Katie Wilder, 334/844-9999 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Granger, 34/844-9999 (email@example.com)
SERIES TO COMMEMORATE AU's FIRST 150 YEARS
AUBURN - In celebration of its sesquicentennial, Auburn University has
planned a year-long lecture series titled "Auburn Through the Years"
to commemorate the university's storied history.
Beginning in February, the series includes 10 different lectures reflecting
on periods of AU's history such as "Women at AU," "The
WWII Era at Auburn" and "AU Desegregates" among others.
The series will serve as an opportunity for AU's alumni and friends to
reminisce and share memories about the state's largest and oldest land-grant
institution, said Jay Lamar, a member of the committee that planned the
"Auburn has such a rich and long history and we wanted to celebrate
the traditions, vision and energies that have gone into making it what
it is today," Lamar said.
AU will officially celebrate its sesquicentennial on Feb. 1, the 150th
anniversary of the date when Alabama Gov. John A. Winston signed the charter
establishing the East Alabama Male College.
The first nine lectures will be held in the Special Collections Room of
the Ralph B. Draughon Library and are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The
final lecture will be held at the President's Mansion. The date and time
of this lecture has not been set. The schedule is as follows:
23 - AU in the 1850s and 1860s - Ralph Draughon Jr
2 - Land Grant/Early Auburn - Wayne Flynt
14 - Women at AU - Leah Atkins
19 - AU vs UA - Anthony Donaldson
- May 4
- The WWII Era at Auburn - David Alsobrook
12 - AU Desegregates - Marty Oliff and Harold Franklin
12 - Athletics at AU - David Housel
24 - Images of Auburn/AU - Jack Simms
9 - Auburn Serving the Community - Wayne Flynt
(date to be determined) - AU's First Ladies and a History of the President's
Mansion - Nell Richardson
to the special lecture series, Lamar said many of AU's schools and colleges
have also planned lectures throughout the year to not only reflect on
their own accomplishments during the past 150 years but also to look to
the future. For more information on AU's sesquicentennial celebration,
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama's
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)