Three geology majors who were selected for National Science Foundation Student Research programs last summer are headed to San Francisco this week to present their research projects at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The three students, all seniors, are Jordan Carey, Alexis McAdams and Matt Osman.
Four years ago, Jake Killelea founded melodic death metal band Chains of Tyranny. This year, he won Augustana's first scholarship in music composition. He received the Deisenroth Scholarship — one of the college's top music awards — and participated with other honors music students in the annual honors recital in Wallenberg Hall on Nov. 26. The event premiered his Suite No. 1 for Solo String Bass.
Assistant professor of music Jacob Bancks discusses the Aztec history behind his 2009 composition, "Eight Bad Omens." The piece was performed on the Augustana campus in spring of 2013. Julia Bentley, the mezzo-soprano for whom Bancks wrote "Eight Bad Omens," will be at Augustana on Jan. 17 to perform Bancks' latest composition, "Southern Harmony." (Video by Kyle Soyer '14)
Preston Thayer, the new director of the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art is not an artist himself, but is painting a multi-layered picture of where he wants the college's art to go. "A museum can be the place where a heightened understanding or appreciation of visual culture takes place," said Dr. Thayer. "Traditionally, museums have been a storehouse of old art. But all that art was contemporary when it was made. I'm interested in today's contemporary art because this is the time I live in. I think it speaks to students."
Past and present Christmas joys keep getting celebrated over "and over" in Andover. This year's 45th annual Joy of Christmas service will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Augustana Lutheran Church in the small Illinois town. Students from Augustana will read the Christmas story in three languages and provide some of the music. The annual service began in 1970 to celebrate the links between the church (started in 1850), and college (1860), both founded by the Rev. Lars Paul Esbjorn.
After agreeing to direct a show at his alma mater, Augustana College alumnus Philip McKinley was given his choice of dramas. He went with "A Green River," which premiered in July at the Q-C Theatre Workshop. Written by St. Ambrose University alumnus Aaron Randolph III, "Green River" is a present-day story about a soldier returning home and facing post-traumatic stress disorder. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-14, and at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 in Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall.
The White House has postoned meetings on higher education scheduled this week because President Obama will be in South Africa at the memorial of Nelson Mandela. Augustana President Steve Bahls had been invited by Gene Sperling, President Obama's chief economic advisor, to attend the meetings Dec. 10-11. President Bahls and college presidents from across the nation were to discuss a plan of action for increasing college access and success for low-income and disadvantaged students. Sperling said the meetings would be rescheduled in January.
For the second straight year, women's soccer defender and pre-dentistry senior Maggie Hoscheit is an Academic All-American. Maggie looks back on her achievements at Augustana.
Augustana College will host a Swedish cultural event on Tuesday, Dec. 17. A celebration of the festival of Sankta Lucia will begin at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building.
Four international students — from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Sweden and Kenya — presented issues that women encounter in their home countries during the Tea Talk on Dec. 4.
Forty years after he graduated from Augustana College, Broadway director Philip McKinley has donated a treasure trove of his personal and professional items to be permanently housed in the Thomas Tredway Library.
Augustana’s dining services will spread holiday cheer by hosting its first Augustana Cookie Cook-off on Friday, Dec. 20, 2-6 p.m. The event will be held in the dining room and kitchen of the Center for Student Life. It is a private gathering for Augustana faculty, staff and their families.
Christina Kunkel, a senior English major from Peru, Ill., presented the findings from her summer research project at the recent Women & Society Conference at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The presentation was a condensed version of Kunkel’s feminist media analysis on HBO’s hit series, "Game of Thrones," focusing on gender, femininity and power relations within the patriarchal context of the show.
Grant Wick, a senior geology major from Fort Collins, Colo., and Dr. Michael Wolf are trying to help police solve the mystery of the disappearance of a Moline man. They're looking at mud found on the Chevrolet Suburban that belonged to Jerry Wolking, a man who police say would never have driven a dirty vehicle. It was found at the Quad City International Airport in October 1990, but Wolking never got on a flight.
