Semester of Service

Semester of Service

The service branch of Student Involvement offers students the ability to develop and explore their leadership skills while serving Auburn’s campus and the community. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, students were still able to serve others.

From January-March, Auburn students were able to serve in these ways:

Auburn University Dance Marathon raised $370,048 and had 185 students check-in to the virtual main event on AUinvolve.

The BIG Event hosted 550 student volunteers at 140 jobsites in Auburn/Opelika completing nearly 2,000 hours of service.

IMPACT hosted over 258 events with 1,061 students registered to attend. Through these events, 1,526 volunteer hours were recorded.

Two Red Cross blood drives were hosted with 133 attendees.

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2021 Involvement Awards

2021 Involvement Awards

Student Involvement hosted the annual Involvement Awards on Tuesday, April 13, honoring student organizations and student leaders.

Listed below are the winners of the 2021 Involvement Awards.

Student Leader of the Year:

Michael Bennett

Madison Birckhead

Katherine Facteau

Jinesh Janardhanan Narangaparambil

Tori Schott

Excellence in Marketing & Design: 

Emerge at Auburn (Student Activity Organization)

The Societies (Registered Student Organization)

Most Exceptional Campus Student Organization:

The Aubie Program (Student Activity Organization)

Indian Students Association (Registered Student Organization)

The Fred & Charlene Kam “Human Touch” Service Award:

The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University

Outstanding Cultural Impact:

Indian Students Association

Excellence in Practical Application:

Rocketry Association

Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion:

Emerge at Auburn

Most Entertaining Campus Event:

University Program Council (Virtual)

Black Student Union (Traditional)

The Corey Edwards Organization Advisor of the Year Award:

Dr. Sushil Bhavnani

Outstanding New Organization:

Student Outreach Association for Robotics

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Be the Creed Honoree: Grace Yawman

Be the Creed Honoree: Grace Yawman

Student Conduct held its sixth Be the Creed award ceremony this March, which included recognizing 26 Be the Creed Award nominees. Grace Yawman was selected on Thursday, March 25, as the 2021 honoree.

Yawman was nominated by her supervisor Christy Coleman, assistant director of group fitness at Campus Recreation. Since 2018, Yawman has worked with Coleman beginning as a group fitness instructor. According to Coleman, Yawman’s hard work, eagerness to learn and capability of handling greater responsibilities led her to becoming program assistant.

With a passion for fitness and overall wellness, Yawman thought being a group fitness instructor was the best job to pursue during her time at Auburn.

“…I knew coming to Auburn was a big step for me but that it was going to be worth it,” Yawman said. “It was not long before I realized the Auburn family was a real thing. Christy has been an incredible role model for me and someone I look up to. My nomination for the Be the Creed Award came from Christy, and to me that was enough recognition.”

Yawman describes her job as one of the most rewarding experiences of her collegiate career, but the most important part is that it led her to Coleman.

While nominators were asked to select two of the Auburn Creed attributes that described the nominee, Coleman said she could have selected them all. And instead of picking two, she picked three, which were honesty, respect and sympathy for others.

“At work, Grace is all in,” Coleman said. “She is honest and has earned the respect of her coworkers. Grace teaches one of our most challenging fitness formats, but her participants feel her empathy as she coaches through challenges. They know Grace will push them but encourage them along the way.”

Coleman also described Yawman as someone who listens to feedback without complaint or criticism and then makes adjustments to better herself. Pure joy is how Coleman described what it felt like when she learned Yawman was selected as this year’s Be the Creed honoree.

“To my surprise, I was selected to be the 2021 recipient of this award and my feeling of being recognized grew to a feeling of never-ending support from my bigger Auburn family,” Yawman said, “Not only do I believe in The Creed, but Auburn believes in me. This award affirms my character and that I have what it takes to share the joy Auburn has given me and the lessons Auburn has taught me with the rest of the world.”

Next, Yawman is headed to Northeastern University to pursue her doctorate of physical therapy.


Learn more about Grace Yawman:

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY

Major: Exercise Science

Favorite class you’ve taken so far? Introduction to Philosophy

Favorite Auburn tradition: Cheering on the Auburn Tigers from The Jungle. Coach Bruce Pearl actually spoke to a group of us when I was in Auburn for Camp War Eagle, and I have ever since then loved watching Auburn Men’s Basketball.

Describe your time at Auburn in one word: Enlightening

Favorite building on campus? The Kinesiology Building

What do you like to do in your free time? Find a new spot to hike with my dog.

Where is the most selfie worthy spot on campus? On the Campus Green in front of the stadium.

Favorite campus event? Hey Day- it truly emphasizes the significance a simple “hey” can have on someone’s day.



2021 Be the Creed Honorees:

Aeryal Bailey

Andy Cole

Carsen Storey

Cayla McCoy

Daniel Rhodes

Day Story

Elli Bradley

Evanthi Hettiaratchi

Grace Yawman

Jazsmin Williams

Jennifer Orona

Jenny Herrell

Joshua Terk

Kylie Seaton

Lauren Binnig

Leah Stephenson

Logan Cook

Madeleine Greenwood

Maggie Anderson

Megan Moreland

Messiah Williams-Cole

Parker Quinn

Riley Powers

Sasha Cohen

Taylor Gusler

Zistine Mones

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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 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, 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

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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

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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 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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