THE RHYTHM OF OUR CAMPUS slows down ever so slightly during the summer months compared to the frenzy of the busy spring semester. Recent commencement exercises welcomed 5,000 new alumni to the Auburn Alumni Association, which is wonderful news. During each ceremony, all alumni in attendance were asked to stand and be recognized. It is heartwarming to see so many in the audience, and particularly fun to watch the expressions of our newest graduates when they suddenly realize they too are now “official.”
The past few months also provided us with an opportunity to prepare for a new fiscal year, which is exactly what the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors did during their strategic workshop in June. I am pleased to share that the association has a refreshed strategic plan that includes recommendations from the recent alumni attitude study, is in alignment with the university and also includes new strategies to connect and engage our alumni in more meaningful ways.
As you enjoy the latest issue of the Auburn Magazine, know that the level of energy on campus has reached a fever pitch in preparation for the arrival of freshmen and returning students. A total of 392 students will begin this year’s education journey armed with Auburn Alumni Association scholarships valued at $664,668. These awards were made possible through the selfless fundraising efforts of Auburn Club volunteers as well as our membership gifts. On behalf of our students, thank you!
Fall is also a time of renewed passion for Auburn football as our fans plan their annual migration to the Plains to cheer on our Tigers. This year’s season will also mark the 50th anniversary of the integration of Auburn athletics, which will be celebrated during the 2019 Black Alumni Weekend on September 27-29. A special thanks to Thom Gossom, Jr. ’75, who helped desegregate Auburn football and later became the first African-American athlete to graduate, for serving as honorary chair of the weekend. Thom is one of the many pioneers celebrated in this issue’s cover story on the integration of athletics.
During this year’s opening football game, I will fondly remember Rod Bramblett ’88 and his wife, Paula ’91, who tragically left the Auburn Family far too soon last May. Both contributed to our university in their own way. Paula worked for the Office of Information Technology for more than 25 years and was a friend to many. Everyone knew Rod as the “Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” but many did not know that he also played an important role in the association’s Auburn Club program. He accepted numerous invitations to speak around the country and through these efforts, helped spread the Auburn spirit, raised important scholarship funds and of course, enjoyed reliving those legendary calls alongside our fans. Even though our hearts will be heavy, I hope you will join me in expressing our deep appreciation for the positive and lasting impact this special alumni couple made in our lives.
Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Vice President for Alumni Affairs &
Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association
Gwen Whitlock '83
Jessica King '02
Todd Deery '90
Kate Asbury Larkin
Kate Cole '07
Derek Herscovici '14
Kaleigh Peltack '17
Lynn Pauley '90
Danielle Fields '02
Taylor Logan '06
Janet Bryant '85
Steve Inabinet '78
Erin Hutchins '09
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
(1 Room) 150 or 50
- 1/2 Day: $200
- Full Day: $300
- Evening: $400
- Weekend: $600
- Add Full A/V: $150
(2 or 3) 150 or 50
- 1/2 Day: $250
- Full Day: $400
- Evening: $500
- Weekend: $800*
- Add Full A/V: $250
- 1/2 Day: $300
- Full Day: $400
- Evening: $600
- Weekend: $1000*
- Add Full A/V: $250
GILMER BOARD ROOM
- 1/2 Day: $500
- Full Day: $750
- Evening: $875
- Weekend: $1000
- Price includes A/V
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.
Equipment Rental Rates
We provide up-to-date equipment to support electronic presentations and audio amplifications.
- 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
- 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.