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International | Fulbright scholar enjoys Senegal experience pg 12 Student Success | Beasley driving force behind library pg 16 Research and Outreach | Building better Olympians pg 24

Making the connection College recognized for distance learning excellence

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D ea n | Dr. Betty Lou Whitford E d i t o r | Troy Johnson L ayo ut, D e s i g n a n d P h o t o g r ap h y | Amanda J. Earnest

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Faculty members strengthening relationships with Korean universities

In this issue E D U C AT I O N E X T R A

4 Going the Distance Online graduate programs earn national acclaim from two news organizations I N T E R N AT I O N A L

12 World traveler Fulbright-Hays Fellowship offers adventure for Smith S tudent S uccess

16 By the book Beasley fills void for local community RESEARC H AND OUTREAC H

24 Pedal to the medal Biomechanics research aids aspiring Olympians

29 String music After-school program offers musical enrichment

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G i v ing

Ron Baynes ’66 earns his stripes as NFL official

36 Meet the team Alumni, friends of college prepare to help during campaign

E v ery issue 2 Education Extra 10 International 14 Around Auburn 16 Student Success

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32 Around the College 34 College Knowledge 36 Giving

50 Leadership we can trust

46 Alumni

Wayne T. Smith ’68 earns position on Board of Trustees

22 Scholarship and 24 Research

58 Alumni Notes

Awards Ceremonies and Outreach

Gen. Lloyd Austin ’86 and Mrs. Charlene Austin ’85 share Keystone Leader spotlight

44 National Advisory

46 Perfect partnership


51 ‘Werth’ while recipient Outstanding Alumni Award winner known as prolific researcher K e y stone

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From the Dean Bett y Lou WhitFord

Dean & Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor Auburn University College of Education

Dear Alumni and Friends: Before we know it, the College of Education will be celebrating a very significant birthday. We were established by the Board of Trustees in 1915 as the Department of Education, and we’ve certainly grown and matured considerably since then. And as we approach our 100th birthday, I think it’s fair to say we’re looking pretty good for our age. We’re especially proud of our newest enhancement -- the sparkling new Kinesiology building was move-in ready in March. We may not be so young anymore, but the pages of this magazine tell the story of a vibrant college. Recent recognition from U.S. News & World Report and the development of a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps underscore our commitment to being innovative in the realms of distance learning and curriculum delivery. Our international influence continues to grow thanks to students like Fulbright-Hays Fellow Kimberly Smith and faculty who reach across oceans to build relationships that enhance teaching and scholarship. Closer to home, we continue to live our mission of building “a better future for all” through the work of faculty members like Lisa Caravan, who directs our Tiger Strings program, and students like Sara Beasley, who saw a need for a library in a nearby community and created one. In the next year or two, you will begin hearing more about a comprehensive campaign for Auburn University will set in motion in the coming months. To prepare for this, the College of Education has assembled a Development Leadership Team comprised of our alumni and friends. With their help, we hope to engage you in celebrating everything the college has been and everything it can become. With your support, we hope to build more opportunities for students through undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards. With your generosity, we can provide the best possible facilities for our students, faculty and staff, and we can continue the kind of research and outreach that touches lives and effects positive change locally, regionally, and globally. We hope you will consider supporting the college in the upcoming campaign. And we also hope you will join us in celebrating the college’s centennial. In this magazine, you will find an invitation to share photos and personal stories about your time as a student or faculty member. Feel free to e-mail them to eduinfo@auburn.edu or to mail them to COE Centennial, 3084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849. We are very proud of what we have accomplished in nearly a century of existence, and we are equally optimistic about what the next 100 years will hold for the college.

Ali’s Presidential Fellowship focuses on improving university efficiency, sustainability As an information technology specialist and technology project manager for the College of Education, Asim Ali has developed a keen understanding of the methods and machines that enable faculty, staff and students to obtain and process information. As a participant in the Auburn University President’s Administrative Fellowship Program in 2012, Ali devoted part of the summer to identifying ways in which administrators can avoid “information overload” and improve efficiency. Administrative fellows are selected through a competitive application process and are encouraged to pursue a project of interest to them. Ali, who earned a bachelor’s in software engineering and a master’s in information systems management from Auburn, said he was interested in learning more about how university administrators “handle the onslaught of information.” Ali, who works in the college’s Learning Resources Center, said administrators can become overburdened and sidetracked by the sheer volume of paperwork and e-mail they encounter. “They’re in positions where they really need to be able to devote serious amounts of uninterrupted time to ideas, creative approaches, solutions to problems and long-term decisions and not as much of the day-to-day of having too many e-mails to reply to,” he said. Ali investigated techniques that have enabled them to manage information effectively. Ali said his project tied into sustainability initiatives by encouraging administrators to “be as paperless as possible.”


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Alumni Association honors Ross for research, teaching excellence Margaret “Betsy” Ross earned one of four Alumni Professorships presented by the Auburn Alumni Association in 2012. Ross, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, earned the professorship on the strength of her research, teaching and publications. The 5-year, non-renewable professorships are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association with funds endowed from annual giving to the university. Joining Ross as 2012 Alumni Professors were D. Allen Davis from Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Henry Kinnucan from Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and Herbert Jack Rotfeld from Marketing. The newly-minted Alumni Professors were honored before the Auburn-LSU football game in September 2012. Ross earned the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research in 2012 and directs the evaluation efforts con-

nected to a $9.9 million National Science Foundation grant aimed to developing nanobioscience curriculum models for students in Alabama’s Black Belt Region. Ross and colleagues Joni Lakin, David Shannon and Jill Salisbury-Glennon received a sub-award of $875,000 in support of their work evaluating teacher development and student and teacher attitudes. Their project is part of the NanoBio Partnership for Alabama’s Black Belt Region, which promotes inquiry-centered science instruction and learning. The Auburn University team also involves faculty members, as well as undergraduate and graduate students from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Ross earned her doctorate at the University of Kansas with an emphasis on measurement and statistics and supplemental work in clinical child psychology. She teaches courses in assessment, statistics, research design and educational psychology.

College of Education grieves losses of Leischuck, Newkirk The College of Education family lost two special members during the 2012-2013 academic year. Emily Reaves Leischuck ’64 passed away in April 2013, while Sandra Bridges Newkirk passed away in August 2012. Mrs. Leischuck earned a master’s degree from the College of Education and served as Panhellenic adviser and as an assistant to Dean of Women Katherine Cater. She eventually served as assistant to three university presidents – Wilford Bailey, James Martin and William Muse – as well as the Auburn University Board of Trustees before retiring in 1995 with emeritus status. A Birmingham native, Mrs. Leischuck served as an educator in Autauga County and Auburn City Schools before joining the Auburn University staff in 1974. She met her husband, Gerald, while a student at Auburn. In 2005, they endowed the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching to recognize the university’s best educators. In 2009, they established two professorships within the College of Education, the Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professorship for Educational Leadership and the Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professorship for Critical Needs. Both professorships were established in order to help the College of Education recruit and retain top faculty members.

The Leischucks’ generosity extends to students and other areas of campus as well. They endowed the Leischuck-Reaves Scholarship at Auburn in honor of their parents, Claude and Emily Tyson Reaves and Steve and Nellie Leischuck. In 2007, they created the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowment for Museum Acquisitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Newkirk came to Auburn in 1966 as an instructor and intramural sports coordinator for the Physical Education Department (now known as the Department of Kinesiology) and touched the lives of countless students. She served as Auburn’s first women’s volleyball coach and as its first director of women’s athletics. Former Auburn athletics director David Housel once said that, “If there were a Mount Rushmore of Auburn Athletics, Sandra Newkirk would be on it.” She retired in 2005 after 40 years as an associate professor and academic adviser. She also served the Auburn-Opelika community as a rape counselor and as a mediator with the Lee County Judicial Volunteer Program. Each year, the College of Education awards the Sandra Bridges Newkirk Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Kinesiology.


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oing the G istance D Online graduate programs earn national acclaim from two news organizations


s our world becomes increasingly digitally driven, with grandmothers posting on Facebook and toddlers tapping away on tablets, we can now reconsider educational possibilities that had been delayed or discarded.

illustration: Jake Odom

It’s time to think about earning that master’s degree you always planned to pursue but somehow lost sight of as your 20s gave way to your 30s and responsibilities of job and family seemingly left little time for anything else. The old excuses don’t fly any more. Not when the College of Education makes it possible to work toward an advanced degree from the comfort of your home or any location where there happens to be a Wi-Fi hotspot. Count Julianne Wade among the many College of Education students who have responded to the allure of distance learning. In making the decision to pursue an alternative master’s degree in business/marketing education, Wade appreciated the fact that the program offered the academic rigor and credibility of a “bricks and mortar” university as well as the flexibility to reach working professionals from all corners of the nation.

“I can work on my class assignments when it is convenient for me, and I can still finish my degree in a reasonable amount of time,” Wade said. “I do not have to schedule my class around work or my work around class schedules.” U.S. News & World Report and TheBestSchools.org (a higher education and career website) recently recognized the College of Education as one of the standard bearers in the realm of distance learning. The college earned a No. 2 national ranking in U.S. News’ 2013 survey of online graduate education programs. The magazine collected data from 208 regionally-accredited institutions offering master’s degrees in education through Internet-based distance courses. Auburn finished second to St. John’s University by less than two points. St. John’s earned the top ranking with 70 points, followed by Auburn with 68.8. South Dakota State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of South Carolina rounded out the top five. In all, U.S. News & World Report provided numerical rankings for 143 institutions. The college was ranked No. 1 by TheBestSchools.org, which assessed the top 20 online master of education programs based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty, awards and school reputation.


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Distance learning technology allows off-campus students to remain engaged.


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category of faculty credentials and training, the “We’re delighted college scored 82.6 on a 100-point scale. that U.S. News & World Report and The college’s emphasis on providing valuable TheBestSchools. professional development for students already org recognized the established in career fields is underscored by the excellence of our students, as well as our faculty’s fact that 95 percent of its 139 current distance commitment to providing quality instruction and education students were employed at the time of keeping pace with ever-changing technological their enrollment. tools,” said College of Education dean and Wayne “Students regularly praise the flexibility of our T. Smith distinguished professor Betty Lou delivery system that allows them to work on a deWhitford. “We pride ourselves on bringing out gree while maintaining a full-time job, and often the best in our students, whether they happen to a family as well,” said Brian Parr, associate profesjoin us on campus or online. Those who choose sor and coordinator of the agriscience education the latter option due to family or career obligaprogram in the Department of tions will find that they will be Curriculum and Teaching. “I can work on my class engaged, challenged and well All distance education courses prepared by our faculty.” assignments when it is offered by the college are It marked the second convenient for me, and I can recorded and posted onconsecutive year that U.S. News still finish my degree in a line so students can access & World Report has identified reasonable amount of time.” information at any time. The Auburn University’s online college offers online master’s Julianne Wade graduate education programs Business/marketing education degree options in agriscience graduate student as being among the best in the education, business/marketing nation. The College of Educaeducation, elementary education earned a place on its inaugural Top Online tion, French education, Spanish education, music Education Program Honor Roll in 2012. education (instrumental, vocal), rehabilitation Two other Auburn University academic units counseling, collaborative teacher special educaearned top 10 recognition in U.S. News’ assesstion and early childhood special education. ments, which also included online bachelor’s Leane Skinner, associate professor in the degree programs, as well as online graduate Department of Curriculum and Teaching and programs in business, engineering, information special projects coordinator for the college, said technology and nursing. The Samuel Ginn Colfaculty have worked carefully to provide distance lege of Engineering earned a No. 6 ranking, while and on-campus students with the same learning the College of Business came in at No. 7. experiences. In its assessment, U.S. News considered such “Faculty go over and above to help distance factors as admissions selectivity, student enstudents be a part of the ‘AU Family’ by developgagement, faculty credentials and training, and ing courses that encourage continuous interacstudent services and technology. The College of tion among instructor, on-campus students and Education ranked seventh overall in admissions off-campus students,” she said. selectivity, 11th in student services and technology and 13th in student engagement. In the

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College’s distance learning initiative fosters Marine Corps connection Faculty members in the college’s Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Technology will soon play an integral role in preparing U.S. Marine Corps officers to effectively train those in their command.

degree and would usually have at least two deployments,” Kaminsky said. “Many of these field officers are trainers of trainers. The kind of education they would receive at Auburn University will put them in a position to be effective leaders within the Marine Corps.”

A newly-formed partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training will enable the college to offer its students opportunities to earn masters of science degrees in adult education.

The Quantico, Va.-based College of Distance Education and Training is housed within the Marine Corps Training and Education Command and provides educational and training opportunities for active-duty Marines, as well as government employees and family members.

This initial step builds on Auburn’s reputation as a militaryfriendly university and as a leader in the distance learning realm. In January 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Education No. 2 in its survey of top online graduate education programs. G.I. Jobs magazine placed Auburn on its list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013 for “being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.” James Kaminsky, Mildred Cheshire Fraley distinguished professor and Foundations program coordinator in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, said the collaboration will prepare students to meet the challenges faced in military leadership positions.

“Candidates for the graduate degree would have a bachelor’s


James Witte, professor and adult and higher education program coordinator in the College of Education, sees potential for Auburn faculty to eventually serve soldiers in other branches of the Armed Forces. “The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest single provider of adult education in America,” he said. “How to better, more efficiently train service members has been part of the military conscience since its very beginning. World War II brought a greater focus on education and training than ever before. “The adult education partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps further emphasizes the recognized need for better trained, better educated service personnel to support the present and future needs of America.”

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Martin earns statewide Educator of the Year award The Alabama Governors’ Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities honored Dave Martin for his commitment to helping individuals with disabilities realize their career and independent living goals. Martin, head of the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling and Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor, received the organization’s Statewide Educator the Year in December 2012. The governor’s committee, a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, educates the public about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition to earning state recognition, Martin also earned 2012 Regional Educator of the Year honors from the East Alabama Governors’ Committee. Martin directs a department that prepares educators and professionals in the rehabilitation field to serve as supported employment specialists, case managers, human service workers, mental health technicians and vocational evaluation specialists. Martin also serves as executive director of the Auburn University Center for Disability Research and Service, which strives to help individuals with significant disabilities live independently and realize their employment goals. The center conducts research and outreach in the areas of assistive technology, educational and community support systems and program research and evaluation.


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New building, new identity mark, new era for Kinesiology A new name and a new facility have created new possibilities for the School of Kinesiology.

trolled access research space, a foyer area with original artwork, and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light.

Auburn University’s Board of Trustees voted on June 21, 2013 to elevate the Department of Kinesiology to school status, adding another milestone in what has been a monumental year.

“I think it’s going to be the No. 1 Kinesiology facility in the country,” said Bruce Gladden, Humana-Germany-Sherman distinguished professor of exercise physiology. “I don’t know of anyone who will have any better. It’s a real shot in the arm for us.”

During the spring, Kinesiology faculty wasted little time in setting up shop in a new building after the last nails and shingles were put into place. Faculty began holding labs for students in the new facility only a week after moving in and beginning the unpacking process. Located on Wire Road, the facility offers more than 58,000 square feet of research and office space. The building will house 20 faculty members, serve more than 650 students and offer space tailored to meet the needs of the school’s unique assortment of research and outreach endeavors. Kinesiology faculty and research laboratories had previously been housed in the 44-year-old Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, which will eventually meet a wrecking ball. Faculty members are already enjoying the change, which includes con-

The school showed off its new quarters during an open house on the morning of the April A-Day spring football game. The first floor of the facility houses the biomechanics and motor behavior labs, which focus primarily on physical activity. The second floor includes lab space for epidemiology and exercise behavior. The TigerFit program, which provides health evaluations and fitness assessments, is also located there. Along with the new labs that will help extend research capability, the new facility will offer more opportunities for outreach. With an outdoor play area accessible from a ground-level porch area, the department plans to offer camps and football game day events.

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Russell learns about leadership SEC-style Faculty member Jared Russell gained insight into how department heads, deans, provosts and university presidents anticipate and react to the economic, educational and administrative challenges affecting major research institutions. Russell was selected for Auburn University’s 2012-2013 class of Provost Fellows. As part of the fellowship, Russell participated in the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium’s Leadership Development Program. Since 2008, the SEC Academic Consortium has identified, developed and trained the “next generation of academic leaders” at member institutions. Russell, an associate professor of physical education pedagogy, serves as the college’s director of student development, a position responsible for the planning, management and evaluation of programs, services and activities connected to student recruitment, engagement and retention.

Russell was nominated for the SEC leadership program by College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford. Russell said the program enabled him to deepen his understanding of the factors leaders must consider in higher education settings. “Part of the program is to go around and meet different individuals in different leadership positions and learn from their experiences,” he said. As a member of the SEC’s Leadership Development Program, Russell participated in two conferences – one at the University of Tennessee and one at the University of Florida – that will brought him into contact with administrators and senior-level faculty from peer institutions. “You get to sit down and really talk to people and ask them, ‘How do you do your job? What do you face on a daily basis that makes you cringe at night or that inspires you to get up and go forth and conquer the world?’” Russell said.

College awards more than $8,000 in seed grant funding The College of Education’s Scholarship and Innovation Committee awarded more than $8,000 in seed grant funding in support of two faculty research projects in 2012. Joni Lakin, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, and Melanie Iarussi, assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, each earned seed grants.

