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Alumni and Friends Newsletter April 2010

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Rock Island, Illinois - April 28, 2010

Meet Dr. David Walton
at Alumni Weekend May 22

Dr. David Walton '98 will be the keynote speaker at our 150th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 23.

He works in Haiti operating clinics for Partners in Health, a medical aid group with clinics in Haiti and eight other countries. He was working in Haiti soon after the earthquake in January. He says the strength of the Haitian people serves as an inspiration for him.

Alumni are invited to meet Dr. Walton at a reception in the Wilson Center from 4-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

See the complete schedule for Alumni Weekend!


Young and old turned out to help us toward a world record. (Photo galleries)

2,694 people launch our ice cream

People waited patiently in what may have been the longest line ever seen at Augustana College April 20 with a single goal: To set a new world record for the number of people in a chain eating ice cream simultaneously.

And they did it, at least unofficially: 2,694 people ate ice cream for one minute, counted down on the scoreboard at Ericson Field. Read more


A new major in neuroscience

The faculty has approved a new major in neuroscience for the fall of 2010. Dr. Ian Harrington and Dr. Erin Stoffel will co-direct the program. "What I think makes neuroscience so well suited to Augustana is that it draws on the sciences and humanities," said Dr. Harrington. "We hope to encourage our students to appreciate the brain in a broad context." Read more


College Search 101

Come to campus June 27-28 for A Legacy's Guide to the College Admissions Process -- how-to information for conducting a high school student's college search. Get tips on essays, interviews and tours, plus what parents' roles can be. Read more


May 21-23: Alumni Weekend; details

June 26: Geneva Swedish Days; details

July 20: Alumni event in Denver; details

Aug. 2: Cubs game in Chicago; details

Aug. 13: Cubs game in St. Louis; details

(Campus calendar of events)


Make your gift count even more!

The campaign co-chairs and president of Augustana Fund Leaders are offering a $50,000 match for qualifying gifts to The Augustana Fund made by June 30, 2010. Here's how you can use the match to make your gift even bigger. Read more

Vikings Athletics

Our 132nd Academic

All-American, and more

A tour of China, a term in West Africa and basketball games all over the Midwest ... Matt Pelton has seen a thing or two during his four years at Augustana.

"Playing at Augustana offered the opportunity to learn a lot about life in general -- outside of just on the basketball court," Matt said. "If I would have gone to another school, I wouldn't have had the same experience. Read more


Chekhov's complicated love story for spring

Augustana's 2009-2010 theatre season concludes with the romantic triangles of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Shows will be the weekends of April 30-May 2 and May 7-9. Read more

Symphony Orchestra May 1

If you couldn't make it to Chicago's Orchestra Hall for our recent triple-ensemble concert, you have another chance to hear the Augustana Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Read more


Alumna with dream job tells how she got it

Our new Community Engagement Center

From forensics to film at Summer Academy

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