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Brooke Bailey, Caroline Whiting, Kaylen Anderson, and Thomas Billingsley are Employees of the Year for 2023-24.

Food, fun, and recognition all part of Employee Appreciation Week

Employee Appreciation Week, held May 6-10, 2024, was dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of Auburn’s workforce, including full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Units across campus and even across the state organized numerous events to celebrate their employees.

Employee Recognition Program

Over 500 employees were honored at Tuesday’s Employee Recognition Program, which was held at the Gogue Performing Arts Center. Many employees had reached years of service milestones, while others had recently graduated from Auburn or completed the Supervisor Pathways Trailblazer program.

Four employees were recognized as Employees of the Year. They were selected from 40+ Spirit of Excellence recipients who were also recognized at the program.

Employees of the Year include:

  • Kaylen Anderson, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Office Administration

  • Brooke Bailey, Office of Communications and Marketing, Admin/Professional

  • Thomas Billingsley, School of Fisheries, Service and Maintenance

  • Caroline Whiting, Biosystems Engineering, Technical/Paraprofessional

Each winner received a $3,000 check, primarily sponsored by the AU Foundation.

Other Events

Other campus-wide events include:

  • Walk @ Lunch, held at various locations across campus

  • Ice cream, provided by Auburn Advancement

  • Yoga, hosted by Mind Body Studio

  • Spring Fling, hosted by the Jule Collins Smith Museum

  • Departmental Showcase, hosted by Auburn Advancement. (Forty-plus campus organizations participated and several hundred employees attended.)

  • Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Hall of Fame tours at Plainsman Park were rescheduled to Tuesday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m.

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Last updated: 05/14/2024