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March 31, 2015

Tim Koll '10 writes: "Working with one of my choirs at Conant High School. So grateful to Augustana for preparing me to have a career making music with these awesome students!"

Dear alumni, parents and friends,

Since launching our Augustana “A”campaign in mid-February, more than 1,550 alumni have requested an “A”!

Here are a few of the great photos we’ve received so far.

We love checking the Augustana Alumni Facebook page each day and sharing the inspiring photos and stories of what our alumni are doing.

For alumni who have not yet requested an “A,” here’s how to get one! And for those who have not shared their photo with Augustana’s Alumni Facebook page, we look forward to hearing from you.

Hope you're enjoying the “A” photos as much as we are!

Kelly Read ’02 Noack
Director of Alumni Relations


Vikings’ generosity enhances student experience

On March 24, Augustana alumni, parents and friends made a BIG impact on our students. In the 24-hour online “A Day of Giving,” the college received 331 gifts totaling $30,697. Thank you!


Photo gallery: Dr. Dorothy Parkander celebrates 90 years

Former students and friends surprised Professor Emerita of English Dr. Dorothy Parkander ’46 with a Festschrift on her 90th birthday. Students from every decade of her 49-year teaching career contributed to the Festschrift, “Dorothy’s Gardens.” Alumni interested in purchasing a copy may contact Kai Swanson ’86 for details. (more)


Video: National champion relay team’s David Voland ’15

David Voland ’15 talks about anchoring the Vikings’ 1,600-meter relay to a Division III national indoor title, the team’s expectations and his pursuit of a third straight Academic All-America season. (more)


Advice for parents starting the college search

Augustana’s Kent Barnds has worked in admissions for 23 years, but this is the first year he’s received inquiries about the process from friends. He lists 10 (well, almost 10) pieces of advice every parent will want to know. On June 26-27, Augustana hosts College Search 101 on campus for alumni and their families. (more)


Video: Vikings make a run for the national championship

Check out these highlights (and the incredible fans!) from the NCAA Division III men’s basketball national championship game, complete with Coach Grey Giovanine’s speeches to the team before and after the loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (more)


Augustana to offer $150,000 to student entrepreneurs

Several new resources, including $150,000 in donor-funded grants, will help students transfer college experiences to life as an entrepreneur. (more)


Registration extended for alumni tour to Paris

Join Professor Emerita of Art History Dr. Mary Em Kirn and alumni, parents and friends for a nine-day art adventure in Paris from Oct. 17-25, 2015. (more)


Alumni, friends to be honored at May 2 dinner

Augustana’s Alumni Board of Directors hosts the annual Celebration of Alumni Dinner on May 2 at Stoney Creek Inn in Moline, Ill. Earle McBride ’54, Gail Richard ’76, Ronald Swenson ’57, Karen Olson ’68 Roloff, Ruth Anne Erickson ’64 Hartman, Nicholas Polyak '99, and W. Robert and Gwen Sorensen will receive awards. (more)


Summer Academy for high school students

High school students will experience an on-campus summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy, June 21-26. Popular Augustana professors teach the hands-on classes. (more)

Save the date:

April 24-26 Delta Chi Theta 50th
April 30 Alumni Speed Networking
May 6 Celebration of Learning
May 24 155th Commencement Convocation
October 16-18 Homecoming

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