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-No. 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, Dr. 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. Dr.. Comer is also a CliftonStrengths ® Certified Coach, and recently received 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, Dr. Comer enjoys traveling and running.
Academic Advisor I | Honors Serves Advisor
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Ms. Clevenger advises students with the last names Dp-Ke. She is responsible for advising students on course selection, requirements for selected areas of concentration, and post-college plans. Ms. Clevenger is originally from Remlap, Alabama, and received her B.A. in Communication (with a minor in Psychology) and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Exploratory Advising Center, which led her to pursue a career in higher education.
Academic Advisor II | Honors Academic Coaches Advisor
As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Mrs. Stone advises students with the last names Rp-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-Do. 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.
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.
Scholarship and Research Coordinator
As the Coordinator of Scholarship and Research, Dr. Whatley is focused on providing students with information and individualized guidance on finding scholarships and research opportunities that will help them both define and achieve their academic and professional goals. Additionally, Dr. Whatley coordinates the National Prestigious Scholarship (NPS) Program, which recognizes exceptional Auburn students across campus and provides support as they apply to some of the most competitive nationally sponsored scholarships in America, such as Fulbright, Rhodes, NSF-GRFP, and Truman. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Whatley received a B.A. in Art History from Arizona State University, a M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Art History and Medieval Studies from the University of Illinois. Prior to taking on this exciting role in the Honors College, she was Associate Professor of Art History at Auburn University at Montgomery. In her free time, Dr. Whatley enjoys hiking and long-distance backpacking as well as spending time with her pets.
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
Parker Mixon is the Graduate Assistant for Honors Student Affairs. He assists in the planning and execution of Honors College events. Parker is originally from Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in May 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. He is currently in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Auburn University. During his free time, Parker enjoys to play basketball and hang out with friends. Parker is looking forward to the opportunity to engage with Honors College students as well as the behind the scenes work on planning different events.
Graduate Assistant | Academic Advising
As a graduate assistant in the Honors College, Ms. Frum strives to create a space for students that is welcoming and encouraging. Having moved a lot in her own life, she knows the importance of making a new place feel like home. This led to a passion for helping people find their own place, voice, and goals and the pursuit of a M.Ed. in School Counseling at Auburn University. Prior to this, Ms. Frum graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Child & Family Studies. Ms. Frum advises students with the last names Kf-Mc.
Graduate Assistant | Academic Advising
Cheyenne is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s in Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. She then completed her Masters’ degree at University of Denver in Higher Education with a focus on Diversity in Higher Learning. She is currently a doctoral student studying Higher Education Administration here at Auburn. Before she came to the Honors College, she has worked for a variety of institutions such as Oklahoma State University, University of Denver, Georgetown University, and Auburn University. Once a tiger, always a tiger. She can’t wait to begin to be helping Auburn students again. Ms. Smith advises students with the last names Oo-Ro.
Associate Director Emerita
Last modified: September 27, 2022