Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Nearly 1,000 students filled Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum Sunday night for the kick off of Emerge at Auburn.

The evening featured several speakers including a keynote from Auburn President, Dr. Stephen Leath and stand up comic and Auburn dad, Jeff Foxworthy.

Foxworthy used the acronym "redneck" to remind students of the skills and attributes they will need as a leader. 

Over the next year, Emerge students will be participating in a special speaker series and several events designed to grow their leadership potential.

Emerge is a new leadership program on campus this year replacing its successor Freshman Leadership Program (FLP).

Rather than the one year FLP program, Emerge is a four year successive leadership experience designed to help students find an "alternative future worth forming."

The goal of the program is to help Auburn men and women develop the leadership skills to lead on campus, in the community, and in their future career field.