New printing system for students available on campus

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom*

Auburn University’s Office of Information Technology has partnered with Ricoh printing company to bring students two new services this semester: PrePay Printing and Kiosk Printing.


“We had requests from students to have color and duplex printing available at more than one printer on campus. So with this new system we found a manageable way to do this across campus,” said Seth Humphrey, manager of web and mobile development for the Office of Information Technology.

PrePay Printing allows students to set up a prepaid account online by logging in with their username and password.  After the account is set up, students can print by emailing documents to, print directly from an on-campus lab computer or set up a printer queue on their personal Windows or Mac computers.

Kiosk Printing is a separate process and is paid with credit and debit cards. To print from these stations, students will have the option to email documents to, or use the mobile app, USB drives and cloud services.

The two systems have separate queues. Therefore, students who email their documents to either the PrePay or Kiosk queues have 24 hours to visit an appropriate printer to release their print jobs.

For a list of PrePay and Kiosk locations, as well as instructions for installing the printer queue, visit the TigerPrint support webpage.

The new system also includes price changes. Black-and-white copies are 10 cents per sheet or 18 cents for double-sided printing; color printing is 50 cents per sheet or 90 cents for double-sided printing; and scanning is free.

Ellyn Hix, director of user services for the Office of Information Technology, said the office expects a slight learning curve with the new systems.

“One thing we want to stress to our students is that if you have any color at all in your document, you’ll be charged for a color document,” Hix said, in reference to emailing a document to the printers.

Students using the PrePay printer queues from an on-campus computer or their personal computer should double-check the printer settings to use black-and-white by default to avoid paying charges for color printing.

Neither system will be billed to a student’s eBill, allowing fewer holds on accounts due to printing charges. “Funds for the prepaid system, as well as charges at kiosk printers, are all run through Ricoh alone,” Humphrey said. “This way, the charges are no longer associated with the university and will not prevent a student registering for classes due to a hold on their account.”

Hix said the Office of Information Technology welcomes feedback from students.  “We want to work with everyone to make the new system easy,” Hix said.

For a step-by-step process on each printing system, visit the TigerPrint webpage. To provide feedback, email For help from a Ricoh representative, email

Auburn University celebrates 67th annual Hey Day

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom*

Auburn University’s Student Government Association hosted its 67th annual Hey Day celebration Thursday on the Student Center green space, bringing the Auburn Family together with a day dedicated to promoting a close-knit community by simply saying “Hey.”

Students throughout campus wear nametags and are invited to enjoy entertainment and free food while getting to know each other.

2016’s theme was “Saying Hey Since Back in the Day,” with the tradition of Hey Day dating back to the end of World War II.

“We chose that because so many people come out to Hey Day on the green space and think it’s just a random day that we wear name tags but there’s a lot of history behind it,” said Connor Porterfield, director of Hey Day. “It started because when the soldiers returned from the war, the students at Auburn wanted to find a way to greet them properly.”

Beyond the nametags and greetings, this event has evolved into a full-day event.

2016 featured performances from Auburn’s hip hop dance team AU Rhythm, the Auburn cheerleaders and the Auburn University Tiger Paws. SGA also offered pizza and drinks to students in attendance.

The Hey Day committee had a photo booth set up for students to use as a way to associate the theme of “Saying Hey Since Back in the Day,” and students also had the chance to play with adoptable puppies from the Lee County Humane Society while on the green space.

SGA President Jesse Westerhouse encourages the student body to participate in the yearly event.

“Hey Day embodies what it means to be a part of the Auburn Family,” Westerhouse said. “Students should come to Hey Day to make a new friend, enjoy entertainment from Auburn students and to be a part of such a long-standing tradition. It is exciting and fun and we want every Auburn student to get a ‘Hey’ and give a ‘Hey’ to somebody new.”

Kathryn Grace Faulk, assistant director of Hey Day, emphasized that the Hey Day tradition reaches beyond the students.

“Hey Day is all about the Auburn Family and how we can allow for everyone to feel welcomed,” Faulk said. “It doesn’t only reach the students but the faculty and staff as well. It is such a special tradition that everyone in the Auburn Family loves because it truly shows how much we care for one another and love our school.”

