English Club hosting book sale on Sept. 15 and 16

The English Club will host a book and bake sale on Sept. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Goodwyn Hall. Proceeds from the sale will support English Club activities, such as the annual Department of English and Philosophy picnic, Poetica, movie viewings, and volunteer opportunities for students. If you'd like to help out by donating books, give the books to Tara Woods, Administrative Associate, in Liberal Arts 337 by Friday, Sept. 12. For more information, contact Ashley Stanaland, Co-president of the English Club, at

Athletics hosting blood drive on Sept. 16

The Department of Athletics will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Athletics Complex lobby. Junior cross country runner Zach Sollie is coordinating the drive in conjunction with his membership in the NAIA/ARC Leadership Program. Appointments are available and drop-ins are also welcome. According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. More information is available here.

Comics and graphic novels the focus of this year's Banned Books Week

The American Library Association's annual Banned Books Week is Sept. 21-27, and the focus is on comics and graphic novels. Comic books have faced censorship challenges since the 1950s, and recently graphic novels have been challenged in schools and libraries. As part of Banned Books Week at AUM, Dr. Darren Harris-Fain, Professor and Chair in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present "Why Are Graphic Novels Banned? (And Should They Be?)" at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the West Room on the 10th floor of Young Tower. Harris-Fain will address the reasons behind school and library challenges of graphic novels and provide a historical context for this new phenomenon. An exhibit on graphic novels created by Harris-Fain and Tara Woods will be on display on the second floor of the Library. Much of Harris-Fain's research is focused on graphic novels, and he is teaching a class on the subject this fall.

Study Abroad hosting fair for students on Sept. 24

The second annual Study Abroad Fair will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Taylor Center 230. Check it out and see what international opportunities are waiting for you! You can also follow Study Abroad on Facebook for all the latest news.

Explore your possible future at the Fall Career Fair on Sept. 25

The Career Development Center will host the 2014 Fall Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-223. All majors are welcome to stop by, and alumni are encouraged to visit as well. Employers that will be in attendance include:

  • 4 Wallz Real Estate Company
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Environmental Management
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Public Service Commission
  • State Department of Education
  • Birmingham Police Department
  • Blue Bell Creameries
  • Business Council of Alabama
  • Defense Information Systems Agency
  • FBI – Mobile Division
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • GEICO – Government Employees Insurance Company
  • Hancock Bank
  • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
  • MOBIS Alabama, LLC
  • Montgomery City – County Personnel
  • Montgomery Police Department
  • Montgomery Radiology Associates
  • PNC Bank
  • State of Alabama Personnel Department
  • To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company
  • U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting
  • Waffle House
  • Walgreens
  • WSFA - TV 

Celebrate Confucius Institute Day at AUM on Sept. 26

ConfuciusDay_blastThe AUM Confucius Institute invites the community to Confucius Institute Day on Friday, Sept. 26, at noon in Taylor Center 221-223. A student art troupe from AUM's Chinese sister school, Hubei University of Economics, will present musical and dance performances, calligraphy, martial arts and other activities at the free public event honoring the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institutes.

Help new students by becoming a member of the S.W.O.T Team

The Office of Orientation and Transitions is looking for 40 enthusiastic students, with a 2.5 or higher GPA, to serve on the S.W.O.T. Team. S.W.O.T. stands for Successful Warhawk Orientation and Transitions Team. S.W.O.T. Team members are leaders on campus that help plan and execute new student orientation and ensure new students become acclimated to the university and campus life. All applications are due by Friday, Sept. 26. For more information, contact Serena McCovery at

Liberal Arts lecture series to touch on D-Day, Russian Grand Duke in October

The School of Liberal Arts Lecture Series will host two lectures in October, touching on the topics of material remembrances of D-Day and a Russian Grand Duke's tour of America. Both lectures will take place in the South Room on the 10th floor of Young Tower and begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 - Dr. Kate Lemay, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, will present "Using Material Culture to Analyze Memory of D-Day in Normandy." Lemay will discuss the plaques, memorials and steles that emerged in Normandy as part of the collective French memory of the traumatic experience of D-Day. In tracing how these materials evolved from the immediate post-war period to the present, Lemay argues that while early post-war material culture frequently reflected repression of traumatic memories, more recent such material subversively acknowledges that trauma.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 - Dr. Lee Farrow, Professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures and Associate Dean in the School of Liberal Arts, will present "Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872." In addition to providing a narrative of the first visit of a Russian royal to the United States, Farrow will examine the cultural underpinnings of that event. As she will discuss, the American response to the Duke's tour involved national self-reflection on political corruption, the emerging power of ethnic minorities, persistent racism, and continuing sectionalism between North and South. Farrow's presentation is based on her forthcoming book, which will be published by LSU Press in the fall.

Now hear this - free hearing screenings for all students and employees on Oct. 7

NowHearThis_blastIn recognition of National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, the AUM Speech and Hearing Clinic will provide free hearing screenings for all students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Taylor Center 221. All those who are screened will earn a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card. There will be other prizes, too!


AUM Connected hooking readers with Big Fish fall events

BigFishConnected_blastAUMConnectedLogo_blastYou think you stretch your fish tales a little? Pick up a copy of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and join AUM Connected, the campus Common Reading Program, in exploring the myths and legends of the extraordinary life of Edward Bloom as told to his son. AUM Connected will host several discussions and events this fall, including a book signing with Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, a treasure hunt, and showings of the Tim Burton film based on the book. There's still time to pick up a copy and read before the first event on Aug. 22!

Visit AUM Connected for a schedule of all the fall Big Fish events

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Study Abroad hosting Japanese table, accepting calendar photo submissions

Learn basic conversational Japanese, simple origami, and perhaps how to make an "onigiri" rice ball and obento at Study Abroad's Japanese language table. Japanese exchange students at AUM will be at the table every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m on the first floor of Young Tower. This is a great way to make new friends, learn a new language, and perhaps prepare to participate in AUM's exchange program with the University of Shiga in Japan. Visit Study Abroad on Facebook for more details.

Filibuster literary magazine accepting submissions for 2015 issue

The Filibuster, AUM's literary magazine, is now accepting poetry, prose, photographs, and art for its 2015 issue. Any student currently enrolled at AUM may submit his or her work as an attached file (.txt, .doc, or .docx) to Files containing photographs or scanned artwork (.png, .jpeg, or .bmp) should be at least 300 PPI. There is no limit on the number of submissions per student. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31. For more information, contact the editor for the 2015 issue, Richard Price, at

Help Athletics get to '6K by May' during social media drive

6Kopener_blastThe Department of Athletics has started a "6K by May" social media campaign, striving to reach 6,000 supporters across its social media platforms. The department is currently present on each of the four major social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The followership goal would more than triple the combined users of the athletic department’s social media networks.