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  • Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production Management ranked among the best fashion design & merchandising schools in the region and country in 2014, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers. Full press release
  • BodyQuest featured by Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior in a peer reviewed article entitled Changes in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of Third-Grade Students in Body Quest: Food of the Warrior, a 17-Class Childhood Obesity Prevention Program by Nutrition faculty Barb Struempler, Sondra Parmer, Lisa Mastropietro, et al. The full article can be found at
  • Congratulations to Brian Vaughn for being selected as the 2014 winner of the Creative Research and Scholarship Award for the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Keiley named a co-winner of the 'Best Article of the Year' award
    Margaret Keiley, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences, was recently named a co-winner of the "Best Article of the Year" Award for an article published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. The award is designed to honor work each year that moves the field of family therapy forward through its quality, meaningfulness and promise. Keiley's article, "Dyadic Research in Marriage and Family Therapy: Methodological Considerations," was co-authored by Andrea Wittenborn and Megan Dolbin-MacNab from Virginia Tech University, two of Keiley's doctoral students at Purdue University. Keiley worked at Purdue before coming to Auburn in 2004. Read full story
  • RFID Research Center relocating from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University, as collaboration among the College of Business, College of Engineering, and the College of Human Sciences. Read press release
  • Katie Lackey, College of Human Sciences Academic Advisor, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 National Academic Advising Association Region 4: Excellence in Advising – Primary Role Award. Katie will receive the award during the during the region conference in Savannah, Georgia at the Region Luncheon planned for Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Katie has also been awarded the Auburn University Outstanding Advising Award – Advisor Category announced in November 2013 and most recently featured by the Auburn University College of Business Alumni Spotlight!
  • Congratulations to John Doyle, senior in INDS, who was honored last week with the Auburn University 2014 Outstanding ePortfolio Award for Visual Literacy SLO (Student Learning Outcome). See his work at
  • Congratulations to Lauren Ledford, senior in Apparel Design, winner of the Emerging Designers Competition at Birmingham Fashion Week
  • Congratulations to 2014 SGA Outstanding Student/Faculty Award Recipients in the College of Human Sciences: Benjamin Burke (Human Development and Family Studies)- SGA Oustanding Student; Dr. David Martin (Hotel and Restaurant Management) - SGA Outstanding Faculty Member. Ben and Dr. Martin were formally presented with their awards at the SGA Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, April 15th.
  • Congratulations to 2014 Graduate Student Award Recipients in the College of Human Sciences: Beth McDaniel - Outstanding Master's Student; Jake Jensen - Outstanding Doctoral Student & President's Award recipient; and Alyssa McElwain - 1 of only 4 recipients of the prestigious Merriwether Fellowship. For more details and to view the full list, visit
  • Bob Humphreys, Chairman, CEO & President of Delta Apparel coming to campus as the 2014 Executive- in- Residence for the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences. Public invited to his presentation at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 in Ballroom A of the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. Read full press release here.
  • Kerpelman named a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations Associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Human Sciences Jennifer Kerpelman has been named a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations, the professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding contributions to family science in the areas of scholarship, teaching, outreach, practice and professional service. Kerpelman, also a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is researching links between family processes and adolescent development, particularly during high school and through the transition from high school to college or work.
  • Registration and abstract submission for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Forum is now open! The Undergraduate Forum will be held as part of Research Week 2014, April 14-17 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center and serves as an excellent venue for students to present the results of their research to the broader academic community. Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to present their current work, showcasing the diversity of topics and research interests at Auburn University. Details on registration and abstract submission can be found at Abstract deadline is February 21, 2014. Registration is free.
  • College of Human Sciences adds four new destinations to encourage study abroad participation. Read complete news release here.
  • Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program featured by Public Radio on the inaugural season of Prison Poetry Workshop. Visit the Public Radio Exchange website at n for more information and to stream sessions.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Carol Centrallo for completing the Career Development Facilitator Certification from the National Career Development Association. The CDF training and certification that Dr. Centrallo has received gives her access to a vast array of career development resources and experts to be used in her extension programming.
  • Human Sciences Apparel Program included in the newly released list of “32 Most Influential Fashion Schools.” The full ranking by FashionPlaytes, a fashion, style and social destination for tween girls, can be found at
  • Ramesh Jeganathan, NDHM Associate Professor, invited to speak at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Medicine.His seminar titled “Sequestosome 1 /p62 in Insulin Signaling” will be presented on January 29. For more details visit
  • Suresh Mathews, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Nutrition, was an invited speaker at Sabinsa’s 25th Anniversary event, “Sabinsa on Wheels” at Los Angeles, CA on Sep.19, 2013. Dr. Mathews’s talk was entitled “Unraveling mechanisms mediating curcumin’s anti-diabetic properties.” Details of the event can be found here:

