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July 2015

Children find they like lessons at Augie Acres

07/17/15 Children find they like lessons at Augie Acres


Augustana students and Hy-Vee has brought Rock Island children to Augie Acres to learn about nutrition — and gardening. "At first, they're like, 'Oh I don't want to try it,' but then they get to do it themselves," said Irene Mekus, an Augustana junior. "They get to see it hands on in the garden. They get to touch it, feel it and experience it. They're with their friends so they get to try it together."
Student researchers from Augustana and St. Ambrose meet

07/17/15 Student researchers from Augustana and St. Ambrose meet


Students and faculty from the Augustana undergraduate research program came to the St. Ambrose campus to meet the SAU undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors. Students prepared two-slide Power Point presentations to illustrate the projects they were completing this summer.
CBS intern enjoys crazy week at John Deere Classic

07/16/15 CBS intern enjoys crazy week at John Deere Classic


Jake Norcia ’16 is a multimedia journalism/mass communication major. He shares some thoughts from his summer internship, at WHBF-TV, the Quad Cities’ CBS affiliate. Norcia has covered high school baseball and softball and the Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball team. But most recently, he covered the John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament just east of Rock Island in Silvis, Ill.
Dr. Dan Corts elected as president of Psi Chi

07/15/15 Dr. Dan Corts elected as president of Psi Chi


Augustana College professor of psychology Dr. Dan Corts has been named the 2015-2016 president of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Psi Chi has more than 1,100 chapters in the United States and abroad. Dr. Corts has advised Augustana's local chapter since 2002.
Tiffany '04 finds her mission in tracking Ebola

07/14/15 Tiffany '04 finds her mission in tracking Ebola


Amanda Tiffany '04 was profiled in last winter's Augustana magazine about her work fighting the dead Ebola outbreak in 2014. This summer she has returned to Africa to continue her work, traveling between Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to evaluate the impact of safe and dignified burial on controlling the Ebola epidemic.
Merhi earns scholarship, will attend Nobel ceremonies

07/14/15 Merhi earns scholarship, will attend Nobel ceremonies


Abdul Rahman Merhi '15 will mingle with Nobel Laureates this December. He's the latest recipient of the Swedish Council of America's prestigious Seaborg Scholarship, which comes with a trip to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar. Merhi is one of 25 young scientists from around the world to attend this year's seminar and Nobel ceremonies.

June 2015

Berndt follows heart, finds reward in 'study of things'

06/30/15 Berndt follows heart, finds reward in 'study of things'


Sarah Berndt '15 has always known what she wants to study. She wants to study things, extraordinary things, from antiques to old stone churches. In fact, she wants to make a career out of it, and that's exactly what she's about to do. She has been awarded a fully-funded fellowship with the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, a highly selective graduate program.
Discover rich fossil history in our area

06/30/15 Discover rich fossil history in our area


John Oostenryk, assistant curator at Augustana College’s Fryxell Geology Musuem, says fossil explorers will find marine and invertebrate fossils in the area from the Sirulian and Devonian geologic periods and also plant fossils, although they are more frail.
Augustana working to improve integrative learning, culminating experiences

06/30/15 Augustana working to improve integrative learning, culminating experiences


Augustana College is one of eight institutions working with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) on an initiative aimed at integrative learning and preparing students for their capstones and signature work. All Augustana students work on at least one Senior Inquiry project that integrates their learning experiences into a culminating project.
Trio of athletes repeats as Academic All-Americans

06/26/15 Trio of athletes repeats as Academic All-Americans


Following another successful year in the classroom and on the track, the Augustana Vikings had three senior student-athletes repeat as Academic All-America selections. On Tuesday, the College Sports Information Directors of America released the list of spring Academic All-America honorees. Runners David Devore and Becca Sund earned recognition for the second straight year, while David Voland landed a spot on the AAA list for a third straight year.
Dave Wrath again recognized for excellence

06/25/15 Dave Wrath again recognized for excellence


Dave Wrath, sports information director at Augustana College, recently was named the 2015 winner of the Excellence in Communications Award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Learning communities now connect abroad

06/09/15 Learning communities now connect abroad


What are called "learning communities" have been around awhile. They typically involve combining two or more courses in different academic disciplines to approach topics in new ways. Taking these student communities abroad adds an extra dimension.
Portfolios help students see all they've learned

06/09/15 Portfolios help students see all they've learned


Learning does not end in the classroom. Students also absorb skills and knowledge — even if they don't realize it at the time — through a variety of activities, memberships and living-arrangement responsibilities. How to measure, assess and demonstrate the educational value of the whole college package? At Augustana, there's a portfolio for that.
Claire Simon '80 shines light on Chicago's actors

06/04/15 Claire Simon '80 shines light on Chicago's actors


Casting director Claire Simon started out as an actress. Now her agency, Simon Casting, matches local actors with parts in television and film, including "Empire" and "Chicago Fire."
Wollstonecraft, Vazquez-Valarezo awards announced

06/01/15 Wollstonecraft, Vazquez-Valarezo awards announced


Essays on the LGBTQ community, women's cultural weaving projects, as well as the representation of women in cartoons make up the winners of this year's essay contest.

