Special Spotlight: Campus Food Pantry

Special Spotlight: Campus Food Pantry

Auburn Cares is participating in the SEC Fight, a SEC-wide competition amongst campus food pantries. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate now through Saturday, April 17, as every dollar donated is worth three points and every food item donated is worth two points. 

The Campus Food Pantry provides non-perishable foods and hygiene items to any Auburn University students in need. No financial information verification is required, and students can receive up to one bag of food per week. 

“The Campus Food Pantry directly benefits Auburn students, and as the Auburn Family, it is imperative that we care for one another in times of need,” Sarah Grace Walters, Auburn Cares coordinator, said. Nationally, around 30% of college students are food insecure, and the Campus Food Pantry serves over 100 students each academic year, according to Walters.

Competing schools include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

As of Monday, April 12, Auburn University has raised over $37,000 for the Campus Food Pantry. 

For monetary donations, individuals can give via Venmo (non-tax deductible) at @AuburnFoodFight or here (tax deductible). To donate food items, visit 1115 Melton Student Center.

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Students asked to participate in SoundRocket Campus Climate Survey

Students asked to participate in SoundRocket Campus Climate Survey

Beginning April 7, students will receive an emailed invitation to participate in a Campus Climate Survey on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. The data collected will be used to understand the present climate at Auburn University and to inform current and future decisions about supporting a diverse, inclusive and thriving campus community.

To ensure confidentiality of data, the survey was developed and is being conducted by SoundRocket, a survey research firm located in Ann Arbor, MI. SoundRocket has been hired by Auburn University Student Affairs to conduct the study and to protect students’ confidentiality.

Students will receive an email with a link to the survey along with additional information from SoundRocket with the email address survey@srsrv.com. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be open until April 23.

With students at the center of its focus, Student Affairs seeks to capture students’ feedback before the close of the spring 2021 semester. Results of the Campus Climate Survey will be available during mid-summer or early fall 2021.

Students who complete the survey and are eligible will be included in a random drawing to win one $100 electronic gift card.

For questions about the survey, or to report any difficulties completing the survey, contact SoundRocket via email at nccsdei@srsrv.com, or by phone at 734-527-2199.

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UPC hosts Concert on Cater Lawn

UPC hosts Concert on Cater Lawn

Auburn University students got a taste of normalcy with live music at the Concert on Cater Lawn hosted by University Program Council, UPC, and WEGL 91.1 FM on Friday, March 19. The The Prescriptions, a rock band based out of Nashville, opened for The Brummies, an indie band from Birmingham.

There were 80 attendees at the event, and Eagle Eye TV hosted a Facebook Live event that has recorded 813 views as of Sunday, March 21.

The Concert on Cater Lawn was a chance for students to hear live music after last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19. As campus events are expanded, students will have more opportunities to gather with one another like the Concert on Cater Lawn.

For more information about UPC and to stay updated on their events, follow their Facebook and Instagram pages at @auburnUPC. For more information on WEGL, visit www.weglfm.com/.

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Auburn names WEGL 91.1 studio in honor of Bradley Basden

Auburn names WEGL 91.1 studio in honor of Bradley Basden

Auburn’s student-run radio studio, located inside the Melton Student Center, was named the Bradley Basden WEGL Studio on Saturday, March 13. This recognition celebrates Basden’s dedication to Auburn University and WEGL 91.1 FM and honors Dr. Brett Basden ‘89 and Katie Prather Basden’s ‘91 philanthropic support to Student Affairs.

 

As an inaugural member of the EAGLES Program, Basden began working for WEGL in 2019 and created his own show, “EAGLE on WEGL.”

 

Born with a rare genetic defect that impacts Basden’s brain, liver and spleen, he never allowed medical challenges to stop him from chasing his dream which was to attend and leave a legacy at Auburn University.

 

Basden was eager to learn and became an integral part of the WEGL team. Peers quickly noticed the positivity Basden brought daily to the studio.

 

“His work ethic and passion for radio is the reason for his success and the reason he will leave a lasting impact on WEGL,” Student Media Coordinator Brit Bowen said. “Bradley alone has paved the way for students of all abilities to be involved and to leave their mark on Auburn University. His involvement at WEGL is an everyday reminder of why WEGL exists, which is to serve as a learning laboratory for students.”

 

The Basdens made a significant philanthropic pledge to Student Affairs in 2020 with part of the funds going towards new WEGL equipment and the remaining funds going towards the Student Affairs Gift Fund.

 

WEGL’s studio has now been improved with state-of-the-art technology including an Axia IQ 8-Fader Console, a control board, an Axia 8-Fader Expansion Frame, which gives the station 16 channels instead of eight, and an Axia Console DSP Mix Engine.

 

This equipment immediately upgraded WEGL’s infrastructure to operate from the station’s wireless network giving the team the ability to operate remotely. What was once impossible has been made possible through remote capabilities.

 

“The content that students can now make and the ways they can utilize the studio far exceeds anything WEGL has been able to do in its 50 year history,” Bowen said. “The station is now operating in a capacity that mirrors the professional broadcast industry, preparing students for jobs and internships.”

