This is Auburn Speaker Series set for Fridays on home football weekends

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Auburn University will host the This is Auburn Speaker Series on Fridays before home football games for fans wanting to learn more about Auburn people, history, sports, programs and research. Formerly the All-Star Lecture, this year's series will feature 13 speakers over the course of eight events during the 2016 football season, with most talks taking place at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center, 317 S. College St., in the Goodwin Room. The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center will host the talks on Sept. 16 and Oct. 21, also at 3 p.m.

"We are looking forward to bringing together a fantastic group of people who will discuss a range of interesting topics," said Mike Clardy, interim assistant vice president in Auburn's Office of Communications and Marketing. "The speaker series gives us a chance to showcase those who have a connection to the university and have a great story to tell."

The series kicks off Sept. 2 with Mike Reynolds, program advisor for Aubie, presenting "More than a Mascot–Auburn's Most Lovable Tiger." Other speakers in the series include softball coaches Clint and Corey Myers; Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Aviation Center and Airport; Navy Adm. Mike Rogers; retired Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess; and Dr. Seth Oster of the Southeastern Raptor Center. Five faculty researchers will be presenting in partnership with the This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2016 on Sept. 16. The complete schedule is:

  • Sept. 2: Mike Reynolds, program advisor for Aubie, "More than a Mascot–Auburn's Most Lovable Tiger." Game: Clemson, Sept. 3
  • Sept. 9: Clint Myers, Auburn softball head coach, and Corey Myers, Auburn softball associate head coach, "Taking Softball to Unprecedented Heights." Game: Arkansas State, Sept. 10
  • Sept. 16: Auburn faculty researchers Kathleen Hale, Brian Connelly, Salisa Westrick, Caralise Hunt and Chris Lepczyk. Game: Texas A&M, Sept. 17
  • Sept. 23: Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, "Geospatial Intelligence and You: How Location-Based Data Impacts Security and the World." Game: LSU, Sept. 24
  • Sept. 30: Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Aviation Center and Airport, "Auburn Aviation: A Rich History and a Bright Future." Game: Louisiana Monroe, Oct. 1
  • Oct. 21: Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of National Security Agency and chief of Central Security Service, "Defending and Operating in Cyberspace." Game: Arkansas, Oct. 22
  • Nov. 4: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, senior counsel of National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs at Auburn University, "The Current Cyber Threat and How Auburn University is Responding." Game: Vanderbilt, Nov. 5
  • Nov. 18: Dr. Seth Oster, veterinarian at the Southeastern Raptor Center, "Avian Treatment: From Rehabilitation to Flight." Game: Alabama A&M, Nov. 19

The series is sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn Athletics, Office of Communications and Marketing and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn, or OLLI at Auburn. More information is available on the This is Auburn Speaker Series website at

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