Emerge at Auburn brings industry leaders to campus through partnership with Delta Air Lines

Emerge at Auburn, a dynamic student leadership program aimed at helping Auburn students develop the skills to lead on campus, in the community, and in their future career field, recently featured ESPN College Football Analyst and Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow at the monthly Emerge Speaker Series presented by Delta.

The event, held on Jan. 17 in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, attracted more than 2,500 students and community members as Tebow shared lessons in serving others and being a leader.

The Speaker Series presented by Delta is made possible by a generous gift by Delta Air Lines. The series is a monthly opportunity for all Auburn students to learn from successful leaders in their respective fields on topics related to the Emerge at Auburn program.

Emerge at Auburn serves as the umbrella organization for all student leadership programs at Auburn including a variety of programs, workshops and initiatives. The January event kicked off Emerge at Auburn’s Explore and Explore Spring programs.

Since the partnership with Delta Air Lines began, Emerge at Auburn has hosted ten industry leaders on campus who have shared their experience in leadership with students.

The next Speaker Series presented by Delta will be held on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom featuring Jordyne Blaise, writer, attorney, activist and current senior manager for diversity, inclusion and belonging at Articulate.

The event is open to Auburn students, faculty and staff. RSVP at aub.ie/rsvpdeltaspeaker.

For more information or to get involved with Emerge, visit aub.ie/emerge.

 

Involvement Award Nominations

Student Affairs and Student Involvement will host the seventh annual Involvement Awards on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Held in the Student Center Ballroom, complete with a red carpet and plated dinner, this annual awards ceremony honors student leaders and student organizations for their service, commitment and accomplishments throughout the last year.

The recipients of the awards are kept confidential until they are announced at the event.

Please click here for more information about nominating an outstanding student organization, student leader, and/or organization advisor for an Involvement Award. Nomination forms will open on January 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM and will close on February 15, 2019 at midnight.

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Association Travels to D.C.

According the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association at Auburn University, independent invetors today face many struggles. These struggles include protecting their patents from being stolen by big companies, finding investors, and navigating a set of laws that both protect those with ideas and punish those who may seek to steal them. Many of these problems are byproducts of the influence that big companies currently have on the system that passess judgement on these cases. This past month, the group of Auburn students traveled to Washintgon D.C. to work to rectify this system of laws, with hopes of encouraging future generations of inventors and entrepreneurs, and helping to make the American dream possible again.

During their time in D.C., the group was able to explore the city, meet with inventors and entrepreneurs much like themselves, and speak with attorneys at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The group also participated in the first ever Inventors Group of America conference, and attended presentations, learning from prominent names in the field. Finally, these students put their leadership skills to the test, expressing their concerns over the problems facing investors today to members of the House and Senate.

As the youngest entrepreneurs at the event, these students commented on how much they enjoyed the trip, as it gave them invaluable connections and experiences that will help them later in their careers.

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.

 

 

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.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships. A college student is paired with a person with a disability and they foster a lasting friendship. Best Buddies hosts parties once a month and buddy pairs meet regularly. Check out Best Buddies at O-Days and AUinvolve for more information on how to become a member.

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.