Auburn University prides itself on being one of the top academic institutions in the nation with its superior academics and exceptional fan base. But the real backbone of the Auburn Family goes way deeper than the surface.
The Auburn Alumni Association has been keeping alumni of Auburn University in contact with one another since its establishment in 1945. By doing this, the Auburn Alumni Association has connected over 45,000 graduates across the nation with their membership benefits, travel experiences and numerous alumni clubs from coast to coast.
“The Auburn Alumni Association works tirelessly year around to make sure that our alumni have every benefit that they deserve,” said Kallie Revels, a senior intern for the association’s management and marketing offices. “They do everything from putting on events here in Auburn to holding game watching parties at locations all over America to make sure that our alum stay linked to Auburn.”
According to their website, the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association is to foster and strengthen the relationship between Auburn University and its alumni and friends; to preserve and promote the university’s traditions, purposes, growth and alumni; and to keep alive the spirit of affection and reverence for our almost mater.
The Auburn Alumni Association expanded their outreach goals in 1999 with the creation of the Student Alumni Association. This program was created to include Auburn students in membership offers and benefits, as well as give them an easy lead-way for transition into the Auburn Alumni Association upon their graduation. Today, the SAA is Auburn’s largest member-based campus organization with over 2,800 active members.
“While I have worked at the Auburn Alumni Association, I have also helped conduct events with the SAA,” said Revels. “The SAA really works to involve every student they can, and offer as many paybacks to Auburn students as possible.”
All throughout the year, the Auburn Alumni Association holds events to benefit its members and to expand membership.
Aside from events held in Auburn, another way alumni stay connected is through Auburn Alumni Clubs located all across the nation. These 98 clubs, scattered all the way from Los Angeles to New York City, are an important and useful way for alumni to stay in touch with each other and stay up-to-date on information about Auburn.
Another event the Auburn Alumni Association is sponsoring this fall is the Alumni Hospitality Tent. The Alumni Hospitality Tent is set up before every home football game on Wallace Center lawn, directly across from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The tent provides a hassle-free tailgating spot that includes food, entertainment and special guests including Aubie, cheerleaders, or members of the marching band.
And the best part? This tailgating spot won’t cost you an arm and a leg like most reserved tailgating spots. The Alumni Hospitality Tent is free to current Auburn Alumni Association members, and only charges a small fee for visitors. A member’s first guest is $5, with each addition guests costing $10. Fans visiting without a member are welcome for $10 each, and all children ages four to 12 cost $5.
In addition to hosting special events, the Auburn Alumni Association, as well as the SAA, offer exception benefits distinctively for its members all throughout the Auburn Area.
For alumni visiting the area, the Auburn Alumni Association pairs up with local hotels to offer discounted rates for traveling members. The Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Holiday Inn Express and the Econo Lodge offer special rates for those visiting who present their valid membership card at check in.
The SAA also provides multiple member benefits for students. Over twenty local businesses offer discounts to current members, including J&M Bookstore, Momma Goldberg’s, Ellie Boutique and Spa Auburn.
“These discounts help you out more than you realize,” said Revels. “Before I joined, I didn’t really think I was missing out on anything. But what I joined and started using my discounts around town, I realized how many businesses offered the discounts and how much money I was saving.”
The benefits of becoming a member of the Auburn Alumni Association far out way any financial obligations you have to make. You can become a member for as low as $50 per year. Couple discounts are also available for married couples, as well as an option for a lifetime membership.
“After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in education, I paid for my membership for two years while I was working on my master’s degree,” said Glenna Neilson, recent Auburn graduate. “When I graduated with my master’s degree this past year, my family gave me a lifetime membership in the Auburn Alumni Association as a gift. I have already reaped so many benefits from my membership, so I know that it will be beneficial to me over the years.”
For more information about benefits, events, how to join or where to find your local Auburn Alumni Club, please visit the Auburn Alumni Association’s website at www.aualum.org or contact the Auburn Alumni Association offices at (334) 844-ALUM (2586).