Growing up amid the corn and soybean fields of central Illinois, Ryan Schone '11 learned all about conventional farming. But he's taking a decidedly urban detour, working as a food systems educator with the University of Wisconsin Extension. He's helped establish the Emerging Farmer Program and microfarms throughout the Milwaukee area. Schone majored in geography at Augustana.
Aaron Humble is the new director of Augustana's 20-voice Wennerberg Men's Chorus. He is a 37-year-old tenor who has a bachelor's in vocal performance from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and a master's and doctorate in voice from Indiana University. The new assistant professor of music at Augustana also teaches private voice, as well as music appreciation and ear training.
Augustana's 2015-2016 theatre season — Crime and Justice — will explore a woman's reaction to oppression and passion in "Machinal"; murder on a lonely farm in "Trifles"; and a woman with two selves in "Getting Out."
"WHAT A RELIEF! Variations on Printmaking" opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. The exhibit features the work of Janet Taylor and Joseph Lappie, alongside ukiyo-e prints from the Augustana collection through Oct. 30. (See museum calendar for the season.)
Augustana was recognized for its emergency preparedness efforts by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and National Weather Service - Quad Cities office. Representatives from both agencies were on campus for a joint press conference to announce the new designations for the college.
More than 700 new students set to arrive on campus this week, Augustana College is wrapping up a $7-million investment in summer construction. Among the improvements to campus is a $5-million remodel of one wing of Westerlin Residence Center, the college’s largest residence hall, housing more than 450 students.
This summer, seven Augustana College students are participating in full-scale scientific research projects under the guidance of faculty advisors. Each project is funded through an Augustana Summer Student Research Fellowship-up to $3,000, plus additional funding for project expenses.
Augustana College has joined the Quad Cities River Bandits' Bandit Scholars Program, which will be open annually to Quad Cities-area students entering Augustana College. The River Bandits are Class A minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Augustana has launched a new campaign featuring a miniature version of Augustana's mascot, Gustav "Gus" Mauler. The campaign comes after the college and Renaissance Rock Island released a video that promotes Rock Island.
Art Professor Megan Quinn and three of her students have been sprucing up “Lloyd’s Trek,” a 20-plus-foot-tall sculpture that towers over Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. Brianna Jepson, a sophomore from Rockford, described the experience as “super cool.” “I didn’t know what I was going to do with my summer, but this is a great opportunity,” she said.
Jake Norcia ’16 is a multimedia journalism/mass communication major. He shares some thoughts from his summer internship, at WHBF-TV, the Quad Cities’ CBS affiliate. Norcia has covered high school baseball and softball and the Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball team. But most recently, he covered the John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament just east of Rock Island in Silvis, Ill.
Augustana College professor of psychology Dr. Dan Corts has been named the 2015-2016 president of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Psi Chi has more than 1,100 chapters in the United States and abroad. Dr. Corts has advised Augustana's local chapter since 2002.
Amanda Tiffany '04 was profiled in last winter's Augustana magazine about her work fighting the dead Ebola outbreak in 2014. This summer she has returned to Africa to continue her work, traveling between Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to evaluate the impact of safe and dignified burial on controlling the Ebola epidemic.
Abdul Rahman Merhi '15 will mingle with Nobel Laureates this December. He's the latest recipient of the Swedish Council of America's prestigious Seaborg Scholarship, which comes with a trip to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar. Merhi is one of 25 young scientists from around the world to attend this year's seminar and Nobel ceremonies.
Students and faculty from the Augustana undergraduate research program came to the St. Ambrose campus to meet the SAU undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors. Students prepared two-slide Power Point presentations to illustrate the projects they were completing this summer.