Auburn senior Emily Klippenstein was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, but spent much of her childhood in Saskatchewan, Canada. She developed an adventurous side and love for travel at a young age, and it has only grown since. When deciding where to go to […]
Fall is just another word for football season in the south. People travel far and wide to experience a Saturday down south and watch their team play. Among the many different SEC football experiences, nothing compares to a game day at Auburn. At Auburn, it’s […]
Kaley Turner is a senior from St. Simons Island, Georgia, and has always held St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in a special place in her heart. At age 7, Turner’s closest family-friend was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and St. Jude was the only hospital that was willing to take the extreme measures to treat and ultimately save him. During the two years when the family was commuting back and forth from Memphis to Georgia, for the young boy’s treatment, Turner and her family stepped in and did anything they could to help. It was an experience that she would never let go of.
“I was unbelievably lucky to have such a great childhood, so seeing kids not have a chance to grow-up normally, because of such a hard disease, breaks my heart,” Turner said.
Once she got to college and had to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, she knew she had to do something for those kids. Turner immediately got involved on campus in organizations that helped children with cancer. For the past three years, she has served a cabin counselor and year-round volunteer at Smile-A-Mile. During her junior year at Auburn, she was elected as the National Philanthropy Chair for her sorority that has a partnership with St. Jude.
Smiles for Miles
Smile-A-Mile is Alabama’s program that provides hope for children with cancer and their families. It is a year-round program, but it’s most popular programs are their weeklong summer camp sessions for children either in remission or in the midst of their treatment.
As a camp-counselor, Turner is assigned one camper and provides them with the best week of their life. They let go of all worries and pain for the week and just have fun. Together, they do all the typical summer camp activities like tubing, arts and crafts, archery, etc. The week revolves around the camper, and they get to do whatever they want. During that one week, strong bonds and memories are made.
She continues relationships made by visiting and keeping up with her campers, and their families. When she’s not at camp, Turner volunteers at various Smile-A-Mile events that are put on year-round in Birmingham.
Her work at Smile-A-Mile has not only affected the campers but her as well. “This past year three of my campers have passed away, which has been so difficult for all of us. I had formed such strong relationships with each of them, and I think about them a lot,” Turner said. “I get mad just thinking about all the kids whose lives are cut short because of cancer… thinking of them reminds me to always be appreciative for the life I have and pushes me to keep working until there is a cure.”
Working with St. Jude…
As the national philanthropy chair at Auburn, Turner organizes numerous fundraisers throughout the year that raises money for the hospital and it’s housing units. She gets to see where that hard-work and money goes off to, by visiting St. Jude every year. During her visits, she has the opportunity to interact with patients. She toured the Tri Delta Place, which provides free short-term lodging for patients and their families.
Turner’s position and time at Auburn will soon expire, but that wont stop her from working with and impacting the lives of these children. After graduating in May 2018, she hopes to work for St. Jude’s marketing department. “I love the idea of working with families and gathering their stories to distribute to media… I want to be as hands-on as possible,” Kaley said.
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Contact: Kaelin Jackson, Auburn University Office of Communications, (703) 600-9704, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tip Sheet: Auburn University experts can discuss the study abroad experience for undergrads
Many students, nation-wide, are currently returning home from studying abroad or packing their bags to leave the country and study abroad for the summer. Auburn University experts are prepared to provide insight into the importance of study abroad as a part of an undergraduate degree.
Contact: Emily Cashdan, Auburn University student, (678) 787-9397, email@example.com. Cashdan is completing a major in international business. She studied abroad in London during her sophomore year, fall 2016. She can discuss the feelings she had and experiences she gained through studying abroad.
Contact: Andrew Gillespie, Assistant Provost, Office of International Programs, (334) 844-5009, firstname.lastname@example.org. Gillespie works to increase the promotion of academic partnership with foreign institutions, development of study abroad and student and scholar exchange programs. Gillespie also developed a study abroad program in Sweden, early on in his academic career.
Contact: Deborah Weiss, Director of Auburn Abroad, (334) 844-5001, email@example.com. Weiss can discuss the importance of an international experience, as she worked for multiple major companies in three different countries. Weiss specializes in planning abroad programs, and working with students before, during and after their program.
Kaelin Jackson is a senior at Auburn University. Jackson is completing a major in public relations and is expected to graduate in May 2018. Prior to beginning her senior year at Auburn, she interned at the AARP as a brand management event services intern. At […]
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NARRATOR: ON MONDAY, MARCH 20, THE AUBURN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNANIMOUSLY SELECTED IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT STEVEN LEATH TO BECOME AUBURN’S 19TH PRESIDENT. TRUSTEE RAYMOND HARBERT, CHAIRPERSON OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE, EXPLAINS THEIR CHOICE.
Actuality: After a six-month national search, we found an accomplished leader. While president at Iowa State, the university achieved its highest student graduation rate, lowered student debt and grew research expenditures. Dr. Leath will work alongside the campus community and alumni to elevate Auburn to the next level in instruction, research and outreach. This is a great day for Auburn. *
NARRATOR: THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL BEGIN HIS TERM ON JULY 15, REPLACING JAY GOGUE, WHO HAS BEEN AUBURN’S PRESIDENT SINCE JULY 2007. THE TWO-TIME AUBURN GRADUATE ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT IN SEPTEMBER. AFTER STEPPING DOWN HE WILL REMAIN AT AUBURN TEACHING A HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION COURSE. CHARLES MCCARY, PRESIDENT PRO TEM OF THE AUBURN BOARD, REFLECTS ON GOGUE’S TIME AS AUBURN’S 18TH PRESIDENT.
Actuality: Gogue is known for engaging with students and creating a strong university partnership with the local community. The contribution he made to Auburn is immeasurable we’re fortunate he will remain part of the Auburn community.
NARRATOR: TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON THE SELECTION AND THE PRESIDENT’S ROLE, CALL THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE AT 334-844-4650.