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Comprehensive campaign goes public with May 1 news conference

The largest fund raising campaign in Augustana’s history was publicly announced by President Steve Bahls in a May 1 news conference held in Wallenberg Hall. In describing the campaign and its $100-million goal, Bahls noted the many ways “Authentically Augustana: A Call to Action” will enrich the college’s academic program through improved facilities, endowment growth and increased funds for annual operations.

Bahls was joined in the news conference by Doug Hultquist ’77, chair of Augustana’s Board of Trustees; Chip Hammersmith ’73, Trustee and Campaign Co-Chair, Dr. Tom Bengtson ’75, Earl H. Beling Professor in Mathematics and Campus Campaign Co-Chair; and Emily Johnson ’08, Vice President of Augustana’s Student Government Association.

In her remarks, Johnson noted previous campaigns and their impact on her student experience, particularly through the addition of such buildings as the Tredway Library, PepsiCo Recreation Center and the F.W. Olin Center for Educational Technology. “But campaigns like this aren’t just about buildings,” said Johnson. “Students also benefit from scholarships that help defray the cost of higher education, and we benefit when our faculty have additional resources to fund research, service and travel opportunities.”

For his part in the announcement, Hammersmith announced astounding success of the campaign’s “quiet phase” (see the campaign web site for an up-to-date progress report). “When I was asked to help lead this effort on behalf of Augustana’s Board of Trustees, I knew it was going to be a big task,” said Hammersmith. “But I also knew this campaign was built on a great strategic plan. I’d like to thank all of our donors who share this belief and have demonstrated that with their financial support.”

Quad City Times editorial: Augustana’s growth energizes community (May 2, 2008)