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Josiah Greene

Josiah Greene never has been one to get caught up in all the hype surrounding college football recruiting, but this year, the animal sciences major and ardent Auburn fan got hooked. From his U.S. Army Reserve quarters in Kosovo, Greene cruised the Internet almost daily, keeping up with the latest rumors on which high-school football standouts were leaning toward Auburn. Near the end of recruiting season, Greene started following five-star recruit Shon Coleman of Olive Branch, Miss. When, on the big day, Coleman signed with Auburn, Greene let go a mighty "War Eagle" into the Kosovo night. But a couple months later, his favorite new player was not in the lineup. Less than two months after he signed with Auburn, Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia. In Kosovo, Greene was stunned when he came across the news online. He wanted to do something that would let Coleman know members of his newly acquired Auburn family were behind him. Greene established the Shon Coleman Tribute Fund at St. Jude, with all donations to go toward cancer research at the world-class hospital.

Two Auburn University students selected as Rhodes Scholarship finalists
Two members of Auburn University's Honors College were selected finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, one of the nation's top academic awards in 2010. Seniors Erica Meissner of Ashburnham, Mass., and Krissy Voss of Paradise Valley, Ariz., were among an elite group of students selected as finalists for the award. Voss, who is majoring in chemistry in Auburn's College of Sciences and Mathematics, has a grade point average of 3.91. For the past two years she has conducted research in organic chemistry and is a four-year member of the Auburn University gymnastics team. Meissner, who carries a grade point average of 4.0, is majoring in anthropology with a minor in sustainability within Auburn's College of Liberal Arts. She is currently writing her honors thesis, focusing on community supported agriculture and community gardens. Meissner is a four-year member of the Auburn University Women's swimming and diving team, where she serves as team captain.

Auburn University enrolls record number of National Merit Scholars
Auburn University more than doubled its number of newly enrolled National Merit Scholars this year, according to the university's Office of Enrollment Services announced. Auburn enrolled 133 new scholars this summer and fall, which more than doubles last year's number of 64. In the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's 2009 annual report, only six public institutions nationally enrolled more than 133 scholars. The organization will release its 2010 annual report in January.

Kendall Waddey
It is extremely rare to find a freshman college student as successful as Kendall Waddey. The Nashville native is already a promising entrepreneur with her own luggage line Like™ Luggage and website, but do not think that designing luggage is her only area of interest. At Auburn, Kendall plans to study Biomedical Sciences and become an orthopedic surgeon, possibly with a concentration in sports medicine. She was awarded scholarships in both areas of interest, as well as the Spirit of Auburn Presidential Scholarship. Kendall's hard work and dedication have been rewarded through the scholarships she has earned and her placement within the Honors College. She is excited to continue her career as an Auburn student and will likely have a successful future.

Auburn moves up, ranks among Top 50 public universities for 18th consecutive year in U.S. News survey

Auburn University is ranked 38th among public universities nationwide, up from 39th last year, according to an annual survey released by U.S. News & World Report today. The ranking marks the 18th consecutive year the magazine has ranked Auburn among the nation's top 50 public universities. Auburn is ranked 85th nationally among both public and private schools, up from 88th in 2009.

Auburn University posts record enrollment, highest freshman ACT scores
Auburn University has achieved its highest enrollment in history this fall, and its freshman class boasts the top ACT score of any previous class, according to numbers released by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Enrollment is 25,078 among all student groups -- undergraduates, graduate students and those enrolled in professional schools -- which is up from 24,602 in fall 2009. Auburn has students from all 50 states and from 81 foreign countries. New freshman enrollment consists of 4,204 students, up from 3,918 last year. The class compiled an average score of 26.9 on the ACT college entrance exam, outpacing last year's then-record of 26.2. They also earned an average high school grade point average of 3.79, up from 3.69 last year.

Adam Fountain

Marine Sgt. Adam Fountain is not your every day Auburn student. Veteran students bring with them a set of non-traditional needs; almost all of Auburn's veteran students have been deployed to a combat zone. "By the time we get out of the military and go to college, we are much older than the kids coming right out of high school and we have a much different perspective on life," he said. "It is hard to relate to peers that are that much younger and who have never served in combat." As president of the Auburn Student Veterans Association, Adam played an integral role in the creation of the Auburn University Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center. The new initiative is designed to assist with the transition of current and incoming veteran and transfer students to the university.

Two Auburn University students named Truman Scholarship finalists

Auburn University has two national finalist candidates for The Harry S. Truman Scholarship that prepares students for careers in government or public service. Juniors Taylor Baronich and Scott Seitz, both members of The University Honors College, will be interviewed March 15 in Nashville by regional review panels that will judge leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of "making a difference." Scholarships of $30,000 will be presented this spring to 60 to 65 juniors, who will use the funds to attend graduate school. Baronich of Jackson, Miss., is double-majoring in political science and Spanish. She is co-founder of Closing the Gap, a student organization that bridges the cultural and linguistic gap between Auburn students and the community's Spanish-speaking immigrant population. Baronich currently works at the U.S. Department of State desk at The United Nations. She plans to pursue a career in immigration law working as a staff attorney for Catholic Charities on refugee and asylum issues. Seitz, majoring in political science, is from Huntsville. He has been involved in many campus-wide organizations and has served as assistant director of elections for the Student Government Association and homecoming chair for Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Off campus, Seitz is the leader of a weekly Bible study at First Baptist Church of Opelika. He hopes to become a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. The scholarship is endowed by The Harry S. Truman Foundation that was established by congress in 1975 as a memorial to the 33rd U.S. president. Truman scholars also get assistance with internship placement, graduate school admissions and career counseling.

Auburn student awarded Fulbright assistantship to teach in France
Helen Hunter Robertson, a senior in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts majoring in Foreign Language Education/French, was awarded a Fulbright-French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship to teach in France for the academic year 2010-2011. Robertson will be placed in the Académie de Toulouse where she will be assigned to one or more schools in the region. Each year the Fulbright Scholarship program and the French Ministry of Education allot 50 applications for the Fulbright-French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship. To be eligible for the award, the student completes a Fulbright Scholarship application which requires a detailed project proposal and personal statement. The applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation, a letter certifying fluency in French and an interview with the campuswide selection committee.