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:: THE KELLY TIMES :: Sunday, May 2, 2010

Alumnus Achieves Life Goal of Becoming a Press Secretary By Kelly Young

Auburn University alumnus, Todd

Stacy, graduate in 2006 with a degree in Public Relations. During college, he jokingly set a goal for himself to become a press secretary by the time he was 25 years old. Not only did he achieve the goal he set for himself, Stacy has excelled in his field by working for the Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley. Stacy has been Governor Bob Riley’s press secretary for a year and half. He is responsible for keeping in touch with the media, arranging news conferences and writing speeches among other things. His job requires a lot of multi-tasking in order to keep everyone involved happy. “Sometimes it is difficult to manage so many things at once,” Stacy said. Stacy has only had a few years of experience on the job compared to other people he works with who have decades of experience. He does not consider the amount of experience as a setback; instead it makes him work harder to be the best he can be. Stacy uses his strong knowledge of politics and public relations skills he learned while in college to carry out his job everyday. “There are too many experiences, skills, things I’ve picked up in my college career that help me today,” Stacy said. He has contributed to the governor’s press office a lot. Stacy’s main con-

Todd Stacy givies advice to people interested in politics and how to stand out when looking for any kind of job. tribution came from what he learned in Robert French’s Style and Design class. He re-designed the governor’s Web site and started a Facebook page.

around the world, especially those in Alabama are receiving the governor’s message directly from him through the Internet.

Stacy also purchased a camera to shoot, then edited video, to distributed it to news stations so that their message can be delivered exactly they way the want it to be.

The governor’s term ends Jan. 12, 2011, which gives Stacy nine and half months left to work and learn as much as he can in a busy office. Stacy plans to stay in politics, but he has to work

He uses a process called FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to post his videos online. As a result of Stacy’s efforts, he has increase the number of media impressions on the governor’s Web site. In other words, more people

for someone with integrity.

When asked if he would ever like to become an elected official, Stacy said, “I’m a little better off behind the scenes.”


Alabama Cooperative Extension System Can Help You! By Kelly Young

Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), sometimes called Extension, wants to help Alabama citizens including Auburn’s students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni by providing them with working knowledge for everyday situations or problems to better their lives. Extension has been providing educational outreach to people for almost 100 years on behalf of the state’s two land grant universities, Alabama A &M University and Auburn University. Jim Lancuster is the News and Public Affairs Specialist for ACES. He serves as the principal news blogger for Extension. He also writes feature stories, columns, op-eds and press releases among other things including social networking. His main function at ACES is to spread the word about what Extension is doing which is essential to their success. The main goal for ACES is “essentially to improve the quality of life for people or every walk of life,“ Langcuster said, “It’s to provide them with working knowledge that they need to improve their quality of life.” Extension has six outreach areas of emphasis which are agriculture, forestry and natural resources, urban and new nontraditional programs, family and individual well-being, community and economic development, and 4-H and youth development. And within those six main categories 14 more distinctive topics are broken down and have been researched. Each year Extension chooses a theme that they want to focus on to share with the state’s citizens. In 2008, the

“Provide them with working knowledge that they need to improve their quality of life.” - Jim Langcuster theme was called “Thriving in Challenging Times: The Road Ahead” and in ACES annual report they featured stories on the everyday person living in Alabama and what they have been doing to survive this tough economy. Several feature stories we written about families growing their own fruits and vegetables, a story on a war hero and a story about how people are doing after being laid off. The report provided a glimmer of hope for these people and was used to attract people to the services that Extension provides. This year, ACES topic of focus is on sustainability and it is being called “Sustainability Plus”. According to ACES Web site, “Sustainability Plus” was developed to underscore the fact that sustainability extends way beyond the environment. People can be sustainable in all facets of their lives including economically, personally and socially. “People tend to assume that sustainability only deals with things like recycling, but it is a lifestyle practice that encompasses all aspects of our lives even the way we treat our bodies that boils down a sustainable issue, in

terms of how we eat and our behavior that can help us live longer lives which are of high quality and in a sense that is a form of sustainability,” Langcuster said. For more help on any topic that Extension covers not just the current topic of sustainability, people can contact their local extension officers. They will be able to provide face to face consultations and deliver services to clients in their areas. For more information, including the latest news, announcements, and phone numbers for county agents, please visit


Lucky Grad Student Finds Teaching Job Despite Economy

By Kelly Young

Extra education proves to be benefi-

After attending an education career fair in Auburn, Maxwell was led to the Muscogee County education system. She talked with a woman from the education Human Resource department who set her up with an all day job interview.

cial in finding an education job right out of college despite a tough economy and states reducing the number of teachers in schools.

