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June 2022 Volume 1s, Issue 5

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Street Names book awards inaugural camp scholarship


Local Auburn teen Kounte Threadgill is the recipient of the Gatsy Rice Campership, the inaugural camp scholarship funded by the newly published book Auburn: A History in Street Names. 

15-year-old Kounte is recognized for acting heroically when a fire engulfed his family’s home in 2020. Only 13 years old at the time, Kounte ran through the fire to save his four younger siblings who were separated by the flames in different rooms of the home. Because of his brave acts, he and his family were safely out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Kounte later said, “I didn’t think, I was just acting.”

Auburn: A History in Street Names book

While the family lost most of their belongings in the fire, the fire crew was able to retrieve one of Kounte’s most prized possessions- his calculator. The teen, who dreams of one day being a doctor, enjoys math and science and has chosen to attend ACT Bootcamp. The weeklong camp provides an in-depth review of the ACT exam and introduces students to the admissions process, career services and student involvement opportunities at Auburn University. 


Authored by Sam Hendrix, Auburn: A History in Street Names tells a comprehensive history of the City of Auburn. Proceeds from book sales fund an endowment at Auburn University to provide academic camp scholarships for Auburn Youth Programs. The “camperships,” which cover costs of registration, on-campus lodging and meals, provide the opportunity for local youth to attend week-long academic summer camps at Auburn University.

Each camp scholarship is named for the remarkable individuals whose stories are told throughout the book. Gatsy Rice, for whom the inaugural scholarship is named, came to Auburn in the 1840s as a servant in a local household. Though born into slavery, Rice had an entrepreneurial spirit that allowed her to climb the economic scale. After the war, she prospered as an independent seamstress- mending uniforms of East Alabama Male College cadets and others in town- and running a boarding house. She eventually owned property in both downtown Auburn and Opelika. 

Auburn: A History in Street Names made its debut in 2021 and sold out in 29 days. A second printing is expected to be available in the fall of 2022. For more information on the book or the Sam and Mary Ellen Hendrix Endowed Fund for Excellence in the Office of University Outreach visit 

Auburn Youth Programs, a program area within the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, is an extension of University Outreach that sponsors and executes a variety of summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth. To learn more about Auburn Youth Programs visit summercamps.

Outreach Global represented Auburn University Outreach as a 2021 Fulbright Prize Sponsors. Dr. Elizabeth Quansah presented to the group. Pictured: Left to right, Dr. Elizabeth Quansah, Dr. Hollie Cost, Dr. Stacey Nickson and Dr. Chippewa Thomas.




Outreach Global in collaboration with the Fulbright Association will be offering two (2) weeks hands on Global Engagement Programs (GEP) aimed at promoting global awareness, diplomacy, non-degree certificate in capacity building courses and community outreach programs for both local and global partners. The program is designed for K-12, undergraduate, graduate students, faculty, and staff in USA and abroad interested in:

·      The Fulbright in the K-12 classroom

·      Visiting colleges abroad for US students and faculty, and visiting

     American college/universities by foreign faculty members.

·      Recipocal service learning programs that provide opportunities to practice citizen diplomacy

     for faculty, students, staff and our global partners.

·      Non degree certificate training programs for our global partners.

GEP Non degree certification will focus on:  

·      Citizen Diplomac

·      Civic Education

·      Entreprenurships 

·      General Education

·      Global Issues

·      Leadership and  Management

·      Grant Writing

·      Community Outreach Programs and 

·      Cultural Immersion/excursion activities

Register and engage with the Fulbright alumni and current fulbrighters, renowned instructors in Alabama, across the nation, and throughout the globe. For more information, contact Dr. Quansah at and 334-844-5719. Visit outreach global website at: for our programs and services.

WIOA badges for Global Communication Skills Training - Elocution Academy & Employability Skills - Entrepreneurial Skills Training and Financial Literacy

AU Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) awarded grant

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law July 22, 2014 and supersedes the Workforce Investment Act. It promotes program coordination and alignment of key employment, education, and training programs at the Federal, State, regional and local level. WIOA was designed to provide workforce investment activities to increase employment, retention and earnings, and the attainment of nationally recognized and/or postsecondary credentials. Through these activities, the quality of the workforce will improve, economic self-sufficiency will increase, and workers will meet the skill requirements of employers and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of our nation.

