Conner Bailey to Speak during k(no)w poverty? Lecture series

Conner Bailey, Professor of Rural Sociology, will give a public talk titled “Persistent Poverty in Alabama: Standard Theories and Other Realities” as part of the Honors College “k(no)w poverty?” lecture series Wednesday April 8, at 6 p.m. in Langdon Hall.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Bailey has been involved in research related to natural resources and the environment, often focused on the demographically-defined region of Alabama known as the Black Belt. During his lecture Bailey will speak on the paradox of abundant natural wealth and persistent poverty, and how it can be explained by existing theories in sociology and economics as well as the factors that are specific to Alabama and the South that are often overlooked.

The event is part of ongoing talks on issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world and has been developed by the Honors College at Auburn University to support the university’s land-grant mission. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Campus Food Pantry.

Honors student Rachel Pipan Received National PR Award

Auburn University College of Liberal Arts senior Rachel Pipan has been named a winner of the 2015 Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations Student Society of America Award by Edelman Public Relations. As one of only two national winners, she will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship at one of Edelman’s U.S. offices to help advance her public relations skills.

“I am beyond honored to one of the two winners of the Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award for the outstanding public relations student,” said Pipan, a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business. “Daniel Edelman was a true pioneer in the field of public relations, and his firm has an impeccable reputation for ethics, research and excellent execution of public relations campaigns. I am looking forward to interning for Edelman and following in his footsteps.”

The award, named after the founder of Edelman, has been presented annually since 1990 to active PRSSA students and honors those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, a commitment to a public relations career and esteemed contributions to PRSSA. Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm home to more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities, as well as affiliates in more than 35 cities.

Pipan, an Honors College student who manages on-campus communications for the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research, has set a career goal to be the communications director for an international nonprofit organization.

“Having the opportunity to work in Edelman’s outstanding office will provide me with an invaluable educational experience,” said Pipan. “Edelman’s office in Washington, D.C., includes working on government and public policy campaigns, and since my passion lies in female political representation, I would ideally have an opportunity to sharpen my skills while working for causes and clients I love.”

In 2014, Pipan was the winner of the John D. Graham PRSSA scholarship and was the second place winner of the Betsy Plank PRSSA scholarship. She credits her achievements in the public relations field to her education in the School of Communication and Journalism.

“Auburn’s public relations program pushed me to be an ethical, curious and determined public relations student,” said Pipan. “All in all, my classes have intersected beautifully to both help me gain my past internships and to help me win this award.”

After graduation, Pipan, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, plans to attend American University to pursue a master’s degree in strategic communication.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found here.
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email.

Spend a Week at Harvard Business School

Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), sponsored by Harvard Business School (HBS) is a one-week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Participants are members of groups typically underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender). HBS covers on-site expenses, and corporate sponsors typically cover other costs associated with participating in the program.

SVMP 2015 will take place from June 20 – June 26, 2015. The application deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015, and we are hoping to see your school represented in the candidate pool.

You can learn more about SVMP by visiting the program’s website.

Travel to Italy with the College of Human Sciences

The Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program offers students, not only the experience of studying abroad, but in doing so, receiving 16 Auburn credit hours and an International Minor – a credential that will add to their professional resume.

Due to the popularity of the program, they currently only have 16 slots open (out of 110) for the next year and a half. They have eight beds for Fall 2015 and eight beds for Spring 2016. As of this morning, Summers 15 and 16 and Spring 2017 are completely full with waitlists.

If you need any assistance contact Sue Fox for questions her office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:45-4:45 and Wednesdays, 7:45-11:44, 108 Spidle Hall or via email.

Two Truman Scholarship Finalists from Honors College

Two Auburn University undergraduates have been named finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of the nation’s top academic awards.

Sara Rains of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Jessica Adams of Smiths Station, Alabama, are competing to be named among only 59 recipients nationwide. The winners will be announced in mid-April.

“We are so very pleased for these two Honors College students as they put their academic talents to work for the public good, epitomizing the land grant mission of Auburn University, and we wish them every success as they compete to be named 2015 Truman Scholars,” said Melissa Bauman, director of the Honors College.

Rains, a member of the Honors College, is a junior double-majoring in nutrition and horticulture in the colleges of Human Sciences and Agriculture, respectively, with a minor in hunger studies. She is an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow, a member of the Committee of 19, co-founder of the Auburn University ONE Campaign, a non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, an Undergraduate Research Fellow and student ambassador to Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH.

She plans to seek a position after graduation as a policy officer with the One Acre Fund in rural East Africa, a social enterprise that invests in farmers through training and market facilitation.

Adams, also a member of the Honors College, is a junior majoring in microbial, cellular and molecular biology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics with a minor in hunger studies. She is an IMPACT project coordinator, an intern with the Hunger Solutions Institute in the College of Human Sciences which is responsible for carrying out demographic research and program development, an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow and co-founder of the campus chapter of Bama Covered, a health care educational network in Alabama, and director of the Smiths Station Bama Covered office.

After graduation, she will pursue graduate work in epidemiology and eventually a position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship, created in 1975 by an act of Congress, is awarded to select college juniors on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent,” and academic talent that would ensure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward their post-graduate education. In addition, they participate in leadership development programs and have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

“Sara and Jessica embody what the Truman Scholarship seeks to recognize,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “Their leadership and numerous service activities are matched by their stellar performance in the classroom. It has been a privilege working with them and their faculty members throughout the scholarship application process.”

The National Prestigious Scholarship office at Auburn University, located in the Honors College, works closely with students to identify and help them pursue prestigious scholarship national and international awards through information sessions and one-on-one support during the application process.

K(no)w Poverty? Lecture Series

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The k(no)w poverty? Lecture Series kicks off on January 22 at 6 pm in Haley 2370. Our speaker is Michael Lynch, MBA and Director of External Relations / Director of Special Projects of Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, AL.

Mr. Lynch is a graduate of Auburn University where he majored in accounting. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham and his Masters in Real Estate Finance/Valuation from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mr. Lynch has developed a strong track record of building coalitions and helping to initiate important community based projects in the Black Belt and in the state. In 2007 he initiated and helped lead the effort to build local and statewide support for the successful recruitment of Teach for America to Alabama. Since that time, he has worked to develop relationships between local organizations and state leaders to help strengthen our local community.

He served on the board of Project Horseshoe Farm prior to joining the organization as Managing Director/Director of External Relations in 2012. He also serves on the board of VOICES for Alabama’s Children, and serves on the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) Roundtable and is a member of the Leadership Alabama Initiative. He attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro where he has served on the vestry.

The Honors College k(no)w poverty? lecture series supports the Auburn University land-grant mission, and includes a variety of speakers over the semester. Other speakers in the series will include Ms. Lisa Pierce, Alabama Rural Ministry; Dr. Conner Bailey & Dr. Michelle Worosz, AU Dept of Agricultural Economics & Sociology; and Prof. Rusty Smith, Rural Studio.