Reed takes on UCEA presidency

Lakin’s project is entitled, “Late arriving English learners: Improving educational outcomes through a new translanguage assessment design.” In addition to studying the habits of English language learners, Lakin’s research interests include educational measurement and test validity. Iarussi’s project is entitled, “The Experiences of College Students in Recovery.” Her research interests focus on college students and substance abuse counseling.

Cindy Reed, director of Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck endowed professor in educational leadership, took office as president of the University Council for Educational Administration in November 2012. Reed was installed as the organization’s 52nd president during its annual conference. She is the third College of Education faculty member to hold the office, joining former deans Frances Kochan and Truman Pierce. The UCEA is an international consortium of higher education institutions with high quality educational leadership programs.

Kinesiology faculty member known for being ‘active fellow’ Peter Hastie, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor of pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology, now possesses another title that matches his interest in helping individuals lead active lives. The National Academy of Kinesiology inducted him into its membership ranks as an “Active Fellow.” NAK Active Fellows are expected to contribute to advancements in the field of kinesiology, serve on NAK committees and present research at future conferences. Hastie was inducted during the NAK’s annual conference in September 2012. NAK President Patty Freedson described the invitation extended to Hastie as a “sign of the high esteem and respect your peers hold for your scholarship and leadership in the field.”


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Global Partners Program solidifies Korea connection Yeungnam University and Daegu University. Whitford said faculty members at each university welcomed the Auburn group with open arms. “Faculty of the universities were incredibly generous,” Whitford said. “We had wonderful interaction, and a lot of times they were purely social interactions where we were getting to know each other and developing relationships to see what evolved.”


uburn university’s global partners program sends groups

of administrators and faculty members each year to explore collaborative research. In December 2012, a 15-member delegation from Auburn set out for South Korea to develop and strengthen relationships with universities there. Among the members of the delegation were College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford and faculty members Doris Hill (special education), Suhyun Suh (counselor education) and Nancy Barry (music education). “Our delegation was made up of people from across the university, so the focus was different depending on the college,” Hill said. The college delegation focused on solidifying previously established partnerships with Korea University and Ewha Womans University and creating new partnerships with several smaller universities.

Suh graduated from Ewha Womans


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University, the largest women’s university in Korea, and served as an ambassador for Auburn during the trip, sharing the Korean culture and educational policies with the delegation. “They are very proud of her and she is proud of them,” Hill said. “You can see the mutual respect.” In 2008, Suh and fellow colleagues established relationships with Korea University and Ewha Womans University, focusing on counselor education. Whitford said the group was looking to expand the relationships to include educational leadership programs at the various universities they visited during the trip.

The 10-day experience included trips to the seven different universities, a meeting with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the opportunity to delve into the country’s culture. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology serves the same purposes as the U.S. Department of Education. “We were looking to find out the kinds of supports they had in place for students to travel abroad and for faculty exchanges,” Whitford said. During a trip to the Bukchon Hanok Traditional Village, the group sat in on a performance and experienced Korean history and culture in an authentic setting.

“We met with the artistic director after

Among other universities visited were Halla University, Konkuk University, Keimyung University,

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Hill was given the chance to set up collaborations for the special education program. She currently exchanges research with the international affairs coordinator of Korea University. Hill said she benefited from the trip by gaining a thorough understanding of the Korean culture.

Creating a safe haven for orphans

“Being able to understand the culture allows us to better interact with families and work with children,” Hill said. “On so many levels it was a positive experience.” the performance and he gave us all a CD of traditional Korean music, which was really fascinating,” Whitford said. Since the end of the Korean War, the country has grown to become a major economic force in the world. Coffee shops sit at every corner, much like New York City. Several universities reveal the influences of the American missionaries they were founded by in the early 1950s. “I think they are a highly successful and remarkable society,” Whitford said. Throughout the trip, the group made various connections in exploring the possibilities of collaboration. Although Konkuk University expressed an interest in the possibility of an educational leadership program, Barry discovered an opportunity to connect music education programs as well, after discovering she played the same instrument as the dean.

The goals set for the trip were accomplished beyond expectations, according to Whitford. “Making contacts and having the chance to sit and talk, I think you can do that kind of thing over e-mail, but there’s not much substitute for a face to face meeting and having meals together,” Whitford said. The emergence of potential connections in educational leadership created opportunities for faculty members Sheri Downer, Ellen Reames and Jim Kaminsky to visit some of the same institutions in March 2013. The group hopes to implement an educational leadership program done previously in Australia. Doctoral students are given the opportunity to be embedded in local schools and to teach a graduate class. Whitford said the group is looking for a site in Korea to start the program. “It takes multiple trips to develop those kinds of relationships, but it’s so enriching for our faculty and students,” Whitford said.

There are 147 million orphans in our world, and 2.6 million of them reside in Kenya. These jarring statistics were enough to compel Erin Rosenlund and Mollie Maner to rethink the typical post-graduate plans and have a hand in a groundbreaking project. The two are trying to raise $24,000 to help open an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, where they’ve seen the most need for this drastic change. Essentially, Rosenlund, a 21-year-old elementary education major, and Maner, a 22-year-old student in the College of Human Sciences, are planning to adopt 25 children and help raise them in their developmental years. “It’s about a holistic approach and shaping a child’s life spiritually, mentally and physically,” Rosenlund said. “It’s common for mothers to register in hospitals in fake names and leave their children behind.” Rosenlund and Maner tell of video footage in which orphans are housed in cage-like areas and otherwise ignored unless they need changing or feeding. It is not the fault of the social workers in Africa, they said, just an example of “survival mode,” they explained. The students are involved in the Kimbilio Project led by Choose to Invest, a Christian discipleship organization. Kimbilio, which means “refuge” in Swahili, represents the hope of shelter and structure for orphans in multiple locations throughout Kenya. Kimbolio will show current African teachers how holistic teaching can be the starting point for a new generation. In addition to helping raise 25 children, the two Auburn students will create a curriculum designed to help Kenyan teachers engage their students. “One of our main missions is to develop curriculum that is age-appropriate for the kids in our own home,” Rosenlund said. “Once we have implemented it there, our mission is to take it to the other homes around Nairobi and train the staff there. We’ll be taking care of the kids physically, spiritually and cognitively.”


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Fulbright-Hays fellowship allows Smith to pursue her passion I

n considering what traits are most essential for conducting structured research in the most un-

structured of settings, reading education doctoral student Kimberly Smith settled on “creativity and persistence.”

Given her experiences as a Fulbright-Hays fellow in the West African republic of Senegal, Smith’s list grew to include “quick reflexes.” After arriving there at the beginning of the 201213 academic year, Smith dodged cars, trucks, people and even sheep on an almost daily basis while riding a tiny and temperamental Vespa scooter to and from various schools on busy roads that lack helpful signage or basic traffic rules. “I feel like I am living out of the classic video game Frogger,” Smith, a Brewton, Ala., native, said during her fellowship. “The goal – make it to the destination without getting smushed.” She remained un-smushed thanks to road-savvy instincts developed during trips to Iraq, Malawi, South Africa and Kenya in the last decade, and her well-traveled Vespa has mostly remained unbroken thanks to one resourceful local mechanic who siphons oil through his mouth and another who happened to be wearing an

Auburn hat during one of Smith’s visits. Smith logged plenty of miles in and around the capital of Dakar during the fall 2012 semester. She became the first Auburn University student to land the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Award offered by the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides funding for students to pursue research related to modern foreign languages and international studies in other countries for 6-12 months. Smith earned more than $27,000 in support of her work, which focused on the evaluation of students’ oral vocabulary development in French and Wolof, the primary language of 40 percent of the country’s population, and the promotion of French literacy skills. Proficiency in French holds the key to educational and economic success in Senegal, where a mere 7 percent of children who begin receiving formal education ever earn the equivalency of a high school diploma. According to a survey by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, approximately 61 million primary school-age children in sub-Saharan Africa – one in two – will lack the ability to read, write or perform basic mathematical tasks when they reach adolescence.


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“The realities are staggering,” Smith said. “For this part of the

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world, a good level of education means having choices regarding one’s future, which can lead to economic opportunities. “Senegal is not unlike many countries around the world where young children speak one language at home, but arrive at school having to learn to read and to write in a formal language that is not their mother tongue. I believe strong literacy skills are essential in providing students with the base to learn in all subject areas.” Smith worked to help Senegalese educators better connect with children in “complex second language settings.” She said she considered it a privilege to participate in teacher training on a national level in Senegal.

“Things here are just more time-intensive, which leads to most Senegalese being incredibly patient people,” she said.

“Daily sounds that I will miss when I return home: the vibrant voices of Senegalese children at play in the sand-filled roads; the waltzlike 1-2-3-1-2-3-1 rhythm of pounding of garlic, pepper and other spices in a wooden mortal and pestle for meal preparation; the pervasive and often distorted calls to prayer from loudspeakers within Muslim mosques five times a day; and the persistent bleating of sheep who inhabit every corner – even city home courtyards and rooftops.”

During a given day, Smith gathered her daily supply of water in the morning since the pipedin supply often slowed to a trickle by midday, kept candles and a fully-charged computer battery ready in preparation for inevitable power outages, washed laundry in a bucket and then ironed them to kill insect larvae, ate from a communal bowl and drank hot tea from a shared cup while enjoying conversation with Senegalese friends, bargaining with drivers over the appropriate price for rides to locations the Vespa couldn’t negotiate and, eventually, falling asleep under the cover of a mosquito net.

As a Fulbright fellow, Smith’s work received The activity was accompanied by a soundtrack the full support of the College of Education, as of prayer calls from nearby mosques, the bleating well as Auburn University’s Graduate School and of sheep that occupy so many neighborhoods Office of Outreach. Smith said Department of and the laughter of children playing “rock socCurriculum and Teaching faculty members Edna cer” during school recess. Smith matched that Brabham and Bruce Murray played a pivotal same level of energy ain serving the students she role in equipping her to assist educators in their met. efforts to help second language learners. Her “I am fortunate to have been born in a place fellowship enabled her to work closely with U.S. Doctoral student Kimberly Smith on the sights and sounds of Senegal where one has the benefit of fiscal resources in Embassy personnel and others who helped her addition to a wide-range of opportunities to obtain “a larger view of educational work from a global development perspective.” In the midst of her data collection learn and develop,” Smith said. “If I can be of the smallest bit of service by offering what has been entrusted to me by God’s grace in and work within different school settings, Smith immersed herself order to assist the next generation in having an opportunity for a in local culture and customs. future and hope, I am very content.” Keystone

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Medical college to place branch campus in Auburn The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., will open a branch campus in the Auburn Research Park. The chairman and president of both the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, or VCOM, and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, or ARTF, signed an agreement in August 2012 establishing a branch campus and collaboration on biomedical research and healthcare projects. VCOM will build a new facility featuring classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. The first class of 150 students is proposed for fall 2015. “Our goals for a new branch campus are to provide state-of-theart medical education and research and train students to practice medicine in areas with the most need,” said VCOM Chairman John Rocovich. The Alabama Department of Public Health reports 60 of Alabama’s 67 counties do not have enough primary care providers, such as general practitioners, family doctors or pediatricians, and that rural parts of the state are the most medically underserved. Alabama ranks 43rd out of 50 states in the U.S. for physicians per 100,000 population, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. “We’re excited to welcome the college to the Auburn Research Park,” said Jimmy Sanford, chair of ARTF. “VCOM is a well-respected institution that will provide opportunities for students to receive a medical education, support economic development and open the door for more health science advancements by Auburn University faculty.”

U.S. military and to work in Veterans Administration hospitals around the country. VCOM will cover costs for construction and operation of the Auburn branch. In addition to the VCOM campus, the faculty will have access to Auburn facilities such as the MRI Research Center that houses a 7 Tesla, or 7T, research scanner, which is one of fewer than 35 in the world, and a 3T scanner, the most powerful certified for clinical use. They will have opportunities to collaborate with Auburn scientists and researchers in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and other healthcare fields, including pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine, rural medicine, chemistry and biochemistry.

There are 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine and four branch campuses in the U.S. that produce approximately 4,600 graduates each year. Some are affiliated “We’re pleased to have the with universities, such as Virginia Tech, Michichance to work with VCOM gan State and Oklahoma State.

and other universities to advance healthcare in Alabama and the Southeast.”

Graduates earn the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O., degree rather than the Doctor of Medicine degree, or M.D. The basic curJay Gogue riculum for both degrees is essentially the same, Auburn University President however osteopathic medicine focuses more on The Auburn Research Park is operated by a whole patient approach through therapeutic ARTF as a partnership among the state of Alabama, Auburn Unitechniques, emphasizes the prevention of illness through healthier versity and the city of Auburn. lifestyles and adds osteopathic manipulation to standard medi VCOM was established in 2003 as a private, nonprofit college cal care. Osteopathic manipulation involves hands-on techniques affiliated with Virginia Tech University. In 2011, it opened a camto alleviate pain and restore function associated with muscle and pus near Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., a state also with a skeletal injuries. shortage of primary care physicians. “We’re pleased to have the chance to work with VCOM and The campus in Auburn will be VCOM’s third. In addition to other universities to advance healthcare in Alabama and the Southserving as a pipeline of primary care physicians for rural and medieast,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. cally underserved areas, VCOM supports programs that result in a large number of graduates commissioned as officers to serve in the


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Surgery helps university icon regain focus War Eagle VI has regained her eagle eye. Surgeons at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine removed a cataract from the golden eagle in mid-December 2012. Recovery has gone well for the eagle also known as Tiger, who at 33 has surpassed the average age for her species. “The decision to perform surgery in Tiger was a difficult one because cataract surgery has not been performed in many eagles, and especially one of her age,” said Dr. Jamie Bellah, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the Southeastern Raptor Center. “We were unsure what the visual outcome would be. In the weeks following the surgery, Tiger has healed very well and appears to have regained vision on her right side. Before cataract removal, she would not respond to people and objects on her right, and would turn her head to look with her left eye. Now she is very aware of anything approaching her on her right side. We are very pleased with Tiger’s results.”

mologists and anesthesiologists. Dr. Katie Diehl and Dr. Meredith Voyles led the surgical effort, and Dr. Jacob Johnson was the anesthesiologist.

Compared to the one that was removed, the left cataract has been developing very slowly.

“The ophthalmic surgery and the anesthesia are technically difficult, and our veterinary specialists and staff did an exceptional job caring for her,” Bellah said.

Removing the cataract required a team of veterinary ophthal-

Tiger, Also known as War Eagle VI, came to Auburn in 1986.

Toomer’s Oaks receive one final roll Auburn University and the City of Auburn hosted a “Celebrate the Tradition” block party at Toomer’s Corner in April to coincide with the A-Day spring football game. The event gave fans one final opportunity to roll and photograph the beloved oak trees before the trees’ removal. “The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner have been a part of Auburn tradition for generations,” said Debbie Shaw, Auburn University vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “Their removal will in no way diminish the Auburn Spirit, which has grown even stronger during these past two years.” Despite extraordinary efforts to save the oak trees, members of the university’s Tree Preservation Committee did not see the possibility of survival. The university’s future landscaping plans were shaped with input from more than 10,000 fans and friends of the university, who provided their opinions and ideas through an online survey conducted by Auburn University Campus Planning and Space Management and two landscape architecture firms – Nelson Byrd Woltz and jB+a.

To keep the tradition alive, the university and city will create structures at the College Street-Magnolia Avenue intersection that are suitable for rolling after the oaks are gone. Fans will be invited to gather there as they always have following big victories or other momentous occasions.


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Student success

Beasley helps local community develop its love for books


t’s never too late to make an impact in the world.

Sara Beasley, a senior majoring in elementary education and minoring in non-profit studies, first heard these words and took them to heart during her junior year. Those words motivated her to become involved in creating the Loachapoka Public Library. As a student in a “Gender, Wealth and Philanthropy” course, she decided to act on professor Sidney James’ challenge for students to make a difference in an area in which they were passionate. Beasley focused her energy on the small town of Loachapoka, located just outside of Auburn. This inspiration sparked long before she became a university student. Beasley first noticed the need for a public library in the community while taking the ACT at Loachapoka High School as an Auburn High School senior. “I realized that many communities do not have the resources and books at their fingertips I had growing up,” Beasley said. Three years after her initial encounter with Loachapoka, Beasley found a way to make her dream for the 200-person community come true by introducing an important educational resource. With the help of Mayor Jim Grout, the Loachapoka Community Center became the birthplace of the town’s new library.

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the fall of 2011, and by April of 2012, the library had its grand opening,” Grout said. Today, resources for all ages colorfully line the shelves of the quaint community center’s rooms.

came from organizations in surrounding communities, including the Auburn Mission Thrift Store, Montgomery’s Beasley Allen Law Firm and sixth graders from Auburn’s Drake Middle School.

Sections of shelves feature various titles, including “Movies,” “Adult Fiction,” “Children Fiction” and “Textbooks.” A computer and printer sit on a desk. A table and chairs occupy the middle of the room, waiting for someone to sit down and get lost in the world of literature. Homemade posters line the walls encouraging all who enter to open a book. “Reading is fun!,” says one.

