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July 21-27, 2014

2014SummerSongWeek_blast  Iyisha Hampton in Housing and Residence Life is always happy, and she wants you to be happy, too! Check out her submission for this week's employee Summer Song of the Week - "Happy" performed by ‪Pharrell Williams. Head to the Human Resources page on AUMnet throughout the summer for the whole Summer Song list (and last year's, too)! 

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warhawks-go-green2_blast  Turn off the tap. You can save up to eight gallons of water a day just by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month!


Campus community invited to formal signing ceremony with SUSCC on Wednesday

On Wednesday, AUM will host a delegation from Southern Union State Community College for a formal signing ceremony to make official a new partnership that will foster a closer connection for SUSCC students who transfer to AUM, put in place a reverse transfer agreement, and make available dedicated scholarships for SUSCC students. This agreement reflects an overall commitment of AUM support to these students. The brief ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Taylor Center 230.

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Athletics welcomes newest Hall of Fame class

2013HOF_with_names_blastA pair of soccer legends, a three-time All-American and member of the women's basketball 1,000-point club, and a two-time All-American for the baseball team comprise the newest class of the AUM Athletics Hall of Fame. The class includes Hjortur Hjartarsson (men's soccer), Carla Douglas (women's basketball), Scott Zepp (baseball) and former head coach Brett Teach (men’s soccer). The four will be the ninth class inducted into the Hall of Fame. Read more at

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MPA program reaccredited for seven more years by NASPAA

COPRAlogo_blastThe Department of Political Science and Public Administration has earned seven more years of accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration for its Master of Public Administration program, through the 2020-21 academic year. The purpose of NASPAA accreditation is to promote and maintain educational quality for professional public service degrees. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s program in public affairs has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students in Political Science and Public Administration!

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Teen scientists spend summer researching at AUM

TeenScientist_blastFive of the River Region’s brightest high school students spent the month of June as paid research assistants in the AUM School of Sciences through its new Secondary Student Research Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Participants were mentored by AUM science faculty members and learned the basics of scholarly research and establishing the appropriate contexts for their investigations, and they were trained in laboratory and/or field research. Read who these teen scientists are

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AUM Idol Jessica Meuse on tour with American Idol

MeuseNettles_blastAUM liberal arts junior Jessica Meuse is spending the summer on tour with American Idol after making it all the way to the Top 4 of the TV singing competition during its 13th season in the spring. The Idol tour will make a stop in Alabama, at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, on July 26. Read more about Meuse

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Employees - come out and enjoy Picnics on the Quad on Friday

QuadPicnics_blastGet out of the office and bring your lunch and your workmates to the Quad on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Picnics on the Quad. Do NOT bring work, work topics or work questions. Come when you can, and leave when you must. But don't worry about rain - the picnic will move to Taylor Center 230 if the weather decides it doesn't like picnics.

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Alpha Phi Alpha hosting car wash on Saturday

The Upsilon Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host a car wash on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at AutoZone, 6350 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery. The car wash is being held to help support the chapter, and donations will be accepted.

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Men's tennis awarded ITA Team Award, four players named Scholar-Athletes

Men14_web_blastThe Warhawks men’s tennis team was recently announced as one of just four NAIA programs to earn the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-Academic Team Award, an award the Warhawks have earned for the past three seasons. Additionally, AUM had four student-athletes (Zinelabidine Jouini, Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff, Othmane Lalami and Vincent Dubosclard) named ITA Scholar-Athletes. The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.20 or above. To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be a varsity letter-winner, sport a 3.50 grade-point average for the past academic year, and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters. Read more at

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For Students@AUM

Alumni Association awards 2014 Graduate Merit Scholarships

2014AlumniGradMeritScholars_blastThe Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association recently awarded its annual Graduate Study Merit Scholarships to five outstanding AUM students. The scholarships require recipients to maintain a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher, enroll in and complete nine hours each semester, and be continuously enrolled for each semester covered by the award. Meet the Graduate Study Merit Scholars

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AUM's Alpha Gamma Delta chapter receives international award

AlphaGamNatlAward_blastThe Theta Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta was awarded the sorority's highest international award, the Annulet, at their biannual convention in recognition of achievement in all areas of sorority life, including philanthropy, campus leadership, recruitment, scholarship, and member development. Only four chapters, one in each division, are selected for this award at each convention. Pictured: left - Emily Perkins, Chapter President; right - Nicole Dodd, Chapter Advisor.

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ISL services to move to Young Tower for one day on Thursday

The Instructional Support Lab in Goodwyn Hall 203 will be getting a facelift on Friday. To prepare for the remodel, this location will be closed on Thursday. However, ISL tutoring will be available on Thursday, and only Thursday, at the Warhawk Academic Success Center and the Learning Center on the second floor of Young Tower. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make the ISL better than ever!.

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People at AUM

Jessica Carroll
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness just completed a search for the position of Institutional Research Officer with the help of a strong search committee familiar with the field. Jessica Carroll, who has been serving as a Research Analyst at AUM since 2011, was selected as the best candidate for the position. Shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo in 2007, Carroll completed the Master of Science in psychology at AUM in 2010. Her commitment to service shows in her participation on several AUM committees along with research presentation contributions for the Southern Association for Institutional Research. She was awarded the AUM Staff Service Award in 2012. Carroll began her duties as Institutional Research Officer on July 1 with the responsibilities of maintaining information databases which support internal decision-making along with completing federal and state reports.

Jade Curtis
Former Warhawks women’s tennis standout Jade Curtis has added to her collection of career accolades, being named a Scholar Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be a varsity letter-winner, sport a 3.50 grade-point average for the past academic year and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters. The honor marks the third consecutive season Curtis has garnered the award for her academic success. She was also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete, as well as a three-time member of the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Curtis has graduated from AUM.

Dr. Kim Pyszka
Dr. Kim Pyszka, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, represented AUM on National Archaeology Day while doing some fieldwork in Cane Hill, Ark. Pyszka assisted Historic Cane Hill with archaeological excavations at their 1834 Methodist Manse, which served as a Methodist Church, then as Union headquarters during nearby Civil War battles, and finally as a residence until the 1990s. They are researching the architecture of the building as well as trying to identify artifacts from its different time periods and functions.

Dr. Qiang Zhai
Dr. Qiang Zhai, Professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures, has had several things published in China recently. His book titled China’s Response to Cold War Crises and Conflicts, 1950-1965 (冷战年代的危机和冲突:中国的反应,1950-1965)was released by the Jiuzhou Press (九州出版社) in Beijing in May. It draws upon newly declassified documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives and the Chiang Kai-shek diaries housed at the Hoover Institution Library, Stanford University, to examine the triangular encounters between mainland China, Taiwan, and the United States.  His article titled “Zhou Enlai and the Making of a Special Relationship between China and Cambodia, 1954-1965” appeared in the January issue of Nankai Journal (南开学报). It uses Cambodia as a case to explore the evolution of China’s policy toward neutralism during the Cold War. In addition, Zhai delivered a paper titled “Promoting an Anti-Soviet Coalition: Mao’s French Diplomacy, 1970-1976” at an international conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

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This week at AUM

July 23-30: Gym floor in Athletic Complex closed to all activities

Wednesday, July 23

Thursday, July 24

  • Employees - Valic retirement rep on campus: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Young Tower, 10th floor South Room.

Friday, July 25

  • Employees - Picnics on the Quad: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Quad.

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