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Alumni Spotlight: Zestlan Simmons '99
 
 

Alumni Spotlight: Zestlan Simmons '99

The Alabama State Department of Education named Zestlan Simmons the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year during a celebration at the Capital City Club honoring 12 semi-finalists and 4 finalists.
 
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AUM Reorganizes Academic Programs   Pat Dye Delivers Toomer's Oak to AUM
 
 

AUM Reorganizes Academic Programs

Effective May 16, 2018, AUM reorganized its academic programs to create new opportunities for student success, program growth and faculty collaboration.
 
 
 
 

Pat Dye Delivers Toomer's Oak to AUM

A new tree was planted on AUM’s campus this spring to replace the nearly 80-year-old oak that stood outside of Moore Hall.
 
 
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Natasha Sullen '98 honored as Teacher of the Year for Tallassee City School System
 
 

Natasha Sullen '98 honored as Teacher of the Year for Tallassee City School System

Her peers and the Tallassee Board of Education recognize Sullen as having an “infectious personality and the unique ability to bring about change in the classroom.”
 
 
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Alumni Gather in Memory
 
 

Alumni Gather in Memory

Family, friends and AUM alumni gathered to participate in the Joy to Life Foundation's Walk of Life in memory of alumna, Pamela Deone Wilburn ‘98, who lost her battle to breast cancer last year.
 
 
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AUM Student Walks at Graduation
 
 

AUM Student Walks at Graduation

After four years of hard work and dedication, Logan Prickett '18 left his wheelchair during AUM’s spring commencement ceremony and walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
 
 
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Mark Your Calendar
 
 

Mark Your Calendar

Please join us for fellowship and fun at upcoming alumni events.
 
 
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Alumni Travel Opportunities: Spring 2019
 
 

Alumni Travel Opportunities: Spring 2019

Savor a true taste of “Irish Splendor”.
 
 
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Nominations Open for Faculty Service Award
 
 

Nominations Open for Faculty Service Award

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association sponsors an alumni faculty service award to recognize outstanding Auburn Montgomery faculty.
 
 
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Angelo Perryman ’86 Holley Pierce ’02 Dr. Ursula Thomas ’96
 
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: Zestlan Simmons '99

The Alabama State Department of Education named Zestlan Simmons the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year during a celebration at the Capital City Club honoring 12 semi-finalists and 4 finalists.  Simmons is an advanced placement English teacher at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, AL.  With a passion for learning from a very young age, Simmons says she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

 As Alabama’s Teacher of the Year, Simmons looks forward to serving as an ambassador for public education and teachers.  She is an advocate for supportive learning environments and encouraging student achievement at all levels.

Simmons is a National Board Certified Teacher and mentors new teachers in the Montgomery Public School System. She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in Secondary Education Language Arts as well as a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from Auburn University at Montgomery.

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AUM Reorganizes Academic Programs

Effective May 16, 2018, AUM reorganized its academic programs to create new opportunities for student success, program growth and faculty collaboration.  The new structure resulted in the creation of two new colleges: the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Sciences.

AUM's five areas of academic focus are now the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  For more information about all of AUM’s academic programs, visit www.aum.edu

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Pat Dye Delivers Toomer's Oak to AUM

A new tree was planted on AUM’s campus this spring to replace the nearly 80-year-old oak that stood outside of Moore Hall.  Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye raised the tree, a 25-year-old Toomer's Oak, at Quail Hallow Gardens and Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve.

Dye and his partner Nancy McDonald reached out to AUM with a generous offer to replace the former AUM oak, which was lost to disease last year.  Dye made a special visit to campus to personally deliver and oversee the installation of the new Toomer’s Oak, weighing 8,000 pounds, which journeyed from Dye’s farm in Notasulga, Alabama, via flatbed truck​.


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Alumna Honored with Mural

AUM alumna Allison Wetherbee '93 faced a unique set of challenges in her lifetime that few could ever imagine. She was born with no arms or legs.  Despite her challenges, she attended school with her peers and went on to earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Master of Education in Counseling at AUM. She worked for many years as a mental health therapist in the Muscle Shoals area, and wrote an autobiography entitled I Was Born This Way. Before her passing in July 2016, Allison enjoyed her position as Public Relations Director at Easter Seals Camp ASCCA. She led a very active and adventurous life and kept a busy schedule of public speaking engagements.

Friends and family have joined together to create a lasting tribute to Wetherbee in her hometown of Camden, Alabama. The Allison Wetherbee Memorial Project will raise funds to create an artistic memorial in Allison’s honor. A large outdoor mural will be painted on a brick wall in downtown Camden and will be one of the first sights residents and visitors see as they approach the main square. The wall and building are part of the former of Wetherbee’s department store, which Allison’s parents owned and operated for many years.