“It has been great to see the communities of Auburn, Opelika and even Montgomery working together to help another community in need,” she said.

From ACT preparation books and church records to a collection of Dr. Seuss books and thrilling Stephen King novels, the library has something to share with every member of the community. The library is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s been very successful,” Grout said. “We closed for the holidays and even then, we found a bag or two of books at the door.”

To Beasley’s surprise, collecting a wide range of books was the easy part. Donations

Beasley serves as the director of the library and is in charge of finding volunteers and keeping the facility running. All the while, the community continues to provide donations for the growing library.

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areas that the library could not accept any more books.

A major goal for the library is to become state-funded and sustainable so the Loachapoka community can continue to have access to books and other resources, according to Beasley. Grout said the process of gathering the necessary information and meeting requirements to become a nonprofit agency is a slow one. Of greatest concern is finding a certified librarian.

“The present capacity is packed, and we just don’t have any room,” Grout said.

“If we can show we have funds to pay one, the state will issue a designation so we can proceed,” Grout said.

A new project with Auburn High School students currently serves to raise money, get donations for supplies and find builders for the shelves in order to continue the success of the Loachapoka Public Library.

Beasley says the public library’s ultimate mission is to raise literacy rates. The statistics won’t be accessible until a year after the foundation of the library, but Grout has high hopes.

Auburn University also continues to offer a helping hand for the town’s library through its central resource for volunteering, a student organization called IMPACT. Students help every Thursday evening by shelving books, cleaning and organizing book donations.

“Based on ACT scores and aptitude tests, results should start showing up. I’m hopeful that they will be raised,” Grout said.

Stephanie Houpy, a senior in human development and family studies, served as the IMPACT group leader for Loachapoka Public Library last fall. Houpy took up to five volunteers a week to help out. “It’s interesting to see all that has happened in the span of a few short months,” said Houpy. “The library has a wonderful selection of books, a great atmosphere and many helpful volunteers.” The efforts of the university encourage Beasley to continue making a difference for Loachapoka. “I hope Auburn stays involved in the library because lives can be changed if we simply reach out of our comfort zone and help this small town only 15 miles down the road,” Beasley said.

One year ago, the Loachapoka community was without a library. Today, educational resources overflow two different rooms. “I’ve had the blessing to watch the Lord take control throughout the entire project by providing books, money, facilities, volunteers and other resources,” Beasley said. “I can’t wait to see how the library grows in the future.”

Student marshals showing the way Each semester, college administrators select a student to carry the College of Education banner ahead of their peers at the start of commencement ceremonies. Here’s a look at the students who earned the distinction in 2012:

A n n a K at h l e e n D ay ’ 1 2 Day, an early childhood education major from St. Simons Island, Ga., graduated in fall 2012. In addition to working with children in the Auburn community, Day gained valuable experience teaching children in Africa, Costa Rica and Haiti. “These opportunities and experiences have shaped me as a person and inspired me to passionately pursue my dream,” said Day, who plans to earn a master’s degree.

K a s e y Ma r i e N o r t o n ’ 11 Norton, a Eufaula, Ala., native, graduated in summer 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary science education.

J e s s i c a l e e Ha r r i s ’ 11 Harris, who earned a degree in collaborative teacher special education, graduated in spring 2012. The Selma, Ala., native plans on earning a master’s degree after gaining a few years of teaching experience. She co-coordinates a summer day camp in Alabama’s Black Belt region.

Doctoral candidate earns research award Megan Cobb, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology, earned a $1,000 research grant from the American Psychological Association in 2012. The grant supported her project, “Conversations About Mental Health and Disability: Breakout Sessions at the Annual Alabama Transition Conference.” Cobb served as a graduate research assistant for the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute and assisted with outreach projects.


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Student success

Kinesiology students honored by Graduate School Three graduate students in the School of Kinesiology earned Thesis/Dissertation Research Awards from Auburn University’s Graduate School during the spring 2012 semester. The students were Yi Sun, Kenneth Games and Lindsey Schreiber Miller. Each earned awards of $500 from the Graduate School Fellowship Committee in support of their research projects. Sun’s dissertation explores the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in evaluating the onset of heightened metabolic activity during muscle contractions. Games’ project – “Physiological effects of prolonged sitting in the UH-60 Black Hawk” – explores the stresses experienced by U.S. Army helicopter pilots. Miller’s dissertation, “Endogenous Opioids and Exercise Induced Cardioprotection,” focuses on the ways in which exercise protects the heart by reducing tissue injury and cellular decay.

Saenz adds SEC title to collection of milestones Already an Olympian and a two-time conference champion in his chosen sport, Kinesiology major Stephen Saenz added an elusive accomplishment to his athletic resume. The junior claimed the men’s shot put title in the 2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships in February. Saenz, who represented Mexico during the 2012 Summer Olympics, already owned a pair of SEC Outdoor championships. At the indoor meet, he held fourth place with one throw remaining in the first round of competition.


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AuburnVoices advocates for literacy in Notasulga Schools When students walk into Auburn University’s Ralph B. Draughon Library, they enter a world of wall-to-wall books. From texts about philosophy to fictional novels, the reading opportunities are endless. However, just a few short miles down the road, Notasulga Schools’ students don’t have this same luxury. AuburnVoices, an outreach program within the College of Education that coordinates student organization involvement in advocacy projects, has focused its efforts on building a literacy program for Notasulga Schools. AuburnVoices has worked in collaboration with the Association for Counseling Psychology students, Iota Delta Sigma, and faculty in the counseling program. In order to be accredited by the state of Alabama, the Notasulga Schools needed to have 10,000 books catalogued and available to students. The K-12 school was short of this required amount when AuburnVoices received a project request. “The funding for Notasulga Schools is very limited, so there is a need for the community to pitch in and help collect books,

and to catalog these books,” said Daniel Fry, a counseling psychology doctoral student. AuburnVoices led the volunteer effort and began collecting books for the Notasulga Schools’ library. Some volunteers even began to use creative ideas to get others to donate money to fund the effort. “We had one faculty member who put out a pledge to the members that he would match what funds they raised,” said Jamie Carney, professor and coordinator in the counselor education doctoral program, who serves as the AuburnVoices advisor. Through the literacy project, Auburn Voices collected 150 new books and 200 gently used books for the library. More than 150 math and science books were brought in for students in grades K-6. Through additional funding, AuburnVoices was able to provide another 125 books for students. “That’s a lot of books in a short period of time and that’s what we were most excited about. Students started bringing them in and I was completely blown away by the amount of books,” Carney said.

Education students named to Who’s Who recognition list Nine College of Education students were among the Auburn undergraduate and graduate students recommended by the Dean of Students office for inclusion in the 2012-2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Nominations are made by institutions based on such factors as grade point average, leadership and participation in campus and community activities.

Amanda Cameron Master’s student, English Language Arts Education

Joshua Huggins Master’s student, Music Education

Haley Dean Senior, Early Childhood Special Education

Emily Littleton Senior, Spanish Education

John Edwards Senior, Exercise Science Heather Henley Junior, Elementary Education Abigail Hilson Senior, Mathematics Education

Kelly Lynn Master’s student, Business Education Anna Walraven Master’s student, Collaborative Teacher Special Education

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Phi Kappa Phi recognizes 91 students for excellence Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 91 College of Education students to its ranks in 2012. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective multi-disciplinary honor society. Memberships are extended by invitation-only to the upper 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Ju ni or S Lalla A. Barron Daniel P. Brownfield Virginia G. Breland Laura E. Countess Hannah C. Dohogne Rebecca M. Fawley Krista M. Greenemeier Natalie N. Jones Alexandra N. Kavadellas Sally J. Kirklewski Meredith E. Kizer David W. Kuyk Virginia C. Laye Malcolm C. Murphy, VII Kimberly A. Renno Jessica M. Riel Ashley E. Runyon Marie K. Sartain Mary E. Douglass Sherman Rachel P. Smith Caitlin D. Steeb Jennifer A. Strickland Allison G. Thomas Brittany L. Trammell Jennifer E. Tramutolo Erica M. Vatella Taylor C. Willis Hannah R. Wilson Megan C. Wilson

Webster earns graduate research grant

The Auburn University chapter was established in 1914 and initiates more than 500 students annually. Phi Kappa Phi promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education, recognizes outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others through various awards and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

S ENIOR S Katherine G. Backer Alexandra J. Beardsley Tara E. Beauchamp Coleigh D. Brock Mary A. Bullard Taylor L. Bullard Magen N. Antoinette Campbell Leah M. Clark Caroline J. Coble Joshua R. Coger Brantley L. Cole Janie E. Colvin Stephanie D. Connor Rebekah H. Cowart Dori E. Dobbs Emily A. Glasscock Steven J. Hirner Jillian N. Induni Mary K. Johnston Ashley M. Kieffer Katie J. Kilgore Kaylyn M. Kirsch Melanie M. Lipford Alexandra C. Long Mallory E. McMurray April D. Moncrief Jordan C. Orr Emma C. Reeves Jessica L. Remy Julianne M. Robinson Caitlin E. Roebuck James M. Rogers Sara L. Sellers

Aleesa A. Sipe-Zutter Jennifer L. Stuart Kristen M. Taylor Carly E. Warren Rebecca S. Weathers G ra duat e S t ude n t s Leigh T. Akins Lakesha L. Brackins Katherine E. Breedlove Karen W. Carr Abby L. Chandler Kimberly M. Craig Kristin C. Crews Steven A. Drake Andrew L. Dubs Laura L. Duncan Bryan J. Elmore Barbara Jane Hall Jacob W. Hancock Heather E. Horn Sevgi Kucuktas Addie L. Littrell Mary A. Smith MacKenzie Penelope J. Pope Messick Susan L. Norton Mary P. Rosene Linda G. Elmore Shook Susan Steele Robin T. Taylor Darryl R. Walker

Elizabeth Webster, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, earned a $2,000 graduate student research grant from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in spring 2012. The grant provided support for Webster’s project, “Examination of physical activity breaks on preschoolers’ physical activity participation, motor skill competence and on-task behaviors.” Webster’s project was one of just four to receive funding through NASPSPA’s competitive process. Grant recipients are invited to present their research findings at a future NASPSPA conference.

Doctoral student for President’s Medal by Denison University Romero Huffstead, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology, received an award in 2012 from his alma mater, Denison University, a liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio. Huffstead earned Denison University’s Presidents Medal in honor of his serve to the university and his work as a student trustee. He recently completed a term on the school’s Board of Trustees.


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student leadership

College of Education Ambassadors: Students working for the greater good


eet the student ambassadors, a group of

bright, diverse and busy students who represent the College of Education. From the annual Scholarship Ceremony to National Advisory Council meetings, these students serve as hosts and hostesses to alumni, donors, prospective students, and other guests of the college. We assist at every major college event, including War Eagle Day, TALONS Day and Education Interview Day to ensure that these special occasions run smoothly. Working closely with the College of Education’s Office of Development allows us to interact with a number of donors and alumni. Our presence at College of Education events allows the public to see an example of the excellent young adults who have been molded by the College of Education, and in return we are given the opportunity to network and interact with professionals.

The College of Education Student Ambassadors are committed to helping children and schools in the community and across the globe. During this past holiday season we participated in Operation Christmas Child, preparing several boxes of presents and hygiene items to send to children around the world. On this 10th anniversary of the Student Ambassadors’ founding, we are happy to continue the tradition of serving the college and making a difference locally and globally. Caitlin Sheridan Student Ambassador President Junior, English Language Arts Education

Student Council promotes service, develops leadership skills In addition to being governed by students, the College of Education Student Council encourages them to become involved in college activities. The organization creates connections between students and the College of Education, promotes membership with all student organizations within the college and works on creating new and improving existing outreach and service projects. Previous service projects have included raising money to send students from nearby Loachapoka Elementary School on a trip to Disney World.

Nicole Lawyer President Senior Elementary Education

Alex Davis Vice President Senior Agriscience Education

Doreathea Jones Secretary Junior, Early Childhood Education

Majorie Lupas Activites Chair Senior, English Lanuage Arts Education

Leslie Carpenter Assistant Activites Chair Senior, English Language Arts Education

Kelly Jackson Publicity Chair Senior Foreign Language Education: Spanish

Haley Abril Service Project Chair Junior, Pre-Science Education

Marlee Shaw Assistant Service Project Chair Senior, Early Childhood Education

Taylor Anne Cain Camp War Eagle Senior, Collaborative Teacher Special Education

Jami Heard War on Hunger Representative Sophomore Pre-Early Childhood Education

ON THE WEB: Learn more about the College of Education Student Council at education.auburn.edu/studentcouncil


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S t u d e n t A Mba s s ad o r s

Amanda Bearden Master’s student Elementary Education Pelham, Ala.

Emily Childs Junior Elementary Education Lilburn, Ga.

Kacie Chumley Senior Mathematics Education Albertville, Ala.

Catherine Edwards Junior Elementary Education Birmingham, Ala.

Reagan Gilbert Senior Elementary Education Lanett, Ala.

Audrey Glasgow Sophomore Elementary Education Birmingham, Ala.

Krista Greenemeier Junior, Early Childhood Special Education Madison, Ala.

Danielle Grubb Senior, General Science Education/Biology Education Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Kimberly Hardin Doctoral student Educational Psychology Mobile, Ala

Caroline Hiskey Junior Elementary Education Franklin, Tenn.

Doreathea Jones Junior, Early Childhood Education Opelika, Ala.

Samuel Lyon Junior, Social Science Education Camden, Ala.

Sara Martin Sophomore Mathematics Education Trussville, Ala.

Zoë Morris Sophomore, Mathematics Education Deatsville, Ala.

Hannah Nall Sophomore, Collaborative Teacher Special Education Birmingham, Ala.

Shanda Osborn Senior Mathematics Education Andalusia, Ala.

Rebecca Oswell Senior, Collaborative Teacher Special Education Birmingham, Ala.

Kate Patrick Junior Elementary Education Hoover, Ala.

Matt Pendergrass Senior, Collaborative Teacher Special Education Boaz, Ala.

Lauren Rodriguez Junior, General Science Education/Biology Education Jackson, Ala.

Alyssa Sanchez Sophomore Elementary Education Plano, Tex.

Caitlin Sheridan President Junior, English Language Arts Education Roswell, Ga.

Brittany Smith Senior Elementary Education Dothan, Ala.

Caitlin Steeb Senior Elementary Education Walnut Creek, Ca.

Jennifer Strickland Junior Elementary Education Hoover, Ala.

Jessica Taff Junior Elementary Education Montgomery, Ala.

Allison Thomas Junior Mathematics Education Birmingham, Ala.

Brittany Trammell Junior Elementary Education Hoover, Ala.

Learn more about the college’s Student Ambassadors at: education.auburn.edu/ambassadors Mary Kathryn Wheeler Senior Elementary Education Phenix City, Ala.

Carly Woods Sophomore Elementary Education Birmingham, Ala.


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College of Education celebrates student excellence, donor generosity I

n speaking on behalf of students during the College of Education’s 11th Annual Scholarship Ceremony in August 2012, sophomore Meredith Bragwell described her educational opportunity as one that also instills a sense of responsibility. Bragwell, an elementary education major from Gardendale, Ala., described scholarship donors as individuals who have afforded “freedom” for the students they have chosen to support – freedom from student loan debt, freedom to pursue educational interests. The level of commitment shown by the College of Education’s donors will inspire students like Bragwell to excel in the professions they plan to enter after graduation. “My scholarship opened the doors to opportunities I had never even considered,” said Bragwell, who earned The R. Wayne and Faye McElrath Endowed Scholarship. “The donors who have provided my scholarship have invested in me and in the lives I will touch as a teacher.” Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the College of Education presented 152 undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards totaling approximately $300,000. It marked the sixth consecutive year that the college has presented more than $200,000 in scholarship support to students. More than 500 donors, students, family members and friends of the college attended the ceremony. “I have come to the conclusion that we may need to eventually move this event to Jordan-Hare Stadium,” said College of Education Dean and Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor Betty Lou Whitford.


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“[The packed ballroom] speaks volumes about the excellence of our students, the wonderful support of their families and the generosity of our donors.” The ceremony enables many Gregory Bolan (middle) earned The Barbara and Ken Johns Endowed Scholarship. scholarship recipients and in the value of college, of education.” their family members to meet and thank Among the 17 scholarships and awards the donors who have created and sustained their scholarships and graduate awards. The presented for the first time this year were The Thomas Elliott Bonner Endowed significance of that opportunity was not Scholarship Award, The David James Byrd lost on Dr. Tommy Bolan ’83, whose son, Endowment for Scholarships in RehabiliGregory, a freshman elementary education tation and Special Education, The Sarah major from Hazel Green, Ala., earned The Richardson Clegg Family Endowed ScholarBarbara and Ken Johns Endowed Scholarship Award, The Dekich Family Endowed ship. Scholarship Award, The Foreign Language “You understand the immense value of Teacher Study Abroad Award, The Franklin education and how important it is that we Family Endowment for Scholarships, The place our best and brightest in education Roy and Julie Harrell Endowed Scholaras teachers,” Bolen said while addressing ship, The Estelle Emerson Housel Endowed donors on behalf of the parents in attenScholarship Award, The Barbara and Ken dance. “Few professions are as significant as Johns Endowed Scholarship, The Dan teachers in terms of impacting lives.” H. and Dorothy O. Ledbetter Endowed Jane H. ’68 and John W. Turrentine ’69, Scholarship Award, The Richard D. Martin who spoke on behalf of donors during the Endowed Scholarship Award, The Harold ceremony, have invested in a number of and Shirley Patterson Endowed Scholarship, students through their creation and support The Elizabeth H. Russell Endowed Scholarof the Jane H. and John W. Turrentine Enship Award, The Straus Family Endowed dowed Scholarship, the Mary L. Hall HorScholarships, The James Benjamin Strutchticultural Education Annual Scholarship, ens, Sr. Secondary Mathematics Education and the John A. Turrentine Jr. Mathematics Endowed Scholarship Award, The John A. Education Annual Scholarship. Mrs. TurTurrentine, Jr. Mathematics Education Anrentine spoke to the significance being one nual Scholarship, the Dr. William F. Walker of the first members of her family to attend Endowed Scholarship Award and The Whitcollege and of having parents who “believed ford Family Endowed Scholarship Award.

