"I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all..." ~George Petrie (1945)

Tuesday, May 29

One Week!

In a less than a week I will be at Samford University for the first day of Miss Alabama Festivities. I cannot believe it is finally here. I am so excited to move in and start getting know all of the incredible women participating in Miss Alabama.

It's hard to grasp that I actually have the privilege of competing in the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant. I am so thankful for all of the support I have had from friends and family in the months leading up to the pageant. I have learned so much from all those who have taken time to poor into me. I would never be able to accomplish any of this if it wasn't for the numerous men and women that have helped me along the way.

One of those persons key in my preparations is Michelle Murphy and it is with great sadness I announce that my incredible director has just recently moved to Missouri. Michelle was offered an incredible position at the University of Missouri and I couldn't be more thrilled for her accomplishments. Though, I have missed her already. She was such a gift to Auburn University and I am just grateful to have been able to experience her brilliance in her final months at Auburn. I have never met someone who cared so deeply about others and paired that with a fantastic work ethic. Thank you for sacrificing so much of you time and resources for me, Michelle! I love you very much!

On a happier note, I have finished my Sophomore year...well actually, this is kind of sad too isn't it? It's hard to fathom that I am halfway through college. I had so many amazing experiences this past year and especially this semester. The Lord has taught be enumerable lessons about not only myself, but more importantly about how to live with a passion for His will. As Miss AU I have learned to trust Him with all of the details and I have gained a deeper understanding of how I want to represent Him by being the best that I can be.

This semester has given me so many chances to grow. One of the greatest challenges was organizing Move It for Miracles. I want to once again thank my incredible committee, my roommates, Tim Simpson and Caroline, Chelsea, Stuart and Macy- Miss AU's four new student directors. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you. Thank you for your servants hearts--you are the reasons I was able to make any of this come together. You are each a wonderful blessing!

I actually just recently got a hold of some pictures from the event and I want to leave you with a few. I hope you are all having a blessed summer!

War Eagle!

Wednesday, May 2

We moved it!

Move It for Miracles was a huge success! We danced the night away and learned some new dance moves. Tim Simpson was our guest instructor and he did a fantastic job teaching all the couples some fun new moves. Aubie came and judged our swing dancing competition and he chose our truly talented winners, Justin Box and Neal Timberlake! AUrhythm also stopped by for an exciting performance, which we obviously had to follow with the "cupid shuffle" and "wobble." Thanks to Marco's Pizza, Panera Bread and Tiger dining's generous donations we had just enough food and drinks for everyone. I can't thank everyone on the Move It for Miracles' committee enough for all of your hard work and encouragement throughout the entire event. You each made this event a blast! 

With t-shirt and ticket sales we were able to raise almost $600 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America Scholarship fund! I learned so much throughout this entire planning process and I am so thankful for all the help I received along the way. It was so neat to realize how easily I can raise money for incredible causes like this! 

Saturday, April 21

Time to move it!!

We are one day away from Move It for Miracles! It has been such a blast to plan this event and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to all of the incredible people that have sacrificed their time to make this possible! If you're not busy tomorrow from 5-8 come out to the Student Center room 2222 for a good time, great music and a fantastic cause.

Wednesday, April 4

A marvelous March!

The past month has been filled to the brim with new and exciting opportunities! Here's an update on just a few of them.

On March 8th I judged my first t-shirt design competition. Every May all the 4th graders in Lee County come to Auburn to learn about water and the importance of making every drop count at the Opelika Water Festival. Many of these students submitted artwork to be chosen as the design for the t-shirts worn at the festival. This year I was able to help decide who the winner would be-- trust me, it's going to be a great t-shirt!

I attended The Auburn University BIG Event on March 24th . It was a day full of giving back to the incredible community we live in. Over 3,000 students were placed at over 250 different worksites throughout Auburn, Opelika and Notasulga. I started the morning by passing out Chic-fil-a chicken biscuits and getting excited for the day ahead of us. I then headed to the Auburn Public Library and sorted books for the Friends of the Library's semi-annual book sale. Afterwards we headed to Notasulga High School and joined the team as we painted, weeded, and cleaned the school. It was beautiful to see the Auburn Family pouring into our community. No one was payed--my fellow students instead gave their time just because they care. Kyla Wilkinson and her three assistant directors, their hard working team and the rest of the student body worked hard and were able to make a BIG change!

Later Saturday evening I was able to attend the Mellow 5k hosted by Mellow Mushroom and, a Miss AU sponsor, Big Dog Running Company. It was a beautiful afternoon and I had the honor of handing out the awards to the speedy winners. I also had the chance to visit the Big Dog Running store off of East Glenn Avenue and picked up my very own pair of tennis shoes and fitness outfit!

Tie Dye with Pat Dye took place on March 28th and was hosted by the incredible Chi Omega Sorority and the fabulous sisters of Delta Sigma Theta. I had the pleasure of meeting a former head coach of Auburn Football, Pat Dye, and former NFL Lineman Kendall Simons. I had a fantastic time hanging out with Aubie and everyone who made it out the event. All of the money raised went to Camp Seale Harris in Jackson's Gap, which is a youth camp that encourages youth diagnosed with diabetes to live well and provides them with the tools to do so. Visit their website if you want to learn more, just click on the link. Camp Seale Harris

Just yesterday I was able to make a trip out to Columbus Regional Hospital in GA and see just how much CMNH has done for the kids. CMNH has saved so many lives through donations made by people like you and I. How incredible is that? My five dollars could actually be the thing that saves a little child's life!

