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AU PROFESSOR TO RECEIVE PAMELA WELLS SHEFFIELD AWARD
AUBURN - The 2006 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award for service and commitment
to Auburn University will be presented to retired AU assistant professor,
Sandra Bridges Newkirk, of Opelika, at the AU vs. Arkansas State football
game, Saturday, Nov. 4.
Newkirk taught in the College of Education at AU for 40 years before retiring
in May. A long-time assistant professor of health and human performance,
she helped create AUs womens athletic program and served as
the first womens volleyball coach.
Newkirk has volunteered as a rape counselor in Auburn and Opelika since
1980 and has served as director for the Rape Counselors of East Alabama,
a United Way agency, for 20 years. Newkirk is also involved in mediating
court cases in Lee County.
Sandra Newkirk reflects the wonderful qualities that made Pam Sheffield
the epitome of an Auburn woman, said Debbie Shaw, AU interim vice
president for alumni affairs. Sandra dedicated four decades of her
life to making AU students the best they could be, and continues to devote
time to helping women in crisis. This is a well-deserved honor.
The Pamela Wells Sheffield Award, sponsored by the AU presidents
office and athletics department and coordinated by the Office of Alumni
Affairs, recognizes women who show extraordinary service and commitment
to the university and the Auburn family.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,500 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn offers
more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Amanda Thomas.)