Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 7 | Issue 11


Spring Honors Contract

Spring honors contract approvals are due by the 15th day of classes, January 30. If you are planning to contract a course this spring, please speak with your professor and then email your honors advisor to start your contract in WorkFlow. For more information on the contracting process visit the Course Contract page on our website. 
Please let your advisor know if you have any questions.

History of the Honors College

Dr. Sippial is looking for a team of students who would be interested in producing an exhibit on the history of the Honors College in honor of our 40th Anniversary celebration. While public history coursework or experience is preferred, it is not a requirement.

Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Sippial at tat0004@auburn.edu

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring Sessions will begin Tuesday, January 22.

Available in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus I, II, and III.

For detailed times and locations visit the peer tutoring website.


Honors Alternative Spring Break

From March 10 to March 13, 2019, Honors College Students will have the opportunity to work alongside the United Saints Recovery Project in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was started after Hurricane Katrina hit Central City, New Orleans. This is a grassroots, volunteer organization that assists homeowners whose homes suffered damage due to natural disasters. Students will be placed on a work site doing things from installing cabinets to painting. There is no cost for Honors students to attend this trip, but space is limited. If you are interested in this Honors College ASB, please contact Ms. Hunter or Dr. Thomas, or sign-up through AUInvolve (listing is at the bottom).

Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability as well as Alternative Student Breaks through the Office of Student Involvement are offering a variety of volunteer opportunities over Spring Break 2019. Both program applications are due January 25.

Alternative Student Breaks seeks to take AU students elsewhere during student breaks to volunteer with a variety of different organizations. This year, during Spring Break, we are taking six trips to a variety of locations within the United States and Central America: Asheville Greenworks in Asheville, NC, Camp Summit in Paradise, TX, Loggerheard Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, FL, Serve901 in Memphis, TN, YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, CA, and Wine to Water in the Dominican Republic. All of our trip prices include transportation, food, housing, and cost to volunteer; non-flying domestic trips are only $250, the California trip $525, and the international trip is $1,750. We also offer two $100 domestic discounts and two $500 international discounts! Simply apply at aub.ie/asbdiscount. Applications close Friday, January 25 at 5:00 pm, and here is the link to the application aub.ie/springbreak2019.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email/text/call our President, Sydney Bayer, at seb0066@auburn.edu or (205) 527-3872.

Auburn University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity and Office of Sustainability invite you to experience the Black Belt region of Alabama on a trip that boasts of community building, meaningful social impact work with community partners, and integrated reflection.  The trip will serve as an introduction to environmental and social justice concerns happening in Alabama and to the community at the center of it all. Join us on our inaugural trip to Uniontown, where we will begin building long-term relationships with a community to create sustained change.
Uniontown, Alabama is a rural town located approximately 2.5 hours west of Auburn University. This predominately African American town has spent much of the past decade battling a toxic landfill (4 million tons of coal ash shipped in from Tennessee).  Estimates indicate residents have a 1-in-50 risk of developing cancer from the landfill, as well as other physical and mental illnesses. Additionally, the county’s sewage system continues to experience problems causing overflow into local rivers and impacting the quality of drinking water available in the community.
Service opportunities include, but are not limited to, engaging with youth in a local school, providing opportunities to develop leadership skills so students can drive change in their communities, and completing a service project at a school.  Additionally, we will complete other service in the community, such as interviewing local community members and youth about their experiences through StoryCorps.
Price: $225
Dates: Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Apply here: https://aub.ie/springbreak2019.
Apply by 5PM on January 25th!  Questions? Contact Garry Morgan at gdm0015@auburn.edu

Dynetics Information Session

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Listed below are two undergraduate research opportunities provided by Dr. Lorraine Wolf.

(1) Abstracts are now being accepted for the “2019 Auburn Research: Student Symposium” to be held April 9 in the Auburn University Student Center. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate through oral presentations, posters, and creative scholarship displays. Abstract submission will close on Feb. 8. Registration details, abstract guidelines, and criteria for awards can be found on the Research symposia website: 


(2) Applications for the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Fellowships with Auburn faculty are now being accepted. Students may apply for year-long, summer, and one or two semester-long fellowships. Eligible students must have time to complete the fellowship before graduation. The application deadline is February 5, 2019. For detailed application information, stipend information, and application forms, visit our website http://our.auburn.edu/

Questions may be directed to Dr. Lorraine Wolf, Director of Undergraduate Research undgres@auburn.edu

Psyched for Success

Just Do It!: The Procrastination Paradox

Procrastination is common and studies suggest that the majority of college students engage in some form of procrastination regularly. We often procrastinate because doing whatever task is in front of us, such as writing a paper, seems more unpleasant and stressful than doing something else more enjoyable, such as watching a movie. Some people even feel that they do better work under pressure. However, putting off writing the paper typically increases stress levels and anxiety even more. Additionally, research shows that students do better when they give themselves enough time to complete assignments.

