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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

Jan. 27, 2015   

Dear alumni, parents and friends,

In February we will unveil a special program just for alumni.

Watch for an email from me explaining how you can get a bright yellow object in your mailbox -- your real one, not your email inbox!

I think you can guess what it is.

That’s just the start of a spring project I think you’ll enjoy,

Stay tuned!

Kelly Read ’02 Noack
Director of Alumni Relations

Forum at Old Main: Making transformative connections

Karen Flint '04 Dahlstrom shares the story of how three campus community members shaped her experience as an Augustana student.

The Forum at Old Main series highlights people, projects and progress on campus.

Career Development fall 2014 report

This year marked the launch of CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration). As part of CORE, Augustana’s Office of Career Development underwent substantial changes with a renewed commitment to better prepare students for today’s global marketplace. This report highlights achievements during fall term, including alumni outreach.

The Power of One

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson was the keynote speaker at this year's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Augustana's Centennial Hall. The Augustana Choir, Pentecostal Church of God Praise Dancers and the Community Gospel Chorus performed.

The “Poobahs” are turning 100!

Phi Omega Phi, Augustana's first fraternity, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Valentine's Day with a dinner in Moline, Ill.

“This is a huge milestone for both the college and the fraternity,” said Michael Ricaurte ’92 of Northbrook, Ill., who is helping plan the celebration. “For one organization to exist this long – through all the societal changes – is incredible. College is a different institution than it was 100 years ago. Eighteen-year-olds have different dreams, goals and aspirations than they did 100 years ago.”

Fellow event planner fraternity member Kent Gladish ’84, now living in Glen Ellyn, Ill., said, “The anniversary is quite unique… a once-in-a lifetime event.”

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the River House Bar and Grill, 1510 River Drive. A social time will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Blackhawk Room at nearby Stoney Creek Lodge, 101 18th St., Moline.

Lodging option: Stoney Creek Lodge, 309-743-0101; use the online promo code: 1502phiome. Contacts: Kent Gladish, 224-531-1911; Ben Krueger, 309-230-4288; Michael Ricaurte, 312-848-7540.

The official 100th anniversary celebration will be held during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 16-18. More information will be available soon.

New coaches for football, soccer

Steve Bell, left, and Mick Regan

Steve Bell was introduced as the new head football coach and Mick Regan was named head men's soccer coach this month.

Bell, the college's 19th head football coach, fashioned a 112-44 (.718) overall record as the head coach at Monmouth (Ill.) College.

Regan is the eighth head coach in the history of men's soccer for the Vikings. He joins Augustana after 11 years at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, where he was head coach for the men's and women's programs.

Augustana 2020 and the future of liberal arts colleges

Augustana President Steve Bahls talks about the future of liberal arts colleges in this position paper for meetings with alumni about the new strategic plan, Augustana 2020. The college remains healthy despite some worrying trends in higher education, he says, but there are noticeable challenges.
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Augustana again recognized for efficiency

U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Augustana College for efficiency. In this year's report, Augustana earned the third-place ranking among top national liberal arts colleges in the country.  

An Augie Connect thank you!

Thank you to the nearly 1,900 alumni, parents and friends who took the time to speak with our student-callers. Your pledges totaled more than $300,000 during the Augie Connect phonathon. Your generosity will impact every Augustana student.

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