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Alumni Spotlight: Col. Terrence Adams '94
 
 

Alumni Spotlight: Col. Terrence Adams '94

AUM graduate, Col. Terrence Adams, rendered his first salute as commander to the men and women of the 628th Air Base Wing on September 5, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
 
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William Lawrence '03, promoted at NERC   Save-the-Date: Alumni Homecoming Celebration 2019
 
 

William Lawrence '03, promoted at NERC

AUM alumnus, William Lawrence, was promoted to Vice President and Chief Security Officer on August 16, 2018, at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in Washington, DC.
 
 
 
 

Save-the-Date: Alumni Homecoming Celebration 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
 
 
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Auburn University at Montgomery honors Warhawk Spirit Award winners
 
 

Auburn University at Montgomery honors Warhawk Spirit Award winners

Four Auburn University at Montgomery employees earned Warhawk Spirit Awards as exemplars of the university's core values.
 
 
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Auburn University at Montgomery reports highest enrollment since 2012
 
 

Auburn University at Montgomery reports highest enrollment since 2012

Auburn University at Montgomery's fall semester enrollment has surged to its highest total in six years
 
 
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AUM pays tribute to military veterans
 
 

AUM pays tribute to military veterans

Auburn University at Montgomery recognized students, faculty, staff and special guests who have earned the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat and designated three parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients.
 
 
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AUM welcomes new Deans
 
 

AUM welcomes new Deans

Robert Granger, new College of Science dean and Andrew McMichael, new College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences dean
 
 
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AUM professor earns statewide award for teaching excellence
 
 

AUM professor earns statewide award for teaching excellence

Karen Deal earns the 2018 Educator of the Year Award presented by the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.
 
 
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AUM Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty
 
 

AUM Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty

Paul Hard earns the 2018 Faculty Service Award presented by the AUM Alumni Association.
 
 
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AUM's Day of Giving 2019
 
 

AUM's Day of Giving 2019

Mark your calendars for AUM's Day of Giving, on February 14, 2019!
 
 
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12 Days of Giving
 
 

12 Days of Giving

WSFA partnered with AUM for the 12 Days of Giving drive on December 7, 2018.
 
 
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How can you make a difference at AUM?
 
 

How can you make a difference at AUM?

Give the gift of scholarships or program support with a year-end gift.
 
 
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Create a legacy with a planned gift
 
 

Create a legacy with a planned gift

Consider a planned gift with a bequest.
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: Col. Terrence Adams '94

The 628th Air Base Wing conducted a change of command ceremony Sept. 5, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Col. Terrence Adams assumed command of the 628th ABW from Col. Jeff Nelson.

As host to over 60 Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal agencies, the Wing provides installation support to a total force of over 90,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees across four installations including Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston. In addition, the Wing provides mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to Combatant Commanders in support of Joint and Combined operations worldwide. As the commander, he is responsible for $7.5 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $172 million.

To start the ceremony, the officiating officer, Maj. Gen. John Gordy II, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander, expressed his confidence in Adams with this new command.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to be here to transfer the responsibility of command from one outstanding leader to another,” said Gordy. “With [Adams’] remarkable experience, he’s the right Airman at the right time to lead this wing and the DOD’s flagship joint base. Col. Adams, I have no doubt you are the absolute perfect fit and leader for this command. The entire expeditionary command wishes you the very best and we are very excited to see you in action.”

Adams, a former enlisted Army soldier from Tuskegee, Alabama, entered the Air Force through Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 019 after graduating from Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, with a degree in Computer Information Systems.

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William Lawrence '03, promoted at NERC

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Board of Trustees named Bill Lawrence as vice president and chief security officer, effective August 16, 2018. In his new role, Lawrence will lead all of NERC’s security programs executed through the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) operations, directing security risk assessments and mitigation initiatives to protect critical electricity infrastructure across North America. Lawrence will also lead coordination efforts with government agencies and stakeholders on cyber and physical security matters, including analysis, response and sharing of critical sector information.

Lawrence joined NERC in July 2012 and has held a variety of positions with the EISAC, including overseeing the development of NERC’s grid security exercise and grid security conference — GridEx and GridSecCon, respectively. Currently, Lawrence serves as senior director of the E-ISAC, leading the division in its mission to identify and mitigate cyber and physical security risks to the grid in North America.

“I am humbled to have this opportunity to make positive strides toward the security and resilience of the grid. Security across North America is a vital piece of our mission. The threats are real, dynamic and extremely significant,” Lawrence said.

Prior to joining NERC, Lawrence was a pilot of F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18F Super Hornets for the U.S. Navy. He also served as the deputy director in the Character Development and Training Division at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught courses in Ethics and Cyber Security.

Lawrence has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in International Relations from Auburn Montgomery and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College. He also has a Project Management Professional certification and several cyber security certifications.

