Auburn Alumni Association Brand Guidelines

From the Executive Director


Branding is the foundation to establishing our identity with the alumni of Auburn University. By consistently and professionally using our interlocking AU brand and the name of the Auburn Alumni Association, we help members of the Auburn family immediately know and trust the programs, messages and products to which it is attached.

The keys to successful branding are “consistency” and “professionalism.” We want all of our communications to be associated with those characteristics, and an important part of that is always keeping those words in mind as we use our Auburn Alumni Association mark and plan the materials that go with it.

We are ambassadors from Auburn University to its graduates, and we should always remember that beyond our iconic brand is the Auburn family that makes it so strong. By using the guidelines on this page, you will help the Auburn Alumni Association communicate and engage—consistently and professionally—with our constituents both on and off campus and within our own organization.

Gretchen VanValkenburg

Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Vice President for Alumni Affairs &
Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association

A Reminder



The Auburn Alumni Association is dedicated to enhancing the engagement and connection of all Auburn University alumni and friends.


To advance Auburn University by engaging our global community and cultivating their passion for and loyalty to the university.



Increase connectivity between alumni and the university


Increase meaningful alumni engagement


Reach all Auburn alumni family and friends


Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with alumni stakeholders


Ensure the Association remains fiscally sound and well poised for the future


What is a brand?

A brand is the sum of the perception of everything that the organization does, from the logo to the quality of its programs and communications.

What is brand architecture?

Brand architecture refers to how branding within an organization works together to present a clear, consistent and professional message.

How does the Auburn Alumni Association brand work in conjunction with the rest of Auburn University?

The association does this in two ways. First, our brand complements the exiting branding guidelines for Auburn University, which can be found at Second, the association co-brands by using the interlocking AU logo, or design, in conjunction with the designs of other university entities—all under the umbrella of the university branding guidelines.

What is the goal of having a set of branding guidelines?

To ensure Auburn Alumni Association communications are instantly recognized and infallibly associated with quality, professionalism and value by constituents and partners both inside and outside Auburn University.

The Brand

Logos, Clubs, Colors, Editorial Style, Type, Photography & Video Style and This, Not That


The Auburn Alumni Association logo is co-branded with Auburn University by using the interlocking AU. Therefore, all Auburn Alumni Association logos must include the interlocking AU with approved logo type, or the interlocking AU design must be included with other approved event and social branding. The design has five color variations to be used as shown below. Instructions for club logos can be found in the next section.

Auburn University guidelines
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Auburn Alumni Association Vertical
Auburn Alumni Association Horizontal
Auburn Alumni Association White
Auburn Alumni Association Black
Auburn Alumni Association On Orange
Auburn Alumni Association On Blue
Office of Alumni Affairs
Auburn Student Alumni Association
Auburn Alumni Association Alumni

*for product use only & to be approved by Auburn Alumni Association Director of Marketing

AU Greater Metropolis Auburn Club

Club Logos

All chartered clubs and affiliates are required to use the interlocking AU and text (such as the example provided) on all social media, promotional items, websites, etc. If another design is desired it must be approved by Auburn University’s Trademark and Licensing office and must always be used with the interlocking AU provided by the Auburn Alumni Association. See above for how to use the logo.

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Middle of Nowhere Auburn Club
Middle of Nowhere Auburn Club Aubie Head


Big Blue in LA
Aubie in a golf cart
Lee County Auburn Club Example


* CMYK, hex numbers and Pantones are all for vendor use. RGB numbers are used for web.


C/M/Y/K: 2/66/99/0

R/G/B: 86/72/34

HEX: #F68029



C/M/Y/K: 100/88/56/44

R/G/B: 29/33/54

HEX: #03244d


Red Orange

C/M/Y/K: 5/86/99/11

R/G/B: 886/72/34

HEX: #BA4822

PANTONE: 1655C (Audrey)

Warm Gray Light

C/M/Y/K: 29/27/32/0

R/G/B: 166/157/147


PANTONE: warm gray 4 (Audrey)

Warm Grey Medium

C/M/Y/K: 54/54/60/22

R/G/B: 98/87/79

HEX: #6e645a

PANTONE: warm gray 11 (Audrey)


C/M/Y/K: 63/11/7/0

R/G/B: 106/164/202

HEX: #304E6F

PANTONE: 7469C (Audrey)

Medium Teal

C/M/Y/K: 97/62/28/10

R/G/B: 48/78/111

HEX: #304E6F

PANTONE: 7469C (Audrey)


Interstate is used for headers and copy that needs to be read from afar such as billboards, transit ads, etc. Miller is used for body copy or more formal communications to the public. The association also uses Voltage sparingly as an accent.

