Alumni Affairs

Looking Forward to Fall

THE RHYTHM OF OUR CAMPUS slows down ever so slightly during the summer months compared to the frenzy of the busy spring semester. Recent commencement exercises welcomed 5,000 new alumni to the Auburn Alumni Association, which is wonderful news. During each ceremony, all alumni in attendance were asked to stand and be recognized. It is heartwarming to see so many in the audience, and particularly fun to watch the expressions of our newest graduates when they suddenly realize they too are now “official.”

The past few months also provided us with an opportunity to prepare for a new fiscal year, which is exactly what the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors did during their strategic workshop in June. I am pleased to share that the association has a refreshed strategic plan that includes recommendations from the recent alumni attitude study, is in alignment with the university and also includes new strategies to connect and engage our alumni in more meaningful ways.

As you enjoy the latest issue of the Auburn Magazine, know that the level of energy on campus has reached a fever pitch in preparation for the arrival of freshmen and returning students. A total of 392 students will begin this year’s education journey armed with Auburn Alumni Association scholarships valued at $664,668. These awards were made possible through the selfless fundraising efforts of Auburn Club volunteers as well as our membership gifts. On behalf of our students, thank you!

Fall is also a time of renewed passion for Auburn football as our fans plan their annual migration to the Plains to cheer on our Tigers. This year’s season will also mark the 50th anniversary of the integration of Auburn athletics, which will be celebrated during the 2019 Black Alumni Weekend on September 27-29. A special thanks to Thom Gossom, Jr. ’75, who helped desegregate Auburn football and later became the first African-American athlete to graduate, for serving as honorary chair of the weekend. Thom is one of the many pioneers celebrated in this issue’s cover story on the integration of athletics.

During this year’s opening football game, I will fondly remember Rod Bramblett ’88 and his wife, Paula ’91, who tragically left the Auburn Family far too soon last May. Both contributed to our university in their own way. Paula worked for the Office of Information Technology for more than 25 years and was a friend to many. Everyone knew Rod as the “Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” but many did not know that he also played an important role in the association’s Auburn Club program. He accepted numerous invitations to speak around the country and through these efforts, helped spread the Auburn spirit, raised important scholarship funds and of course, enjoyed reliving those legendary calls alongside our fans. Even though our hearts will be heavy, I hope you will join me in expressing our deep appreciation for the positive and lasting impact this special alumni couple made in our lives.

War Eagle!

Gretchen VanValkenburg

Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Vice President for Alumni Affairs &
Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association
gretchenvan@auburn.edu

STAFF

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Susan Barnes

Susan Barnes

Executive Coordinator

susanbarnes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-3820

Gwen Whitlock

Gwen Whitlock '83

Executive Coordinator

gwenwhitlock@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1134

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Jessica King

Jessica King '02

Director

jessicaking@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Todd Deery headshot

Todd Deery '90

Assistant Director

todddeery@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Kate Larkin

Kate Asbury Larkin

Alumni Programs Coordinator

kateasburylarkin@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1149

Kate Cole

Kate Cole '07

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Membership

katecole@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2889

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici '14

Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine

dmh0012@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4016

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Design Specialist

heatherpeevy@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1293

Kaleigh Peltack

Kaleigh Peltack '17

Art & Design Specialist, Graphic Designer

kcp0009@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2912

Morgan Rigsby

Morgan Rigsby

Administrative Support Specialist

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Jennifer Stephens

Senior Director

jenniferstephens@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1435

Eddie Orantes

Director

eddieorantes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1144

Tammy Hill

Tammie Hill

Analyst III, IRF Financial Reporting

tammiehill@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7035

Rhonda Gibson

Rhonda Gibson

Accounts Payable Specialist

rhondagibson@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1126

Lyn Long

Lyn Long

Alumni Gift/Collections Specialist

lynlong@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1197

Lynn Pauley

Lynn Pauley '90

Office Supervisor

lynnpauley@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2586

Andrew-Gunn Photo

Andrew Gunn

Courier

andrewgunn@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Danielle Fields

Danielle Fields '02

Director

daniellefields@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2985

Taylor Logan

Taylor Logan '06

Manager

taylorlogan@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7420

Janet Bryant

Janet Bryant '85

Administrative Support Specialist

janetbryant@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1150

Steve Inabinet

Steve Inabinet '78

Alumni Scholarship Coordinator

steveinabinet@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2995

Erin Hutchins

Erin Hutchins '09

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Inclusion & Diversity and Student Alumni Association

