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The accomplishments of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.


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Happy 25th Birthday,College of Liberal Arts!

2012-2013School of Fine Arts

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In 1987, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences split into two

colleges, giving the new College of Liberal Arts an independent stake at Auburn University. Today, 25 years later, we have grown to the largest college on campus with 4,458 student majors, and we produce nearly one-third of all credit hours at Auburn. As we commemorate our 25th anniversary, we ask you to join us in the celebration of our success.

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{Graduation} For the first time ever, the College of Liberal Arts will have an independent graduation ceremony on May 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. The speaker will be Auburn alumnus Javier Goizueta (Public Relations & Speech, ‘81). Goizueta is the vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, president of the global McDonald’s division, and also trilingual in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

Paul Bergen, a senior double majoring in German and microbiology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany next year. He will continue his research at the Technical University of Munich.

Fulbright Scholarship

The College of Liberal Arts is on Board!

11.8.12The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to bring Dr. Maya Angelou to campus through our Women’s Leadership Institute. Angelou will be speaking on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. Mark your calendar for this very special event and join us in listening to one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time.

Octavia Spencer (English, ’94) swept awards shows for

her portrayal of Minnie in the 2011 blockbuster movie

“The Help.” Governor Robert Bentley declared

March 21 “Octavia Spencer Day in Alabama” to honor

the Oscar winner.

Elizabeth H. Huntley (Political Science, ’93)

and James R. Pratt (English, ’72) have

been appointed to the Auburn University Board of Trustees.

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The Department of Music sent 79 students and 16 faculty on a 10-day musical tour of China, taking them to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. The Symphonic Band gave seven performances throughout China and visited many sites, including Tiananmen Square, the

Keren Gorodeisky, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, was awarded the Philip Quinn Fellowship, a worldwide honor given to only one woman in the early stages

of her scholarly career.

Band Goes to China

Instructors Randy Beard and Macy Finck in the Department of Economics

were listed in the 2012 Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Professors.”

This April, Finck presented the 2012 Final Lecture. He was elected by all Auburn University students as their

favorite professor to give a last lecture to graduating seniors.

{Speakers} Women’s Studies brought Rebecca Traister, staff writer for Salon, to Auburn as keynote speaker for their Fifth Annual Awards Luncheon. Her commentary about gender and identity in contemporary politics has appeared in a long list of publications, including The New York Times and Vogue.

Africana Studies featured poet Velma Pollard during their annual luncheon. Pollard is a well-known and highly respected Caribbean linguist, poet, and fiction writer.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, The Department of Communication and Journalism, and the Community and Civic Engagement Initiative brought author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, Eric Schlosser, to campus to discuss his research on immigration.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is bringing fair-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter back to campus in May as part of their NEW Leadership™ Residential Training, during which 30 women from across the Southeast will convene on Auburn’s campus for leadership training.

{Health Administration} René McEldowney, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Health Administration program, received an $85,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant will be used to improve colorectal screening rates in the state.

Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. They were invited by the United States-China Cultural and Educational Foundation to the People’s Republic of China for the musical tour to promote cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.

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Katy Frierson, a senior in political science, helped the Auburn University Soccer Team earn its first SEC Tournament title by scoring two goals (and one assist) in the championship match and was named MVP of the tournament. Frierson is not only a champion on the field but in the classroom as well. She has been named this year's recipient of the prestigious Edward Hobbs Scholarship and has been selected as an NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Finalist, the NCAA’s highest academic award.

Department of Communication Disorders professor Dan Phillips was given a $100,000 grant from former Board of Trustees member and patient, Dwight Carlisle, and his wife, Helen. Phillips plans to use the money to continue his research of the effectiveness of vocal production exercises and invest in an Ambulatory Phonation Monitor that records voice levels.

Not Just an Athlete

College of Liberal Arts students swept the 2012 Common Book Contest:

1st Place: Gabrielle Bates, junior in creative writing2nd Place: Matthew Pollock, freshman in English & Spanish3rd Place: Tyler Haydon, junior in political science

Kristen Haring, an assistant professor in the Department of History, is a 2011–2012 Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a highly competitive

and prestigious residential fellowship.

Sweeping Common Book

The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative announced the first Academy for Community and Civic Engagement (ACCE) for faculty throughout the Southeast.

ACCE will provide an intense 3-day workshop for participants interested in incorporating civic

engagement practices into their courses.





Who is Sunny Stalter-Pace?


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Associate Dean Paula Bobrowski chaired Research Week 2012.

