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Public administration graduate earns Local Government Management Fellowship   Graduation-focused grandmas exemplify AUM’s emphasis on lifelong learning
 
 

Public administration graduate earns Local Government Management Fellowship

Alumna Shenicka Hohenkirk ‘18
 
 
 
 

Graduation-focused grandmas exemplify AUM’s emphasis on lifelong learning

Meet 60-year-old Karen McQueen and 66-year-old Hazel Boone, whose inspiring journeys encourage continued education for all.
 
 
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Alumni Professorship
 
 

Alumni Professorship

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Professorship 2019-2022.
 
 
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AUM Alumni travel to Ireland
 
 

AUM Alumni travel to Ireland

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association traveled with a group of alumni for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland from March 6-13, 2019.
 
 
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AUM criminal justice professor presented at United Nations conference
 
 

AUM criminal justice professor presented at United Nations conference

Prit Kaur gave a presentation for modifying the recruitment and training of law enforcement officers to improve gender representation at United Nations Headquarters on March 21, 2019.
 
 
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Auburn University at Montgomery to welcome new College of Business dean
 
 

Auburn University at Montgomery to welcome new College of Business dean

Auburn University at Montgomery will welcome Ross N. Dickens as its new College of Business dean in July.
 
 
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Auburn University at Montgomery selects next University Honors Program director
 
 

Auburn University at Montgomery selects next University Honors Program director

AUM’s efforts to grow its University Honors Program will be guided by new director Lynn Stallings.
 
 
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Auburn University at Montgomery has named Eve Rhea as its new executive director of development
 
 

Auburn University at Montgomery has named Eve Rhea as its new executive director of development

Rhea, who had served in a variety of development leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joined the AUM staff on May 1.
 
 
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Honors Day celebrates Chancellor’s Scholars for 2018-2019
 
 

Honors Day celebrates Chancellor’s Scholars for 2018-2019

Five students earned the highest honor presented by Auburn University at Montgomery during its 2019 Honors Day celebration on April 12.
 
 
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Arbor Day Foundation recognizes AUM as a “Tree Campus”
 
 

Arbor Day Foundation recognizes AUM as a “Tree Campus”

Auburn University at Montgomery has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day Foundation.
 
 
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AUM Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018
 
 

AUM Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018

The Auburn University at Montgomery Department of Athletics announced and inducted five new honorees into the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018.
 
 
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Lee High School inducts alumni and faculty into hall of fame
 
 

Lee High School inducts alumni and faculty into hall of fame

AUM alumnae honored in Robert E. Lee High School’s hall of fame.
 
 
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UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS & TRAVEL:
 
 

UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS & TRAVEL:

 
 
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Melinda Brooks ‘87 Glenn LeBlanc ‘97 Misty Hudmon ‘98
Jennifer Brown ‘01 Samantha McNeilly ‘04 Brittany Lee ‘11
Stephanie Tinney ‘17 Felix Toussaint '18 SUBMIT A CLASS NOTE
 
 
 
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Alumni Board of Directors

Are you passionate about AUM? Do you want to make a difference? Are you willing to be a leader in the AUM Alumni Association? We invite you to apply for a position on the AUM Alumni Board of Directors.  

 

As the advisory board to the Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association, the Alumni Board seeks candidates who are proven leaders, have demonstrated service to the AUM alumni population, are experienced in working in a collaborative environment, and are committed to serving as AUM ambassadors in their communities.

 

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Alumni Board are due August 1, 2019.

 

For more information about the nomination process, visit: http://www.aum.edu/alumni-board.

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Public administration graduate earns Local Government Management Fellowship

Labor contracts, proposed development of a townhome complex, naming rights for a new community center and an increase of a city debt limit were among more than 900 pages of meeting material, which representatives in Evanston, Illinois recently waded through in preparation for a city council meeting.

Such “light” reading will become the norm for Auburn University at Montgomery alumna Shenicka Hohenkirk as one of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s 2019 Local Governmental Management Fellows.

Hohenkirk, who earned a Master of Science in Public Administration at AUM in 2018, will work for the City of Evanston after earning one of the competitive fellowships that enable recent public administration and public policy graduates to earn experience in full-time management-track local government positions.

“It gives you a chance to work closely with a city manager, as well as different department heads from firefighters to the police department to budget and finance, and to work with city council members,” said Hohenkirk, who will relocate from Atlanta to the Chicago area. “It gives you that hands-on management experience without being a manager.”

