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The Face of COSAM Students

The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics is not all about studying and testing. COSAM offers more to the students than what meets the eye. Lindsay Harris, a junior in COSAM, proves that being in the college has a fun side as well.

Harris is one of the few students given the title of COSAM Leader. A COSAM Leader is an official host or hostesses of the college. The group is made up of 16 people, eight boys and eight girls.

“What we do is we represent COSAM… Continue

Added by Anna Tucker on October 6, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Future Awaits

College. The seven-letter word that has become synonymous with “the time of your life.” While college is exciting and full of new experiences, it is a step toward the future, where jobs await.

Career Development Services at Auburn University serves as a stepping stone between colleges and employers. As many as four career fairs a year are held on or around Auburn University’s campus as a way for students to network with companies.

Nelly Gonzalez, 21, a senior in public… Continue

Added by Rebecca Bedsole on October 6, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

More Than Just a Pretty Sign

Auburn students see the familiar Toomer’s Ten logo as a guide to a safe ride home. One Auburn student in particular sees it as a sign of personal accomplishment.

Laura Jordan, an Auburn University graphic design major is the creator of the Toomer’s Ten logo found on buses and transit stops across campus. Laura was approached by Jacob Watkins, Student Government Association president, and Griffin Bruns, senior adviser to the president, based on her graphic design… Continue

Added by Mary Catherine Stewart on October 6, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Battle to Design - Katie Ginn describes her experience getting into the Auburn University School of Architecture

In order to be a full time student at Auburn University you have to take at least 12 hours worth of classes. That is roughly about five classes, give or take, depending on electives and labs. That is enough to keep even the most dedicated student busy, and most scholars do not just take the minimum required each semester. What if, instead of just sitting in the library fighting AU Access to schedule your classes, you had to compete against anywhere from 50 to 100 students just to have the… Continue

Added by Kristin Lee Keller on October 6, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Job Opportunities On Campus

Nine thousand three hundred-sixty dollars. That’s the cost for a non-resident to attend Auburn. For Alabama natives, it’s $3,120. That doesn’t include rent, food or gas money.

The gap between the two is large, but either way it is a lot of money. It’s even more for the students who pay themselves. Even the students whose parents assist them with expenses can cause a budget strain. What are the options to soften the impact of costs? A job.

Many students are inclined to find… Continue

Added by John Roberson on October 6, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dr. Cathy McVay: Helping Students Get the Complete Package

Dr. Cathy McVay is truly a member of the Auburn family. McVay has been teaching at the university since August of 2004, and she has recently received the 2009 College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Outstanding Teacher award from Auburn’s Student Government Association.

She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Auburn. Her mother attended the university, and her husband is currently a Spanish professor here as well.

McVay teaches three senior labs and… Continue

Added by Mary Beth Walton on October 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nicholas Head: Intramural Student Coordinator, Referee and Player

Sports is one topic that most people on Auburn’s campus can relate to. People play, watch or cheer for their friends who participate. Auburn University’s intramural sports are a great way for many students to find their niche while getting exercise.

Nicholas Head is one Auburn graduate student who not only plays on many of the intramural teams, but he refs every sports’ games. He is now the student coordinator for Auburn’s intramurals.

Head found out about intramurals… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bivins on October 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Auburn is a Family Thing

To Auburn University alumna Nancy "Scottie" Mitchell, ‘War Eagle’ isn’t just a battle cry. Since she is the second of three generations of her family to graduate from Auburn, ‘War Eagle’ is also a symbol of family, love and tradition.

Mitchell graduated from Auburn University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a double minor in marketing and journalism. Her husband Steve graduated from Auburn one year earlier with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Mitchell and… Continue

Added by Amanda M McCoy on October 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Au vs. Tennessee (2009) Poem

Do What You Do

The rain last week brought a sloppy beginning,

But, in spite of the weather, we ended up winning!

Now, for the first time this season,

We move away from our comfort zone;

And go on the road to Knoxville

To the Tennessee Volunteer's home.

Though the territory will seem unfamiliar,

some things will stay the same;

Like the hearts of the Auburn Tigers,

And the way we play the game!

While you are jumping… Continue

Added by Frances M Appleton on October 1, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Best Banana Pudding in Auburn

When I was in middle school, I had a Sunday School Teacher at Eastdale Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama named Sandy Frederick. Mrs. Frederick took the time to share with me that my value was based on the constant truth that I belong to God – still the most valuable thing I have ever learned.

