As the director of the Honors College, Dr. Sippial (Professor, Department of History) is responsible for the vision, mission, and overall success of the program. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American History with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and joined the Auburn University history faculty that same year. Dr. Sippial has completed prestigious fellowships with the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Leadership Development Program, the HERS Leadership Institute, and was the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Sippial was awarded membership in the Auburn University Global Teaching Academy in recognition of her efforts to promote internationalization on campus. She has secured a number of prestigious research grants and awards, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, a CCWH Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Award, and an American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere. A strong advocate for student international experiences, Dr. Sippial leads the Honors College study and travel courses to Cuba. Dr. Sippial published an award-winning book on Cuba in 2013 with the University of North Carolina Press, and published a second book on Cuban revolutionary leader Celia Sanchez Manduley with that press in January 2020. Sippial also served as president of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association in 2018-2019.
Ken D. Thomas
Associate Director Student Affairs
As the associate director for Student Affairs in the Honors College, Dr. Thomas is actively involved with the planning and execution of all extracurricular activities for Honors College students. He received both his B.S. in Chemical & Process Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental & Water Resources Engineering) from the University of South Florida. Dr. Thomas has been at Auburn University since Fall of 2010.
Assistant Director of Honors Advising
As assistant director for Honors Advising, Ms. Hunter plans to bring new initiatives to the advising unit based on students’ changing needs. Mrs. Hunter currently also advises on course selection, requirements for selected area of concentration, and post-college plans with students with last names that begin with N-O. Originally from Eufaula, Alabama, Ms. Hunter holds a B.A. from Auburn University in Political Science, a M.Ed. from Clemson in Counselor Education: Student Affairs, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Adult Education.
Academic Advisor II
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Mrs. Stone advises students with the last names P-Z. She is responsible for advising students on course selection, requirements for selected areas of concentration, and post-college plans. Mrs. Stone is originally from Gulf Shores, Alabama and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Auburn University. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of History and as a tutor for Student-Athlete Support Services, both of which led her into a career in higher education. After graduating with her master’s, Mrs. Stone worked as an academic advisor and first year experience instructor at the University of South Alabama for several years before returning to Auburn.
Academic Advisor I
As an academic advisor for students with the last names of G-M, Ms. Waugh is responsible for advising students on course selection, requirements for selected areas of concentration, and post-college plans. Originally from Smiths Station, Alabama, Ms. Waugh received her B.S. from Auburn University in General Social Science Education/History and her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling: College Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia. After graduating with her master’s, Ms. Waugh worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Texas Tech University in the Department of University Housing. After her time at Texas Tech University, she spent a few years at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville serving as a Coordinator within the Office of New Student & Family Programs working with new student orientation and family programming. Then she spent a short time at Columbus State University serving as an Admissions Specialist serving first-year students before returning to Auburn.
Business and Administrative Services Coordinator II
As the coordinator of Business and Administrative Services for the Honors College, Mrs. Brown provides support to consolidate financial and business operations within the college. Mrs. Brown has been an employee with Auburn University since 1998. During her time here at Auburn, she has completed her B.S. in 2009 from Auburn University - Montgomery, in Management Information Systems. She has worked in the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Art and Art History, and now the Honors College. During her free time, Mrs. Brown enjoys spending time with her family.
Marketing and Communications Specialist II
Mr. Berry is the marketing and communications specialist for the Honors College and uses his knowledge of public relations, communications, graphic design, and social media to inform students, parents, alumni and faculty of the current news and events of the Honors College. A native Alabamian, and Auburn graduate (’01), Mr. Berry received his bachelor’s in public relations, and has over 18 years of experience in the marketing and communications field in both the public and private sector. As a third-generation alumnus, Mr. Berry truly understands the meaning of the Auburn Family and is proud to work for his alma mater. When not on campus Mr. Berry can be found renovating his historic Opelika home, entertaining with friends, and enjoying life both locally and abroad.
Student Recruiting Coordinator
As the Coordinator for Student Recruiting, Mrs. Shippen meets with prospective students and families to provide information on admission requirements, degree programs, career options, and extracurricular activities within the Honors College. Mrs. Shippen is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and received her bachelor’s in English from Huntingdon College. Prior to joining Honors, Mrs. Shippen worked in student services and recruiting both at Auburn and at AUM.
Scholarship and Research Coordinator
As the Coordinator of Scholarship, Research, and Career Development, Mr. Sauer assists students in finding scholarships and research opportunities that best suit their needs and interests and guides students toward the next step in their careers. Additionally, Mr. Sauer coordinates the National Prestigious Scholarship Program, which seeks out exceptional Auburn students and helps them apply to some of the most competitive nationally sponsored scholarships in America. Mr. Sauer received a B.S in Psychology from the College of Charleston and a M.S. in Psychology from Auburn University. As a graduate student, Mr. Sauer worked as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and instructor of record. During his free time, Mr. Sauer enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and playing with his dogs.
Major Gifts Officer
As the Major Gifts Officer at the Honors College, Margherita is actively involved in planning, executing, controlling and evaluating the fundraising and community outreach and awareness for the Honors College. Originally from Italy, Margherita moved to the United States in 2013 and worked in Development and Advancement for NGOs. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, Italy. Margherita has been with Auburn University since January 2020.
Associate Director Emerita
Last modified: April 3, 2020