I have learned so much about my community and just how big of a difference hard work and the human touch can have.

Here are a few pictures from BIG Event and Tie Dye with Pat Dye:

BIG Event

With Former Head Football Coach, Pat Dye

War Eagle!

Monday, February 27

Life as Miss AU over the past 3 weeks has been a whirlwind of fun! When I received the title I was absolutely ecstatic, even though, I really had no idea what the next year would hold. As I've learned more about what this next year would look like over the past fews weeks have only made me more grateful and excited to be serving as Miss AU. I am already astounded by the amount of incredible people I've met as Miss AU. Auburn University is literally brimming with students, faculty and staff whose deepest desire is to give back and what a joy it has been to work along side them.

I kicked off my first weekend as Miss AU at the Auburn University Dance Marathon. This year AUDM chose the Children's Miracle Network to be its philanthropy. The day was a huge success! We raised $66,000 for CMN. I had an incredible time the whole day! We danced and played trivia games, I even got to host "Are you Smarter Than a Miracle Kid." I also got to team up with Aubie and choreograph a dance for "Dancing with the Stars!" Aubie and I took 2nd place--our moves were no match for the confidence Millie Harrison and Chris Osterlund tore out on the dance floor. My favorite part of the day, though, had to be meeting the Miracle Kids. It was so inspiring to hear their stories and be able to celebrate the miracle of their lives. I am so proud of the directors Casey, Ben and Samantha and rest of the AUDM team who poured so much time and emotion into CMN. We danced for the kids!

I also was given the opportunity to judge the UPC Song Writing Competition and SAA Lip-sync Competition. I had a blast at both events. I walked away from the experiences overwhelmed by the sheer amount of talent here at Auburn. Every singer/songwriter and dance group was incredible. Your lyrics made me cry and your lip-syncing made me smile. Thank you for such a grand time!

On Saturday, February 11, I emceed Southern Showcase at Opelika High School. Since I have very little experience with show choir, it was a very enlightening day. I was able to watch and marvel at the performances from backstage.  I know this sounds funny, but I was so impressed by the students ability to sing and dance at the same time. I can simply sing or simply dance, but the adrenaline and practice it must take to do both simultaneously! It was such a fun experience to emcee and to get a little taste of show choir.

Also, here are a few pictures from the Auburn Dance Marathon!

With Rebecca Hart, Miss Au 2010

Sweet Maddy!

Dancing with the stars

Don't forget to go to your local IHOP tomorrow to get free pancakes and support the Children's Miracle Network. Last year they raised over 31 million. We plain to beat that!

War Eagle and have a blessed day!

Thursday, February 2

The first step of a grand adventure...

Hello all,

My name is Emily Jordan. A week ago, on January 28th, I was blessed to receive the title of Miss Auburn University. I have one year and I don't want to waste a single moment. I am so thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers before and after the pageant. I know that I have been placed in this role for a specific purpose and I am overjoyed to see what the Lord has in store. 

I had an incredible experience all throughout the Miss Auburn University Scholarship Pageant and preparation process. I met 16 beautiful and talented young women and I am so thankful for their friendship. As I spent time with these ladies last week, I found myself in awe of the beauty of diversity. We were a group of 17 very different and unique women, and yet each and every girl was stunning, inside and out. It was a privilege to get to know each one of your hearts.

My hope as Miss AU is that I can serve the Auburn community. I am expectantly looking forward to raising awareness about responsible entrepreneurship. I am passionate about seeing businesses in Lee County find innovative and efficient ways of improving our community. I cannot wait to share my vision and inspire a generation of responsible entrepreneurs and leaders.

Over the past few days I have already started to begin preparing for the Miss Alabama Pageant. I am thrilled to be able to  represent Auburn University, SGA, and The Division of Student Affairs at the competition in June. Just like so many little girls, I have always had fond memories of the Miss America program. When I was little my grandmother would always sing, "There she is Miss America..." What a dream come true that I have been given the chance to take part in such an outstanding program.

I want to say a huge thanks to the Auburn Team Shop for their generous sponsorship and adorable personalized jersey. It was such a pleasure to meet you at my first appearance, Wendy and Jason! Yesterday, I also had the chance to judge the UPC Song Writing Competition. I sat in my seat amazed by the raw talent, right here in Auburn, Alabama! Each and every contestant was incredible. I am so proud to say that I am apart of such a talented student body.

Before I go I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes that has inspired me as I am dreaming up ways to give back in my time as Miss Auburn University:

"I am only one, but still I am one. 
I cannot do everything, but still I
can do something; and because I 
cannot do everything, I will not
refuse to do something that I can do."
~Helen Keller

I am so honored to serve in this position. I cannot wait to contribute to the amazing Auburn campus and local community!

Please follow my journey here and check out our facebook page for more updates!

Much love,
Emily Jordan