Auburn Magazine

Fall 2018

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On the cover of our Fall 2018 issue is an illustrated life map depicting Ron Sanders’ ’82 out of this world journey from Auburn to London to Hollywood. Also in this issue: one of the biggest tailgates in the SEC, an inside look at the creation of a flag that flies indoors and more!

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From the Editor

The Auburn Season

The word ‘season’ keeps popping into my head these days. As The Byrds beautifully reference in their song, “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to everything there is a season),” it is true for life on The Plains. In my world and that of my colleagues, we often use the word ‘season’ not only in reference to the time of year, but also to describe the kind of programs that are underway for our alumni and friends. 

For instance, the spring and summer seasons are synonymous with the Auburn Alumni Association’s club season. I am immensely grateful to all of the Auburn Club and Affiliate volunteers who have actively hosted annual meetings during this season to foster the Auburn spirit in their communities, generating support for scholarships and celebrating our newest family members through freshmen Send-offs. It has been so much fun to join my fellow alumni at these gatherings around the country, including the 2018 AMBUSH tour. A special thanks to Coach Malzahn, President Leath and Athletic Director Allen Greene for their participation in these exciting events. It also signifies the call to action of our base to become contributing members of the Auburn Alumni Association.

The fall season marks the beginning of an academic year and a new chapter in the lives of freshmen and their families. It signifies a season of renewal for returning students, faculty and staff as we actively work together to achieve Auburn University’s land grant mission. It means the return of thousands of Auburn alumni and friends to campus for reunions and of course, to cheer on our Auburn Tigers.

Finally, it is the season of transition for our association’s board of directors. A special thanks to President Beau Byrd for his leadership, service and support over the past two years. With his guidance, the association boldly adopted a tiered membership model to increase engagement with all alumni, commemorated the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women, increased our Auburn Clubs program with the addition of an Affiliate option and expanded our communication reach. I would also like to express my gratitude to Dion Aviki, Susan Black, Rob Crabtree and Angela Mitchell for their service.

Whatever season you find yourself in, I hope it includes Auburn. I invite you to explore ways to connect and engage with your Auburn Alumni Association. Our alumni board and staff members are eager to serve you and look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best and 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