Auburn Magazine

Winter 2018

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On the cover of our Winter 2018 issue is everyone’s favorite tiger, Aubie, with a custom birthday cake made by Auburn alumna and owner of Cakeitecture Bakery, Carie Tindill ’05. Also in this issue: a celebration of 75 years of The Auburn Creed, a runner that has completed 50 races in 50 states and an alumnus that is taking to Twitter to tell people that the snake they found is #NotACottonmouth.

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Online Content

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From the Vice President

Happy 40th Aubie!

It was so much fun to participate in Aubie’s 40th reunion earlier this fall. To say there was an “off the charts” energy in the room when so many former “Friends” of Aubie came together in one place would be an understatement. I am sure many of you have great Aubie stories, but my personal favorite happened last summer during a trip to see our fantastic New York Auburn Club. Following the official appearances that evening, Aubie decided to visit Times Square. Because you walk everywhere in the city, Aubie literally skipped four blocks, stopping pedestrians, children and sometimes traffic. While it is not unusual for visitors to see celebrities or famous characters in this part of the city, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me to watch our friendly tiger make new friends from all over the globe, surrounded by all of the glitz and glamour in a city that never sleeps. So, on behalf of the entire Auburn Family, happy 40th Aubie, thank you for always lifting our spirits and for being the best mascot in the nation.

Over the Homecoming weekend, the Auburn Alumni Association hosted its annual meeting to report on accomplishments throughout the past year. During the meeting, we recognized retiring directors and formally inducted President Van Henley and Vice President Regenia Sanders. We also welcomed new directors Tim Barton, Christopher Cilluffo, Tim Ellen and Jenna Mayo, who are featured in this issue of the magazine.

A special thanks to all of our board members who continue to provide thoughtful leadership and selfless service to the association.

One of the Auburn Alumni Association’s most noteworthy programs is its Lifetime and Young Alumni Awards program. Each year, the association bestows its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to four deserving alumni. The 2019 honorees include Neil Owen Davis ’35 (posthumous), Thomas Gossom, Jr. ’75, Dick Ingwersen ’70 and Jeff Stone ’79. Additionally, the association named Ashley Robinett ’01 as the 2019 Young Alumni Award recipient. All of these outstanding alumni will be honored during the 2019 black-tie gala on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

In closing, I give my continued appreciation and gratitude for your continued investment and participation in association-sponsored initiatives. I wish you a very bright holiday season and a new year that finds you healthy, prosperous and filled with lots of Auburn orange and blue.

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