Film series - Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

"The Loving Story"

Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 111

Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. They never expected, however, to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. This documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine. The film will be introduced by Dr. Pia Knigge, Assistant Professor of political science. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Research Week 2014 features award-winning food author and top researchers April 14-17

Award-winning food author and biochemist Shirley Corriher will be among the speakers highlighting Auburn University’s 2014 Research Week April 14-17, an event that showcases top faculty and student research and creative scholarship. The week’s focus will be on food systems, safety and security, but will also feature many other disciplines. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers will speak and present posters on food research; cyber security; energy and the environment; health sciences; transportation; Gulf research and restoration; gender-based research; infrastructure; sustainability; fine and applied art; social sciences; humanities; the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and many more. Research Week sponsors include Auburn University, Auburn Montgomery, Auburn University Libraries and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. The talks and presentations are free and open to the public. More information is available on the website,

Diversity Week set to begin on April 21

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will host Diversity Week at AUM April 21-27. Daily events include:

  • Monday, April 21
    • "From Disability to Ability" (with Craig Boykin) - Taylor Center 230, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., reception to follow in Global Education Center
    • Global Education Center Open House - 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 22
    • "AUM Women Speak" - Taylor Center 230, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., reception to follow in Global Education Center
  • Wednesday, April 23
    • "Alabama Indians" - Goodwyn Hall 109, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., reception to follow in Global Education Center
  • Thursday, April 24
    • "You Can be Yourself With Me" - Taylor Center 230, 2 to 4 p.m., reception to follow in Global Education Center
  • Friday, April 25
    • Staff Council’s Spring Fling, featuring "Diversity Firsts" - Quad, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27

Be a Warhawk Recruiter, earn a scholarship - deadline April 22

I Am Warhawk Nation logoHere's a great way to get involved on campus, help recruit new Warhawks, and earn an annual $2,000 scholarship - become a Warhawk Recruiter. As a Warhawk Recruiter, you will work six hours per week for the Office of Admissions giving campus tours to prospective students and families. You will have opportunities to attend college fairs with Admissions recruiters, develop leadership and career skills, and even get some nice freebies along the way. Applications are available now in the Office of Admissions, Taylor Center 101, and must be submitted by Tuesday, April 22, at noon. Applicants must be enrolled full-time, have a minimum 2.5 overall grade-point average, and have completed 12 AUM credit hours by May 2014. All interested students must attend a mandatory information session on Wednesday, April 16, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Warhawk Alley.

Celebrate the 'Green Life' at Earth Day event on April 23

Earth Day 2014 logoAuburn Montgomery will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 23, at noon on the Quad at "The Green Life: Come Plant With Us." The Office of Sustainability invites the campus community to come out for free seedlings to plant and other giveaways. AUM departments that have made significant contributions to making the campus greener will be recognized.

Help raise awareness of sexual assault on Denim Day on April 23

button_denimDayUSA_large_blastThe Army ROTC, the Office of Orientation and Transitions, and the Counseling Center will host Denim Day at AUM in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Wednesday, April 23. Denim Day is an opportunity to "make a social statement with your fashion statement - wear jeans with a purpose." The theme for the day is "Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault."

Annual SpringFest the place to cut loose on April 24

2013SpringFestInflatable_blastSpring is finally in the air, and you can say goodbye to the recent nasty winter while taking a little break from class at SpringFest 2014 on Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Quad. Activities will include painting, petting a "comfort dog," inflatables, chalk art competition, and musical performances. SpringFest is brought to you by Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Counseling Center.

Don't let finals freak you out - chill out at ChillFest on April 24

If studying for finals has you all heated up, then take some time to chill at ChillFest, sponsored by the Counseling Center. ChillFest will offer some stress-relieving activities and goodies, such as Italian ice and hula hoops, on Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Quad. Food, fun and relaxation - what better way to take a break?

Help international students as a United Warhawk Ambassador

United Warhawks logoUnited Warhawks, organized by the Office of International Student Involvement and the International Student Association, is a service program providing a personal AUM friend to new international students during their first two months on campus. Most international students arrive a few days prior to the start of classes, and for many this will be their first trip to the United States. As an experienced AUM student, you can volunteer to ease their transition by becoming a United Warhawk Ambassador.

United Warhawk Ambassadors meet regularly with international students during the first two months of the semester. Ambassadors help answer questions about AUM, Montgomery or American culture, introduce international students to services on campus and in the community, and invite the students to social, cultural and athletic events on campus and in the Montgomery area. Becoming a United Warhawk Ambassador is an excellent way to meet international students and to become engaged in campus global activities. Send inquiries and applications to Sharen Phinney, Coordinator of International Student Involvement, at sphinney@aum.eduApplications will be accepted through April 28

Grab your books and head to Professors 'n Pajamas on April 30

2013FallProfsPJs_blastWhen it's time to get ready for finals, there's no way better or more fun than Professors n' Pajamas. This semester's study session will be on Wednesday, April 30, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in two Taylor Center locations: room 221 for food, music and door prizes, and room 230 for quiet study with tutors from the Learning Center and faculty volunteers. Professors n' Pajamas offers students study assistance, out-of-the-classroom experiences with faculty and staff and a lot of fun while studying for final exams. It is also an opportunity for our faculty and staff to show that they care about students. Did we mention - the breakfast buffet is free!

Become a leader worth following at Leadercast 2014 on May 9

Leadercast logoWhere can you hear from great speakers like Desmond Tutu and Laura Bush, grow your leadership skills, and network with local like-minded professionals – all without leaving the River Region? At Leadercast Montgomery! AUM Outreach will host the area’s live simulcast of the global leadership summit on Friday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Vaughn Forest Church. Now in its 15th year, Leadercast’s goal is to change the way the world thinks about leadership by building “leaders worth following.” Find out more about Leadercast

A new course this summer at AUM - Religions of South Asia

Are you interested in exploring South Asian culture, including the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam? AUM now offers a new opportunity for you to explore these religions and to participate in a two-week study abroad trip in Sri Lanka. You can take the course as either an undergraduate or graduate student: undergraduates take INTL 3010 and graduates take INTL 6400. Alternatively, if you wish to take the trip but not enroll in the class, you can sign up for the study abroad portion for no credit. The study abroad portion of this program costs $1,713, which includes airfare, room and board, and all the lecture and entrance fees. Great news for honors students - you will receive a $1,000 stipend through the University Honors Program if you sign up for this trip! For more information, contact Dr. Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell at


AUM Connected wants pictures of you reading Big Fish

AUMConnectedLogo_blastConnected, AUM's Common Reading Program, is sponsoring the "Picture Me Reading" contest to spotlight AUM's dedicated readers. Take a picture of yourself reading Connected’s 2014-15 common reading selection Big Fish, by Daniel Wallace, and you could win a prize! Photos may be taken in any setting but must be tasteful and appropriate for posting on Connected's Facebook page. Be creative! Connected will post all photos as they are received, and the deadline for submissions is Aug. 1. Email all photo submissions to Dr. Lee A. Farrow at Winners will be determined by the AUM Connected committee and the number of "likes" received. Like "AUM Connected" on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming Connected events.