The week was established to celebrate excellence in creative and scholarly

research activities at Auburn. Faculty presentation winners included

Tracy Witte (Psychology), Sridhar Kristnamurti (Communication

Disorders), and Lisa Caravan (Music).The College of Liberal Arts

Research Committee (CLARC), a faculty-driven initiative, was

implemented to enhance the research culture of all departments in CLA.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has added study abroad internships in Beijing and Seville. Exchange programs with Paris-Naterre and Argentina, among other locations, are in the works. The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative is offering two new opportunities for undergraduate students interested in both internships and service learning. Students now have the chance to live, learn, serve, and intern in either London or Beijing for a semester.

Research Week 2012

{Trailblazing} Melanie Barstad (English, ’75), was appointed to the Board of Directors for Cintas Corporation (a Fortune 1000 Company) where she serves on the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. She is also on the Auburn University Foundation Board of Trustees and chairs the College of Liberal Arts Women's Leadership Advisory Board.

Professor Ann Knipschild with Associate Dean of Research Paula Bobrowski

Dean’s Choice AwardDepartment of Art senior, Laura Jett, is the 2012 Dean’s Choice Purchase Award recipient. Dean Gramberg selected Jett’s work entitled, “Aura.” Media: Polaroid™ Instax Camera, Fuji Film Polaroid Film, pine, acrylic


The Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD program has

expanded its graduate externship placements to include more sites focusing on both organizational

effectiveness and employee quality of work life in military and

work organizations.

Bon Voyage!

Attorneys and other law practitioners hosted receptions in Birmingham and Montgomery

for our pre-law students and Mock Trial Competition Team members.

The Mock Trial Competition Team members Justin Clark and Kyle Scholl won Outstanding

Attorney Awards at the AMTA 2012 Jackson Region, hosted by the Mississippi

College School of Law. Lawyers for Auburn

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This summer, Chase Bringardner, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, is teaching a class in Galway, Ireland, that centers on the Galway Arts Festival. The Galway Festival features a number of Irish theatre companies and productions as well as concerts, fine arts, and street performances.

Teaching in Ireland

Experimental Theatre Addition and Dance StudioPlanned scheduled of events:Bid Opening May 31, 2012Building Construction Completed May 2013

Proposed Band Facility illustration shows new additions such as the Rehearsal Hall and Pavilion.

Fundraising is underway for our Theatre and Band building projects. Numerous naming opportunities currently exist for both of these endeavors.

{Spring Break Alternative} Instead of heading to the beach, eight of our students accompanied Mark Wilson to Eagan, Tennessee, for the third annual community and civic engagement course on Appalachian community development. Students who participate in this project consistently say it is among the most memorable and enjoyable of their Auburn experiences.

This year’s “Becoming Alabama” poster for our two-day symposium, Immigration and Migration in a Deep South State, was redesigned by Adriene Simon using German and other foreign languages. It was presented to Lutz Hermann Görgens, the Atlanta-based consul general from Germany. Görgens was the keynote speaker during the second day of the symposium.

Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities Renovation and Building Project

Plans are underway to break ground later this summer. Renovating the building will allow for on-site conferences, programs, exhibitions, lectures, and other outreach initiatives that are vital to our community.

"Your Name Here!"

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209,244 – CLA Undergraduate Hours589,768 – University Undergraduate Hours

219,308 – Total CLA Hours696,599 – Total University Hours

224 Outreach-related Instructional Activities106 Outreach-related Instances of Technical Assistance14 Outreach-related Peer-Reviewed Articles 6 Outreach-related Other Articles13 Outreach-related Electronic Products (Computer Programs, Websites, etc.)58 Outreach-related Other Products (such as Videos, Job Aids, etc.)35 Outreach-related Instances of Outside Consultation

in scholarships to nearly 300 students SPANNING EVERY DEPARTMENT



Fall 2010 – Summer 2011 Auburn Academic Credit Hours






CLA by the Numbers 2012

$92,00029 Scholarship Commitments22 Spirit of Auburn Scholarships 4 Endowed Scholarships 3 Annual Scholarships

in Dean’s Club Scholarships

CLA Total Credit Hours32%

Total Credit Hours from the Other

11 Colleges


Presentations/Lectures, 507

Creative Works (Exhibitions/

Performances), 690

Books/Monographs, 26

Peer Reviewed Articles, 189

Non-peer Reviewed

Articles, 97

$$2,778,5702011 External Funding