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Alumni Spotlight: Linda Gibson-Young '98
 
 

Alumni Spotlight: Linda Gibson-Young '98

Dr. Linda Gibson-Young '98 was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).
 
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Alumni Association Graduate Study Merit Scholarships Awarded   AUM Accepts Invitation to Gulf South Conference
 
 

Alumni Association Graduate Study Merit Scholarships Awarded

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association recently awarded its annual Graduate Study Merit Scholarships to six outstanding AUM students.
 
 
 
 

AUM Accepts Invitation to Gulf South Conference

Chancellor John G. Veres III and Gulf South Conference Commissioner Matt Wilson announced that Auburn Montgomery has accepted an invitation to join the GSC beginning in the 2017-18 year.
 
 
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Nominations open for the 2016 - 2019 Alumni Professorship
 
 

Nominations open for the 2016 - 2019 Alumni Professorship

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association sponsors an alumni professorship to recognize outstanding Auburn Montgomery faculty who best exemplify excellence in teaching, research, scholarly and creative accomplishments and service
 
 
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Upcoming Alumni Events

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Join the Alumni OARhawks at the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race
 
 

Join the Alumni OARhawks at the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association’s team of “Alumni OARhawks” is ready to hit the river again to compete in the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race on August 27th.
 
 
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Jennifer Ardis '10 Stephen Bray '12 Stan Cox '86
Rodney A. Ellis '95 Pat Fossum '75 Tinna Gallagher '08
William A. Kirkland II '93 Kayla Mason '13 Kendrick Myers '10
Brigitte Polk '91 Tera Simmons '98, '00 Ursula Thomas '96
 
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: Linda Gibson-Young '98

Dr. Linda Gibson-Young was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).  FAANP is dedicated to advancing the nurse practitioner profession and impacts national and global health by engaging nurse practitioner leaders.  Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the AANP mission. 
 
Gibson-Young was also honored in 2015 as the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties (NONPF) Outstanding Researcher for her research on utilizing in-home technologies to care for children with asthma.  With a goal of creating a Center of Excellence in Asthma Management at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, she has developed partnerships with pediatric health systems, schools, and other health care providers throughout the Corpus Christi area.
 
Gibson-Young currently serves as Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn Montgomery in 1998, and recieved the AUM School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.  Gibson-Young also holds a Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in Nursing as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 
 

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Alumni Association Graduate Study Merit Scholarships Awarded

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Fritz (Selection Committee), Rebekah Seay, Maranda Weathers (Selection Committee), Ramona Howard, Holly Clark, Tracy Selmon.  Not pictured: Jeremy Jeffcoat, Christina Ricks. 

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association recently awarded its annual Graduate Study Merit Scholarships to six outstanding AUM students.  These scholarships are awarded annually to deserving graduate students at AUM. The scholarships require recipients maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher, enroll in and complete nine hours each semester, and be continuously enrolled for each semester covered by the award.

The $1,000 scholarships, funded by alumni memberships, were awarded by the AUM Alumni Board of Directors to Holly Clarke, Tracy Selmon, Jeremy Jeffcoat, Rebekah Seay, Ramona Howard and Christina Ricks. 

Clarke, a former student-athlete originally from England, earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Kinesiology from Auburn Montgomery and is working towards a master’s degree in the same area.

Selmon earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at AUM and is pursuing a Master of Psychology.   Upon completion of her master’s degree, Selmon plans to advance her current career and begin a doctorate program in clinical psychology.  Her long-term goal is to become a licensed clinical psychologist.

Jeffcoat earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Troy University and is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in History at AUM.  His goal is to teach history at the community college level and to contribute to the field through writing and research.  

Seay is pursuing a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Kinesiology at AUM.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Fitness, Conditioning and Performance from Auburn University.   Upon completion of her master’s degree, Seay plans to pursue a career as a college professor. 

Howard is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree.   A two time graduate of AUM, Howard earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Public Safety with a concentration in Juvenile Justice and a Master of Education in Collaborative Special Education.   Howard is working towards becoming a licensed counselor.  

Ricks is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology at AUM.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Samford University.  Ricks is an elementary science teacher at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL and has received national recognition from the National Science Teachers Association for her innovative and creative approach to teaching.  

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AUM Accepts Invitation to Gulf South Conference

At a press conference on June 16th on AUM’s campus, Chancellor John G. Veres III and Gulf South Conference Commissioner Matt Wilson announced that Auburn Montgomery has accepted an invitation to join the Gulf South Conference beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.  With a shared focus on balancing academic achievement with a high level of athletic competition, AUM is a natural addition to the Gulf South Conference.
 
Located in Birmingham, AL, the league is currently composed of 12 active members and four affiliate members located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.  With the addition of AUM and the University of Montevallo, the Gulf State Conference will have 14 full-time members for the 2017-18 academic year.  
 
