Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 9 | Issue 10


Honors College Eagles of Excellence Awards

Every spring, the Honors College looks forward to the opportunity to celebrate and honor our hard-working students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and alumni. These awards help to recognize those who have gone above and beyond, here, in the Honors College and at Auburn University, in the realms of leadership, research, service, and teaching. 

Awards are now open for nominations. All eligible student nominees must be classified as a senior (completed 90 hours) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Self-Nominations are welcome! 

Edward Gentle III Award: 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.

Meritorious Service Award: 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.”

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

Wayne and Louise Crews Award: 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.

Professor of the Year Award: Awarded to the professor whose outstanding teaching has most inspired, enriched, and challenged Honors College students.

Honored Alumni Award: 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: Awarded to an outstanding volunteer (non-student) who graciously gives their time, talent, and resources back to the Honors College.

Upcoming Events

Just a reminder all of our events are free to Honors College students.

Join EMERGE on February 10th from Noon to 1 pm at SC 2222/2223 or on Zoom. Students can register through the links aub.ie/LLandL1 or aub.ie/LLandL1zoom, depending on how you would like to attend. Dr. Sippial, the Director of the Honors College and Professor of History, will speak on Celia Sánchez, a groundbreaking female leader in the Cuban Revolution, through the lens of feminist biography and cultural history. This is a forum event.
Honors Serves and the Honors College invite you to participate in Random Act of Kindness Day on Feb. 17 from 10 am – 2 pm at Cater Hall. Stop by and preform a small service project with us – it’s all about the small ways we can show each other kindness that day and everyday!
Space is limited to 25 participants for this in-person event, and students must RSVP via the link to be admitted. Students must wear a mask during the entire workshop. RSVP here: aub.ie/cvresumersvp
This is a forum event. 
Diversity in Honors Flyer
February 23 @ 6 PM
Join the Honors College and Diversity in Honors for a panel discussion of some historic systems of injustice in America, their effects on our world today, and how we can work to create a more equitable world. This is a forum event.

Join via Zoom
Stop by Cater Hall during Tiger Giving Day for our Inst-a-thon! You’ll help create posts, emails, and texts in order to raise funds for our community service projects. While there enjoy some refreshments on us!

Black History Month Events

There are a number of Black History Month events hosted by BSU, OID, and BGSPA happening in the next few weeks. Click the button below to view the entire line-up. These are listed as Forum Events.

Honors Research Fellowship Now Open!

The Honors College Research Fellowship program offers support to Honors College students—excluding National Prestigious Scholarship recipients—for research and research-related travel.  

Who: Any Honors student in good standing who is currently involved in research on campus. All fields, majors, disciplines are welcome.

What: $500-$1000 (depending on proposed budget) in funds to support students’ research projects, research related travel, or conference travel.

When: The Spring 2021 application is to fund projects in the Summer or Fall of 2021. Applications are due April 1st.

Honors Study Rooms

Students please remember to follow COVID-19 protocols in all Honors College Study Rooms. Safety first!

Tiger Giving Day – Feb. 24

This Tiger Giving Day our goal is to raise ten thousand dollars to support our hands-on community service projects.

This year, part of the proceeds from Tiger Giving Day will support a new project to engage the Auburn University community in alleviating period poverty in low-income youth through education and volunteering.

Peer Academic Coaching

Biology + Chemistry + Math + Physics + Humanities

Schedule an Honors Peer Academic Coaching appointment through Advise Assist!
Directions for how to schedule an appointment:

1. Login to Advise Assist

2. Click “Make an Appointment”
Appointment Type: Academic Advising & Student Services

Reason: Honors ONLINE Peer Academic Coaching

3. Choose your subject and coach!

Peer Coaching appointments will be available Feb. 1 – April 23 

Honors Congress Update

Congratulations to the new Honors Congress Executive Board
Susanna Allred – President
Megan Watkins – Vice-President 
Megan Hagmaier – Treasurer 
Daniel Walker – Secretary 

Auburn Research – Student Symposium 2021

Abstract Deadline: February 11

Virtual Event: March 29 – April 2

Visit aub.ie/researchstudentsymposium to access the 2021 Symposium Abstract Submission webpage and to find out more.

Upcoming WOW Events

“Working on Writing” or “WoW” is a series of interactive workshops held on most Wednesdays. These workshops tackle both big picture and sentence-level writing concerns to help participants strengthen their writing skills, no matter their discipline or experience level. Workshops are offered face-to-face in the RBD Library or virtually over Zoom on most Wednesdays from 2–3:30 pm.

Writing Effective Professional Emails – February 17th 

Paraphrasing, Annotating, and Summarizing – February 24th  

Writing Literature Reviews – March 3

Advising 2 Bits Podcast

This new podcast will provide information to students that will enhance their advising experience at Auburn. Hosted by advisors from CLA, COSAM, and COE, each episode will focus on a different topic that will be relevant to students no matter their major so that they can take the topic back to their advisor to a deeper conversation. 

-on-1 Leadership Coaching Sessions now open!

Are you looking to grow as a leader and develop your professional skills? Sign up for 1-on-1 leadership coaching!

“In leadership coaching, we will work together to identify your individual leadership needs and goals; build key strengths and create deliverables by building an individual development plan to track progress over time; and tailor sessions to meeting those deliverables and pursuing growth in each area. We’ll focus on your needs as a student and a leader, and design actions to practice new skills during and after the coaching engagement.

As an International Coach Federation (ICF)-trained coach, and an Honors College alumni I have a passion for personal and professional development. In particular, I enjoy working with college and graduate students and young professionals, and I would love to help you develop your leadership skills!”

-Sean Bitter, Auburn Honors College Alumni 

Interested in signing up? Email Sean to grab a slot and get started!

Bilingual Job Opportunities

Foreign Language Services has full time job opportunities  in Huntsville, complete with health and benefits. 

The candidates do not have to be foreign language majors, but must be bilingual and native speaker of the foreign language. 

There are currently two posting available, please find information below.

Reminder: Call for Proposals, “Crossing Divides,” Southern Regional Honors Council Annual Conference, April 8 to 10, 2020, virtual.

This year’s conference theme focuses on “Crossing Divides” that have been so visible not only in 2020, but also through deep-seated structural divisions in honors, in academia, in the United States, and in the world. We will gather for the shared presentations and co-created conversation that is particularly important to crossing recently intensified regional, racial, religious, global, and many more, human divisions. The conference will aim to promote dialogue, shared stories, and the opportunity for, as ever inspiring Bryan Stevenson so often emphasizes, proximity (albeit virtual), as well as what philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah calls the “endless shared conversation” that creates foundation for social and cultural understanding, as well as equity and justice.

Registration costs are $50 per registrant.

 Submissions are due February 15, 2021.  Proposals will be reviewed immediately after the deadline and acceptances will be announced via email to the primary presenter and honors director/coordinator.

 Presentation Options:

Oral presentation (12 minutes, plus 3 minutes of Q&A; placed in a session with other presentations)

Poster presentation (posters will be available for viewing prior to live interactive sessions for each of the categories)

Student Panel Presentation (3-5 presenters; 40-minute presentation plus 10 minutes of Q&A)

Creative Work or Performance (E.g., visual art, original poetry or literary work, musical performance, short film, dramatic work, etc.). Materials (e.g., recordings, images, videos) can be made available in advance and/or performed at sessions.

Hosted Conversation (NEW category: submit a hot topic, book, film, article, issue in Honors education, etc. for group discussion!)

Faculty/Administrator Panel or Roundtable

Last modified: February 9, 2021