Auburn University Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at over 450 schools across the country who raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in their community. Entirely student run and donating 100% of the funds raised directly to local children’s hospitals, Dance Marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community. Students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and social skills while raising funds in a variety of ways and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families.

Auburn University Dance Marathon is a year-long, campus-wide fundraising effort that culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon to celebrate the money and awareness raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The idea behind the marathon is “we dance for those who can’t.” The money Auburn University students raise stays locally to benefit the children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health.

Auburn University Dance Marathon first joined Children’s Miracle Network in 2011. In its five years of existence, AUDM has raised over $1 million total for the kids. AUDM is proud to represent every area of Auburn University’s Campus and community.

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.

Involvement Awards 2017

AUBURN, Ala. – Student Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement and the Auburn University Involvement Ambassadors hosted the fifth annual Involvement Awards on Monday, April 24, 2017. Held in the Student Center Ballroom, complete with a red carpet, this annual awards ceremony honors student leaders and student organizations for their service, commitment and accomplishments throughout the last year.

The recipients of the 12 awards, including male student leader of the year, female student leader of the year and exceptional campus organization, are kept confidential until they are announced at the event.



2017 Involvement Award Winners

Exceptional Campus Organization
Student Government Association
Excellence in Marketing & Design
Auburn University Dance Marathon
Excellence in Practical Application
American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists
The Charlene & Fred Kam “Human Touch” Service Award
Student Association of Mentoring
Male Student Leader of the Year
Hunter Gibson
Female Student Leader of the Year
Meredith Smith
Most Entertaining Campus Event
Holi by Indian Student Association
The Corey Edwards Organization Advisor of the Year
Boyd Brady
Outstanding Cultural Impact
International Buddy Program
Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion
Black Student Union
New Organization of the Year
Standing Together Against Rape and Sexual Assault (STARS)
Overcoming Adversity Award
University Program Council

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.”