May 2015

Seniors publish their work on local modernist writers

05/29/15 Seniors publish their work on local modernist writers


Students discover some of the most important writers in America lived and wrote in the Quad Cities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To bring attention to this neglected body of literature, they researched and wrote essays about the writers and published an anthology at Augustana's East Hall Press.
Another Bancks commission on tap for QCSO

05/29/15 Another Bancks commission on tap for QCSO


The Quad City Symphony's next season will feature new work by Jacob Bancks, assistant professor of music theory and composition at Augustana . He wrote "Rock Island Line," premiered by the symphony in March 2014, as well as a violin and piano piece for this season's Signature Series of chamber concerts. The new commission will be a concerto for bassoon and orchestra.
Graduates urged to grow, develop, be the best

05/25/15 Graduates urged to grow, develop, be the best


Money is not the measure of success at a job or life, Augustana College's new graduates were told Sunday at the iWireless Center during the school's 155th commencement ceremony.
Video: Commencement 2015 and beyond

05/25/15 Video: Commencement 2015 and beyond


Andrew Skalak of the Augustana Video Bureau captured this snapshot of Commencement and asked graduates about the future.

05/25/15 Retirees' contributions recognized


Four retiring professors and a coach were recognized for their years of service and invaluable contributions to students and the college at Augustana's 155th commencement ceremony.
Commencement 2015 in photos

05/25/15 Commencement 2015 in photos


Five hundred and sixty-two graduates participated in Augustana College's 155th Commencement Convocation on May 24 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill.
2015 candidates for graduation

05/24/15 2015 candidates for graduation


Five hundred and sixty-two students participated in Augustana's 155 Commencement Convocation. Names listed here represent candidates for graduation; inclusion does not indicate completion of the degree requirements.
Massive bee die-offs hitting the QCA

05/22/15 Massive bee die-offs hitting the QCA


Tierney Brosius, assistant professor of biology, explains why the loss of bees means declining food security. “I would say about 50% if not three-quarters of the products on the shelves in the grocery store would be negatively impacted by a drop in pollinators overall,” she told KWQC News. “Unfortunately, it is a lot to do with us. It’s a combination of habitat loss, nutritional issues.”
Theatre continues to receive national recognition

05/21/15 Theatre continues to receive national recognition


Months after the performance of "A Green River" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Augustana's theatre program continues to receive national recognition. Keenan Odenkirk '18 of Oro Valley, Ariz., was awarded Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Additionally, the department received a Certificate of Commendation for Ensemble Performance.
In the front row as a faculty mentor

05/18/15 In the front row as a faculty mentor


When Jared Schroeder signed up to be the faculty mentor for the men's basketball team, he thought he was merely volunteering to provide a bridge between the academic and the athletics-oriented learning for Augustana's student athletes. That turned out to be only one aspect of the role.
Midnight Breakfast, served with good humor

05/18/15 Midnight Breakfast, served with good humor


The finals week free Midnight Breakfast will be served tonight. Faculty and staff volunteer to cook, serve and wash dishes for the tired but giddy students. Dennis Norling, an instructor in business administration, likes talking to the students there. "Maybe it's akin to gallows humor, but whatever finals anxiety they may have is all but invisible. They are ebullient. The food is free and their teachers are dishing out eggs instead of tricky questions."
Photo gallery: The Gerber Center naming ceremony

05/14/15 Photo gallery: The Gerber Center naming ceremony


In a ceremony on May 14, Augustana College named its Center for Student Life in honor of Murry and Cindy Gerber of Pittsburgh. The building will be called The Gerber Center in honor of the Gerbers' philanthropic support of the college.
Video: Gerber '75 discusses his path to career success

05/14/15 Video: Gerber '75 discusses his path to career success


Murry S. Gerber '75 delivers a talk about his path to success in the energy industry. Gerber was CEO of EQT Corporation from 1998 to 2010, chairman from 2000 until 2010, and executive chairman until his retirement in 2011.
Gerbers recognized for philanthropic support

05/14/15 Gerbers recognized for philanthropic support


Augustana College today named its Center for Student Life in honor of Murry and Cindy Gerber of Pittsburgh. The building will be called The Gerber Center in honor of the Gerbers' philanthropic support of the college. They have donated $9.8 million to Augustana, placing them at the top of the list of individuals who have made substantial gifts to the college.
Myatt, Baxter '14 at work in "The Way West"

05/14/15 Myatt, Baxter '14 at work in "The Way West"


