From the Editor

Fields of Dreams

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

Author and poet Henry David Thoreau, himself a bit of a rebel and a dreamer, published those words in 1854, two years before the doors opened at the East Alabama Male College—the first incarnation of Auburn University.

Something that struck us as poignant, in talking to the three AU alumni whose stories fill the feature well of this issue, was the one commonality of their experiences.

It's not immediately evident. One has defied gender stereotypes to make it in the world of professional football, another beat the odds of fierce competition in the Big Apple to reach the pinnacle of design, and the third has stayed close to home surrounded by the sounds of time gone by in an era of hip-hop and high tech.

Each, however, spoke of dreams. They spoke of attending a university that provided them with the foundation from which they were able to reach for opportunities and grab with both hands. Each sees his or her Auburn years as preparation not just to take a specific job but to recognize and reach for his or her dreams.

Careers—whole industries—change rapidly in our world. The best thing a university can do is teach its students how to think, how to adapt, and how to dream big.

Dream it, and do it. Because ours is a practical world, and we believe in education, which gives us the knowledge to work wisely and trains our minds and our hands to work skillfully. Another wise man wrote the original version of those words about 50 years after Thoreau wrote his. We can’t help but think George Petrie would enjoy the role Auburn has played in the dreams of its graduates.

Suzanne Johnson
Editor, Auburn Magazine
suzannejohnson@auburn.edu

 

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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

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, 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

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

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 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

Magazine Advisory Council Group Photo

From Left to Right
Neal Reynolds; Allen Vaughn; Julie Keith; Carol Pappas; John Carvalho; Mary Lou Foy; Christian Flathman; Eric Ludgood; Cindy McDaniel; Kay Acton; Joyce Reynolds Ringer; and Tom Ford.

Not Shown:
Maria Baugh; John Cole; Napo Monasterio.

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

Auburn Magazine Staff – Since its debut in Spring 1994, Auburn Magazine has won more than two dozen regional and national awards for writing, design, and printing excellence. Subscribe to the Auburn Magazine blog and get exclusive content available only online.

 

Suzanne Johnson | Editor

Shannon Bryant-Hankes | Creative Director

Jeff Etheridge | University Chief Photographer

James Hammond | IT Specialist

 

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