Auburn Magazine

Summer 2019

In This Issue

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On the cover of Auburn Magazine’s Summer 2019 issue is Sheriff Jay Jones ’76, who together with the Auburn Family, responded to one of the worst tragedies in Lee County history. That feature takes you inside the response to see how Tigers everywhere rallied to help an embattled community. This issue also has great coverage of Auburn men’s basketball’s historic run to the Final Four as well as alumna Nicole Klein, who went from booking bands at Auburn to director of entertainment at seven of the most prestigious venues in North America. We have articles on the impressive research going on at Auburn as well as a profile of William Spratling, an international artist and celebrity who helped forge strong ties with Mexico through his silver jewelry and art.

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Online Content

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  • Cover Square WINTER 2017 Sixty Years Strong 1957 National Champs

From the Vice President

THANK YOU to everyone who accepted our invitation to complete the alumni attitude survey earlier this year! Your enthusiastic participation and feedback validated how the association is performing well, and offered tremendous insight into future possibilities.

In response to our question about how Auburn alumni would describe themselves, the top three adjectives selected were “hardworking,” “positive” and “responsible.” These should sound very familiar to the Auburn Family, as they are also major themes woven throughout the Auburn Creed and are reflective of the university’s land-grant mission.

A shared love of Auburn, athletics and tradition continue to resonate deeply with our alumni, as well as a sincere desire to hear about how Auburn University is making a difference through research and innovative discoveries. In this issue of the Auburn Magazine, I hope you will enjoy learning more about the positive implications of Auburn University’s recent designation by the Carnegie Commission as an R1 institution.    

The results of the survey confirmed how much our Auburn Family never tires of applauding fellow alumni success. Equally important is their desire to understand how current students are preparing for their future in today’s education environment. And, perhaps not too surprising, our alumni want to know how they can continue to pay it forward by offering assistance to our students along their journey. 

One of the most notable areas presented for the alumni association is developing a comprehensive approach to connecting and engaging our growing, energetic young alumni base. It is gratifying to learn that our most recent graduates are eager to remain connected to our institution in various ways, and will serve our institution through meaningful endeavors.

So, on behalf of our board of directors and professional staff, thank you for accepting our invitation. We are listening! Please stay tuned as we use these results to inform, update and refresh the association’s strategic plan. 

In the meantime, I hope your summer is wonderfully relaxing and fun-filled.

War Eagle!

Gretchen VanValkenburg

Vice President for Alumni Affairs &
Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association

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Magazine Awards

Over the years, Auburn Magazine has been recognized for excellence at both the national and regional level.

National Honors

  • Gold Award, College and University General Interest Magazines, CASE, 2016.
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “The Dearth of Newspapers” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2013.
  • Gold Award, Periodicals Publishing Improvement, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2010
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “Veggie Tales” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2010
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “God’s Man: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Millard Fuller” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2009
  • Silver Award, Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2009
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Print Media and Printing Impressions magazines, 2002
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2001
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Personality Profile, Educational Press Association of America, 1996

Regional Honors

  • Grand Gold Award, Photography “Summer 2015 Cover”, CASE III, 2016
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2016
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2015
  • Grand Gold Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2014
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2014
  • Silver Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2013
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2011
  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2006
  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II (5,000+ enrollment), CASE III, 2005
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2004
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2003
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2002
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2001
  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 2000
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2010
  • Grand Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2009
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2009
  • Special Merit Award, Improvement in Design, CASE III, 2009
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2008
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2008
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2007
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2000
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 1999
  • Award of Excellence, University Magazines, CASE III, 1997
  • Special Merit Award, Paid Advertising, CASE III, 1997
  • Special Merit Award, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1996
  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 1995
  • Award of Excellence, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1995

Other Recognition

  • Mark of Quality for Graphic Excellence, Repap Paper Corp., 1995
  • Print Excellence Award, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, 1999

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Advisory Council

The Auburn Magazine Advisory Council is a group of 15 outstanding alumni and friends in the fields of journalism, business, magazine production, graphic design, etc., who meet annually on campus to provide input, advice and support for the regular magazine staff.

  • Neil Reynolds ’77, Chairman
  • Kay Acton ’84
  • Maria Baugh ’87
  • John Carvalho ’78
  • John Cole ’88
  • Christian Flathman ’97
  • Tom Ford ’67
  • Mary Lou Foy ’66
  • Julie Keith ’90
  • Eric Ludgood ’78
  • Cindy McDaniel ’80
  • Napo Monasterio ’02
  • Carol Pappas ’77
  • Joyce Reynolds Ringer ’59
  • Allen Vaughan ’75

Staff

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Director

Kaleigh Peltack

Kaleigh Peltack

Graphic Designer

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Assistant Editor

Jeff Etheridge photo

Jeff Etheridge

University Chief Photographer