Internal documents should use Calibri pt 11

Editorial Style

Auburn Alumni Association communications adhere to Associated Press Style, which governs such details as how dates, addresses and titles are used. If in doubt, check with the editors in the communications department, who supplement their own knowledge with a subscription to the AP Stylebook online.


Interstate Example
Purchase Interstate


Interstate Condensed Example


Interstate Compressed Example


Interstate Bold Example


Interstate Italic Example


Interstate Condensed Italic Example


Photography should always reflect the Auburn Spirit—warm, open, friendly and inviting. In order to achieve these results, here are a few things to remember:

• Have your subjects appear approachable by avoiding closed body language (such as arms crossed over the chest), having the subject looking at the camera, engaging with the photographer, leaving space around the subject to show some background rather than making the subject look closed-in, and having the subject wear regular work clothes.

• Photograph subjects in three locations or setups to allow for a lead photo and provide flexibility and greater choice. At least one setting should be actionoriented, with the subject working on or doing something in their field.

• Use off-camera lighting, typically using a 3:1 ratio to appear natural. Similar lighting should be used throughout a shoot unless intentionally changing for dramatic effect.

• After the shoot, use realistic retouching and colorcorrection on images.

Note: Photography should never contain conflicting brands.

Photo Style Example 1
Photo Style Example 2

This, Not That

Auburn Alumni Association, not AAA.

Employees work for Auburn University Office of Alumni Affairs, but represent the Auburn Alumni Association.

The association hosts the Auburn Hospitality Tailgate, not the Alumni Tent or the Alumni Tailgate.

The Auburn Alumni Association produces Auburn Magazine, not The Auburn Magazine.

Auburn University defines alumni as individuals who attend for at least one semester.

The student chapter of our Auburn Alumni Association is the Auburn Student Alumni Association, not Auburn University Student Alumni Association.

Its board is the Student Alumni Board, not the Student Alumni Association Board.

When communicating to constituents, use the formal title of the event or program, not the acronym or platform.

Lifetime Achievement Awards, not LAA.

Young Alumni Achievement Award, not YAA.

Auburn Alumni Directory app, not Evertrue.

Bodda Getta Social, not Social Toaster.

Life Member, not Lifetime Member.

How to Talk to Us

Social Media Channels

Bodda Getta Social

Auburn Alumni Association uses the social ambassador program Bodda Getta Social to allow our alumni and friends to help amplify Auburn University’s digital voice all while winning prizes. All contests and prize initiatives run on social media should utilize this platform.

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How We Respond


Keep the message positive


Non personal opinion – you are a representative of Auburn and should align with the university at all times.


Unfortunately times of crisis do happen. The association will align with the messaging of the president’s oœffice. You should look for this messaging and help reiterate our president’s message.


The association does not respond to individuals who post or respond to inappropriate behavior or vulgarity.

Everyone Belongs

“Engagement” and “inclusion” were the dominant words that came out as the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors engaged in a thorough self-study and extensive focus-group testing over the past three years. In December 2017, the association rolled out a four-tier membership plan that incorporates the annual and life memberships enjoyed by our members in the past with a new tier that awards association membership to all graduates of Auburn University. The fourth tier recognizes life members who continue to support the association financially.

Tier 1

“General Member”—All graduates of Auburn University.

Tier 2

“Annual Member”—Alumni and friends who contribute to the Auburn Alumni Association each year.

Tier 3

“Life Member”—Alumni and friends who have met the required contribution for Life Membership.

Tier 4

“Life Sustaining Member”—A Life Member who continues to contribute to the Auburn Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment after completing Life Membership contribution.