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31st Spring Awards

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201 2 S t u d e n t Awa r d R e c i p i e n t s Outstanding Undergraduate Student (CURR)

Outstanding Graduate Student (CURR)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student (CURR) John Metcalf Mathematics Education

Outstanding Graduate Student (EFLT)

Outstanding Graduate Student (CURR) Katherine King Music Education Kevin “Trent� Wells Agriscience Education

Leanne Lloyd Early Childhood Education

Heather Horn Administration of Higher Education

Outstanding Undergraduate Student (KINE)

Outstanding Graduate Student (KINE)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student (SERC)

Outstanding Graduate Student (SERC)

Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award Lisa Kensler EFLT

Outstanding Graduate Student (EFLT) Anna Jones Educational Psychology Outstanding Undergraduate Student (KINE) Hannah Dohogne Exercise Science

Ragan Hart Exercise Science

Samuel Logan Kinesiology

Jessica Harris Collaborative Teacher Special Education

Kathryn McKenzie Tweedy Rehabilitation Counseling

201 2 Fa c u lt y a n d S taff Awa r d R e c i p i e n t s

Margaret Ross Outstanding Faculty Award for Research EFLT

JoEllen Sefton Outstanding Faculty Award for Outreach KINE

Amanda Earnest Joni Lakin Quin Allen Outstanding Faculty Outstanding Staff Award Outstanding Staff Award Administrative/ Office Administration Early Career Award Professional CURR EFLT LRC

Lynne Patrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity EFLT

Octavia Tripp Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award CURR

John Dagley Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award SERC

Outstanding Graduate Student (KINE) Graham McGinnis Exercise Physiology Outstanding Undergraduate Student (SERC) Avery Miller Special Education Outstanding Graduate Student (SERC) Evelyn Hunter Counseling Psychology


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Emily and Gerald Leischuck Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award Brian Parr CURR

Outstanding Faculty Award for Research Frances Kochan EFLT Outstanding Faculty Award for Outreach David DiRamio EFLT Outstanding Faculty Early Career Award Christine Schnittka CURR Outstanding Staff Award Administrative/Professional Tracy Koerper CURR Outstanding Staff Award Office Administration Lauren Einhorn KINE

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Faster, higher, stronger Aspiring Olympic medalists turn to Biomechanics Lab to gain competitive edge


s a lifelong sports enthusiast, Wendi Weimar watched everything from soccer to gymnastics as athletes chased gold medal glory during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As a scientist, however, Weimar notices nuances imperceptible to the typical TV viewer. For example, did the sprinter in Lane 3 lose out on a medal because his stride length happened to be shorter than that of the sprinter in Lane 4? Did the high jump contestant fail to clear the bar because she didn’t achieve the desired level of angular momentum? Weimar, an associate professor and director of the Sport Biomechanics Lab in the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology, has worked with a number of Olympic athletes to refine their techniques and training methods to achieve faster times and better finishes. Several members of Auburn University’s 28-member Olympic contingent – comprised of 24 athletes and four coaches representing 13 countries – enlisted Weimar’s assistance in recent years. “I’ve been a sports fan my whole life, but the Olympics have taken on a new fervor for me,” Weimar said before the start of the 2012 Summer Games. “Not only am I rooting for the American athletes, but I’m also rooting for [Auburn University] athletes that I know.” Weimar’s connections to former and current Olympians began several years ago when former Auburn swimming head coach and current U.S. Olympic team assistant Dave Marsh inquired as to


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College of Education student Stephen Saenz represented Mexico in the Olympics.

as an athlete’s balance and gait patterns, the “take-off ” speed of a sprinter or the force exerted by a long-jumper. They can provide athlete-toathlete comparisons or help develop personalized stretching and weight lifting programs aimed at transforming weaknesses into strengths. whether she could help some of his swimmers improve their times. Marsh quickly saw value in developing a better understanding of sports biomechanics, the study of the body’s muscular, skeletal and joint actions. “He asked us to work with them from a biomechanics and martial arts perspective,” Weimar said. “I took several of his swimmers and we worked on balance, breathing, fighting spirit and those types of things. We branched out more into biomechanics and took cameras into the pool and did in-the-water analysis with the swimmers and coaches.” The fact that Marsh presented Weimar with several of Auburn’s national championship rings indicates the results were appreciated. USA Swimming even commissioned a study by Weimar that examined the approaches and “pushoff ” strategies employed by swimmers in making turns during races.

Former Auburn swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff (pictured left) certainly sees the benefit of working with biomechanists. Gangloff, a two-time Olympian who earned a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Summer Games as a member of the 4 x 100-meter medley relay team, said being able to analyze underwater video helped him immensely.

“As athletes we all have blinders on because we can only see things from a certain dimension. To break the mold, you sometimes have to work with people who do not have the same background.” Mark Gangloff Olympic swimmer

“As athletes, we all have blinders on because we can only see things from a certain dimension,” Gangloff said. “To break the mold, you sometimes have to work with people who do not have the same background. “Initially, looking at biomechanics can be a daunting task or a scary thing. [Dr. Weimar] does

Kerron Stewart has established herself as one of Jamaica’s stars in track and field.

Seein g the subtleties Weimar can identify imperfections in an athlete’s technique with the help of several tools, including a “force platform” embedded on a 44-foot walkway, a Vicon motion capture system with 10 high-resolution infrared video cameras, a digitizing system and an electromyography system that records the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. Such equipment enables Weimar and her graduate students to evaluate such things

a wonderful job of putting biomechanics into layman’s terms.”


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Fa s t e r , H I g h e r , S t ro n g e r

2012 Olympians with COE ties Track and Field Kerron Stewart Jamaica (100, 200 meters) Adult Education

In addition to helping competitors, the lab work also provides crucial experience for the students assisting Weimar.

Stephen Saenz Mexico (throws) Kinesiology

“It’s an opportunity for my students to grow,” Weimar said. “They see and partake in the analysis of how you break a skill down and how you apply your knowledge from class to help someone move better.”

Leevan Sands Bahamas (triple jump), 2004 graduate in Adult Education Maurice Smith Jamaica (decathlon) 2005 gradute in Adult Education Swimming Adam Brown Great Britain (50-meter freestyle, 400-meter free relay) 2011 exercise science graduate Gideon Louw South Africa (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 meter free relay) 2010 exercise science graduate

“Coaches are definitely seeing the value of [biomechanics],” Gangloff said. “You really just have to get down into the video, look at it the right way and make some logical conclusions about it.”

Thin margin f or medal s

What role can biomechanics play in separating Olympic medalists from the rest of the pack? When French historian and International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin Consider the case of former Auburn sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist Kerron Stewart, a settled on the motto “citius, 2008 adult education gradualtius, fortius” – Latin for “They’re always impressed ate, who gained an appre“faster, higher, stronger” – in ciation for the thin margin when we show them something 1894, he couldn’t have posbetween Olympic haves and sibly envisioned scientific that they didn’t realize have-nots. Stewart claimed and technological innovawas happening.” a silver medal in London as tion playing such a major Wendi Weimar the anchor of the women’s role in pushing athletes Director, Biomechanics Lab 4 x 100-meter relay team, to those standards. For which set a national record with a 41.41-second modern Olympians, however, the information time. She earned a silver medal in the 100 meters gleaned from infrared cameras in a biomechaand a bronze in the 200 meters in the 2008 Beinist’s motion-capture room matters as much as a coach’s advice on carb-loading or weight training. jing Olympics. Understanding the functional roles of muscles can influence training procedures and result in athletes moving more efficiently and effectively.

Stewart and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson tied for the silver medal in the 100 meters in 2008, each finishing in 10.98 seconds.

Former Auburn swimmer Megan Fonteno qualified for the 2012 Summer Games in the 100-meter freestyle.


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Because there are only three spots on the medalists’ platform and two of them were occupied by co-silver medalists, U.S. sprinter Lauryn Williams didn’t receive anything in return for having the third-best time (11.03 seconds). The difference between medalists and non-medalists can be cuticle-thin, as Warren Doscher showed in the book “The Art of Sprinting: Techniques for Speed and Performance.” Doscher examined biomechanical data on Olympic sprinters’ strides from start to finish, the average length of their strides and the turnover rate (the runners’ strides-persecond). Stewart’s height worked to her advantage in the 100-meter finals as her long legs helped her reach the finish line in 48 strides while consuming 2.08 meters per stride – the best totals of any competitor. Williams, the reigning world champion entering the 2008 Summer Games, had a high turnover rate (4.89 strides per second), but couldn’t move as efficiently as Stewart due to her shorter stride length (1.89 meters-per-stride, 53 total strides). A biomechanist could potentially use this information and other data to improve Williams’ chances of keeping pace with Stewart if they meet again. In the lead-up to London, Weimar worked with Stewart and former Auburn hurdler and fellow 2012 Olympian Shamar Sands (Bahamas), among others. “Kerron had some issues with her starts and we helped her there,” said Weimar, a former college field hockey player who became interested in biomechanics while recovering from a sports injury. “The biggest thing we look for are decrements in performance. Then we look for the reasons why it happens. We analyze their

movements and try to identify what is preventing them from being more successful.” Other beneficiaries of Weimar’s insights in recent years include Auburn and 2012 Olympic swimmers Tyler McGill (U.S.), George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago), Cesar Cielo (Brazil) and Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe). Coventry, Bovell and Cielo each have Olympic medals to their credit. “They’re always impressed when we show them something that they didn’t realize was happening,” Weimar said. “Those guys are so in tune with their bodies and what they’re doing. They’re always appreciative of our help.” One of these days, perhaps one will be so grateful as to drop off a medal at the Sport Biomechanics Lab.


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Wendi Weimar shows members of a high school basketball team how biomechanics factors into their performance.

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Gladden influences pool protocol In addition to influencing the performance levels of Olympic athletes, researchers in the School of Kinesiology also guide the ways in which they wind down from intense competition. USA Swimming, the organization responsible for selecting and training teams for the Olympics and other international competitions, relied heavily on the research of Humana-GermanySherman distinguished professor of exercise physiology Bruce Gladden in changing how its athletes “cool down” between competitive events. USA Swimming used the work of Gladden and University of California faculty member George Brooks as the basis for evaluating its “lactate clearance testing program.” In Olympic swimming, athletes may find themselves in their events three to four times in the same day, with preliminary heats, semi-finals, and individual and relay event finals. Traditionally, swimmers engage in casual “cool down” swims after events to purge their muscles of the lactate that accumulates during their high-intensity bursts of activity. Lactic acid is a leftover from cell’s production of energy. Swimmers competing in shorter sprint events produce higher lactate levels than their counterparts in long-distance events, Gladden said.

Gladden and Brooks found that blood lactate does not lead to muscle fatigue, soreness or damage, and that muscles produce it from glucose and convert it into energy. They also found that blood lactate typically peaks within 10 minutes of completion of an exercise and will decline naturally, with most athletes returning to their pre-race level within an hour. Their research led USA Swimming to end its blood lactate clearance program. “It’s a good example of where basic research can intersect with practical application,” Gladden said. “There is good evidence that if you do a milder form of exercise in [post-event] recovery, the lactate will go away faster. One of the first things that I said is that you can do nothing [after an event] and the lactate levels will be lower. “Athletes who participate in shorter events will experience higher lactate levels as the result of their exertion.” While Gladden distinguishes himself while wearing lab coats, he and many of his departmental colleagues bring valuable perspective as former competitive athletes. A December 2012 Wall Street Journal article on the growing popularity of kinesiology as an academic field reported on the 18 former athletes in Auburn’s School of Kinesiology, including track and field competitors, swimmers and, in Gladden’s case, a former basketball walk-on for the University of Tennessee freshman team.

“Earlier research connected lactate levels to fatigue,” Gladden said. “They pushed the idea that if you had any lactate, then you had a lack of oxygen.”

STEM project engages students in studio experience Assistant professor Christine Schnittka received more than $110,000 in National Science Foundation funding for a project that engages students in creative problem-solving exercises connected to energy and the environment. Schnittka, who teaches science education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, also has a joint appointment in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The project, “Studio STEM: Engaging Middle School Students in Networked Science and Engineering Projects,” was initiated when Schnittka was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Studio STEM challenges students and develops their interest in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). They are able to apply grade-level science and mathematics subject 28

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matter in an effort to find solutions to “real world” problems. Studio STEM also engages students in using emerging technological tools. Participants are able to present their work, discuss various approaches and document their progress in an online environment.

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“Music for Everyone:” Tiger Strings program hits right notes with local elementary students B

efore the start of the school year, Loachapoka

Elementary School lacked a structured music program for its students. These days, interest and participation in music at the school have blossomed to such a degree that instructors encountered an unexpected problem. “This year we ran out of violins,” said Lisa Caravan, an assistant professor of music education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and director of the Tiger Strings outreach program. “We had to buy new violins because so many people wanted to participate.” Tiger Strings, a university, school and community outreach program started in 2009 by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, offers the only form of music education received by Loachapoka students. “It started out as a one string orchestra. We had a vision for a bigger program and it’s grown since then,” said Kathy King, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching who

instructs Tiger Strings participants. The program now consists of four orchestras, serving grades 2-12, along with the after school program. The after school program meets twice a week, offering beginner and advanced violin classes. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade have the opportunity to participate in the classes. Along with the number of orchestras growing, the collaboration with the after school program school’s participation level has increased called “Guest Soloist.” as well. The Tiger “We got shirts for the Strings after school “This year we ran out of violins. kids and it felt like we program offers several were really connectWe had to buy new violins because events throughout the ing these two groups,” so many people wanted to year. For the past two Caravan said. “Our years, the after school participate.” hope is that one day program students have these Loachapoka kids lisa caravan performed at the anassistant professor of music education will be involved in the nual Loachapoka Syrup orchestra.” Sopping Festival. Eight The after school program performed a students participated the concert with a mariachi band for the first first time, but 20 students time last May. Due to the success of the performed last fall. event, and after receiving a grant from the The Tiger Strings after Alabama State Council on the Arts, the school program students Tiger Strings after school group will colalso performed a sidelaborate with the mariachi band again in by-side concert with the May 2013. Tiger Strings Orchestra. The busy schedule of events and after The community orchestra, school practice helps Tiger Strings raise which develops the talents awareness of string playing in the area. of Auburn school musicians in grades 3-13, played individual pieces and a final Keystone

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Validity study examines graduate admission tool Prospective graduate students applying to Auburn University and other institutions typically do so with the understanding that they must provide multiple letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process. As the application packets pour in each year, the individuals reviewing them may have difficulty telling one student’s recommendation letters from those of another. “They’re always positive,” said Joni Lakin, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology. So how can graduate school admissions offices effectively weigh the contents of a recommendation letter? How can universities ensure that the graduate students they admit are prepared for the rigor of the coursework and the demands of research? A $150,000 award from Educational Testing Service (ETS) will help Auburn University’s Graduate School evaluate the tools it uses for learning more about prospective students’ personal attributes and academic aptitudes. Auburn will participate in a validity study of ETS’ Personal Potential Index system, which the organization describes as a tool that provides “a more complete picture” of applicants’ potential to thrive in graduate school. Lakin, EFLT associate professor Maria Witte and Graduate School associate dean George Crandell will lead Auburn’s validity study over a five-year period. ETS’ funding also provides for a graduate research assistant to assist each year in the collection and analysis of Auburn’s data.


