Auburn Magazine

Fall 2020

From the Vice President

DEAR AUBURN FAMILY,

Please join me in applauding our university’s administration for the guiding principles of care they have used to make decisions over the past few months. Their number one priority has been to protect the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff as well as to find ways to continue Auburn’s important mission of instruction, research and outreach. It is encouraging to see glimpses of normalcy return to campus as we begin to live a new reality with the challenges and uncertainty that this silent virus brings.

In addition to the pandemic, our university has been proactively listening and responding to concerns surrounding racial injustice and how it impacts current and future members of the Auburn Family. I appreciate the feedback that you provided through numerous channels and thank those who bravely shared their personal experiences and perspectives. It has been informative and refreshing to have candid, deeply personal and respectful conversations. I have learned that while we may share differences, we are indeed unified by our love of Auburn.

As you enjoy the wonderful articles in this issue, you will likely recognize a theme of hard work and a desire to be the best. Thank you to David Housel for his special tribute to Coach Pat Dye, who never minced words in his spirited insistence to challenge his players, colleagues and our university to be the very best. We are deeply grateful to Coach for his support of the Auburn Alumni Association, especially our Auburn Clubs. He loved our volunteers, and they returned the favor tenfold.

Armed with a desire to offer the best virtual engagement experiences, our alumni affairs team used their creativity to develop fantastic new virtual programs such as the 18:56 Facebook speaker series, whose title is a nod to Auburn’s founding year and allows guest speakers to discuss various topics for 18 minutes and 56 seconds. To watch former programs and see a list of future speakers, please visit aub.ie/1856series.

In closing, I offer my personal thanks to Van Henley for leading the alumni association in a sound and thoughtful manner over the past two years. Even though his term was not fulfilled in a traditional sense, he remained steadfast in his commitment and engagement. During our annual meeting in the fall, Van will pass the gavel to incoming board president Regenia Sanders, who will make history as the first African American to preside over the association. We look forward to her leadership, along with the contributions that will be made by her fellow directors.

Be healthy, stay safe and War Eagle!

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

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

Voluntary Subscriptions

Auburn Magazine is about you and for you. We tell stories about Auburn graduates following interesting and exciting career paths. We unabashedly shout the things we love about Auburn University and help you celebrate Auburn’s athletic victories. We also show how Auburn’s research and graduates are at the forefront of today’s trends as well as stories you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ve told us the magazine is your favorite benefit of membership, and we’re committed to keeping it coming. While we know these are difficult times for many, we are asking you for your gift of support. Your tax-deductible gift to Auburn Magazine voluntary subscription program will help ensure that the Auburn Alumni Association’s periodical – first published in 1912 – continues to survive and thrive into the future.

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Staff

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Director

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Kate Asbury Larkin

Alumni Programs Coordinator

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Assistant Editor

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Todd Deery

Assistant Director

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Jeff Etheridge

University Chief Photographer

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Amber Wendell

Multimedia Specialist III

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Julie Barnhill '11

Art Design Specialist