You Belong Type Logo


You Belong to the Auburn Alumni Association
The Auburn Alumni Association—Where You Belong
*to be used as logo type only

White You Belong Type Logo on Blue
White You Belong Type Logo on Orange
Orange You Belong Type Logo on Blue

*Target Constituents


alumni and friends worldwide


Southeastern alumni and friends (GA, TN, MS, FL, AL, SC, LA, TX)


alumni and friends worldwide


Southeastern alumni and friends (GA, TN, MS, FL, AL, SC, LA, TX)


alumni worldwide (including current students)


paid members of the Auburn Student Alumni Association


Auburn Clubs & Affiliates worldwide


contributing members of the Auburn Alumni Association


Auburn University faculty and staff


alumni & friends involved in an Auburn Club


alumni worldwide (including current students)


paid members of the Auburn Student Alumni Association


Auburn Clubs & Affiliates worldwide


contributing members of the Auburn Alumni Association


Auburn University faculty and staff


alumni & friends involved in an Auburn Club

*numbers are subject to change.

Talk the Talk

Any solicitation of products or services should be directed to Jessica King

Affinity Partner: These corporations and businesses offer a partnership with the Auburn Alumni Association whereby their products/services are offered to alumni members and in return the association receives royalty payments which assist in supporting programs and services. Examples include Balfour Class Rings. For a complete list, click here.
Staff Contact: Jessica King

Alumni Directory: Published every five years, this directory is the only hard copy of all Auburn alumni and their contact information. The 2017 directory was published in April 2017.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Auburn Alumni Directory app: This app allows our alumni to securely network and connect with fellow Auburn alums around the world. Includes a directory integrated with LinkedIn, maps, events, news, photos and more!
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Alumni: Plural but not gender-specific. Any individual that has attended Auburn University for at least one semester. This also refers to a group of male or mixed gender graduates.

Alumnus: A male graduate

Alumna: A female graduate

Alumnae: A group of female graduates

Alumni Professors: Term used to describe an academic title made possible through a $2M+ endowment of the Auburn Alumni Association; Twenty-five, five-year non-renewable Alumni Professorships that are based on research, publishing and teaching. Those selected are chosen by a selection committee out of the Provost’s Office. Each professorship carries an annual $3,500 salary supplement (plus benefits).
Staff Contact: Kate Larkin

Alumni Scholars: Term used to describe the student recipients of the Auburn Alumni Associations’ one-year, non-renewable, scholarships that are funded by the interest earned on the Auburn Alumni Association’s endowment fund, which continues to grow. The Alumni Scholars must be children of at least one Auburn graduate who is a paid life member of the association, be first-year students and have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and minimum 24 ACT/SAT equivalent.
Staff Contact: Steve Inabinet

Alumni Walk: Brick paver project begun in 2011 to raise money for the Alumni Scholars Endowment. Pavers are placed in the front, exterior entrance to the Auburn Alumni Center.
Staff Contact: Steve Inabinet

Annual Members: Alumni and friends of Auburn who make their membership contributions to the alumni association on an annual basis. Annual contributions can be individual or a joint (spouses/partners) membership. A three-year membership is also available. There are special discounted rates for Auburn University faculty/staff recent graduates and alumni over the age of 65.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Auburn Club Leadership Conference: Typically the first weekend in February of each year. This training conference is held for Auburn Club presidents and other club leaders.
Staff Contact: Blair DeCoux

Auburn Clubs: The name of the chartered, organized alumni groups in local communities. Currently there are 93 Auburn Clubs. The “season” of Auburn Club travel is primarily late spring and summer.
Staff Contact: Blair DeCoux

Auburn Alumni Affiliate: The name of the organized alumni groups based on geographical, interests, professional occupations or other specifications.
Staff Contact: Blair DeCoux

Auburn Hospitality Tailgate: The Auburn Alumni Association hosts a tailgate at the Auburn Alumni Center for select home football games. Tailgates are also hosted at a couple of away games each year.
Staff Contact: Danielle Fields

Auburn Magazine: Name of the Auburn Alumni Association’s primary communication piece sent quarterly by mail to all contributing association members.
Staff Contact: Jessica King

Away Game Travel: Program offered to alumni and friends who wish to travel together to football games. This program is co-sponsored with Tigers Unlimited, and administered by Total Sports Travel.
Staff Contact: Danielle Fields