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Save-the-Date: Alumni Homecoming Celebration 2019

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Alumni Homecoming Celebration! Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music featuring Kenny on the Keys, and a firework display. We can't wait to see you there!

Friday, January 25, 2019

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

AUM Library Tower, 10th floor

Dress: casual

RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-244-3369

 

For more information, visit:  aum.edu/homecoming

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New AUM license plate

The AUM license plate is just $50 more than a regular tag and features six characters available for personalization. The proceeds from every license plate directly fund scholarships.

Show your spirit by sporting the AUM tag on your car or motorcycle - available January 1, 2019, order your AUM tag at your local county courthouse or reserve your personalized tag online at aum.edu/AUMtag.

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Auburn University at Montgomery honors Warhawk Spirit Award winners

Four Auburn University at Montgomery employees earned Warhawk Spirit Awards as exemplars of the university’s core values.

Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Sameer Pande, Institutional Research Officer Jessica Carroll, Senior Financial Associate Ashley Brewer and Department of Psychology Administrative Associate Tonya Sexton were honored by AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton during the university’s fall convocation on October 19, 2018.

“These individuals represent the best that the Auburn University at Montgomery has to offer when it comes to serving students and converting the university’s mission into action,” Stockton said. “They serve as examples of what it means to live our core values of promoting a student-centered experience, citizenship and community engagement, lifelong learning, collaboration, diversity and inclusiveness, excellence and constant improvement. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of my role as chancellor is being able to recognize outstanding faculty and staff contributors through the Warhawk Spirit Awards.”

Pictured (L to R): Ashley Brewer; Tonya Sexton; Jessica Carroll; Carl A. Stockton, Chancellor

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Auburn University at Montgomery reports highest enrollment since 2012

Auburn University at Montgomery’s fall semester enrollment has surged to its highest total in six years, according to data from the Office of the Registrar.

The university reported a total student headcount of 5,212, marking a 6.5 percent increase over the fall 2017 semester.

“Auburn University at Montgomery is clearly trending in the right direction, and we expect that growth to continue given our recent rankings recognition and our emphasis on continuous improvement,” said Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “Our enrollment growth reflects our ability to provide a student-centered experience. We pride ourselves on offering a highly interactive learning environment, a diverse campus and close-knit community. At AUM, your professors will know your name.”

In 2018, AUM introduced new scholarship opportunities for business, counselor education and nursing students. The university awarded more than $5.8 million in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year and is on track to exceed that total in the current academic year. More than 1,400 students – nearly 27 percent of the student body – currently earn funding through scholarships.

The total number of freshman scholarships awarded by AUM has increased from 575 during the 2017-2018 academic year to 806 for the 2018-2019 academic year. AUM also offers five different scholarship opportunities for community college transfer students, as well as Military and Dependent Scholarships that offer savings of 15 percent on undergraduate tuition and 35 percent on graduate school tuition for active military, reservists, National Guard and spouses and children of active duty military.

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AUM pays tribute to military veterans

Auburn University at Montgomery recognized students, faculty, staff and special guests who have earned the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat and designated three parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients.

“Auburn University at Montgomery has a proud history of educating active military members, veterans, reserves, military spouses and military dependents,” said Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “In addition to celebrating Veterans Day on November 11, we thought it appropriate to honor AUM faculty, staff and students who have served or who are currently serving in the military, as reserves or in the National Guard.”

AUM’s Veterans Week, Nov. 12 – Nov. 16, included a variety of events open to active duty military, reservists, and veterans, as well as AUM students, faculty and staff:

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AUM welcomes new Deans

Robert Granger, a longtime Department of Chemistry chair at Sweet Briar (Va.) College, will become dean of Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Sciences.

While at Sweet Briar, Dr. Granger served as dean of the college during the 2017-2018 academic year, overseeing such areas as academics, athletics, student life, library services, the honors program, faculty grants and development and the college’s study abroad initiatives. Sweet Briar College earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 25 most innovative colleges in 2018.

Dr. Granger earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University and a doctorate in analytical and inorganic chemistry from Purdue University. He began his career as an assistant professor at Virginia Military Institute in 1993, earning promotion and tenure before joining the Sweet Briar College faculty in 1999. Granger has published numerous articles in refereed journals and has written a best-selling textbook, “Instrumental Analysis,” published through Oxford University Press. He has also earned grant funding through the NASA Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Jeffress Memorial Trust, Virginia Commonwealth Health Research Board, and among others.

Dr. Granger will officially assume his new role as dean on January 15. 

Andrew McMichael, formerly associate dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters at Western Kentucky University, will become dean of Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

In his most recent role at Western Kentucky, Dr. McMichael provided leadership in such areas as budget management, strategic planning, student recruitment and retention, diversity initiatives and development. He previously served as an assistant dean at the Potter College from 2009 to 2016 and has been a professor of history. Dr. McMichael earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from George Mason University and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He also earned certification from Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

Dr. McMichael will officially assume his new role as dean on January 29.

