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alumni newsletter december 2015

Dear alumni, parents and friends,

See more "Christmas at Augustana" photos.

As another year of wonderful Christmas performances comes to a close, it's a great time to reflect on some of the changes in the past few years.

In its eighth year, "Christmas at Augustana" has grown into a magnificent performance with sold-out crowds. With seven different ensembles on stage, it’s a concert that showcases the hard work and dedication of our students to share the Christmas spirit with each audience member. It is an exciting time to be a part of this “new” tradition and to watch it grow each year.

This past weekend was the 134th annual performance of "A Christmas Messiah," one of the most revered and longest-running traditions in the Quad Cities. We have tailored the performance to focus more on the Christmas story, which creates a very special experience during the holiday season.

As we wrap up the college’s celebration of Christmas, I hope to see you all next December so you, too, can experience these wonderful performances.

Merry Christmas to you and your family during this busy holiday season!

Jon Hurty, professor of music and director of choral activities


Video: Student-led tour of campus

This video showcases Augustana landmarks and academic buildings to give prospective students a sense of our beautiful campus. It’s also a must-see for alumni, especially those who haven’t visited their alma mater recently. See the video.

kirk anderson

Band tours in the Midwest; choir on the West Coast

Check out the Symphonic Band’s tour itinerary and the Augustana Choir’s tour itinerary to see if Augustana is coming to a city near you in late February! (Can you host Augustana Symphonic Band members while they are on their Midwest/Colorado tour? See dates and venues and sign up by using this form.)


Six alumni inducted into Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame

The most recent class of Hall of Fame inductees made headlines in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, volleyball and wrestling. Find out who they are and what they are doing today.


You’re invited: Alumni events around the country

If you live in or near these cities, we’d love to see you at one of the following events: Winter in the Windy City (Chicago) on Jan. 14; Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19; and Naples, Fla., on Feb. 11. More alumni events will be scheduled around the country in 2016. Details will be included in the January alumni e-news.

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Receive your Augie A in time for the holidays!

Graduates who have yet to request their Augie A or post their Augie A photo on our Facebook page — today’s the day! Holiday gatherings with family or Augie co-workers will provide plenty of photo ops. Request your Augie A and see our Augie A photo gallery.


Not too late to sign up for alumni trip to China, but almost

A few spots are available for the trip to China on May 26-June 12, 2016. All alumni are welcome. The group will visit Hong Kong, Wuhan, Kunming, Lijiang, Chengdu, Xi’an, Chengde and Beijing in China, plus Tokyo, Japan. The cost is $4,800. Contact co-director Dr. Norm Moline today for more details and how to register.


Teachers bring Augustana to their classrooms

Alumni can dress up their classrooms in Augustana Blue & Gold for free! Posters, pennants, notepads and information brochures are available to help teachers introduce students to their alma mater on the Mississippi. Request yours.


Student support services all in one place

Augustana College is creating a new center for support services designed to help every student develop more successful habits, both in college and later life, and it's happening on the fourth floor of The Gerber Center. (Read more)

Save the date:

Jan. 14: Winter in the Windy City
Jan. 19: Washington, D.C., event
Jan. 20: Winter Symposium Day
Feb. 11: Naples, Fla., event
April 6: Chicago Alumni Advisory Group meeting


April 28: Alumni-student networking event
April 30: Celebration of Alumni dinner
May 22: 156th Commencement
July 15-17: Choir reunion

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