    Sabinsa is a leading manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals. Sabinsa’s mission is to provide alternative and complementary natural products for human nutrition and well-being.
  • Nutrition sophomore, Sara Rains, along with several other Auburn students, rank third nationally in the ONE Campus Challenge. Rains helped found the Auburn University ONE Campaign student chapter in 2012 which is not even a certified Auburn Club yet, but making a big splash nationally . Read more at
  • Come enjoy two of the highlights of Auburn University’s Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy study abroad program, when Ariccia, the town, comes to Ariccia, the restaurant! Chef Amedeo Paoloni from Osterio del Gusto in Ariccia, Italy will be creating a special 3-course menu that includes his signature dish, saccottini (aka pear pasta), in Ariccia, the restaurant of The Hotel at Auburn University. Cinzia Bracalente, the Program Facilitator, will also be there to greet friends and reminisce with the many alumni of the program. On the evening of Thursday, October 17, Chef Amedeo will be preparing a special 5-course dinner with limited seating.

    Reservations can be made for any of the four nights beginning Monday, September 30 by calling (334) 821-8200 or at

    ARICCIA in ARICCIA is sponsored by The Hotel at Auburn University, the Joseph S. Bruno Foundation, and the College of Human Sciences.
  • Claire Zizza, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management, was invited to present at the Symposium on Eating Patterns, Diet Quality, and Energy Balance at Purdue University. Dr. Zizza presented on September 25th and her presentation was titled Healthy Snacking Recommendations: One Size Does Not Fit All. Click here to read more.
  • Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program was featured recently by the College of Engineering. Read full story now.
  • Rick Steves, the notable travel writer and PBS television personality will be on campus on October 2 to speak to students, faculty, and the community. This lecture, entitled “Travel as a Political Act,” is sponsored by the College of Human Sciences, the Office of International Programs, the University Lectures Committee, and Auburn Connects. Mark your calendar for 4 pm at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center auditorium. Additional information coming soon.
  • The Department of Human Development and Family Studies will hold its Sixth Annual Internship and Professional Day on Tuesday, September 17 between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Auburn University Alumni Center on College Street. At the event, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with close to 50 agencies and programs to learn about internship, service learning, volunteer and other professional development opportunities as well as future career directions. Dress is business casual. All Human Sciences majors and students enrolled in CHS classes are welcome to attend. Contact Dr. Jamie Sailors ( for more information. Click here for a list of organizations and programs attending.
  • Dr. Michael Greene Awarded Cancer Research Initiative Grant
    Greene is one of 11 grant recipients. His project is titled "Orthotopic Models of Human Colon Cancer." Read the full story.
  • Auburn's Interior Design Program Featured In Sky Magazine
    Sky Magazine singled out the Interior Design Program in its Head Of The Class section. Click the image (at left) for a larger version.
  • Auburn's Fashion Merchandising Program Ranked #7 In The U.S.
    The site looked at 200 schools around the country for its overview of fashion design programs. Read the full story.
  • Article Showcases Interior Design Program's Top-Five National Ranking
    The 2013 edition of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools from DesignIntelligence includes rankings of the best undergraduate and graduate programs from 392 professional practice organizations in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and industrial design that hire graduates of design programs. Read the full story.
  • Jegnathan, Mangone Receive Awards
    Congratulations to Dr. Ramesh Jeganathan, recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the College of Human Sciences. Congratulations also to Ms. Allison Mangone (HDFS), recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Student Award for the College of Human Sciences. The awards were presented recently during the annual Honors Ceremony sponsored by the Student Government Association.
  • Wallace receives AU President's Award
    Kristin Wallace (Nutrition/Dietetics) received the 2013 President’s Award for the College of Human Sciences. The President's Award is for the outstanding graduating student in each college, so just 13 students receive the award each year. Wallace is a senior who graduated this May in Nutrition/Dietetics. The award recognizes one graduating student in each school or college who has completed at least three semesters at Auburn with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 and who possesses outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and professional ability. The award was presented recently during the President’s Awards Luncheon.
  • Katie Lackey Chosen As One Of Four Employees Of The Year
    CHS Academic advisor Katie Lackey was selected as the Employee of the Year in the Administrative/Professional category (one of only four Employee of the Year categories). She was selected from the group of Spirit of Excellence Award recipients chosen over the past year. Each of the four Employee of the Year recipients received a $3,000 monetary award. The award was presented at the 2013 Employee Recognition Program held on May 8 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.
  • CHS Lecturer To Receive Tearching Award
    Robb Bubb, Statistics Lecturer in CHS, who will receive the 2013 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association). The award will be presented at the 2013 APA Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, in August.
  • Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute launches first outreach project
    Ending Child Hunger in Alabama, a new statewide campaign to reduce food insecurity among Alabama’s school children, is the first outreach initiative for the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University.