“When it comes to working in government, you have to start locally,” Hohenkirk said. “That’s where the meat is – the people, the communities. That’s how you really learn how to make a difference. “I’m really open to all of it right now, but I would like to stay in city planning, if possible. I would like to become a city manager one day. That’s my long-term goal.”

Hohenkirk, who worked as a lead counselor for the Atlanta YMCA’s Goodtimes Center, while in AUM’s MPA program, took advantage of professional development opportunities offered by AUM’s IMCA chapter. Her involvement in the organization, in which she eventually served as chapter president, enabled her to make valuable professional connections through the Alabama City/County Management Association. Attending a state conference provided Hohenkirk the opportunity to meet veteran city managers like Mountain Brook’s Sam Gaston, an AUM graduate, who offered her an internship. During her six-month internship in 2017, Hohenkirk wrote articles for the city’s newsletter, helped shape the new employee orientation process, worked with geographic information system staff members and researched nuisance and property codes of other communities to find potential applications for the City of Mountain Brook’s codes.

“Having worked for Sam Gaston and having participated in the Alabama City/County Management Association is a really important signal to potential employers that she is really committed to this profession,” said AUM Department of Political Science and Public Administration head and professor Andrew Cortell. “Other people in the profession see that not simply is she committed to it, but she also has talent.”

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Graduation-focused grandmas exemplify AUM’s emphasis on lifelong learning

Karen McQueen gives new meaning to the term graduating “senior.” At age 60, the grandmother was among more than 400 Auburn University at Montgomery students who celebrated graduation during spring commencement ceremonies in May at the AUM Athletics Complex.

She wouldn’t be crossing the stage if not for hearing the story of an 80-something who graduated from AUM and listening to the words of her pastor, who asked congregants if they were reaching their greatest potential.

“After I heard that, I said that when I get my last child out of school, I’m going back to school for me,” said McQueen, a Montgomery resident who works for the Alabama Department of Transportation. “I’ve been hanging in there.”

The journey has tested her resilience and demonstrated her perseverance. She changed her major three times before eventually settling on organizational leadership as her focus, worked a pair of jobs for most of her time in school and remained on track despite losing 10 family members since enrolling in 2011.

“I’ve been through a lot, a lot of challenging things,” said McQueen, who worked as a night auditor for a hotel during a portion of her time as a student. “I would like to encourage other people that it’s never too late to go back to college. Follow your dream.”

McQueen said she didn’t have the financial means to pursue a college education immediately after graduating from high school, and worked for UPS for 25 years. She completed multiple two-year programs at Trenholm State and expected her educational journey might end there until the 80-something AUM graduate and her pastor’s message encouraged her to continue. McQueen said her AUM education will create possibilities for advancement as a human resources professional, but it has also encouraged other members of her family to rethink what’s possible for them.

“I’ve got grandkids now and I want them to see that it’s OK to get your education,” said McQueen, who balanced a second job as a hotel night auditor for part of her time as an AUM student. “Your grandmamma did it, so you can do it, too. One of my daughters told me she’s going to go back.”

 

Hazel Boone, a 66-year-old great grandmother pursuing a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, followed different interests to AUM, but shares the same passion for learning and understands the transformative potential of a college education. As one of 12 children, Boone said college wasn’t an immediate option when she graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1971.

“I went to work for the telephone company,” said Boone, a Hope Hull, Ala., resident. “Back then $2 an hour was a lot of money to me.” After 15 years, she paused to raise a family. Her late husband encouraged her to pursue her education and she took a few mathematics courses at AUM in the 1980s, before computers became classroom mainstays. She eventually completed 18 hours of online coursework as a way to “test the waters” before splashing into the pool in 2015. “The students here have been so wonderful to me – ‘Miss Hazel, can I carry your books for you?’” said Boone, who has 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. “They treat me like the grandmother that I am. I suppose the gray hair gave it away.”

Boone has already started passing on some of the knowledge she has acquired as an undergraduate student. After learning the ins and outs of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign in AUM’s graphic design program, she began teaching her grandsons how to use the tools. She may even try to persuade them to become AUM Warhawks as well.

