March 2024 Volume 2, Issue 17

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Huntsville Drumline at Auburn University

The Huntsville Community Drumline

Visits Auburn University

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), in conjunction with the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities, invited the community to “Live Life Loud” with the Huntsville Community Drumline during the OLLI Brown Bag series on February 28. The Huntsville Community Drumline was founded in 2010 by Angela Walker, a retired teacher for Huntsville City Schools when she saw the need for affordable non-academic, non-sports related after school youth program. This successful program has developed more than 5,000 youth, providing them with opportunities to learn a craft that could lead to scholarships. In 2020, they launched a free percussion class called “Gran Masters” designed to help adults over 60 improve brain function and increase socialization after the pandemic.

While at Auburn University, the programs 5th-9th grade “Stickmasters” had the opportunity to tour Pebble Hill before performing at the OLLI Brown Bag Series and teaching the OLLI members how to drum. Afterwards, CEOE arranged for the students to meet with professors and percussionists in the AU Department of Music to talk about a path to college through music. Outreach Ambassadors provided students with a tour of campus.

The Auburn University Outreach community came together to show how these students could use the hard work they’re doing now to master music to shape their future. For more information about OLLI at Auburn click Here! For more information about the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, Click Here!

Gulf South Summit logo


hosted by Auburn University

APRIL 15-17

"Bridging the Gap Between Personal and Social Responsibility Through Knowledge, Engagement, and Action."

2024 Gulf-South Summit registration is now open!


Children's harbor group
Site of Children's Harbor

Budding Partnerships with Children's Harbor


When a camp designed to strengthen families of seriously ill children expresses interest in managing its duck population, better serving children with autism, and overseeing its fruit orchard, the first place they naturally turn is Auburn University. Situated on 66 acres of majestic lakeside property, Children’s Harbor provides refuge, respite, and resources to families of children with conditions such as asthma, hemophilia, cancer, and physical and sensory impairments. Thanks to a generous donation of an additional 39 acres, the camp has the capacity to expand not only geographically but also programmatically. As the visionary CEO of Children’s Harbor, Cat Outzen recognized the breadth of possibilities at their fingertips. Linda Gibson-Young, nursing faculty and Asthma Camp director, facilitated a meeting between Outzen and Auburn University Outreach in the hopes of developing a mutually beneficial relationship.


Since this meeting in April 2023, University Outreach has guided two faculty trips to Children’s Harbor and continues to sponsor campus-based convenings to maintain this momentum. One outstanding outcome of this partnership is Children’s Harbor’s willingness to provide housing to education interns serving as our first cohort of Rural Health Fellows in the fall of 2024. When asked what she needed in return for their generosity, Outzen perfectly articulated the spirit of partnership: “There will be times when arrangements benefit one party more than the other, and some are equally beneficial. We are committed to embracing these opportunities and continue building on them.”


Over these short months, much has already been accomplished, and even more plans are brewing on the horizon:


• The College of Veterinary Medicine is considering possibilities for camper service dog training.

• Children’s Harbor is providing a placement for 12 master’s level interns in nutritional sciences this summer. Camp counselor positions will be available for nutrition sciences undergraduates.

• Architecture faculty secured the topographical survey of the property expansion to prepare for an experimental planning course.

• Extension faculty are supporting camp staff in caring for their fruit orchard.

• Wildlife faculty added a Children's Harbor site to iNaturalist so campers can begin logging wildlife observations.


Endless possibilities exist for partnering with Children’s Harbor. For more information, contact Hollie Cost, assistant vice president for University Outreach and Public Service, [email protected].

Collage from 2023 festival

Global Community Day Festival

On Saturday, April 20, 2024, the Office of Outreach Global at Auburn University will host its third annual Global Community Day Festival from 10:30am to 6:00pm. The festival will be located at the Opelika Amphitheater (1001 SportsPlex Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801). This is a free event open to the community

The 2024 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 Vendor Trade Fair, the Global Attire Fashion Exhibition, musical performances, dance demonstrations, international food trucks, 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, as well as governmental and trade groups, to engage with one another and celebrate the diversity within our community.


If you are interested in having a booth at the festival, performing a talent, participating in the Parade of the Flags or Global Attire Fashion Exhibition, or sharing in your culture in some other way, please contact Olivia Houlden ([email protected], 334-844-5787). If you would like to register as a vendor and sell goods/food, please register here or reach out to [email protected]. For more information, please visit our website at


We look forward to seeing you there!

GEDI/EDAA Leadership Series Schedule

Since the fall of 2015, Auburn’s Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI) has been partnering with the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) to educate and empower elected officials and business and community leaders around the state. The EDAA Leadership Institute is designed to improve local economies by strengthening our community leaders. In a series of workshops offered online and in locations around the state, leaders learn from industry experts about topics critical for growth and prosperity.For 2024, the program has been revised and all new courses have been added:

The Use of Data, Information, and Technology for Economic Development

March 6, Online

Economic Development Financing and Deal Structuring

April 10, Auburn

The Site Selection Visit: Best Practices from the Pros

June 11, Prattville

Keys to Extraordinary Results in Ordinary Communities

November 12, Auburn

Courses can be taken on a stand-alone basis, but the focus is to have students earn a Leadership Institute Certificate. To earn a GEDI-EDAA Leadership Institute Certificate, participants must complete four, one-day courses and attend at least one summer or winter EDAA Conference.

The certificates are awarded during the EDAA Summer Conference each year. If you’re interested in learning more about the EDAA Leadership Institute, visit GEDI’s website at or contact GEDI

at 334-844-3685.

Auburn's Rural Health Initiative provides

innovative heath care access to rural community

Dori Harmon, a resident of Lafayette, Alabama, started having severe headaches this past August. Her primary caregiver ruled out heart, brain, and spinal problems, but couldn't figure out why the headaches continued. Harmon, after trying to schedule an appointment with a neurologist, was told it would be a six month wait.

Find out how the Rural Health Initiative helped turn things around for Dori below.

Dori Harmon's Story


ACCMA Local Government Professional Management Certification Program


Human Resource Management and Staff Effectiveness

March 7-8, 2024 - Auburn and Online

Global Community Day Festival

April 20th, 2024

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

April 16-17, 2024 - Auburn and Online

Join us in making a difference!

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to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research and scholarship, and selfless service."

― Auburn University Mission

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