Auburn University’s 23rd annual Beat Bama Food Drive underway

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom*
(Photo Source// BBFD Facebook)

Since 1994, the Beat Bama Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of East Alabama has united students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in the fight against hunger and poverty in East Alabama. While the University of Alabama and the West Alabama Food Bank are competing against Auburn to see who can collect more non-perishable food to help those in need, the true winners are the recipients of the donations.

This friendly competition has reached beyond the two campuses with nearly 3 million pounds of food donated since its inception.

Caroline Jager, president of the Beat Bama Food Drive, said food is a basic human right and the student body and community have a responsibility to do everything in their power to alleviate food insecurity.

“My hope for Beat Bama Food Drive is that it will cultivate the spirit of the Auburn Creed in the student body by putting other’s needs before our own so that we can help restore happiness, pride, health and dignity into the lives of others,” Jager said.

Last year, Auburn brought home the trophy with 211,625 pounds of food, beating the University of Alabama’s 116,370 pounds.

To donate, members of the Auburn Family can either bring cans to donation barrels located across campus starting Oct. 5 or donate online at If interested in becoming a sponsor, email

Architecture Student Designs in Rome

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn Family Blog*

Auburn’s third-year fountainarchitecture students enter into their spring semester with the choice to stay in Auburn, study at their rural studio in Alabama’s Hale County or travel abroad to Rome, Italy. (Photos Source // Hannah Cornelius)

For senior Hannah Cornelius, Cullman, Alabama, Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction Rome studio drove her to choose Auburn.

“It was the only school I toured that had their own abroad program that brought their faculty and was also architecture specific,” Hannah said. “All the other schools had study abroad programs. However, they either weren’t specific to architecture or were through other schools.”

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction began offering their Rome studio to students over 12 years ago. The four-month program is taught by professors from Auburn University, University of Arkansas and three Italian universities.

While abroad, Hannah took three architecture classes.

The first, Architecture of the City, centered on traveling to different monuments, tourist attractions and architecture staples throughout Rome.

“Each week we traveled with our professors and drew the sites. We then analyzed the iconic locations and their structures,” Hannah said.

The next class, Modern and Contemporary Rome, had students study the different neighborhoods that make up Rome’s metropolitan area.

“Rome is divided into tons and tons of different subsections, kind of like the burrows of New York,” Hannah said. “They’ve all developed at different times for different reasons so each week we went and studied a different section and how it came about.”

Lastly, Hannah took a studio focused on the downtown, historic area of Rome.

“In our regular studio we looked at what was already existing and tried to be respectful of that when designing new projects,” Hannah said. “That was similar to a normal studio in America just in a different setting.”

Rather than meet in a standard building, Hannah and her class held their studio class in the Palazzo Taverna, a nearly 2,000-year-old palace.

“It has been there for ages,” Hannah said. “Dignitaries and part of the royalty still live there so you have this cool feeling of being part of history.”

Hannah says having this experience abroad helped expand her creativity and improve her design skills.

“I gained great experience living in a metropolitan city,” Hannah said. “My time there showed me a different approach to design from the rural setting I grew up in.”

During her four months abroad Hannah says she grew both as an architect and student.

“Rome significantly shapes the architecture we build today,” Hannah said. “It was really cool seeing the birthplace of it all and being able to learn in the city center.”

More Information

For more information about the Rome studio visit the College of Architecture, Design and Construction website or their Rome studio website.


Social Media Release: Jingle Bell Jam


Auburn’s University Program Council, or UPC, will hold their annual Jingle Bell Jam on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The event features holiday-themed activities including hot chocolate, cookie decorating and mugs with student’s pictures on them.


Auburn UPC is one of Auburn’s largest student organizations, putting on nearly 60 free events for Auburn students annually. With events ranging from large scale concerts to cooking workshops, all UPC events are planned, organized and executed by students for students. Composed of 10 committees, Jingle Bell Jam is one of the Tiger Nights Committee’s events and is held annually at the end of the fall semester.

