alumni-and-development Archive

Melvin K. Smith wraps up 31-year Auburn career, set to retire

January 26, 2021

Melvin K. Smith, longtime Special Events Coordinator at Auburn University’s Career Center, and three-time College of Education graduate, has announced his retirement. His last day on the job will be January 29, 2021. “I have always been told that you will know when it is time to retire,” Smith said when announcing his retirement.  “Well, […]

COE grad, AU trustee Gen. Lloyd Austin nominated as Secretary of Defense

December 8, 2020

Retired Army General Lloyd Austin, an Auburn University trustee and College of Education counseling graduate, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Secretary of Defense according to major news outlets. In his last assignment prior to his retirement four years ago, the four-star general led the Central Command. The Central Command consists […]

Auburn Alumni Association to establish Dr. Josetta Brittain Matthews Memorial Endowed Scholarship for underserved students

November 20, 2020

The Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors has approved the creation of the Dr. Josetta Brittain Matthews Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support Auburn University’s goal of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among its student body, which is key to its educational mission. The scholarship will provide support to undergraduate students whose financial need makes attendance at […]

College of Education alumnus named superintendent of Tallassee City Schools

November 4, 2020

Auburn University College of Education graduate Joshua “Brock” Nolin has taken over as the superintendent of Tallassee City Schools. Nolin had been serving as acting superintendent since July. Previously, he was assistant superintendent and Federal Programs and Special Education coordinator for the past four years at the central office level. Prior to that time, he […]

39th Annual Awards Recognition

April 30, 2020

This spring, the College of Education proudly presented awards to our alumni, faculty, staff, and students for their outstanding academic, research, and outreach achievements, as well as for their exemplary contributions to their respective fields. Alumni Awards Each year, graduates of the College of Education who have made outstanding contributions to the profession or the […]

COE grad recognized by SREB as outstanding math teacher

August 16, 2019

Janon Green, a 2014 Mathematics Education graduate of the Auburn University College of Education, won the 2019 Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award from the Southern Regional Education Board. Green was honored at the Southern Region Education Board’s (SREB) College-and-Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference on July 8 in Baltimore, Maryland. She teaches at Sylacauga High School. The Outstanding […]

Two-time COE graduate named as AU’s executive director of governmental affairs

July 22, 2019

Jared White, a COE grad and public policy and legislative affairs veteran in the state of Alabama, will begin a new role as Auburn University’s executive director of governmental affairs on Aug. 1. White will lead Auburn’s efforts in the Alabama State Capitol, serving as the university’s primary liaison with the state legislature, state agencies and […]

Dear Auburn, Thank You

May 2, 2019

Thank you! With the support of nearly 400 donors, we successfully met our one-month goal of raising $25,000 for the EAGLES Program, and the gifts are still coming in! Our dream is to provide funding so that any student, no matter their financial background, will have the opportunity to become an Auburn Tiger. And thanks […]

Dear Auburn, Love, Katie

April 9, 2019

Dear Auburn Family and Friends, An individual’s potential is not always understood until they are presented with an opportunity. For our son, Bradley, this opportunity presented itself in October of 2017 when our family learned about the EAGLES Program within Auburn’s College of Education. It was that moment our lives would be changed forever. An […]

Dear Auburn, Love, Anna

April 2, 2019

A Letter from a Current EAGLES Student Dear Auburn Family & Friends, My name is Anna Moates and I am the first female EAGLES student at Auburn University. I am the youngest of four children and since 5th grade I was home-schooled. But it was always my dream to attend Auburn. My grandfather, my dad […]


March 6, 2019

A Women’s History Month interview with Sophia Bracy Harris Editor’s Note: Auburn University has produced two MacArthur Fellows. Commonly known as “Genius Grants,” the awards recognize the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships which are among the most prized and valued in the world. One of those winners was the late Samuel Mockbee, founder […]

COE welcomes new development director Duante J. Stanton

January 14, 2019

The Auburn University College of Education is pleased to introduce Mr. Duante J. Stanton as its new Director of the Office of Development. He will join longtime Development Coordinators Molly McNulty and Kelly Rogers in the office. Stanton grew up in Birmingham. During his sophomore year at Ramsay High School, he was accepted at the […]

Auburn, COE doctoral grad Stephen Pruitt named president of the Southern Regional Education Board

August 21, 2018

Stephen L. Pruitt, a chemistry education doctoral graduate of the Auburn University College of Education, took office as the sixth president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in July 2018. SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. It works with its 16 member states to improve public education from early childhood through […]

Alumni Award Nominations

July 24, 2018

Each year, graduates of the College of Education who have made outstanding contributions to the profession or the college are recognized at the Spring Awards and Recognition Ceremony. Nominations are due by October 1, 2018 and can be submitted through an online form. Any questions should be directed to Molly McNulty at (334) 844-5793. The […]

College of Education Tailgate

The College of Education invites you to tailgate with us on October 13th for the Auburn vs. Tennessee game. The tailgate will open 3 hours before kickoff and close 30 minutes prior. Please RSVP by Friday, October 5th, to Kelly Rogers at 334.844.5792.

