Nominations for 2021

Each year, Auburn University recognizes members of the Auburn Family for extraordinary accomplishments, significant professional achievements or distinguished service to others and is the highest honor bestowed by the association.

Nominations for the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards and the 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award will close May 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

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Alumni Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature and service to the university. It was established in 2001 to honor extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. Recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards are selected by a committee of Auburn administrators, trustees, faculty and alumni.

The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award and Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients were recently selected and announced. The four Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are William E. Barrick ’68, Jere Locke Beasley Sr. ’59, Joe Wallace Forehand Jr. ’71 and Octavia Lenora Spencer ’94. The young alumni recipient is Dion Marlene Aviki ’04. Read more about each recipient by clicking below.

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2020 Recipients

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William E. Barrick ’68
William E. Barrick ’68 was a first lieutenant in the Army, earning a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Vietnam.

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Jere Locke Beasley, Sr. ’59
Jere Locke Beasley, Sr. ’59 is the founding member of Beasley Allen Law Firm and has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962.

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Joe W. Forehand, Jr. ’71
Joe W. Forehand, Jr. ’71 served as chairman and CEO of Accenture, where he led the company through a split and a major global rebranding campaign.

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Octavia Spencer ’94
Octavia Spencer ’94 had her breakthrough when she starred as Minny Jackson in the period film “The Help”.

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The Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award was created to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. One recipient is recognized each year for significant achievement in his/her professional life and/or for distinguished community serves.

2020 Recipient

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Dion Aviki ’04
Dion Aviki ’04 began her career in Houston, Texas, where she held roles in sales, marketing and business development within the HVAC industry.

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Alumni Professors

Dennis DeVries
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
College of Agriculture

Peter Hastie
School of Kinesiology/College of Education

Yaoqi Zhang
Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
College of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

John Rapp
College of Liberal Arts

Benson Akingbemi
Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine

Twenty-five, five-year non-renewable Alumni Professorships are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, with funds endowed from annual giving. The Professorships carry an annual $3,500 salary supplement. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost calls for nominations from department heads through deans. The awards are presented on the basis of research, publishing and teaching.

The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship

Rex Dunham
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
College of Agriculture

Jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the Auburn University Graduate School, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award carries with it a $2,000 award from the alumni association. The recipients are nominated by deans, department heads, etc. and chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.

Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award

Melanie Duffey
College of Human Sciences

Matt Hall
College of Architecture, Design & Construction

James Long
School of Accountancy/Harbert College of Business

This award is given to teachers who are exceptional in their quality of teaching, knowledge of subject, interest in students and availability to them, impact on the nominator’s personal educational experience, and influence within Auburn University. Teachers are nominated by students, alumni and colleagues. Recipients are honored each year and each receive an honorarium award of $1,000.