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Homecoming Oktoberfest Oct. 13-15, 2017

Augustana will celebrate Homecoming Oktoberfest Oct. 13-15, with reunion dinners and picnics, special tours and programs, the Dome Dash, football and theatre.

Oktoberfest will take place Saturday afternoon in the Founders Courtyard.

Gamma Alpha Beta will celebrate its 100th anniversary during Homecoming.

All alumni and friends are invited to Homecoming every year. This year, there will be special events to celebrate the reunions of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, 1957, 1952, 1947. 

Other events such as the Homecoming pre-game picnic in the Quad and our new annual Oktoberfest will be open to all alumni and friends of Augustana. 

Tickets and registration

Online registration is now available. Registration brochures were mailed to reunion classes in June. Registrations received by Sept. 1 will receive 10 percent off the order.

Tickets will not be mailed. Your ticket packet will be available at the registration/check-in area in the new Brunner Theatre Center lobby. This is the old College Center (brown couches area). The registration area will be open from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.

To help us plan the best event we can, we encourage you to pre-register for the events you plan to attend. There will be a limited number of tickets to events throughout Homecoming weekend, but we cannot guarantee that we will have tickets available to all events.

Registrations will be refunded through Oct. 4. To request a refund, please email us or call 309-794-7589.

Where to stay/getting around

Augustana College has arranged for several blocks of rooms at area hotels. Hotel blocks fill up quickly and are limited, so please make your reservation early (See list of hotels).

Augustana has arranged for a shuttle bus between Stoney Creek Inn and the Radisson in Moline and the college. The bus will visit each location about every 30 minutes throughout Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Shuttle schedules will be posted online and available at the hotels.

Golf cart rides will be available throughout the weekend for those who would like assistance. Once on board a golf cart, please feel free to strike up a conversation with your driver. Our drivers are often current students and eager to connect with alumni and hear stories of what it was like when you were a student at Augustana!

The Augustana Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday.

Friday, October 13

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up; Brunner Theatre Center (formerly the College Center)

Visit what used to be the College Center to see its transformation to the Brunner Theatre Center. Pick up tickets and a campus map.

9:30-11 a.m. "The Way We are, and Why," Denkmann Memorial Building, Wallenberg Hall, second floor. Dr. Anne Boaden will discuss the events of the 1960s and how being at a liberal arts college impacted students at that time. Free.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Golden Viking Lunch, Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Memorial Building, second floor. Free.

Special celebratory luncheon welcoming reunion years of 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967 to the Golden Vikings Club: a group of alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago from Augustana.

1:30 p.m. Viewing of the 1955 Augustana Choir appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Wallenberg Hall

2 p.m. Campus tour with Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president; meet at Centennial Hall.

Hear stories of Augustana’s history and see updates that have occurred in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus.

3:30 p.m. Augie Reads book discussion, Carlsson-Evald Hall (Great Hall, first floor). 

Join alumni for a discussion of the Augustana first-year student reading selection, "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance. The text was selected by the FYI-101 faculty and will be required in all fall FYI-101 and first-year honors courses.

3:45 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Nate Smith '02, presented by the Department of Geology and the Center for Polar Studies, John Deere Lecture Hall. 

Dr. Smith conducts paleontological fieldwork in Antarctica, Argentina, China and the southwestern and western U.S. He has has made groundbreaking discoveries which have appeared on the cover of the journal Science, CNN and even in the IMAX movie, "Dinosaurs Alive!"

5:30-7:30 p.m. Geology Retirement Reception for Dr. Bill Hammer, Metro Room, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, 1300 River Drive, Moline. Light refreshments, wine, beer, and cash bar. Former students and geology alumni are invited to attend.

6 p.m. Class of 1972 reunion dinner, Gävle Room (within the Gerber Center for Student Life)

6 p.m. Class of 1962 reunion dinner, Stoney Creek Inn, Moline

6 p.m. Class of 1957 reunion dinner at House on the Hill

6 p.m. Classes of 1952 and 1947 reunion dinner, Wilson Center

6 p.m. Class of 1967 Celebration of Life ceremony, Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building

6:40 p.m. Class of 1967 address by President Steve Bahls and class gift presentation, Wallenberg Hall.

7 p.m. Class of 1967 photo, Wallenberg Hall.

7 p.m. Vi-King and Vi-Queen Coronation and SING Competition, Centennial Hall. Free.

