Beat Bama Food Drive collects 352,389 pounds of food to Beat Alabama in the 2021 Food Drive

Beat Bama Food Drive breaks competition record with 352,389 pounds of food collected


The 28th annual Beat Bama Food Drive concluded on Nov. 18 with a record-breaking 352,389 pounds of food collected to benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama. This is the highest total ever raised by both universities with the previous record belonging to the University of Alabama in 2018 with 309,194 pounds.

In total, Auburn University and the University of Alabama collected a record 671,826 pounds of food, with the University of Alabama’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Drive accounting for 319,437 pounds.

“This was definitely one of the best teams we’ve worked with over the past 28 years,” Martha Henk, executive director of the Food Bank of East Alabama said. “It is not an overstatement to say that this food drive determines whether some families will have holiday meals and have adequate food for their families beyond the holiday season. The food raised by Beat Bama Food Drive equates to more than 271,000 meals!”

According to Henk, the food collected is distributed into senior programs, low-income daycares, emergency food pantries, and missions and rehabilitation centers that are served by the Food Bank of East Alabama and the West Alabama Food Bank.

Since 1994, Beat Bama Food Drive has collected more than 4 million pounds of food uniting students, faculty, alumni, and community members to help fight hunger and food insecurity in East Alabama. This unique competition leverages the rivalry between the schools as they benefit local food banks, the state of Alabama, and those facing food insecurity.

“This is the largest food drive our food bank has ever experienced,” Henk said. “While it’s great to come out on top of this competition, the truth is that the real winners of the competition are the food insecure families fed through the food bank network.”

Beat Bama Food Drive would like to especially thank the following sponsors who made the food drive possible:

  • AuburnBank
  • Shipt
  • Gin Jager Studio
  • New South Research
  • Kroger
  • Lynch Toyota of Auburn

For more information on Beat Bama Food Drive, click here.


Dance Marathon raises $273,382.22 for Children’s Miracle Network

AUDM raises over $273,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital 

Auburn University Dance Marathon, or AUDM, is a year-long initiative that raises money and awareness for patients at the Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional in Columbus, Georgia. At AUDM’s Main Event on Saturday, Feb. 12, it was announced $273,328.22 was raised.


Throughout the year’s fundraising efforts, all efforts lead up to the annual end of year celebration, Main Event, which is the final fundraising push of the year.


During Main Event, students stay on their feet for 12 hours raising money and awareness for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This event is a non-stop party that includes performances, activities and dancing alongside staff, participants and miracle families. At the end of the night, AUDM reveals their final total for the year.


“Main event is always my favorite day of the year,” Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Caroline Soule said. “This year was extra special because we were back in person and got to celebrate our year of hard work all together. Getting to play with the miracle families all day and hear their miracle stories reminds me why I love this organization so much.”


Funds are raised by students through Facebook fundraisers, direct solicited donations and local and corporate sponsorships.


In AUDM’s 11th year, students have raised over $3.6 million to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Download the Welcome Week Spring 2020 Guide

Welcome Week, hosted by the University Program Council, is Auburn University’s official welcome to new and returning students each fall and spring. Free events are held Jan. 8-17, providing students with programming, entertainment and information. Welcome Week is packed with a variety of activities across campus, sponsored by different organizations and departments. Signature events for spring include Casino Night, UPC Films, War Eagle Watch Party and more.

Download the Welcome Week Guide in the Auburn Guides app, available on the App Store and Google Play, for a full schedule of events, times and locations.

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