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December 2016  
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Alumni Spotlight: David Cobb ’83
 
 

Alumni Spotlight: David Cobb ’83

David Cobb '83 featured in CEO magazine
 
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AUM alumni reconnect in China   Save the date for Alumni Homecoming Celebration
 
 

AUM alumni reconnect in China

Alumni Association launched a travel program with inaugural tour of China
 
 
 
 

Save the date for Alumni Homecoming Celebration

Alumni Homecoming scheduled for Friday, February 24th
 
 
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in this edition
Alumni Professorship awarded
 
 

Alumni Professorship awarded

Alumni Association awards the 2016-2019 Alumni Professorship to Dr. Benedict Okeke
 
 
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#AUMDayofGiving
 
 

#AUMDayofGiving

#AUMDayofGiving set for February 14, 2017
 
 
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AUM holds inaugural White Coat Ceremony
 
 

AUM holds inaugural White Coat Ceremony

AUM College of Nursing and Health Sciences holds inaugural White Coat Ceremony
 
 
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How can you make a difference at AUM?
 
 

How can you make a difference at AUM?

Give the gift of scholarships or program support with year-end campaign
 
 
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AUM bids farewell to campus landmark
 
 

AUM bids farewell to campus landmark

Barnett deck damaged in storm
 
 
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Create a legacy with a planned gift
 
 

Create a legacy with a planned gift

Consider a planned gift with a bequest
 
 
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class notes
 
Lynneice Washington ’90 Natasha Bozeman '08
 
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: David Cobb ’83

David Cobb earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from AUM in 1983 and is now the president of MMI Outdoor.  Founded by his father, Henry Cobb, MMI Outdoor is a manufacturer and distributor of outdoor recreation products and outdoor equipment designed exclusively for the U.S. Special Forces.  Although college was out of reach for most young people in their generation, David’s parents instilled in him a strong desire to further his education.  David recently wrote about his views on higher education in relation to the current political and economic climate, and his comments were featured in CEO magazine. 

David has remained actively involved with his alma mater by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council and as chairperson of the Development Committee for the College of Business.  He is also a recipient of the College of Business Outstanding Alumnus Award.  David and his wife, Sandy, established the Henry D. and Hazel C. Cobb Endowed Scholarship to support marketing students in the AUM College of Business while honoring his parents’ legacy. 

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AUM alumni reconnect in China

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association launched a new travel program in November with an inaugural tour of China!

The trip began in Wuhan, China with a visit to AUM’s partner university, Hubei University of Economics, to meet a new cohort of future AUM students.  Carolyn Campbell-Golden, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, and Eric Yang, Dean of the AUM Confucius Institute, welcomed students before holding a panel discussion to answer questions from the cohort about AUM’s campus, classes and student life.

Before departing Wuhan, travelers had the opportunity to connect with local AUM alumni at a reception hosted by the alumni association.  Establishing relationships and engaging international alumni is one of the key objectives laid out in the University’s current strategic plan.   

After meeting students at Hubei University, climbing the Great Wall, touring temples and soaking in the Chinese culture, Charlie Lassiter ’81 reflected on her travel experience, “The trip to China was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am glad I took.  I had a grand time at all the sites visited and they each have their own special place in my memory."

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Save the date for Alumni Homecoming Celebration

Please join us for the annual Alumni Homecoming Celebration!  Dress casually and enjoy refreshments and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Friday, February 24, 2016

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ida Belle Young Library Tower, 10th Floor

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

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Alumni Professorship awarded

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association’s Alumni Professorship Award was established in 1995 to recognize teaching excellence, research contributions, and university and community service.  The Alumni Professorship is a three-year award and includes a $2,500 annual salary supplement. 

Annamarie Jones, Vice President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented the 2016-2019 Alumni Professor award to Dr. Benedict Okeke at Fall Convocation in October.

Dr. Okeke’s research covers several broad areas at the forefront of microbiology focusing on environmental issues.  He pioneered the establishment of AUM’s Bioprocessing and Biofuel Research Lab, seeking and receiving grant funds totaling more than $1.5 million, and furnishing the lab with the latest equipment to make it a first-rate facility for scientific research.

He has inspired and mentored students, igniting in them the same passion for learning that he shares.  His teaching has been rated as superior and has fulfilled an important component of several Biology options.  His classes are now part of Biology’s two majors.

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#AUMDayofGiving

Mark your calendars for #AUMDayofGiving, on February 14, 2017!  Show your love for AUM by supporting the many projects and programs from the colleges and departments seeking private support.

A social media based initiative, AUM ambassadors from all areas of campus will utilize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share information about AUM special projects.

Keep an eye out on social media for more details about projects that need your support!

In January, you can go to www.aum.edu/dayofgiving to check out all the projects highlighted for this special day!

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AUM holds inaugural White Coat Ceremony

Nearly 400 students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences were cloaked at Auburn Montgomery’s inaugural White Coat Ceremony on October 7.  The unique event initiated all students in nursing, communication disorders, and medical and laboratory sciences into their future healthcare professions. 

Faculty, administration, healthcare leaders and families watched as students took an oath to provide high quality, humanistic, patient-centered care in their future careers. Dr. Jean Leuner, Dean of AUM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was joined by Robin Barca, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist Health, who delivered the evening address.  “It is truly an honor to recognize these special students as they embark on their journey to enter such noble professions…dedicating their careers to the service of others,” said Barca.

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How can you make a difference at AUM?

You can give the gift of scholarships, program support, assistance for faculty and staff and more when you participate in our year-end campaign! A gift of any amount – no matter the size – to the AUM Annual Fund makes a big impact in the lives of students currently following in your footsteps.

This is your opportunity to show today's students that Auburn Montgomery alumni care about their alma mater, so please click here to make your gift before the December 31 year-end deadline. (When you do, you'll be able to count your contribution toward your taxes in the spring. That's what we call a win-win!)

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AUM bids farewell to campus landmark

For nearly twenty years, students have enjoyed lunch breaks, study sessions and class activities on the Barnett deck outside of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences building.  After a recent storm, the iconic tree in the center of the deck split in half, damaging both the tree and the deck.

The deck was named in honor of Kathryn Barnett, Dean of the School of Nursing, upon her retirement in 1996.  One alumna reflected, “I loved coming out here to study…or just to take a breather...[It was] easily my favorite spot on campus, so peaceful with a beautiful view.”  

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Create a legacy with a planned gift

If you are looking for opportunities to give back to Auburn Montgomery, please consider including a bequest in your will.   With your planned gift, you will become a member of the George Petrie Society.

After providing for family, friends and others, many alumni include a meaningful bequest to Auburn Montgomery in their will to continue their lifetime support.  Including the Auburn University Foundation as a beneficiary of your will is one of the easiest ways to provide for future generations of Auburn Montgomery students and faculty.

For more information about planned giving, contact Auburn Montgomery’s Office of Advancement at 334-244-3369 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Class Notes

Lynneice Washington ’90 was elected District Attorney for the Bessemer Cutoff District in Alabama.  Washington will be the first woman and the first African American to hold the position in Jefferson County. She has been a lawyer for 19 years, eight of those as an assistant district attorney in the Bessemer Cutoff.


Natasha Bozeman '08 is now an officer in the U.S. Air National Guard. Bozeman earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2008 and  a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012.  


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