Two people with Augustana connections are involved with "The Way West," opening this weekend at New Ground Theatre in Davenport. It's directed by Christina Myatt, secretary for the college theatre department, and Sarah Baxter '14, has a leading role. "It's a classic family dysfunction show," said Myatt. "The playwright has chosen to put together Westward expansion as a good analogy of this family's financial troubles."
Tom Leach '83 appointed interim vice president

05/11/15 Tom Leach '83 appointed interim vice president


Augustana has appointed former Tribune executive Tom Leach as interim vice president for finance and administration. Leach will assume his duties in June. David English, the college's current vice president for finance and administration, will leave the college at the end of June for a position at Denison University.
Huse on kids' books as change agents

05/06/15 Huse on kids' books as change agents


The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events. Meanwhile, there was also a revolution brewing in book stores and public libraries. A handful of children's books were focal points of the movement toward integration. Nancy Huse, professor emerita of English at Augustana, says, "Literature acts as a change agent when a process of interpretation involves various kinds of readers over time and in different media."
McGrath '71 set to retire as Butler athletic director

05/06/15 McGrath '71 set to retire as Butler athletic director


Jim McGrath, 65, will retire in June after 34 years at Butler University. After spending 10 years as Augustana's first sports information director, McGrath became Butler's first full-time sports information director. He has been the one constant at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the men's basketball program went from afterthought on the Indianapolis sports scene to a national darling.
Review: All You Need Is Like at Augustana

05/05/15 Review: All You Need Is Like at Augustana


Director Jennifer Popple’s decision to set her Augustana College production of As You Like It in the 1960s is one of the most appropriate changes in time-setting for theatrical material... Such shifts sometimes seem gimmicky, or are better in concept than execution, but here it works, and works well.

April 2015

Theatre putting '60s twist on Shakespeare

04/30/15 Theatre putting '60s twist on Shakespeare


Augustana's Department of Theatre Arts will put a groovy spin on Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" during the first two weekends of May. “The pastoral comedy of 'As You Like It' and the revolutionary decade of the 1960s bring forth such similar themes," said sophomore Trevor Jablonski, who is dramaturge for the production.
Weber '09 is engineer on $138.5M Genesis project

04/27/15 Weber '09 is engineer on $138.5M Genesis project


Bo Weber '09 is project engineer on $138.5 million project at Genesis Medical Center expansion. She got an undergraduate degree in physics at Augustana and then moved to Iowa State in civil engineering. Her interest was piqued when she job-shadowed a plant engineer on a job site.
Students organize to "take back the night

04/27/15 Students organize to "take back the night


More than 70 students took part in the first "Take Back the Night" event on campus in at least five years, during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. "The threat of violence prevents all of us from enjoying life as free individuals," said Dr. Jane Simonsen, who teaches women and gender studies classes. "We gather tonight to protest, because fear should not be a way of life."
Video: Dr. Havard delivers Tea Talk on 15-Century chick lit

04/24/15 Video: Dr. Havard delivers Tea Talk on 15-Century chick lit


Assistant professor of Spanish Dr. Megan Havard discusses her Tea Talks presentation, "Medieval Chick Lit? The Myth of Gender-Exclusive Readership in 15th-century Castile."
WVIK News brings home the accolades for 2014

04/23/15 WVIK News brings home the accolades for 2014


Members of the WVIK News team won nine awards in Illinois and Iowa news competitions in 2014-the most of any radio news department in the Quad Cities.
Senior Inquiry: learning plus a way to stand out

04/20/15 Senior Inquiry: learning plus a way to stand out


Every Augustana geography major has completed an extended, original research project since 1971, making geography the forerunner for Senior Inquiry. Today, all Augustana seniors complete a substantial creative or research project. As a result, they gain both experience and an actual product — portfolio, performance, presentation, new data, etc. — to help them stand out to graduate schools and employers.
Hilton-Morrow's book on sexual identity, media

04/20/15 Hilton-Morrow's book on sexual identity, media


Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, associate dean and associate professor of communication studies at Augustana College, recently completed a book introducing readers to sexuality, media and popular culture.
Hoffmann '15 wins Fifty for the Future award

04/20/15 Hoffmann '15 wins Fifty for the Future award


Augustana senior Mark Hoffmann has been selected as a winner of the Fifty for the Future award by the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a native of Lansing, Ill., majoring in pre-medicine and engineering physics and minoring in mathematics and computer science. Fifty for the Future encourages education and industry to support students who aspire to achievement in technology.
Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award winners

04/17/15 Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award winners


Marissa Gasper's poem "Body Image" won the 17th annual Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award at Augustana. Her poem "Solitude" also took third place. Second-place went to Sara Mosaddegh's "Unfulfilled."
Clarinets for Conservation concert April 29

04/14/15 Clarinets for Conservation concert April 29


Augustana will present a clarinet studio recital to raise awareness for Clarinets for Conservation, an organization teaching music and conservation in Tanzania, at 8 p.m. April 29, in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building.
Saladin wins fellowship for dig in Tuscany

