives, which advance the university’s outreach mission of applying its educational resources to help people in the state and across the globe. He is driven to serve the common good, provide quality public service and engage with diverse communities. The endowment for the award was created with gifts received from more than forty family members, friends, university and community colleagues.

The award will be presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Outreach and Engaged Scholarship Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and community partners to highlight their outreach related activities and research. The award ceremony, will be 5-7:30 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.

For information regarding the endowment, contact Bernard Hill at

Symposium information and registration. 

Submitted by: Janie Echols-Brown