Auburn alumna donates kidney to college roommate

Originally published on the Auburn University Newsroom.

The love of the Auburn Family knows no bounds. And perhaps, it’s because members of the Auburn Family strive to live out the core values George Petrie wrote in The Auburn Creed.

“I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.”

Auburn alumnae Martha Dazzio ’93 and Susannah Cleveland ’93 understand that line in the creed more than most. The two were roommates at Auburn and they formed a friendship rooted in love. Although years have passed and the two live in separate cities, the bond that formed while on the Plains now runs deeper than ever.

This past January, Dazzio embraced the power of the human touch and became a living organ donor when she donated one of her kidneys to Cleveland in a successful transplant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Dazzio’s selfless act is one of countless examples of the love that runs through the Auburn Family.

It all started back when they were still students at Auburn.

Cleveland was first diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disease, when she was 22 years old. She was in her last year of college and still lived with Dazzio.

“It progressed through the years and never really gave me too much trouble until the last two years where I started getting into end-stage renal failure. At that point, only 20 percent of my kidney was functioning,” Cleveland said.

After the additional diagnosis and appointments at Piedmont and Emory hospitals in Atlanta, Cleveland was placed on Georgia’s donor list in the final stages of kidney failure. All of her family members were deemed negative matches, and Cleveland prepared to be put on dialysis as she waited for a kidney.

When Dazzio heard Cleveland’s disease had progressed, she knew she was meant to donate one of her own. They decided to try to get accepted into UAB’s donor program so Dazzio would be closer to home if her kidney was indeed a match.

“I had zero restraints. I just knew I was going to be a match. There was no doubt in my mind,” Dazzio said.

After months of waiting to be accepted at UAB, Cleveland was officially placed on the Alabama donor list. Dazzio then went through a series of interviews and physical tests to ensure her kidney was compatible.

“The Monday after Thanksgiving, I got the call that we were a perfect match. Every blood and tissue test came back as an exact match,” Dazzio said. “We were as close as blood relatives.”

The two went into surgery on Jan. 5. Since then, both women have fully recovered. However, Cleveland will be on medicine for the rest of her life to ensure she continues to accept the new kidney.

“It usually takes up to six weeks for a recipient’s new kidney to begin working. Mine started working for her before she got out of surgery,” Dazzio said.

The night before the surgery, their other college roommates and close Auburn friends came to the hospital to encourage them and give their love. Dazzio said the night was spent telling stories and reflecting on their time at Auburn.

“I have such a deep love for Auburn,” Dazzio said. “My dad, grandparents and Susannah all gave me a love for Auburn that I will hold forever.”

While at Auburn, the two women were in the same sorority, members of the Student Government Association and served as War Eagle Girls for the Office of the President.

Dazzio said she was also grateful for the support they received from Auburn through the whole process.

“My son is a freshman at Auburn and his fraternity prayed for us throughout the whole process. Also, our sorority’s current chapter sent us an encouraging video sending us their love and prayers,” Dazzio said. “It was so incredible to be surrounded by a love like that. The Auburn Family always comes through.”

Cleveland is still active on campus, participating in War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen events and interviews several times a year.

“Auburn is truly my heart. I love being able to visit with current students and see the ways that the university has grown and changed over the years,” Cleveland said. “Some of my best years were spent at Auburn, and I am so thankful for it.”

Dazzio and Cleveland encourage each member of the Auburn Family to be tested as a possible kidney donor. Cleveland said the best resource for information about donating is on the website of transplant hospitals.

“There are over 3,000 people on the waiting list in need of a kidney in Alabama. My long-term goal is to find a way to connect Auburn alumni and students together and help alleviate the problem close to home,” Dazzio said. “I had such an amazing experience with it and I hope people will consider giving to others in this way.”

Cleveland said she could not thank Auburn enough for her experiences and friendships formed while at school.

“The Auburn Family is everything to me,” Cleveland said. “It brought me Martha. She has definitely blessed me as a friend. I am humbled by her selflessness to not even question doing this. She saved my life and I don’t think I can ever thank her enough.”

Why Auburn is Home

A letter to freshman Christy 

Welcome to the Plains! Wow. As I write this, I am stunned in disbelief that graduation is less than a month away.

These next four years will be some of the best times of your life. I know you are a little nervous. I also know you refuse to let anyone know that you feel out of place being from out of state.

Don’t worry.

That time will blow by quickly and you will be right at home. Below I have done my best to prepare you for some major times in your college career. Get ready, these four years are about to rock!

What to look forward to

First and foremost, you are going to meet your people. Alpha Gam will bring you some of the best humans to ever walk into your life.

From trips to Orlando to Peanut Festivals to watching friends fall in love, this crew has been and will be there for the big, fun and hard times. Thank you Cragon, Hannah, Caris, Earles, Julia, Jennie and Madge. I love you all more than you know.

