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Owen '99 settling in as Ascentra CEO

Dale Owen '99 experienced significant challenges during his recently finished first year as president of Bettendorf-based Ascentra Credit Union. Paul Lensmeyer, Dale’s predecessor as Ascentra CEO, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2013. Fortunately, Lensmeyer already had initiated a succession plan, anticipating retirement. As part of that planning, Dale had been thoughtfully groomed to assume CEO responsibilities for Ascentra.

Owen '99 settling into CEO position at Ascentra Credit Union

After the death of then Ascentra Credit Union CEO Paul Lensmeyer, Dale Owen '99 took the helm of the Quad-Cities based credit union in late 2013. Owen was set to be appointed CEO in 2015 or 2016 as part of a succession plan for Lensmeyer who planned to retire. Owen is a member of the Augustana Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

Alumna to head Student Hunger Drive

Heather Pilcher '03 Stocking has been named executive director of the Quad Cities Student Hunger Drive. The drive has collected more than 15.7 million pounds of food valued at over $27.5 million since its inception in 1986. Stocking majored in communication sciences and disorders at Augustana. She received a master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Ambrose University in 2014.

Video: former CEO Brenda Barnes addresses students

Brenda Barnes '75, former executive at Pepsico and Sara Lee, visited campus to talk with students about navigating future lives and careers.

Video: Poet Todd Davis starts year's River Readings

Poet Todd Davis, award-winning author of four full-length collections of poetry, kicked off the 2014-15 River Readings series. Davis is the author of the poetry collections "In the Kingdom of the Ditch," "The Least of These," "Some Heaven," and "Ripe." He is the editor of the nonfiction collection "Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball."