Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 7 | Issue 9


Honors New Year’s Resolution

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Dr. Tiffany Sippial

What an amazing fall semester! I can hardly believe that it has now been five months since I became Director of the Honors College. I have enjoyed every minute with you all and look forward to an exciting spring ahead.

As we prepare for a wonderful time of rest, family, friends, and travel, I want to encourage each of you to give some thought to the semester ahead. Are you interested in engaging with the Honors experience in new ways? If the answer to that question is “yes,” I offer an “Honors New Year’s Resolution” for your consideration.

What if you resolved to pursue one new Honors College event, activity, club, course, travel experience, service project, or research opportunity in 2019? Just one!

Would you like to get involved in SAT tutoring with Honors Serves, or participate in our new Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans, or help design our new student-driven Honors publication? The Honors Experience offers so many opportunities for you to engage with our local, regional, national, and even global communities. I encourage you to find one that is meaningful for you.

May 2019 be the year that you pursue a new dream and make it happen. The Honors College team is always here to support and guide you in all of your endeavors.

Wishing you all a safe and restful holiday season!

Honor Your Dreams,

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Dr. Tiffany A. Sippial

Director of Honors College

Cookies during finals week!

In your words …

We are extremely proud of the amazing work our advisors do – and you seem to think so, too! Below is a word cloud of the most mentioned words taken from your post-advising comments.

Honors Alternative Student 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).

Honors Study & Travel

Spots are still available for our spring trips to Cuba and New York! For more information, contact Ken Thomas, or learn more by clicking the image for the flyer. 

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Reminder: Honors College Medal Ceremony

The Honors College Medal Ceremony, is where we confer the Honors College Medal to this semester’s graduates. This is a celebration of their hard work and accomplishments during their time in the Honors College. 

If you are a Fall 2018 graduate and have yet to RSVP, please do so at your earliest convenience. Check your email for the RSVP link and for more information, or contact your advisor. The RSVP deadline for tickets has been extended. 

Graduates: Keep in Touch

Keep in touch with the Honors College and connect with other Honors College graduates through our LinkedIn network. 

Student Opportunities

Auburn Research Student Symposium

The Auburn Research: 2019 Student Symposium will 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 open on Jan. 9 and close on Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m. Information about the Auburn Research symposia can be found online. 

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Applications for 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 Feb. 5. Detailed application information, stipend information and application forms are available online. Questions may be directed to  Lorraine Wolf, director of undergraduate research, at undgres@auburn.edu.

Around Campus

Alternative Spring Breaks

 A message from ASB President, Sydney Bayer:

I want to make you aware of an awesome service opportunity extending off Auburn’s campus. Alternative Student Breaks seeks to take AU students elsewhere during student breaks to volunteer with a variety of different organizations. This year, we have a day service opportunity on MLK Jr. Day, and during Spring Break we are taking six trips to a variety of locations within the United States and Central America. Applications close Friday, January 25 at 5:00 pm, and here are the links to the application MLK Day & Spring Break 2019. You can find the Honors College specific trip through the Spring Break link.

Check out the trips:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 21, 2019

Alternative Student Breaks and Black Student Union present:

MLK Day of Service

Price: FREE

For the past two years, Alternative Student Breaks has partnered with the Black Student Union to take students on a service and educational opportunity in Selma, AL on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We are excited to continue this partnership again this year! After being provided breakfast, students will ride on a charter bus to Selma to volunteer at a designated site which could be SABRA Sanctuary, Selma Area Food Bank, or to work on a housing project. After volunteering at a designated site in the morning, students will go on student-led tours around downtown to learn more about the rich civil rights’ history that occured in Selma. Students will also tour Selma’s Interpretive Center and have the opportunity to take a literacy test that African Americans’ were formerly forced to take to be able to vote. At the culmination of the day, we will march Edmund Pettus Bridge in remembrance and honor of those who fought for people’s rights as citizens to vote. This day is important in the history of Alabama, and we, as ASB and BSU, hope students will join us to learn about and give back to a community still affected by its past.

