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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

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Oct. 30, 2014

Dear alumni, parents and friends,

Julie Crockett

I was fortunate to meet many of you at Homecoming earlier this month. It was exciting for me to see the strong connection Augustana graduates have with their classmates, the campus and yes, the professors who inspired them.

Again and again, alumni would reference a favorite professor or a favorite class. I think this is Augustana at its best… a place that makes memories that last a lifetime. I hope more of you can make plans to join us for Homecoming 2015 on Oct. 16-17.

In this month’s e-news, we invite you to enjoy photos from Homecoming, listen to Brenda Barnes’ advice for students, learn about the college’s new certificate programs and more.

Warm regards,

Julie Crockett
Vice President of Advancement

Brenda Czajka ’75 Barnes shares her story

Brenda Czajka ’75 Barnes, former executive at PepsiCo North America and Sara Lee Corp., returned to campus to talk about business and life and answer questions.

Barnes told students if they stay true to their values — their inner compasses — as they make decisions in their personal and professional lives, their leadership will set them apart.

Augustana stunning in its fall glory

If you weren’t able to visit campus this fall, here are 10 scenes from recent years. Not surprisingly, Augustana recently made the top 25 most beautiful college campuses on Thrillist.

Westerlin dining hall now a fitness center

The dining hall at Westerlin Residence Center is now a fitness and recreation center for students. The 6,800-square-foot space became available last year when the Center for Student Life dining center opened, and the Westerlin dining room was no longer needed.

The idea of transforming Westerlin’s dining hall into a fitness facility came from students working on a project for a business writing class. (more)

Certificates: another edge for liberal arts learners

This fall, Augustana introduced its first two certificate programs: American Culture Exploration, for one-year international students whose academic focus is American life, and Nonprofit Leadership Development. Find out why the college introduced certificates, when students already have 90 fields from which to choose. (more)

Photos: Homecoming at its best

Hundreds of alumni reconnected with friends and faculty at Homecoming 2014 earlier this month. Who do you recognize at the Viking Gala and post-game reception at the Dahl President’s Home?

Viking Gala photo album      • Homecoming 2014 photo album

Athletes welcomed into Tribe of Vikings

Nine Augustana athletes who graduated between 2000-2004 were inducted the Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame during Homecoming. The athletes are:

Maegan Harris, 2000, cross country/track & field


Scott Schmid, 2000, baseball

Cherie Peterson Clark, 2001, soccer


Mackenzie Hay, 2001, football

David Dempsey, 2001, track & field


Amy Calderone-Blommer, 2001, volleyball, track & field

Nathan Cross, 2001, wrestling


 James (J.D.) Sheldon, 2002, football

Drew Carstens 2004, basketball


Vikings take on Division I Bradley Nov. 6 in Peoria

The men's basketball team will play an exhibition game against NCAA Division I Bradley University in Peoria on Nov. 6. For the fifth time in the last eight seasons, the Vikings will face a D1 opponent. Coach Grey Giovanine’s squad was ranked No. 3 in Division III in the nation by The Sporting News. Fans can buy tickets at

Upcoming holiday events

Opera@Augustana: "Only a Miracle" and "The Play of Herod," 7 p.m., Nov. 21-23
Christmas at Augustana, 8 p.m., on Dec. 5 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 6
Joy of Christmas at Andover, 7:30 p.m, Dec. 10
"Messiah," 8 p.m. on Dec. 13, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 14
Sankta Lucia celebration, 7 p.m., Dec. 16
Lessons and Carols, 4 and 8 p.m., Dec. 18

Order tickets online or call 309-794-7306 (or 800-798-8100, ext. 7306) 

Working for your alma mater

If you have ever considered working for your alma mater to help raise support for the college’s priorities, Augustana’s Office of Advancement would like to hear from you. The college is searching for a director of legacy giving.

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