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February 2016

Video: Isbell '81 delivers 2016 Polar Lecture

02/08/16 Video: Isbell '81 delivers 2016 Polar Lecture


Dr. John L. Isbell '81, professor and research scientist with the department of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, speaks on "Glaciation During the Late Paleozoic Ice Age."
Cullen '13 wins Iowa journalism award

02/08/16 Cullen '13 wins Iowa journalism award


Jack Cullen '13 was awarded the Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Cullen has been a Davenport Quad-City Times reporter since December 2013. Before joining the Times, Cullen was an intern at the Wisconsin State Journal in his hometown of Madison. He graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism.
Carbon emissions, glacial history tie together

02/05/16 Carbon emissions, glacial history tie together


It has been nearly 18 billion years since we have seen carbon emissions like we have now, says Dr. John Isbell, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He talked about the history of ice glaciers for the Polar Lecture at Augustana College. "We will have to reduce our carbon emissions, and it is still going to go up for a while. If we can reduce emissions, we can slow it down."
Students work with residents on neighborhood plan

02/02/16 Students work with residents on neighborhood plan


Students from Dr. Chris Strunk's urban and regional planning class have been working on the first-ever plan for Rock Island's Greenbush neighborhood. Last spring, students learned a lot about Greenbush by talking to residents and leading community meetings. They also worked with Christian Montbriand, a 2015 Augustana grad, and Brandy Howe, an urban planner with the city.
Special Collections puts perspective on campaigns

02/02/16 Special Collections puts perspective on campaigns


Augustana's Special Collections has an extensive collection of campaign memorabilia thanks to William Edmondson '49, who shopped in bookstores and at yard sales. He purchased buttons, hats and ties, and collected items which tell the story of presidential politics going as far back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt.
Anderson finds spiritual, healing powers in music

02/02/16 Anderson finds spiritual, healing powers in music


Augustana alumna Lauren Anderson, a Chicago native, is involved in music in two big ways: as a music therapist in the pediatric unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center and as a singer/songwriter who recently released “Truly Me,” her first full-length, and who has performed at various clubs around Kansas City, including Knuckleheads and VooDoo.
Covering the caucuses

02/01/16 Covering the caucuses


It's caucus day in Iowa, and because of Augustana's location being just across the Mississippi River from the Hawkeye State, students and recent alumni in the Quad-Cities area have the opportunity to cover the caucuses for local news outlets.

January 2016

Feigley '93 helps teens realize filmmaking dreams

01/29/16 Feigley '93 helps teens realize filmmaking dreams


Augustana alum Estlin Feigley will be back on campus Saturday to show his first feature-length film, "The Stream," followed by an interactive filmmaking workshop for students. His Dreaming Tree Films provide inner-city Chicago teens with filmmaking experiences.
Hund '97 named Outstanding University Teacher

01/25/16 Hund '97 named Outstanding University Teacher


Alycia Hund '97 will be honored with an Outstanding University Teacher Award from Illinois State University, where she is a professor of psychology. She has guided more than 5,800 students in face-to-face, blended and online course since joining ISU in 2003. Hund has mentored 83 undergraduate research assistants, 41 undergrad teaching assistants, 14 graduate research assistants, 10 dissertation students and 16 thesis students.
A grad student's top 10 childhood books

01/22/16 A grad student's top 10 childhood books


Christine Hedlin '11 is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois. After the holidays back home she was inspired to reflect on her favorite childhood reading memories. "I wouldn’t point to any of these moments and say, 'And that’s why I became an English major.' Yet I can also safely say that I wouldn’t be where I am without these kinds of moments." Hedlin majored in English and Spanish and minored in Classics at Augustana.
Vo '13 helps students bring Moline to Shakespeare

01/21/16 Vo '13 helps students bring Moline to Shakespeare


Calvin Vo '13, a theatre and English major at Augustana, charged his Moline High School students with creating a unique production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The 16th-century comedy will be transported to 19th-century Moline. "One of my big pushes here at Moline is to emphasize dramaturgy," which was a major focus at Augustana, Vo said.
Construction of new theatre center underway