Instead, try:

  1. Breaking down a task into smaller tasks to make it feel more manageable (e.g. write one page a day for a week; commit to just working for 15 minutes at a time).
  2. Plan out the “big picture” (e.g. pencil in all your assignments for the semester when you first get your syllabus).
  3. Change how you talk to yourself (e.g. “Writing this paper is going to be so hard!” vs. “I get to use my creative side today as I write this paper!”).
  4. Reward yourself (e.g. I can watch a movie once I write an outline for my paper).
  5. If all else fails, consider “productive procrastination” (e.g. clean your room before writing the paper).

Source: Kim, K. R., & Seo, E. H. (2015). The relationship between procrastination and academic performance: A meta-analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 26-33


Provided by Student Counseling and Psychological Services (www.auburn.edu/scps)

Honors Serves

This week Honors Serves offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community.

Auburn High School ACT Tutoring

About: Each week we will visit Auburn High School to help lead ACT tutoring. We will help kids with practice problems and give them different test strategies to help them prepare for upcoming test sessions.

Time: Tuesday 3:45-5:00pm

Facilitator contact: Lily Walker lcw0027@auburn.edu or text at 334-707-5465

Loachapoka High School ACT Tutoring

About: Volunteers work each week with the students at Loachapoka High School as they prepare to take the upcoming ACT. Preparation activities include general overview of the test, subject specific review, group work, one-on-one tutoring, and games.

Time: Wednesday 2:05, meet in the Comer Parking lot at 1:45.

Facilitator contact: Sam Lubor scl0012@auburn.edu

Compassus Hospice

About: Compassus provides hospice care to the Auburn and surrounding areas. Volunteers spend time in the office and visiting patients in nursing  homes and assisted living facilities. There is a one-time training required for this service opportunity. The training sessions are available on Saturdays in January and February and can be found at the following link: https://doodle.com/poll/zfuv9c4kqkqmcnbq

Volunteers are also required to complete an application, orientation, TB test, and background check. You may attend a training session before all of these are completed. Email Natalie to get the required applications and forms.

Time: determined by volunteer after completion of training and required materials

Facilitator contact: Natalie Wire new0013@auburn.edu

Auburn Day Care Center

About: This is a great place to volunteer if you are interested in working with children. Volunteers spend time helping with homework and spending time with elementary school children. You can volunteer whichever day of the week works best with your schedule.

Time: Monday-Friday 3:30-5:00pm

Facilitator contact: Lindsey Ashorn lna0006@auburn.edu

Little HAPIE Tree Preschool

About: The Little HAPIE Tree Preschool is housed in the Auburn Early Education Center on East University Drive. This program uses a peer model to provide appropriate developmental and educational experiences for children 3-5. Volunteers will be expected to help encourage social interactions among peers, engage in educational play using toys and centers in the classroom, help students stay focused and on task, and aid in instilling developmentally appropriate behaviors by using the procedures outlined in the volunteer handbook. This opportunity is great for people looking to gain experience to further their educational or career path in psychology, education and special education, or any helping profession, such as counseling or nursing. Volunteers will need to bring their driver’s license on their first day.

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday. Volunteers may work one 2 hour shift per week or two 1 hour shifts at whatever day and time is convenient, as long as the day/time is consistent.

Facilitator contact: Regan Moss ram0083@auburn.edu

I Am My Brothers Keeper

About: IAMBK is an afterschool enrichment program that allows disadvantaged youth to develop morals, character, and skills to help them thrive in their homes, communities, and schools.

Time: Monday-Thursday 4:00-5:00pm. If you would like to help set up, you can arrive early at 3:30 pm.