Augustana College’s Department of Theatre Arts will present A Green River, by Aaron Randolph III, December 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14 and 15 at 1:30 p.m., in Potter Theatre on the upper level of the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. Tickets are $11 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff; and $7 for military personnel (active and retired).
Augustana's popular Christmas at Augustana performances are slated for December 6 & 7 in Centennial Hall. The concert will feature the Ascension Ringers, Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Wennerberg Men's Choir. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged as the concerts have sold-out in previous years.
Augustana’s Special Collections will host a reception to celebrate the addition of Phil McKinley’s papers. The reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library (3435 9½ Ave.). The event is free and open to the public.
When they're little, siblings learn the importance of sharing. Sisters Megan and Kristin Quinn apply that lesson in their joint art exhibit, "Tales from Root Boy and Blossom Dearie," on display through Dec. 13 in the ArtSpace Gallery at Black Hawk College, Moline. Megan (a ceramicist) is the elder and chair of the Augustana College art department. Across the river, Kristin (a painter) is chair of the St. Ambrose University art department.
In an effort to bring back a European tradition, Dr. Norm Moline presented a final lecture to colleagues, students and well-wishers to mark the end of his Augustana career, which began in 1968.
Augustana College’s annual Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-7 p.m. in the Gävle Room of the Center for Student Life. Dance Marathon was first held at Augustana in 2001 and is a student-run organization that benefits the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City and Children’s Miracle Network.
Dr. Stephen Klien, professor in communication studies, talks about the Gettysburg Address on its 150th anniversary. "I think it's probably the best single articulation of the central principles of the nation. That was an intent that Lincoln had at the time," he said. "It was crucially important to really give those who were fighting the ware a moral sense of what the nation was about and how important it was for the nation to stay together."
Amy Bandman '13 was hired by the college to assess the school's sustainability initiatives and spent three months researching and entering data into the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, or STARS, a self-reporting assessment tool that colleges use. She assessed everything from efforts to reduce water usage to raising the profile of sustainability as an academic subject.
Dr. Larry Scott, professor emeritus of Scandinavian, died Nov. 16. Described as “bold and brash and brilliant,” Dr. Scott is remembered by one of his former students, Meghan Kelly ’99 Cooley, as a “melting pot of a man.”
The community is invited to an open house to view the full set of The St. John's Bible at the Tredway Library from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, and hear a lecture on the subject at 7 p.m. in Larson Hall, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
Clare Kilbride '13 is featured in a video by the Eastern Illinois University Autism Center about its services. Kilbride, who majored communication sciences and disorders at Augustana, received a fellowship for her first year in the graduate program at Eastern Illinois in Charleson, Ill. Kilbride, a Rock Island native, also worked with patients at Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing, and at a clinic in Australia during an internship.
Augustana's Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, professor of art, is displaying her fiber works at West Shore College in Scottville, Mich. Her exhibit will run until Dec. 4. “Fiber is exciting to me because it is a line, and that can become texture and color," she said. "It is like you are doodling, but you are actually creating fiber when you are doing it. How cool is that?”
Professor Katie Hanson, who teaches English and education courses at Augustana, discusses one of Britain's foremost authors, Kazuo Ishiguro. "Never Let Me Go," the 2005 novel for which Ishiguro won the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, was chosen by Augustana's faculty as the common summer reader for this year's entering class.
Augustana College will be the site of economic summit hosted by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos from Illinois’ 17th District, from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 22. Doors to the Gävle Room, inside the Center for Student Life, 3435 9 ½ Avenue, Rock Island, will open at 9:30 a.m.
Sarah Pouls '13 won a newspaper contest and got to go to the opening night of the 10th anniversary tour of the musical "Wicked" in Chicago. Afterward she helped review the show for the Daily Herald's video series "Short and Sweet." Pouls is in her first year of teaching English at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Ill. She is a native of Schaumburg, Ill., and graduated from Augustana with a major in teaching English and a minor in theatre. (She loved the show.)
From November 22-24, Opera @ Augustana will present Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel." Performances will be at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall. Lemuel Wade '89, who directed Opera @ Augustana's production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in 2012, is guest directing this year's production. Tickets are available from the Augustana Ticket Office.
