Alumni Affairs

Your Connection to Auburn University

Entrepreneurial Roots Run Deep

AUBURN UNIVERSITY’S commitment to its land, sea and air grant mission has created an environment that prepares, nurtures and inspires students to dream big and transform those dreams into reality. The academic knowledge as well as the professional and personal networks they acquired as students have launched many of our alumni into the exciting entrepreneurial world. They often reference excerpts from the Auburn Creed such as “I believe in work, hard work” and “a spirit that is not afraid” as part of their playbook that guides them on their journey.

Fostering entrepreneurial activity does not happen by accident. As any strategic planning expert will tell you, in order for a goal to be successful, it has to be fully supported by its stakeholders. This is exactly what the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business has done through the development of its entrepreneurship and family degree program. In addition to its commitment to provide academic leadership in this area, the college also launched the Entrepreneurship Summit in 2015, which features programming aimed at honoring alumni and students from each of Auburn University’s 12 degree-granting colleges and schools. This year’s summit is scheduled for March 30-31 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and will feature a Tiger Cage, Top Tigers and Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. To learn more, please visit: http://harbert.auburn.edu.

The entrepreneurial spirit also permeates our vast Auburn Alumni Clubs network. These volunteers are the best in the country and their commitment to advance Auburn University in their communities is priceless. Recently, I had the privilege to visit with many of them during the 2017 Club Leadership Conference and while they all deserve personal medals for their

selfless service, I want to congratulate the following Auburn Clubs for their achievements over the past year: Atlanta, Chicago, Golden Isles, Greater Houston, Huntsville-Madison County, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and Triangle Area. Please visit alumni.auburn.edu/clubs to learn more about the Auburn Clubs program.

Of course, not all of our outstanding Auburn men and women are entrepreneurs. Some do their “work, hard work” within a broad variety of organizations and industries. Four of those will be the recipients of the Auburn Alumni Association’s greatest honor in March, as the Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on Coach Pat Dye, Nelda Lee, Mike Rogers and Dwight Wiggins. It also will recognize K-Rob Thomas as the 2017 Young Alumni Award recipient. Please join me in congratulating these notable recipients for their selection; read more about them in the Spring 2017 Issue.

As 2017 continues to unfold, please note this year marks the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women. From the inaugural class of three women in 1892 to over half of the alumni and student population today, Auburn women continue to positively impact our university. Please visit alumni.auburn.edu/women to learn about the history of Auburn women and how you can participate in the celebration.

Thank you for your continued support and 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

Morgan Rigsby

Morgan Rigsby

Administrative Support Specialist

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Kate Larkin

Kate Asbury Larkin

Alumni Programs Coordinator/Outreach

kateasburylarkin@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1149

Kate Cole

Kate Cole

Alumni Programs Coordinator/Membership

katecole@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2889

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Derek Herscovici

Communications Editor and Assistant Editor, Auburn Magazine

dmh0012@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4016

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Design Specialist

heatherpeevy@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1293

Aaron Blackmon

Aaron Blackmon '10

Digital Strategist

aaronblackmon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2197

Madeline Smith

Madeline Smith '17

Graduate Assistant, Student Alumni Association

madelinesmith@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

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 Director

steveinabinet@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2995

Erin Hutchins

Erin Hutchins '09

Inclusion & Diversity Programs Coordinator

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

Blair DeCoux

Blair DeCoux '04

Auburn Clubs Coordinator

blairdecoux@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1148

Amy Pope

Amy Pope

Administrative Support Specialist

amypope@auburn.edu
(334)844-1443

ALUMNI ACCOUNTING

Jennifer Stephens

Jennifer Stephens

Director

jenniferstephens@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1435

Tammy Hill

Tammie Hill

Accountant II

tammiehill@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7035

Lyn Long

Lyn Long ‘88

Alumni Gift/Collections Specialist

lynlong@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1197

Rhonda Gibson

Accounts Payable Specialist

rhondagibson@auburn.edu
334-844-1126

BUSINESS OPERATIONS & FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

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Eddie Orantes

Director

eddieorantes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1144

Lynn Pauley

Lynn Pauley ‘90

Admin Support Specialist

lynnpauley@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2586

John Raiford

John W. Raiford ‘81

Building Operations Coordinator

johnwraiford@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1105

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Travis Spraggins

Coordinator, Mailroom

travisspraggins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

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Andrew Gunn

Courier

andrewgunn@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

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.

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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

*If all Goodwin Rooms and the Atrium are booked together, booking price is reduced to $1,500.

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

Goodwin Rooms

GOODWIN ROOMS
(1 Room) 150 or 50

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

GOODWIN ROOMS
(2 or 3) 150 or 50

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

ATRIUM
300

  • 1/2 Day: $300
  • Full Day: $400
  • Evening: $600
  • Weekend: $1000*

GILMER BOARD ROOM
25

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

SEWELL LIBRARY
10, no food allowed

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

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Equipment Rental Rates

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

Rates

$50 Kitchen Facility
$10 Screen
$40 Music docking station
$40 Wireless Lapel Microphone
$20 Hand-held Microphone
$75 50″ Mounted TV
$50 Piano
$100 Projector
$20 Podium (with attached microphone)
$20 DVD Player
$20 Conference speaker phone

Availability and Terms

Please call 10 days in advance to secure specific equipment. All rooms are set up to accommodate any equipment needs.

Projection Equipment

The Auburn Alumni Center has available a variety of projection equipment including LCD projectors and projection screens. Support is available to set up equipment provided by the center.

NOTE: Our LCD projectors work with most laptops, but compatibility is not guaranteed.