“My grandchildren are coming behind me, and I want them to know they can do this,” Boone said. “I have had a wonderful journey, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This is a super-great school. It offers a type of atmosphere that pulls you in. I checked out some other campuses, but AUM offers a family atmosphere. You meet people, and they don’t forget your name. It’s an awesome thing, a community of people who love people.”

Pictured above (L to R): Karen McQueen; Hazel Boone

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Alumni Professorship

Help us honor the achievements of your favorite outstanding faculty member with an Alumni Professorship nomination! Professorships provide a critical way for the university to recruit and retain exceptional faculty. By celebrating our instructors in this way, we ensure that Auburn University at Montgomery will continue to deliver exceptional research and education at the cutting-edge of innovation and collaboration.

The AUM Alumni Association sponsors an Alumni Professorship to recognize outstanding Auburn University at Montgomery faculty who best exemplify excellence in teaching, research, scholarly and creative accomplishments and service. Current AUM faculty members who have at least 10 years of full-time service at AUM are eligible for this honor. Alumni Professorship recipients will serve a three-year, non-renewable term and receive an annual salary supplement of $2,500.

For more nomination details, visit: http://www.aum.edu/alumni/alumni-home/alumni-professorship

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AUM Alumni travel to Ireland

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association traveled with a group of alumni for a once in a lifetime trip to Ireland from March 6-13, 2019. The group experienced a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combined fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food. Alumni joined their fellow travelers for traditional music, dance and fare during their first fun-filled Irish evening. From sightseeing to shopping, whiskey tasting, and an overnight castle stay, this adventurous group was amazed at all the splendors of Ireland.

Highlights from the trip included: Dublin, Irish Night, Christ Church Cathedral, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Farm Visit, Cliffs of Moher, Whiskey Distillery, and Cabra Castle.

Don’t miss out on the amazing future travel opportunities with the AUM Alumni Association! See “Upcoming Alumni Events & Travel” article for more information.

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AUM criminal justice professor presented at United Nations conference

Despite making up nearly half of the world’s population, women represent less than 10 percent of law enforcement personnel worldwide. That’s a statistic that needs to change, according to Auburn University at Montgomery criminal justice professor Prit Kaur, particularly as police globally wrestle with cybercrime and exploitation of women and children.

“It has now become not a need, but an emergency,” Kaur said. She expressed that increasing numbers of female officers would bring emotional intelligence to law enforcement agencies while making them more representative of the populaces they protect. “Female officers provide a greater sense of security to women and children,” Kaur explained. “They readily and sensitively respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, and thus, improve access to females and children to appeal to and seek support from law enforcement agencies.”

Kaur had an opportunity to make the case for modifying the recruitment and training of law enforcement officers to improve gender representation at United Nations Headquarters on March 21, 2019. She presented research and policy recommendations at the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) to an audience of policymakers, practitioners, scholars and activists from United Nations member countries. AUM Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Collaborative Partnerships and Distance Education Initiatives, Shanta Varma, attend the conference as a co-presenter for the project.

Kaur presented on the “Role and Scope of Women Police in Cyber Crime and Cyber Victimization” in a session on “Access to Justice for Women and Girls: The Role of Women in Law Enforcement and Peacekeeping.” Kaur said women can help fill a knowledge gap that exists for local-level law enforcement entities trying to respond to cybercrime. Kaur pointed to domestic violence cases in which a husband or boyfriend may engage in cyberstalking, using GPS to track an estranged partner. “What is going on right now is that most of the police departments are focusing on `macro-level’ victimization,” she said. “Women are becoming more victimized in local-level crimes like sextortion and domestic violence.”

In the United States, women make up 51 percent of the population, according to Census Bureau data, but make up 11.9 percent of the police force population. Worldwide, women fill 9.1 percent of law enforcement positions despite representing 49.5 percent of the population. Kaur saw the imbalance in the workplace while serving as a training officer in the Investigation and Intelligence Wing of Punjab State Police in India in the early 2000s. She was one of two female officers among several hundred at the academy.

“Police departments should stop projecting police as an authoritarian and tough profession suitable only for males,” she said. She added that women can bring the “intellectual skills” necessary for effectiveness in the cyber space, as well as building trust with reluctant witnesses and victims and in interrogations and negotiations.

 

For more information about (undergraduate and graduate) criminal justice programs, visit AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences page: http://www.cas.aum.edu/academic-programs.

