Dance Marathon raises $354,682 for Children’s Miracle Network

Auburn University Dance Marathon, a year-long fundraising effort culminating with a 14-hour Main Event, raised more than $350,000 this year for a Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Columbus, Georgia.


At its Main Event on Feb. 15, AUDM announced it had raised $354,682 for Piedmont Columbus Regional.  Students also met families treated at the hospital and participated in games and dancing.


Auburn’s AUDM chapter is one of more than 300 chapters nationwide. Students involved in a campus dance marathon organization spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork and nonprofit business experience while raising funds and awareness for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.


Current and former patients of Piedmont Columbus Regional, known as “Miracle Kids,” were at the Auburn event to share their stories of pediatric illness with the more than 400 AUDM participants.


“The money that we raised will be going toward our $2 million pledge to finish the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said Jack Schwartz, president of AUDM. “Main Event continues to be an amazing and life-changing event that makes a lasting impact on not only the staff members and the participants, but also the families that we tirelessly fundraise for.”


To date, AUDM has raised more than $3 million and won six awards at the national Miracle Network Dance Marathon level as well as many other awards and recognition for involvement and leadership on Auburn’s campus.


“AUDM will continue to share our passion with Auburn’s campus and allow the student body to continue to help us make miracles happen in the lives of our Miracle Kids,” said Schwartz.


For more information, visit AUDM’s website.

Delta Air Lines enhances partnership with Emerge at Auburn

Auburn University students will benefit from an enhanced partnership with Delta Air Lines to create more leadership opportunities and initiatives through Emerge at Auburn, a campus organization within Student Involvement. A recent gift from the airline extends Delta’s support for Emerge at Auburn, the umbrella organization for student leadership programs, for a third year through the “Speaker Series presented by Delta Air Lines.”

The Emerge at Auburn Speaker Series presented by Delta Air Lines has featured such prestigious keynote speakers and industry leaders including ESPN college football analyst and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, attorney and activist Jordyne Blaise, and Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim-American to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab.

“We are proud to deepen our relationship with Auburn University through the Emerge at Auburn program,” said Stephanie Asbury, Delta’s vice president of human resources business partners and global talent management. “It’s unique partnerships like these that allow our talent pipeline to extend beyond the Delta family and into our communities: removing barriers, providing resources and developing our leaders of the future.”

“Delta’s significant investment in Emerge at Auburn as well as numerous other programs at Auburn University demonstrates their extraordinary commitment to the development of Auburn’s students,” added Jane DiFolco Parker, vice president for development and president of the Auburn University Foundation.

Through its meaningful leadership development opportunities, Emerge at Auburn guides students as they become successful, ethical and effective leaders. To date, more than 3,100 students have participated in Emerge’s programs and initiatives.

In the upcoming year, the partnership will focus on providing students the opportunity to learn more about careers at Delta and how their participation in Emerge can prepare them for the workforce.

The partnership contains several new components including Backstage Pass, a networking mixer with Emerge at Auburn students and representatives from various Delta career fields. Also, Elevate Studio, a career development workshop open to all students, will take place in the spring.

A kickoff event each fall and spring semester features a prestigious keynote speaker to motivate and inspire students. At the 2019 fall kickoff, Billy Boughey, former baseball player with Auburn and the Philadelphia Phillies, spoke to students about achieving their personal and professional aspirations.

Delta also has created an Emerging Leader Award to recognize an outstanding Emerge at Auburn participant each year. The recipient of the Delta Emerging Leader Award is recognized at Student Involvement’s annual Involvement Awards and receives a round-trip domestic flight from Delta to anywhere in the continental United States.

In 2017, Delta, The Delta Air Lines Foundation, and the Jacobson Family Foundation committed a combined $6.2 million to support various university programs, including Emerge at Auburn.

“Our partnership with Delta Air Lines has helped take Emerge at Auburn to heights we never imagined in its first few years,” said Bobby Woodard, Auburn University’s senior vice president for student affairs. “The company’s ongoing support will help us continue to create the leaders of tomorrow.”

To learn more about Emerge at Auburn, visit

Back to the Act

The newly-renovated Student Activities Center, on Biggio Drive, was completed in fall 2019 and will serve as a mid-size event space for events too large for the Student Center Ballroom, but too small for the Auburn Arena or Coliseum, expanding programming options for Auburn students.

A few accommodations include:

• up to 1,200 seats

• a pre-event and concession/merchandise space

• an expanded stage with new lighting

• theatre equipment and enhanced acoustics

The existing Student Activities Center, which was the precursor to Auburn’s new Recreation and Wellness Center, was built in 1984 as a facility intended for student recreation and sponsored events. Since the creation of the new Campus Rec, the building has transitioned its functions.

Don’t miss these upcoming events as we go #BacktotheAct!


Where is the Student Activities Center located?

The Student Activities Center is located on campus near the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum and Campus Rec at 684 Biggio Drive, Auburn, AL 36849. See the map below for suggested routes:


Where is the accessible path to the Student Activities Center?

An accessible path is located between the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum and Campus Rec (path defined in white on the map). Accessible parking is also available at the Coliseum parking lot.


How do I reserve the Student Activities Center for my organization’s event? 

For information about reserving the Student Activities Center, please contact

Beat Bama Food Drive collects 229,361 pounds of food

Beat Bama Food Drive collects 229,361 pounds of food in 26th year fighting statewide hunger

Beat Bama Food Drive, an annual student-led effort to fight food insecurity, kicked off its 26th year on Oct. 1 and concluded on Nov. 21 with 229,361 pounds of food collected to benefit the community.

Since 1994, the Beat Bama Food Drive and the Food Bank of East Alabama have united students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to help fight hunger and food insecurity in East Alabama by challenging the University of Alabama and the Food Bank of West Alabama to an annual competition collecting non-perishable food for those in need. The good-natured competition has made an impact that reaches far beyond the campuses where it began.

“Nearly one in five Alabama residents, or 18.6 percent of the state, are considered food insecure,” said Martha Henk, executive director of the Food Bank of East Alabama. “The Food Bank of East Alabama serves seven counties in east central Alabama. The average food insecurity rate in this area is approximately 70,210 people, with 20,080 of those being children.”

In the last 25 years, more than 6 million pounds of food has been collected to feed families around the state.

The drive will conclude on Nov. 21, and a winner will be announced on Nov. 22.

Last year, Beat Bama Food Drive collected a total of 255,916 pounds of food.

To learn more about Beat Bama Food Drive, visit