A few years back Mrs. Frederick’s neighbor was Mike Kolen, formerly known as “… Continue

Added by Lisa Vickery on September 30, 2009 at 12:17am — No Comments

Bicycle Breakdancing

On a Sunday afternoon James Blankenship can be found honing his flatland BMX skills around campus and avoiding security as best he can.

Flatland BMX is regarded by some as one of the toughest sports to participate in. It involves balancing on a bike as easily as you would on your own two feet. Those who ride flatland will often spend hours practicing their skill every single day.

“It’s all about balance, coordination and dexterity,” says Blankenship. “It’s all mental… Continue

Added by Rebecca Bedsole on September 29, 2009 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Making an Imprint on Auburn's Campus

During the school week Alysha Kambeyanda focuses her time on her major, industrial design, but on weekends she constructs a blueprint throughout Auburn's campus.

“Industrial design is the process of creating products or developing ideas for any object or event that has a human interface,” said Kambeyanda. “It combines aesthetics and functionality while keeping ergonomics and the needs of the user in mind.”

The industrial design program at Auburn is ranked number one in the… Continue

Added by Monica Afanador on September 28, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Communication-more than just talking

Take a moment to think about what your day would be like without talking, using your hands or facial expressions, texting or e-mail. These are all examples of avenues people use daily to communicate. Would you be able to make it through the day without the comfort of knowing you could phone a friend or family member?

The College of Liberal Arts department of communication is where Lauren Weston, Huntsville, Ala., found her place at Auburn, and where many students in the department… Continue

Added by Katlin Mulvaney on September 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Getting to Know The Most Feared Communication Professor

When most College of Liberal Arts students hear the name “Agne,” they tend to think of endless hours of studying in the library, infamously difficult tests and the hardest class in the trilogy; Foundations of Human Communication. However, what most students don’t think about is the actual professor, Dr. Robert Agne.

After graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in electrical engineering and a minor in communication, Agne began his career in civil service as an… Continue

Added by Kaitlin Collart Duffy on September 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Uplift A Child Today

A great quality of the Auburn family is the drive to give back to the community that allows for our large family to exist. One of the many ways the Auburn family demonstrates this desire is through the students and adults that volunteer their time, money and love to the children of Lee County through Project Uplift.

Since 1973, Project Uplift has been pairing children and volunteers (age 18 or over) to form constructive relationships beneficial to both parties. The main goal of… Continue

Added by Kelsey Ware on September 28, 2009 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

Serving All Students

The program for students with disabilities may not be the most well-known on campus, but it definitely has a purpose to serve all students.

"You name it, we've seen it," says Steve Guice, interpreter coordinator and disability specialist for the program. From cancer to AD/HD, the program serves that and the in-between. After receiving specific documentation from a licensed physician, the process to receive accommodations is relatively easy.

The staff is eager to help,… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Mahaney on September 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Huntsville story on new Auburn Family Web site.

Here's a story I wrote for The Huntsville Times about the new Auburn Family Web site. I hope you enjoy it. Your feedback is always welcome.


Added by Victoria Cumbow on September 28, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hunter Helps Through SOS

Megan Hunter, native of Southside, Ala., graduated high school and made her way to Jacksonville State University. Although she enjoyed her time there, it just wasn't the right fit. A self-described non-traditional student, Hunter decided to take a year off from her studies.

Throughout her early years, Hunter planned to attend Auburn University. Even though her parents are alumni of the University of Alabama, Hunter knew she was made for the plains.

“I visited Auburn in… Continue

Added by Caroline Cassidy on September 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Travel The World With Auburn Abroad

From the sunny beaches of Australia to the freezing winds of Antarctica, Auburn students have the chance to travel the globe while receiving university credit through Auburn Abroad.

Formed in 1985, Auburn Abroad takes students to almost every part of the world.

“[Students] can go abroad on faculty led programs and other university programs for real Auburn credit," said Deborah Weiss, Assistant Director of Auburn Abroad. "Grades come back and credits come back. It can be… Continue

Added by Hillary Gibbs on September 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Where Do You Fit?

How are you supposed to know what you want to do for the rest of your life before you take any classes in the field? You’re not.

John Putnam, a fifth-year senior in the College of Agriculture, came to Auburn planning to become an architect. After 3 weeks, Putnam discovered he couldn’t draw and architecture was not for him.

“I sucked at drawing,” said Putnam. “You have no idea how hard it is to draw a straight line.”…


Added by Anna Keith Johnson on September 28, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

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