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Natasha Sullen '98 honored as Teacher of the Year for Tallassee City School System

Natasha Sullen ’98 was recently awarded the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Tallassee Elementary School and Tallassee City School System in Alabama.  Her peers and the Tallassee Board of Education recognize Sullen as having an “infectious personality and the unique ability to bring about change in the classroom.” Sullen is a kindergarten teacher and has worked for the Tallassee School System for 20 years.  She will move into a new role as counselor for Southside Middle School in Tallassee beginning this fall.

Sullen earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University at Montgomery.

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Alumni Gather in Memory

On April 21, 2018, family, friends and AUM alumni gathered to participate in the Joy to Life Foundation's Walk of Life in memory of alumna, Pamela Deone Wilburn ‘98, who lost her battle to breast cancer last year. Pamela earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Special Education from AUM.  She was a teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System for 15 years. AUM alumni and friends are invited to join Pam's Treasure Chest team for the 2019 Walk of Life in support of the fight against breast cancer.

Pictured (L to R): Shunda Wilburn ’00; Sharon Streeter ‘91, ’93; Janice Marshall ’93; Terrence Marshall ’93, ‘94

Not pictured: Kim Card ’93; Selusta Knight ‘93

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AUM Student Walks at Graduation

After four years of hard work and dedication, Logan Prickett '18 left his wheelchair during AUM’s spring commencement ceremony and walked across the stage to receive his diploma.  Prickett is a researcher and namesake for The Logan Project at Auburn University at Montgomery.  When he enrolled in his first college level math course in 2015, he began working with the University’s Instructional Technology team to develop an audio method for math instruction. His contributions to the Logan Project have not only made mathematics education more accessible to students with disabilities but also have earned a grant for further research from the National Science Foundation.

Despite some setbacks, Prickett lives life full throttle, skydiving, whitewater rafting, hunting — and participating in research to help other students like himself.

Pictured (L to R): Jordan Price '16, former student researcher for the Logan Project; Logan Prickett '18; Ann Gulley, Founder and Co-Principal Investigator for the Logan Project

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Mark Your Calendar

Young Alumni Mixer

Thursday, August 16

6 - 8 PM

Common Bond Brewers

 

Montgomery Dragon Boat Race

Saturday, August 25

9 AM - 4 PM

Montgomery Riverfront Park

Interested in paddling with AUM? Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. 

 

African American Alumni Reception

Thursday, October 4th

6:30 - 8:30 PM

AUM: Watson Robbins Taylor Center

 

For more information or to RSVP for any of the events listed, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-244-3369.

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Alumni Travel Opportunities: Spring 2019

Explore Ireland with fellow AUM alumni!

Savor a true taste of “Irish Splendor” when you spend the night in a stately castle. Relax by a roaring peat fire. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Tour rollicking Dublin and share a conversation with the locals at a pub featuring traditional Irish entertainers. Sip on the “Water of Life” at a whiskey distillery. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, one of Ireland’s most historic buildings. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Gaze upon the historic Rock of Cashel. Visit the famous Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods. Meet a local family and enjoy tea and scones at their farm. Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. From the breathtaking sights of Kerry to the historic Rock of Cashel, gaze across the countryside and culture of Ireland.

March 6-13, 2019

Full Itinerary

For more information, please contact Valerie Rankin at 334-244-3557 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Nominations Open for Faculty Service Award

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association sponsors an alumni faculty service award to recognize outstanding Auburn Montgomery faculty.  To be eligible for this honor, faculty must have five or more years of full-time service at AUM.  This honor will be conferred during the fall semester convocation, and the recipient will receive a $1,000 check from the Alumni Association.

Nominations by AUM faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends must be submitted or postmarked by August 31, 2018.  Nomination letters should be no more than two pages in length, and should emphasize teaching excellence as well as a strong record of service to the university and community.  A vita may be attached, if available.

Send nomination letters to:  Awards Committee, Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association, 7400 East Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117, or email them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pictured above (L to R): Joey Taff, AUM Alumni Board Vice President; Dr. Darren Harris-Fain, 2017 Faculty Service Award recipient; Dr. Carl A. Stockton, Chancellor

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Class Notes

Angelo Perryman ’86, president of Perryman Building and Construction, was selected as the Small Business Association of Eastern Pennsylvania’s 2018 Small Business Person of the Year. The award winner is chosen annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties.

Perryman earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from AUM.


Holley Pierce ’02, Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Montgomery, was recently recognized on the Forbes “Top Women Wealth Advisors” list for the second consecutive year. She was also named to the first ever Working Mother and SHOOK Research’s “Top Wealth Adviser Moms” list.

Pierce earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from AUM.


Dr. Ursula Thomas ’96 recently published “Advocacy in Academia and the Role of Teacher Preparation Programs”. The editorial publication serves as a reference source for the latest scholarly research on the need of support for students and faculty by examining policy, student engagement, professorial activism, and integrated allied services.

Thomas earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from AUM.


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