Auburn Magazine

The Legacy of President Jay Gogue

Summer Issue 2017

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We say goodbye to retiring President Jay Gogue ’69 and wife Susie, who presided over Auburn University for one of busiest and most productive decades in school history. Also in this issue:

  • Dave Clark ’96, Amazon’s Senior Vice President for global operations and customer service, discusses the secrets to the online retail giant’s success;
  • The trials and tribulations of Rob Pate ’01, a former Auburn football player whose unexpected injuries led him to becoming an award-winning optometrist;
  • Auburn University’s newly created Guide Dog Foundation, where adorable puppies are trained to one day assist the disabled, sniff out bombs and more.

Online Content

  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2016 Issue
  • Auburn Magazine 2016 Fall Issue Cover
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2016 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2016 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Fall 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2015 Feature

From the Editor

Times of Transitions

SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO let the pieces fall before recognizing the path worth taking. It has been a year of transition for both the university and Auburn Magazine itself, first with the retirement of former editor Suzanne Johnson after a decade of success, then the upcoming retirement of Auburn President Jay Gogue.

An editorial intern for Auburn Magazine in the summer of 2014, I was appointed assistant editor in May of 2016; as the managing editor for this Summer 2017 issue, that phrase from the Auburn Creed—“work, hard work”—has never seemed more applicable than over the past few months. 

Throughout this issue, you will find no shortage of twists of fate—unexpected transitions, come-from-behind victories, trials and tribulations and the bittersweet twilight of a beloved administration. Even the puppies that train at Auburn to become guide dogs must someday graduate.

In each instance, you’ll find examples of Auburn men and women meeting adversity head-on with confidence—confidence in themselves, in their education, in their training and through their relationships with others around the world.

Auburn Magazine has remained on course in spite of the obstacles, thanks in no small part to the work of editorial intern Eric Pereira ’17 and designer Kaleigh Peltack ’17, students who ably stepped into outsized roles and exceeded expectations.

The tasks that seemed daunting months ago have become benchmarks; whatever the reasons for our collective trials-by-fire, the reward is always sweeter on the other side.

Derek Herscovici 14
Assistant Editor, Auburn Magazine
derekherscovici@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.

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

Auburn Magazine Staff – Since its debut in Spring 1994, Auburn Magazine has won more than two dozen regional and national awards for writing, design, and printing excellence. Subscribe to the Auburn Magazine blog and get exclusive content available only online.

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Director

Jeff Etheridge photo

Jeff Etheridge

University Chief Photographer

A profile shot of Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Assistant Editor

Aaron Blackmon

Aaron Blackmon

Digital Strategist

Kaleigh Peltack Jr. Designer

Kaleigh Peltack

Jr. Designer

Michael Pair

Michael Pair

IT Specialist