Spring Break 2019 Issues- March 9-16, 2019


Sustainability –

Asheville Greenworks

Asheville, NC: Garrett Smith

Price: $250

Since 1973, Asheville GreenWorks has inspired, equipped, and mobilized individuals and communities to take care of the places we love and live in. With thousands of volunteers each year, the non-profit organization has engaged the community in grassroots projects such as urban forestry, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, and care and conservation of Asheville’s trees and rivers. Through the work of Asheville GreenWorks, the city of Asheville has the honor of being designated as a Tree City USA for 38 years and a Bee City USA since 2012. Auburn ASB participants will have the opportunity to serve Asheville GreenWorks by engaging in roadside cleanups, stream cleanups, live stalking, invasive plant removal, and working at tree nurseries and community orchards.

People with Disabilities –

Camp Summit

Paradise, TX: Emilie Rihner

Price: $250

Paradise, TX is home to Camp Summit, one of only a small amount of camps in the United States that offers an inclusive camp experience to children and adults with special needs. The camp adapted traditional camp activities so that the camp is 100% barrier free. Camp Summit’s  mission is to promote personal growth and foster independence with their campers; the uniqueness of each individual camper is celebrated. While at camp, counselors will assist campers in participating in activities like horseback riding, arts and crafts, giant swings, archery, and late night dances. Volunteers will also help with their day-to-day living skills like getting ready in the morning and at night, meal times, and walking from place to place. ASB participants are with the campers from when they wake up to when it’s time to go to bed. Every day is a new adventure at Camp Summit.

Marine Life and Sustainability –

Loggerhead Marine Life Center

Juno Beach, FL: Brianna Spark

Price: $250

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a sea turtle hospital that works to rehabilitate injured sea turtles and return them to the sea. Their goal is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Juno Beach is known for having an abundance of nesting sea turtles and LMC is a pioneer for sea turtle research, education, and rehabilitation.  As volunteers, ASB participants will help protect the ecosystem by cleaning the beach, assisting in pollution research by beach clean up, and making nesting stakes. They will also help keep LMC beautiful by landscaping nature trails, maintaining LMC properties, painting the Juno Beach Pier, and getting ready for the annual “Turtle Fest.”

Education and Community Development –


Memphis, TN: Salma Raouf

Price: $250

Serve901 is an organization in Memphis, TN that strives to partner college student volunteers with service organizations to facilitate interpersonal development and a renewed perspective of civic advocacy, interdependence, and respect for diversity through service-learning trips. Auburn ASB participants will have the opportunity to volunteer with a variety of organizations such as a test prep camp for kids, the local Ronald McDonald House, refugee programs, and urban development projects. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to visit the National Civil Rights Museum and hear from Memphis leaders about how they are addressing current issues and injustices in their city.

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Youth Development and Sustainability – YMCA Camp Campbell

Boulder Creek, CA: Marissa Dogan

Price: $650

Camp Campbell offers traditional camp year-round programming for families, but during our Spring Break trip, we will be taking part in a unique opportunity for local elementary schoolers:outdoor science school! As volunteer leaders, we will work closely with naturalists and camp staff alike to provide hands-on natural education as well as a whole lot of fun and friendship. Activities will include river exploration, organic gardening, swimming, campfires, and, finally, a half day hike culminating with a hilltop picnic overlooking the surrounding redwood forest. Our activities stress the importance of appreciating and preserving the natural world around us. This opportunity is offered at little to no cost for participants, thanks to the donations of money and time from volunteers.


Clean Water – Wine to Water

Dominican Republic: Abigail Campbell

Price: $2,000

Wine to Water strives to bring clean drinking water to families in need. Water-borne illnesses take the lives of approximately 1,300 Dominicans annually. Although Wine to Water has grown to open campuses as far away as Nepal and Ethiopia, it is especially exciting that we have the chance to travel to their campus in the DR because it is home to their ceramic water filter factory. At W|W we will be assisting in the production of the ceramic water filters. We will learn about and practice the process of mixing the clay, filling the molds, and firing the water filters. We will also have the opportunity to go out into a local community and help distribute the water filters. A huge part of W|W’s mission is education, so we will also work to educate the community about healthy habits and the importance of drinking only the water that has been purified with the water filters.

Last modified: December 11, 2018