Next, the University Program Council will give you some of the coolest experiences as a college student. Once Sophomore year rolls around and you make it on the public relations committee for UPC, your life is changed forever.

You will go on to be director of that committee and meet Kesha, Nick Jonas, Nelly and more. You will strengthen your social media management and PR skills. However, most importantly, you will have the BEST assistant directors. These people will shape you, invest in you and help you grow. Plus, you get a lot of free t-shirts which is pretty great.

Lastly, you will find a passion for writing and a love for public relations. The classes you take, the projects you make and the professors that teach you will help prepare you for an amazing career.

What to prepare for

Let me start this section by saying, home is a little further than you think. An eight-hour drive to Orlando makes seeing family significantly harder. Thankfully technology makes it easier to keep in touch – use it often. Call mom and dad daily. Facetime with the babies. Call Nicole. I promise you’ll be happy you did.

Next, you won’t always get what you want. Before this, everything came pretty easy for you. College is a different story. You will apply for positions and be denied. This part isn’t fun. However, it’s important. This will teach you to only apply for positions that you are passionate about. Don’t just try to be in something because it is cool. Take the opportunity to find where you belong and put your heart into that group.

Last but not least, beware of Journalism Fundamentals and Style and Design. These two classes will be the hardest to get through. Start practicing spelling now and maybe teach yourself some Photoshop. You’ll be happy you did.

Things you don’t want to forget

  • The Yellow House – This will be your home for your last two years at Auburn. Although it is slowly falling apart and occasionally infested with roaches, you’ll love this 100-year-old building with all your heart.
  • Your 1st Peanut Festival – Be thankful for this spontaneous road trip with girls you barely know. The first Peanut Festival is the weekend your best friends will officially become friends. It is also the first time you will try cheese grits which may be more important and life-changing, but I’m not sure.
  • Meeting Kesha & Nick Jonas – This concert will start your year as the director of PR for UPC. That position will give you some of your best friends, a lot of stress and experience that will prepare you for your career.
  • Iron Bowls – From the Kick-6 to meeting Kaleb, Iron Bowls bring about defining and unforgettable moments in your life. Go tigers and War Eagle.

Get ready, Christy. Auburn is the best. I can’t describe how excited I am for you! Cherish it. I’ll see you in four years. War Eagle and happy collegeing!



Apple CEO and Auburn alumnus Tim Cook speaks to students on diversity and inclusion

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom*

Apple CEO and Auburn alumnus Tim Cook spoke exclusively to Auburn University students April 6 as part a visit to The Plains. His lecture, “Conversations with Tim Cook—A Personal View of Inclusion and Diversity,” was hosted by the Student Government Association.

More than 350 students attended the event, where Cook was asked questions from Auburn’s Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity Taffye Clayton, as well as from students in the audience.

Cook began by telling students the world is more intertwined and global than ever. Therefore, they need to have a deep understanding of cultures around the world in order to be successful.

“Having perspectives and having an understanding that people may be different from you is important. Not everybody has a Western view of the world. Not everybody has a Southern view of the world,” Cook said. “I have learned to not only appreciate this but to celebrate it. The thing that makes the world so interesting is our differences.”

For Apple, Cook says this mentality of diversity is vital in forming teams who work on projects from tech development to marketing.

“We believe that you can only create a great product with a diverse team,” Cook said. “That is one of the reasons that Apple’s products work really well because the people working on them are not only engineers and sciences, but artists and musicians. It is this intersection of the liberal arts of humanity with technology that makes products successful.”

Cook explained that diversity in his teams means more than its traditional definition.

“We believe that diversity is not only the things you can see when you look at people, but it’s the invisible things as well. We take a very broad view and say diversity of life experiences,” Cook said.

He continued by emphasizing the importance of embracing other cultures and having a global mindset.

“If you’re like me, you will always prefer home. It’s the feeling I get when I come here to Auburn,” Cook said. “However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love understanding how the Italians, Japanese or Chinese live. There are some great people in the world. Getting out and understand other countries, being intellectually curious is incredibly important.”

Cook then discussed American free speech, highlighting the importance of American civil liberties and how they define American culture and ideals.

“My own view is if you think about what it means to be an American, the first thing I think about very quickly is freedom,” Cook said. “I think as citizens, we should take the broadness possible definition. That means, allowing for a lot of things that we don’t like or agree with, because we need to challenge our own thinking and allow for the possibility that we’re wrong sometimes.”

Tying this advice into the political tension on many college campuses, Cook said that students from both ideological spectrums should listen and engage in healthy and respectful debate.

“I know on campuses there is this tension between conservative and liberal, and I would encourage students everywhere to, instead of tension, for the liberals to listen to the conservatives and the conservatives to listen to the liberals. And actually show the country that not only can ideologies exist but if they interface, they can come up with incredible ideas and move forward,” Cook said.