Quick Facts

  • Admission is free when students show their Tiger Card at the door
  • The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Holiday-themed events include cookie decorating, hot chocolate bar, s’mores and picture printing mugs
  • There will be an indoor ice-skating rink
  • This is a Tiger Nights event under the Tiger Mania category
  • Aubie will be a special guest at Jingle Bell Jam


“This is our 3rd annual Jingle Bell Jam. The event will be full of holiday treats including a s’mores bar, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookie decorating. We are also going to have indoor ice skating which I am the most excited for.” – Sarah Sanders, director of Tiger Nights

“It has been really fun to plan, and we hope the students get to enjoy some fun holiday treats before finals” – Sarah Sanders, director of Tiger Nights



(Photo: UPC’s Logo)


(Photo: Jingle Bell Jam Flyer)






(Photo: Aubie on 2015 mechanical snowboard)


(Photo: Cupcakes from 2015 Jingle Bell Jam)

Social Media & Websites


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Relevant Links

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Picking your family pumpkin patch

With October in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, families throughout Alabama have begun picking their family pumpkin patch. (Photo source // Farmer in the Dell)

The tradition of family pumpkin patches has grown beyond picking and carving the fall vegetable. Today patches throughout the state offer multiple family-friendly activities.

What to look for in a patch

When researching local pumpkin patches, shoppers should ensure the patches offer all the activities they want for their family. Many pumpkin patches offer:

Quality pumpkin picking

Different sized pumpkins fit different shoppers. Families with small children may want smaller pumpkins while teens and college-aged students may want larger pumpkins for carving. Therefore, shoppers should research to ensure their pumpkin patches have different sizes available.

Hay rides

This timeless tradition is for the whole family. While this is not as interactive, this allows for riders to enjoy the outdoor scenery and rest from the day’s picking.

Sunflower picking

Sunflowers are in peak season during the fall months. Sunflowers are not always offered at pumpkin patches, however, those that do offer a one-stop location for fall decorations.

Corn trough

Corn troughs are great options for families with small children. These often resemble sandboxes and contain small shovels and buckets for children to use for play.

Farm animals to feed

Animal feedings or petting zoos add an interactive touch to the patches and gives younger children experience with farm animals.

Buy from your local patch

Joe Kemble, an Alabama Extension Vegetable Specialist, said he encourages communities to support their local pumpkin patch. He said Facebook may be a good resource for families to find a patch in their area.

Marie Foshee, operations director at Farmer in the Dell said the support of the Auburn-Opelika area is vital to the success of their patch.

“One of the greatest privileges of having the pumpkin patch is getting to see families year after year,” Foshee said. “So much of what we do is for the community, so it’s a great encouragement when we see the smiles of people enjoying the farm. We’re so thankful for everyone that comes out to support us, whether that’s for the first time or the ninth time.”

For more information on the positive effects of buying locally, check out the following PDF.

More Information

For a list of patches throughout the state, visit the following website. Also, for more information on Alabama pumpkin patches, visit or contact your local Extension agent for assistance in the field.

What is available at fall farmers markets

*This article originally appeared in Extension Daily*

AUBURN, Ala. – As the weather gets colder and the fall months push on, farmers market shoppers are left to question what is still available at their favorite markets.   (Photo: Patrick Kuhl // Flickr)

Within the last few years, the nearly 200 Alabama markets have seen a dramatic rise in popularity.

Due to this increase, farmers are finding new ways to stay competitive and offer shoppers products year-round.

Tony Glover, Cullman county extension coordinator, says more and more farmers are planting fall crops to extend their marketing season as long as possible.

Available standard produce

The most common and steadfast product that is sold at farmers markets is produce.

While many crops’ peak-seasons end before the fall, there are still many products sold in the early winter months. Most common fall produce products are:

  • Bell peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Greens (kale, mustard, collard and turnip greens)
  • Lima Beans
  • Okra
  • Pumpkin
  • Snap Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

For an extensive, year-round list, check out the following PDF.