04/14/15 Saladin wins fellowship for dig in Tuscany


Junior Chris Saladin has been accepted at the Poggio Civitate archaeological field school in central inland Tuscany. He will be working this summer near the Commune of Murlo, about 55 miles south of Florence. He received a fellowship from the Etruscan Foundation to help defray the costs of participation. Fellowships carry awards of up to $2,000. He also will use his $2,000 Augie Choice grant.
Ethics Essay Contest winners announced

04/14/15 Ethics Essay Contest winners announced


Dr. Dan Lee of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics has announced the winners of the 10th annual Ethics Essay Contest. The winners will be recognized at the Celebration of Learning May 6.
Geifman prize winners announced; event is April 20

04/14/15 Geifman prize winners announced; event is April 20


The Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture has chosen recipients of the yearly Geifman "Responses to the Holocaust" Prize. They will receive their awards at 7 p.m. April 20 in Wallenberg Hall. Guest speaker will be Holocaust survivor Irving Roth.
20,000 bees (with two queens) moving into Augie Acres

04/14/15 20,000 bees (with two queens) moving into Augie Acres


Earlier this spring, the Augustana Local Agriculture Society met at Augie Acres to decide on a fun, challenging project for the student-run garden. Looking at an abandoned hive at the edge of the property, sophomore Jamie Fee repeated an idea she'd had last year: "Bees!" And so Augie Acres will welcome six pounds of Carniolan bees from California.
Cranford to help build a musical theater program

04/13/15 Cranford to help build a musical theater program


Jerry Jay Cranford, who is finishing up his second year of teaching acting and musical theater at Kansas State University, will join Augustana later this year to help build a musical theater degree program. "They already have a good idea. They think I'm the missing link in the puzzle to get it all started," Cranford said earlier this week. "They have a lot of big things coming up very quickly. It's going to be a very good time at Augustana."
History students tour once-bawdy Bucktown

04/13/15 History students tour once-bawdy Bucktown


Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history, took a group of students on a walking tour of downtown Davenport to highlight the infamous Bucktown neighborhood. "It's cool to connect history with the actual physical places," said Scott Doberstein, a junior history major. "It makes history come alive. You're actually walking down the street people were on. Now think about the decisions they were making."
A graphic designed to start a conversation

04/10/15 A graphic designed to start a conversation


A member of the women’s track and field team designed a poster for her graphics design class that caught the attention of coaches, professors and college administrators. A banner with Kayla Bushey’s design now hangs at Augustana’s Paul V. Olsen Track. As she explains, the message is simple: don’t get nervous about “race,” whether it’s a run or a different skin tone.
Students inspired to create children’s book

04/09/15 Students inspired to create children’s book


Seniors Kaitlyn Czerwonka and Leesa Potthoff went to Florida for spring break. They spent a week with high school students who are visually-impaired at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville. By the time the two elementary education majors left, they had written and designed a children’s book.
Stamberger '15 wins national award for research paper

04/07/15 Stamberger '15 wins national award for research paper


Lorraine Stamberger '15 has received the Glenda Laws Undergraduate Paper Award from the Association of American Geographers for the best paper on an urban geographic topic by an undergraduate student. Stamberger is majoring in geography and environmental studies. Her research and paper assessed riverfront accessibility in the Quad Cities.
Student's email pitch lands illustrating job

04/07/15 Student's email pitch lands illustrating job


Art major Lacey King sent an email pitch asking to illustrate an author's new book and won the job. Now she's a published illustrator before even finishing her first year at Augustana.
Survey: Augustana business students rate experience higher

04/07/15 Survey: Augustana business students rate experience higher


The business program at Augustana College is outperforming other colleges and universities across the nation when it comes to students' satisfaction with their academic experience, according to local and national polling data.
Augustana student secures internship at world-renowned Swiss institute

04/07/15 Augustana student secures internship at world-renowned Swiss institute


Pre-medicine student Mary Therese Thomas ’18 secured a summer internship at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, a world-class research and teaching complex operated by the Swiss government on the shores of Lake Geneva, and home to 14,000 people from around the world who study or work there.
3 from "A Green River" recognized for performances

04/02/15 3 from "A Green River" recognized for performances


Three actors from Augustana College's production of "A Green River" were recognized for distinguished performances at this year's Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional.
Planetarium to hold open house and planet viewing

04/01/15 Planetarium to hold open house and planet viewing


Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, April 25, 8:30-10 p.m. The open house will feature programs in the planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, and outside the building. The event is free and open to the public.

