Alumni Affairs

 

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How One Second Makes A Difference

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe, with a renewed appreciation for being together! When the stark reality of the COVID-19 pandemic reached our communities a few months ago, the Auburn Family pulled together and responded in remarkable ways. Not surprisingly, they demonstrated numerous acts of bravery, caring and compassion while suddenly navigating the uncharted territory of remote instruction, virtual work, homeschooling their children and disrupted routines.

Auburn’s land-grant mission was personified through outreach, research and education during this unprecedented time in our history. For example, thousands of masks were sewn by community-based volunteers and donated to our health care providers through efforts by Auburn University’s Outreach Office; Academic Affairs quickly pivoted from in-person classes to online courses to offer students minimal disruption and the opportunity to complete their semester; and, because they are problem-solvers at heart, Auburn’s researchers accelerated life-saving work, while faculty experts offered their expertise on various topics. When asked how you could help, you generously responded with gifts to Auburn’s emergency fund, food pantry and other areas of need to assist our students.

Even though the restriction of social distancing kept us apart, the Auburn Alumni Association remained true to its mission of enhancing the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends. While we were not able to host you in traditional ways, you have joined us in virtual spaces to connect with the university and each other. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to try something new. A special thank you to our alumni who  graciously participated in our “20 for 20” program and wrote notes of encouragement to 2020 graduates.

To our 2020 graduates, congratulations on your perseverance this semester! Even though you were not able to complete this leg of your academic journey in the way you had hoped, please know that we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate this special milestone with you in August, when you will be officially welcomed to the alumni association during summer commencement ceremonies.

On behalf of my colleagues, thank you for your unwavering support and please know we eagerly anticipate seeing you soon. Until then, if you haven’t already done so, please join us virtually through the Forever AU app and alumni website alumni.auburn.edu.

Now, more than ever, I am grateful to be part of the Auburn Family!

Be healthy 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

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Todd Deery '90

Assistant Director

todddeery@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

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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

Morgan Rigsby

Morgan Rigsby

Production Coordinator

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

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Amber Wendell

Multimedia Specialist III

alw0123@auburn.edu
(913) 549-0681

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 '88

Alumni Gift/Collections Specialist

lynlong@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1197

Lynn Pauley

Lynn Pauley '90

Office Supervisor

lynnpauley@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2586

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Don Jackson '97

Building Coordinator

dlj0022@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

Sydney Fuller

Sydney Fuller '17

Analyst I, IRF Financial Reporting

sydneyfuller@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7044

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Danielle Fields

Danielle Fields '02

Director

daniellefields@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2985

Taylor Logan

Taylor Logan '06

Assistant Director

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

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Erin Hutchins '09

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Inclusion & Diversity and Student Alumni Association

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

Amy Pope

Amy Pope

Special Events Coordinator

amypope@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1443

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Moira Pyle

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

moirapyle@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

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Emma Brannon

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

emmabrannon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1145

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Rebecca Feldman '20

Administrative Support Specialist

rebeccafeldman@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1148