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Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University Website -  Now Live!


The official website for Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University: Honoring the Past, Charting the Future, is now live!


Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year Auburn University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its integration with a series of events designed to educate and inspire students, faculty, staff and alumni. Integration is an important milestone in the university’s history: it allowed a quality college education to be accessible to more people, and in doing so, made the Auburn family experience richer for everyone.


Thom Gossom, Jr. Speaks at Summer Graduation Ceremonies

Thom Gossom Jr. was the guest speaker during the university’s two summer graduation ceremonies on Saturday, August 3, in Auburn Arena.
Gossom earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication in 1975 at Auburn where he was the first black athlete to walk on and earn a football scholarship in the Southeastern Conference. He later earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Montevallo.
Gossom, a native of Birmingham, is an actor, writer and communications consultant. He has appeared in numerous feature films and television shows and chronicled his role in collegiate football history in his memoir,“Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration.”
Auburn awarded 1,277 academic degrees during the summer graduation ceremonies, including 794 bachelor’s degrees, 362 master’s degrees, 98 doctorates and 23 education specialist degrees.



School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Doctoral Student Places 2nd in IGERT Poster Competition


Gifty Acquah, doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, placed 2nd out of 30 in a poster competition for IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) Trainees at a Workshop on Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure at Iowa State University. Acquah is a trainee with the Auburn IGERT project “Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals.”
IGERT Traineeships are highly competitive, offering funding and mentorship to doctoral students working in research areas within the scope of the university’s grant. Acquah received travel funding from both Auburn’s IGERT program and the Iowa IGERT to attend the workshop.
Visit the website of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences for the full story.


Norbert Wilson Selected Chair of a National Committee


Norbert Wilson, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture, was selected chair of theCommittee on the Opportunity and Status of Blacks in Agricultural E... during the joint annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society held August 4-6, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  The AAEA established the committee in 1980 to promote the welfare of black agricultural economists by representing their interests and by engaging in activities that encourage their professional advancement.


Education and Democracy Symposium Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Desegregation in Alabama Public Schools


A public symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of the integration of Tuskegee High School was held at Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural CenterAugust 23- 24.  Sponsored by Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, the symposium featured students who integrated Tuskegee High School on September 2, 1963 as a result of the court case Anthony Lee, et al. v. Macon County Board of Education.  Attorney Fred Gray, who filed and argued the case that eventually integrated all public schools in Alabama, spoke about the case and its aftermath, including the extraordinary measures of Gov. George Wallace to block integration.
The symposium began on Friday with a reception and screening of the documentary Tuskegee, Alabama: Living Black and White. Saturdaysessions included discussions by notable scholars, writers, and guests, including Dr. Wayne Flynt, Dr. Mab Segrest, Dr. David Mathews, Dr. Robert Norrell, Mike Letcher, Doug Segrest, Tony Haygood, Dr. Rhonda Collier, and Janice Ward Parrish.  Special guest speaker for the event was Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Gov. George Wallace.  Read more about the symposium here.


The symposium was cosponsored  by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the HumanitiesAuburn University Office of the Vice President for Outreach;Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural AffairsMacon County Board of Education; and VAST Solutions.


New Study Abroad Experiences Offered through College of Human Sciences
During Summer 2013, the Office of International Programs in the College of Human Sciences offered new study abroad experiences in which students were able to increase their global awareness by traveling overseas. These “mini” study abroad experiences offered students the opportunity to interact with individuals from different cultures around the world.


The Auburn Tigers Study Abroad Program in Jordanprovides a genuine, behind-the-scenes understanding of Jordanian life. It enables the participants to learn about the cultural, political, social and economic diversity of Jordan and the broader Middle East region and experience the history, customs and hospitality of the Jordanian people.


Sustainability in Action: Fiji is a 6-credit hour course that allows students to experience local tribal and village traditions as well as an emerging eco-tourism industry while comparing and contrasting the wealth of tourists versus the life of an average Fijian.


For more information on all the Study Abroad programs offered by the College of Human Sciences, visit the College's Office of International Programs website.

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