Bodda Getta Social: This is a social media ambassador program. Alumni and friends connect their social media platforms to earn points and win prizes all while amplifying Auburn’s voice with their networks.
Staff Contact: Kate Larkin

Circle of Excellence: A giving society designed to specifically support Auburn Alumni Scholarships. A minimum donation of $1,000 plus $100 minimum annually is required to become a member of the Circle of Excellence, open only to Life Members.
Staff Contact: Steve Inabinet

FANS: Acronym for “Finding Auburn’s New Students”, a program of the Office of University Recruitment supported by the Office of Alumni Affairs.
Staff Contact: Kate Larkin

Friends of the University: Refers to non-alumni donors or other non-attendees who have an ongoing relationship with the university.

General Members: Graduates of Auburn University are considered general members of the association. They receive benefits such as an alumni pin, admission into the Auburn Alumni Directory app and access to Auburn Magazine online.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Golden Eagles: Special name bestowed on alumni who graduated from Auburn University 50 or more years ago. A reunion is held to recognize these alumni each year in April.
Staff Contact: Danielle Fields

Inclusion & Diversity: The inclusion and diversity program was developed to foster professional relationships among minority alumni of Auburn University by encouraging graduates to reconnect with each other and all that is Auburn.
Staff Contact: Erin Hutchins

License to Learn: This program refers to the vanity vehicle tag program of which Alabama residents may order tags with the AU logo, with proceeds going to award student scholarships. Over $37M has been raised since the program was implemented in October 1988.
Staff Contact: Jessica King

Life Members: Alumni and friends of Auburn who have paid in-full their life membership contributions. Life memberships are available for an individual or as a joint membership. Discounts are available for Auburn University faculty/staff. and people over the age of 65.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Lifetime Achievement Awards: The highest recognition bestowed upon alumni and friends of Auburn who have given outstanding service to the university, their community, and/or their career. Nominations are solicited nationally. Typically the awards dinner and ceremony are held in March.
Staff Contact: Danielle Fields

Paying-Life Members: Alumni and friends of Auburn who are paying installments on a life membership but have not yet completed their payments. Life installments are currently 5 annual installments of $180 for an individual membership or 5 annual installments of $245 for a joint membership. An individual is not considered a Life Member until payments are made in full. Discounts are available for Auburn University faculty/staff.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

Plus Scholarships: In an effort to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University, the Provost created, with the help of generous financial support from corporate partners and the Auburn Alumni Association, the Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) Program. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing them a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to three years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University. The Auburn Alumni Association has joined this effort by supplying funding from the Auburn Alumni Association Scholars Endowment. The association currently funds four PLUS Scholars each year.
Staff Contact: Steve Inabinet

Ring: Auburn University has an official class ring, which can be ordered pre or post-graduation here. The ring program is coordinated through the Student Government Association by Balfour. The Office of Alumni Affairs co-sponsors a ring ceremony each semester with the Student Government Association.
Staff Contact: Jessica King

SAB: Acronym for Student Alumni Board, the 25-member board of the Student Alumni Association.

Student Alumni Association (SAA): This is the official student group for the Auburn Alumni Association, with more than 2,100 members. Members renew or join every summer for $20/ annual or $70/4-year. The SAA is governed by a 25-member board of student directors who meets weekly. The annual meeting of all members is held in the fall.
Staff Contact: Erin Hutchins

Tiger Cub Certificate: Special recognition in the form of a mailed certificate is available for babies born to Auburn Alumni Association members.
Staff Contact: Kate Cole

War Eagle Travelers: This is the term given to those who participate in the travel program of the Auburn Alumni Association. Most trips are international, and all are coordinated by well-established travel companies who specialize in catering to alumni.
Staff Contact: Danielle Fields

Website: The official website of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Auburn Alumni Association. The site can also be reached through Auburn University’s Web site:
Staff Contact: Jessica King

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Begun in 2011, the Office of Alumni Affairs recognizes an outstanding young alumni from all schools and colleges, as chosen by nominations and a selection committee. The award is presented at the Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and ceremony.
Staff Contacts: Kate Larkin (nomination information)
and Danielle Fields (event information)