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In this issue, relive the experiences of alumni reunited with their long-lost class rings; hear the memories of journalists on the 20th anniversary of 9/11; check out how two small-town mayors turned their communities around, and more!

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Previous Alumni Stories

Advice To Sink Teeth Into: Survival Tips for the Movie Monster (and Human, Too)

An author and creative writing lecturer dispenses wisdom for aspiring writers and the monsters who inspire them. Kathy Flann '95 As new parents,...

Electrical Engineering’s “Coach” on a Lifetime of Leadership

Dave Irwin ’61 has been a department head, a textbook writer and a mentor to thousands of influential engineers, but wasn’t satisfied until he...

Alphonso Thomas ’84

Alphonso Thomas, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Sustainment CenterI started Auburn in 1977 as a math major on a Navy...

Miss Alabama, A Champion for Ambition: Lauren Bradford ’21

Miss Alabama wears the crown to teach young girls their dreams are possibleFor months, Lauren Bradford ’21 woke up to her 6 a.m. alarm every day to...

Love and War: A romance story on the Plains

A love begun on the Plains outlasts the Cold War, and then someThe only thing that’s lasted longer than Jim Holt’s career as a Navy submarine hunter...

Where Kudzu and Country Music Grow: Dustin Herring ’08

A rising country star remembers his "farmer's boy" rootsDustin Herring ’08 grew up on a 400-acre farm in Hartford, Ala., and spent his childhood...

Tommy L. Davis ’10 and ’13

My Auburn University story is a non-traditional one. I arrived at Auburn in January 2009 after completing an Associate’s Degree at Southern Union...

Champagne Shooter: Bradley Hall ’05

How do you make champagne more exciting? Make it last longer—and more fun.It’s an issue that has plagued parties since the time of Dom Perignon: how...

On The Vine: Ryan Reece ’14

Building business relationships with international winemakers began with the Auburn Family Ryan Reece ’14 prunes vineyards for a living. He reflects...

Chairmen of the Boards

How TikTok, COVID-19, ESPN and mad bag skills turned two Tigers into cornhole kingsHE’S WATCHED IT, heck, maybe 10 times now? Maybe 100? Who knows?...

Fearless in Blue

Staring down a lion, falling down a waterfall and barrel rolling in a plane are all in a day’s work for three intrepid alumniBennett Smith ’19 can...

Back on the Track: Lee Anne Patterson ’85

An Indy 500 veteran brings the Auburn Tigers to the future of racing"You've never been to a race, have you?” It’s a question posed with humor by Lee...

Anne Clay ’71

Anne Clay '71My husband and I live in Cedartown, Ga. Our children live in the northwest Georgia area, as well as our grandchildren. I continue to...

Hooking a New Angle: Jackie Fry ’12

Deep-sea fishing moves into the futureTraveling the seas, hooking exotic fish off of distant shores—it’s a lifestyle most would be envious of. But...

Inner Visions: Brandon Dean ’08

To find creative inspiration, an artist turned to the subject he knew best: himself.Auburn Magazine: There are a lot of elements to your...

Leigh Anne Phillips Sharp ’99

Leigh Anne Sharp works for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Leigh Anne earned a zoology degree from Auburn...

Who is Bryan Harsin?

AUBURN’S NEW FOOTBALL COACH IN HIS OWN WORDSWhat appealed to you most about the Auburn Head Coach position? From a football standpoint, there is no...

Driving the Future: William Brannon ’18

Putting brains in a car, but taking the driver outBrannon with Denny Hemlin's car at Bristol Motor Speedway Among the most exciting developments in...

Celeste Renoewick ’06

I joined the Navy to follow in my father's footsteps. He spent over 20 years serving on submarines. Since I was a woman, submarines were not an...

Winning a New Game: Joanne P. McCallie ’90

She was one of college basketball’s greatest coaches—but she was carrying a secret. Despite the prevalence of women’s basketball around the country,...