Alumni Affairs

Your Connection to Auburn University

Holiday Greetings & Gratitude

I hope this issue of the Auburn Magazine finds you well and enjoying a festive holiday season.  As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to offer my thanks for making a difference!  Thousands of alumni and friends continue to show their passion and support of Auburn University by participating in Auburn Alumni Association sponsored programs and services.  Because of you . . .

250 scholarships were provided to students! Through the Auburn Alumni Association Endowment and the Auburn Club Scholarship program, the association in 2015-16 awarded more than 250 scholarships for use by students in the following academic year.  After a successful Tiger Giving Day, the association created a new, fully funded scholarship endowment of more than $25,000 for U.S. Military veterans wishing to attend Auburn.

165,458 alumni and friends connected!  Signature events such as Lifetime Achievement Awards, Golden Eagles Reunion, Black Alumni Weekend, Club Leadership Conference, and Hospitality Tailgate continue to be popular and well attended.  Additionally, the engagement of alumni and friends reaches across campus in partnerships with athletics, academic units and research, along with community partnerships such as A-Day and Homecoming festivities are growing.

17,000 alumni participated in Auburn Club and Affiliate events! Volunteer leaders ensured alumni around the globe were able to network with each other through regular meetings, Tiger Trek Events with the AU coaching staff, and game watch parties.  Additionally, Auburn Clubs engaged close to 600 high school students in freshman send-office events across the country.

4,000 scoops of ice cream were served!  Whether you sampled the famous original Spumoni recipe or ventured out with new flavors such as Charles Barkley butter pecan, we hope you enjoyed the recreated Sani-Freeze in front of Auburn Alumni Center during our hospitality tailgate this fall.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to say thanks to the Auburn Alumni Association board of directors for their commitment and leadership.  During the October 1st annual board weekend, the board formally adopted a new strategic plan whose mission states:  the association is dedicated to enhancing the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends.

As this new plan is implemented, I invite you to take advantage of our new programs and services.  One of the most immediate is the Auburn Alumni App, an exciting new tool that is designed to foster networking among alumni, information sharing, and connectivity.  No matter where you are, simply use your alumni app and reach out to fellow Auburn University alumni.  To learn more, please check out the alumni.auburn.edu website and read about the app on page _____ of this issue.

Thank you for your continued thoughtfulness, participation and generosity.  Best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

With gratitude,

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 ‘83

Gwen Whitlock ‘83

Executive Coordinator

gwenwhitlock@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1134

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Jessica King ‘02

Jessica King ‘02

Director

jessicaking@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Morgan Rigsby

Morgan Rigsby

Administrative Support Specialist

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Kate Asbury 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

Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson

Senior Communications Editor and Editor, Auburn Magazine

suzannejohnson@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1164

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Design Specialist

heatherpeevy@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1293

Aaron Blackmon '10

Aaron Blackmon '10

IT Specialist

aaronblackmon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2197

James Sappington

James Sappington

Graduate Assistant, Student Alumni Association

jsappington@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Communications Editor and Assistant Editor, Auburn Magazine

dmh0012@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4016

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Danielle Fields ‘02

Danielle Fields ‘02

Director

daniellefields@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2985

Taylor Logan ‘06

Taylor Logan ‘06

Manager

taylorlogan@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7420

Janet Bryant ‘85

Janet Bryant ‘85

Administrative Support Specialist

janetbryant@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1150

Steve Inabinet ‘78

Steve Inabinet ‘78

Alumni Scholarship Director

steveinabinet@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2995

Erin Hutchins '09

Erin Hutchins '09

Inclusion & Diversity Programs Coordinator

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

Blair DeCoux '04

Blair DeCoux '04

Auburn Clubs Coordinator

blairdecoux@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1148

ALUMNI ACCOUNTING

Jennifer Stephens

Jennifer Stephens

Director

jenniferstephens@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1435

Tammie Hill

Tammie Hill

Accountant II

tammiehill@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7035

Lyn Long ‘88

Lyn Long ‘88

Alumni Gift/Collections Specialist

lynlong@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1197

BUSINESS OPERATIONS & FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Eddie Orantes

Eddie Orantes

Director

eddieorantes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1144

Lynn Pauley ‘90

Lynn Pauley ‘90

Admin Support Specialist

lynnpauley@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2586

John W. Raiford ‘81

John W. Raiford ‘81

Building Operations Coordinator

johnwraiford@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1105

Travis Spraggins

Travis Spraggins

Coordinator, Mailroom

travisspraggins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

Andrew Gunn

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

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

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.