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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

alumni newsletter may 2015

June 11, 2015

Dear alumni and friends,

Micaela Terronez poses with her Augustana A.
(See commencement photo album)

Brandon Busteed, who leads the Gallup organization's education division, was our speaker at this year's commencement. He shared that all of his research into the making of a rewarding life could be boiled down to two questions:

Do you have a mentor?
Are you engaged in a meaningful pursuit?

I am grateful that our graduates had mentors in the form of faculty who cared deeply about their development and success. And based on early replies to our Senior Survey, I know that the vast majority will be engaged in meaningful graduate education and careers.

New this year — we gave our graduates an “Awesome Augie A” to display publicly as a means not only of sharing their pride in their personal achievements, but in being part of a global community of awesome servant leaders. I am very optimistic for their future.

Steve Bahls


Video: Graduates offer advice, talk about what comes next

Lifelong friends, inspiring professors and so many opportunities to grow — these are the memories of our most recent graduates who already are looking forward to their class reunions.


Follow the Augustana Choir in Europe!

The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, is touring Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Alumni are touring Sweden with President Steve Bahls and his wife, Jane Easter Bahls. They will hear the choir sing in Uppsala Cathedral June 14. See the choir’s Facebook page and YouTube channel for updates.

Professors, coach announce retirements

Four professors from the English, education, philosophy and psychology departments have graded their last exam, and one coach is hanging up his whistle.


Six home games for new football coach Steve Bell

Six home football games are scheduled this year, including Homecoming Oct. 17. Augustana opens its season Sept. 5 at home against Mount St. Joseph. The game is known as the Austin E. Knowlton Classic and will kick off at 6 p.m.


College plans $3-$4 million renovation for theatre project

Starting in September, the College Center will be renovated to double Augustana's space for theatre and make more room for music and art history in Bergendoff Hall. The renovation is the first step in developing a “corner for the arts.”


Seniors publish their work on local modernist writers

Students discovered some of the most important writers in America lived and wrote in the Quad Cities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To bring attention to this neglected body of literature, they researched and wrote essays about the writers and published an anthology at Augustana's East Hall Press.


Julie Hamann ’82 offers $10,000 challenge

Julie K. Hamann ’82, a member of the Augustana Board of Trustees, has generously offered a $10,000 Augustana Fund Challenge. She will match dollar-for-dollar any new or increased gift to the Augustana Fund (up to $10,000) made by June 30, 2015. Take advantage of this opportunity and make a gift to the Augustana Fund today!

Augustana job openings

An understanding of what sets the Augustana experience apart is essential to these two roles, which is why we are especially excited about networking with our alumni and announcing these openings.

In Chicago: The college seeks an assistant director in employer relations who will cultivate employment and internship opportunities for students and alumni in the Chicago area. (Details)

In Rock Island: The college has an opening for the position of assistant director of development and engagement in the Office of Advancement. The primary responsibility will be to raise major gifts. (Details)

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about all open faculty, staff and administrative jobs at Augustana, see our list of open positions.


Save the date:

June 26-27: College Search 101 Legacy Event
Aug. 11: Cubs vs. Brewers at Wrigley Field


Sept. 11-13: Family Weekend
Oct. 16-18:   Homecoming

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