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December 2017
Auburn University President Dr. Steven Leath and his wife Janet pose for a photo with the Auburn University Choir in front of Samford Hall.

Happy Holidays from the Leaths

Season's Greetings!

As the year comes to a close, Janet and I extend warmest wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. We invite you to view our holiday card, which features the talented students of the Auburn University Choir.

May your holidays be merry and bright.

Steven and Janet Leath

President and First Lady of Auburn University

Click here to open the holiday card.
A close-up image of a scientist’s gloved hands in a lab.

University expands research engagement with state, regional and national partners


Auburn University President Steven Leath has launched a new research and development program to drive collaboration with leading businesses, industries and government agencies. The Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research, or PAIR, will provide $5 million in the next three years to support Auburn researchers in building competitive teams that will advance major technology developments, scientific discoveries or scholarly advances with broad economic, health or societal impact.

Read more about PAIR.
Headshots of the Auburn Alumni Association's new board of directors members. Pictured from left are J. Benjamin “Ben” Chappell of Homewood, Alabama; Douglas E. Kilton of Houston, Texas; Jennifer G. Moore of Hampton Cove, Alabama; and Michael C. Rogers of Mobile, Alabama.

Auburn Alumni Association adds four new members to Board of Directors

The Auburn Alumni Association has added four new members to its Board of Directors: J. Benjamin “Ben” Chappell of Homewood, Alabama; Douglas E. Kilton of Houston, Texas; Jennifer G. Moore of Hampton Cove, Alabama; and Michael C. Rogers of Mobile, Alabama.
Read more about the new members.

More From The Newsroom

A photo of Emily Blejwas.

Young Alumni Series — Lauren Duncan ’05

Art and community share a mutual home in the LocAL Market, a store founded by Lauren Duncan '05 where local artists and craftsmen can sell their one-of-a-kind goods and share their love of Alabama. Located next to J&M Bookstore in the heart of Auburn, the LocAL Market is a great place to experience the South in all of its artistic splendor.

Read more about Duncan.
The Color Guard marches through Tiger Walk.

Keeping up with our military alumni

The Auburn Alumni Association wants to be sure we properly identify our military alumni—both former and present. To make sure we have your correct email address and your current/last rank, please update your information at

Aubie is holding a brick from the Alumni Walk.

Holiday deadline for Alumni Walk Gift Certificate

Dec. 15 is the final day to purchase a personalized paver on our Alumni Walk for the holidays. A great way to commemorate a graduation date or memorialize a late relative or friend, proceeds from your purchase benefit the Auburn Alumni Association Endowment, which funds student scholarships at Auburn. Visit our website, call (334) 844-2995 or send an email for details and pricing.


More From The Alumni Association

12 Days of Auburn

Skip the holiday frenzy and win the gift of deluxe Auburn gear from the comfort of your own home! The Auburn Alumni Association is giving away a one-of-a-kind Auburn prize EVERY DAY for those who participate in our 12 Days of Auburn contest via Bodda Getta Social. Connect with the Alumni Association on social media and earn points for sharing our content—whoever earns the most points wins!

2017 Peach Bowl—Auburn vs. UCF

The Tigers are headed BACK to Atlanta to face the UCF Knights in the 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl! For event information and travel packages please visit our site. We’ll see you Jan. 1!


A circular graphic celebrating 125 years of Auburn women.


125th Anniversary of Auburn Women

As the year-long celebration of Auburn Women draws to a close, we encourage you to check out the treasure trove of history submitted by alumni and friends at Visit our interactive timeline, see photos from our events throughout the year and join over 260 women who have shared their own personal memories, or the memory of another Auburn woman.


Auburn Football Head Coach Gus Malzahn walks on the field near the 40 yard line during the SEC Championship Game.

Under Gus Malzahn, the future is bright at Auburn


The phrase "the future is bright" was uttered time and again last week from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. On Dec. 3, the day after the SEC championship game, Malzahn backed up what he had been saying for the past week as he and university officials agreed to the broad outlines of a new contract that will keep him in Auburn for the foreseeable future and give him plenty of opportunities to get his team back to Atlanta at the end of the year.

Read more about the future with Malzahn.
An artist rendering of hte equine building for the equestrian team.

Auburn Athletics takes next step on Fearless and True capital campaign projects


Auburn University's Board of Trustees approved at its Nov. 10 meeting the architect selection of player development buildings at Plainsman Park and Jane B. Moore Softball Complex as well as renovations to the locker rooms at Auburn Arena. The Board of Trustees also gave final approval for the first phase of a project that will construct a one-story, 10,000-square-foot equine barn for Auburn's four-time national champion equestrian team.

Read more about the upcoming projects.
A group of 21 graduates poses for a photo with Athletics Director Jay Jacobs.

Auburn Athletics posts highest graduation rates in program history


Auburn Athletics posted its highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in program history with an 82 percent. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) on Wednesday as part of the annual academic performance program. Statistics represent students that began their studies during the 2010-11 academic year.

Read more about the graduation success rate.
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