Honors College Office of the Provost

Staff Update: Whitney Comer

Getting to know you!

Name: Whitney Comer

Position: Assistant Director of Student Programming

Hometown: Greeneville, Tennessee

Degree (s): BS – Mass Communications; MA – Student Development

Why did you choose those degrees? Growing up, I always wanted to be a writer, so when I got to college, it only made sense to get a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism. My experience as a reporter after my undergraduate career quickly changed my mind. Since I had been very involved in co-curricular activities in undergrad, I began exploring the field of Higher Education, and ultimately ended up pursing that for my Masters. 

What brought you to the Honors College? I have enjoyed my career in Student Affairs but was also interested in pursuing something a little different than my traditional student activities role. The position with the Honors College will allow me the opportunity to focus on creating a great student experience for a specific group of students. 

Do you have any hobbies? I am a runner. I have run 11 half marathons and have a goal to complete one each year. I have also completed two sprint triathlons. I enjoy being physically active. I also love to travel. Whether it be somewhere with my family or a girls weekend for a race, I love to experience new places.  

What are small things that make your day better? I love a good cup of coffee to start the day. I usually only have one cup, but I savor it. A good run always makes things better. Also, movies, TV, or Books – or all three? 

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College? I hope to create a dynamic and unique college experience for the Honor students through a variety of events and travel experiences.  

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College? I am excited to work with the students in creating the student experience they want. 

What advice would you give to an Honors College student? Embrace and enjoy your journey. Every day is a gift. 

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?  Actually, I ran a half marathon here in 2015. It was stormy that morning, and my friends and I really didn’t think they would start it…but they did. We also had not done the research on the course. After training at the coast, we were not prepared for the hills. 

Best way to contact? My email at wrc0024@auburn.edu

An Interview with Margherita Ligorio

Name: Margherita Ligorio

Hometown: Udine, Italy

Degree(s): International Relations and Diplomacy (Bachelor’s and Master’s)

Why did you choose those degrees? 

I have always had an interest in learning about different countries and cultures, along with international affairs. I also always wanted to make an impact and have a better understanding of the different political, social and economic dynamics in the many areas of the world. 

What brought you to Auburn University as a Development Officer? 

I entered the NGOs’s world right after college and Development seemed a good way for me to learn about people and make an impact. I am a military spouse and we moved to Columbus, Georgia, in April 2019. I started looking at Development positions in the area and came across this opportunity at Auburn.

In the simplest terms, what do you do as a Development Officer? 

I develop and implement fundraising and advancement activities, including securing funds for the Honors College.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I like traveling, working out, reading and spending time with my husband and furry babies – I have 2 loving Great Danes (Porthos and Wallace).

What are small things that make your day better? 

A cappuccino in the morning, smiley faces and a walk with my dogs.

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three? 

All three

You’d be surprised to know that… 

I do not like Olive Garden!

What do you hope to accomplish in your position (that affects the Honors College specifically)? 

I would like to help make an impact on the Honors College’s students’ lives and make sure our donors realize what great things they are helping to accomplish. 

What are you most excited about working on? 

Hearing students’ stories about how the Honors College is helping them achieve their goals and hearing donors’ experiences in supporting great initiatives.

What advice would you give to an Auburn University student? 

Take advantage of every resource and opportunity you are given, be kind to one another, do not stress too much and travel a lot!

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory/or Auburn area memory? 

Not yet because I am very new to the area. But I am looking forward to making memories!

Best way to contact? 

Phone number (334) 844-8717

2019 Director’s Reception Award Winners

Honors College Awards:

Edward Gentle III Award: Matthew Ergle

Awarded to a graduating Honors College student in recognition of his or her outstanding scholarship, mental attitude, and leadership qualities over the course of his or her career in the Honors College. To be eligible for the award, the student must complete the entire Honors curriculum, which includes the Senior Capstone Experience.

Distinguished Research Scholar Award: Chloe Haverkamp 

Awarded to the Honors College student whose distinctive research record best embodies the Honors College mission to “pursue truth with courage and conviction.”

Meritorious Service Award: Sam Lubor 

Awarded to the Honors College student whose dedicated service to our local, regional, or national community best embodies the Honors College mission to “serve others with compassion.”

Wayne and Louise Crews Award: Sam Lubor 

Awarded to the Honors College student whose contributions to the Honors College embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Faculty Award:

Professor of the Year: Sarah Hamilton

Awarded to the professor whose outstanding teaching has most inspired, enriched, and challenged Honors College students.

Non-Student Awards:

Honored Alumni Award: Trellis Smith 

Awarded to a graduate of the Honors College whose contributions to the Honors College, to Auburn University, and/or to our broader world embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Jane and Sherman Pitts Volunteer Leadership Award: Lee Christian 

Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who graciously gives their time, talent, and resources back to the Honors College. 

 

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