01/20/16 Construction of new theatre center underway


Crews are hard at work renovating the College Center into what will become the Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center. The $4.2 million project includes construction of a new mainstage theatre, black box theatre, outdoor pavilion venue and scene/costume shops. The work is expected to be done in time for the building to open for the 2016-17 academic year.
Internship on, off the court brings growth to Motzel's game

01/20/16 Internship on, off the court brings growth to Motzel's game


Senior Brandon Motzel, a pre-medicine and physics major, interned at the Texas Medical Center last summer. In addition to the academic benefits of the internship, he tested his skills against players from Rice University in pick-up basketball games. That experience is paying off for Motzel, whose play has helped set a tone for the Vikings since he moved into the starting lineup earlier this month
Lundahl exhibit features landscapes and "the everyday"

01/19/16 Lundahl exhibit features landscapes and "the everyday"


WVIK interviews Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, about "A Place Called Home: Frank Lundahl and the Quad Cities" on display through Feb. 12. Lundahl made a living painting interior murals, but the exhibit includes paintings Lundahl created for himself.
Video: River Readings with Eula Biss

01/18/16 Video: River Readings with Eula Biss


In the second 2015-16 installment of the River Readings series, essayist Eula Biss reads from two of her books, "On Immunity: An Inoculation" and "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays."
Anderson '60, chronicler of the nursing profession, dies at 77

01/18/16 Anderson '60, chronicler of the nursing profession, dies at 77


Peggy Anderson '60, who never wanted to become a nurse but wrote a best-selling book to correct stereotypes about the profession, died Sunday. Her second book "Nurse" (1978), was on the New York Times best-seller list for 30 weeks and is still in print. "Nurse" was also the basis for a CBS-TV series. Anderson returned to Augustana in 2011 to participate in the River Readings.
Youth take a seat at the civil rights table

01/18/16 Youth take a seat at the civil rights table


At 14, Cyrus Diaz is already aware of the preconceptions that often surround police and community relations. Perceptions, and misconceptions, were among issues Mr. Diaz and other community members sought to address at the Passing the Torch Community Youth Forum held at Augustana. It was a preamble to an evening event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tallitsch's Human Anatomy class supports classmate

01/13/16 Tallitsch's Human Anatomy class supports classmate


Dr. Bob Tallitsch's Human Anatomy class wore hats and wigs during the first class following Christmas recess, and not just because it was one of the coldest days of the year so far.
Augustana holds interfaith forum ahead of Iowa caucus

01/13/16 Augustana holds interfaith forum ahead of Iowa caucus


With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, Augustana will hold a discussion about the implications of the election for Christians, Jews and Muslims on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall. The discussion will be led by Imam Saad Baig from the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz from the Tri-City Jewish Center and Pastor Richard Priggie from Augustana.
Annual King celebration adds youth forum

01/08/16 Annual King celebration adds youth forum


Passing the Torch, an annual community-wide celebration and tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place Jan. 16 at Augustana. For the first time, the celebration will include a community youth forum.
Renowned rabbi to discuss Judaism and ethics

01/06/16 Renowned rabbi to discuss Judaism and ethics


Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., an internationally known scholar of Judaism, will give a free public lecture, "God without Ethics, Ethics without God: What Does Judaism Add to Ethics?" on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall.
Internship leads Robertson '82 on different path

01/05/16 Internship leads Robertson '82 on different path


Rev. Bryan Robertson '82 majored in English at Augustana before going to seminary. His intention was to eventually teach Christian religion at the college level. But an internship in the church resulted in Robertson’s decision to become a pastor. He has served in Rock Island, Decorah, Iowa, and most recently in Waupaca, Wis.
Hynes '96 puts West Chicago on the map

01/05/16 Hynes '96 puts West Chicago on the map


Vicki (White) Hynes '96 has created standards for participation and judging of a new annual event which showcases the work of Geographic Information Systems professionals. She was recognized last fall by the Illinois GIS Association for her contributions. Hynes majored in geography and environmental studies at Augustana. She worked for eight years for Naperville, followed by a year of consulting work, before joining the City of West Chicago in 2002.
Augustana participates in annual CommUniversity

01/04/16 Augustana participates in annual CommUniversity


CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 37th year in February. The annual non-profit event is coordinated by a board of directors from local colleges, churches, libraries and other community organizations. Five Augustana faculty will teach classes at CommUniversity this year.
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