|Maude Engstrom '09 helped her father's company, Mutual Wheel Co. of Moline, buy back a wooden-spoke wheel made at the business more than 95 years ago. Engstrom is a graduate student in the field of Nordic studies at Linköping Universitet, Linköping, Sweden. The wheel belonged to the president of Sweden's Model T Club. Mutual Wheel celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.|
|David Schertz '77, president and CEO of Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, has been named CEO of the OSF HealthCare Northern Region. Peoria-based OSF HealthCare is the parent company of Saint Anthony. Schertz has led OSF Saint Anthony since 1995.
While Schertz’s new responsibilities include oversight of OSF operations in Escanaba, Mich., he will remain based in the Rockford, Ill., area. Schertz left Augustana with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, then went on to complete a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University.|
|Al Bowman '75 is featured in "State," Illinois State University's alumni magazine, as he steps down as ISU president. Bowman became president in 2004 after serving one year in the office as interim. He remains at the helm while a national search for his replacement continues. He will teach each semester and hold an office in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
It was there he started his ISU career in 1978 as a faculty member, having completed a bachelor’s in speech pathology at Augustana, a master’s from Eastern Illinois University, and while completing a doctorate at the University of Illinois in speech and hearing science.|
|Jennifer O'Donnell '06 has won the Distinguished Educator of the Year award from Community Unit School District 300, Carpentersville, Ill. She teaches 240 fifth- and sixth-grade orchestra students. O'Donnell was nominated for her innovative methods and enthusiasm. After graduating from Augustana with a degree in instrumental music education, she received a master's in music education from Northwestern University.|
|For the past four years, Megan Crandall '05 Cooper has helped the Quad-City Botanical Center in Rock Island with its pixie teas, events with a folklore theme of sprites, woodland creatures, pixies and fairies. With her artistic bent — she is a studio art graduate of Augustana — Cooper began making costumes, primarily wings. Now she has made a cottage industry of her creations, hoping to sell them online. For more information, go to spritefyrestudios.com.|