Colleges of Agriculture, and Engineering launch 150th-anniversary celebration

Auburn was given a new name in 1872. A new purpose. Since then, the world has never been the same.

Auburn's reorganization as an Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama under the Morrill Act marks its 150th anniversary.

These colleges were established by the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering.

The year-long celebration began Friday afternoon in the shadows of the building where Auburn's foundational instructional programs were created.

Interim Dean of Engineering Steve Taylor stated, "If we looked back 150 years to the exact place where we stand, we would see a completely different landscape."

"The stark contrast in the standard of living between 1872 is a testimony to the combined power of agriculture and engineering.

Paul Patterson, director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Agriculture dean, agreed.

"The Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, for the past 150 years and even now, have not operated in silos.

Although Friday's celebrations celebrated past achievements,

Roberts concluded his remarks by saying, "We have a great plan for Auburn University's next 150 years."