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Slide show: a last look at our sesquicentennial

May  18, 2011

As we wrap up our 2010-11 academic year, we also take a last look at a year of celebrating Augustana's 150th anniversary. The festivities began with a grand performance of the choir, orchestra and symphonic band at Orchestra Hall in Chicago last spring; continued with a symbolic signing of a Sesquicentennial Compact by the presidents of both Augustana Colleges to recognize the founding of the Augustana Synod; and in late summer we staged a big party with fireworks at Mark Schwiebert Park downtown by the river. President Emeritus Thomas Tredway published Coming of Age: A History of Augustana College, 1935-1975. And (who can forget?) we held a world record-breaking event in Ericson Field, where 2,694 people formed a human chain to eat their Augustana Viking Pride ice cream.

Now the 150th commemorative banners have come down along Augustana Avenue, and we say farewell to the Class of 2011, who shared part of their senior year with the college's 150th. Take a moment to learn more about the great Augustana thinkers, doers, citizens and leaders featured in the banners. See also the newly published books Light and Leaven, Women Who Shaped Augustana's First Century, by Dr. Ann Boaden, and the library's Reflecting on the Past: 150 Years of Augustana Stories. Both are available in Augustana's bookstore.