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Gretchen Hampsey

Gretchen Hampsey

Recruitment Communications Coordinator

Campus Phone #: (309) 794-7531

Hometown: West Simsbury, Connecticut

Current Town: Milan, Illinois

College Attended: University of Washington (Seattle)  

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Business Administration

What did you do before Augustana? I worked at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois from 2004 until 2010.  I then served as the Accounting Supervisor and Office Manager at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island, Illinois from 2011-2013.

What do you most love to tell prospective students about Augustana?  I love to tell students about my experiences with Augustana students through interviews and internships.  I have found that they are the most prepared and well-rounded individuals compared to students from other colleges.

What do you like to do around the community? My family is still new to the area so we love exploring all that the Quad Cities has to offer from the museums to sporting events to recreational activities. 

What is your favorite time/tradition of the Augustana school year? I love when the students arrive on campus in August.  You can feel the energy and excitement in the air! 

Do you do volunteer service in the community? Yes! Most recently I served as the secretary of Rock Island's Head Start Policy Council. I also volunteer my time to assist with fundraising events for my son's travel baseball organization.  

What advice do you have for students who are searching for the right college for them? Do your research during your junior year and make a list of your top schools.  Then visit those top schools, more than once if possible.  Find the school that fits you the best!  And, enjoy the process!