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MLK celebration
Carlsson Hall
Open Book
Orchestra Hall concert
President's receptions
Symphonic Band tour Alumni Weekend
Scandinavia trip


Greetings from Augustana!

The New Year at Augustana is off to a busy and productive start, and I hope yours is too. Last week the campus enjoyed a residency by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Callie Crossley and saw more than 1,000 people attend Augustana's annual community-wide commmemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Against the backdrop of a busy campus, the conversion of Carlsson Hall into a modern academic and administrative building continues on pace for its planned re-opening next summer.

We look forward to a number of special opportunities planned for Augustana alumni in the weeks and months ahead, not least of which is a tour of Scandinavia planned for early June. Whether in Sweden, Rock Island, Chicago or Colorado, I hope you'll find a chance to connect with your alma mater in 2008!


Sue A. Rector ‘79
Assistant Vice President for Development

Hundreds commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. in Centennial Hall
Augustana hosted a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. last weekend in Centennial Hall. A large crowd turned out for a program of gospel music and dance featuring the Augustana Choir, a community chorus and the Westbrook Family Singers. More .

Carlsson conversion continues on pace
The conversion of Carlsson Hall continues is progressing on schedule for the building's planned re-opening in time for the 2008-09 academic year. The former residence hall was emptied out over the summer months, but those empty spaces are being filled as classrooms, offices and public areas take shape. More .

Open Book addresses assessment and accountability
Our alumni know the difference Augustana's academic and co-curricular programs have made in their lives, but how do those without firsthand experience of the college come to understand its quality? Augustana has launched Open Book, a web site that makes available to the public decades' worth of internal assessment data. More...

Festival concert planned for Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
Preparations are underway for a festival concert by the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Choir in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Tickets for the April 13 performance at the acclaimed Symphony Center venue will go on sale next month through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra box office. More .

Alumni gather with President Bahls
Alumni gatherings with Augustana President Steve Bahls will be held in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Indiana, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New York between now and the end of April. Check the schedule to see if you'll have a chance to get together with President Bahls in your area. More...

Augustana Symphonic Band tour covers Midwest, Colorado
The Augustana Symphonic Band will visit suburban Chicago, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado on its upcoming spring break tour. The Office of Alumni Relations has organized receptions at several tour locations. More ...

Alumni Weekend scheduled for May
Three distinguished members of Augustana's Class of 1958 will make special presentations during their upcoming class reunion. Music by jazz pianist Bill Bell '58, an exhibition by landscape artist George Olson '58 and a talk by ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson '58 will highlight Augustana's spring reunions, when alumni celebrating their 50th reunion and up will gather on campus May 23-25. More ...

Scandinavia tour to focus on Augustana's heritage
Participants in a planned tour of Scandinavia will take part in festivities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Augustana founder Lars Paul Esbjorn next June. The tour itinerary, which includes stops in also coincides with the Augustana Choir's upcoming tour of Sweden. More ...