Biggio Bits

A brief glimpse into what’s happening at the Biggio Center!

May 2013

  • Dr. Stacey Nickson, associate director of the Biggio Center, was selected by the University of Cape Town for a Fulbright Specialist project. Beginning July 10, Dr. Nickson will serve as a consultant at the University of Cape Town to develop a new program to help their graduate students, particularly those in doctoral programs, prepare for academic careers in higher education. She will help design a course that will serve as a South African adaptation of the Preparing Future Faculty/Staff program here at Auburn University. The program was originally an initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Council of Graduate Schools. The program will be patterned after the PFF program at the Biggio Center. Dr. Nickson will establish formal collaboration between the Biggio Center and the Center for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town.

April 2013

  • The Global Perspectives Symposium was hosted by the Biggio Center from April 7th through 9th. Speakers and panels engaged attendees on a variety of topics, including the use of technology and e-learning in the classroom, online course development and implementation, and the advantages of study abroad programs at the university level. Ben Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race, was the plenary speaker and there were sessions with global university presidents and rectors. Participants and speakers came from around the world to participate. It was a success!
  • Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury, Associate Director, was in Washington D.C. From April 11-14 where he partook in deliberations of the Committee on Qualifications of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. 26 colleges and universities have applied for chapters of this prestigious organization in this triennial (2012-15). Phi Beta Kappa focuses on excellence in liberal arts and sciences education, including proficiency in languages.  Auburn University received its chapter in 2001 and recently inducted 85 new members who received their Phi Beta Kappa key. Dr. Chaudhury spent an intense 2.5 days with a number of academics from various institutions around the country discussing and debating the chapter applications. In Spring 2014 he will be part of PBK teams that will visit the finalist campuses for the next step in the application process.
  • On April 25th, two PFF participants were recognized at a banquet as Outstanding International Graduate Students by their programs. Nourredine Abdoulmoumine was recognized in the Biosystems Engineering program and Seyedamirabbas Mousavian was recognized in the  Industrial and Systems Engineering program. Congratulations!