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October 2016  
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Alumni Spotlight: John Kim '83
 
 

Alumni Spotlight: John Kim '83

John Kim ’83 came to Montgomery as an Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) to attend school at Maxwell Air Force Base.
 
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Whatley hosts   Upcoming alumni events
 
 

Whatley hosts "Dinner with 12 Warhawks"

AUM alumnus, Carl L. Whatley, Jr. '83, hosted the Student Alumni Association’s first “Dinner with 12 Warhawks” event on September 29th.
 
 
 
 

Upcoming alumni events

African American Alumni Reception: Thursday, October 13
 
 
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College of Business expands program offerings
 
 

College of Business expands program offerings

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education recently approved the College of Business BSBA in Entrepreneurship.
 
 
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P-40 Place Grand Opening
 
 

P-40 Place Grand Opening

Students, faculty and staff explored the innovative design of AUM’s new residence hall, P-40 Place at Housing and Residence Life’s grand opening celebration on August 25th.
 
 
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College of Public Policy and Justice announces new partnerships
 
 

College of Public Policy and Justice announces new partnerships

The College of Public Policy and Justice recently partnered with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Montgomery Police Department to provide operational classes.
 
 
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AUM Library hosts Halloween Open House
 
 

AUM Library hosts Halloween Open House

Dare to join the AUM Library for an evening of fright…Please be their guest Open House Night!
 
 
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class notes
 
Rochelle Cameron ’94 Col. John Jacobi ’00 Ahmad Lightfoot '90
Peggy Jackson Walls ’81
 
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: John Kim '83

John Kim ’83 came to Montgomery as an Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) to attend school at Maxwell Air Force Base.  He and his family found Montgomery to be a warm and welcoming city, and they have fond memories of their time in Alabama. 

As part of coursework in Military Leadership Management, Auburn Montgomery offered the opportunity to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Kim took advantage of that program, graduating with his MBA in 1983 after visiting the AUM campus only once to purchase textbooks!

He continued his 26-year career in the Air Force, eventually retiring in Tacoma WA. While in Tacoma, he earned his teaching certificate and began a second career teaching high school Chemistry.  Eventually, he rose to become a middle school principal and a high school vice principal.  Kim credits his AUM MBA along with an undergraduate and master’s degree in Education with advancing his careers in the USAF and in education administration.  

Kim and his wife currently live in Hawaii, which is home for them both.  They have two daughters; one who lives in Hawaii and the other in Tacoma.  Retired for a second time, he currently serves as a member of the Hawaii State Charter School Commission.

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Whatley hosts "Dinner with 12 Warhawks"

AUM alumnus, Carl L. Whatley, Jr. '83, hosted the Student Alumni Association’s first “Dinner with 12 Warhawks” event on September 29th.  Through the “Dinner with 12 Warhawks” event series, AUM alumni host students for small dinner parties in the Montgomery area.  Students come together in a warm, friendly environment for good food, conversation, and camaraderie.  Each event offers students the opportunity to network with AUM alumni, ask questions about life after college, and interact with their peers beyond the classroom.

Whatley is a 1983 graduate of Auburn Montgomery and the current CEO and co-founder of Vitruvias Therapeutics, LLC.  He attributes a large portion of his success to AUM and continues to remain active in the life of the university.  

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Upcoming alumni events

Join us for live music, fellowship and hors d’oeuvres at the 8th annual African American Alumni Reception!

Thursday, October 13, 2016  I  6-8 pm

Ida Belle Young Library Tower

RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-244-3369.

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College of Business expands program offerings

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education recently approved the College of Business BSBA in Entrepreneurship.  The new Entrepreneurship concentration focuses on the creation of social and economic value by developing core capabilities of idea generation, opportunity recognition, resource acquisition, and entrepreneurial management.  

Entrepreneurship students will learn to create their own entrepreneurial opportunities and assess financial feasibility.

Graduates of the BSBA in Entrepreneurship will be well-equipped to seek self-employment in their own business start-ups or employment in corporate jobs that are focused on the new venture development functions of business.  The College of Business has strengthened its relationships with business leaders throughout the River Region in order to offer our students the benefit of connections to other entrepreneurs, as well as their overall networks.

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P-40 Place Grand Opening

Students, faculty and staff explored the innovative design of AUM’s new residence hall, P-40 Place, at a grand opening celebration on August 25th.

Named after the P-40 Warhawk plane that is the inspiration behind AUM's Curtiss the Warhawk mascot, P-40 Place is the newest addition to the residential community.  Located in the middle of the residential area on campus, it is styled after an airplane hanger with exposed beams and wide hallways, which also serve as communal living spaces.  Unlike any other residence hall at AUM, P-40 Place offers both wide open spaces for social activity, and the privacy of individual rooms and study rooms.

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College of Public Policy and Justice announces new partnerships

The College of Public Policy and Justice recently partnered with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Montgomery Police Department to provide operational classes for field officers and management classes for police executives.  The collaborative partnership was developed to improve the quality of the educational opportunities for law enforcement officers and criminal justice students in the State of Alabama.  The program will offer opportunities for students to participate in executive development programs in organizational leadership and management, and professional development programs such as individualized occupational studies. 

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AUM Library hosts Halloween Open House

Dare to join the AUM Library for an evening of fright as they host their first annual Alumni Halloween Open House.  Costumes are encouraged and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  

Saturday, October 29th  I  5pm-7pm

Ida Belle Young Library Tower, 1st Floor

RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-244-3200 by October 27th.

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Class Notes

AUM alumna and CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron ’94, received the Philadelphia Business Journal 2016 Veterans of Influence Award recognizing distinguished veterans in the Philadelphia region.  Cameron oversees the planning, development and administration of all activities for the City’s Division of Aviation – which generates more than $14.4 billion in spending to the regional economy and accounts for more than 141,000 jobs within the region. 

Cameron earned a Master of Business Administration from Auburn Montgomery in 1994.


Col. John Jacobi ’00 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years in the military. Jacobi  served in the Army and the National Guard and has spent the past 20 years in the Reserve.  He held several positions throughout his career including commander of the Army Reserve Element for the Army Reserve Sustainment Command and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

Jacobi earned a Master of Science in Justice and Public Safety from AUM in 2000. 


Ahmad Lightfoot '90 was recently promoted to Vice President, Loss Prevention Director for T.J.Maxx.  Lightfoot joined T.J.Maxx in 1997 as a District Loss Prevention Supervisor.  He held roles of increasing responsibility before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, Loss Prevention, in 2007.

Lightfoot earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice & Public Safety from AUM in 1990.


Peggy Jackson Walls ’81 recently published her first book, Alabama Gold: A History of the South’s Last Mother Load.  The book spans a century of gold mining in Alabama, the last southern state where gold was discovered.

Walls earned a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education and Master of Liberal Arts from Auburn Montgomery in 1981.  


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