March 2015

Polar Lecture: Tales from the world's largest ice sheet

03/30/15 Polar Lecture: Tales from the world's largest ice sheet


Dr. Kathy Licht of Indiana University-Purdue University presents an Augustana Center for Polar Studies lecture, "The secret life of Antarctic sand: Tales from the world's largest ice sheet." Sand holds many clues to the Earth's past. The composition and age of single sand grains can be measured with high-tech analytical techniques and then combined with others to provide a rich history of the ice sheets in Antarctica.
Hasselmo winner has heart and mind in the right place

03/30/15 Hasselmo winner has heart and mind in the right place


Fueled by a heart defect and an interest in research, junior Brandon Wills earned the 2015 Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit and its $5,000 award. The biology major will conduct genetics research at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., this summer.
Observer wins 18 awards, breaks school record

03/26/15 Observer wins 18 awards, breaks school record


Augustana College's student newspaper, the Augustana Observer, has done it again, collecting 18 awards from the Illinois College Press Association to break the newspaper's record of 17 awards in 2011.
Augustana announces commencement day speakers

03/25/15 Augustana announces commencement day speakers


Executive Director of Gallup Education Brandon Busteed will deliver the commencement address at Augustana College's 155th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 24. Kathryn Lohre, assistant to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and executive for ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the ELCA, will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon earlier that day.
Adventurer of the Year to speak at Environmental Film Festival

03/25/15 Adventurer of the Year to speak at Environmental Film Festival


Deia Schlosberg, environmental filmmaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will be the featured speaker at the 10th annual Environmental Film Festival March 28. Films will run from 11 a.m.­- 4:15 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Admission is free; doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Augustana and Clinton, Iowa, to partner on projects

03/23/15 Augustana and Clinton, Iowa, to partner on projects


Augustana has selected the City of Clinton, Iowa, as its partner in the inaugural Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI). During the yearlong partnership, students and faculty will work with officials to complete community-identified projects related to regional transportation and transit routes, urban forest management and a senior citizen fire prevention campaign, among others.
Learning Commons brings skill-building services together

03/23/15 Learning Commons brings skill-building services together


Located in the Center for Student Life, the new Learning Commons is designed for students to build skills in areas that are critical to success in college.
Augiehoops

03/21/15 Augiehoops


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Here's the Augustana Final Four team

03/19/15 Here's the Augustana Final Four team


As the Augustana men's basketball team heads to the Division III national championships, here's a look at the players and their coach.
'93 team looks back at past Final Four

03/19/15 '93 team looks back at past Final Four


The Augustana men’s basketball team scored 100 points in Saturday’s sectional championship to reach the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 1993, the last time the Vikings reached the national semifinals, they also hit the century mark.
Public invited to NCAA watch party at Carver

03/17/15 Public invited to NCAA watch party at Carver


Augustana College invites the community to join the campus at a free watch party as the Vikings men's basketball team plays in NCAA Division III Final Four this Friday.
Journalist to discuss aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis

03/17/15 Journalist to discuss aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis


Augustana will host author Kevin Roose for the annual Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs at 7 p.m. March 23. Roose, a journalist who has covered Wall Street, business and finance, will speak about his latest book, "Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits," which chronicles the story of brokers in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008.
Men's basketball looks ahead to Sweet 16

03/12/15 Men's basketball looks ahead to Sweet 16


Augustana director of public relations Sam Schlouch catches up with several Vikings at a recent practice ahead of their second-round game of the NCAA tournament. Augustana takes on Mount Union at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Darwin Week March 16-20: birds, games, concert

03/12/15 Darwin Week March 16-20: birds, games, concert


The Darwin Club will sponsor Darwin Week March 16-20, commemorating the 205th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin. The week will include craft sales in Brew by the Slough, Survival of the Fittest Games, campus bird walk Nature Movie Night and the annual Chuck Fest concert.
Career expert publishes book on practical steps

03/11/15 Career expert publishes book on practical steps


Dr. Michael Edmondson's, new book, 'Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigate Your Career,' comes on the heels of the launch of Augustana College's new approach for positioning its graduates for success, CORE. Dr. Edmondson is associate vice president of career development, and the book is available in paperback and as an e-book.
Army Jazz Ambassadors to perform March 15

03/09/15 Army Jazz Ambassadors to perform March 15


The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue a tradition of free performances at 2 p.m. March 15 in Centennial Hall.
Student finds place in expanding information systems

03/09/15 Student finds place in expanding information systems


Lacrosse brought Jake Self to Augustana, but it's been a powerful combination of his two majors that has defined his college experience. Self will graduate in May with a double major in accounting and management information systems and go to work for Deere and Co.
Arianna String Quartet to perform March 20

03/06/15 Arianna String Quartet to perform March 20


The Arianna String Quartet will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. March 20 in the Denkmann Memorial Building, Wallenberg Hall. Founded in 1992, the St. Louis-based string quartet are faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Symphonic Band home concert is March 14

03/06/15 Symphonic Band home concert is March 14


After performing and traveling through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Missouri, the Augustana College Symphonic Band will conclude its tour season with a home concert at 8 p.m. March 14, in Centennial Hall.
'Juvenile in Justice' opens March 13 at art museum