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

Blair DeCoux

Blair DeCoux '04

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

blairdecoux@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1148

Amy Pope

Amy Pope

Special Events Coordinator

amypope@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1443

Emma Brannon

Emma Brannon

Administrative Support Specialist

emmabrannon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1145

Moira Pyle

Moira Pyle

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

moirapyle@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

The Auburn Alumni Center

Welcome to the Auburn Alumni Center! The Auburn Alumni Center is more than a building. It is a story that continues to be written. Whether you are an Auburn alumnus or a friend, you can write yourself into the narrative.

Many hotels and conference centers can offer you a room—a space to hold your wedding, reunion, office party or seminar. But when you are inviting your closest friends and associates to join you for an unforgettable occasion, you want more than “a space”.

You need a place that is as special as your event—as heartwarming as the memories you hope to create. Because of the spirit of family and friendship that first inspired its creation and guided its construction, the Auburn Alumni Center perfectly fills that need.

Touring the Facility

For more information regarding tours of the Auburn Alumni Center, please contact Lynn Pauley, Office Supervisor at 334-844-2586 or email lynnpauley@auburn.edu.

Room Rentals

As one of the premier rental spaces on campus, the Auburn Alumni Center provides a personal and first-class experience. With more than 6,300 square feet of event and office space in the alumni center, the possibilities are endless.

Promise of Success

As part of our quality of service, we offer the following to ensure that each event is successful: Experienced, professional staff, Meeting rooms that are set up on time and to specification, Reliable equipment, A dedicated facility representative available on the day of the event for assistance, Accurate and timely billing documentation.

Finding the Perfect Space

The Auburn Alumni Center can accommodate 300 visitors. Available for rental are conference rooms which can be configured in a variety of ways. In addition, a large reception area is conveniently located in the facility.

Competitive Rates

It is recognized that our competitive rates are some of the best in town, and we would enjoy the opportunity to host your event or function.

Touring Our Facility

Customized tours of the facility are offered so that potential customers may view the variety of rooms available. Call us to schedule a tour.
If you do not find the information you are looking for on this web site, the information can also be mailed to you, please contact us directly.

Available Rooms

Goodwin Rooms

GOODWIN ROOMS
(1 Room) 150 or 50

  • 1/2 Day: $200
  • Full Day: $300
  • Evening: $400
  • Weekend: $600
  • Add Full A/V: $150
Goodwin Rooms

GOODWIN ROOMS
(2 or 3) 150 or 50

  • 1/2 Day: $250
  • Full Day: $400
  • Evening: $500
  • Weekend: $800*
  • Add Full A/V: $250
Atrium

ATRIUM
300

  • 1/2 Day: $300
  • Full Day: $400
  • Evening: $600
  • Weekend: $1000*
  • Add Full A/V: $250
Gilmore Board u shape with chairs

GILMER BOARD ROOM
25

  • 1/2 Day: $500
  • Full Day: $750
  • Evening: $875
  • Weekend: $1000
  • Price includes A/V
Sewell Library

SEWELL LIBRARY
10, no food allowed

  • 1/2 Day: $150
  • Full Day: $250
  • Evening: $325
  • Weekend: $400

*If all Goodwin Rooms and the Atrium are booked together, booking price is reduced to $1,500. Full A/V is an additional $300.

Contact About Rentals

Room Rental Function Request Form

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Equipment Rental Rates

We provide up-to-date equipment to support electronic presentations and audio amplifications.

Rates

  • Full A/V package – $250 (includes 2 70″ TVs, projector, podium/mic or handheld mic)
  • Eiki LCI projector (Goodwin only) – $100
  • 70″ flat screen TV – $100
  • Microphone (mounted on podium) – $20
  • Podium – no charge
  • Wireless lapel microphone – $40
  • Handheld microphone – $20
  • Piano – $50
  • Conference speaker phone – $20
  • Kitchen access- $50

Price Terms

  • 1/2 day: work day, 4 hour or less
  • Full day: work day, 4-8 hours
  • Evening: Monday-Thursday after 5:00 p.m.
  • Weekend: Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 11:00 p.m. – up to 6 hours, additional $150/hour

All events must be concluded, clean up complete and guests vacated from the premises by 11:00 p.m., unless approved by facilities manager.