    The Hunger Solutions Institute was established in 2012 by the College of Human Sciences and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station to assist Auburn in its efforts to end hunger at home and abroad.

    June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences and executive director of the Hunger Solutions Institute, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and other state leaders officially kicked off the campaign April 29 from Wares Ferry Road Elementary School in Montgomery. Read the full story.
  • Harriet Giles wins humanitarian award
    Auburn President Jay Gogue awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Harriet Giles, director of external relations in the College of Human Sciences and managing director of the Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute.

    The national honor has been presented at Auburn since 1951 as a reminder of the noblest human qualities exemplified by Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent humanitarian and first president of the New York Southern Society, now the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Each year, Auburn bestows the honor on one male and one female student from the graduating class and one non-student.

    Giles is co-founder, along with College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton, of Universities Fighting World Hunger, an international coalition of higher education institutions committed to a grassroots platform and an academic agenda to eradicate hunger. Prior to assuming her current administrative positions within the college and the institute, Giles was a faculty member in the Auburn University Department of Human Development for 18 years. Two students also received the award -- seniors Evan Lutomski and Emily Scammell. Read the full story.
  • HDFS Students Honored
    In recent weeks, Allen Sabey was selected as one of the Outstanding Master’s Students at Auburn University for 2012; Ali Zaremba Morgan was selected as one of the Outstanding Doctoral Students at Auburn University; Hans Saint Eloi Cadely was selected to be one of the Meriwether Fellows for the coming year; and Chris Datubo-Brown was awarded a President’s Graduate Opportunity Program Award through the Office of Diversity.
  • CHS Student Wins Foy Spirit Award
    Chelsea Leander, a junior in the NDHM major, was awarded the Foy Spirit Award this year (details - PDF). You can watch a video interview here:

    Auburn Student with "Full Purpose" from Eagle Eye TV on Vimeo.

  • Consumer and Design Sciences student takes first place in international design competition
    Katy Daniels, a December 2012 graduate of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production program in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, won the undergraduate level Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business (or ESRAB) Award for Sustainable Design at the annual meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association in Hawaii in November. ESRAB is a collaborative learning community where members share knowledge, applications, and experiences, build awareness, and foster campus and community engagement that furthers social responsibility and sustainability in the apparel industry. Winners are chosen from accepted design entries (mounted and live gallery) at the international conference. The acceptance rate across professional, graduate and undergraduate categories for this year’s show was 37% and CADS had 4 of its 8 entries accepted. Daniels was inspired by the resourceful nesting techniques of birds. "I strived to follow the unspoken laws of nature in which moderation, resourcefulness, and the use of non-toxic materials that create a sustainable cycle. A variety of recycled materials was used to create a design based on the structure of a bird cage. And it was certainly a challenge to mimic the practicality of nature," she said. Daniels, a native of Cartersville, Ga., is currently employed as a technical designer for Soffe, Inc., a brand of Delta Apparel, in Fayetteville, N.C. She was advised by Pamela Ulrich and Helen Koo.

  • Three Auburn University students named YMA Fashion Scholars
    Three Auburn University students in the Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production program in the College of Human Sciences were named YMA Fashion Scholars, earning $5,000 competitive scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. Sara Gardner and Hannah Blevins, both seniors in apparel merchandising, and Kelsey Reynolds, a senior in apparel design, were selected along with 122 other fashion students from 38 colleges and universities across the country as YMA Fashion Scholars. All recipients were recognized recently at the annual YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Read the full story.

  • Auburn University senior awarded honorable mention for Clinton Hunger Leadership Award
    Auburn University senior Devin Yeomans has been awarded an honorable mention for The President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award. Yeomans is a native of Montgomery majoring in nutrition and dietetics in the College of Human Sciences with a minor in hunger studies. Read the full story. (Also: read a story on Yeomans in the Montgomery Advertiser.)

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