03/05/15 'Juvenile in Justice' opens March 13 at art museum


The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art will present the photography exhibition "Juvenile in Justice" March 13-April 18.An opening reception will be held at 4 p.m. March 13 in Centennial Hall with Richard Ross, the artist. "Juvenile in Justice" is a collection of more than 50 large-scale photographs accompanied by the personal stories of the young prisoners.
Sinoidal Ensemble to perform Spanish music March 13

03/05/15 Sinoidal Ensemble to perform Spanish music March 13


The Sinoidal Ensemble will perform a program of 20-21st century Spanish pieces at 8 p.m. March 13 in the Denkmann Memorial Building's Wallenberg Hall on campus. The saxophone duo of José Miguel Cantero and Ana Lencina Sánchez specializes in the performance of contemporary music.
Augustana expands online classes for summer session

03/04/15 Augustana expands online classes for summer session


After a successful pilot program last year, Augustana is adding more online classes for its summer session beginning June 1, bringing the total to eight classes in subjects from world history to microeconomics. In addition to Augustana students, the online courses are open to students from other colleges and non-degree seeking students.
Augustana to host Bill Albracht for book signing

03/03/15 Augustana to host Bill Albracht for book signing


Augustana will host author, former state senate candidate and Army veteran Bill Albracht for a book signing in Wallenberg Hall Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Albracht will sign his new book, "Abandoned In Hell," which chronicles his experiences behind enemy lines while in Vietnam in 1969.
Greek life can lay foundation for success

03/03/15 Greek life can lay foundation for success


Learning to function within an organization is a highly valued asset in any business, or perhaps any enterprise in life. And one of the best places to learn those skills lies within the world of Greek fraternities and sororities.
Host of NPR's 'Radiolab' to give lecture at Augustana

03/02/15 Host of NPR's 'Radiolab' to give lecture at Augustana


Augustana College will host a lecture by Robert Krulwich, co-host of the award-winning NPR science program, "Radiolab," on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium (733 35th Street, Rock Island). The lecture, "Talking Science to Non-Scientists: Saddam Hussein's Secret Octopus and Other Stories," is made possible by the Lawrence H. Roys Endowment. Admission is free and the public is invited.

February 2015

Augustana to offer $150,000 to student entrepreneurs

02/27/15 Augustana to offer $150,000 to student entrepreneurs


There's no roadmap for entrepreneurs, but several new resources at Augustana, including $150,000 in donor-funded grants, will help students better transfer their college experiences to life as an entrepreneur.
Students combine research and recreation in Denver

02/20/15 Students combine research and recreation in Denver


The Quad Cities is a rich location for internships and research. But some students want the added experience of practicing in their field while living in another part of the world. The Augustana in Denver internship program gives them that.The city is home to many alumni, providing students a strong career and internship network, and occasional invitations to dinner.
Flutist teaches movement, silence and storytelling

02/18/15 Flutist teaches movement, silence and storytelling


Flutist Demarre McGill taught Augustana students that music performance is more than notes, showing them how to use scenarios, movement and "controlling the silence" as well. He taught a masterclass at Augustana earlier this month.
Augustana announces Good Fit scholarship winners

02/17/15 Augustana announces Good Fit scholarship winners


Augustana is excited to announce the 2015 Good Fit T-shirt photo contest winners. In the Good Fit contest, incoming first-year students are eligible to win one of several $1,000 scholarships to attend Augustana. For their photos, students must wear the Augustana T-shirt they received when visiting campus. More than 100 entries were received for the 2015 contest.
Ackermann '12 directs vegan wolf in 'Little Red'

02/16/15 Ackermann '12 directs vegan wolf in 'Little Red'


Kailey Ackermann '12 directs a new version of "Little Red Riding Hood" (in which the wolf is secretly a vegan) for Davenport Junior Theatre. “I am inspired by the dedication of the kids,” she said. “I can tell that they really want to be there and really want to work. Seeing young people with that kind of motivation is really inspiring."
Dr. David Crowe writes book about Updike’s Kierkegaard

02/13/15 Dr. David Crowe writes book about Updike’s Kierkegaard


Dr. David Crowe, professor of English, has completed a book examining John Updike's many claims about Søren Kierkegaard's life and work. In "Cosmic Defiance: Updike's Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories," Dr. Crowe tells the story of Updike's first reading of Kierkegaard and life-long fascination with the existentialist theologian.
Cellist and her students partner in powerful piece

02/13/15 Cellist and her students partner in powerful piece


"The Protecting Veil" by British composer John Tavener is a haunting work for cello and strings. Augustana music professor Janina Ehrlich is performing the solo part for the first time with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. Patrick Yasatuke, principal cello in the orchestra, and fellow cellist Henry Weberpal (both juniors majoring in music education) appreciate the example she sets by performing with her students.
Summer Academy for high school students: June 21-26