New crops to try

A new trend in farmers markets is the appearance of ethnic vegetables that cater to Hispanic, Asian and other cultures in the local population.

While the availability varies based on the surrounding population, these uncommon crops bring something new to the classic farmers market.

“I would encourage farmers to engage these cultures in conversation and find out what they want to buy and start small scale production,” Glover said.

Products besides produce

Although some markets throughout the state continue to only sell produce, many markets are expanding.

For bigger markets in metropolitan areas, shoppers have seen a rise in small, boutique stores joining the markets.

Joe Kemble, an extension vegetable specialist, said, “these specialized stores boost foot traffic and draw people in. Having these options help expand clientele beyond the classic farmers market shopper.”

From custom cheeses and home-made jams to entertainment and chef demos, farmers markets across the state are expanding their target audiences.

Why buy locally

Shopping local keeps money in the local economy and supports local farmers.

The push to “buy fresh buy local” also encourages shoppers to buy the freshest products available at their local markets.

“It’s a way to keep money within an area,” Kemble said. “Most of the time we go to big box stores, and that money doesn’t stay in Alabama or impact the local economy, so we support buying local.”

More Information

For more information on Alabama markets, visit or contact your local Extension agent for assistance in the field.

The Ins and Outs of UPC

upc-logoAuburn’s University Program Council, or UPC, is one of Auburn’s largest student organizations, putting on nearly 60 free events for Auburn students annually. (Photo source // UPC Facebook)

With events ranging from large scale concerts to pumpkin carvings to cooking workshops, all UPC events are planned, organized and executed by students for students.

The president of UPC, Catherine Scibetta says the events UPC plans are more than fun events for students.

“It’s about diversifying the student experience and bringing people together in meaningful, memorable ways,” Scibetta said. “We really strive to positively impact the campus climate by educating, empowering, unifying and serving our student body and our members.”

The Committees

UPC is composed of 10 committees along with an executive board. Split into subdivisions of support and planning committees, these ten groups work together to bring the full calendar of events annually.  The committees are:airwaves-croud-300x244

  • Development
  • Films
  • Fine Arts
  • Major
  • Public Relations
  • Publicity
  • Speakers and Comedians
  • Special Projects
  • Tech
  • Tiger Nights

For a detailed description of each committee and their responsibilities, click here(Photo source// UPC Facebook)

UPC Events

Traditionally, UPC’s most popular events are their spring and fall concerts and comedians.

In the past, they have attracted thousands of students to these large-scale events by bringing in big-name artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Ben Rector and John Mulaney.

However, the hidden gems of UPC are their small-scale events because they open-mic-nightbring Auburn students together in close community.(Photo source// UPC Facebook)

Examples of these events are the monthly open mic nights held in the Student Center Starbucks and an exotic petting zoo on the Student Center Greenspace. These bring fun to the everyday life on campus.

For a more information on upcoming events, check UPC’s Facebook.

Ways to get Involved

There are two main avenues to getting involved with UPC – council and committee.

UPC council is composed of directors and assistant directors of each committee and is the more time demanding of the two areas of involvement. Their responsibilities include managing their events and responsibilities as well as their committee members.

Council members attend three meetings a week as well as three office hours for assistant directors and five office hours for directors in the Student Involvement Office.

committee-appsCarter Brown, the director of public relations and a junior majoring in PR says UPC has played a major role in his time in college.

“UPC has really helped me find my place at Auburn,” Brown said. “I’ve been able to gain and practice skills I’ll need in the workforce after graduation while also gaining some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had.”

Applications for UPC council are available in the spring and the position runs a full year.

The second and less demanding form of involvement is a committee position. These positions are filled at the beginning of the fall semester and meet bi-weekly as a committee as well as monthly as a full UPC council.

Committee members support council by helping plan, promote and execute all events put on by their respective committee. (Photo source// UPC Facebook)

More Information

For more information, follow UPC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. To receive push notifications on updated events, download the Auburn Guides app and subscribe to the UPC guide.


