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Roll over Beethoven, share news of 3 B's of Q-C

Bill Bell '58 is one of the "the three B’s" of outstanding jazz performers and composers from the Quad-Cities. He is also known as the Jazz Professor. Now retired, this revered performer, composer and arranger had more than 30 years of university and college level teaching. Bell graduated from Augustana with a degree in music education and went on to receive the masters in music from the University of Iowa.

Dying wife's wish for husband: 'Keep dancing'

Before she died Ronda Armstrong extracted a promise from her husband Bill. Two simple words: "Keep dancing." And so he has. Bill Armstrong, Augustana Class of 1969, took formal dancing classes in junior high. He liked the elegance of it. Ronda did, too, and they danced as many days as they could for 33 years.

Dahl '92 named vice president at Brunswick

Brent Dahl '92 has been named vice president-audit at Brunswick Corporation. Before joining Brunswick in 2004, he worked for 10 years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP, and is a CPA. The Brunswick Corporation has been involved in manufacturing a wide variety of products since 1845. Brunswick's global headquarters is in Lake Forest, Ill. At Augustana, Dahl majored in accounting, business and Asian studies.

Claire Simon '80 shines light on Chicago's actors

Casting director Claire Simon started out as an actress. Now her agency, Simon Casting, matches local actors with parts in television and film, including "Empire" and "Chicago Fire."

Shout Out: Karen Roloff '68, communications professor

The Chicago Tribune's "Shout Out" is to Karen Olson Roloff, Augustana Class of 1968. She was a professional educator for almost five decades, teaching college and university courses in communication at 10 schools, including Northwestern University, Indiana State and the University of Kentucky. She also worked with students in intercollegiate debate and forensics, experiental learning and career preparation. Roloff won an alumni award in 2015 for Outstanding Service.