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January 2023 Volume 2, Issue 4

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Making a Difference in 2023!

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Support Auburn University Outreach on Tiger Giving Day - Feb. 22

Auburn University’s eighth annual Tiger Giving Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. Tiger Giving Day is a 24-hour university-wide crowdfunding initiative. University Outreach's seven projects this year will expand ongoing service to the community.

Outreach projects include:

OLLI at Auburn

Project Description: OLLI at Auburn University is updating & enhancing its technology in order to continue providing an excellent learning experience for community members age 50 and better. For Tiger Giving Day 2023 our goal is to purchase computers for the growing OLLI team and equipment that will expand OLLI's hybrid class configurations for continued engagement and class participation for members not able to attend in person.



AuburnServes in the Office of Public Service (OPS)

Project Description: AuburnServes is looking to update and enhance its network platform to provide students the ability to organize and track their Outreach efforts and to connect faculty and partners with other outreach efforts across campus. AuburnServes engages and connects students, faculty, and staff with community organizations to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Students take an active role in fulfilling the outreach mission by volunteering and getting involved with local organizations providing students with hands-on, real-world experience. 


Governmental & Economic Development Institute (GEDI)

Project Description: GEDI's project seeks to raise funds to provide programs in the areas of business development, entrepreneurship, workforce development and community development across the state and to provide scholarship opportunities to participants who need them so that anyone can attend regardless of their financial constraints. The COVID-19 pandemic hit Alabama businesses hard, and the impact continues. Those struggling the most are small business owners fighting to expand and keep businesses afloat and entrepreneurs trying to bring dreams to life. GEDI has obtained some grants to provide training and resources at no cost to participants, but the grants will end soon and do not cover all the programs we can provide to strengthen businesses. This Tiger Giving project will allow GEDI to provide business, community, and economic development programs across the state of Alabama and to fund scholarships for people who need financial assistance to attend. 



Rural Health Engagement w/Nursing

Project Description: Auburn University Outreach and the College of Nursing ask your help in establishing a Rural Healthcare Engagement program that allows Auburn University students in all healthcare-related fields of study to engage with the Rural Healthcare Project. The Rural Health Engagement Program will provide students real world, hands-on, professional work experiences, networking with community leaders and healthcare professionals and advocates, promotes strategic dialogue to address rural healthcare challenges, such as workforce shortages and access to quality, equitable, and affordable healthcare. The RHP is an University Outreach initiative in partnership with the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Sciences, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System that addresses significant health disparities across rural Alabama. 


Young Professionals in Training (YPiT)

Project Description: Outreach's Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement & YPiT program is seeking to fund transportation and technology needs, educational materials for Auburn University Mentors (students) and their mentees from the Lee and Macon County area; for up to 40 students. Funds will also help raise awareness for the YPiT program in Lee county and Macon county schools. YPiT is an Auburn University Outreach mentoring and tutoring program designed for 5th-12th grade students in the Lee and Macon County area. This program exposes students from underrepresented populations to majors and careers at Auburn University, on campus while also providing 1:1 mentoring and tutoring, community events and field trips, Professional Development, Career exploration, Civic engagement, Social awareness and social emotional learning, all with Auburn University students (across fields of study) and faculty. YPiT's ultimate goal is to empower students and offer a pathway to Auburn University. 



Global Community Day:

Project Description: Global Community Day Festival is hosted by the Outreach Global Office and showcases Auburn University and the surrounding communities' diverse population – enhancing unity and creating space for multi-cultural learning and teaching, encouraging dialog and understanding of all communities. Funds raised will help underwrite hosting expenses & entertainment (last year's festival included Korean Idol winners, MUST-B, K-pop artists, headlined), provide transportation for international student performers and provide educational materials for Festival attendees. Additional funding will help provide meals for student and community member volunteers and marketing costs. Global Community Day promotes global cultural awareness, enhances diversity and multicultural learning/understanding; it also engages community and business leaders, student clubs & organizations, as well as, governmental & trade organizations. Activities include an international fair showcasing products and services from across the globe. The festival will present internationally focused and family friendly activities such as games, sports and music, a fashion exhibition and an around-the-world food and beverage tasting.



Campus Kitchens

Project Description: The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University is a student run organization that fights food insecurity in the Auburn/Opelika area. Funding would be used to create an all-encompassing app that would allow for all operational phases to be monitored with real-time feedback. It would be used to delegate Campus Kitchens volunteer shifts, allow insight on streamlining operations, and provide access to data instantly. With this project, we hope to streamline communication, create a platform that will support our operations, and produce an accessible dashboard for partners to voice their concerns and further needs. These goals can be met through the creation of an all-encompassing app that allows for operational phases to be monitored with real-time feedback. Donations would be used to develop a reliable app through outside partners and for future expansions and improvements of the app. This is a long-term investment for the growth and advancement of Campus Kitchen.

Full details and goals for each Outreach project are available at

For additional information, contact Carrie Collett, development officer at 844-5128,

January Spotlight

Jeffery Turnipseed Americorps VISTA for Auburn University Outreach CEOE

Jeffery Turnipseed

Americorps VISTA

for Auburn University Outreach

Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement

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Jeffery Turnipseed serves as an Americorps VISTA in Auburn University Outreach. Jeffery works in the Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement (CEOE) under the leadership of Dr. Venus Hewing. Turnipseed’s responsibilities as an Americorps VISTA include some oversight of the Young Professionals in Training (YPiT) program and the Outreach Student Ambassador program. Turnipseed will work towards increasing participation in these programs and spreading awareness of the wonderful work that CEOE and University Outreach does in and for our community!

Jeffery is originally from Calera, Alabama. After his VISTA assignment, he plans to finish his degree in Software Engineering minoring in Marketing at Auburn University. This will put him a step closer to his ultimate goal of attending law school. 

“My favorite thing about working in Outreach is that I get a personal look at the impact that Auburn University Outreach has in the community. In addition, I have learned so much from my coworkers and the students that I work with. During my time here, I look forward to forming connections, learning more and making a positive impact in my area. War Eagle!”

Introducing ...

Young Professionals in Training

Young Professionals in Training (YPiT) is a mentoring and tutoring program for students in 5th–12th grade. The program will expose students from underrepresented populations to majors and careers on Auburn University's campus. YPiT is a collaboration between Auburn University Outreach and the Curtis House, a local non-profit. YPiT seeks to understand participants' challenges and needs by allowing them to be the drivers of the program. The goal of YPiT is to empower the participants and offer a pathway to Auburn University and other opportunities that will prepare them to become successful and productive citizens.

Jailin Sanders, lead mentor, Young Professionals in Training

Jailin Sanders, YPiT Lead Mentor

My name is Jailin Sanders, a Senior from Bessemer, AL

majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering

with a minor in Business & Engineering Technology.

“I love AU Outreach because it allows students, like myself, to connect with the surrounding Auburn Community through various events/programs and

gives us the opportunity to grow

and learn from a first-hand perspective.”

If you'd like to spotlight a student in your area, please send their information and a photo to to be included in a future issue of the newsletter.

Join us in making a difference!

AU Leadership Series returning in 2023

  Mark your calendar! The AU Leadership Series returns January 24, 2023. The quarterly seminar series is presented by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, and features speakers who present innovative leadership and management skills to inspire success in all organizations. Past seminar topics include persuasion, motivation, conflict management, change management and emotional intelligence.

To register, or for more information, visit Special registration rates are offered for early registration, groups and Auburn University employees.


April 15 | Global Community Day Festival

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