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Overview
Mount Augustana
Academic All-American
Faculty achievements
Donors step up
Call to Action events
Alumni events
150th year Alumni Directory
Roman Empire Cruise

 

Merry Christmas from Augustana!

The boots and coats are out and about these days at Augustana, and students are hard at work mid-way through winter term. A hot cup of coffee in the Brew by the Slough coffee shop in the Tredway Library goes a long way to break up the cold walk from Old Main to up campus residences.

Take a minute to read through the stories I’ve sent you today. From the naming of Mount Augustana to the naming of the 126th Viking Academic All-American, you will find Augustana continues to set the pace for excellence in higher education while remaining a school where students relate, connect and collaborate with faculty one-on-one.

I ask you to consider making a gift to The Augustana Fund during December this year. Not only will your gift provide far-reaching benefits to your alma mater by supporting virtually every purpose and function, but your gift to this special December appeal will enter you into a drawing to win a beautiful wood Augustana rocking chair. Click here and listen to our special holiday song!

May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Sue Fleischman '79 Rector
Assistant Vice President for Development


Mount Augustana named in Antarctica
A 9,000-foot peak in Antarctica has been christened Mount Augustana in honor of Dr. William R. Hammer and Augustana College.

The National Board on Geographic Names, which made the designation, describes the location of Mount Augustana as between the heads of LaPrade Valley and Cheu Valley in the northern Cumulus hills, Queen Maud Mountains.

Hammer was in the Antarctic working in this area on his first trip there in 1977-78 and again in 1995-96. He has made seven expeditions to the Antarctic. He and his team are known for discovering the first dinosaur bones ever found on the icy continent in 1991. (Read more)

Faculty and students in the news
From “Deconstructing Sin” to "Nonlinear pulse propagation in liber lasers,” Augustana professors continue to excel in national academic circles and in mentoring students in national research conference participation. (Read more)

Anonymous donors keep students in school
Realizing the tremendous burden the downturn in the nation’s economy has made for today’s college students both in affording the family’s portion of tuition and in securing student loans in a tight lending market, a generous friend of the college stepped in to help. The Office of Alumni and Development recently received a phone call from this donor asking what the current full tuition rate was for one year at Augustana. The anonymous donor pledged to match that amount so Augustana could offer special scholarships to students for whom continuing the year would be impossible without additional financial assistance. Another donor soon followed suit with a gift.

“This gift is a great blessing to students experiencing financial hardship this year,” says David Myatt, senior associate director of financial assistance. “These students want to study at Augustana, and today’s economic climate has made that goal more challenging for them. We have great respect and admiration for this generous friend of Augustana for underscoring the value of keeping students at Augustana for the entire length of their degree studies.”(Read more)

Blaine Westemeyer -- No. 126!
Augustana senior Blaine Westemeyer has become the 126th Viking to be named an Academic All-American. The biochemistry major from Overland Park, Kansas, was named to the ESPN - The Magazine Academic All-America football team.

His honor adds to the Viking tradition of producing Academic All-Americans. Augustana ranks sixth all-time in the number of Academic All-Americans produced since the program began in 1952. (Read more)

A Call to Action events gather alumni and friends
With a goal of $100 million Authentically Augustana: A Call to Action will strengthen the core values of our college while keeping it competitive and vital in the future. We all know the college experience is a special one for students-a time of learning, growth and reflection. The campaign’s focus on every aspect of the student experience assures outcomes that will benefit generations of students for years to come and will keep our alma mater strong. With your financial support of the campaign, we will reach our goals to ensure the best educational experience becomes the standard for all Augustana students, now and in the future.

For the announcement and celebration of Authentically Augustana: A Call to Action, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend the following event of your choice in your area. (See list of events)

Upcoming alumni events around the nation
Alumni are invited to register for any of the following alumni events by contacting Nancy Wray at 800-798-8100 ext. 7336 or nancywray@augustana.edu. Details about alumni events are often e-mailed to geographic regions, so make sure your e-mail address is current with Augustana's Office of Alumni Relations by emailing alumni@augustana.edu. (See list of events)

College to launch 150th Anniversary Year Alumni Directory
Watch your mail for information about Augustana’s 150th Anniversary Alumni Directory and Online Community project. This exciting new directory, published through Harris Connect, will allow you to share much more detailed information, including photographs and personal statements, with your classmates and fellow alums. In addition, the directory also will feature an historical retrospective of the college’s 150 years and an online presence that includes a Facebook-integrated password-protected affinity site called the Augustana Online Community for connecting with other graduates and college groups online through searchable directories. You’ll love becoming reconnected with classmates from years past, so be sure to participate when your questionnaire arrives!

ALUMNI ROMAN EMPIRE CRUISE
   Professor Ritva Williams will host the trip June 15-28, 2009, on Holland America’s Noordams

Augustana College has planned a very special Alumni Cruise on Holland America’s Noordam. Journey back in time with host Ritva Williams, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Religion and professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Augustana College.  She is also an ELCA pastor.  Ritva is looking forward to hosting this alumni trip, which visits so many places associated with early Christianity, especially Rome and the ancient city of Ephesus, where you can literally walk in the footsteps of St. Paul.

Throughout the trip, she will be able to add to your experience by offering both educational and spiritual insights into your Roman Empire cruise.

Please join Ritva on this journey back through history. FOR MORE INFORMATION and to receive a brochure with full itinerary, deposit and payment information, please contact Kelly Noack, assistant director of alumni relations, Augustana College, 309-794-7474, kellynoack@augustana.edu.