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Project focuses on making physical education enjoyable for all students The National Association for Sport and Physical Education states that physical education is an integral part of the total educational experience children receive throughout grade school. While physical education classes serve a vital purpose in the daily lives of students, teachers are presented with challenges in creating a harmonious, safe and enjoyable learning environment for each of them. College of Education faculty members Vanessa Hinton, Alice Buchanan and Margaret Flores have joined together to create the Positive Behavior Support in Physical Education (PBS-PE) project. The project focuses on various strategies physical education teachers can implement to improve instruction and include students with disabilities or those who from populations considered “at-risk.” “The more strategies teachers have to teach appropriate behavior, the better off it’s going to be for everybody,” Hinton said. “We are planning to build a repertoire of strategies that teachers have in ways of problem solving.” Students with disabilities or diverse needs receive individualized attention in the classroom, but in the gym, it is often a different story. “One reason physical education is not implementing these things as well is because they work with so many students at

once,” Buchanan said. “It’s hard to individualize.” The group looks at Positive Behavior Supports based on a three-tiered system. The first tier, according to Flores, is based on strategies used for everyone. Students in the second tier require a little more attention, and the final tier requires individualized needs. “Some of this involves how we teach teachers to change general ways of doing things that help support each tier of children in the class,” Flores said. “We do it by groups to avoid the complications of individualizing something to every single child in a 30-student classroom.” Rather than putting a student in time out or sending them to the principal’s office, faculty members urge teachers to spend time meeting the needs of a student population that is becoming increasingly diverse. One of the ultimate goals for the project is to increase student participation rates. “We want the students to be integrated as much as we possibly can,” Hinton said. “We’re individualizing things to students,” Buchanan said. “If you know what their issue is, you can try and address it ahead of time so that when it comes up, there is a plan.” “Physical education is a little different because there is more movement,” Hinton said. “They’re expected to tag each other so there are times when you may need a lesson on what it means to tag and how not to tag.” An interactive website will offer a community learning database where physical education teachers that implement various strategies can communicate and share their ideas and experiences.

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Shippen’s work with prison populations reducing likelihood of return According to the U.S. Department of Justice, prison-based education programs represent the most effective tool for lowering recidivism. They provide incarcerated individuals with the opportunity for educational advancement, allowing rays of hope to filter into places where optimism is often hard to come by. Peggy Shippen, an associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, is one of many making great strides to promote educational programs in prisons across the state. “I’ve learned that everybody deserves a second chance,” Shippen said. “As an educator, a second chance can come through learning to read.” Shippen visits Alabama correctional facilities throughout the year, introducing literacy programs to prisoners of all ages. Her ultimate goal is to provide resources to increase reading levels so incarcerated individuals can work toward a GED or high school education. Eight prisons in the state currently benefit from the literacy programs. Her journey began with her parents, the Rev. Dr. Sam and Dorothy Fendley Shippen. The two started a prison ministry in the 1980s. When Shippen learned of the low literacy rates inside the prisons her parents worked in, she focused on doing what she could to spark improvement. “What my parents found was in training people to help other people, it changes you,” Shippen said.

Shippen witnessed the effects of education firsthand when a prisoner at the 10th grade reading level tutored a fellow prisoner at the sixth grade reading level. Once the student learned enough from the tutor, he passed on his acquired knowledge to other prisoners. “One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Maya Angelou -- ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give,’ “ Shippen said. “That was an example of someone who was a low level, low literate person who, when they got a little bit of skill, they gave it to somebody else.”

Today, the two hold quarterly re-entry presentations at various correctional facilities, and are focusing on a new class that concentrates on life skills. “Education is a personal conquest,” Shippen said. “If you give people an opportunity to learn and grow, they’re going to. Because they’ve had that sort of success, they’re less likely to want to go back to that place.”

Auburn University Competitive Outreach Grants enabled five College of Education faculty members to pursue projects focusing on physical education, sustainability and at-risk students. The grants supported the following projects in 2012: “Health-Enhancing Physical Education Initiative – Butler County Schools”

Nick Derzis, a doctoral student and clinical faculty member in rehabilitation counseling, has worked alongside Shippen since 2007. In the beginning, Derzis joined Shippen on her trips to prisons to administer literacy assessments. “My experiences working with Dr. Shippen have been educational and eyeopening,” Derzis said. “She has taught me to conduct outreach for the university while also conducting research, making the purpose two-fold.”

College’s Competitive Outreach Grant projects target physical, environmental and educational challenges

Peter Hastie, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor of pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology, submitted a proposal aimed at enhancing the physical education program offered by the Butler County (Ala.) School System during the 2012-13 school year. In 2011, the Voice of Alabama Children advocacy group rated Butler County 53rd out of 67 state counties in the category of children’s well-being. Poverty levels, graduate rates, single-parent families, low weight births and the prevalence of children being born to unmarried teens were accounted for in the rankings. “Developing Career and College Competencies: Preparing At-Risk Students to be Successful in Career and College Opportunities” Two faculty members in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling – assistant professor and community agency counseling master’s program coordinator Amanda Evans and professor and counselor education and supervision coordinator Jamie Carney – worked with at-risk students from Notasulga School. Evans said a critical component of the project involved school counseling doctoral students working with middle and high school students and encourage career and college exploration. “A focus of our profession is social justice and advocacy,” she said. “Fortunately, programs like this allow us to bring it to the classroom.”


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Searby honored by educational leadership organization

Robinson selected for Institute of Medicine committee

Linda Searby, assistant professor of educational leadership, received a “Dare to be Great” award presented at the Illinois Women in Educational Leadership spring 2012 conference.

Leah Robinson, associate professor of motor behavior in the School of Kinesiology, is a member of a national committee focusing on the status of physical education and physical activity in school settings.

Searby teaches courses in leadership and administration, action research, school change, mentoring and curriculum and supervision in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology. She was one of three recipients of the IWEL’s 2012 “Dare to be Great” award presented at the organization’s conference in Bloomington, Ill., and served as the event’s keynote speaker. The IWEL works to provide a voice for women in helping improve Illinois schools and conducts research about women in educational leadership.


Rabren honored for work in training special education teachers Karen Rabren has devoted much of her career to research and outreach in the realm of “transition,” which focuses on the process of preparing youth and young adults with disabilities to realize goals associated with education, employment and independent living. Rabren, director of the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute and a professor in the College of Education, received the 2012 Jasper Harvey Award for Outstanding Teacher Educator in Special Education.

The Institute of Medicine invited Robinson and 13 other experts to serve on its Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. Robinson’s research interests include physical activity participation, cardiovascular health and motor skill development. Many of her research and outreach projects focus on the implementation of physical activity programs in school, community and family settings to improve the health of school-age children.

As a Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment committee member, Robinson will help review information pertaining to a 19-month study of physical activity and education as it relates to the short-term and long-term health and the intellectual development of children and teens. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of the project. Experts in the fields of motor behavior, physical activity and fitness, obesity prevention, physical education, epidemiology, state and federal policymaking and child and adolescent health will contribute to the study.


Walls named Curriculum and Teaching department head Kimberly Walls was promoted from interim to head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in July 2012. Walls, a music education professor, has served as a faculty member in the department since 1997. She is a two-time College of Education graduate, having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education in 1982 and 1985, respectively.

Lecturer Award and the Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. She has also served as president and vice president of the Alabama Music Educators Association’s Higher Education Division, vice president for the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and chair of the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group. Walls’ research focuses on the integration of technology in music classrooms.

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Sefton selected as ‘All-Star’ lecturer

Eric C. Bonds Clinical Assistant Professor Curriculum and Teaching

Nicholas Derzis, Jr. Rehab. Counseling Clinical Coodinator Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling

Sean Durham Assistant Professor Curriculum and Teaching

Faith Malloy Tavika Johnson Administrative Support Administrative Support Associate I - Academics Associate I - Academic Learning Kinesiology Resources Center

James McDonald Clinical Assistant Professor Kinesiology

Gretchen Oliver Robert Royston Assistant Professor Administrative Support Kinesiology Associate I - Academic Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology

Brandon Sams Assistant Professor Curriculum and Teaching

Vanessa Hinton Clinical Assistant Professor Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling

Matthew Miller Assistant Professor Kinesiology

JoEllen Sefton was selected as a presenter for a new lecture series aimed at enhancing Auburn University’s football weekend experience. Sefton discussed the work of the Auburn University’s Warrior Research Center at an October 2012 event. The Warrior Research Center focuses on improving the physical and technical performance of military personnel. Sefton serves as co-director of the center, as well as director of the Warrior Athletic Training Program and the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology. Developed by the university’s Office of Communications and Marketing, the Auburn Alumni Association and the Auburn Athletics Department, the All-Star Lecture Series offers free 30- to 45-minute presentations by faculty members and special guests on topics related to their fields of expertise.

SE R C Christine Schnittka Assistant Professor Curriculum and Teaching

NOT P I C TU R ED Penny J. Fant Administrative Support Associate I - Academic Professional Education Services

Roger Kollock Postdoctoral Fellow Kinesiology Angela Parsons Administrative Support Associate I - Academics Professional Education Services

Browning earns university award for excellence Dawn Browning, coordinator of instructional technology and distance education for the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, earned Auburn University’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012. Spirit of Excellence Award winners are chosen from the university’s administrative/ professional, secretarial/clerical, service/ maintenance and technical employment groups. are selected on the basis of their ability to perform “beyond the call of duty” in delivering and improving service at the departmental and unit levels.


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Most-Popular Undergraduate Majors elementary education, exercise science, early childhood education, general social science education, and English language arts education

2011-2012 academic year

Most-Popular Graduate Majors administration of higher education, exercise science, adult education, collaborative teacher special education, and administration of elementary and secondary education



of College of education students are male

of College of education students are FEmale


million dollars raised in external granT funding

2.4% education specialist 24% senior

12.3% freshman

student enrollment

14.9% sophomore

by classification

16% master’s


The college awarded 783 degrees in 2011-12.



Degrees conferred



14.9% doctoral



14.7% junior

250 10% instructor 200

21% assistant professor 40% associate professor




faculty by level



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College Private Funding Calendar Year 2012 The College of Education thanks its alumni and friends for their support in 2012 and their continued assistance in helping to build a better future for all.

16.2% foundations

Donor Categories

percent of overall giving

78.5% Individuals

0.6% foundations

1.1% corporations 98.3% Individuals


Donor Categories

million dollars received in donor funds

percent of total donors

endowment totaling

over $7 MILLION 0.3% faculty support 59.9% programmAtic support

Active Endowed and Annual Funds From which scholarships and graduate awards were made: 61 undergraduate

donor fund designations percent of overall giving

11 graduate

39.8% student support

Gift Types

60.5% 39.5% outright gifts

planned gifts


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From the Chair Wayne T. Smith ’68

Development Leadership Team Auburn University College of Education

Dear Alumni and Friends of the College of Education: From your time on campus at Auburn, you already know that the College of Education has a long history of preparing outstanding professionals. Like you, the college’s alumni are dedicated to enhancing the lives of those around them. Your time here prepared you for the impact you made or are currently making in your chosen field. Today, whether our students pursue a career in the classroom or in administration, counseling, or health and human performance, they are always in demand because employers can rely on them to make both an immediate and a long-term impact. To ensure our students continue to perform at this exceptional level, the College of Education must be mindful of its priorities. The college must remain relevant, responding to the needs of an ever-changing world and integrating our priorities with the priorities of our society. A major way to accomplish this is to recruit and retain the finest faculty. These individuals, innovators in their disciplines and instructional methods, can keep Auburn on the forefront of cutting-edge research and outreach and ultimately add value to the lives of those in our communities. During Auburn University’s most recent comprehensive campaign, “It Begins at Auburn,” I had the honor of chairing the college’s Campaign Committee. During this campaign, you, the College of Education family, demonstrated your belief in the college’s mission by providing generous financial support. “It Begins at Auburn” was the most successful campaign effort on record. The momentum generated by that campaign allowed the college to raise its national profile and create tremendous opportunities for its students and faculty. In 2012, Dean Betty Lou Whitford formed the Development Leadership Team to assist the College of Education in the active phase of the university’s next comprehensive campaign. Soon, you will hear more about the campaign and how you can be a part of continuing the greatness we expect from our college. I am honored to work with Dean Whitford, this group of outstanding professionals, and everyone in the College of Education family in this endeavor as we recognize the value of education and how it has contributed to the success we have experienced in our own lives. I know that you’ll join me in saying that we believe in education … and we believe that together we can make a difference.

Campaign trail starts with team approach Seventeen graduates and friends of the College of Education have agreed to serve on the Development Leadership Team that will help the college meet its goals in Auburn University’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. We offer a closer look at the members of the team:

Mr. Wayne Smith ’68, Chair Smith, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education, serves as chairman of the board, president and CEO of Community Health Systems, Inc. He was appointed to the Auburn University Board of Trustees in 2013. For the last decade, Smith has been selected by readers of Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” ranking 25th in 2012. In 2008, he earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. In 2007, he was named CEO of the Year by Business Tennessee magazine. Smith earned the Auburn Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He served as one of the first members on the College of Education National Advisory Council and as the college’s inaugural Keystone Leader-inResidence in 2003. Immediately before his appointment to the Board of Trustees, he served as a member of the Auburn University Foundation Board of Directors. Currently, he and his wife, Cheryl Glass Smith ’68, are co-chairs of the university’s comprehensive campaign. Smith has served as a member of the university’s “Next Generation” National


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Campaign Committee and as the college campaign committee chair for the “It Begins at Auburn” campaign. Smith serves as a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society.

Mr. Gordon Sherman ’57, Vice-Chair Sherman, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the college, is a retired senior executive from the Social Security Administration and was a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. Sherman is a former director of the college’s National Advisory Council and its campaign committee. He earned the College of Education Keystone Leader-in-Residence and Outstanding Alumnus awards in 2004. Sherman helped establish the Humana FoundationGermany-Sherman Endowed Distinguished Professorship within the college in 1996 and is a member of the 1915 Society.

Dr. Jo Anne Hamrick Coggins ’75 Hamrick graduated from Auburn with a degree in special education and a concentration in behavior disorders. She is a past recipient of the Mental Health Administrator of the Year Award presented by the Alabama Council of Children with Behavior Disorders and was one of the first executives honored in Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40” program. She has served as the CEO of the Hillcrest Hospital in Birmingham and is the owner of The Hamrick Group & Associates. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Samford University and is an educational therapist for families who have children with special needs. Hamrick supports the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and the 1915 Society.

Mrs. Nancy Fortner ’71

Mr. David Housel ’69

Fortner earned a master’s degree in counselor education from the college. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of counselor education at Alabama A&M and as a trainer and consultant for schools and community agencies. Fortner has served as president of the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council’s External Relations Committee and supports the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society.

Housel retired from Auburn in 2006 after 36 years of service to the university. He worked in the Department of Journalism for eight years and served as the athletic director for 11 years. Housel supports the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society.

Mr. Ed Graham ’86 and Mrs. Lynn Graham ’84 Mr. Graham, a former Auburn football player, graduated from Auburn with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is the founder and CEO of Silver King Capital Management, a private investment firm based in Birmingham, Ala.

Mr. Ken Johns ’57 Johns, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education, served as president and chief operating officer of one of the world’s largest and most innovative transportation companies, Sea-Land Service, Inc., where he revolutionized the containerized shipping industry. He served Sea-Land for 30 years, including eight as president. After leaving Sea-Land, Johns founded The Hampshire Management Group, Inc. The firm creates start-ups, or obtains through acquisition or shareholding alliances, innovative and successful businesses serving the ocean shipping industry.

Mrs. Graham, the founder of Birmingham-based Culinary Creations, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the college. Mr. and Mrs. Graham support the college as members of the Dean’s Circle.

Dr. Virginia Hayes Hayes retired from the College of Education as associate dean emeritus in 1998 after 38 years as an educator and administrator in schools in the state of Alabama. She spent 27 years at Auburn University (1971-1998). She returned to the college from 1999-2000 to coordinate the on-site accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She continues to support the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and the National Advisory Council.

In 2010, Johns earned the Auburn Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the college’s Keystone Leader-in-Residence. Johns supports the college and university as a member of the Dean’s Circle, 1915 Society and Samford Society. He and his wife established an endowed scholarship in the college in 2011.

Mrs. Sharon Lovell Lovell currently works with school counselors in the Vestavia Hills (Ala.) school system to support local disadvantaged/ low-income children and families. She has served two 5-year terms on the Vestavia Hills School Board, as president and vice president, as well as chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. Lovell has served as a delegate to the Alabama Association of School Boards,


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serving as an officer of the 5th District, and has served on the National Association of School Boards. Lovell is currently a chair of the National Advisory Council’s Development Committee. She is also a member of the Dean’s Circle, 1915 Society, Samford Society and Petrie Society.

Dr. Jane Moore

Mrs. Kym Prewitt ’86 After earning her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the college, Prewitt taught English at Vestavia Hills High School for eight years. She currently serves as Vice President at Haas Fabrics, Inc. Prewitt founded the Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama and is active in various education organizations throughout the state.

Moore, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Judson College, served as a faculty member in the College for 28 years. Moore remains active in the community, serving on seven different boards and committees.

Prewitt has served Auburn University as a board member of the National Alumni Association and as president of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Auburn Club. In 2000, she earned the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award that goes to an outstanding female volunteer.

Moore is a member of the Auburn University Campus Club, the Woman’s Club of Auburn and P.E.O. Chapter X, and volunteers weekly for the Food Bank of East Alabama.

Prewitt serves the college as an executive committee member of the National Advisory Council. She is a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society, as well as the Petrie Society.

Moore supports the college and university as a member of the Dean’s Circle, the Philanthropy Board, the Petrie Society and WINGS. Moore is endowing the Evelyn Moore Scholarship in the College of Education in memory of her mother.

