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Finding a way to play: COSAM alumna reflects on being Auburn's first female NCAA golfer

02/16/2018

Dr. Judi Jehle, chemistry/pre-med '72, played golf for Auburn University before there was a women's golf team. During her undergraduate career at Auburn, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, did not offer women's sports. The governing body had also ruled that women were not allowed to qualify for men's teams. As a result, Dr. Jehle's only option was to qualify as an individual athlete representing Auburn University in tournaments around the country. She also had to shoulder her own expenses. "During my sophomore year, the NCAA tournament was played at Duke," Dr. Jehle said. "I qualified in the top thirty-two players, then I lost in the second round to the eventual winner, Martha Wilkerson from Fullerton State."

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COSAM alumnus cites well-rounded Auburn education as a key to success

02/16/2018

COSAM alumnus Dr. William F. Vann Jr., pre-dentistry ’70, is a clinical attending faculty member in the residency-training program in pediatric dentistry and a research mentor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Vann, who is originally from Headland, Alabama, said he chose Auburn for his undergraduate career because it was a family tradition. He was specifically inspired by his favorite uncle and mentor, Dr. James W. Vann, who practiced general dentistry for more than 50 years and is a lifetime fan of Auburn University athletics. Dr. Vann recalls that the curricula at Auburn was particularly challenging and engaging. “I was not a gifted student in math or science…but the pre-dental training was undeniably superb,” said Dr. Vann. “I benefited greatly from the arts and sciences electives, which helped in some ways to advance my career in professional leadership activities.”

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