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Baker selected as Vision 2020 national delegate
Barbara Baker of the Women’s Leadership Institute in the College of Liberal Arts has been selected to serve as a national delegate to Vision 2020, a national coalition of organizations and individuals united in their commitment to achieve women’s economic and social equality. Vision 2020, which is administered by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, selects extraordinary women as national delegates to represent all 50 states and develop state initiatives that address barriers to equality in their states and professions. Baker, who is the executive director of Women's Leadership Institute, was nominated and then chosen to represent Alabama for a two-year term.

Bryant poster receives Award of Excellence
Kelly Bryant, professor of graphic design in the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, was awarded an Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association for the poster she designed for the Department of Philosophy’s fifth annual Auburn University Philosophy Conference. Bryant’s poster was chosen to appear in the 2013 University & College Designers Association Design Show in Louisville, Ky., this October and will be housed in the University & College Designers Association collection. It was one of 146 entries that received an Award of Excellence out of almost 1,000 entries. For more information, visit this website

Graphic design professor helps Black Belt nonprofit update its identity
Robert Finkel, assistant professor of graphic design in the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, worked with Black Belt Treasures to create a new logo that is part of its updated identity. Now called Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center to better reflect their mission, BBTCAC is located in Camden, Ala., and is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the many talented artists and craftsmen of the Black Belt region by providing arts education and other cultural opportunities. Finkel created a “woven star” logo that is found throughout the arts and crafts, especially quilts and baskets, of the Black Belt region. He chose a color palette of cool and warm earth tones that also relate to the Black Belt. For more information, go to this website

Guyer receives Meritorious Teaching Award in herpetology
Biological sciences professor emeritus Craig Guyer was awarded the Meritorious Teaching Award in herpetology at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The award is given annually to recognize superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Guyer is a renowned herpetologist and serves as the curator of amphibians and reptiles for Auburn's Museum of Natural History. He teaches undergraduate courses in vertebrate biodiversity and herpetology and graduate courses in herpetology. For more information on Guyer, go to this website

Mechanical Engineering Department hosting seminar on nuclear energy today
The Department of Mechanical Engineering will host a seminar, “The Importance of Tribology in the Nuclear Energy Industry,” by lubricant engineer Bryan Johnson of Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station on Friday, Aug. 30, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in 1418 Wiggins Hall. The presentation will provide an overview of how nuclear energy is used to produce electricity and on the importance and application of condition monitoring and predictive maintenance in the nuclear industry. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information, contact Rob Jackson, 844-3340, or P.K. Raju, 844-3301.

Tiger Advisor at the library is now open
Tiger Advisor is now open at the newly renovated 2341 Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The advising office is open on Monday to Thursday evenings from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to assist students with locating resources to answer general advising questions and questions related to their academic progress. Students can stop by without an appointment for assistance. Tiger Advisor provides guidance on university policies and procedures, and provides training and assistance in negotiating the Tigeri registration system, the DegreeWorks online degree audit system, the Auburn Bulletin and the Student Policy eHandbook. Tiger Advisor does not replace a student’s academic advisor, but helps students learn how to find the information they need through existing online resources or directs students to the proper campus office that can address their concern or need. For more information, visit the Tiger Advisor website.

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