"There is nothing more satisfying, many alums tell me, than working with young people and making it happen for young people. Whether that's assisting in an internship, finding the first job, providing financial assistance -- dreams come true here, but these dreams cannot come true without our alumni."
-President Steven C. Bahls
On December 2, 2008, Susan Black-Beth '99, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, met with President Steve Bahls met to discuss the ways in which alumni support Augustana College. Their wide-ranging conversation explored the many ways in which Augustana alumni can lend their strength to student recruitment, job placement for graduates and important fundraising initiatives. (Read more or see video)
When Augustana’s students settled in London for a five-week stay during the most recent iteration of the college’s oldest and largest international study program, they found themselves residing in Kensington, a wealthy neighborhood in the western end of the city center—a bastion of the Tory party. It’s a borough of the city rich with history. As the abundance of blue plaques on buildings attests, it was the former home of many of its luminaries. (Read more)
Dr. Richard C. Anderson, who touched the lives of hundreds of young people over a distinguished 40-year career as professor of geology at Augustana College, died peacefully Jan. 8 in Champaign-Urbana. A memorial service will be held in Rock Island, where Dr. Anderson lived most of his life, during the last week in March.
Dr. Anderson's family welcomes donations to the Richard C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Augustana. Richard "Doc" Anderson was born April 22, 1930, in Moline. He graduated from Augustana in 1952 after studying under Dr. Frytiof Fryxell and Dr. R.W. Edmund of the Geology Department. (Read more)
It was 25 years ago this past December that Augustana’s football team topped Union 21-17 to claim the first of four consecutive NCAA Division III national championships. That game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, was played in Ohio, but the win set off a wild celebration at home. Hundreds of Augustana fans who didn’t make the trip stormed a vacant Ericson Field, tore down the goal posts and later took the pieces to the team when it arrived at the airport in Moline.
Students are among those hardest hit by our nation’s current economic crisis. Some are struggling to secure loans; others are trying to sustain their family’s hope for their future, even as parents lose jobs. As a result, the need for financial assistance is greater than ever. Each week Augustana’s Office of Financial Assistance is contacted by new students in need of additional aid just to finish the term or academic year.
Working with Financial Assistance, we have developed a temporary initiative that is specially designed to meet the most urgent needs of our students during this unusual economic time: The Immediate Scholarship Support Fund. Please consider making a gift online (Read more)
If you live in the Midwest or Southeast regions of the United States an Augustana tour bus will be visiting you soon! The Choir will make concert stops through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas (schedule). The Band will perform in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida (schedule).
For more information, contact the Department of Music at (800) 798-8100 ex. 7233. See the latest Augustana Arts calendar for campus events.
With the help of Harris Connect we hope to verify all our alumni information in preparation for the college's 150th anniversary alumni directory and alumni online community project. To make sure the directory is as up-to-date as possible, Harris Connect -- the book's publisher -– is contacting alumni to verify that the information printed is accurate and complete. (Read more)
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)
January 24 was a big day for 318 young people who jammed classrooms and halls at Augustana College for the annual Open House and Scholarship Competition. Some were on campus for the first time, trying to take in everything at once. Others visited last summer or fall. Some already knew which professors they wanted to talk with for a more detailed picture of majors, coursework and possibilities. (Read more)