02/11/15 Summer Academy for high school students: June 21-26


Augustana Summer Academy is for high school students who want to experience a week of hands-on learning and fun social activities in a college atmosphere, taking courses from some of Augustana's most popular professors. Classes range from one to five days of college-style learning opportunities, covering topics from music and dance to engineering to the psychology of happiness.
Stump '04 specializes in giraffes

02/09/15 Stump '04 specializes in giraffes


Kristina Stump, an animal handler at Niabi Zoo, has a special relationship with the zoo’s three giraffes. A biology graduate from Augustana College, Stump has worked full-time at Niabi for nine years. Her job requires patience but offers plenty of variety. “There’s always something unexpected,” she said. “Also, I really enjoy the relationship you can have with the animals. Like with the bull giraffe; there’s a lot of trust there and it takes a long time to build that up.”
How a Pizza Hut problem calls on the liberal arts

02/08/15 How a Pizza Hut problem calls on the liberal arts


Augustana students is thinking a lot about pizza, but not about how tasty it is. They're trying to figure out how to get more people to order it online instead of calling on the phone. They're the Advertising Developers (ADs) group, which every year competes in the National Student Advertising Competition.
Augustana introduces entrepreneurship certificate

02/03/15 Augustana introduces entrepreneurship certificate


This spring, Augustana's Department of Business Administration will introduce its Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies, available to students of all majors upon completion of four required courses and a related hands-on learning experience.
Denise Yoder enjoys two vastly different worlds

02/02/15 Denise Yoder enjoys two vastly different worlds


During the day in her job as head athletic trainer at Augustana College, Denise Yoder toils in modest anonymity in her corner of Carver Center that has been turned into a state-of-the-art training facility. But once the tape, ice bags and trainer’s shingle are put away for the day, she usually can be found under the bright lights in local theatrical productions.
Video: Mr. Augustana pageant entertains for a cause

02/02/15 Video: Mr. Augustana pageant entertains for a cause


Mr. Augustana is a male version of a Miss America pageant, sponsored by Chi Alpha Pi sorority to aid the American Cancer Society. This year the event raised more than $4,000. Dan O'Leary, a business major from Homewood, Ill., won the crown.
Video: Meet new men's soccer coach Mick Regan

02/02/15 Video: Meet new men's soccer coach Mick Regan


Newly hired men's soccer coach Mick Regan shares why he wanted to coach at Augustana, how he views Division III athletics and a little bit about his coaching philosophy.
A look inside the Fryxell Geology Museum

02/02/15 A look inside the Fryxell Geology Museum


Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum is home to one of the largest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest. KWQC TV's Fran Riley stopped by recently for a tour.

January 2015

Groundskeeper keeps Augustana green, clean

01/30/15 Groundskeeper keeps Augustana green, clean


Not too many people walking around Augustana’s campus would notice the small chips in the stairs, but Chris Woods does. As one of seven groundskeepers on the 115-acre campus, the Rock Island man tackles big projects, such as clearing snow off of the many walks, hills and sidewalks, to smaller ones, such as filling in holes in stairs.
Tea Talks video: Revolutionizing sex education

01/30/15 Tea Talks video: Revolutionizing sex education


Dr. Jessica Nodulman, an assistant professor in communication studies talks about transforming sex education into an inclusive format.
Learning history on stage: 'Katrina: the K Word'

01/30/15 Learning history on stage: 'Katrina: the K Word'


Students in a 300-level play production class will bring to life a milestone of U.S. history they probably can't remember: Hurricane Katrina, which killed nearly 1,500 people and launched a national discussion about government failures to respond. "Katrina: the K Word" will be performed Feb. 6-8.
Forum at Old Main video: Karen Dahlstrom

01/30/15 Forum at Old Main video: Karen Dahlstrom


Karen (Flint) Dahlstrom '04, senior associated director of admissions, shares the story of how three campus community members shaped her experience as an Augustana student.
Augustana harpist enjoys playing, teaching, writing

01/30/15 Augustana harpist enjoys playing, teaching, writing


Dr. Erin Freund, assistant professor of music and harp instructor at Augustana, does more than just teach classes. She is a performer and arranger of music for harp. Dr. Freund will perform a harp recital of French repertoire with soprano Michelle Crouch (also on the faculty), at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wallenberg Hall.
World-class flutist McGill to teach masterclass

01/30/15 World-class flutist McGill to teach masterclass


Augustana College will host flutist Demarre McGill at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Denkmann Memorial Building's Wallenberg Hall for a performance and masterclass with students. This event is free and open to the public. That evening, he will be the featured soloist in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series concert "Masterworks IV: Musical Cathedrals."
Jazz Ensemble goes 'beyond category' with Ellington Feb. 6

01/30/15 Jazz Ensemble goes 'beyond category' with Ellington Feb. 6


The Augustana Jazz Ensemble feature the music of Duke Ellington in the concert "Beyond Category" at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Centennial Hall. This concert is free and open to the public. "Beyond category" is a phrase Ellington used to describe his music, preferring the general category of American music to the specific genre of jazz.
Grants help Augustana provide speech and language services

