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Inaugural Wertz Chair
Student fundraisers
Orchestra Hall concert
Prep for Scandinavia
Track achievement
Alumni weekend


Greetings from Augustana!

The last week of school is always an exciting time on campus. It is a flurry of activity as students complete finals and prepare to leave campus. At the same time, parents of seniors arrive for graduation preparations, reunion class alumni arrive eager to see former classmates, and the 36-member Board of Directors for our Alumni Association arrives for their semi-annual meeting.

The Alumni Board fills the very important role of assisting and advising the college in ways to serve and connect alumni and students. Board members make decisions to honor alumni for their service and achievement and recommend distribution of alumni association awards for students to honor their academic achievement and research undertakings. They work with admissions staff to plan and implement "On to Augie" and "Share the Experience" gatherings and identify prospective students. They assist the Career Center and Center for Vocational Reflection in finding better ways to promote AlumNet, secure alumni contacts for departments and programs, and identify internship and employment opportunities. They work with the Student Alumni Council to plan ways to foster connections between 2,500 students and the 23,000-member alumni body. These are extremely worthwhile discussions and we are grateful for board members' service.

We invite your involvement with the Alumni Board. You can find more information about the board's involvement on the website or you can contact me. We hope that you will enjoy reading these timely updates about our alma mater.

With warmest regards,

Sue Fleischman '79 Rector
Assistant Vice President for Development

Comprehensive campaign goes public with May 1 news conference
May Day was a big day for “Authentically Augustana: A Call to Action,” as the college made public its largest-ever comprehensive campaign and provided a progress report on the campaign’s $100-million goal. More...

Jakielski is named inaugural Wertz Chair
A newly endowed professorship will provide substantial funding for student-faculty research collaborations and conference travel. The Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Chair is distinctive among Augustana’s 14 endowed faculty chairs in that faculty from all of Augustana’s academic departments will be eligible to hold the chair. Dr. Kathy Jakielski, professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the first Augustana faculty member to hold the Wertz Chair. More...

Student fundraisers net $66,000 for health-related causes
Whether by dancing the night away or taking a very long walk, Augustana students raised more than $66,000 for the American Cancer Society and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in a pair of large-scale fund raising events this year. More...

Large crowd takes in Orchestra Hall concert
More than 1,000 alumni, parents and other friends of Augustana attended a concert by the Augustana Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band last month. Photographer Marla Alvarado Neuerburg of Augustana’s Office of Communication and Marketing provided a photographic record of the evening. Visit the photo gallery by clicking here.

Alumni (and choir) prep for tour of Scandinavia
An alumni tour group will intersect with the Augustana Choir’s upcoming tour of Scandinavia at multiple points throughout each group’s itinerary next month. Most notably, both groups will take part in ceremonies marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Augustana College founder Lars Paul Esbjörn. More...

Track teams claim dual CCIW championships
Ranked among the nation’s best all season, Augustana’s men’s and women’s Track & Field teams each claimed the championship at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships held earlier this month in Chicago. More...

Reunion classes return to campus for Alumni Weekend
Alumni from the reunion classes of 1943, 1948, 1953 and 1958 will gather in Rock Island for a weekend of warm hospitality and reconnecting with old friends next weekend, May 23-25. And as they enjoy their reunions, the 508 members the Class of 2008 will prepare for Augustana’s 148th Annual Commencement Convocation. More...