Auburn University hosted Employee Appreciation Week from April 25-29, 2022.

Employee Appreciation Week was held to honor the many thousands of employees -- full-time, part-time, and temporary -- who help make Auburn one of the nation's premier universities. 

Each day, a special event was held to honor employees. A brief description of each event is listed below.

AUHR shared dozens of photos from last week’s events on its social media pages. If you want to share photos from your events, send them to or post them on social media, #auappreciate, or #itsgreattobeanauburnemployee.

National Walk @ Lunch Day

107 employees participated in lunchtime walks across campus. The AU Employee Pharmacy and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama helped sponsor the walks.

Employee Appreciation Event

The Employees of the Year for 2021-22 were recognized at a special reception. These four employees, who were chosen among Spirit of Excellence recipients, each received a $3,000 check from the Auburn University Foundation:

  • Clint Lovelace, College of Engineering

  • Tyler Lynn, Property Management, Student Affairs

  • Kelly Steele, Payroll, AUHR

  • Andrew Thornton, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Four additional employees were also recognized for their 40 years of service to Auburn:

  • Jennifer Jarvis, Recreation & Wellness Center

  • Christine E. Black, Library

  • Kay M. Holloway, Agriculture & AAES Admin

  • Nancy L. Heard, Horticulture

Guest Speaker - Patrick Henry

Auburn native Patrick Henry offered a humorous and inspirational presentation on “Keeping the Auburn Team in Tune: A Celebration of Auburn University Employees.”

His presentation is available at

Employee Gift & Service Award Giveaway

Several hundred employees visited the Haley Center Concourse to receive a free tumbler and/or Years of Service awards.

Several campus groups, including Healthy Tigers, the A&P Welfare Committee, the School of Kinesiology, and Risk Management and Safety, were also on hand to share special information with employees.

Last updated: 10/31/2022