Mrs. Sarah Newton ’74 Newton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, has served as an administrator and teacher since 1974. She serves as the principal of Fayette Elementary School and was appointed to the AU Board of Trustees in 2004 to represent the 7th District. After her initial term expired she was reappointed to a second 7-year term. Newton supports the college as a member of the 1915 Society and the Petrie Society.


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Mr. Danny Sanspree ’74 and Dr. Mary Jean Sanspree ’74

Saunders supports the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and serves as chair of the National Advisory Council’s Academic Affairs Committee.

Mr. Jerry Smith ’64 Smith, an exercise science graduate, serves as president and CEO of J.F. Smith Group. Before founding the J.F. Smith Group in 1991, Smith worked as Auburn’s executive director of alumni and development, where he led a $110 million capital campaign. To date, J.F. Smith Group clients have raised more than $1 billion. Smith is the author of “Fund-raising: Rules of the Road to Success.” Smith spreads his knowledge of fundraising through teaching seminars and courses. He was the recipient of the 2000 NSFRE Award for Civic Philanthropy. He also supports the college as a member of the Dean’s Circle and the 1915 Society. He is also a member of Auburn’s Samford and the Petrie Societies.

Mr. Sanspree earned his bachelor’s degree in general social science education and currently serves as the president of Seminole Sales Corporation. Dr. Sanspree earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology. She is a research professor at the UAB School of Optometry. Sanspree’s research specializes in the education of hearing- and vision-impaired individuals.

Dr. Ron Saunders ’70 Saunders, who earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary social science education, served as superintendent of the Barrow County (Ga.) school system for 12 years. In 2008, he was honored as Georgia Superintendent of the Year and as the college’s Outstanding Alum.

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AT&T Foundation gift extends reach of program for at-risk students A

$200,000 gift from the AT&T Foundation will help Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute expand its efforts to reduce the dropout rate in Alabama high schools. The Truman Pierce Institute, an outreach center of the College of Education, launched the “Building Individual Capacity for Success” (BICS) program in 2008 with the help of an initial $400,000 gift from the AT&T Aspire program. AT&T representatives presented a $200,000 supplemental gift in September 2012, when Truman Pierce Institute faculty shared results of the BICS program’s first four years during a program at the Auburn Alumni Center. The BICS program provides mentorship, leadership training and service learning opportunities for 50 at-risk students each year and helps them make the transition from middle school to high school. The Truman Pierce Institute implemented the program at schools in Lee County, Hale County, Bullock County and Tallapoosa County schools. In a study of high school students from 2006 to 2007, the Southern Educational Foundation labeled Alabama’s 39 percent dropout rate as the state’s primary educational and economic obstacles.

From right: President (AT&T Alabama) Fred McCallum, Truman Pierce Director and Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership Cindy Reed, Universal Account Manager, Government and Education Division (AT&T) Patrick Hancock, Dean Betty Lou Whitford, Auburn University President Jay Gogue, Vice President for Development and President of the Auburn University Foundation Jane DiFolco Parker, and Regional Manager (AT&T Alabama) Ty Fondren

impacted since its launch in 2008, the The Truman Pierce Institute reported AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest that 89 percent of the BICS program parcorporate committicipants remain on ments focused on course for graduation. “The BICS program was designed In addition to helping to empower student participants helping more students graduate from high students improve their to develop their capacity for school ready for college grade point averages, success in high school and and careers. the program also aims beyond. Based on the evidence to improve attendance “We are very grateful and reduce disciplincollected throughout the last to the AT&T Foundaary referrals. Now in tion for its continued four years, we know that this is its fourth year, the support of the Building happening in most cases.” BICS program features Individual Capacity for Cynthia Reed a combined cohort of Success program,” said Truman Pierce Institute director 116 students in grades Cynthia Reed, Truman 10-12 at five schools. AdviPierce Institute director and the Gerald sors, who include teacher and Emily Leischuck Endowed Professor leaders, assistant principals of Educational Leadership in the College and coaches, help coordinate of Education. “The BICS program was programming and provide designed to empower student participants mentorship to students. to develop their capacity for success in high The Truman Pierce Institute is one of 47 organizations nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. With more than one million students

school and beyond. Based on the evidence collected throughout the last four years, we know that this is happening in most cases.” Reed said the $200,000 supplement will help the Truman Pierce Institute expand its programming. Keystone

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giving Sc hol arship Spotlight

The Kenny Howard Annual Graduate Assistantship Kenny Howard served countless Auburn University student-athletes as a well-known and highly-respected athletic trainer.

Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Charles McDonough

Dr. Leah R. Atkins and George A. Atkins

Mr. and Mrs. James McGowen

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Calhoun

John F. Meagher Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. John Cochran Jr.

Robert L. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. William Cody

The Men of BDBB

Mr. and Mrs. William Davidson Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sammy Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Dooley

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Poole

The Kenny Howard Fellowship is a joint venture between the college’s Department of Kinesiology, East Alabama Medical Center and RehabWorks Physical Rehabilitation. The academic program provides hands-on sports medicine and research experience to School of Kinesiology graduate students aspiring to work in the field.

Justin M. Drummons

R.K. Johns & Associates, Inc.

Thomas M. Eden Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. David Webster Rawson

P. Kessler Fabian

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dunn Rigsby

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Allen Giffin

Claude V. Saia

David and Susan Housel

Jerry Franklin Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ingwersen

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph Sullivan

Mr. and Mrs. John Ireland

Experiences include Saturday morning “Bumps and Bruises” clinics, physical examinations for high school athletes and other athletic training-related activities.

J.F. Smith Group

Dr. Martha Williams Thompson and Mr. Richard Lewis Thompson

This graduate assistantship was created in 2009 by the Kenny Howard Athletic Training Fellowship. The fellowship, a non-profit organization, aids in the education of certified athletic trainers (ATCs).

John Louie Adrian III

Mr. and Mrs. R. Kenneth Johns Mr. and Mrs. John Kilgore Rev. and Mrs. Lowell Ledbetter Jack Locklear Jr.

ON THE WEB: To further learn about The Kenny Howard Athletic Training Fellowship, please visit the web site at www.khowardfellow.org

Joanne Powell Locklear Dr. and Mrs. James Martin

Dr. Charles Wicker Warren J. Ernest Warren Homer A. Wesley White and Associates LLC Hunter Parker White Mr. and Mrs. Homer Williams Jr.

Dr. Robert J. McAlindon

Sc hol arship Spotlight

Retired Education Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship Award This endowment was established in the Auburn University Foundation by retired College of Education faculty and staff as part of the Auburn Scholarship Campaign. Retired faculty and staff created this scholarship for the purpose of providing awards for College of Education students. The award is paired with a Spirit of Auburn scholarship and/or academic scholarship award. The four-year renewable scholarships are for incoming freshmen based on academic achievement demonstrated by high school grade point average and standardized test scores. To be eligible for the Retired Education Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship Award, a student must be identified as a Spirit of Auburn/Academic Scholarship recipient by the Office of University Scholarships.

Anonymous Dr. Samera Baird and Mr. William Baird

Dr. Judith N. Lechner and Mr. Norbert M. Lechner Dr. and Mrs. Terry Ley

Dr. Jack E. Blackburn

Mr. and Mrs. Dow McDaniel

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Easterday

Dr. Emily A. Melvin

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Graves

Dr. Jane Barton Moore

Drs. Gerald and Glennelle Halpin

Proctor & Gamble Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Brent Halverson

Marian Elaine Prust

Dr. Virginia Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Farrell Jones

Dr. Landa L. Trentham and Mr. Gary L. Trentham

Dr. Frances and Mr. William Kochan

Dr. and Mrs. George Dennis Wilson

Dr. Costas A. Kouskolekas

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Worden

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ellis Rowsey

To contribute to the scholarship award fund, contact the college’s Development Office at 334-844-5761. 40

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Named for the year in which the Department of Education (now the College of Education) was established, the 1915 Society recognizes donors whose lifetime contributions and commitments to the college have reached a cumulative total of $25,000 or more (including outright gifts, pledges and planned gifts).

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Frank Barbaree ’48 and Warrene B. Barbaree* Betty Lou Whitford Mark T. Wilton ’93 and Cynthia L. Wilton ’04

f r iends h i p re cog n i zi n g d o n o rs f ro m $ 2 5 ,0 0 0 to $ 9 9 ,9 9 9

M. Diane Boss ’72 Thomas D. Burson ’58 and Frances W. Burson ’58

A. Danny Sanspree ’74 and Mary Jean Sanspree ’74 Martin, Sprocket, & Gear, Inc.

David H. Clark ’96 and Leigh Anne Clark

G. Robert Prater ’70

Suzette L. Doepke ’73

Joe Sullivan and Anne Sullivan

Joyce L. Garrett ’64

Marilyn L. Whitley ’61

Roy W. Harrell ’54 and Julie S. Harrell ’58 Lee F. Jenkins and Angela S. Jenkins ’94 Ella B. MacFiggen ’69 John F. Pritchett ’65 Please visit education.auburn.edu/giving to view a full listing of members. * deceased


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o u r n e w pat r o n s o f t h e ke y s t o n e

Patrons of the Keystone believe that education is central to building a better future for all. Patrons of the Keystone demonstrate their support of the College of Education by committing a multi-year pledge of financial support to the Dean’s Circle Fund. Each year, donations to the Dean’s Circle Fund provide the resources necessary for the college to exceed current levels of excellence in advancing its tri-fold mission of academic instruction, research and outreach.

Mary N. Lester ’71


Please visit education.auburn.edu/giving to view a full listing of members.

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Paul M. St. Onge ’07 and Loraine St. Onge ’98

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Matt Pendergrass ’13

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Collaborative Teacher Special Education Boaz, Ala.

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John E. Saidla ’61 and Janice H. Saidla ’59

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Stephen L. Pruitt ’10

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James M. Bloodworth and Lucy Bloodworth ’75



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The Auburn University College of Education has established The Honor Roll — a permanent listing of individuals who have been recognized by current or former students, colleagues, family members or friends through a charitable contribution of $500. The Honor Roll is a fund created to commemorate the significant roles of educators in our lives and are used to provide student and faculty support.

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Hulan A. Small

Honored by Foy C. Thompson

Ginger Jaye Smith Honored by David Smith Thomas Belser Honored by Richard Brogdon





Hale “Doug” Allison

Honored by Vernon and Crystal Allison

Sarah Newton Honored by Fayette Elementary School Faculty & Staff There are sever al special o c c a s i o n s a n d r e a s o n s to h o n o r a n e d u c ato r / m e n to r i n yo u r l i f e . To s ay “ t h a n k s ” to t h at s p e c i a l p e r s o n , p l e a s e c o n tac t M o l ly M c N u lt y at m o l ly. m c n u lt y@ au b u r n . e d u o r 33 4 . 8 4 4 . 5793 .

Foy Thompson ’53, ’60 honoring Hulan Small ’26 After playing football at Auburn and earning two degrees from

Dr. Wilbur A. Tincher Honored by C. William (Bill) McKee Please visit education.auburn.edu/giving to view a full listing of members.

Mr. Small epitomized the final phrase in our Auburn Creed – ‘I believe in Auburn and love it.’ He demonstrated that love by encouraging promising students to attend Auburn. He followed up by loading them in his car and making that 350

the college, Foy Thompson became

mile trip to Auburn. He introduced us to professors

an educator. He served as an elementary

and coaches he knew. We stayed overnight and

school principal in Camden, S.C., for

made that 350 mile trip back to

over 30 years. When asked about what influenced him

Camden, S.C., the next day. The

to earn his degree at Auburn and become an educator,

trip was never routine, but Mr.

Mr. Thompson credited a special teacher and Auburn

Small made it many times.

alumnus: Hulan Alva Small ’26.

He deserves to be on that ‘Wall of Honor.’


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From the Chair Tom N. Taylor ’60

Chair, National Advisory Council Auburn University College of Education

The College of Education’s National Advisory Council is an organization composed of alumni and friends of the college. The purpose of the National Advisory Council, according to Dean Betty Lou Whitford, is to “support the needs of the College of Education, to connect alumni and friends to the college, and to advocate for the mission of the college.” Some of the members are retired, while others are still active in their careers. The current members live in nine different states -- Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. The advisory council membership represents a wide range of professions -- retired and active. Some of the professions include teachers, school principals, counselors, librarians, superintendents of education, state Department of Education personnel, executive directors/vice presidents of professional groups and/ or associations, school board members, research analysts, accountants, athletic directors at the college level, presidents of technical colleges, and even a former White House press secretary for Office of the First Lady. A typical agenda for the general meetings includes an update from the dean regarding programs and activities within the College of Education. Several times in the past, the Auburn University president or provost has attended the meeting and provided some current information regarding the university as a whole. Faculty members, representing the various departments in the college, are invited to make presentations regarding specific programs. Examples of recent faculty presentations include information regarding the Truman Pierce Institute, Common Core Standards and international study programs. Other faculty presentations that are commonly made at the general advisory council meetings are reports on research projects that have been completed by faculty members who received National Advisory Council minigrants. Another important agenda item at the fall and spring meetings is the time allotted to the four standing committees — Academic Affairs, Internal Relations, External Relations and Development. An Executive Committee, comprised of the advisory council chair and the chairs of each of the four standing committees, meets to conduct the business of the advisory council, and to plan the agenda for the two general meetings of the National Advisory Council.

Alumni awards program expanding Thanks to input from the National Advisory Council’s External Relations Committee, the college will now offer more alumni recognition awards. Nominations are being accepted for the following: Outstanding Alumni Award: Recognizes a graduate of the college who has made outstanding contributions to the profession or college. Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Recognizes a graduate of the college who is 40 years old or younger at the time of nomination and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession or college. Outstanding Educator Award: Recognizes a graduate of the college who is a practitioner directly engaged with students (ie. teacher, counselor, librarian or other professional from K-12 or university, agency or community setting). Outstanding Administrator Award: Recognizes a graduate of the college who is in an administrative/supervisory role (ie. superintendent, principal, director, supervisor, coordinator or other professional from K-12 or university, agency or community setting). Nominators are asked to submit biographical information about nominees. Nominations can be sent to: Molly McNulty Development Coordinator Auburn University College of Education 3084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849 Fax: 334-844-5788 molly.mcnulty@auburn.edu For questions, please call 334-844-5793.


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Dr. Tom N. Taylor ’60 Council Chair Retired school superintendent Clinton, Miss.

Dr. Ron Saunders ’70 Chair, Academic Affairs Retired school superintendent Winder, Ga.

H. Gray Broughton ’05 Dr. Russell Chandler ’60 CEO/Vocational Rehabilitation Retired State Director of Counselor, Broughton Finance, former educator Associates Inc. and principal Richmond, Va. Tallassee, Ala.

Sharon Rochambeau Lovell Chair, Development Former school board member, Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Kym Haas Prewitt ’86 Chair, External Relations Board Member, Vestavia Hills City Schools Board of Education Birmingham, Ala.

Susan McIntosh Housel ’73 Chair, Internal Relations Retired elementary educator Auburn, Ala.

Laura J. Cooper ’02 Executive Director, Lee County Youth Development Center Auburn, Ala.

Dr. Karen Teague DeLano ’73 Auburn City Schools Superintendent Auburn, Ala.

Dr. Larry DiChiara ’81 Phenix City Schools Superintendent Smiths Station, Ala.

Suzette Lauber Doepke ’73 Retired elementary educator Auburn, Ala.

Dr. Glenda Earwood ’74 Executive Director, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students Macon, Ga.

Dr. Charles Farmer ’97 Principal Summit High School Spring Hill, Tenn.

Nancy Young Fortner ’71 Retired educator and school counselor Brownsboro, Ala.

Dr. Suzanne Freeman ’88 Administrative Officer, Trussville City Schools Trussville, Ala.

Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks ’01 Director of Athletics, Kentucky State University Frankfort, Ky.

Dr. Nathan L. Hodges ’74 President, Bowling Green Technical College Bowling Green, Ky

Dr. Charles Ledbetter ’89 Superintendent, Dublin (Ga.) City Schools Dublin, Ga.

Lynn McWhorter ’70 Principal, Hollydale Elementary School Roswell, Ga.

Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson ‘63 Retired community college academic dean Ozark, Ala.

Dr. Joseph Morton ’69 Retired State Superintendent of Education Sylacauga, Ala.

Roderick Perry ’95 Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/Director of Administration, Wright State University Athletics Department Dayton, Ohio

Dr. Stephen Pruitt ’10 VP for Content, Research and Development at Acheive, Inc. Bethesda, Md.

Elizabeth Hunter “Libba” Russell ’64 Retired educator Columbus, Ga.

Dr. Silvia Davis Scaife ’91 Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher J.F. Drake Middle School Auburn, Ala.

Beth Gregory St. Jean ’70 Supervisor, Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GATAPP) Marietta, Ga.

Dr. Paul St. Onge ’07 Research analyst, QinetiQ North America, U.S. Army Combat Readiness, Ft. Rucker Enterprise, Ala.

Dr. Shirley Kelley Spears ’71 Director, B.B. Comer Memorial Library Sylacauga, Ala.

Susan Hester Stanley ’73 Retired educator Opelika, Ala.

Thomas Taylor ’97 Account Director, GMR Marketing Belmont, N.C.

Susan Dryden Whitson ‘91 Former White House Press Secretary, Office of the First Lady Washington, Va.

