International Student Organization

 

The mission of ISO is to improve multinational understanding and promote relationships between people of different cultures. ISO also helps ease the process of adaptation for international students. The organization actively promotes diversity and beneficial interaction between international students and American students.

ISO hosts a weekly social hour each Friday between 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. for students to come share a meal and mingle with one another. Other events put on by the organization include Peace Dinner, World’s Fair, Cultural Show, international movie night, soccer tournament and more.

 

 

Alternative Student Breaks and Black Student Union serve the community

Alternative Student Breaks and the Black Student Union partnered together to serve the community of Selma on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Throughout the day, students assisted with community development by volunteering at Selma Food Bank, CrossPoint Church, SABRA Sanctuary, Selma Community Center, Edmundite Missions and refurbishing a playground.

For more information about Alternative Student Breaks or the Black Student Union, or to get involved, visit AUinvolve.

 

 

Beat Bama Food Drive fighting hunger since 1994

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.

In 2017, Auburn collected 232,544 pounds of food to feed local families. Since its beginning, the competition has collected more than 5.5 million pounds of food.

“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.”

Sarah English, president of Beat Bama Food Drive, said the annual competition has given her a sense of community.

“This competition is so important and necessary because there is an alarming number of people who are food insecure not only in our state, but also in our local area,” said English. “It is so humbling to see a group of students who come together from all walks of life to unite for one goal and that is to fight food insecurity in our area. Every individual in this organization has a heart full of compassion and a drive to serve Auburn and the surrounding area.”

 

Abby Jones stands with Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney
Abby Jones with Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney

 Auburn native and Clemson University graduate Abby Jones began a rivalry food drive at Clemson modeling it after the Beat Bama Food Drive. Growing up, Jones and her family delivered food collected from the Beat Bama Food Drive to Auburn families. At Clemson, she recognized the need for a program to help combat hunger, and looked to the Beat Bama Food Drive for inspiration. The Palmetto Series Food Drive was created competing against Clemson’s rival, the University of South Carolina, and is now in its fourth year feeding families across South Carolina. Read the full story from the Auburn Villager here.

Spring Up

Spring Up is a leadership program designed for freshmen and sophomores who are looking to grow as leaders at Auburn and get connected to involvement opportunities across campus. Each group meets weekly, will participate in activities, and hear from student leaders from many of Auburn’s largest campus organizations.

Spring Up fosters students at auburn to become better leaders not only on campus but also in their careers. Staff and members create lasting friendships and memories while a part of Spring Up. Not only are relationships formed, but members also learn leadership, interview and service skills. Spring Up staff encourages members to be involved in other organizations on campus and will help in every step of the application and interview process.

Convocation welcomes first-year students

The Auburn University Division of Student Affairs formally welcomed more than 4,500 first-year students to the Auburn Family at 2017 Convocation.

 

Now in its eighth year, Convocation connects students with their university and celebrates the entrance of first-year students at Auburn.

 

The annual ceremony was held in the Auburn Arena and featured speakers from across campus including President Steven Leath. Students learned more about the values and expectations of the Auburn Creed, and received their class T-shirt colored for their enrolled college.

 

Convocation concluded with a celebration dinner outside the arena.

 

 

Welcome Week 2017 kicks off August 17-25

Welcome Week is Auburn University’s official welcome to new and returning students each fall. Events are held throughout the week providing students with programming, entertainment and information. Coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs, Welcome Week is packed with a number of activities across campus sponsored by organizations and departments around the university.

 

For a full Welcome Week schedule, download the Auburn Guides app available in the App Store and Google Play. The schedule is also available online here.

 

Welcome Week events include:

Thursday, August 17

Home Sweet Auburn | Campus Green | 4-6 p.m.

Casino Night | Student Center Ballroom | 7-10 p.m.

 

Friday, August 18

Hamburgers with Mayor Ham | Campus Green | 11 a.m.

 

Saturday, August 19

Great Gatsby Swing Dance | Student Center Ballroom | 6-9 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 20

First Year Convocation | Auburn Arena | 4:15 p.m.

 

Monday, August 21

Breakfast for You | Haley Concourse | 7-10 a.m.

Solar Eclipse Viewing | Campus Green | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Tuesday, August 22

GET REC’D | Rec & Wellness Center | 5-7 p.m.

Screen on the Green | Campus Green | 7-9 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 23

Waffles with Woodard | Campus Green | 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Community Service Kick-Off | Campus Green | 2-5 p.m.

Welcome Week Rave | Student Center Ballroom | 7-9 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 24

Block Party ft. COIN | Campus Green | 6-9 p.m.

 

Friday, August 25

polAUroids | Haley Concourse | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Welcome Social Hour | SC Rooms 2222 & 2223 | 4-5 p.m.

 

 

 

Standing Together Against Rape & Sexual Assault (STARS)

Purpose: Our founder is a sexual assault survivor who desires to take back her power and enable others to do the same. She wants to spread awareness about this issue, while helping other people stand up and speak out about the problems associated with rape and sexual assault.