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Auburn University at Montgomery to welcome new College of Business dean

Dickens, who has served as dean and professor of finance at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s College of Business and Global Affairs since August 2013, will assume the deanship on July 1.

“Dr. Dickens emerged from a strong group of finalists,” Auburn University at Montgomery Provost and Vice Chancellor Mrinal Varma said. “We were particularly impressed by his accomplishments as a scholar and a leader. Given his strong background in the area of experiential learning, Dr. Dickens will be able to create new opportunities for students and will guide the College of Business to new heights of academic excellence.”

Dickens will succeed Rhea Ingram, who will return to a faculty role after serving as dean since August 2011. Auburn University at Montgomery earned placement on the Princeton Review’s list of the “Best Business Schools of 2019, as well as recognition from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs. AUM is among the top one percent of business schools internationally by virtue of its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dickens previously held faculty positions at the University of South Alabama, where he served as chair of the Department of Economics & Finance, and Louisiana Tech University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College, an MBA from the University of North Carolina and his doctorate in finance from the University of Tennessee. Before attending graduate school, Dickens worked in the banking industry, beginning with First National Bank of South Carolina and then moving to South Carolina National Bank after its purchase of FNBSC.

Dickens said he and his wife, Michelle, are excited about returning “home” to a state where they have strong connections. His daughter, eldest son, mother, mother-in-law, two sisters and multiple nieces and nephews all live in Alabama.

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Auburn University at Montgomery selects next University Honors Program director

Lynn Stallings, the director of Kennesaw State University’s Honors Program, will join the AUM staff on July 1. Auburn University at Montgomery Provost and Vice Chancellor Mrinal Varma said Stallings’ hiring will enable the university to develop “a more robust and integrated” honors program that offers students service learning, community engagement opportunities and leadership development opportunities.

“Dr. Stallings’ impressive credentials, extensive experience and familiarity with Auburn University at Montgomery make her the ideal choice to help us take our honors program to the next level,” Varma said. “Growing our honors program and enhancing its offerings represents a strategic priority for the university and will help us attract talented students from the River Region and beyond.”

A native of Montgomery, Stallings earned a master’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis on mathematics from AUM. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical education from Auburn University and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Georgia. At Kennesaw State, Stallings has served in a variety of administrative roles, ranging from chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to interim associate dean of graduate studies in the Bagwell College of Education, chair of the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education and interim dean of University College.

“As I learned more about the vision of Chancellor Stockton and Provost Varma and the enthusiasm of the Honors faculty, I became even more excited about the direction Auburn University at Montgomery is moving in,” Stallings said. “I want to be a part of the very promising future ahead of AUM and the opportunities available because of its location in the capital city with so many cultural and business resources. AUM has an excellent honors program, and I’m excited to have the chance to work with faculty and students to build on the strong foundation of the program so that we can advance to the next level.”

Stallings said Auburn University at Montgomery’s Honors Program can be particularly impactful in the lives of first-generation university students and “non-traditional students” who may be balancing careers or families while attending college.

“I’ve learned how much of a difference a university can make with first-generation and non-traditional students,” she said. “A strong honors program can provide them with opportunities to explore options for their futures that they might not have previously envisioned.”

Auburn University at Montgomery Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies Joy Clark said Stallings’ experience, as well as her understanding of AUM, will position the honors program for success. “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Stallings as the new director and have full confidence in her ability to take the program to the next level, where it will serve as a center of both excellence and service.”

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Auburn University at Montgomery has named Eve Rhea as its new executive director of development

Auburn University at Montgomery welcomed Eve Rhea as its new exective director of development on May 1.

“With Auburn University at Montgomery preparing to implement an updated strategic plan, the timing for Eve’s arrival couldn’t be any better,” said Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “Her combination of experience and enthusiasm will play a vital role in helping AUM engage alumni, build partnerships and secure investments that will ultimately benefit our students.”

Rhea brings extensive experience from the higher education and non-profit sectors. A native of Birmingham, Rhea served as director of development for UAB’s School of Nursing for five years. During that time, she worked closely with the school’s dean, as well as the university’s associate vice president of development and senior director of development, to create and direct a $37 million campaign development plan for the school.  She also served as chair of UAB Advancement’s Engagement Committee.

Rhea said Auburn University at Montgomery’s faculty and staff made an indelible impression during her campus interview. “The more I learned, by the time I left campus I thought, `This is the place where I want to be,’” she said. “Dr. Stockton has a great vision for the university.”

