AHS grad to edit Auburn yearbook

Published 12:19 am Saturday, March 8, 2014

Andalusia High School graduate Stephen Caton has been named editor of Auburn University’s yearbook, the Glomerata, for the 2014-15 school year.

Editor-in-chief isn’t a new role for Caton, who led the Memolusia staff his senior year at AHS. It was that experience, he said, that made him join the Glom staff as a freshman at AU.

“I started working on yearbook staff in the 10th grade,” he said. “I was the assistant photo editor, then the business manager, then the editor-in-chief. I just really loved yearbook.”

The process, he said, teaches many life lessons.

“You have marketing and advertising, graphic design, and general business – there’s so much that goes in to it,” he said. “It really gave me an outlet to be creative.”

As a pre-pharmacy student who spends most of his time studying math and science, he welcomed that creative outlet at AU, he said.

“It really gives you a chance to work with other people, and to build life skills,” he said. “And that we can capture the entire history of one year in one book is amazing to me.”

He joined the Glomerata staff as a freshman, and for the past two years has been people editor, with responsibility for the “mug shot” pages, as well as features about students.

Now a sophomore, he decided to shoot for being editor his junior year, as he plans to do an early acceptance program for pharmacy school. Reaching the goal of editor-in-chief was a complicated process, he said. It included an application, essay, test, presenting a layout and interviewing with Auburn’s Communications Board.


As editor-in-chief, he will lobby the SGA’s budget and finance committee for funding, and expects to have a budget of approximately $200,000 with which to produce the almost-300-page book.

In April, he will begin interviewing potential staff members, who are paid stipends at year’s end based on the work they actually do.

In addition to overseeing the book, Caton will represent the Glom at different student media meetings.

“The Glom is one of the largest yearbooks in the SEC,” Caton said. “This is our 118th edition of the Glomerata. It really amazes me that it has been able to change and adapt over the years, yet we hold on to the tradition. Students love it and look forward to it coming out with every spring.”

Caton also is an SOS orientation leader, and conducts tours and registration for transfer students. He is involved in Legacy Brotherhood social fraternity, where he is the social chairman, and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre health honors society.

He is the son of Jackie and Todd Caton.