Facilitator contact: Jordan Mills jkm0033@auburn.edu

Jean Dean RIF

About: Jean Dean Reading Is Fundamental works to bring books to children in an effort to promote children’s literacy. Volunteers will be working sorting, packaging, loading/unloading books for the organization. Therefore, closed toed shoes are required.

Time: Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm

Facilitator contact: Hayleigh Hallman hhh0010@auburn.edu

Honors Congress Benefit Nights

In the next few weeks, Honors Congress will be hosting three benefit nights at many popular Auburn restaurants. The first is January 23 from 5-9 at Taco Mama.

The second is January 31 from 11am-2pm at Panda Express in Foy.

The third benefit night is on Feb. 5 from 4-8 pm at the Panera on Opelika Rd.

Human Trafficking Awareness/Prevention Month

Led by Honors College student Regan Moss

Remember to keep bringing in clothing to Dr. Thomas in Cater Hall through the close of business January 31


Women’s clothing in good condition:

Dresses + Skirts



Jackets + Coats

Jewelry + Accessories


Any Season, Any Brand

Especially need sizes 10 and up!


Workout Clothes

Pajames, Lingerie + Other Body Items

Men’s Clothing

Children’s Clothing

Household Items

Shoes (unless in like-new condition)

Student Opportunities:

Dr. Angela Calderon is offering two undergraduate research opportunities listed below. 

(1) Dr. Calderon is trying to identify one outstanding undergraduate student with good scientific reading and writing skills and lab hands-on exposure who may be a potential candidate to join her lab in Spring 2019 and eventually apply for an Auburn University undergraduate research fellowship.  The student will be responsible for assisting in a project on “Developing tropical plant extracts as natural sources of food antimicrobials for use on fresh produce.”  The selected student must have an understanding of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.  This student will be encouraged to apply for Auburn University fellowship in Spring 2019.

(2) Dr. Calderon is trying to identify one outstanding undergraduate student with good scientific reading and writing skills who may be a potential candidate to join her lab in Spring 2019.  The student will be responsible for assisting in scientific literature searches and writing a scientific manuscript on an application of Chemometrics to botanicals that may be published. The selected student must have an understanding of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and a talent on scientific writing. 

If you are interested in either of these undergraduate research opportunities, send your resume and a statement describing why you are interested in Pharmaceutical Sciences undergraduate research to Dr. Calderon at aic0001@auburn.edu in order to be interviewed. Dr. Calderon will interview students with a GPA of 3.85 – 4.0.


The Office of Professional and Continuing Education – Auburn Youth Programs has openings for full-time summer positions as counselors and staff. Students selected to fill these positions will be working with our campus partners to facilitate a successful summer camp.

Auburn Youth Programs sponsors and executes over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Our counselors and staff work closely with K-12 students to ensure their welfare while participating in our summer camps. If you’re interested in spending your summer investing in the lives of over 4,000 middle and high school students while promoting Auburn University, we want to meet you!

Applications are now open and will close at midnight March 1, 2019

For more information visit:



Delta Scholars Program. Sophomores encouraged to apply to this program that focuses on the issues surrouding the people and economy of the state of Mississippi. Contact Dr. Sippial at tat0004@auburn.edu for application or more information.

Around Campus:

January 22:
Community Kickoff and Candlelight Vigil
Thach Concourse
Time: 5:00pm

MLK Lecture and Unsung Hero Award
Speaker: Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative
Location: The Hotel at AU and Dixon Conference Center
Time: 7:00pm

January 23:
Lunch and Learn: The Criminalization of Poverty
Speaker: Sara Wood, Senior Outreach Paralegal for the Southern Poverty Law Center
Location: Student Center 2222
Time: 11:30am
Refreshments will be served.

Film Screening
Title: “Barry”
Location: Alumni Center
Time: 6:00pm

January 24:
Lunch and Learn Panel: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century: reflections on the Race Relations in American History
Panel members: Drs. David Carter, Guy Mount, Kelly Kennington, and Austin McCoy
Location: Student Center 2222
Time: 12 pm
Refreshments will be served

January 25:
Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation Training
Facilitated by: Ronald Smith
Location: Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Conference Hall 1101
Time: 9am – 4pm
To sign up go to:

Class excuses will be provided

January 26:
Day of Service
Location: Foy Auditorium
Time: 8:00am

To register for the visit to the Legacy Museum and the Day of Service please visit the following website: https://aub.ie/MLKRegistration

Last modified: August 20, 2019