Alumni Affairs

Our Future is Bright

I HOPE YOUR NEW YEAR is shaping up to be a great one! In December, the Auburn Alumni Association officially welcomed more than 1,600 new graduates to its ranks. The Honorable Harold Melton ’88, presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, delivered a compelling commencement speech to our winter graduates and their guests. Additionally, Alumni Association Board members Susan Black ’77 and Michelle Granberry ’92 presented each new graduate with an association member pin and information packet.

During the first weekend of February, the Auburn Alumni Association hosted an outstanding Auburn Club leadership conference with record attendance. Representatives from club and affiliate groups around the country comprised this enthusiastic group of alumni and friends who proudly serve as amazing ambassadors for Auburn University. Best practices, crucial updates, awards and recognition were topics discussed during key conference sessions. To learn more about this vital program, please visit http://www.alumni.auburn.edu/clubs.

In this issue, you will read about how Auburn University’s world-class faculty, alumni and students continue to fulfill our mission through innovation and research. We hope you will enjoy learning more about patented training technology and its use through Vapor Wake dogs who are deployed throughout the country to ensure we are safe.

Additionally, you will read about how our alumni are making a difference through research, such as Dr. Amy Street ’93, who serves as deputy director of Women’s Health Services at the VA’s National Center for PTSD. Finally, I hope you will simply have fun using the augmented reality app that was developed at Auburn University. All of these stories reflect the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Auburn’s research victories.

Since his arrival last June, Auburn University President Dr. Steven Leath has spent countless hours enthusiastically meeting and visiting with Auburn University stakeholders to gather their input to develop an exciting roadmap for the university’s future. We look forward to hearing about his bold strategic vision during his installation ceremony on March 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Auburn Arena. Please join us as we honor him and celebrate Auburn University’s 19th president.

In the meantime, I hope you will renew your commitment and explore new ways to become more involved with your Auburn Alumni Association. We are dedicated to enhancing your engagement and connection to Auburn University and to each other. With your participation, our future is indeed bright!

All the best 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

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

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

Amy Gary

Amy gary

Communications Specialist, Editor of Auburn Magazine

amygary@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1164

Kaleigh Peltack

Kaleigh Peltack '17

Art & Design Specialist, Graphic Designer

kcp0009@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2912

Michael Pair

Michael Pair '10

IT Specialist

pairtho@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1143

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

Madeline Smith

Madeline Smith '17

Graduate Assistant, Student Alumni Association

madelinesmith@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

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

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

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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.

Touring the Facility

Contact About Touring

Touring and Room Rental Function Request Form

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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*
Gilmore Board u shape with chairs

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

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.