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ollege of education dean

Betty Lou Whitford happened to be sitting next to an Army officer last year during Auburn University’s Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner. The officer wanted the dean to understand why he was so awestruck to be in the presence of one of the event’s guests of honor, U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III ’86. “You don’t understand,” the officer said. “But to us, he’s a rock star.” Austin, a four-star general who now oversees U.S. Central Command after serving as the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, will quickly tell you that he’s part of a duet. While Austin has led troops into the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of the last decade, his wife, Charlene ’85, has provided care and comfort for military spouses and their children. “I could not have asked for a better partner,” Austin said. “She is truly my better half.”

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Whitford put the two halves together last fall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the college’s Keystone Leaders-in-Residence program. The open campus lecture series introduces students to College of Education graduates who have distinguished themselves as leaders. The Austins, who both earned counselor education degrees from the College of Education, became the first co-lecturers in the Keystone Leader series. True to their rock star statuses, they spoke to an overflow audience at the Auburn Alumni Center during Military Appreciation Week.

“We wanted to celebrate in style,” Whitford said.

While both Gen. and Mrs. Austin have distinguished themselves as effective leaders, they couldn’t be more different in their respective approaches. Gen. Austin, a former high school basketball team captain and high school athletic hall of famer in Thomasville, Ga., stands 6-foot-4, weighs about 250 pounds and can intimidate or inspire, as needed, with a fiery gaze and baritone voice. Mrs. Austin stands a foot shorter, speaks softly and considers strangers to be “friends waiting to happen.”

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Impecc able service Both speak from positions of authority, gained by years of spotless service and by applying many of the lessons they learned as graduate students at Auburn. Gen. Austin, the last commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, will oversee the scheduled withdrawal of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In March, he was installed as the first African-American to lead CentComm in its 30-year history after serving as the Army’s 33rd Vice Chief of Staff. Earlier that month, he met with the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the “posture of U.S. Central Command.” It’s safe to say the posture resembles that of its tall and formidable leader. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was quick to praise Austin’s leadership acumen. “During his final deployment to Iraq, Gen. Austin led our military efforts at a particularly important time, overseeing the drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment while simultaneously

helping to ensure that hard-fought security gains were preserved and that Iraqis could secure and govern themselves,” Panetta said in a statement. Given his own combat experience, which often saw him on or near the front lines, Austin doesn’t take his duties lightly. He commands 1.1 million soldiers, an awesome responsibility, but one he readily embraces. In his previous leadership roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, Austin had, in effect, been trying to work himself out of a job as forces worked to quell insurgencies and pave the way for the establishment of effective governance and infrastructure. “I’ve been privileged to serve alongside the outstanding men and women who make up our Armed Forces,” he said. “Over the past decadeplus, I have watched them do amazing things – remarkable things – in sport of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our men and women in uniform have enabled the people of those countries to establish governments and to recruit and train standing armies and security forces. They’ve done


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“I think one of the most important things I learned during my counselor education training at Auburn was how to connect with other people. From a very humanistic viewpoint, I think that what people want the most is to feel listened to and respected. They want to feel as though what they view as important to them is also of genuine importance to you as well.” Charlene Austin ’85

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About the Keystone Leader-in-Residence program The College of Education’s Keystone Leader-in-Residence program introduces students to successful leaders in education, government, human services, healthcare, and other fields. In addition to demonstrating the versatility of an education degree, the program enables honorees to share their personal and professional experiences with students, faculty, and staff in campus lecture, small group and classroom settings. 2012 Gen. Lloyd Austin III ’86 and Mrs. Charlene Austin ’85 U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff and Military Family Advocate 2011 Maxwell King ’50 former president of Indian River and Brevard Community Colleges 2010 Kenneth Johns ’57 founder of The Hampshire Management Group

it all while fighting a capable and determined enemy. It has truly been amazing to witness.”

course, constantly worried about the safety and safe return of our troops.

“While we all experience difficult days, to be a While her husband weighs tactical options, part of our ‘Army strong’ family has been such an Mrs. Austin helps military families deal with the honor for me.” stress and emotional toll of having loved ones in harm’s way. She has exhibited a deep reservoir of energy and empathy as a volunteer for the s tron g ties USO, United Way, Operation Homefront and The Austins’ shared connection with the College the Military Child Education of Education resulted from a Coalition. She is especially partnership between Auburn “The greatest assets of the passionate about the latter University and the U.S. Military United States Army are not organization, which helps Academy. As a West Point our tanks, our helicopters military children receive graduate set to become a tactior our sophisticated weapons cal officer, Austin was eligible quality educational opportunities by helping them cope systems. They are our people. for specialized training in such with family separation, freareas as leadership, personalHow we interact with one quent moves and transitions ity theory, human developanother and how we lead to new school and social ment and group dynamics. In the individuals in our ranks settings. researching potential graduate

determines our success

2009 Brenda Smith Sanborn ’68 former executive with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals 2008 Rev. Chette Williams ’86 author and Auburn University football team chaplain

“When our loved ones school destinations, he came or failure on and off are deployed, as many of away impressed by Auburn’s the battlefield.” them have been for the past highly-rated counselor educadecade, we have been on the tion program. U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III ’86 homefront faced with the Mrs. Austin finished the proimpact of wars and separation from our chilgram ahead of her husband. dren and daily lives,” Mrs. Austin said. “We’re, of “I think it’s fair to say she did most of the

2007 Susan Dryden Whitson ’91 former press secretary for First Lady Laura Bush 2006 Kathy Langois Munro ’70 principal in San Diego-based BridgeWest LLC 2005 The Hon. Kay Ivey ’67 Alabama State Treasurer 2004 Gordon Sherman ’57 principal for Atlanta-based Lamon & Sherman Consulting LLC and retired Social Security administrator


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College forms connection with military family advocacy group As a trained counselor and the wife of a four-star Army general who has moved from place to place and commanded troops in the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, Charlene Austin ’85 understands unique needs of military families and their children.

work and I copied most of her notes,” Gen. Austin joked. The Austins identified with Auburn’s landgrant mission, as well as its reputation as a military-friendly campus. That bond has grown stronger thanks to military-themed research and outreach efforts, including several within the College of Education. “What I learned here in a year and a half enabled me to be far more effective in supporting those young men and women I would lead in the future,” Austin said. “I don’t think I could have done it as well as I was able to do had I not had this experience at Auburn. “One aspect of my time here that has paid huge dividends was the training I received in counseling and the volunteer work I was able to do. You learn a great deal about [people], but you learn a great deal more about yourself. That enhanced self-awareness made me a better and more effective leader.” During his Keystone Leader lecture remarks, Austin discussed in detail how his graduate education factored into his development as a leader and how he draws on it daily in directing a “people-centric organization.” “The greatest assets of the United States Army are not our tanks, our helicopters or our sophisticated weapons systems,” he said. “They are our people. How we interact with one another

and how we lead the individuals in our ranks determines our success or failure on and off the battlefield.” As Gen. Austin works toward bringing the last American troops home from Afghanistan, he and his wife also recognize that the military and the network of volunteers working with its families must be prepared to help achieve successful outcomes off the battlefield. That includes helping veterans achieve success in non-military settings and caring for their physical and mental wellbeing. Before coming to Auburn, Mrs. Austin had worked in federal community-based employment and training programs for youth and adults and as a home schools liaison. Her Auburn education has proven invaluable in her roles as an Army senior spouse leader and as a counselor to military families. “I think one of the most important things I learned during my counselor education training at Auburn was how to connect with other people,” she said. “From a very humanistic viewpoint, I think that what people want the most is to feel listened to and respected. They want to feel as though what they view as important to them is also of genuine importance to you as well.”


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Her experiences in earning a master’s degree in counselor education from Auburn left her well-positioned to provide comfort to military families through such organizations as the Military Child Education Coalition and Operation Homefront. “I have been able to apply many of the skills and techniques I have learned [in the College of Education] as a counselor and as an Army spouse,” Austin said. “Truly, what I learned [at Auburn] has been especially valuable in my role as an Army senior spouse leader.” Austin, who joined her husband, U.S. Army Lloyd Austin III ’86, as a co-lecturer for the College of Education’s 10th Keystone Leader-in-Residence program in October 2012, has also inspired some faculty members to learn more about how they can help serve the educational and social support needs of military dependents. Through its connection with Mrs. Austin, the College of Education became a member of the Military Child Education Coalition, an organization devoted to ensuring quality educational experiences for children affected by family separation and frequent moves. ON THE WEB: Learn more about the Military Child Education Coalition at www.militarychild.org

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Smith ’68 selected for position on AU Board of Trustees W

ayne t. smith ’68, a two-time

graduate of the College of Education, has been selected to fill the at-large position on the Auburn University Board of Trustees. The appointment of Smith and DeMaioribus became official after the Alabama Legislature passed a resolution in February 2013. Smith, who earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s in school administration from Auburn, serves as chairman, president and CEO of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The Fortune 500 company operates or leases 135 hospitals in 29 states.

The appointments of Smith and DeMaioribus became official in February 2013. Smith was one of 17 candidates interviewed for the two positions. Smith and his wife, Cheryl, have been generous supporters of the College of Education and the university. Their $1 million gift – the largest single gift ever received by the college – led to the creation of an Office of Research and Innovation that has helped faculty members earn more than $20 million in extramural grant funding since its opening in 2008. The Smiths are also members of the college’s Dean’s Circle and 1915 Society.

Smith serves as director of the Auburn University Foundation Board, co-chair of its national campaign, and as co-chair of the College of Education’s capital campaign team. A former member of the college’s National Advisory Council, he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn Alumni Association in 2011. Smith also holds the distinction of being the College of Education’s inaugural Keystone Leader-in-Residence lecturer in 2003.

Hendricks, Dow recognized as ‘young’ achievers Two College of Education graduates were among the 15 individuals selected for the Auburn Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. Denisha Hendricks ’01 and Courtney Anne Furlong Dow ’04 were both chosen for the award, which honors the extraordinary accomplishments by Auburn graduates who are under the age of 40. Recipients were featured in the fall issue of Auburn Magazine and received a certificate of recognition from the alumni association. “Auburn graduates are making significant contributions in a variety of occupations all across the globe, and some of the more interesting stories are happening with our young alumni,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University and a 1984 College of Education graduate. “It’s a great honor to recognize them in this way. Auburn’s future is shining a bit brighter due to the impact made by these impressive individuals.” Hendricks, who earned a master’s degree in higher education administration-sport management and a doctorate in higher education administration, serves as director of athletics at Kentucky State University. She oversees 13 NCAA Division II athletic programs.


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Hendricks also serves as a member of the college’s National Advisory Council. Before coming to Kentucky State, Hendricks served as the assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator at Johnson C. Smith University. Dow earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn in vocational rehabilitation counseling. She serves as director of NightLight Atlanta, a division of NightLite International, which is committed to fighting against human trafficking and slavery. NightLight focuses on education, intervention and prevention in connection with commercial sexual exploitation. “My time at Auburn prepared me to address the needs of commercially sexually exploited individuals holistically, with gentleness and compassion, and with a spirit that is not afraid,” Dow said. “Auburn University inspired me to ‘act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God,’ which is a commitment that I must make every day as I work with sexually broken individuals.” I am proud to be a fourth generation Auburn alumni and I am so honored that I get to represent Auburn University and the beliefs that Auburn men and women hold so dearly.”

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Outstanding Alumni Award winner proving his ‘Werth’ as scholar James Werth ’95 has proven himself to be a “creative” scholar, but he demonstrated the ability to be prolific and pioneering as well. Werth, who earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Auburn, directs Radford University’s counseling psychology Ph.D. program and developed it from its beginning in 2008, placing an emphasis on rural metal health, social justice, evidence-based practice and cultural diversity. Werth serves as a professor of psychology in Radford’s College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. His body of work, as well as his commitment to serving others, made him a clear choice for the College of Education’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award recognizes graduates of the college who have demonstrated a commitment to education and who have excelled in their chosen professions and enriched the lives of others. In 2011, Werth earned Radford University’s Distinguished Creative Scholar Award. He has authored or co-authored seven books and more than 50 journal articles. His books include Counseling Clients Near the End of Life: A practical guide for the mental health professional and Decision-Making Near the End of Life: Issues, developments, and future directions. He is a current editorial board

o u t s ta n d i n g a l u m n i A look at the recipients of the College of Education Outstanding Alumni Award since 2008. For a full list, visit education.auburn.edu/alumni/alumniawards.html 2012 Dr. Tommy Bice ’77

2011 Dr. Beverly Warren ’90

2010 Wayne McElrath ’52

2009 Dr. Joseph Morton ’69

member for Death Studies and Ethics and Behavior, and has given many national and international presentations on various topics within psychology. Werth earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Christian University in 1990 and earned a master’s degree in legal studies from the University of Nebraska in 1999. Werth currently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee of Disability Issues in Psychology and the Scientific Advisory Group. Werth is the rural health coordinator and ethics committee chair for the Virginia Psychological Association and serves as president of the Blue Ridge Academy of Clinical Psychologists. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Rural Health Association.


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The booklet listed the average heights, weights and 40-yard dash times of NFL players at each position. Back then, the 6-foot-2 Baynes looked the part of an outside linebacker at a taut 220 pounds. “The average weight was 216 or 217 pounds and the average 40 time was 4.9 seconds,” said Baynes, who directs the recruiting and development of NFL officials.

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f Ronald Baynes ’66 ever needs a reminder as to how much professional football has changed, he can refer to the training manual the Dallas Cowboys sent him nearly five decades ago after signing the former Auburn three-sport athlete to a contract.


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And now?

Let’s just say the evolution of NFL size, strength and speed can be gauged with a glance at one the game’s top quarterbacks, former Auburn star and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, who stands 6-foot-5, weighs about 250 pounds and runs as if he’s being chased by a pack of Dobermans. In the modern NFL, even the punters and placekickers would pass for the linebackers of the mid-1960s. This provides important context for explaining Baynes’ contributions as NFL director of recruiting and development. The guys in the striped shirts – the referees, umpires, head linemen, line judges, field judges and back judges with whistles around their necks and yellow flags in their back pockets – have to keep order under increasingly challenging circumstances. As the players have gotten bigger, strong and faster, as the on-field contact has come to mirror the intensity level of collisions between SUVs, those enforcing the rules of the game have a much smaller margin for error. NFL officials no longer resemble the popular caricature of the referee – thick glasses, thick waistlines. Baynes works to ensure the NFL finds the best possible candidates, those with sharp eyes, quick minds and fleet feet. They must pass the eye test as well as a rules test, and must also be squeaky clean. The NFL’s security staff, which includes former FBI agents, conducts intensive background checks. “We look for guys who are fit, who are athletic, guys who are coachable and can be trained and taught,”Baynes said. “It’s just like recruiting athletes. And certainly with our game the way it is, we have to have guys who are above reproach character-wise.”

Lookin g f or ‘it’ Baynes said the NFL must also have officials who have a quality that isn’t so easy to define.

Ronald Baynes ’66 played football, basketball and baseball at Auburn.

“There’s an ‘it’ factor,” he said. “There is an instinctive quality, just like in athletics. People can see and react to a play a bit better than others.” Baynes knows “it” when he sees it because he possesses this “it-ness.” He discovered this gift almost by accident after earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Auburn University’s College of Education. Baynes became a high school coach and planned to remain one. He became the head football coach at Selma High School as a 24-year-old and had additional coaching and administrative stops at Banks, Talladega, Tallassee and Mountain Brook High Schools. He also moved up the ranks as an administrator, eventually becoming principal of Tallassee Middle School and assistant principal of the high school. After he confined his coaching to baseball, a friend asked him to referee some high school football games. “He had to talk me into it,” Baynes said. “I tried it and liked it and kept doing it.”

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CACC to a state championship and a third-place relationships he built on the field yielded opporfinish in the Junior College World Series while tunities working college games. For 12 years, he earning National Junior College patrolled the sidelines at SEC Association Southeastern Coach games. At the end of each “There’s an ‘it’ factor. There week, he’d trade his adminisis an instinctive quality, just of the Year honors. trative coat and tie for black As a baseball coach, he won like in athletics. People can and white stripes, work Frimore than 500 games and led see and react to a play a bit day night high school games, high school teams to five state better than others.” then either drive or fly championships and 17 playoff somewhere else in the SouthRonald Baynes ’66 appearances. That sustained east. On a given Saturday, he excellence led to enshrinement could wind up in Tuscaloosa, Athens, Gainesville in the Alabama High School Athletic Association or some other college town with a “ville” on the and Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Halls end. of Fame. “I soon realized I couldn’t keep up that pace,” Baynes said.

Success on multiple front s Baynes applied to the NFL to become an official and began working pro games in 1987, but continued to coach and work in school settings. He served as assistant principal at Mountain Brook High School, but left to serve a stint as Central Alabama Community College’s athletic director and head baseball coach in 2000. During his second and final season in 2001, he guided

He experienced championship settings as an NFL official as well. Each year, the league’s highest-rated officials at each position are selected to work the Super Bowl. Baynes served as a line judge in Super Bowls XXIX in 1995 and XXXIII in 1999, which gave him a prime vantage point for a pair of memorable performances. San Francisco quarterback Steve Young threw six touchdowns in the former, leading the 49ers to a 49-26 win over San Diego, while Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway earned MVP honors in the latter, a 34-19 win over the Falcons in his final NFL game. Baynes hung up his whistle and put away his penalty flag after the 2000 season, moving to the NFL front office in 2001 as the league’s supervisor of officials. During his interview for the position, eventual NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asked him if he felt he could make a seamless transition from high school administrator to corporate officer. “When he asked me how I thought I was going to make the transition, I told him, ‘Very easily,’” Baynes recalled. “I told him what we deal with in education and how we deal with people, the types of things expected of you, and how you have to live an exemplary lifestyle.”