Augustana's Dr. Stephen Warren will lead a $1.3 million project to build a digital historical archive for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma in 2014. He will be assisted by six Augustana students who will work as research assistants, doing graduate-level work and helping to organize Dr. Warren's collection of research material.
The Augustana Veterans Support Group will host an event to honor Korean and Vietnam-Era veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Augustana’s College Center (3750 7th Ave.). The event is free and open to the public.
Jean Carol Sztajer, who taught accounting at Augustana from 1981 to 2006, died Nov. 6 at the home of her daughter in Coal Valley, Ill. She was chair of the accounting department and was honored with the S. James Galley Chair in Accounting, which she was awarded after the retirement of Richard Reed and held until her own retirement in 2006.
“American Idol” finalist Casey Abrams will make his first appearance at Augustana College at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Center for Student Life (3435 9½ Ave), Gävle Room.
Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium (820 38th St.) will present its annual holiday program from Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20. The planetarium show “Season of Light” will be offered weekdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The hand-written and hand-illuminated St. John's Bible that took a team of 23 people 15 years to produce will be displayed from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 at Augustana's Tredway Library. The seven-volume fine-art reproduction is called The Heritage Edition. A community open house will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Center for Student Life, and the St. John's Bible Project director will speak at 7 p.m.
To help ease the stress of finals, Augustana faculty and staff members served a late-night breakfast to students in the Center for Student Life on Tuesday. Three students offer their thoughts on the first-time event.
Radish magazine editor Sarah Gardner took a nature walk at Black Hawk State Historic Site and wondered what other people noticed when they took the same walk. So she invited three people — a meditation instructor, a biologist, and an artist — on her walk for an hour. The biologist was Augustana's Dr. Tim Muir. (In the accompanying video, his comments begin at the 3:40 mark.)
Dr. Benjamin Mier-Cruz from Augustana's Department of German and Scandinavian speaks on the Swedish crime novel as a genre. Works by Steig Larsson, Camilla Läckberg and Henning Mankell provide a framework for understanding the incongruence of the huge popularity of violent fiction in a relatively tranquil national culture.
Anne Dickey and Laura Hartman have been waiting for Illinois to legalize same-sex marriage. Dickey, 39, a stay-at-home parent to the couple’s child, Theodore Hartman, 3, and Hartman, 35, a professor of religion and ethics at Augustana College, can now legally marry after Illinois lawmakers passed a same-sex marriage bill that Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign. They, along with 15 other couples, were plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Cook County by gay-rights firm Lambda Legal, which is now moot.
The Rev. Mark Anderson, Augustana assistant dean of student life, will be installed as the leader of the Pentecostal Church of God in Davenport on Nov. 17. He will replace his father, Bishop McArthur Anderson. Bishop Anderson and his wife, Esther Anderson, will retire after 35 years. Rev. Mark Anderson and his wife, Saleta Anderson, will be honored at an 11:30 a.m. service Nov. 17.
Latinos Unidos—a student group fostering understanding and appreciation for Hispanic culture—and the Office of Intercultural Student Life invite students and members of the community to celebrate and learn about Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image at the annual Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The free event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
Dr. Birgitta Whaley, Augustana’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2013, will speak on coherence in biology, what it is and why it's interesting. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Hanson Hall Science (726 35th St.). This lecture is free and open to the public.
The William F. Freistat Center and Augustana College will sponsor a conference, "Peace-Building: Innovative Strategies, Nuts and Bolts" on Nov. 23. The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science, room 102.
Dr. Margaret Morse, a member of Augustana's Department of Art History, provides an overview of African art from the college's collection, examining these works in their original contexts while discussing how Western perceptions of African masks and sculpture have influenced traditional and current artistic production on the continent.
A University of Iowa team that currently sits just outside both the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls defeated Augustana men's basketball team 87-65 on Sunday. The Vikings made the Hawkeyes work hard for the win, and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told reporters after the game, " We won the game, but we were substantially outplayed." Augustana coach Grey Giovanine said, “I love the fact that we were not intimidated."
