Summer 2016 - Articles

All in the Family

Students walking in front of Samford hall; All in the Family

The Auburn Family never misses an opportunity to welcome new members. There’s Camp War Eagle, of course, but that isn’t quite enough to help orient the international students to AU campus life.

Programs and organizations like the International Buddy Program, the International Student Organization and dinners throughout the year for different nationalities all aid in making the transition to Auburn and a new culture as smooth as possible.

Rex Huffman and the Auburn University Tiger Transit system have been making sure international students feel welcomed and acclimated at their home away from home for many years.

Every Friday, even during holidays, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., the free transit bus picks students up from the Student Center and, upon request, takes them to the Tigertown shopping center, the enormous Asian Supermarket or Walmart.

After shopping, the transit drops the students off at the Student Center or at any off-campus housing in which they might be living. “This service supports and enhances Auburn’s goal to increase international students’ presence and diversity on campus,” Huffman said.

Other organizations on campus aid in making these new students feel welcome by gathering items such as bedding, blankets, linens and coats the students might need.

Auburn Global is a newer program the university established on campus in 2014 through a partnership with Shorelight Education to increase diversity on campus.

“Auburn Global is a helping hand to the students who come to the university through this program. It’s a way to help them find balance here at Auburn,” said Charus Campbell, student services advisor.

Auburn Global provides programming and curricula specifically for international students who enter the university through the program. The students get acclimated to campus and to Auburn by getting involved and connecting with the community and Auburn.

“We want to make sure they do not miss out on the Auburn experience,” said Sean Busenlener, student services director. 

“Our goal is to expand the Auburn Family globally; we want these students bleeding orange and blue and to love Auburn.”

Victoria Beasley