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May 1, 2006



Request for Examples in the 2005-2006 Augustana Fund Report

After the close of the fiscal year (June 30), the Development Office sends an email or postcard to all donors of The Augustana Fund thanking them for their generosity and directing them to a stewardship report which shows examples of how their contributions benefit the Augustana community.


The 2004-2005 report can be found at


The Augustana Fund is unrestricted contributions to the College that allow flexibility in the general operating budget. Contributions to the Augustana Fund help to bridge the gap between tuition and what it actually costs to run the College. Last year, nearly 6,400 alumni, parents, friends, and businesses made contributions to Augustana. Nearly 4,400 of those were unrestricted contributions to The Augustana Fund.


Since unrestricted giving provides for the less glamorous needs of Augustana such as electricity and salaries, the report will focus on more tangible items funded from the College’s budget that is underwritten in part by Augustana Fund gifts. For example, the report may feature the renovation of a dormitory, the creation of a new academic program, development of new student activities, or the upgrade of laboratory equipment or computer technology.
Please send me any examples of projects, programs, and/or purchases that you’ve done this year – specifically, when the funding came from your general budget. Please send your feedback by Friday, May 6. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!


Friday Conversations for next year

Anyone interested in presenting or who has an idea of someone to speak for the Friday afternoon sessions for next year please email Jeff Abernathy.


Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition May 6 - 21, 2006

Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition May 6 - 21, 2006, Augustana College Art Museum (closed for final exams May 16, 17, 18).


As a college capstone experience, Augustana College senior studio art students Jennifer E. Lams, Colleen M. McCarty, Eric Oberlin and Lauren P. Waldstein present a cohesive body of their works. The process increases awareness of professional exhibition practices. Studio art minors also showing work are Megan R. Johnson and Ewa Marta Wojewoda. The 11th annual Alpha Vaky Wingard Art Award will be presented. Graduation Day Closing Reception -- Sunday, May 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition in the Art Museum. Art Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Summer Stipends Program

Over the past five years the Summer Stipends program has received an annual average of 866 applications and made an average of 116 awards, or 13%. We are now making plans for the October 2, 2006 deadline for the 2007 awards. Applications for Summer Stipends are submitted electronically through the NEH website. Individuals who are interested in obtaining copies of the guidelines and application instructions are invited to visit the NEH website at These guidelines can be consulted by faculty when they draft their proposals for consideration by the nominating officials. The application being submitted by faculty who are nominated to participate in this competition should be transmitted electronically. Only those faculty who are nominated should apply (unless they are exempt from nomination).


Showings of Goya’s Disasters of War prints

The Associated Colleges of Illinois and the Art Institute of Chicago would like to invite students and faculty to free, private group showings of Goya’s Disasters of War prints. ACI only viewings will be offered during November 6 – 10, 2006. There will be two showings per day, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and each viewing will last 45 minutes. Student groups must be accompanied by a faculty member and tickets are free of charge. Interested faculty should contact Julie Schwenk, of ACI, via email at to make their group reservation now as tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 5th.
The showings of Goya’s Disasters of War prints are scheduled in conjunction with the Chicago Humanities Festival, which will be held from October 28 – November 12, 2006. This year’s Festival theme is War & Peace: Facing Human Conflict.