18:56 Speaker Series

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While we were founded in 1856, the Auburn Alumni Association’s virtual speaker series is the newest way for you to interact with Auburn alumni, coaches, faculty and staff.

All shows will be broadcast live on our Facebook Page and uploaded to this page after the event.

THURSDAY, June 17, 2021
11:30 AM CST

18:56 with the eagles program

Speaker Series

The EAGLES Program allows students with intellectual disabilities to attend Auburn University. The program focuses on academic enrichment, personal and social skills, independent living skills, health and wellness and integrated work experiences. Learn about the program from Betty Patten, EAGLES director; Sadie Weldon, current EAGLES student; and Scott Weldon, Sadie’s father.

Betty Patten Bio

Betty S. Patten, PhD, is the Director of the EAGLES Program and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling.

Dr.Patten’s research projects include: qualitative research on the Positive Choices course, qualitative research on the efficacy of group counseling guidelines for students with intellectual disabilities, assessing the effectiveness of implementing evidence-based practices in an inclusive post-secondary education program, and a comprehensive program evaluation of the EAGLES program.

Dr. Patten is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. She moved to Auburn in 2006 and never left. She is married to the other Dr. Patten, Austin, who is a veterinarian. Together they have one son, Dudley. Fun fact, she has an identical twin sister. Dr. Patten helps her husband raise Texas Longhorn cattle, is an avid sushi fan, and one of Starbuck’s best patrons.

Sadie Weldon

I am Sadie Weldon and I am from Mobile Alabama. I am currently a student at Auburn University. I am going to be a Sophomore in the Fall. I am in a program at Auburn called the EAGLES Program I love it. I love my Auburn Tigers.

Scott Weldon

Scott is an administrator in the Finance and Administration Division at the University of South Alabama, where he has been since 1990. After teaching high school for five years, he attended Auburn University from 1979 to 1981, concentrating in accounting. He is married to Paula and has two children…Taylor, who graduated from The Auburn University Harbert College of Business in 2019, and Sadie, who has just finished her Freshman year in the Eagles Program at Auburn.


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May 13, 2021

18:56 with the Young Alumni Council
Join Eric Dunlap ’06, Auburn Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council current chair, and incoming chair Trey Fields ’17 as they talk about the council’s founding, mission and future. The council is composed of 30 graduates under the age of 40, who represent six Auburn colleges and schools and are from 10 states.

APRIL 22, 2021

WEGL’s 50th Anniversary on 18:56
On April 25, 1971, WEGL 91.1 crackled to life in Haley Center. Help us celebrate the station that defied the odds, gave a voice to Auburn students and defined generations of Auburn alumni. The show will feature current station adviser Brit Bowen ‘13, current station manager Breland McHenry and Dave Gamble ‘74, WEGL alumni Affiliate president and the first DJ to go on the air.

APRIL 15, 2021

18:56 with Chacolby Burns-Johnson
Join Chacolby Burns-Johnson ’01, Auburn Alumni Association’s Black Alumni Council chair, as she talks about the 10-member council’s founding, mission and future. The council was formed in 2020 and features graduates from 1977-2015. This is the first in a two-part series featuring the newest alumni councils at the alumni association.

March 25, 2021

18:56 – The Auburn Creed
Celebrate Creed Day with us by learning about the history and continued relevance of the Auburn’s most powerful statement of purpose. Alumni Mike Jernigan ’80, Curry Cates ‘18 and Cole Burton ’20 will discuss the history of the Auburn Creed, its author George Petrie, and how it influences their lives today.

March 11, 2021

18:56 with Auburn Alumni Association President Regenia Sanders and Board Chair Cheryl Casey
Join Auburn Alumni Association President Regenia Sanders and Auburn Foundation Board Chair Cheryl Casey on the secrets of Auburn’s successful women. They will discuss their own dynamic careers as well as preview the upcoming Women’s Summit, which is the first in a series of year-long programs aimed at empowering women.

February 22, 2021

18:56 with with Dr. Heidi Wright ’20
Special education professor, Heidi B. Wright ’20, discusses the life and legacy of her mother, Josetta Brittain Matthews ‘66. Matthews was the first Black student to earn a degree from Auburn and the first Black faculty member at the university. The alumni association just named its first need-based scholarship in memory of Matthews, which benefits deserving students from the state of Alabama who want to pursue an Auburn degree but face a financial barrier.

January 28, 2020

18:56 with Auburn President, Jay Gogue ’69 and Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Auburn President, Jay Gogue ‘69, and Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Gretchen VanValkenburg ‘86, will join us for a special 18:56. VanValkenburg will interview Dr. Gogue, who will discuss higher education in a post-pandemic world and how to lead in times of great change.

January 14, 2020

18:56 with Olympian Reita Clanton & Personal Trainer Blake Butcher
Join us as Olympian Reita Clanton and personal trainer Blake Butcher teach us how to be more mindful, purposeful and healthy by using the six pillars of health.

December 16, 2020

18:56 Best of 2020
Join us Wednesday, December 16 for our last show of 2020! The 18:56 team will give you a behind the scenes look into how we run the show, as well as talk about our favorite moments from 2020.

November 19, 2020

18:56 with Justin Robinson
Join us for amazing cooking and conversation with celebrity Chef JRob.

November 5, 2020

1856 with Emory Serviss and Mike Milford
Civil Discourse

October 29, 2020

18:56 with James Manasseh and David Housel
Tiger Nation Challenge Rivalry

October 15, 2020

18:56 with Josh and Paige Wetzel

October 1, 2020

18:56 with Kenneth Reese and Joy Scott
Alabama 4-H

September 24, 2020

18:56 with Allen Greene
Director of Athletics, Auburn University

September 17, 2020

18:56 with Dr. Frank F. (Skip) Bartol
Alumni Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Auburn University – College of Veterinary Medicine

September 3, 2020

18:56 with John Kelton and Mike Taylor
Exhibits of the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, AL and the museum’s incredible connection to Auburn University.

August 27, 2020

18:56 with Dr. Martin O’Neill and Hans van der Reijdan.
Guests will discuss the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center

August 13, 2020

18:56 with Dr. Fred Kam
Director of the Student Health Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Board-certified Internist

July 16, 2020

18:56 with Ada Ruth Huntley
Student Government Association President at Auburn University, Current Auburn University Student

July 9, 2020

18:56 with Asim Ali
Executive Director, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

June 25, 2020

18:56 with Cindi Malinick
Director and Chief Curator,
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

June 18, 2020

18:56 with Aubie
Auburn University Mascot

June 11, 2020

18:56 with Bonnie Plants
President / CEO Mike Sutterer
Production Manager / Maddison Matthews

June 4, 2020

18:56 with Christa Cotton
Founder / CEO New Orleans Beverage Group
El Guapo

May 28, 2020

Smart Money Management During COVID-19
Dr. Damion McIntosh
Lecturer of Finance
Auburn University

May 21, 2020

18:56 with Adam Hood
Adam Hood
Singer, Songerwriter

May 14, 2020

18:56 with Paul Schissler
Paul Schissler

May 7, 2020

Life as an Entertainment Reporter, Her Time at Auburn and More
Chloe Melas, Entertainment Reporter, CNN

April 30, 2020

Navigating Your Mental Health Through COVID-19
Markie Pasternak, Coordinator of Outreach and Peer Education
Health Promotion & Wellness Services

Dustin Johnson,  Ph.D., Assistant Director for Outreach and Mental Health Initiatives,
Licensed Psychologist