Auburn Magazine

Spring 2019

In This Issue

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On the cover of Auburn Magazine’s Spring 2019 issue is the Newbern Library, one of the many tangible contributions the College of Architecture, Design and Construction has made to low-income Alabama communities through their Urban, Rural and futures studios. Together, they help students think about architecture differently while improving the state one structure at a time. Also in this issue: a profile of the fearless reporter Carol Robinson, known around Alabama as “The Coco Chanel of Crime;” a look at 125 years of student journalism under The Auburn Plainsman masthead, and more!

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Online Content

  • 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
  • square spring cover 2018
  • Cover Square WINTER 2017 Sixty Years Strong 1957 National Champs
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2017 Square Cover

From the Vice President

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we enter into 2019, I wanted to take a brief look back at all your alumni association accomplished in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Our alumni board members, hundreds of Auburn Club volunteers, association members and stakeholders turned their passion for our university into amazing results by engaging our alumni base, developing new partnerships, strengthening existing ones and generating support for Auburn University and its students. 

The association raised the bar on expanding engagement, communication and membership to new heights. Over the past year, more than 126,000 alumni and friends participated in alumni association-sponsored events and recorded an impressive 37,000,000 in touchpoints in regular, ongoing dialogue with Auburn alumni and friends through its strong digital and print platforms, including Auburn Magazine

Membership continuity and stewardship continue to be a top priority for the association, as reflected by the creation of a new and enhanced tiered program. The You Belong Campaign successfully launched last year and allowed the association to extend an immediate welcome and instant connection to new graduates. It has also created a more modern approach to engaging and honoring our contributing and life members.

We had more than 3,700 alumni and friends visit our Auburn Hospitality Tailgates prior to four home football games in 2017 and two in 2018. We brought home 200 alumni for the Golden Eagles Reunion, celebrating the 50th anniversary and induction of the Class of 1968. More than 400 alumni gathered together for Black Alumni Weekend in September, and over 200 current, former and retired members of the United States Armed Forces were honored with a Military Appreciation Reception on the Friday before the Military Appreciation game. Our War Eagle Travelers program hosted 248 alumni and friends who traveled together around the world on more than 51 trips. We launched Auburn At Work events at Georgia Pacific and Delta Airlines as an opportunity to engage alumni and friends in their workplace. These events create purposeful content that strengthens the Auburn community and highlights Auburn’s commitment to producing innovative alumni.

Also in 2017-18, 35 incoming freshmen or transfer students  were awarded scholarships as part of our Million Dollar Match program that raised over $1,250,000 for our endowment. When the endowment reaches maturity, the match program will fund a minimum of 67 new endowments.

We are looking forward to doing even more in 2019 and we hope you will come along for the ride. It is an exciting time to belong to the Auburn family, and we want you to stay engaged and connected through the new year and beyond.

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