01/29/15 Grants help Augustana provide speech and language services


In the last year, Augustana College's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing received $22,500 in grants and awards various agencies, allowing the center to offer scholarships for its services. "By offering scholarships, we are able to provide services to individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford them, and at the same time, we also can provide our Augustana student clinicians with a more robust clinical experience."
River Readings video: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

01/28/15 River Readings video: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro


Author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro delivered the second River Readings of the school year on Jan. 27. She has published fiction and nonfiction in The Believer, McSweeney's, Open City and Index magazine, among others.
Video: Greek Life community holds recruitment rally

01/23/15 Video: Greek Life community holds recruitment rally


Members of the Greek Life community talk to prospective members about Augustana's fraternities and sororities.
Augustana and Longfellow students make dream machines

01/22/15 Augustana and Longfellow students make dream machines


When asked how she would make the world of the future better, Edita Salama, 11, built a dam to protect people from tsunamis. Edita, a student at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island, made her project Tuesday during Augustana's Symposium Day. The Longfellow class was invited to create an object that would solve a problem.
Gallery: The Power of One

01/20/15 Gallery: The Power of One


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson was the keynote speaker at this year's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Augustana's Centennial Hall. The Power of One event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Video: Pulitzer winner delivers MLK celebration keynote

01/20/15 Video: Pulitzer winner delivers MLK celebration keynote


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson delivered the keynote address at the campus Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration event on Saturday, Jan. 17.
HIV researcher to speak at Symposium Day

01/19/15 HIV researcher to speak at Symposium Day


Augustana's Winter Symposium Day will focus on Social Justice. The daylong event on Tuesday, Jan. 20 will take the place of classes, and the entire campus community will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues related to Social Justice. Additionally, many guest speakers will lead sessions, including Dr. Elizabeth Lowenthal '95
Augustana professor working to fulfill King's legacy

01/19/15 Augustana professor working to fulfill King's legacy


Like many African-American leaders, Christopher Whitt is profoundly influenced by the passion and example of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And that extends to the work of the civil-rights giant for economic equality.
"A Green River" gets 'standing O' at regional fest

01/16/15 "A Green River" gets 'standing O' at regional fest


Augustana's production of "A Green River" got a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center's regional college theater festival, but students will have to wait until March to see if they will be invited to the national festival.
Figge and Augustana show "Juvenile in Justice"

01/16/15 Figge and Augustana show "Juvenile in Justice"


The Figge Art Museum is partnering with Augustana College to present "Girls in Justice" and "Juvenile in Justice," a nationally acclaimed project by photographer Richard Ross. "Juvenile in Justice" will be at Augustana's Teaching Museum of Art beginning March 9.
Augustana again recognized for efficiency

01/16/15 Augustana again recognized for efficiency


U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Augustana College for efficiency. In this year's report, Augustana earned the third-place ranking among top national liberal arts colleges in the country. The report ranked institutions of higher education that were able to produce the highest educational quality while containing spending.
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson to give gallery talk about her work

01/14/15 Rowen Schussheim-Anderson to give gallery talk about her work


Rowen Schussheim-Anderson will give a gallery talk about her pieces that are on display as part of Art Matters, an exhibition of Augustana faculty artwork, in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. The free talk will take place Friday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.
Viking Score lays out a path to employment

01/13/15 Viking Score lays out a path to employment


The Viking Score is a new career development tool offered through CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration) at Augustana. In this Q&A interview, President Steve Bahls and Provost Pareena Lawrence discuss the features and benefits of the Viking Score.
Symposium Day to focus on Social Justice

01/13/15 Symposium Day to focus on Social Justice


Augustana College's 2015 winter-term Symposium Day on the theme of Social Justice will be on Tuesday, January 20. Faculty, guest speakers and students will discuss race, sexual violence, social awareness and reconciliation.
River Readings continues with Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

01/13/15 River Readings continues with Jessica Lamb-Shapiro


River Readings will continue its seventh season with author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on Tuesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center. Lamb-Shapiro will read from her first book, "Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture," a tour of the billion-dollar self-help industry that explores American devotion to self-improvement.
Video: Augie Minute with Chuck Hyser

01/12/15 Video: Augie Minute with Chuck Hyser


Professor of education Chuck Hyser discusses Augustana's partnership with Rock Island's Longfellow Elementary School. Augustana education students have helped design parts of the Longfellow curriculum, but the college's partnership extends beyond the education department.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to speak at King event

01/10/15 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to speak at King event


A community celebration and theatrical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 17 in Centennial Hall. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson will give the keynote address
Dr. Heidi Storl to open CommUniversity

01/05/15 Dr. Heidi Storl to open CommUniversity


Augustana's Dr. Heidi Storl will open this year's CommUniversity with the talk "Bio-medical Ethics: Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time" at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 36th year in February.
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