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AUM's Curtiss the Warhawk celebrates first birthday

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It seems like only yesterday Curtiss the Warhawk hatched out of his egg, left his parents' nest, and flew to Auburn Montgomery's campus to stretch his wings and sharpen his intellect. But the university's beloved mascot is already turning 1 year old.

On Feb. 2, 2012 – Groundhog Day – the AUM campus met the mascot for the first time during a special unveiling event held in the university's Physical Education Complex. Students named the friendly bird of prey Curtiss, in honor of Montgomery's aviation history and the Curtiss P-40 aircraft from the World War II era. 

Curtiss is known for his strength, courage, intelligence and great vision. One of his most remarkable qualities is his "never say die" personality. He is also a bit mischievous and flirtatious. In his spare time, Curtiss loves to defy gravity – performing sky dives and other aerobatic tricks flying high above AUM's 500-acre campus. When he's not cheering on the AUM Warhawks or attending classes, he likes to be active in the local community. This year he made a total of 69 appearances.

In late July, Curtiss was awarded Best All-Around First Year Program at the Universal Cheerleading Association's annual College Camp in Knoxville, Tenn. On Aug. 17, 2012, he attended College Colors Day at the Alabama Governor's Mansion for the first time, along with the state's other collegiate mascots, where he finally had the chance to meet his cousin, Aubie.

"I am loving life at Auburn Montgomery," Curtiss said. "There's plenty of squirrels to eat, lots of clubs and activities to keep me busy, and the view from my nest atop the Ida Belle Young Library Tower is AUMazing!"

Come help us celebrate Curtiss' first birthday on Jan. 26 at a squawk-tacular birthday party to be held between the AUM women's and men's basketball games against William Carey University. Tip off begins at 2 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex. Free cupcakes will be served and the Auburn University Pep Band will perform. Admission to thebasketball matchup is $5 for adults, $3 for non-AUM students, and free for children, AUM students, AUM employees and AUM alumni. 

For information on booking Curtiss for an event, visit www.aumathletics.com.

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