 

Mission Statement: Healing, Advocacy, and Prevention. By providing survivors with resources to help them overcome their pain, and take the necessary steps towards recovery, long-term healing can begin to take place. By “Advocacy”, we refer to our plan to encourage survivors in their journey, while giving them the opportunities to support one another using their stories and experiences. Educating others about the realities of sexual assault will be one of our greatest tools to help prevent future attacks from happening in Auburn and beyond.

 

Goals: We aspire to visit numerous organizations on campus to educate students on the realities of sexual assault. Through the use of benefit nights and other fundraising efforts, we hope to financially support other organizations in the area that provide free counseling, medical, and legal services for sexual assault survivors. Finally, we want to educate our members on how to love and support their friends who have been assaulted, and provide a loving place of community for survivors and non-survivors alike.

Slideshow Involvement

AUBURN, Ala. – For students at Auburn, one of the best ways to make the university feel like home is by joining a student organization. With more than 500 student-run organizations on campus, there are numerous ways to get involved and make a difference on Auburn’s campus, all while building strong friendships and connections with peers.

Corey Edwards, director of student involvement, said participation in organizations allows students to engage with the campus community and develop a sense of self during college.

“For many students, establisPhoto of ASB executive officers.hing a connection with other students may play a role in a student’s likelihood of being retained at Auburn. Organizations provide students with a social outlet, a support group and an opportunity to develop their own identity while being exposed to new cultures and ideas.”

Auburn has nine categories of organizations: academic and professional, cultural, fine arts, Greek, honors, religious and spiritual, service and philanthropy, special interests and sports and recreation.  But, with so many organizations, the task of choosing one may seem daunting. The Office of Student Involvement helps students with that choice through a group of Involvement Ambassadors. The ambassadors hold one-on-one consultations to assist students in discovering which opportunities best fit their personal interests. The ambassadors encourage involvement among students because of the lifelong benefits.

“Involvement allows students to develop leadership skills, time management and other critical transferable skills that are oftentimes not taught in a classroom. Many organizations provide hands-on experiences for students to apply their knowledge obtained in the classroom to real world situations. Ultimately, the development of these skills may set apart involved student graduates from their peers,” Edwards said.

Along with the consultations, students can take part in Back to School Organizations Week, or O-Week. Held at the beginning of each academic year, O-Week is a time when representatives from more than 200 organizations line the Haley Concourse with tables and information about their organization. It provides the perfect time to learn about what each group offers, ask questions and become a member.

Senior Julie Tubbs, president of Involvement Ambassadors, encourages students to attend O-Week and ask questions about getting involved.

“I really am not sure why anyone would not get involved,” she said. “The benefits are endless. When picking an organization, my advice is to join something that you love. Involvement should be something that you look forward to, not justStudents sit in a circle to rest after painting the outside of a school house in Costa Rica. something to put on your resume.”

AUInvolve, an online database that is home to all student organizations, is another resource for students looking to get involved. Through the database, students can find contact information, upcoming events and an interest inventory to search for organizations. Students can also download the mobile app Auburn Guides to access campus resources related to finding involvement opportunities.

 

Senior Kayla Warner is president of Black Student Union, an organization she got involved with during her freshman year at Auburn.

“Student involvement is truly living out the Auburn Creed. Moreover, it is belief ‘in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.’ I’ve arguably learned more about myself and the world through interacting with my peers. Through serving my fellow students, I have learned that we all have differences that are all valuable and important in the Auburn Family.”

Warner’s biggest advice to incoming students: “Follow your heart, explore, step out of your comfort zone.”

She said if she hadn’t gone to her first Black Student Union meeting on a whim her freshman year, she wouldn’t be president of the organization today.

Political science senior Trey Fields also got involved on campus his freshman year, just two weeks into classes. He joined Freshman Leadership Programs and was part of the Freshman Forum group, which is associated with Student Government Association. He has continued his involvement with SGA throughout his college career and also joined the Honors Congress and the Auburn University College Democrats.

His involvement, he said, has defined his college experience.

“The closest friends that I’ve made during my three years at Auburn thus far have been those that I’ve had the honor of working alongside in various organizations,” Fields said. “Involvement affords you opportunities that you’d never have inside the classroom. That’s why I was drawn to it and that’s why I continue to stick with it.”

One of the biggest benefits of his involvement is the relationships he has formed.

A photo of two men wearing helmets outside a ropes course.“When you get to work alongside such incredible people who have the same passions as you, you’re bound to make some lifelong friends. It’s also great experience for the future. Regardless of what your major or your future career may be, getting your nose out of a textbook every once and a while and helping plan an event, execute an idea or raise money for charity – whatever it is that you fancy – is such a great learning experience and it looks fantastic on a resume and is something that you can always talk about in an interview in the future.”