Before serving as director of development for UAB’s School of Nursing, Rhea led fundraising and donor engagement efforts for its School of Medicine, working closely with the Department of Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Callahan Eye Hospital, as well as the Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics.

Rhea served as regional resource development director for the Salvation Army from 2003 to 2007, managing major gifts campaigns for North Central Alabama and Northeast Mississippi and a donor base of more than 150 stakeholders. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of North Alabama and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Alabama. Additionally, she earned certification in major gifts fundraising and developing major gifts from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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Honors Day celebrates Chancellor’s Scholars for 2018-2019

Students Teva Stinson, Haley Toler, Rachel M. Pate, Abbey Fisher and Emily Cosgrove earned the highest honor presented by Auburn University at Montgomery during its 2019 Honors Day celebration on April 12.

The five students were recognized as Chancellor’s Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Chancellor’s Scholar Awards, which represent the highest level of distinction conferred to students on the basis of scholarship and service, are voted on by committees made up of deans and department heads from each of AUM’s colleges. Stinson earned top honors for the College of Business, while Toler represented the College of Education. Pate, Fisher and Cosgrove represented the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Sciences, respectively.

“We are very proud of the dedication these students have shown,” Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said.

Stinson is a member of AUM's Phi Kappa Phi chapter and Accounting Club. She has also served as vice president and community service chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success. Toler, a member of the National Collegiate Honor Society, has served as captain of AUM's volleyball team. Pate, a Spanish major, recently co-authored a research paper with one of her instructors and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. Fisher, who has set her sights on a career in speech language pathology, has been active in Phi Kappa Phi and has served as secretary of AUM's chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Cosgrove, a mathematics and computer science major, has served as president of the Math Club and is a recipient of the STEM MAKERS Scholarship.

Pictured above (L to R): Emily Cosgrove; Abbey Wagner Fisher; Teva Stinson; Haley Toler; Rachel M. Pate; Dr. Carl A. Stockton, Chancellor.

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Arbor Day Foundation recognizes AUM as a “Tree Campus”

Launched in 2008, the Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities nationally for their efforts to promote healthy trees and engage students, faculty and staff in conservation efforts. The Arbor Day Foundation determined that AUM met five standards aligned with effective campus forest management, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, dedicated budget for a campus tree program, and Arbor Day observance and sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

 

“Your entire campus community should be proud of your sustained commitment to environmental stewardship,” Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe wrote in a letter to Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “… We celebrate your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Auburn University at Montgomery.”

 

AUM’s verdant campus features walking trails throughout its 500 acres, as well as a tree-lined Quad, a pond and a garden near student housing. In 2018, the university planted a 25-year-old Toomer Oak near Moore Hall. The 8,000-pound oak was raised on the farm of former Auburn head football coach and athletic director Pat Dye.

 

The Arbor Day Foundation has launched the “Time for Trees” initiative to promote the planting of 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring five million tree planters by 2022. In the last year, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have collectively planted more than 32,000 trees and engaged more than 31,000 students.

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AUM Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Albert Lewis (men's basketball), Ximena Rodriguez (women's tennis), Masego Ntshingane and Thorhallur Hinriksson (men's soccer) and Helga Osk Hannesdottir (women's soccer) took their place alongside the greatest student-athletes, coaches and administrators in AUM history as the 12th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For more information about these incredible athletes, read the full AUM Athletics article here.

 

Pictured above (L to R): Albert Lewis, Ximena Rodriguez, Helga Osk Hannesdottir, Thorhallur Hinriksson

Not pictured: Masego Ntshingane

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Lee High School inducts alumni and faculty into hall of fame

Robert E. Lee High added 14 alumni and faculty to its hall of fame at a banquet on April 26. Started in 1993, the individuals joined the ranks of more than 400 honored for their contributions to the school and the world since graduating. 

Various professions have been represented in the hall of fame, including doctors, military commanders, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, authors, a rock star, an actor, and a race car driver. Each recipient has "the main ingredients of the love and appreciation of their school and the willingness to excel in life and to make the world a better place to live," a news release states. Those honored in 2019 include several Auburn University at Montgomery alumnae: 

Reggenia Watson Baskin

A 1976 Lee High graduate, Watson Baskin served as a teacher and administrator during her near-40-year career. Additionally, she founded the "Truth 4 Youth" outreach program, organizing relief efforts for those impacted by poor water quality and natural disasters. She attended AUM, earning degrees in speech pathology, English and journalism, as well as a graduate degree in early childhood education. 

