Alumni Affairs

Looking Forward to Fall

WHILE IT CAN BE ARGUED that all seasons are equally special in Auburn, I am partial to autumn. The crisp blue sky that frames the trees, with colors that range from bright yellow to all variations of orange, is simply breathtaking and, coincidentally, represents my favorite color combination. Members of the Auburn Family regularly visit to celebrate all manner of traditions and our students look forward to the completion of a rigorous academic fall semester.

It is also when we formally celebrate Homecoming and our annual meeting, which took place in mid-September. Board President Van Henley honored retiring board members and welcomed new directors Joe Dalton ’82, Angela Jenkins ’94, Ashley Robinett ’01 and Chastity Stevenson Westry ’97. A special thanks to our board for their continued dedication, thoughtful leadership and selfless service.

Additional outcomes reported from the annual meeting included:

• 130,000 alumni and friends engaged through its increasingly diverse initiatives.

• 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Auburn Athletics during the 2019 Black Alumni Weekend. 

• 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards honorees are William Barrick ’68, Jere Beasley ’59, Joe Forehand ’71 and Octavia Spencer ’94, and the 2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Dion Aviki ’04.

• In our ongoing quest to reach all Auburn alumni and friends, the association continues to increase its communication initiatives. Over the past year, it achieved an impressive 37,000,000 touchpoints in regular, ongoing dialogue with Auburn alumni and friends through its strong digital and print platforms. 

• Membership gifts continue to generate critical resources to support our mission. A special thanks to contributing, life and sustaining life members for their continued investment, which supports the Auburn Alumni Association Endowment. Coupled with the Auburn Club Scholarship program, a total of 340 scholarships valued at $598,241 were awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Our alumni association’s strategic plan also guides our efforts. Based on findings from a 2019 alumni attitude study, two new initiatives were launched: an alumni engagement grants program for university partners to engage their alumni, and a young alumni initiative which will provide the groundwork for a new Young Alumni Council to be formed by spring 2020.

Please accept my gratitude for your continued belief in Auburn and your participation. May your holidays be filled with lots of Auburn Family love and may you have a healthy and happy New Year.

War Eagle Always!

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

Production Coordinator

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

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

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

Amy Pope

Amy Pope

Special Events Coordinator

amypope@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1443

Moira Pyle

Moira Pyle

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

moirapyle@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

Emma Brannon

Emma Brannon

Administrative Support Specialist

emmabrannon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1145

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.