Auburn Magazine

Spring 2020

In This Issue

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On the cover: Katie Lamar Jackson ’82 and Bailey Jones ’87 recount the 25-year history of the Sundilla Music Festival which began – and is still held – in a historic church in Auburn. Also in this issue, meet 20-year-old court mediator, Jamie Lowe, take a journey with mountain climber extraordinaire, Hugh Morton ’69, celebrate the miracle of Midshipman Cole Burton, be inspired by the incredible achievements of our 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and our Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient and much more!

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Read Past Issues

  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2020 Featuring Katie Lamar Jackson and Bailey Jones
  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2019 cover Featuring Pete the Cat
  • Auburn Magazine Fall 2019 Celebrating 50 years of integration of Athletics
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2019; Sheriff Jay Jones in Beauregard, Ala.
  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2019
  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2018 40 Years of Aubie; Aubie holding a birthday cake
  • Auburn Magazine / Fall 2018
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2018 Cover

From the Vice President

GOT A SECOND to join me for a quick trip down memory lane? November 30, 2019 will live in our hearts and memories for years to come. I have proudly cheered on our Tigers for decades and, without exception, experiencing our epic Iron Bowl win in person was pure magic. There were so many unexpected surprises on both sides of the field throughout the game, but an unmatched spirit of gratitude, joy and passion was only exhibited by the Auburn Family.

While we celebrated our win, we also paused to grieve the very same weekend when we learned of the passing of Pat Sullivan ’72. He personified what it meant to be a true Auburn man and his incredibly positive impact on Auburn will be felt forever. More importantly, he will be remembered for the difference he made in the lives of others. Our heartfelt condolences to the Sullivan family.

In this new year, the Auburn Alumni Association received a boost in membership, as it officially welcomed more than 1,900 December graduates into the family. Our best wishes to them as they begin to write their own alumni stories. A special thanks to critically acclaimed actor and Auburn alumnus Michael O’Neill ’74, whose commencement address, titled “The Unexpected,” offered excellent reminders that life doesn’t always turn out as you might expect. Our congratulations to Michael and his wife Mary, whose daughter Ella, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history to continue their family’s Auburn legacy.

Dedicated Auburn Club and affiliate leaders from across the country returned to the Plains earlier this month for the association’s annual club leadership conference. Their enthusiasm and loyalty to Auburn are inspiring as they continue to anchor and grow the vast Auburn alumni network. Best practices, programmatic updates and awards were among the topics discussed and celebrated throughout the weekend. To learn more about how this program continues to make a positive difference in the lives of the AuburnFamily, please visit: alumni.auburn.edu/clubs.

In its ongoing quest to implement alumni attitude study findings, the association is excited to announce the creation of a Young Alumni Council. Twenty-five young alumni were selected for this inaugural council from a pool of 94 applicants representing 18 states. To read more about this council, you may visit: alumni.auburn.edu/young.

As you enjoy the new year, remember that it only takes a second to make a positive impact. Please consider taking a second to renew your commitment to the association, participate in an alumni event, refer a prospective student, provide internships for current students, hire a fellow graduate and above all else, continue to spread the Auburn spirit wherever you go.

War Eagle!

Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Vice President for Alumni Affairs &
Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association
gretchenvan@auburn.edu

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Magazine Awards

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

2019 - 2020

  • GOLD Award, Individual Print Advertising, Auburn University, Forever AU App Alumni Suite Poster, 2019-20 CASE District III
  • GOLD Award, Periodical, Auburn University, Auburn Magazine, Fall 2019, 2019-20 CASE District III
  • SILVER Award, Poster, Auburn University, 50 Years of Integration in Athletics at Auburn University Suite Poster, 2019-20 CASE District III
  • BRONZE Award, Editorial Design, Auburn University, “125 Years of The Auburn Plainsman”, 2019-20 CASE District III
  • SILVER Award, Unpublished Works, Auburn University, Auburn Hospitality Tailgate Fan, 2019-20 CASE District III
  • SILVER Award, Magazine III, Auburn University, Auburn Magazine, 2019-20 CASE District III

2018 - 19

  • Award of Excellence, Magazine III Print and Digital Publications for Auburn Magazine, 2018-19 CASE District III Advancement Awards Program
  • Award of Excellence, Single-Page Publication or Flier (Graphic Design) for 25 Year Anniversary Member Solicitation, 2018-19 CASE District III Advancement Awards Program
  • Special Merit Award, Periodical Graphic Design for Auburn Magazine, 2018-19 CASE District III Advancement Awards Program

2017 - 18

  • Grand Award, Graphic Design, Auburn Magazine Cover Spring 2017-18 CASE III Advancement Awards
  • Special Merit Award, Graphic Design, Auburn Alumni Association Holiday Card, 2017-18 CASE III Advancement Awards
  • Grand Award, Programs and Projects, 125 Years of Auburn Women, 2017-18 CASE III Advancement Awards
  • Special Merit Award, Electronic and Digital Media, Auburn Alumni Association Website, 2017-18 CASE III Advancement Awards
  • Special Merit Award, Case District III National Platinum Awards, The History of Auburn Women, 2018 CASE III Advancement Awards
  • GOLD Award, AU Special Events: Year-Long, 125 Years of Auburn Women, 2017-18 CASE III Circle of Excellence Awards Program

2016 -15

  • Gold Award, College and University General Interest Magazines, CASE, 2016
  • Grand Gold Award, Photography “Summer 2015 Cover”, CASE III, 2016
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2016

2015 - 14

  • 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

2013 - 10

  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “The Dearth of Newspapers” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2013
  • Silver Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2013
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2011
  • 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
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2010

2009

  • 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
  • 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

2008 - 07

  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2007
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2008
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2008

2006 - 05

  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2006
  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II (5,000+ enrollment), CASE III, 2005

2004 - 03

  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2002
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Print Media and Printing Impressions magazines, 2002
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2003
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2004

2001 - 00

  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 2000
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2000
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2000
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2001
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2001

1999

  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 1999
  • Print Excellence Award, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, 1999

1997

  • Award of Excellence, University Magazines, CASE III, 1997
  • Special Merit Award, Paid Advertising, CASE III, 1997

1996

  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Personality Profile, Educational Press Association of America, 1996
  • Special Merit Award, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1996

1995

  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 1995
  • Award of Excellence, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1995
  • Mark of Quality for Graphic Excellence, Repap Paper Corp., 1995

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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

Kate Larkin headshot

Kate Asbury Larkin

Alumni Programs Coordinator

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Assistant Editor

Todd Deery headshot

Todd Deery

Assistant Director

Jeff Etheridge photo

Jeff Etheridge

University Chief Photographer