3/28/2018, 1:08am

Wirth the wait (Collegiate Hotel Story)

Kim Wirth met her husband Brian while attending Auburn University in the mid-90's. After the two moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and began raising a family there, Kim began coming back to Auburn a few times a year to recruit engineering students for her job at International Paper while the rest of the family would come for as many football games as they could. The Wirths' habit of making the pilgrimages back to the Loveliest Village on The Plains changed one day when Kim saw that the Wittel Dorm, an Auburn landmark at the intersection of Gay Street and Thach Avenue, was suddenly up for sale. "I just happened to be in town and saw that the dorm was for sale literally the day that it went on the market," Wirth said. Kim called her husband Brian, a building science graduate who works in hotel development, and told him her plans to buy the property as an investment.

3/6/2018, 10:37am

National Geographic Photographer visits Auburn, talks conservation, personal motivation

Surrounded by a loving family, a pup named Brownie, a tropical fish and a few ducks, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore cultivated his love for wildlife from a young age.  Sartore visited Auburn University on Friday, March 2 to share his photos and experiences of the Photo Ark with the Auburn family.  He pioneered the Photo Ark, a collection of thousands of animal species, preserved forever in a frame.  The project began in 1995, and to date there more than 7,800 animals documented in front of black and white backgrounds.  The Photo Ark’s goal is to connect humanity to nature, and to make people care about the animals that are so often neglected.