Dr. Granger's and Dr. McMichael's extensive experience will serve AUM's students and help the university as it continues to grow. Please join us in giving them a warm Warhawk welcome!

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AUM professor earns statewide award for teaching excellence

Karen Deal earned the 2018 Educator of the Year Award presented by the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). ASCPA President and CEO Jeannine Birmingham honored Deal on September 28, 2018, at the Financial Accounting and Auditing Conference hosted by AUM’s School of Accountancy. Deal, a two-time AUM graduate, was nominated by colleagues and former students.

“She exemplifies integrity and credibility within the accounting community and among her students,” accounting major Nathan Mims said. “She is recognized by students for her passion and dedication to helping them reach their potential and achieve their dreams within the accounting profession.”

Deal stands out to her students for a variety of reasons, including her status as a self-described “pracademic” – a professor who can draw on several years of industry experience as well as continuous engagement with industry professionals. She also connects with students through her own experience as a first-generation college student who initially struggled to find direction as an undergraduate.

“We are, first and foremost, a teaching school with the goal of changing lives in the River Region,” Deal said. “The faculty and staff who took an interest in me as a student and decided that I was capable even before I was capable made me love AUM and it’s why I am still part of the AUM family.”

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AUM Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty

The AUM Alumni Association presented the 2018 Faculty Service Award to Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Dr. Paul Hard, at the Chancellor’s Convocation on October 19, 2018.

Dr. Hard was described in his nomination letter as “always being available and approachable to students, faculty and members of the community”. His credentials are impressive and his list of professional accomplishments is extensive. The commitment to a student-centered experience is evident in his work. He has spent countless hours mentoring students and preparing them for future careers as educators and counselors. Admired and respected by students inside and outside the classroom, he was recognized as faculty member of the year by AUM’s office of student involvement in 2012. He has played a pivotal role in supporting diversity programs on campus though speaking engagements at AUM’s Diversity Week and Reflections Breakfast as well as a TED Talk for AUM’s Disability Services Department.

To be eligible for this honor, nominees must have five or more years of full-time service at AUM. Emphasis is placed on teaching excellence, university and community service and research. The recipient will receive a $1,000 prize and certificate.

Pictured (L to R): Carl A. Stockton, Chancellor; Paul Hard, Faculty Service Award recipient; Joey Taff ’89, Alumni Board of Directors

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AUM's Day of Giving 2019

Mark your calendars for AUM's Day of Giving, on February 14, 2019! Show your love for AUM by supporting the many projects and programs from the colleges and departments seeking private support.

A social media based initiative, AUM ambassadors from all areas of campus will utilize Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share information about AUM special projects.

Keep an eye out on social media for more details about projects that need your support!

Starting January, visit www.aum.edu/dayofgiving to check out all the projects highlighted for this special day.

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12 Days of Giving

WSFA partnered with AUM to collect monetary donations, new toys and non-perishable food items for the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Christmas Clearinghouse and Toys for Tots, for the 12 Days of Giving drive on December 7, 2018.

AUM proudly donated $1,000, toys, and food to the drive.

View the full story and shopping spree video here.

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How can you make a difference at AUM?

There is no greater gift than giving! You can give the gift of scholarships, program support, assistance for faculty and staff, and more when you participate in our year-end campaign! A gift of any amount – no matter the size – to the AUM Annual Fund makes a big impact in the lives of students currently following in your footsteps.

This is your opportunity to show today’s students that Auburn Montgomery alumni care about their alma mater, so please click here to submit your gift before the December 31 year-end deadline.

(When you do, you’ll be able to count your contribution toward your taxes in the spring. Now that’s what we call a win-win!)

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Create a legacy with a planned gift

If you are looking for opportunities to give back to Auburn Montgomery, please consider including a bequest in your will. With your planned gift, you will become a member of the George Petrie Society.

After providing for family, friends and others, many alumni include a meaningful bequest to Auburn Montgomery in their will to continue their lifetime support. Including the Auburn University Foundation as a beneficiary of your will, is one of the easiest ways to provide for future generations of Auburn Montgomery students and faculty.

For more information about planned giving, contact Auburn Montgomery’s University Development at 334-244-3560 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Class Notes

AUM graduate, Katherine Russell '09, married Bryan Fair on August 4, 2018.

Katherine graduated from Booker T. Washlngton Magnet School in Montgomery, AL. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Auburn University at Montgomery and her Master of Arts degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages/ Applied Linguistics from The University of Alabama.


AUM graduate, Jordan Price '16, married Kyra Chamblee on August 5, 2018.

Jordan receieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Auburn University at Montgomery and was recently promoted to Business Intelligence Developer at Swisher International, Inc. Jordan and Kyra moved to Jacksonville, FL for his new job after the wedding.


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