7:30 p.m. Class of 1967 50th reunion dinner and champagne toast, Wallenberg Hall.

7:30 p.m. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (purchase tickets at the door- $7 for alumni), Brunner Theatre Center

8-10 p.m. All-class informal gathering, Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club and Patio.

Complimentary appetizers and cash bar available. (There is no charge for this event, but please pre-register.)

10 p.m. Hospitality Room, Stoney Creek Inn, Blackhawk Room

After the on-campus festivities, stop by the Blackhawk Room at Stoney Creek Inn to continue conversation with alumni. Free.

Saturday, October 14

8 a.m. Dome Dash 5k race. Meet at the Paul V. Olsen Track, Lindberg Stadium.

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up, Brunner Theatre Center Lobby

Visit what used to be the College Center to see its transformation to the Brunner Theatre Center. Pick up tickets and a campus map.

9-10 a.m. Art Museum tour, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Centennial Hall

9-10 a.m. Campus tour with Kai Swanson ’86, meet at the Centennial Hall circle

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open

10 a.m.-noon Office of Student Life Festival on the Quad and Cardboard Regatta.

10 a.m.-noon Latinx Unidos – 25th anniversary celebration, tent in the Quad near the Slough.

10 a.m. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter alumni gathering, Andreen lower level

10 a.m. Augustana Choir reunion

Alumni members of the Augustana Choir are invited to stop by Larson Hall for a continental breakfast, fellowship and singing. At 11:30, the group will migrate to the pre-game picnic in the Quad for lunch.

10:30 a.m. Class pictures
Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)
Class of 1947: 10 a.m.
Class of 1952: 10 a.m.
Class of 1957: 10:10 a.m.
Class of 1962: 10:20 a.m.
Class of 1972: 10:30 a.m.
Class of 1977: 10:40 a.m.
Class of 1982: 10:50 a.m.
Class of 1987: 11 a.m.
Steps of Old Main (facing 7th Avenue)
Class of 1992: 10:30 a.m.
Class of 1997: 10:40 a.m.
Class of 2002: 10:50 a.m.
Class of 2007: 11 a.m.
Class of 2012: 11:10 a.m.

11 a.m. -noon Augustana men’s alumni vs. student basketball game, Carver Center

After the game, alumni and their families are invited to a free picnic behind Carver.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Homecoming reunion picnic on the Quad. Classes will sit together.

1 p.m. Augustana football Vs. Millikin.

4-6 p.m. Oktoberfest, Founders Courtyard

Augustana’s second-annual Oktoberfest! Your registration for the event includes an Augustana Oktoberfest beer stein, drink tickets and an all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Cash bar available after drink tickets have been redeemed. Reserve early as there are only 500 Augustana Oktoberfest steins. Last year we sold out!

6 p.m. Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame induction, Gerber Center, Gävle Room, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call Dave Wrath ’80 at 309-794-7265 for details.

6:30 p.m. Class of 1987 reception and dinner, Brew by the Slough patio. Free.

Sunder Subbaroyan, Darrin Good, Joe Pirc, Lynnette Rasmussen and other members of the Class of 1987 leadership team invite you to a special dinner in honor of your 30th reunion.

7 p.m. Reunion of the Augustana Campus Church, Ascension Chapel. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the student-led Campus Church, graduates of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s will lead a worship service followed by a hymn-sing of favorites from the "Swanie" years.

7 p.m. Class of 1967 fireside chat with President Steve Bahls, Dahl President's Home.

7:30 p.m. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (purchase tickets at the door- $7 for alumni), Brunner Theatre Center

Sunday, October 15

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Chicago bus tour with Dr. Norm Moline. For information, email or call Linda Warne, 309-794-7589.

9 a.m. Campus Ministries meet and greet; lobby outside Ascension Chapel

Visit with Pastor Richard Priggie ’74 and Pastor Kristen Glass Perez before the worship service. Pastries and fruit will be available.

10:30 a.m. Hymn service with Holy Communion, Ascension Chapel, with a special celebration in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Noon Met and Wed Renewal of Vows, Ascension Chapel

Whether you met and wed at Augustana or after you graduated, join other alumni and their spouses in this renewal of vows ceremony.

1:30 p.m. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (purchase tickets at the door- $7 for alumni), Brunner Theatre Center

1-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open house.

4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass, Ascension Chapel.