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The family business It’s the sort of lifestyle that other members of the Baynes family wanted to live as well. Of Ron and Marie Baynes’ six children, two sons, Allen and Rusty, eventually chose to wear the same on-field uniform as their father. Allen was the first, working his way from youth and high school sports to Conference USA college football games, the Arena Football League, NFL Europe and, finally, in 2008, the NFL. Rusty followed a similar path, earning his NFL shot in 2010. His wife, Marie, and their daughters-in-law share the following joke about the family business that emerges every fall: “We interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season.” Of course, Baynes quickly points out that they don’t complain about the occasional trips to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.

In his present role, Baynes does everything he can to ensure the NFL’s officiating crews don’t take their eyes off the ball. It’s a role that enables him to draw on the skills he developed as an educator, administrator and coach. “I’m back to coaching and teaching,” he said. “I’m just coaching and teaching football officials now.” A few months from now, the NFL preseason will commence and Baynes’ pupils will police the action on the field until the Super Bowl’s final whistle. The women of the Baynes family will join so many of their counterparts in becoming weekend football widows, but there will be one distinct difference. Ronald Baynes and his sons won’t be watching football games from the comfort of their recliners.

When it became evident that his sons had designs on becoming NFL officials, it necessitated a job change for Baynes. To ensure his sons earned their way into the NFL on their own, and to avoid supervising them, he moved into his present position directing the NFL’s recruitment and development of officials. He knows his sons have been watched more closely because of who their father happens to be. “They’ve gone in, kept a low profile and proven their worth on the field,” Baynes said. “It’s sort of like in baseball. Having the last name Baynes may get a bat in your hand, but when you get up to the plate you still have to hit the ball.”


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Housel recognized as consummate Auburn woman Susan McIntosh Housel ’73, a College of Education graduate and member of its National Advisory Council, earned the 2012 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award presented by the Office of the President and the Auburn Athletic Department. Presented since 1991, the award recognizes women who exemplify the grace, character and community-minded spirit of the late Pamela Wells Sheffield ’65, an elementary education graduate whose husband and children also attended Auburn. Housel served as a teacher for 27 years, spending the final 14 before her retirement at Wrights Mill Road School in Auburn. She earned an elementary education degree from Auburn, a master’s in elementary education from Troy University and an education specialist degree from Samford University.

“The recipients of the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award are women who have served Auburn with their time, talent, resources and truly with their hearts,” Housel said. “They have been mentors, advocates, leaders, and even pioneers whose involvement and commitment have impacted lives for the greater good. I am blessed to know many of these women as friends and am humbled to stand with them in our love for Auburn.” Housel serves the College of Education as chair of its National Advisory Council’s Internal Relations Committee. She recently established a scholarship in memory of her grandfather, Thomas E. Bonner, and is also a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle and Honor Roll. Housel also remains active in university and community organizations and activities as well, including Habitat for Humanity and Auburn United Methodist Church.

Housel considers it a high honor to be selected for the Sheffield Award given its focus on service.

college connections Of the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award’s 20 recipients, 10 have connections to the College of Education: Gwen Ferris Reid ’81, the 2011 recipient, earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology education. Reid helped Auburn through several successful fundraising campaigns as assistant vice president of central development. Dr. Joyce Reynolds Ringer ’59 (2010), an elementary education graduate, served as a member of the college’s National Advisory Council. Carolyn Brinson Reed ’65 (2008), earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has served Auburn through the AU Foundation Board and the Auburn Alumni Association.


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The late Sandra Bridges Newkirk (2006) served the college for more than 40 years as assistant professor of kinesiology. Dr. Susan Sorrells Hubbard ’87 (2004), earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education, a master’s degree in vocational and adult education and a doctorate in education. Dr. Debbie Shaw ’84 (2000) earned her master’s degree and doctorates in higher education administration and now serves as vice president of alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Kym Haas Prewitt ’86 (1999) received a bachelor’s degree in English language arts education and currently serves on the College of Education’s National Advisory Council. Dr. Jean Welsh ’85 (1998) earned her master’s degree and doctorate from Auburn in rehabilitation and special education. Dr. Jane Moore (1996) served as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Health and Human Performance) for 22 years.

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Culbreth ’82 named state’s top teacher Suzanne Bishop Culbreth ’82 has always been comfortable at the front of a classroom, but the veteran educator found herself standing front and center in a very different venue after earning Alabama Teacher of the Year honors for 2012-13.

While Culbreth still enjoys her interaction with students as a mathematics teacher at Spain Park High School near Birmingham, there are other responsibilities that come with earning a statewide award.

“You do have a platform,” said Culbreth, who earned a science education degree from the College of Education. “You are the voice for teachers in the state. I think that has been one of the biggest privileges is getting to be a voice for those teachers.” In February, Culbreth shared her voice in Montgomery has Alabama lawmakers debated whether to revoke the state school board’s right to implement Common Core curriculum standards without legislative consent. Culbreth joined Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice ’77 and 80 other state educators in expressing support for Common Core State Standards. “We know as educators that this is what is best for the students in the classroom,” she said. When Culbreth speaks, education policymakers would be well advised to listen. In addition to touching countless lives in her 30 years of teaching, Culbreth has earned state and national recognition. In March 2012, Culbreth was honored as Alabama’s winner of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. It marked the second consecutive year that a College of Education graduate has been earned a Presidential Award for Excellence. Megan Good Tucker ’04 earned a trip to the White House as the winner of the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science.

Stewart ’12 earns grant from Alabama Power Foundation Devan Stewart ’12, a music teacher at George Washington Middle School in Pike Road, Ala., recently earned a New Teacher Grant from the Alabama Power Foundation. Stewart, a music education graduate, was nominated for the award by one of her former College of Education professors — music education program coordinator Jane Kuehne. The New Teacher Grant program provides funding for first-year teachers to purchase classroom supplies. In nominating Stewart for the grant, Kuehne praised her as being one of the “most professional and reliable educators” that she knows. She cited the passion Stewart displayed for students while working at Notasulga K-12.

Suzanne Culbreth with fellow COE grad Tommy Bice.

Culbreth said being able to interact and exchange ideas with other state teacher of the year and Presidential Award winners in the last year has been transformational. “It’s revitalized me as I go into the classroom,” she said. “Personally, I’ve grown so much through the presidential and state teacher of the year awards.” Her calendar has grown increasingly crowded as well as universities and educational organizations invite her for guest speaking engagements. Culbreth visited the College of Education in April to share her perspective with preservice teachers. “One of the greatest experiences I’ve had is speaking to preservice teachers,” she said. Alabama’s Teacher of the Year award selection process begins with each school system nominating an elementary or secondary school teacher at the district level. One elementary and one secondary school teacher are selected from each of the Board of Education’s eight districts. A selection committee chooses four teachers from the 16 district finalists to be interviewed for Alabama Teacher of the Year and Alternate Teacher of the Year.

“She was one of the few teachers who was able to connect with the special education student in a way that allowed (the student) to fully participate in an activity that otherwise she might have been able to complete,” Kuehne wrote in her nomination. “What occurred over those few weeks of teaching is difficult to describe in that the educational connections that Ms. Stewart’s students had with her was unlike the other studentteachers’ experiences. Ms. Stewart went the ‘extra mile’ to ensure that her students were able to do a great job on the final collaborative project.”

Ivey serves as commencement speaker Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey ’67 served as a guest speaker during Auburn University’s two summer 2012 graduate ceremonies. Ivey, a Camden, Ala., native, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. Previously, she was elected state treasurer in 2002 and 2006.


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AlumniNOTES 1960s Rick Wood [B, 1966, education] serves on the Henderson County (N.C.) Board of Education and recently published a book entitled “40 Seasons,” which chronicles his career as a high school basketball coach.

1970s Karen Teague DeLano [B, 1973, general education; M, 1975, education; D, 1985, administration of elementary and secondary education] serves as superintendent of Auburn City Schools.

Susan McIntosh Housel [B, 1973, elementary education] earned Auburn University’s 2012 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award, which annually honors a woman who best embodies selfless service and commitment to the university and to the Auburn family. She also serves on the college’s National Advisory Council and on its Development Leadership Team.

with SIL for more than 25 years, living in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Noll Logan [B, 1978, art education], an art teacher at Auburn Junior High School, was selected as one of 11 art educators from around the country to serve on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Visual Arts Writing Team. The team is a partnership of organizations and states which will lead revisions to the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. Kathy Langlois Munro [B, 1970, education] is a principal in San Diego-based BridgeWest LLC, a private equity investment company which specializes in wireless telecommunications infrastructure companies.

Shirley Capps Varner [B, 1974, education/ family and child development; M, 1985, education] serves as a technical assistant for the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs Office of School Readiness.

Rex Lieffers [M, 1975, vocational education] is


a professional development consultant with SIL International. He works with professional staff in Asia to help them better serve growing cultural communities and language groups. He has served

Yvetta Lynch Abercrombie [B, 1985, elementary education] is a second grade teacher at West Point Elementary in the Troup County (Ga.) School System.

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Debbie Cooper Jarrett [B, 1983, secondary education/biology and English] serves as an education technology instructor for SCETV in Columbia, S.C. Suzanne Lacey [B, 1984, elementary education] serves as superintendent in Talladega County (Ala.) Schools. She was the runner-up for Alabama Superintendent of the Year in 2013.

1990s Janice Doler [B, 1994, mental retardation; M, 1999, special education] resides in Opelika, Ala. Jerlando Jackson [M, 1997, higher education] was named the Vilas Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin in July 2012. The Vilas professorships recognize faculty members whose distinguished scholarly works advance


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Alumni Spotl igh t knowledge in their disciplines and who have excelled in teaching or service.

Phillip Johnson [B, 1994, secondary language arts education] has served as superintendent of the Lanett (Ala.) City School District since 2008. He has worked for Lanett’s Board of Education since graduating from Auburn in 1994.

Brian Lemmings [B, 1997, exercise science] is a project manager for iHealth Technologies in Atlanta.

Lamont Maddox [B, 1996, secondary social science education; M, 2001, secondary social science education; D, 2012, secondary social science education] teaches AP government, U.S. history and economics at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Ala.

Christopher McDuffie [B, 1992, secondary science education; M, 1997, second science education] was appointed as an education administrator with the EDUCATE/LEAD Alabama Section of the Alabama Department of Education in July 2012. His responsibilities include supporting the section’s online presence through web development and technical support for its eight programs. He has been employed with the Alabama Department of Education for more than five years. Melissa Roney [M, 1997, adult education] is a training and organizational development consultant for Aegon/Transamerica. Harrow Hornsby Strickland [M, 1994, elementary education; M, 1998, library media] is a fifth grade teacher for Auburn City Schools. She was a 2010 K-12 Summer Teaching Associate for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. During her time there, she spent six weeks writing curriculum content for the K-12 teacher resource website, History Explorer.

2000s Shakeer Abdullah [D, 2012, administration of higher education] has served as an adjunct professor of higher education at Columbus State University and also serves as director of Auburn University’s Multicultural Center.

Daniel Ash [B, 2011, exercise science; M, 2012, biomechanics] is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla.

Allison Hynninen Bebout [B, 2007, elementary education], a kindergarten teacher with Sawyer Road Elementary in Marietta, Ga., married Bryan Bebout in November 2011.

New football staff contains COE connections New Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn’s approach to rounding out his coaching staff moved almost as fast as the hurry-up, no-huddle offense he plans to unleash this fall. Two of his earliest hires had connections to the College of Education. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, 29, earned a master’s degree in higher education from Auburn in 2009 while serving as a graduate assistant coach. Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell, 32, earned a master’s degree in adult education from Auburn in 2006. Lashlee worked with Malzahn this past season as Arkansas State’s offensive coordinator. The Red Wolves went 9-3 in the regular season, winning the Sun Belt Conference championship and earned a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Malzahn’s only season as head coach. Under his guidance, the Red Wolves ranked 17th nationally in total offense. Lashlee worked closely with Malzahn in structuring the offense and tutoring Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton during Auburn’s 14-0 BCS national championship season in 2010. He left Auburn in 2011 to serve a one-year stint as Samford’s offensive coordinator before reconnecting with Malzahn at Arkansas State. “Rhett is one of the best young offensive minds in college football,” Malzahn said. “I’ve been with Rhett a long time and he’s been an incredibly valuable righthand man. He has a great knowledge and understanding of Auburn and will be a tremendous asset for this program both on and off the field.” Russell served as Arkansas State’s strength and conditioning coach, but also has possesses strong ties to Auburn. He served as an assistant to previous strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall from 2009-10, and a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff at Auburn from 2005-06. “He is on the cutting edge in the strength and conditioning profession, and is a high-tempo, high-energy guy who fits well with our philosophy,” Malzahn said. “He’s worked with very successful football programs and knows what it takes to get the most out of his athletes.”

Regina Bentley [D, 2004, adult education] serves as associate vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, Texas.

Stephanie Connor [B, 2012, elementary education] is an elementary school teacher for Teach for America. Cheron Hunter Davis [B, 2000, elementary education; M, 2002, elementary education; D, 2010, reading education] serves as an assistant professor and as “Alt-A” advisor in Troy University-Phenix City’s Education Department. She welcomed daughter Ava Cazadora Davis into the world in October 2012.

Dori Dobbs [B, 2012, English language arts education] is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Auburn and works in the university’s Office of Alumni Affairs as a graduate assistant in the Marketing and Membership department. Emily Duke [B, 2011, elementary education] is a second grade teacher for Florence (Ala.) City Schools. Jillian DuBois Fuller [B, 2012, health promotion] resides in Woodstown, N.J.


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Rachel Newman [B, 2012, elementary education]

Maryann Rucks Hood [B, 2004, early childhood special education; M, 2005, early childhood special education] resides in Auburn.

Kathryn Smith McGraw [B, 2011, general

Kasey Woodfin Hope [B, 2003, elementary

Holly McIndoe [B, 2005, business and office

Jordan Phillips [B, 2003, social science education] was promoted to principal of Ruhama Junior High School in January. He and his wife, Britney, gave birth to daughter Madeleine Grace Phillips in February.

Kimberly Holland [B, 2012, collaborative special education] is a full-time graduate student.

education] owns and operates P’zazz Art Studio (www.pzazzart.com), where she teaches children art skills and techniques, as well as history. Located in Prattville, Ala., the studio also offers adult classes and space for birthday parties and other special events.

science education] teaches math for Camden County (Ga.) Schools.

education] serves as director of development and communications at Nashville OIC, a non-profit that provides GED test preparation, computer training and job placement for underserved individuals.

W. David Miller [M, 2010, higher education

Davis Jefferey [B, 2003, physical education] is a

administration] serves as a scholarship advisor for Auburn University.

physical education teacher with Lee County (Ala.) Schools.

Elizabeth Mott [B, 2012, early childhood special

Claire Lewallyn [B, 2012, mathematics education] teaches seventh grade mathematics at Drake Middle School in Auburn.

Kimberly MacDonald [B. 2005, elementary education] teaches fourth grade at Escola Maria Imaculada in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before moving to Brazil to teach at an international American school, she taught fourth grade at Hoover (Ala.) City Schools for five years.

Stephen Mairtin [M, 2012, collaborative teacher special education]is an art teacher with Lee County (Ala.) Schools.

Elizabeth McFarling [B, 2010, secondary mathematics education; M, 2012, school counseling] serves as a school counselor for Valley


education] joined the faculty of Wrights Mill Elementary School in Auburn in December 2012 as a special education assistant. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in special education from the College of Education.

Laura Cameron Mott Murphy [B, 2009, elementary education; M, 2010, elementary education] teaches fourth grade at Lakewood Elementary School in Phenix City, Ala. She resides in Auburn with her husband, William Kelley Murphy, whom she married in March 2012. Landon McKean Nast [B, 2007, elementary education; M, 2009, higher education administration] teaches fourth grade at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook, Ala.


is a teacher for Auburn City Schools.

Samantha Pieper [M, 2011, school counseling] is a counselor at Saint James School in Montgomery, Ala. Alyssa Pratt [B, 2011, elementary education; M, 2012, elementary education] is a teacher with Fulton County (Ga.) Schools.

Mindy Pennycuff Steakley [M, 2010, library media education] serves as a library media specialist with the Lee County (Ala.) Board of Education.

Lauren Tuohy [B, 2011, health promotion] is an exercise physiologist and wellness coach at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Ala. April Buchannon Turner [M, 2001, rehabilitation counseling] is a traumatic brain injury care coordinator with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services state office.

Carly Warren [B, 2012, exercise science] is pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy at Alabama State University.

Adam Harrison Williams [B, 2006, social science education] is a history teacher with Auburn City Schools.


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