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This is Auburn

Auburn’s homecoming weekend

*This article originally appeared in the Corner News*

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University’s Student Government Association, SGA, and
University Program Council, UPC, have partnered to bring students, alumni and the community an activity-filled homecoming weekend Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. (Photo source: Auburn SGA Facebook Page)

Noteworthy events include the “This is Auburn” speaker series, the homecoming parade and pep rally, a concert featuring Echosmith and the downtown “Brunch and Browse.”

“What the university is trying to do is make homecoming an enticing thing,” said Catherine Scibetta, president of UPC. “Not just for students but for alumni and the community as well.”

The “This is Auburn” speaker series kicks off the weekend’s events on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Auburn Alumni Center and features Bill Hutto, Auburn University Aviation Center and Airport director.

Later that day, the homecoming parade will start at 6 p.m. at the corner of Thach Avenue and South College Street.

Brooke Taylor, SGA’s director of homecoming, says the parade is the perfect way to see what all is happening on Auburn’s campus.

“This year we’re really trying to reach out to other organizations to do a float so that it’s not majority Greek. Inclusion is important to SGA so we want to properly represent the student body,” Taylor said.

The parade will end with a pep-rally at the Gay Street parking lot in addition to a concert put on by UPC.

This year’s concert features opening act White Tie Ensemble and main act Echosmith. The concert will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

“We’ve been working to create an event that works for both the community and the student body,” Scibetta said. “The goal is to make it traditional so that it will be part of the Auburn experience year after year.”

The weekend continues on Saturday, Oct. 1, when the Auburn Tigers play Louisiana-Monroe in Jordan-Hare stadium.

Events for Saturday include a Tailgate inside the Auburn Alumni Center and Auburn’s Tiger Walk.

Homecoming festivities will come to a close on Sunday, Oct. 2, with a downtown “Brunch and Browse” event starting at 10 a.m.

This event allows members of the community and college a chance to eat at participating restaurants while shopping throughout the downtown area.

“I think homecoming is a wonderful opportunity for the students and the community to come together and feel like one Auburn family,” Taylor said.

More Information

For more information about eventshow to get involved  and homecoming traditions visit the Auburn homecoming Website. Also follow SGA and UPC on Facebook for updates throughout the weekend.

Auburn University Introduces New App, Auburn Guides

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn Family Blog and Auburn University Newsroom*

Auburn University and the mobile app, Guidebook, have partnered together to bring students a new app, Auburn Guides, as a way to centralize campus information.

With 12 departments and organizations on board, Auburn Guides is the first mobile app to allow students, faculty, families and fans access to the resources of their choice in one tap of a finger.

These include Academic Support Services, Auburn Global, Career Center, First Year Experience, Parent and Family Programs, Parking Services, Student Conduct, Student Government Association, Student Organizations, University Housing and Residence Life, University Program Council and Welcome Week.

“Each of these varying departments and campus organizations has a guide within Auburn Guides that allows specific information to be told about that specific unit,” said John Michael Roehm, the director of Auburn Guides.

Jackie Young, marketing director for Auburn Guides, says Auburn Guides is a great resource that has a lot of information in one place. “Nothing that is on the guide is necessarily new information, but it puts it all in one place, which is really nice to have on your phone because you don’t have to go through websites and search,” Young said.

Holding commonly referenced student handbooks and regulations, the app also brings interactive elements including organization’s event calendars and tailored to-do lists.

“The schedule is our most popular feature,” said Young. “You can choose to attend 10 of the 200 events planned that week and set an alarm to remind you of them. They will also send out push notifications when plans change directly to your phone.”

Camp War Eagle has been a driving force in promoting Auburn Guides, requiring all freshmen and transfer students to download it in order to access camp content.

“Camp War Eagle helped us tremendously,” said Young. “Students are more inclined to think of Auburn Guides after being exposed to it at camp. Perhaps this will lead to them exploring the career center or checking out what UPC has planned for the week, and ideally, it will become their source for campus information.”

All guides within the app are also available online, allowing students without smart phones the same access to a central location.

“In general, we hope students will explore what all Auburn Guides has to offer because there’s tons of useful information on there and it really is an extension of people’s website,” said Roehm.