Cook told the audience he believes each generation has the responsibility to enlarge the definition of human rights.
“Sitting here today, you and I wouldn’t be on stage, and several of you in the audience wouldn’t be in the audience if people before us hadn’t worked hard to define human rights,” Cook said. “I feel a tremendous responsibility to really reflect on what I can do to help enlarge the definition of human rights.”

SGA President Jacqueline Keck said the event showed students’ willingness to engage in a discussion on inclusion, diversity and equity.

“It is students who are going to move this conversation forward,” Keck said. “We encourage students to take what they’ve heard in this talk and spread it to different groups on campus.”

Incoming pharmacy dean recognized with Creative Research and Scholarship Award

*This story originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom*

When a new medication comes to market, Richard Hansen wants to ensure it is safe and effective.

“Drugs are complex. We assume that drugs on the market have a tremendous volume of research and that we know everything there is about the use of those drugs,” Hansen said. “However, the reality is that there is some information that we do not know. That is really what I’ve focused my work on, helping to address some of those questions.”

Hansen, a department head and the Gilliland Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, recently received the Creative Research and Scholarship Award for his work focused on population-level assessment of the benefits and risks of drug treatments. He has been named dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy effective May 15.

His research uses resources from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross and Blue Shield that provide anonymous medical records that Hansen’s team analyzes. With these, he cross references the success of new drugs on the market and discovers new findings on medications that have yet to be fully tested.

“What we’ve been able to do is turn that data into meaningful information. We try to capture the full extent of a drugs risk and benefit profile at the population level,” Hansen said. “When looking at one patient it is pretty difficult, but looking across millions of patients you can start to see associations that otherwise may not be evident.”

Over the last 7 years at Auburn, Hansen’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the National Pharmaceutical Council, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Hansen said his team continuously submits grants and looks ahead to its next project.

“I felt that if we were really going to advance the field, we needed to push the envelope for receiving grants,” Hansen said.

“We ask ourselves how to reinvent the wheel and figure out how to keep that program going. It’s fun.”

He has been published in multiple medical journals and aims to reach audiences outside of the pharmacy discipline.

“It helps spread my information to people that may be the most impactful in making decisions,” Hansen said. “I think that is part of the tactic that I use. I target the audiences that might be able to use this information in different ways such as doctors or policy makers.”

Beyond his research work, Hansen serves on various committees, is a member of professional associations and mentors graduate pharmacy students.

“I try to get graduate students to think about questions that are meaningful to them and their career pursuits,” Hansen said. “Sometimes, that is the hardest thing. I make them think a little bit ahead of finishing their degree and figure out what is going to make them passionate about their careers.”

Hansen said he is thankful for the Creative Research and Scholarship Award because it shows that his work is valued.

“Overall I think we all work really hard but rarely celebrate each other’s success, so it is good to have a program to celebrate not just someone’s award but the success of everybody involved,” Hansen said.

Robert Boyd awarded Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

*This originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom.*

The one thing biology Professor Robert Boyd hopes his students gain from their time in his class is a cure for their plant blindness.

“Many students walk throughout the world filled with plants and they don’t recognize them. They see them as the green stage on which life is played. They are plant blind,” Boyd said. “I try to remove the plant blindness and get them excited or engaged with the idea that there is this whole aspect of the world they may not know.”

Boyd, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, recently received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition from students and faculty for his lively classroom lectures and his passion for investing in his students.

Currently, his teaching focuses on upper division and graduate courses in conservation biology and plant ecology. However, Boyd has taught a variety of courses ranging from freshman introductory biology to graduate-level classes.
Coined by his students as being “an animated man, bouncing around the classroom at 8 a.m., talking about his friends, the plants,” Boyd has spread his love of education and science to his students for more than 28 years.

“I think you have to have a passion and enthusiasm for what you do. You have to really care about helping the students see why something is important, and get them engaged so they see the excitement in something like plants,” Boyd said.

Although his biology curriculum is extensive, Boyd strives to ensure his students understand the material and do not fall behind throughout the semester.

“I often figure out if they understand what I’m saying when I give them a group exercise or exam,” Boyd said. “One temptation I have is to focus on covering all the material because I want to give everyone their money’s worth. However, sometimes I hit the brakes and go back to a topic to make sure they are learning the material.”

Boyd also puts a strong emphasis on writing skills and requires his students to be both proficient in written and oral communication.

“Everybody communicates in some form of writing,” Boyd said. “The best way to be a strong writer is to be forced to write and get feedback from someone who pays attention to your writing. I look at the big picture of how things are organized, while also looking at the small details of grammar, because being a strong communicator is extremely important in all walks of life.”

Beyond his work in the classroom, he has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, has been a guest editor for special issues of three scientific journals and has served on the editorial boards of three additional scientific journals.

