Keystone 2019


Illustration by Lucy Rose Cartwright

TABLE OF CONTENTS // keystone

THEORY OF CHANGE PODCAST
An engaging podcast series that showcases topics relevant to counselors, counselor educators, or anyone interested in counseling topics that impact us and the people we love. 

BAPTIST HILL
Two COE Social Science Education grads help research and document the cemetery with their students allowing them to develop research and writing skills while also learning about their community. 

VINEHOUSE NURSERY 
Khiari McAlpin, two-time Elementary Education grad, owns and directs Alabama’s first and only organic and all-natural daycare center.

BOILING N’ BRAGGING
COE grads Danny and Mary Jean Sanspree help put on an event benefiting the critical care transport unit for Children’s of Alabama. 

KATIE BASDEN, EAGLES MOM 
Katie explores the impact that the EAGLES program has had on her family.

SERVICE PROFILES 
Eight short profiles highlighting COE grads, thoughts on their experiences in the college, and how those experiences helped prepare them for a life of service. 


WELCOME // Dean Whitford

Greetings from Auburn University and the College of Education! 

This has been a memorable year for both Auburn and our college. Being named a Carnegie R1 university puts Auburn into an elite category reserved for doctoral universities with “very high research activity.” Achieving R1 status was one of President Leath’s top goals when he came to Auburn two years ago. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this hallmark of research excellence. 

Our own research activities and externally funded projects remain at an all-time high, with important work being done in each of our academic units and centers. In last year’s Keystone we focused on our outreach and research activities, whereas this year we are highlighting something unique about the College of Education: no matter what program you graduate from, which department you teach in, or the scholarship you are engaged with, our people are involved in a life of service to others. The stories in this issue show some of the wide range of activities in which we and our graduates are involved. I find it both moving and rewarding to see how we are enriching lives here at home and around the world. 

As you can see from these stories, our scholarship, service, and teaching are amazingly diverse. At the same time, a challenge our college has long faced is that we are housed in seven separate buildings. With nearly 2800 students and over 200 faculty and staff, being so spread out makes it challenging to create a strong identity and sense of belonging among our students or to collaborate as closely as we otherwise might. And so, we are very excited to share that the Board of Trustees has approved “project initiation” for a new College of Education building! 

Since late February, we have been engaged with an outstanding team from SmithGroup and Stacey Norman Architects to carefully conceptualize the needed space. Sticking to an aggressive schedule, we anticipate celebrating a groundbreaking in mid-2020 with move-in projected to be in time for the beginning of fall semester, 2021. 

This is an exciting, much needed, and long-dreamed-of event for the College of Education. As we look ahead to completing this project, we need your help! Please join us as we move forward together to start a new era for the college and the people and institutions we serve. 

Betty Lou Whitford Signature
Dean Betty Lou Whitford