Today is a special day in the life of our university as it is the day that you get to choose the new campus leaders for the coming year.
This year, we are encouraging everyone to find his or her reason to vote. The Student Government Association is devoted to serving and promoting the individual students, while unifying all that is Auburn. You get the chance to enter that conversation today!
You can start that conversation by logging into your AU Access account and voting under the My Campus tab. There is also a link to vote on the SGA website. Voting takes place until 7 p.m. tonight.
Students are allowed to vote for candidates running for office in their college or school, for Miss Auburn and for SGA president, vice president and treasurer. Students may also vote for the faculty member that they would like to hear present the Final Lecture in April.
I’m voting because we have the chance today to elect the people who will serve Auburn the best, and I hope you all find your reason today as well!
W. Walker Byrd
All students are eligible and encouraged to nominate a faculty member to be the keynote speaker for Final Lecture.
Final Lecture will be held on April 5 before Honors Callouts. Students do not have to be in the same department as the faculty member in order to nominate them. The Final Lecture nominees will be listed on the Spring Elections ballot on February 9 in order for the student body to select the faculty member who will present the Final Lecture.
Nominations are now available on AU Involve and are due February 5 at noon: https://auburn.collegiatelink.net/form/step/1?Guid=e9115f7d-b616-43ea-a232-4c6ebb5744da
The following article was written by Sam Jackson, Director of PR.
Finals week is tough. The studying hours are long, and snacking urges can reach an all-time high when late night hits.
This is where Auburn SGA is here to help! During the “Up All Night” event Sunday through Thursday nights at midnight during finals week, SGA members will be stationed in the Student Center and the library to give out free doughnuts and orange juice to any and all students needing an extra pick-me-up. Free scantrons and blue books will also be offered.
The snacks and supplies will be available on the second floor of the Student Center by the Foy Information Desk and in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Be sure to stop by and fuel up for studying!
The following article was written by Erin Slay, Director of PR.
Auburn, AL-On one of the first chilly nights of the season, Auburn students and the community came together for the official start to the holiday season- the lighting of the Holiday Tree and Menorah.
SGA provided hot chocolate and cookies, the Auburn University Chamber Choir led the crowd in singing Christmas carols, and everyone huddled together to sing and reflect on the season.
Mayor of Auburn Bill Hamm, SGA President Walker Byrd, and Auburn Hillel President Elizabeth Zimmerman introduced the evening and welcomed the crowd. Zimmerman shared the story of the Festival of Lights and the Jewish celebration of Hanukah. Both she and Byrd helped the crowd count down to light up both the tree and the Menorah. The crowd of students was full of the holiday spirit and seemed excited for a little Christmas cheer before finals begin.
SGA Ring Night began promptly at 6:56 p.m., or 18:56 military time in keeping with the founding year of Auburn University (East Alabama Male College at the time). Will Bennett and other SGA representatives called the crowd of students and alumni to circle the Auburn Seal where the rings of the junior and senior class would be placed to “curse them” and to fill them with the Auburn spirit. On Sunday, the rings will be dipped in President Gogue’s fountain which would remove the curse and keep the students on track for graduation and a life filled with the spirit of Auburn.
Dr. Macy Finck of Economics and Kate Larkin from the Alumni Center gave spirited addresses about Auburn and the special connection it gives to all who attend. John Canada led the crowd in singing the Alma Mater. The Auburn University Raptor Center and Aubie were there for pictures and to remind the crowd of the presence of the Auburn spirit. The event was a touching time that reminded the crowd of what had brought them all together and what would keep them connected for the rest of their lives- Auburn, the loveliest village on the plains.
Miss Auburn 2016
On November 17, the top five candidates for Miss Auburn were announced. The verification of eligibility of the top five candidates was then performed, and it was determined that not all five met the published requirements. Therefore, the revised top five candidates for Miss Auburn 2016 are as follows: Jennifer Ashman, Madison Gaines, Eva Mavrakos, Madison Rolling and Meredith Thomley (in alphabetical order).
Congratulations to the Top 20 Miss Auburn finalists!
- Jean Elizabeth Miles
- Jennifer Ashman
- Hannah Moss
- Emily Browning
- Katherine Westbrook
- Maddie Hutt
- Leah Bostany
- Mizna Kanafani
- Hannah Johnston
- Meredith Thomley
- Madeline Smith
- Madison Rolling
- Emma Katherine Thompson
- Eva Mavrakos
- Sapphira Glemaud
- Anna Lane Tinsley
- Sydney Blankenship
- Madison Gaines
- Chrsytie Falconer
- Layton Dyess
Join us on Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. as we partner with the Auburn Jewish Student Organization, Hillel, for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Samford Hall Lawn and is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.
The following article was written by Emily Chasdan, Director of PR.
Better Relations Day was founded by the President of Auburn University and the President of the University of Alabama in 1948. This event was originally founded to promote positive coexistence and better relationships between the universities in spite of the passionate athletic rivalries. Soon after being founded, this tradition was expanded to include the University of Georgia.
Better Relations Day has developed into a unique tradition that involves the exchange of leadership ideas and policies. It is the mission of this day to increase the quality and prosperity of Auburn’s peer institutions. Student leaders and representatives from a variety of organizations including SGA, BSU, UPC, Greek Life, Dance Marathon, Camp War Eagle, Student Media, and many others are invited to attend. Throughout the day, members of these organizations are able to seek advice for problems that their organizations are facing by networking with the attendees from other schools.
Danielle Guy, this year’s Director of Better Relations Day, stated, “Oftentimes attendees simply go to share what they have accomplished within their organizations, but we have challenged our attendees to learn at least one thing that they will apply to their positions.” By following the planned itinerary, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn from the other schools and build relationships, while simultaneously highlighting what makes Auburn University so unique.
This year, Better Relations Day will be held at Auburn on November 10 and student leaders from the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia will attend. The itinerary consists of a university trivia game, small group discussions so attendees can discuss their specific positions, and a large group discussion which will focus on mental health, diversity, and inclusion. The large group discussion strives to engage student leaders in larger problems that affect a variety of organizations.
Following these discussions is a lunch at the Auburn Univeristy President’s mansion, a campus bus tour, a learning exchange at the Recreation and Wellness Center, a pep rally, and an eagle flight in Jordan -Hare Stadium. The SGA presidents from each institution will follow the tradition of signing an agreement that promises good relations among the student bodies throughout the football season. The signing of the Better Relations Day agreement and a Toomer’s lemonade toast will signify the conclusion of the day’s events.