The Warhawks look forward to competing at the NCAA Division II level with the Gulf State Conference!

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Nominations open for the 2016 - 2019 Alumni Professorship

 The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association sponsors an alumni professorship to recognize outstanding Auburn Montgomery faculty who best exemplify excellence in teaching, research, scholarly and creative accomplishments, and service. The person appointed Alumni Professor shall serve a three year, non-renewable term with a total salary supplement of $7,500.  To be eligible for this honor, faculty must be a member of the current teaching faculty and have ten or more years of full-time service at AUM.  

Nominations by AUM faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends must be submitted or postmarked no later than August 1, 2016.  Click here for the detailed guidelines or contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-244-3369 for more information. 

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Night at the Biscuits
Thursday, July 14
7:05 pm
Riverwalk Stadium
Click here for tickets!
 
Alumni Tour of the Hyundai Plant
Wednesday, August 24
11:15 am
Meet at Ida Belle Young Library Tower, 10th Floor
 
Montgomery Dragon Boat Race
Saturday, August 27
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Riverfront Park
 
Young Alumni Mixer
Thursday, September 15
5:30 pm
The Exchange
 
 
African American Alumni Reception
Thursday, October 13
6:00 pm
Ida Belle Young Library Tower, 10th Floor
 
Alumni Travel to China
November 9-18, 2016
Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang

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Join the Alumni OARhawks at the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association’s team of “Alumni OARhawks” is ready to hit the river again to compete in the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race on August 27th. Over 70 teams from central Alabama will converge at Montgomery’s beautiful Riverfront Park to compete for the championship and paddle for a cause.
 
The races are the main attraction, but the festival also offers food, art vendors, live music, and entertainment throughout the day.  All proceeds from the festival benefits Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama.
 
Interested in joining the Alumni OARhawks’ elite team of paddlers?  Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 334-224-3369.

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Stay connected!

If you have recently moved, changed jobs, or have any announcements you would like to share with the Alumni Association, we would love to hear from you!  Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We are so proud of our alumni.  Go Warhawks!

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Class Notes

Jennifer Ardis '10 was named Communications and External Affairs Director for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).  Ardis will lead the section of ADECA responsible for informing Alabamians about the department’s programs and grants.  Ardis earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Auburn Montgomery. 


Stephen Bray '12 rediscovered his love for songwriting while studying English at AUM and is now performing his original songs in the Montgomery area.  Bray earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Liberal Arts from Auburn Montgomery. 


Stan Cox '86 was promoted to Headmaster of Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Alabama.  He has been with Lee County Schools for five years, and prior to that spent fifteen years with Montgomery Public Schools and nine years at Opelika City Schools. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Mathematics from Auburn Montgomery.  


Rodney A. Ellis '95 was named chancellor at Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana.  Ellis, a higher-education consultant, is the former chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College.  Ellis earned a Master of Science in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn Montgomery.  

Pat Fossum '75, a retired world-class athlete, has won her age group in the Crescent City Classic New Orleans 10k for the past two years. Fossum studied education at Auburn Montgomery. 


Tinna Gallagher ’08 was recently hired as the new head women's soccer coach at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia.  After moving from Iceland, Gallagher continued her soccer career at AUM where she received three All-Southern States Conference honors and later joined the AUM coaching staff. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Auburn Montgomery. 


William A. Kirkland II '93 was appointed to the FBI Citizens Academy in March 2016.  Kirkland earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Auburn Montgomery.


Kayla Mason '13 accepted a position as head volleyball coach and girls’ basketball coach at Morgan Academy in Selma, Alabama. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Auburn Montgomery. 


Kendrick Myers '10, Opelika High School Assistant Principal, has been named the 2016 Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals.  Myers earned a Master of Education in Secondary Education Language Arts from Auburn Montgomery. 


Brigitte Polk '91 has served the U.S. Army for the past 24 years and is currently Chief of Public Health Nursing at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She plans to retire in June 2017 to Montgomery, Alabama.  Polk earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn Montgomery. 


Tera Simmons '98, '00 was recently hired as an assistant superintendent for Hoover City Schools.  Simmons previously served as director of student learning and as K-12 curriculum director in Butler County.  Simmons earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Mild Learning Disorders and a Master of Education in Collaborative Teaching (K-6) from Auburn Montgomery. 


Ursula Thomas '96 currently serves as the Director of Field Experience and Assessment for Education at Georgia State University-Perimeter College.  Thomas’s most recent publication, Critical Research on Sexism and Racism in STEM Fields, investigates the bias, stereotyping, and repression experienced by women within STEM-based career fields.  Thomas earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Auburn Montgomery.


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