Eight first-year students will document their four years at Augustana through blogs, photos and videos to provide a comprehensive, first-hand perspective of life as an Augustana undergraduate. Follow their journey at www.augustana.edu/fouryears.
Two local art professors, Megan Quinn of Augustana College and Kristin Quinn of St. Ambrose University, will show their recent work in the exhibit "Tales from Root Boy and Blossom Dearie" Nov. 4-Dec. 13 in the ArtSpace Gallery at Black Hawk College, Moline.
Christian Mortenson, Augustana adjunct professor of art, is exhibiting his photography through Nov. 8 at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will lecture on his work at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Lundy 3 room, then there will be a closing reception from 5-7 p.m.
International students got together for a pumpkin-carving festival at Westerlin Lounge this week. Although it might have been their first experience with the American custom of creating jack o'lanterns, Halloween is not an American holiday. It is observed in a number of countries on Oct. 31.
Students of the multicultural group Latinos Unidos celebrate Day of the Dead and share what the celebration means to them.
10/28/13 In memory of Chris Saumell
The Chi Alpha Pi sorority is rallying around its sister, Clare Webster '09 Saumell, who lost her husband Chris Saumell '09 over the weekend in a car accident. "We welcome the support of our fellow CAP sisters, Chris's OZO brothers, and anyone else from the Augustana community or outside of it that knows this young family and wants to send their support."
Cami, a 4-year-old yellow labrador trained by the Viking Pups, started her new job this week at Smart Intermediate School in Davenport.“We’ve wanted a therapy dog for our building for a long time,” said school counselor, Kim Bohannon. “I think our students have fallen in love with her and they are motivated to have her around and have her in their classrooms and to work to get to spend that time with her, so I think that’s going to bring about a positive atmosphere at our building."
How is technology changing life for college students? That was the topic at Augustana College's first ever technology fair and showcase Thursday. Students and staff were able to compare various gadgets, check out new technology and get any tech questions answered.
10/25/13 WHBF video: Dia De Los Muertos
Rock Island's CBS affiliate WHBF-TV talked with students at the annual Day of the Dead celebration. It's a Mexican holiday honoring family and friends who have died. But it's not a sad day. "It's to show off that death maybe isn't always such a sad thing, that you know they had lives and they did things thorough out their lives," said sophomore Selena Gonzalez.
Dr. Peter Kivisto, who holds Augustana's Richard A. Swanson Chair in Social Thought and was this year named Distinguished Professor at Finland's University of Turku, speaks on the role of ethnicity in the 21st century, setting the stage for a series that explores the gradual erosion of racial and societal dividing lines.
Addison Morgan, a first-year student at Augustana College, is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a program established in 1999 by a $1.5 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship provides highly motivated minority students an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest.
Augustana's Dr. Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment, is becoming a national voice on the topic of study abroad. He was interviewed Oct. 21 on "The Takeaway," a public radio show based in New York City and aired across the U.S. He shared his views on the costs and benefits of study abroad. He is one of the authors of “Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose: Study Abroad in a New Global Century.” It explores who studies abroad (or who does not) and why, and what the outcomes of study abroad are.
On Oct. 17, author and documentary producer John De Graaf presented "Happiness, Time, and Sustainability: Lessons from Bhutan." His lecture presented ideas from his Take Back Your Time initiative, which challenges the "epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment."
Augustana College will host a military appreciation day to honor active duty and retired military personnel at the final home game of the Vikings football season on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Charles D. Lindberg Stadium (520 38th St., Rock Island). Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
10/21/13 Senior finds dream job at John Deere
Devan Peterson, an Augustana College senior from Aledo, Ill., grew up playing with John Deere tractors at his family farm. He knew from the first day of his first year at Augustana that he wanted to have a career tied to agriculture. This passion has helped to fuel his career orientation throughout college and a full-time job opportunity with John Deere in the Accounting Finance Development Program next summer.
Augustana College’s play "Figaro" is a fine example of how witty, self-referential humor makes for a better farce than does banal innuendo and silly, unrealistic door slamming.
Augustana College's "mad scientist" professors fired up their Tesla coils and plasma globes Friday night to ignite the love of physics, chemistry and biology in the hearts of local Girl Scouts.