 

The radio station has been student-run since it began 50 years ago and has taught hundreds of students vital technical skills.

 

For more information about WEGL, visit aub.ie/wegl.

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A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Feb. 15, 2021

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Feb. 15, 2021

Dear Students, 

Tomorrow marks the first Wellness Day of the semester. Wellness Days are intended to give you a day off to rest and recharge. During an academic year unlike any other, you deserve it.

Wellness Days for the semester are:

• Tuesday, Feb. 16

• Wednesday, March 10

• Thursday, April 1

During these days, campus will remain open, but classes will not meet.

Tiger Dining will have slight changes to hours of operation at some locations. Be sure to check aub.ie/dining for the latest information.

Campus Rec will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Feb. 16.

I recognize this is not the typical spring break you look forward to each year, but it is what is necessary for Auburn to continue on-campus operations. I hope that you will take the opportunity to check in on your health, both mentally and physically. Sleep in, go for a walk or do something that brings you joy.

Please limit travel when possible, use good judgment and continue practicing those important health and safety guidelines like wearing a face covering, washing your hands and physical distancing.

Additionally, as the university continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines through its phased approach, more vaccines will be made available for employees and students. Faculty, staff and currently enrolled students who have NOT submitted a form indicating an interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine through the university can do so by clicking here. Receiving the vaccine is NOT mandatory. The updated form does not require risk factors and simply allows the campus community to be added to the waiting list. Those who submitted the previous form are already on the waiting list and do not have to complete a new form. As the university moves through later phases of the vaccine prioritization plan, individuals will be prioritized based on age, from oldest to youngest. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine at Auburn, click here.

Be safe, and be well.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.

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In memoriam: Peter Smith

In memoriam: Peter Smith

Auburn University will remember student Peter Smith, beginning Monday, Feb 1.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Monday, Feb. 1. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Melton Student Center Feb. 2-16.

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In memoriam: Carter Wilson

In memoriam: Carter Wilson

Auburn University will remember student Carter Wilson, beginning Thursday, Jan. 14.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Thursday, Jan. 14. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center beginning Jan. 15.

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A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 29, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 29, 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to you today to provide an update on current guidelines for the spring 2021 semester. Many plans and guidelines remain the same:

 

  • Auburn University will reopen on Jan. 4 as planned. Campus buildings and offices will be open and operating at this time.

 

  • University Housing will reopen on Jan. 8 as planned. Students who need to make alternate arrangements should email housing@auburn.edu.

 

  • Campus dining operations will resume on Jan. 8.

 

  • A new sentinel testing program will begin on Jan. 11. The program will be facilitated by the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and is designed to help protect students, faculty and staff from virus spread. Read more here.

 

  • Current event guidelines will continue through Feb. 1. This means events with more than 50 attendees are not permitted unless previously approved. Read more about the university’s event guidelines here.

 

  • Face coverings are required both indoors and outdoors while on campus. This policy went into effect Dec. 14 and is effective until Feb. 1. Read the complete policy here.

 

As we focus on the safety of our campus and community, the following change has been made:

 

  • Faculty offering face-to-face classes may choose to begin the semester remotely for up to two weeks. This decision is in alignment with the latest information from the medical community. Faculty will communicate any changes to students via email or Canvas as soon as possible.

 

Auburn continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 locally and around the state as we plan a safe and successful start to the spring semester. Should any additional operational changes be made, you will be notified via email.

 

Lastly, I hope you all are having a safe and restful holiday break. As we prepare to ring in the new year, I want to emphasize the importance of celebrating responsibly, and adhering to health and safety guidelines. Our behavior over the holidays will directly affect our ability to start the semester as planned.

 

Take care of yourself and those around you. I look forward to seeing you soon.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 18, 2020

Dear Students,

As the year comes to a close, I would be remiss if I did not share my gratitude to you for allowing us to successfully complete the fall 2020 semester. Our ability to stay on campus is a direct reflection of your commitment to following important safety protocols and university guidelines. I continue to say this semester has been unlike any we have ever experienced before, but I am grateful we were able to begin and end it together.

 

The university has recently updated policies that will ensure a strong start to the spring semester. Below are the new additions when you return to campus:

 

  • Face coverings are required both indoors and outdoors while on campus. This policy went into effect Dec. 14 and is effective until further notice. Read the complete policy here.

 

  • A new sentinel testing program will be offered this spring. The program will be facilitated by the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and is designed to help protect students, faculty and staff from virus spread. Read more here.

 

Many of the same policies and expectations from the fall semester will continue when you return to campus next semester. All students coming to campus for in-person courses or to attend campus events will continue to complete their GuideSafe™ Healthcheck daily. We will all be expected to continue those healthy habits like handwashing, physical distancing and wearing our face coverings. We must continue our efforts and not slack on keeping our Auburn Family safe.

 

In the event that any additional operational changes are made, you will be updated via email.

 

I wish you all a happy, and especially, healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you when we return for another successful semester at Auburn.

 

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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In memoriam: John “Jack” Kennedy

In memoriam: John “Jack” Kennedy

Auburn University will remember student John “Jack” Kennedy, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center beginning Dec. 3.

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