Thank A You Day

April 10, 2018

Thank A You Day is tomorrow, April 11th! Stop by the College of Education’s table outside of Au Bon Pain from 9-3!

2018 Golden Eagles Luncheon

April 5, 2018

Golden Eagles honors those who have been alumni for over 50 years. Each year, a new class is inducted into the Golden Eagles and a reunion is held to commemorate the event. This year inducted the class of 1968. We had over 60 in attendance at our Dean’s luncheon. Photos of the event are available […]

Nolen retires after 28 years, recalls ‘good people of Auburn’

January 31, 2018

Julie Nolen, who has led the College of Education’s Office of Development for nearly nine years, is retiring. She will be moving to Athens, Ga., where she will lead development efforts for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. “I moved here with my parents when I was two […]

Katrice Albert, COE doctoral grad, takes senior inclusion position at NCAA

November 30, 2017

Katrice Albert, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology in Auburn’s College of Education. She has had a distinguished career in higher education, most recently as the vice president for equity and diversity of the University of Minnesota system after working in a similar position at LSU. This month she began a new chapter in […]

REFLECTIONS: Fall football, tailgating, important part of the Auburn experience

October 10, 2017

For most Americans, the New Year starts on January 1. That’s when people reflect on the year gone by and set goals and resolutions for the year to come. But that’s not the case at Auburn. For Auburn’s students, faculty, and staff, the new year begins in late August, when fall classes kick off and […]

COE grad appointed as Graduate School Dean at Central Arkansas

September 21, 2017

Angela T. Barlow, Ph.D., a four-time College of Education graduate, has been named Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). She will oversee UCA’s 62 graduate degrees and certificates. “As graduate dean, I see my role as being a supporter of faculty who are providing transformative experiences for their students and […]

Three-time COE grad Blake Busbin named History Teacher of the Year, leads oral history projects

September 14, 2017

Blake Busbin, Ph.D., the Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher at Auburn High School, just wrapped up a three-year oral history project during which his students interviewed scores of military veterans from East Alabama and West Georgia. In addition to being on the project website, many of the recordings are also housed in the Library of Congress. […]

COE alum pens book, “Growing Up Auburn”

August 24, 2017

College of Education graduate Ricketta Bland Wilson, ’98, of Heflin, Alabama, has written a new book entitled Growing Up Auburn.  Publisher Mascot Books describes it as “the perfect book for Auburn family of all ages. It begins with the birth of an Auburn baby, features favorite Auburn traditions and different aspects of college life, and […]

Bessie Thomason left family legacy at Auburn University

August 7, 2017

Mrs. Bessie Thomason was born in 1918, and graduated from Auburn in 1937 in Home Economics. At the time of her graduation she was just 19 years of age. She began her career as a school teacher in Seale, Alabama before joining Auburn for a long career as a Home Demonstration Agent. As a student, […]

36th Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony

April 13, 2017

The College of Education honored four of its outstanding alumni at the 36th Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 12, 2017. These awards are presented annually to graduates of the college who have made outstanding contributions to their profession or the college. Outstanding Alumni Award Dr. Paul Jhin ¹71, CEO, eBook/eLibrary Initiative, Malibu, CA Dr. Kyo […]

AU Biomechanics graduates making big strides in the shoe/apparel industry

February 16, 2017

Jake Brewer and Erika Javage wake up every day going to their dream jobs in the sports footwear and apparel industry. Brewer works in the Human Performance Lab at Brooks, and Javage is in the Global Operations Concept and Product Testing Department for Apparel at adidas. Both earned their Master’s degrees from the School of […]

Tiger Giving Day 2017

February 8, 2017

The College of Education is raising funds to create a makerspace that is equipped with 3D printer technology, which will transform not only how our students understand subject matter, but also how they’ll be able to teach it to their future students. This technology is especially exciting for our teacher education students pursuing a degree in […]

2016 College of Education Gameday Event

May 4, 2016

Join us prior to the Auburn vs. Texas A&M football game on September 17th! The location will be announced soon.  For more information, please contact Kelly Rogers!