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September 2022 Volume 1*, Issue 8

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Art by Gosse - a beautiful collection of 49 sketches and watercolors called Entomologia Alabamensis
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Gosse's Entomologia Alabamensis at Sunny Slope

Dr. Gary Mullen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, kicked off Fall term at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI) with an introduction to Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), a young English naturalist who came to the Black Belt region of Alabama in the early days of statehood. Gosse traveled up the Alabama River with the intention of collecting fossils to send to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia but stopped short when he was offered a position teaching the children of planters in Dallas County. Gosse recorded his observations of plant and animal life, plantation life, and everyday life. Though fascinated by the beauty and biodiversity of Alabama, his deep discomfort with slavery caused Gosse to leave after only eight months. Upon returning to England, he published these observations as a series of articles and later in book form as Letters from Alabama (1859). Gosse published more than 40 books, producing outstanding illustrations of insects and marine life.

During his time in Dallas County, Gosse produced a beautiful collection of 49 sketches and watercolors called Entomologia Alabamensis which was never published during his lifetime. These extraordinarily detailed images were only made available to a wider audience in 2010 with the publication of Philip Henry Gosse: Science and Art in Letters from Alabama and Entomologia Alabamensis by Gary Mullen and Taylor Littleton. Mullen and Littleton are considered the foremost scholars of Gosse in Alabama. Dr. Mullen’s presentation detailed how a young Gosse developed a passion for the natural world and used his artistic skills to preserve images of the splendor he encountered during his travels.

Thanks to a loan from Alabama Audubon, OLLI is presenting a public exhibition of reproduced images from Gosse’s Entomologia Alabamensis at their Sunny Slope campus. The exhibition will remain on display until November 14.


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Scenic photo of Greece waterway




Explore Non-Credit Service-Learning Program In Europe With Us

Are you looking for an opportunity to explore Europe? Outreach Global Office’s (OGO) service-learning and cultural immersion program is about providing opportunities and empowering students, faculty, and staff to bridge the gap between academic background and real-life practical experiences. Our program provides participants the chance to learn about global career opportunities, diverse culture, education, history, literature, various socio-economic systems across the globe while making memories along the way.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Quansah at and 334-844-5719. We hope you will join us. Visit outreach global website at: for our programs and services.

Jeremy Arthur, GEDI director - AU


Jeremy Arthur, Director of The Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI), will join the 2022-2023 class of Leadership Lee County. Leadership Lee County seeks out and develops a select group of leaders who live or work in Lee County and have the potential to provide the leadership needed to solve problems of community and statewide significance. Participants are chosen based on ability, demonstrated interest in the community, and potential for responsible and effective leadership. The program begins in September with a kick-off retreat and reception and continues monthly through May. The monthly seminars highlight community issues and trends, while incorporating professional development, community issues and trends, and the opportunity to hear from prominent leaders throughout the Lee County area. Arthur will join 29 other community leaders in this years’ class. 

“Participation in Leadership Lee County is a great way for a group of citizens that call this place home to come together to look at problems facing our local communities and our state. I am honored to be selected to join the group and am excited about the upcoming year,” Arthur said. “Engaging in the local community furthers my personal goals of involvement through giving back and my professional goals working in Auburn University Outreach. Leadership Lee County will provide me the opportunity to live out one of my favorite quotes from noted sociologist and anthropologist, Margaret Mead, when she said, ‘never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has’,” Arthur added.

D'Angelo Baker, GEDI - Human Resources Specialist at AU


D’Angelo Baker joined the Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) team in August of 2022 as a Human Resources Specialist. As an HR specialist, D’Angelo works to help local governments improve their HR policies and procedures. This is done through research, evaluation, and training. D’Angelo is a two-time Auburn University graduate, most recently receiving his MPA from Auburn in December of 2021. D’Angelo resides in Auburn and in his free time he enjoys video games, reality television, comic books, weightlifting, and learning about a variety of topics.


The Government and Economic Development Institute’s (GEDI) Director, Jeremy Arthur, has joined the Board of Directors of DesignAlabama, a non-profit, citizen-led, organization that works to increase the awareness and value of the design disciplines that influence our environment. DesignAlabama seeks to raise the bar for design in Alabama through education of the applied arts, promoting designers who live and work in Alabama, and supporting sound design thinking to sustain communities. The board of directors is comprised of design professionals, community development officials, and business professionals who champion design.

“I look forward to working with DesignAlabama as a member of the Board of Directors. DesignAlabama’s mission to highlight the critical importance of the design arts to creating and enhancing quality of place in Alabama pairs well with GEDI’s mission of improving civic engagement, economic prosperity, and quality of life for the State of Alabama and its communities. DesignAlabama has literally touched every part of our great state and its work is evident. I am excited to work with them on our collective efforts to shape how we live, work, and play in our communities in Alabama for the advancement of all that choose to call this wonderful place home,” Arthur said.

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OPCE provides SHRM 3-Day Test Prep Bootcamp for HR professionals

This fall human resources professionals can prepare for the SHRM CP/SCP Certification Exam in the 3-day Exam Prep Course Bootcamp held virtually, October 11-13, 2022. The course is led by the acclaimed Dr. Nicole Whitehead, a versatile senior leader with over 20 years experience delivering diversity, leadership, operations and human resources excellence.

OPCE serves as the providing partner for the Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM, in three distinct Alabama regions including Auburn/Opelika, Montgomery and North Alabama/Huntsville. Whether starting a human resources career, seeking recertification or looking for opportunities to develop leadership skills, the Office of Professional and Continuing Education is a leading resource provider. 

In addition to its role as a SHRM provider, OPCE offers seminars and conferences throughout the year that qualify for SHRM recertification credit. For more information or to register for the upcoming bootcamp visit

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“Philip Henry Gosse: A Naturalist’s Sojourn in Alabama,” will be held in the auditorium at the Auburn University College of Nursing, 710 Donahue Dr., at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 8. The public is invited.

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.

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September 1 | AU Community Courses- Fall Schedule Announced

September 21 | ACT Live Online Blitz

September 21 | GRE Live Online Course

September 27 | EagleCast Webinar Series (free)

September 27 | Paralegal Certificate Course

September 6 | Korean After School Culture and Language Classes (free)

October 11 | SHRM CP/SCP Exam Test Prep Boot Camp

October 12 | Drivers Education

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