Dorothy Maxwell received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in December 2009, with a B.A. in Early Childhood Special Education. She wanted to continue learning and decided to get a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Maxwell chose to become specialized in one area of education because it was close to her heart. “I am a special needs child, I have ADHD and Dyslexia,” Maxwell said. When she was in the seventh grade her middle school started a program to help children with disabilities. Maxwell previously was a “C” aver-

age student, but after receiving special assistance her grades improved. After all that she went through growing up, Maxwell decided that special education was what she wanted to pursue for a career. Find more videos like this on Auburn Family “I wanted to give back to the community where ever I move to,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell was offered a job teaching children with Autism. She cannot official say she has gotten hired, but plans to sign a contract with Muscogee school system in two weeks. “I like working with children with Autism, “ Maxwell said, “My favorite skill to use with autistic children is behavior management through positive reinforcement.” Maxwell will graduate in May 2010 and will be certified to teach special needs children ages zero through sixth grade.


I am the DRL, and I Love It! By Kelly Young

Gerrit DeWitt was born and raised in Auburn, Ala., attended Auburn High School and got a degree in Mathematics from Auburn University. He loves Auburn so much he decided to take a job here too!

He is an employee at the Media and Digital Resource Laboratory (MRDL). The MDRL provides many different types of hardware including DELL and Apple computers, scanners and color printers. Students and faculty can checkout video cameras, tripods and video camera stands. An audio

studio is available in the lab. There is a viewing room with turntable/cassette/ CD players, DVD and VHS players as well as Television monitors. Personnel who work in the MDRL spend hours upon hours each semester helping students complete intricate projects in order to meet class requirements. “We have a very mature sort of clientele,” said DeWitt. Many of the students seen in the lab are public relations, interior design, marketing, communication and

graphic design majors.The work required by students requires many types of software that generally are quite expensive. For example, the computers are equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Flash programs among others. DeWitt can answer most of the student’s questions, but occasionally he gets stumped and has to do research and to find out an answer. “I am not ashamed to do that everyone has to do it sometime,” said Dewitt. Because he helps students he is Auburn!


Art and Exercise for a Cause! By Kelly Young goodie bag, but they are not guaranteed, but we usually have enough,” Poole said. If the youth would like a T-shirt to commemorate this special event they can be purchased for $10.

Over the last four years, Auburn and

Opelika residents have been running and walking to support children’s arts and literacy educational programs. The “Art Walk/Run” was started in 2006 by the Junior League of Lee County (JLLC) to benefit and support six different community organizations influencing children positively through education. According to the JLLC Web site, they have two main points of focus in the organization. The first focus is every child in Lee County should have access and exposure to educational programs that promote literacy and the arts including, but not limited to, visual arts, performing arts, language arts, physical arts and culinary arts. And their second goal is to provide opportunities for intellectual, physical, and emotional development will improve self-esteem and build better citizens. These are key points of interest as they affect everything that the organization does and what it stands for. So in order to fulfill their mission and vision for Lee County’s citizens, JLLC has three major fundraising events each year. In the fall they host a “Poinsettia Sale,” in the spring they hold the “Art Walk/ Run,” and in the last few years they

have a “Rummage Sale” during the summer. This year the “Art Walk/Run” will be held on April 3, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race. Find more videos like this on The Loveliest Village JLLC is offering three different events along with games for children to try and attract more people to come out and support their cause. They first option is a 3.1 mile (5k) timed run and walk beginning at 9:15 a.m. There will also be a 1.5 mile walk at 9:30 a.m. for people who want to participate, but need something less strenuous. The exact race route has yet to be determined. Entry fee for the event is $15 for preregistration, before March 15, and $20 after March 15 until the day of the race. For children age 10 and under the registration fee is free. Pets on leashes are welcome to participate too. Tamara Poole, event co-chairman, said registration comes with a T-shirt, goodie bag and entrance into the race. “After March 15, the registration fee is $20 and it all so gets you a T-shirt and

On race day there will be a lot of events going on for the children including fun and creative arts and crafts projects provided by the museum and a Space Walk. There will be prizes for the top runners of seven different age groups for both male and female participants. And a drawing to give away prizes to sponsors who donated $150 or more to the event as well. Last year the “Art Walk/Run” raised almost $10,000 and they hope to do so again this year. The organization’s success depends largely on the success of fundraisers. Last year alone the JLLC volunteered 1,545 hours to the community, distributed $16,300 in funds to six community agencies, assisted 20 organizations by providing volunteers, monetary donations, and needed program supplies and materials. The JLLC was also able to impact the lives of 3,400 children in Lee County through their art and literacy placements and “Done in a Day” programs. For more information, visit

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