Boyd credits his family members and colleagues in the Department of Biological Sciences as key mentors who contribute to his ever-growing excitement for knowledge.

“I am very honored, humbled and grateful to all of the people involved in the nomination process,” Boyd said. “Now that I’ve been here for 28 years I can look back upon a lot of people that I’ve interacted with as students as well as faculty and colleagues here, and I am just very excited that they would think enough of me to support my nomination.”

Auburn students meet with governor and state officials at annual Lobby Day

*This Article originally appeared in Auburn University Newsroom*

Auburn’s SGA Lobby Board met with Alabama’s governor, lieutenant governor and state officials to discuss issues related to higher education as part of the annual SGA Lobby Day on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the state’s capitol in Montgomery.

The Lobby Board, a branch of SGA’s cabinet, consists of 30 Auburn students with a passion for local and state politics as well as a desire to lobby for more funding for Auburn University.

Lobby Board President Calvin Wilborn said that SGA Lobby Day allows the board to gain face time and strengthen their relationships with their elected officials.

“It is something that Auburn has been participating in for the last 20 years,” Wilborn said. “This day is important because we can meet with our representatives and senators and show them our passion for these issues.”

Students had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley and discuss current issues in the state as well as plans for Alabama’s growth. Bentley complimented the group on their desire to make an impact on their campus and in their state.

“I have learned to love and respect Auburn. It’s a different atmosphere there and you all ought to be proud of that,” Bentley said.

Lt. Gov. and Auburn alumna Kay Ivey spoke at a luncheon, sharing stories about her time at Auburn and how it changed her life for the better.

“You need to live by the Auburn Creed. Be friendly, forward thinking and take advantage of every opportunity to improve your community,” said Ivey.

Ivey also stressed the importance of being informed and involved in political decisions at the local, state and federal level.

“You have to pay your city rent just like you have to pay your house rent,” Ivey said. “We all have an obligation to get involved in our community, to help others and help improve the quality of life where we live and work.”

More than 20 elected officials attended the luncheon and spoke with students on issues ranging from how to get involved with politics to the current political climate in Alabama.

Emily Stone, an SGA senator for the College of Agriculture and a member of Lobby Board, said her passion for politics stems from a desire to increase college funding and see long-term growth in Alabama.

“Many people in the state don’t have the opportunity to go to college,” said Stone. “I think the more people that become educated, the more opportunities there are for jobs to come to Alabama. This will then uplift our state as a whole.”

Senator Tom Whatley, District 27 of Lee County, said it is exciting and refreshing having young minds visit the capital and be excited about politics.

“The students at Auburn are a cross representation from all over the state,” Whatley said. “I’m requesting a total budget of around $12 million for Auburn Univeristy for programs like cyber security or the aviation program. Having people from the district tell their elected officials why those budget items are important is extremely valuable.”

Jesse Westerhouse, Auburn’s 2016-2017 SGA president, urged all Auburn students to get involved with the local, state and federal initiatives.

“Lobby Day is a great opportunity for us to form relationships and show the capital that Auburn students care about politics,” Westerhouse said. “I would encourage all students to apply for Lobby Board or get involved so we can better the future of Auburn Univeristy and Alabama as a whole.”

Auburn ag alumna receives international Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

*This article originally appeared in the Auburn University Newsroom &*

Auburn University agriculture alumna and Kenya native Esther Ngumbi recently received the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award at the sixth World Sustainability Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ngumbi, along with a fellow recipient, split a $10,000 award sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute’s Sustainability Journal, an international scholarly publication covering environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability.

The award encourages new initiatives in sustainability with the ultimate aim of transferring research to sustainable practices and societies. This goal aligns with Ngumbi’s research efforts in developing sustainable farming practices through her work as an Auburn doctoral student and postdoctoral plant pathologist.

“The award is important because it re-inspired and reenergized me to continue on with the work that I am so passionate and committed to—solving one of the most pressing global sustainability issue of our world, that of hunger and food insecurity,” Ngumbi said. “I felt humbled and honored because the World Sustainability Forum appreciates the efforts, love and commitment that I have put to champion for a hunger-free, food-secure world.”

Ngumbi was the first in her native community of 22,000 to receive her doctorate, completing it in entomology from Auburn’s College of Agriculture five years ago. Since receiving the degree, she has founded a model primary school in her home village of Mabafwemi, secured a $10,000 grant to build the village’s first library and works daily to teach the people of Kenya efficient and sustainably farming techniques.

“With this recognition, I hope to continue pushing for this sustainable movement,” Ngumbi said. “I will keep inspiring and mobilizing people to take action against food insecurity and hunger and work to ensure a future of healthy, nutritious food for the world’s growing population. This is arguably the world’s most pressing sustainability issue.”

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*
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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