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April 2023 Volume 2, Issue 7

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Auburn University Outreach calling for nominations for the Royrickers Cook Engagement Award


Auburn University Outreach is requesting nominations for the recipient of the first Royrickers Cook Engagement Award.


The Royrickers Cook Engagement Award will be presented annually to one faculty or staff member who has shown an ongoing and purposeful commitment to implementing outreach. This award is intended to honor a recipient who understands civic and community engagement, interpersonal relationships and serving the underserved.


The deadline for submissions is May 1. For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit the award’s web page.

Outreach Global Community Day Festival

On April 15, 2023, the Office of Outreach Global at Auburn University will host its second annual Global Community Day Festival from 9am to 6:30pm. The festival will be located at the AU Intramural Fields (530 Biggio Dr, Auburn, AL 36832).


The 2023 Global Community Day Festival will draw in international and domestic communities from Auburn, Opelika, and the surrounding areas to experience a day dedicated to cultural exchange and celebration. Activities throughout the day will include the Taste of the World (food tasting), the Trade Fair, the Global Attire Showcase (fashion show), musical & dance performances, karate demonstrations, arts and crafts, sports and games. The Global Community Day Festival aims to promote cultural awareness, enhance diversity and encourage multicultural learning. The festival provides a space for community members, student clubs and organizations and governmental and trade groups to engage with one another and celebrate the diversity within our community.


For more information about the festival, visit or contact Olivia Houlden at:


Crowd waits for a festival performance.
Participants in the Global Attire Fashion exhibition.
Young lady poses with Aubie the tiger.
Sample AP Summer Institute class; students engaged in lab experience.

Auburn Advanced Placement Summer Institute offers AP teacher training

Since 2007, Auburn has hosted high school teachers at the AP® Summer Institute (APSI.) Offered by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (OPCE) in partnership with the College Board, APSI is designed to aid the professional development of teachers, counselors and administrators who are involved with Advanced Placement, or AP®, courses.

Auburn will again host Advanced Placement teachers this summer for in-person sessions during the weeks of July 10 and July 17. Workshops are designed for both new and experienced Advanced Placement teachers. Topics include subject matter content, test construction, pupil and teacher selection, College Board policies and procedures and preparation and grading of AP tests.

The Workshops offered include:

  • English literature and composition
  • English language and composition
  • U.S. history, government and politics
  • World history
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental science
  • and Computer science principles.

Auburn is one of only two locations within the state of Alabama for AP teachers to receive training to be certified as Advanced Placement instructors.

OPCE provides AP materials, curriculum guidelines and exam material required for AP teacher certification. University partners including the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences generously provide classroom space, lab space and technical resources for AP topic areas.

The March ALGTI "Roads and Bridges" class
The March ALGTI course “Intergovernmental Relations” led by Casey Rogers.

GEDI Provides Alabama Local Government Training Institute for County Commissioners

Since 1995, the Alabama Local Government Training Institute (ALGTI) has been provided by the Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University (GEDI) for County Commissioners in Alabama. The ALGTI is comprised of two programs: the ALGTI Required Program and the ALGTI Advanced Program. 

All of Alabama’s County Commissioners are required by law to complete the ALGTI Required Program, a 50-hour program of five courses, within two years of the Commissioner’s initial election. This program educates the newly elected Commissioner on the responsibilities and requirements of their role. After completion of the ALGTI Required Program, Commissioners are encouraged to participate in the ALGTI Advanced Program, a program of 70 additional instructional hours, which is designed to augment the Commissioner's awareness and effectiveness in policymaking and public administration. Program graduates are recognized and presented commemorative awards at a ceremony within the Annual Convention of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA).

In March, GEDI conducted two ALGTI courses, "Intergovernmental Relations" and “Roads and Bridges”. Through this class, we introduce commissioners to resources and relationships throughout the state to increase their awareness and effectiveness in representing their counties before other bodies of government. For more information on this program


Outreach Global Stuffed Animal & Supply Drive flyer student working with international patient.

Outreach Global Stuffed Animal & Supply Drive

Donate to Outreach Global's stuffed animal and medical supply. Drop off location: 116 O.D. Smith Hall (donation box located in the lobby. Feel free to bring any of the following:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First aid boxes
  • Beginner-level English books
  • Standard eyeglasses

Donations will be accepted from now until the end of May. All donations will be taken to underprivileged groups in Athens, Greece, during Outreach Global's Summer Service Learning Program.

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Spring Test Prep: ACT/GRE/GMAT/LSAT- Prepare for your next step with Auburn University Test Prep. Flexible schedules and formats are available. Dates vary by program. Visit


When school is out, camp is in! Auburn Youth Program summer camp registration is underway. Visit for a complete list of camps.

April 4| Auburn University Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Elocution academy

April 12| OLLI Brown Bag series: Desmond Layne- "FoodU: How Horticulture and Partners are Impacting the Campus Food system"

April 19| OLLI Brown Bag series: AHS Debate Team: Fundamentals of competitive debate.

April 13| AU Leadership Series Leading with Purpose with Chris Richie

April 15 | Global Community Day Festival

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