Honors College Staff
Honors College Director
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.
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair
As assistant director academic affairs, 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 Mp-Ph. 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.
Assistant Director of Student Affairs | Honors College Sophomore Retention Committee Chair | Assessment Committee Chair
As assistant director for student affairs, Ms. Comer plans to expand opportunities for students to create a unique Honors College community experience through dynamic programming events. She received her Master of Arts in Student Development from Appalachian State University, and her Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University. Ms. Comer is also a CliftonStrengths ® Certified Coach, and is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Originally from Tennessee, she previously worked at Clemson University and Coastal Carolina University in Student Affairs before joining the Auburn Honors College. In her free time, Ms. Comer enjoys traveling and running.
Academic Advisor I | Honors Serves Advisor
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Mr. Stinson advises students with the last names Go-Mo. He is responsible for advising students on course selection, requirements for selected areas of concentration, and post-college plans. Mr. Stinson is originally from Summerdale, Alabama and received his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and master’s degree in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. His experiences as an Honors Student and Peer Career Advisor at the University Career Center during his time as an undergraduate student, as well as his time spent as a graduate research and teaching assistant within the Department of Plant Pathology led him to pursue a career in higher education. After graduating with his master’s, Mr. Stinson returned to join the Honors College to help provide the same great experiences he had to new Honors Students.
Academic Advisor II | Honors Academic Coaches Advisor
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Mrs. Stone advises students with the last names Pi-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 | Honors Congress Advisor
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Ms. Woodall advises students with the last names A-Gn. She is responsible for advising students on course selection, requirements for selected areas of concentration, and post-college plans. Ms. Woodall is originally from Lake Butler, Florida, and received her B.S. in Agricultural Education and Communication and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Florida. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as a graduate assistant in UF Off Campus Life, interned at Baylor University as an assistant residence hall director, and volunteered as an academic advisor in the department of sport management. It was each of these experiences that led her to pursue a career in academic advising.
Business and Administrative Services Coordinator
As the coordinator of Business and Administrative Services for the Honors College, Courtney provides support to consolidate financial and business operations within the college. Courtney has been an employee with Auburn University since 2012. During her time here at Auburn, she has been nominated for Auburn’s Women of Distinction, Supervisor of the Year and received the Harbert College of Business’s Outstanding Professional award. She has worked in the Office of Professional and Career Development within the Harbert College of Business, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and now the Honors College. She is currently working to complete her B.S in Horticulture, Business and Counseling. During her free time, Courtney enjoys fishing and kayaking with her husband, playing with her Pitt-lab Penn, cooking, gardening and going on adventures with friends and family.
Marketing and Communications Specialist III
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.
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.
Coordinator of Campus and Community Events | Honors Week of Service Counselors Advisor
As the Coordinator for Campus and Community Events, Ms. Mitchell brings fun, innovative, and thoughtful events to Honors College for student engagement and development. From exciting social events to educational activities, Ms. Mitchell desires to foster a welcoming, inclusive, and tight-knit community and create memories for students to enjoy as a part of their college experience. Ms. Mitchell is originally from Columbus, Georgia and received her B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of West Georgia. She went on to receive her M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, where she worked as the Graduate Assistant for Traditions and Collaborative Events. Student Affairs has allowed Ms. Mitchell the best of both worlds in event planning and working with college students.
Scholarship and Research Coordinator | Honors Scholarship Committee Chair & Diversity in Honors Advisor
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.
Student Recruiting Coordinator | Honors Admissions Committee Chair & Ambassadors Advisor
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.
Graduate Assistant | Marketing and Communications
Sharisma Bell is the marketing and communications graduate assistant for the Honors College and uses her background in marketing, communications, journalism, and social media to inform and engage the students and family at the Honors College. A native of Alabama, and a South Alabama graduate, Ms. Bell received her bachelor’s in communications. She is receiving her masters in Higher Education Administration. Ms. Bell enjoys painting and going on walks.
Graduate Assistant | Scholarships
Ray Griffin is the scholarship graduate assistant in the Honors College. She assists in finding students suitable scholarship opportunities to further their academic pursuits. Ms. Griffin graduated with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from UAH in 2020. In order to further her curiosity of the sciences while helping others, she is currently in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at Auburn University. During her free time, she enjoys videogames with friends and teasing her two cats.
Graduate Assistant | Student Affairs
Kebokile Nyathi is the student affairs graduate assistant for the Honors College. Ms Nyathi is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sustainability: Society & Culture from the University of Oklahoma. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Ms Nyathi was an academic tutor. During this employment, Ms Nyathi gained experience working with students. Ms Nyathi plans to use her past experiences working with students and her passion for helping others to improve the lives of our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Ms Nyathi is currently pursuing her Master’s in Community Planning.
Graduate Assistant | Academic Advising
Ms. Prim is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. She received a B.A. in Theatre from Auburn University. After graduation, Ms. Prim worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where her experience in working with students led her to pursue a career in higher education. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Administration of Higher Education.
Associate Director Emerita
Last modified: November 15, 2021