10/21/13 Students make magic with chemistry
To mark National Chemistry Week, the Augustana College student chapter of the American Chemical Society threw its semi-annual open house Saturday. “It’s nice to get young kids excited about chemistry. It’s a growing field, and people need to learn about it when they’re young,” said Matt Humphries, a senior from Rockford and president of the college’s chapter. Almost 60 children saw fiery jack-o-lanterns, burning money, and ate instant “ice cream.”
Behind the pumpkin carving, the giggling children and the butterflies that visited the beautiful, still-flowering petunias just outside, a strong volunteer force helped keep the Quad-City Botanical Center blooming, growing and educating. Renee Layman, an Augustana junior from Homer Glen, Ill., was having a great time as a volunteer.
Dia de los Muertos — also known as the Day of the Dead — is a Mexican holiday that honors friends and family members who have died. Augustana College’s Latinos Unidos student group will host a Day of the Dead event on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Casa Latina, Black Culture House and Asian Pagoda House. The general public is invited to attend.
10/17/13 Students throwback to graffiti room
Students used paint markers and Sharpies last week to decorate sheets to throwback the graffiti room, located in East Hall in the ‘70s. SAGA organized the event on the fourth floor of the library. Students could express themselves by writing or drawing. The event was a throwback to a room in an old English department building, located where the College Center is now.
Dr. Reuben Heine, associate professor of geography, discusses his research on Mississippi River sediment and how it connects to research done by another Augustana faculty member nearly 90 years ago.
"Happiness, Time, and Sustainability: Lessons from Bhutan" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Hanson 102 by John De Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time. Take Back Your Time is an initiative to challenge the "epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment."
When "The Stream" debuts in theaters nationwide Oct. 18, it will be a big day for 200 teenagers and Estlin Feigley '93. The movie is the first feature-length film produced by Feigley's Dreaming Tree Films of Chicago, which has been making high school students into filmmakers for nearly a decade.
10/14/13 Gallery: Rededication of Old Main
With the renovation of Old Main complete, 124 years after the college’s signature building was first dedicated after its construction in 1889, the landmark was rededicated in a ceremony on Friday.
Gamma Alpha Beta fraternity is using its pumpkin-carving skills to raise money for children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Mike Mertel, 21, who organized Quad-Cities Carving For Kids, said the goal is $1,000. Members are charging businesses or groups $25 for a custom pumpkin with logo.
Dr. Kirsten Day, associate professor in classics, presented "Sex as Capital: The Women of Rome Season 2," drawing upon her interest in classical representations of women in the ancient world on Oct. 9th in Evald Hall.
Augustana fans watched the Vikings win their first Homecoming game at the new Lindberg Stadium. Augustana won 28-17 over Elmhurst. (Augustana Photo Bureau/Lauren Becker '16)
On Friday, Oct. 11, Augustana dedicated the Dave Wrath Press Box at Lindberg Stadium, honoring the school's sports information director for the past 32 years.
Augustana College’s Chemistry Club will host an open house beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 to celebrate National Chemistry Week. The free event geared to children and teens will be held in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow helped author and edit a new book about the 'War of the Worlds' broadcast, as the 75th anniversary approaches. She says that radio broadcast gives historical context to concerns about media today.
Dr. Phillip Round will offer the lecture, “'I Shake Your Hand with my Heart’: The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters 150 Years Later,” about the Dakota prisoners at Camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa, at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Centennial Hall. The lecture is a memorial for Lynne Curtis '69, who was interested in Native American studies and loved to explore diverse cultures. The event is made possible by her friends, in cooperation with the English department, as a way to honor her passion and remember her life.
Augustana will livestream the ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday on its YouTube channel. (The video also will be archived there.) The event is expected to last about 20 minutes. Speakers will include Dr. Dorothy Parkander '46, a retired English professor who taught more than 40,000 students in Old Main during the course of her 49-year career.
Dr. Gunlög Fur of the School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden, gave the annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration at Larson Hall, on Oct. 4, 2013. The lecture was entitled, "Indians and Immigrants: Entangled Histories."
