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May 2023 Volume 2, Issue 8

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Office of Outreach Global hosts a donation drive for underserved communities in GreeceAuburn University Outreach

Outreach Global

Stuffed Animal & Supply Drive

Donate to Outreach Global's stuffed animal and medical supply drive. (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 until the end of the month. All donations will be taken to underprivileged groups in Athens, Greece, during Outreach Global's Summer Service Learning Program.

CEOE Needs Your Help!

CEOE is calling for K-12 teachers, parents and concerned citizens to complete the K-12 Survey. What are the needs for students in grades k-12 in the area? Share your thoughts by completing our 5 minute survey.

OLLI Summer Term Offerings

Information about OLLI’s summer term offerings will be available online and in the OLLI digest beginning May 20. 

Youth Program

Auburn Youth Programs:

The Countdown to Camp is on!


If your teen hasn’t made plans for summer yet, you're in luck! There just might be a spot in one of our week-long summer programs. Featured camps include ACT BootcampWorld Affairs Youth SeminarIndustrial DesignEmergency Medical ResponderSenior E.A.G.L.E.Paper and Bioresource Engineering, Creative WritingMusical Theatre, and more! Camp participants have the unique opportunity to explore a major or a field of study and experience campus life at Auburn University while learning from renowned university faculty members. Visit the Auburn Youth Programs website to view a complete list of camps and dates. Whatever you do, you might want to hurry – our favorite camps are filling fast. 

Royrickers Cook Engagement Award

Nominate a Faculty or Staff Member Who Serves in the Community

Auburn University Outreach is pleased to request nominations for the recipient of the first Royrickers Cook Engagement Award. The Royrickers Cook Engagement Award is presented annually to one faculty or staff member who has shown an ongoing and purposeful commitment to implementing outreach. The awardee will also receive a cash prize. This award is intended to honor one recipient who understands civic and community engagement, interpersonal relationships and serving the underserved. For more information and to submit your nomination, please visit

Deadline to submit has been extended to: May 15, 2023

Chambers County Community Health &

Wellness Center – Alabama AgCast

Alabama AgCast traveled to Chambers county to visit Chambers County Extension Specialist, Rachel Snoddy, about the opening of a state-of-the-art health and wellness center. In the wrap up, they report on the latest ruling to halt overreaching WOTUS requirements. Be sure to check out Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farmers Federation. Special Thanks to the ALFA foundation for making this happen.

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Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Award-winning poet and OLLI member Ken Autrey presented a reading and book signing for his latest work, Penelope in Repose, at the Sunny Slope Annex April 19. In addition to Penelope in Repose, winner of the 2021 Helen Kay Chapbook Contest (Evening Street Press), Ken has published three other chapbooks: Pilgrims (Main Street Rag), Rope Lesson (Longleaf Press), and The Wake of the Year (Solomon and George), and is widely published in poetry journals. Ken is an Emeritus Professor of English at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. He and his wife, Janne Debes, now live in Auburn.

Ken Autry also helps coordinate the Third Thursday Poetry Series. This series features poetry readings by regionally and nationally acclaimed poets and takes place on the third Thursdays of each month at Pebble Hill. These readings are open to the public thanks to sponsorship by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & HumanitiesDepartment of English, and Southern Humanities Review in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University; and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

AUKXD performs at the Global Community Day Festival
Soweto Street Band Performance

Global Community Day Festival

On April 15, 2023, the Office of Outreach Global in Auburn University Outreach hosted its second annual Global Community Day Festival from 9am to 6:30pm.


Thank you to everyone who donated on Tiger Giving Day, volunteered and to those who came out to support our event. Thanks to you, this event was a success! Be on the look out for next year's Global Community Day Festival.

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Abra Lee speaking to OLLI members

OLLI at Auburn Welcomes Abra Lee and Tour Tuskegee University with Keith Burrell

For two days in April, OLLI at Auburn welcomed Abra Lee – a horticulturalist, historian, and Auburn University graduate. Lee worked as landscape manager and horticulturalist for two international airports and is currently a freelance writer and lecturer for institutions such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre and Smithsonian Gardens, but storytelling is her true passion. 

OLLI hosted several events featuring Lee including Coffee and Conversation at the Auburn Senior Center and a public lecture at The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities on the relationship between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. It was an essay by Du Bois that inspired the title of her social media platform and forthcoming book, “Conquer the Soil” which aims to raise horticultural awareness through Black garden history. Lee shared stories of some of the greats of American horticulture including Effie Lee Newsome, the Harlem Renaissance writer and naturalist whose 1940 children’s poetry book, “Gladiola Garden,” was the inspiration for an award-winning design at the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show by students in a class taught by Lee for Auburn’s Landscape Architecture program.

OLLI and community members also enjoyed a tour of Tuskegee University with Keith Burrell, Special Assistant to the Board of Trustees. The tour included a mural designed by Edward Lyons Pryce, an accomplished artist, who studied with George Washington Carver. Pryce earned his degree in agriculture in 1937 before becoming Alabama's first licensed African American Landscape Architect. Lee’s visit was made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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OLLI Field Trip to Shakespeare Festival

On April 10, OLLI at Auburn members traveled to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to attend a performance of Ricardo Khan’s Freedom Rider, a play focusing on the 1961 experiences of four young people who undertake a perilous bus journey traveling across the South in order to challenge segregation in mass transit. 

Participants later met at the Sunny Slope Annex for a follow-up discussion on the history of the freedom rides, including the non-violent protest techniques that were employed in the movement.

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

May 6| Watercolor Crash Course

May 10| GRE Live Online Test Prep

May 11| ACT Live Online Test Prep

June 3| Paralegal Certificate Course 

July 27| AU Leadership Series

May 30| EagleCast Webinar Series

August 28| Web Design: Courses begin (registration now open)

August 28| Graphic Design: Courses begin (registration now open)

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