Auburn’s Property Management gives back to the community for over 30 years

Auburn’s Property Management gives back to the community for over 30 years

Over 30 years ago, Property Management Director David Maddox saw the need to provide an outlet for the amount of waste being collected during on-campus move out. Maddox decided to partner with local organizations to create Check-Out for Charity, an initiative that gives Auburn students moving out of on-campus residence halls the opportunity to donate any unwanted items.

As the spring semester comes to an end, Property Management sets up donation tents, trucks, bins and boxes throughout campus residence halls for students to easily drop off items. Donatable items include furniture, clothing, rugs, non-perishable foods, mirrors and electronics.

Property Management has partnered with community organizations such as the Food Bank of East Alabama and The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University to donate food items, Big House Foundation for clothing items and Habitat for Humanity for household items.

According to Amy Mosley, office supervisor and overseer of Check-Out for Charity, donations for this year’s event included 25 large boxes of clothing, approximately 30 box trucks with loads of household items and an estimated 2,000 pounds of food.

Not only are students and their families working hard to move out, but the Property Management staff stays busy collecting donations. According to Mosley, she and Katie Lenker, administrative assistant, collectively walked a total of 136.9 miles and worked 197.25 hours during the move out process.

“We are grateful to facilitate the opportunity for the students to give back to the community and the impact of our charity partners,” Mosley said.

Check-Out for Charity will take place again starting on the last day of class in spring semester 2022.

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In Memoriam: Maddie McClendon

In Memoriam: Maddie McClendon

Auburn University will remember student Maddie McClendon, beginning Thursday, May 13.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on May 13. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Melton Student Center beginning May 14.

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Special Spotlight: Late Night Food Truck Program

Special Spotlight: Late Night Food Truck Program

Auburn students had the opportunity to spend their campus dining dollars in a new way this spring through a test-run of the Late Night Food Truck program, which was developed by Auburn’s Student Government Association, or SGA, and Campus Dining.

“For continuous weekends, students realized how long many lines were for the few restaurants that were open in the later hours,” Michael S. Thomas Jr., SGA executive vice president of initiatives, said. “Along with that, many students spoke about how they wished that they could use Tiger Card money during the weekend, and it was a large conversational topic easily spoken about on campus.”

SGA brought the opinions of Auburn students to Tiger Dining and from there it was figuring out logistics and making sure the safety of students was a top priority. The late-night program utilizes similar operations that students are used to throughout their day on campus. Additionally, the W. Magnolia location is close to an Emergency Blue Light and the Lyft Ride Share program is still available for students.

The test program ran for three weekends in the month of April and was open to all on-campus food trucks. Across the three weekends, food trucks saw an average of around 100 transactions per night, with the busiest night being 150 transactions, according to John Holloman, director of operations for Aramark.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback from students on the program and have made some alignment adjustments in an effort to make the program sustainable for long term execution,” Holloman said.

Heading into the summer semester, another test run will take place Thursday, May 20-Saturday, May 22. Engagement during that time will determine if the program continues through the remainder of the summer, or if the program will begin planning for a fall return.

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Auburn Cares: Daily embodying the Auburn Creed

Auburn Cares: Daily embodying the Auburn Creed

Students often experience hardships, both academically and personally, during their collegiate career. Through the work happening at Auburn Cares, students are provided support, assistance and resources allowing them to successfully navigate these times.

Auburn Cares helps students find campus and community resources, supports students with mental health matters and connects them with mental health providers. The office also supports students during times of sickness, injury or financial difficulties, and works with students to solve problems and help with crisis management.

Auburn Cares, previously titled Student Advocacy & Case Management, was created in 2011 to support students struggling with complex issues that could not be addressed by one single office on campus, according to Katherine Hettinger, manager of Auburn Cares.

“Our office works directly with students, parents, faculty and staff to support students struggling with a variety of issues, ranging from academic concerns to medical and mental health emergencies,” Hettinger said. “We help students identify resources, problem-solve solutions, set goals and advocate for themselves.”

The Auburn Cares office also oversees the Campus Food Pantry, which assists students who are struggling with food insecurity, and handles the medical withdrawal process for the entire campus.

“The Auburn Cares office is so important because it serves as the centralized reporting office on campus for students of concern or those who are struggling,” Hettinger said. “Our goal is always the safety and well-being of the student.”

Daily, Auburn Cares embodies the line of the Auburn Creed which states, “I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.”

Hettinger and her staff reflect the human touch day in and day out as students and parents call to ask questions, talk through options and learn about resources. Additionally, Auburn Cares offers support and assistance to families when an Auburn University student passes away.

When an incident of a student death occurs, Auburn Cares reaches out to the families to offer condolences, provide support and handle all of their affairs on campus.

Annually, since 2012, Auburn Cares has conducted the Student Memorial Ceremony where the families of these students can return to campus to honor their loved one and reflect on the impact they had at Auburn University.

“It is the time when we honor their student, sit with them in grief and share hugs and tears,” Hettinger said. “It is the time when we literally and figuratively provide the human touch to these families.”

The Student Memorial Ceremony is held in the Memorial Garden and is hosted by Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Bobby R. Woodard. During the ceremony, there are readings and remarks by student leaders and a flower ceremony that involves family participation.

This year, an in-person and virtual Student Memorial Ceremony was held on Sunday, April 25, and students remembered were Maxwell Fink, Jack Kennedy, Peter Smith and Carter Wilson.

To learn more about Auburn Cares and its resources, visit this website.

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2021 Stone Emerge Leader Awards Recipients

2021 Stone Emerge Leader Awards Recipients

Emerge at Auburn has announced the 2021 Stone Emerge Leader Award recipients. Over the past year, these awardees demonstrated outstanding leadership through participating in program offerings, taking initiative, providing innovative ideas for growth of the organization and displaying the leadership skills they have learned through Emerge at Auburn.

Through the generous donation of Jeff and Linda Stone, each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship.

Recipients of 2021 Stone Emerge Leader Award:

Abbey Tucker

Austin Blanton

Brandon Thomas

Bryson Hayes

Connor King

Danielle Muir

Eva Grace Spencer

Kaitlyn Linehan

Lauren Harger

Trevor Mashburn

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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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