Auburn Magazine

Summer 2020

From the Vice President

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe, with a renewed appreciation for being together! When the stark reality of the COVID-19 pandemic reached our communities a few months ago, the Auburn Family pulled together and responded in remarkable ways. Not surprisingly, they demonstrated numerous acts of bravery, caring and compassion while suddenly navigating the uncharted territory of remote instruction, virtual work, homeschooling their children and disrupted routines.

Auburn’s land-grant mission was personified through outreach, research and education during this unprecedented time in our history. For example, thousands of masks were sewn by community-based volunteers and donated to our health care providers through efforts by Auburn University’s Outreach Office; Academic Affairs quickly pivoted from in-person classes to online courses to offer students minimal disruption and the opportunity to complete their semester; and, because they are problem-solvers at heart, Auburn’s researchers accelerated life-saving work, while faculty experts offered their expertise on various topics. When asked how you could help, you generously responded with gifts to Auburn’s emergency fund, food pantry and other areas of need to assist our students.

Even though the restriction of social distancing kept us apart, the Auburn Alumni Association remained true to its mission of enhancing the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends. While we were not able to host you in traditional ways, you have joined us in virtual spaces to connect with the university and each other. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to try something new. A special thank you to our alumni who graciously participated in our “20 for 20” program and wrote notes of encouragement to 2020 graduates.

To our 2020 graduates, congratulations on your perseverance this semester! Even though you were not able to complete this leg of your academic journey in the way you had hoped, please know that we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate this special milestone with you in August, when you will be officially welcomed to the alumni association during summer commencement ceremonies.

On behalf of my colleagues, thank you for your unwavering support and please know we eagerly anticipate seeing you soon. Until then, if you haven’t already done so, please join us virtually through the Forever AU app and alumni website alumni.auburn.edu.

Now, more than ever, I am grateful to be part of the Auburn Family!

Be healthy 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.

Your $25, $50, $100 – contribution will be used to help meet the costs of producing Auburn Magazine, consistently rated one of the best colligiate publications in the country.

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

Amber Wendell Headshot

Amber Wendell

Multimedia Specialist III