CLA students recognized for achievements

Pictured above left to right: Katie Kirk, Ashley Elizabeth Moates and MeMe Collier


Three seniors from the College of Liberal Arts received recognition for their academic and leadership achievements.

Katie Kirk, a senior pursuing a BA in philosophy, was presented with the President’s Award for the College of Liberal Arts at a luncheon on April 11. The award is given to one graduating student in each college or school for a given academic year. The graduate must have a high grade-point average and possess outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, and promise of professional ability.

A native of Little Texas, Ala., Kirk maintains a 4.0 GPA and is pursuing minors in German and English. She has held numerous leadership positions including president of the philosophy club and lead writing consultant at the Miller Writing Center. Kirk was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Second Year Award in 2016 and the Lillian Unger Pancheri Scholarship in 2016 and 2017. She was the Alabama Philosophical Society Undergraduate Essay Contest winner in 2017. She plans to pursue a PhD in philosophy and wants to become a professor. Her opinion piece, “It’s Pretty Crazy Being a Young Woman In Roy Moore’s Alabama,” was recently published in The New York Times, and she intends to continue writing on topics of philosophical and theological importance.   

The Auburn University Student Government Association will honor Ashley Elizabeth Moates with an award at its upcoming annual honors ceremony. The SGA honors ceremony gives recognition to outstanding faculty and students who are nominated by leaders in their college.

Moates, a senior from Americus, Ga., majoring in communication disorders, has a 4.0 GPA and was elected by the Auburn student body to serve as Miss Auburn 2017-2018. She has received numerous honors in addition to Miss Auburn, including the Sarah and Rebekah Pindzola Scholarship, the Auburn Heritage Scholarship and the True Blue Scholarship. During her time at Auburn, she was a member of Mortar Board, Cardinal Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Moates serves others through her Miss Auburn platform, AUsome Dreams, making Auburn unique dreams come true for people with disabilities. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in speech language pathology.

Carolee (MeMe) Collier was selected to be the College of Liberal Arts graduation marshal for the spring 2018 commencement ceremony. She will be recognized at a dinner at the president’s home on May 5.

Collier will receive her BA in English-creative writing with a minor in psychology. A native of Birmingham, Ala., she has received numerous academic awards and honors including the Ruth and Carolyn Faulk Endowed Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and is a National Merit Finalist Scholar. She is also involved in many outreach and volunteer efforts such as Honors Congress, IMPACT, and Humans of Auburn. Collier plans to apply for medical school and aspires to become a practicing physician and writer.

“Katie, Ashley and MeMe possess the kindness, compassion and knowledge necessary to excel both in and out of the classroom,” said Joseph Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “They have made an indelible mark on our campus and in our community, and we are so proud of them.”

Last Updated: April 11, 2018