The AU Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) has been awarded a $214,000 grant (renewable for 3 years) to partner with the Macon and Bullock County Career Technical Education Centers. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant was awarded by the Alabama Department of Commerce to allow Auburn University to provide supplemental programs as part of CEOE’s mission to enhance the development of K-12 schools in Alabama.

Auburn University

Success Plus

Youth Program (AUSPP) created

An Auburn University Success Plus Youth Program (AUSPP) has been created to enhance the education and employability skills program for youth throughout Macon and Bullock Counties.

The AU Success Plus Youth Program will be a partnership between Auburn University Outreach (Center for Educational Outreach and EngagementHarbert College of BusinessOffice of Professional and Continuing Education and Faculty Engagement), Macon County SchoolsBullock County Schools, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. This program will provide education and training and offer field-expert guest speakers and seminar sessions for students. Students in the program will also visit Auburn University for campus and facility tours with educational seminars provided at various colleges and schools, with an emphasis on healthcare and medical sciences. Students also can earn and be issued digital badges from Auburn University in the following categories:

  • Elocution Academy Employability Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Global Communications Skills Training
(Image of a group of course participants standing in front of a building.) “Participants in the recent Entrepreneurship Pop-Up Workshop held in Dothan pose for a group photo.”



One of the greatest benefits of Outreach programs is the impact they have on citizens and communities. The Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) serves communities in all 67 counties in the state and has a mission of promoting effective government policy and management, civic engagement, economic prosperity, and improved quality of life for the State of Alabama and its communities. Recently, GEDI, along with the Auburn University Harbert College of Business, utilized Auburn’s EDA University Center grant and a partnership with the Dothan Chamber of Commerce to offer area entrepreneurs and business owners information to help their companies grow and thrive.

The half day workshop was held May 12 at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce office and provided free of charge. Participants were treated to lunch and learned how to develop value propositions, identify market potential, create a business model, address risks and how to expand their network of partners. They also had the opportunity to network with one another and ask instructors Dr. LaKami Baker and David Mixson questions about business techniques and strategies. 

This program has been well received and in demand around the state. GEDI has provided the workshop in various locations including Athens, Selma, Troy, Auburn, Opelika, and Phenix City and currently has requests from other cities to host the workshop in their communities. For more information about this program and the EDA University Center grant, visit

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OPCE’s EagleCast Webinar Series continues to connect experts, audience

EagleCast, the monthly webinar series presented by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, features experts from a variety of sectors including education, business, industry, public service, health and finance. The ongoing series, offered free of charge, is designed to meet the demand for information and skills essential for navigating today’s ever-changing world.

The series began in 2020 as an effort to digitally extend the University’s outreach efforts by providing high-quality virtual experiences through an interactive online platform. Consistent with OPCE’s mission to make the educational resources of Auburn University available to the public, the webinar’s expert speakers include leading Auburn University faculty, staff and partners. 

Registration for the EagleCast Webinar Series is always free and open to the public. To register for an upcoming webinar, or to view recordings of past webinars visit

Drs. Keith S. Hébert and Elijah Gaddis discuss the history and legacy of the Rosenwald Schools that made education possible for black students.

Rosenwald Brown Bag presenters
Rosenwald Brown Bag class
GEDI director Jeremy Arthur recently wrote a blog post entitled "Higher Education Outreach and Engagement: Your Chamber/Association’s Partner for Success" for the Institute for Organization Management.

GEDI Director Jeremy Arthur recently wrote a blog post entitled "Higher Education Outreach and Engagement: Your Chamber/Association’s Partner for Success" for the Institute for Organization Management. It was originally published at by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Institute for Organization Management.


OPCE Courses


Graphic Design Online: Mastering Adobe Illustrator


Drawing Crash Course


Paralegal Certificate Course


Pet Sketching


Graphic Design Online: Bringing it Together with Adobe InDesign


Web Design Online Certificate Program

In this 12-week, online certificate program, learn the basics of HTML5 and CSS3, along with JavaScript essentials using Adobe Dreamweaver.


African American Education in Alabama

Wednesdays, Sept. 4 - Nov. 2

9:00am - 10:30 am

Boykin Community Center

8–week course introducing the struggle for equal education in Alabama. Presented by Dr. Keith Hébert  and Dr. Elijah Gaddis with a host of expert teachers each week. The class will culminate with a field trip to tour regional Rosenwald Schools and hear about efforts to preserve them.

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