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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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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Student Involvement recognized nationally for virtual meeting efforts

Student Involvement recognized nationally for virtual meeting efforts

The University Program Council holds traditional Leadership Call Outs on the virtual steps of Cater Hall.

Auburn University’s Student Involvement office has been recognized nationally for its efforts to transition to virtual organization management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Campus Intelligence website, part of the Campus Labs family, said the office “returns to the classic Student Affairs adage of ‘challenge and support’ and brings it up a notch.”

 

“Wherever possible, Student Involvement shifted virtually for major department events in order to maintain a sense of normalcy for their students and continue to build campus pride,” the story said.

Campus Intelligence highlighted Student Involvement’s reimagining of the upcoming Student Involvement Awards and the International Student Banquet. Other virtual transitions have included moving Student Government Association meetings online and having University Program Council callouts online.

“We’re extremely proud of what we’ve been able to do in terms of maintaining and creating programming for our students,” said Corey Edwards, director of Student Involvement, which oversees more than 500 student organizations. “This has been a challenging time, especially for students, and it’s nice to offer them some degree of normalcy when it comes to their organizations continuing to operate.”

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A letter from Dr. Woodard to the students

A letter from Dr. Woodard to the students

To our students:

A year ago, our campus was celebrating after a historic run to basketball’s Final Four. Some of us cheered on the Tigers in person, while others watched from home, with hundreds gathering at Toomer’s Corner when we prevailed at the Sweet 16. It was truly great to be an Auburn Tiger and a great time to be together.

This year is historic, too, but for a much different reason. Since you left for Spring Break, most of you haven’t been able to return, and all of our lives have been turned upside down. You, in particular, have been hit hard, with classes going online, graduation being postponed, events being canceled – the list goes on. Many of you have left your Auburn homes and are now far away from the friends that are part of your Auburn Family.

You all have already made some amazing adjustments. I’ve been heartened to hear about the ways you’ve been coping with the challenges, from communicating with each other through Zoom to staying engaged with your classes to learning to get things accomplished in a new way.

But there’s no two ways about it – all of this is stressful, and it will continue to be until we get some sort of sense of when it will all be over. If we all concentrate on physical distancing and follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

Until then, though, I wanted to let you know of a few resources available to you:

  • Health Promotion & Wellness Services is offering wellness coaching via Zoom, giving you a chance to work on goals relating to stress management, time management and other topics.
  • A Sound Mind, a campus-wide mental health initiative, has compiled information to help you through this time, including dealing with feelings you may experience and tips for taking care of yourself and others.
  • Student Counseling & Psychological Services can provide consultations by phone and, for students still living in Alabama, tele-mental health via Zoom. If you are an Auburn student and need these services or are in crisis, call 334-844-5123 any time of the day or night. SCPS has also compiled a great list of other local and national resources for you.

Please take advantage of these services if you need them. Also remember that any official COVID-19 news related to the university – including an extensive list of FAQs — can be found at aub.ie/coronavirus.

Finally, if Student Affairs can help you with anything, we’re just an email away, at vpsa@auburn.edu.

All of these resources are available with one goal in mind: We want you to take care of yourselves. Though the timeline is uncertain, we will get through this, and my hunch is that once we return, the bonds of the Auburn Family will be stronger than ever.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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In memoriam: Maxwell “Max” Fink

In memoriam: Maxwell “Max” Fink

Auburn University will remember student Maxwell “Max” Fink beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Thursday, Feb. 6.

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In memoriam: James F. Stallworth

In memoriam: James F. Stallworth

Auburn University will remember student James F. Stallworth beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Friday, Jan. 31.

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Living the Auburn Creed

Living the Auburn Creed

Living the Auburn Creed

The Auburn Creed is a mantra meant to guide students to make good choices and behave like true Auburn men and women.

When that isn’t quite the case, a student may be referred to Student Conduct, the department responsible for addressing non-academic violations of University policy through the Code of Student Conduct.

Grace Anne Latimer is a graduate assistant in Student Conduct. One of her main responsibilities includes sitting down with students who are referred to Student Conduct and guiding them through the process.

Students can be referred to Student Conduct for violations both on-campus and off. If a law is broken, she helps guide the student through the legal process. Latimer says that most students who come into her office are respectful and remorseful.

“I worried I would meet students who were convinced they did nothing wrong,” Latimer says. “While that does represent a small portion of students, most students I see take ownership of their actions.”

During the 2019 football season, conduct violations in Jordan-Hare Stadium were down significantly from other seasons. The exact figure is 45 violations, a 16.67% decrease from policy violations in the 2018 season.

“We’re really proud of that number, because it shows that students are embodying the Creed and choosing to make good decisions,” Latimer says.

Student Conduct also works with students to refer them to other departments within Student Affairs, such as Student Counseling & Psychological Services and Auburn Cares.

“Something really unique about our office is our close proximity with Auburn Cares,” Latimer says. “I think this allows us to address conduct violations with a holistic approach of the whole student. We are able to address underlying issues and get students the help they may need.”

As a special education major, Latimer explains that her position in Student Conduct has prepared her for her career by giving her experience exercising empathy and discretion.

“I recognize that whoever walks into my office is a whole person with a story,” she says. “Keeping that in mind, I am able to see them for more than just their conduct violation and am able to connect them with other resources on campus.”

Her favorite part of her job is getting to meet students and help them through tough times.

“My favorite part of this role is getting to meet all of the students who come through my door,” Latimer says. “Though it may not be the best circumstances that brought them here, I’ve learned that everyone has a story.”

For more information about Student Conduct, please contact the office at 334-844-1305.

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Special Spotlight

Aubie the Tiger has been busy this season spreading holiday cheer for all to hear!

Every holiday season, Aubie gets dressed up as Aubie Claus to fundraise for the Aubie Program and for Aubie’s journey to win his tenth UCA Mascot National Championship. The Aubie Claus event was held three times in November to give the Auburn Family a chance to pose with their favorite tiger while embodying the living spirit of Auburn.

When Aubie isn’t busy prepping for the UCA Mascot National Championship, he spends his time spreading holiday cheer at other seasonal events, such as the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The Holiday Lighting Ceremony marks the beginning of the season, a special time for the Auburn Family to celebrate tradition and diversity on our campus.

Spreading holiday cheer isn’t Aubie’s only prerogative, though. He also graces Ring Night, the Ring Ceremony and graduation to reinforce longstanding Auburn traditions and to applaud the newest graduates of the university.

Ella Cunningham, director of scheduling for Aubie, accompanies him to all of his events and ensures his schedule stays full of other commitments such as holiday party appearances. She says her favorite part of sticking by Aubie’s side is seeing the joy he brings to everyone he meets.

“I’ve never seen someone who’s not excited to see Aubie,” Cunningham says. “I think it’s especially relevant during the holiday season, when students may be stressed about classes and finals, to see their stress melt away from hugging their favorite furry friend.”

For more information about the Aubie Program, please contact Aubie Advisor Corey Edwards by email at edwarcm@auburn.edu, or by phone at 334-844-1285.

 

In Memoriam: Chih-Kai Lai

 

Auburn University will remember student, Chih-Kai Lai, beginning Monday, Dec. 2.

The memorial flag flew in front of Samford on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The flag will be displayed in the Student Center along with a memorial certificate from Dec. 4 – Dec. 18.