The Department of Theatre Arts will open its 2013-14 season with Charles Morey's "Figaro," adapted from the classic French opera by Beaumarchais. Six performances are slated for October 18-20 and 25-27 in Potter Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. Tickets may be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office.
When Nancy Donoval, a nationally known storyteller, talks about violence against women here Thursday, she will be addressing a topic that's on the minds of students. "A lot is going on these days with texting, social media, and all of that is wrapped up in discussions of gender violence," said Augustana Professor Jane Simonsen.
Guttural screams filled the Quad on the Augustana College campus Saturday afternoon, as bloody, mangled zombies stalked their prey. Near the slough, a shaggy slough monster was in wait.
Augustana College’s club crew team will host its home regatta, the Trinity Quad Cities Classic, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Sylvan Boathouse, 1701 1st Ave., Moline.
10/04/13 Take a Look at Lindberg
Lindberg Stadium was the gathering place for hundreds of employees on Tuesday when the college hosted a community event -- "Take a Look at Lindberg." Along with their families, employees enjoyed dinner and the opportunity to tour the new clubhouse and parts of the stadium.
Now that the renovation of Old Main is complete, 124 years after the college’s signature building was first dedicated after its construction in 1889, Augustana College is inviting the community to share in its rededication at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium (820 38th St.) will host an evening of stargazing, educational programs and planet viewing at its annual fall open house on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:30-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Veteran newspaper foreign correspondent and author John Hooper will present “A Foreign Correspondent in the Mediterranean: from Franco to the Euro” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the College Center Board Room. He will discuss his career covering world events in the Mediterranean, with topics ranging from Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, to his choice of international journalism as a career.
10/02/13 Wrath's work is 'labor of love'
Dedication, loyalty and love of the game. The words are often used about athletes, but at Augustana College, many would argue they are the perfect description of Dave Wrath, the man who has led the sports information office at Augustana College for the past 32 years, and helped it become one of the nation’s leading producers of Academic All-Americans.
Augustana will host rising country music star Clayton Anderson at Lindberg Stadium (520 38th St., Rock Island) on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Anderson broke into the national music scene, opening for some of the country’s biggest stars, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Kenney Chesney.
The Augustana Chamber Singers and Augustana Kammarkör will sing at the installation service for the newly elected ELCA presiding bishop, the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton. The service will take place at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on October 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Dr. Katherine Woolsey '04 will offer a free public workshop at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 15 in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building. The workshop will be followed by a recital of mostly 20th century works at 8 p.m. She is principal oboe of the Kinnor Philharmonic in Kansas City.
09/30/13 Photo gallery: September Visit Day
More than 100 families visited the Augustana campus on Saturday, Sept. 28, and the Augustana Photo Bureau was on hand to document the day. Designed as one-day experiences, Augustana’s visit days provide an opportunity for prospective students to get an overview of the college. Each visit day includes a campus tour, presentations by professors and an informational fair about out-of-classroom opportunities. Those who attend also receive information about admissions, scholarships and the financial-assistance process.
Delta Chi Theta members give back to the community every week. This week they paid for people’s gas. When they’re not paying for gas, they’re paying for groceries, or donating school supplies to schools. The sorority works to get out for a kindness day once a week during the school year. Royal Neighbors of America covers the cost.
High school students and their parents are invited to Augustana College on Saturday, Sept. 28, or Saturday, Oct. 26 for the college’s Fall Visit Days.
Augustana College is beginning to roll out new web pages about its majors and academic departments with a heightened focus internships, careers and student experiences.
Students are advised to start thinking right now about a study-abroad program that can take them anywhere from Africa to Australia, Hong Kong to Paris. All the information will be available at the Augustana Study Abroad Fair to be held Sunday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m., on the main floor of the College Center (3750 7th Ave., Rock Island).
The Fall Symposium Day, titled "Relationships: Modeling and exploring ways in which concepts, objects or people are connected," featured three featured speakers. Each guest took a different approach to examining relationships between two people, with the environment and between doctors and patients.
