Alumni Affairs

 

All Fun & Games

How One Second Makes A Difference

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

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

STAFF

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Susan Barnes

Susan Barnes

Executive Coordinator

susanbarnes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-3820

Gwen Whitlock

Gwen Whitlock '83

Executive Coordinator

gwenwhitlock@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1134

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Jessica King

Jessica King '02

Director

jessicaking@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Todd Deery headshot

Todd Deery '90

Assistant Director

todddeery@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Kate Larkin headshot

Kate Asbury Larkin

Alumni Programs Coordinator

kateasburylarkin@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1149

Kate Cole

Kate Cole '07

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Membership

katecole@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2889

Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici '14

Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine

dmh0012@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4016

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Design Specialist

heatherpeevy@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1293

Morgan Rigsby

Morgan Rigsby

Production Coordinator

morganrigsby@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

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Amber Wendell

Multimedia Specialist III

alw0123@auburn.edu
(913) 549-0681

Lenzi Womack Headshot

Lenzi Womack '20

Administrative Assistant

lbw0015@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2960

Julie Barnhill, Alumni Affairs, headshot

Julie Barnhill '11

Art Design Specialist

juliebarnhill@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2912

Collin Madden '20 Headshot

Collin Madden '20

Digital Media Coordinator

collinmadden@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1143

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Jennifer Stephens

Senior Director

jenniferstephens@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1435

Eddie Orantes

Director

eddieorantes@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1144

Tammy Hill

Tammie Hill

Analyst III, IRF Financial Reporting

tammiehill@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7035

Rhonda Gibson

Rhonda Gibson

Accounts Payable Specialist

rhondagibson@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1126

Lyn Long

Lyn Long '88

Alumni Gift/Collections Specialist

lynlong@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1197

Lynn Pauley

Lynn Pauley '90

Office Supervisor

lynnpauley@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2586

Don Jackson Headshot

Don Jackson '97

Building Coordinator

dlj0022@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1109

Sydney Fuller

Sydney Fuller '17

Analyst I, IRF Financial Reporting

sydneyfuller@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7044

Quinton Perry

Quinton Perry

Mailroom Coordinator

quintonperry@auburn.edu
(334) 734-0276

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Danielle Fields

Danielle Fields '02

Director

daniellefields@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2985

Taylor Logan

Taylor Logan '06

Assistant Director

taylorlogan@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7420

Janet Bryant

Janet Bryant '85

Administrative Support Specialist

janetbryant@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1150

Steve Inabinet

Steve Inabinet '78

Alumni Scholarship Coordinator

steveinabinet@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2995

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Erin Hutchins '09

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Inclusion & Diversity and Student Alumni Association

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

Amy Pope

Amy Pope

Special Events Coordinator

amypope@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1443

Moira Pyle headshot

Moira Pyle

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

moirapyle@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1973

Emma Brannon headshot

Emma Brannon

Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn Clubs

emmabrannon@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1145

Rebecca Feldman Headshot

Rebecca Feldman '20

Administrative Support Specialist

rebeccafeldman@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1148

Caroline Brophy Headshot

Caroline Brophy

Young Alumni Coordinator

cab0193@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1154