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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

Alumni newsletter

Dec. 14, 2016

Video: Enjoy Christmas at Augustana!

For the second year, WQAD-TV recorded video of Christmas at Augustana. Watch the full performance on the WQAD website.

A CD recording of the 2015 performance is available for $15.

Committed to being welcoming to all

In March 2016, President Steve Bahls released a statement on diversity and inclusion, and in October, trustees voted to modify Augustana 2020 to include a fourth strategic direction. ​The amendment calls upon the college community to cherish diversity, promote inclusion and be welcoming to all.​


Augustana apparel special — limited quantities!

Just in time for the holidays … the Augustana Bookstore is selling a “bundle,” containing a navy hooded sweatshirt, a gold T-shirt and a gray T-shirt, for $39.99. Offer good while quantities last. Order today!

New program for first-generation students

Nearly 30% of the Class of 2020 are "first-generation" college students. A new program — Augie1Gen Rising Scholars — introduces these students to faculty and staff members who also were the first in their families to attend college and offers monthly sessions to instill an extra sense of pride. Learn more about members of the Class of 2020.

Tour of Germany, Czech Republic has openings

Join President Steve Bahls and Jane Easter Bahls on an alumni trip to Germany and the Czech Republic from May 28-June 4, 2017. Augustana’s Dr. David Ellis, professor of history, and Kai Swanson ’86 will help lead the tour, which follows the life of Martin Luther.

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Record-breaking retention

Augustana welcomed 698 first-year students, plus 45 transfer students and nine non-degree international students, to campus this fall — exceeding our enrollment goals. Plus, 88.9% of the Class of 2019 came back this fall. This is the highest retention rate Augustana has ever recorded and a full point higher than the previous record set in 2010.

Customized emails coming in 2017!

Look for our new e-newsletter in 2017. The new platform will be more personalized and responsive to your interests. We'll send a short survey in January so you can tell us your preferences for content, format and frequency. That way, you’ll receive only the news you want when you want it.

Save the date:

Jan. 4: Reception before men’s basketball game at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
Jan. 19: Winter in the Windy City
Feb. 9: Alumni reception in Naples, Fla.
Augustana Choir Spring Break Tour
(Four of the tour concerts will have pre-concert receptions for alumni, parents and friends.)
  •  Feb. 17: Rockford, Ill.
  •  Feb. 18: Madison, Wis.
  •  Feb. 22: Arlington Heights, Ill.
  •  Feb. 23: Naperville, Ill.
(more details coming soon)

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