Students who made a connection with an employer at Tuesday's ProFair will be involved in Interview Day today. ProFair is held each year at Augustana, and Interview Day at St. Ambrose in Davenport. Students get to try professional networking and sharpen their interview skills. More than 80 local companies and graduate schools attended, and a record number of students come to apply for internships, graduate programs, or full-time jobs. (Augustana Photo Bureau/Marla Alvarado-Neuerburg)
Fran Riley's daily feature story Friday focused on the 32-year tenure of Dave Wrath as sports information director at Augustana. Wrath will honored as the namesake of the press box at Charles Lindberg Stadium as part of Homecoming festivities in October.
Augustana College will open its doors to the entire community on Thursday, Sept. 26, to talk about the meaning of relationships. Faculty and guest speakers will explore the idea from different perspectives – romance, art, science and technology – as they seek a broader understanding of relationships in every shape and form.
Augustana is poised to invest $8-12M for a new art gallery, theater and music practice space. An architect has been hired to draw up plans for an expansion west of Centennial Hall. It is part of a capital plan approved eight years ago.
First-year student Samuel Ferry, with partner Zavier Clark, is using a new program from the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce to help launch his company, Clark Ferry Group. The company offers consulting in audio-visual coordination and support for small businesses and a variety of IT assistance duties. Ferry is a double major in music composition and finance. He and Clark are both natives of Rock Island. The chamber's new Ignite Quad-Cities will help entrepreneurs gain access to mentors, coaches, funding and resources.
Dr. John A. Sirevaag, who taught in multiple disciplines at Augustana from 1958-1991, died Wednesday at his home in Rock Island. He was 88. Sirevaag was a past chair of the Division of Humanities, chaired the German Department for almost all of his 33 years at Augustana, and did much to build up Augustana's international study programs.
Augustana will host the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy, The Second City, on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
Since graduating in May, Bandman has been working on a major project to assess all the college’s sustainability initiatives, everything from reducing water usage across the 115-acre campus of 2,500 students, to raising the profile of sustainability as an academic subject. Bandman says her interest is all natural.
Nancy Donoval, national story slam champ, will speak about her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building, (3520 7th Ave., Rock Island. The event is sponsored by Family Resources, Inc. Members of the Quad-City community, especially teens and their parents, are encouraged to attend.
09/16/13 Augie Minute with Laura Mahn
Laura Mahn, Program Coordinator for the Center for Vocational Rreflection & Volunteering, talks about assisting students in finding their vocation, finding volunteer opportunities, and, at times, simply being there for students who are looking for a friendly face.
Dr. Gunlög Fur, professor of history at Linnaeus University in Växjö. Sweden, will give the 24th annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Larson Hall inside the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave). This event, co-hosted by Augustana’s Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center and the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, is free and open to the public.
Poet Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love: An Index, published in 2012 by McSweeney's Poetry Series. The book tells the story in verse of her passionate relationship with Craig Arnold, a much-respected poet who disappeared in 2009 while hiking a volcano in Japan.
Join author Kelly Daniels, along with graphic artist Kelvin Mason and the local band Subatlantic, for local craft beer, music, reading and book-signing in celebration of Daniels’ first book, Cloudbreak, California: A Memoir, on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6-10 p.m. at the Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport). This event is open to the public.
Augustana College was added to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools®. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra alumna and cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in which the Los Angeles Times praised her for her “emotional intensity.” Thorsteinsdottir will bring the same intensity back to the Quad Cities when she performs Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Piano and Cello and other selected works on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Ave.). The performance will mark the start of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s (QCSO) Signature Series.
Renowned composer Laura Kaminsky will visit Augustana for a performance of her work "And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary." The performance will take place on Tuesday, September 24 and will feature Dr. Paul Olsen with the Tikkun Trio: Dr. Deborah Dakin, Dr. Janina Ehrlich and Dr. Robert Elfline.
Freistat Center for Studies in World Peace has received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
In the online publication Education Week, Chicago history teacher Paul Horton breaks down a recent article by Augustana history professor Lendol Calder. In a recent edition of the Magazine of History, Dr. Calder suggests that young people who enter his freshman history classes no longer bring with them any story of American History.
