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Alabama Red Cross recognizes AUM counseling program as Partner of the Year

by Josh Coats | Jun 14, 2013

The Alabama Region of the American Red Cross named Auburn Montgomery’s Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education the Partner of the Year of Central Alabama during the nonprofit’s statewide Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting on Tuesday in Homewood.

Each year, volunteers and partner organizations from across the state are recognized for their support of the American Red Cross. A Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year are selected from among Alabama’s four Red Cross districts. Auburn Montgomery was honored for helping Central Alabama’s Red Cross host a Partner Training Institute in March, as well as infusing Red Cross disaster certification training into its counselor education curriculum.

"I am delighted for the counseling program," said Rhonda Morton, Associate Dean in the AUM School of Education. "Community service is critical, and I am glad the counseling department has been awarded for their participation in such an important training event." Associate Professor Paul Hard accepted the award on the department's behalf.

AUM incorporated American Red Cross coursework into its undergraduate and graduate counseling courses for 2013. The university makes its Red Cross courses available online and in hybrid formats for the on-the-go student. AUM’s program ensures more than 100 students will be registered Red Cross volunteers, available to participate in disaster relief operations. Through this partnership, AUM supplied 10 state of the art "Computer Smart" classrooms and kitchen space to the Red Cross during the partner training institute. In addition, AUM broadcasts volunteer opportunities to university staff and students using Volunteer Connection and the school website.

In addition to AUM’s Partner of the Year Award, Dr. Martha Poole Simmons was recognized as the district’s Volunteer of the Year.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. It shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

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