Louise Foster Jones ‘88

A 1984 Lee High graduate, Foster Jones serves as the president of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. Her career includes serving as the youngest and first woman to become the executive secretary for the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. Foster Jones graduated from AUM with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Science in psychology. She began her career as a social worker then moved to the Medicaid Agency and advanced to director of the Pharmacy Services Division. In 2006, she became executive director of the Alabama Pharmacy Association and was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.

Vera Jordan ‘02

A 1990 Lee High graduate, Jordan currently serves as a representative for Sen. Richard Shelby. She has worked at the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama and the Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization. Jordan graduated from Spellman College with a degree in history. She continued her education at University of Pennsylvania, and earned Masters of Science degrees in leadership in professional education and judicial administration at AUM.

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UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS & TRAVEL:

SEPTEMBER 2019

Young Alumni Mixer

Thursday, September 19, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Details to follow

 

OCTOBER 2019

African American Alumni Reception

Thursday, October 10, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

Invitation to follow

 

DECEMBER 2019

Spotlight on New York City Holiday

December 2-6, 2019

Experience America's most exciting metropolis as it shines during the holiday season. This New York City getaway is filled with shopping, sightseeing, endless entertainment and holiday cheer.

Highlights: 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Broadway Show.

For more information, click here.

 

MARCH 2020

Reflections of Italy

March 11-20, 2020

Revel in the magic of Italy on this tour that explores the cities of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. Travel Italy and explore the scenery of the Tuscan countryside and medieval hill towns. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence and see hot glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in romantic Venice and visit the magnificent Opera House La Scala in Milan.

Highlights: Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery & Cooking Class, Venice, Murano Island, Milan

For more information, click here.

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Class Notes

AUM alumna Melinda Brooks was recently promoted to Production Operations Manager at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS) in Birmingham, Alabama. Brooks graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1987.


AUM alumnus Glenn LeBlanc attended Auburn University at Montgomery after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. He shared, “It was an enjoyable experience. It made me feel like a young person again.” After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Marketing in 1997, LeBlanc became an independent contractor in financial investing and insurance. He later shifted to working as a Real Estate Broker, and eventually retired in 2013.


The Chambers County Board of Education accepted the recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge Wednesday to appoint Misty Hudmon as the new principal of Huguley Elementary. Hudmon has been with the Chambers County School District since July 1999. She started as a third grade teacher at Fairfax Elementary and later became a reading specialist with the school until her appointment as principal. She was also an instructional specialist at Valley High School from August 2014 to May 2016. Hudmon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1998.


AUM alumna Jennifer Brown currently works as a realtor in the Montgomery, Alabama area. Brown graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2001 as well as a Master of Public Administration in 2004.


AUM alumna Samantha McNeilly was recently awarded tenure and was promoted to Librarian II at Auburn University at Montgomery’s Library. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2004 at AUM, McNeilly started working at Auburn University at Montgomery in 2005 as a library associate. After earning her Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in 2009 at AUM, she was hired as the Teaching and Outreach Librarian/Archives and Special Collections Librarian in 2015.


Charlestowne Hotels recently hired Brittany Lee as director of human resources. Lee attended Auburn University at Montgomery where she received her degree in Human Resources in 2011. At Charlestowne Hotels, Lee’s key responsibilities will be overseeing all human resource-related tasks for the corporate office as well as assisting with human resources for the portfolio of hotels Charlestowne manages.


Melinda Brooks’ daughter and AUM alumna, Stephanie Tinney currently leads the Quality Control Lab at Pursell Agri-Tech in Sylacauga, Alabama. She welcomed a baby boy in May. Tinney graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science in 2017.


AUM alumus Felix Toussaint graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2018 with a dual bachelor of science degree in Biology and Chemistry, with a concentration in pre-medical sciences. He was an active member of the AUM Advancement Ambassador Program from 2016-2018. Upon completion of the MCAT, Toussaint will begin the medical school application process for Fall 2020 matriculation. His ultimate goal is to become a physician-scientist and obtain his MD in neurosurgery as well as his Ph.D. in neuroscience, with a focus in oncological or progressive disease.


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