For the second consecutive academic year, Augustana College is releasing the “Augustana Story,” a dashboard of data and information about inputs, outputs and outcomes designed to help parents, guidance counselors, prospective students and others understand the value of an Augustana education.
Registration for Kaleidoscope, Augustana's art classes for children, is now open. Classes will range from simple painting and papier-mâché to sculpture and a variety of drawing techniques. Classes will run from October 5-December 7.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Augustana unveiled and dedicated the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Atheltic Complex as part of the football team's season opener.
A student from Geneva, Ill., who hopes to be a trauma surgeon has won the 2013 Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research for his paper, "The Cultural Expression of Anorexia Nervosa." Aaron Volk wrote the paper for his first-year liberal studies course "Ill Communication," taught by Dr. Margaret France. The library will hold a reception in Volk's honor at 4 p.m. Sept. 12.
Phil McKinley '73, director of the Tony-winning "The Boy From Oz" and the current "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" on Broadway, returns to direct the new play, "Green River," Dec. 11-15 at Potter Theatre.
Three months, two majors, and one acre represent senior Erek Bell’s summer internship at Augie Acres. The geography and Scandinavian studies major spent his summer toiling away, working for 20 to 30 hours a day in the field. Bell said he loved the work and "the honest results that came from the labor I was doing.”
The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art will feature an exhibition of 75 vintage photographs of Lakota people taken by Swedish pioneer photographer John Anderson. The exhibition will run through October 18.
Dr. Erin Freund, part-time assistant professor of music, will perform a recital of diverse 20th century pieces on September 6 in Wallenberg Hall. Music will range in style from neocalssical to post-romantic to highly-experimental.
09/03/13 Polyak '99 starts superintendent job
Nicholas Polyak '99 has taken over as superintendent of Leyden District 212 in Franklin Park, Ill. He earned a bachelor’s in math and secondary education from Augustana, a master’s degree in educational administration from Governor’s State University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and supervision from Loyola University. At District 212, Polyak will oversee 550 employees, 3,500 students and an annual budget of about $65 million.
09/03/13 Professors in the park
The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head. Earthworms have "bristles" they use to try to hold themselves in the ground when robins tug them out. And earthworms, by the way, do not belong here. The non-natives were carried here, mostly from Europe, by fishermen and imported soils. These are the types of factoids that emerge when a collection of college biology professors descends upon a Quad-City nature preserve.
Ascentra Credit Union's board of directors has named Dale Owen '99 has been named president and CEO of Ascentra Credit Union. He had served as executive vice president and chief lending officer. Owen joined the credit union in 1999. Ascentra opened in 1950 as the Alcoa Credit Union and has 10 offices in Iowa and Illinois
Augustana's choirs had a rehearsal on the first day of classes for both returning and prospective members to encourage more students to get involved. Follow the choirs throughout the year on Twitter @augiesings.
Dr. Randall Hall, associate professor of music at Augustana, will join Dr. Jonathon Kirk '97, assistant professor of music at North Central College, for an outdoor multimedia performance at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport on Sept. 5.
08/29/13 Snapshots from Summer in the Rockies
Incoming first-year students started class early on the annual Summer in the Rockies trip, which includes a 3-credit lab science course, GEOL105: Introductory Physical Geology in the Rocky Mountains. Students study geology in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the spectacular Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.
Dr. Stephen Klien, professor of communication studies, was interviewed by KWQC TV6 Tuesday on how social media make it easier for young people to get informed on the events in Syria and the Middle East, and why students of college age are more interested in world news than ever before.
You might find them coaching a kids' soccer team, building a Habitat house, planting a garden in Cambodia or filling sandbags in Rock Island. From schools to museums, city cleanups and tax preparation, Augustana students pretty much do it all and they do a lot of it. They put in more than 20,422 hours of volunteer service in the 2012-13 school year: the equivalent of 10 full-time workers for an entire year.
Ten days away from hosting its first football game, the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex is closing in on completion. Executive vice president Kent Barnds toured the complex Wednesday morning and provides an inside look at what's been completed and what's still to come.
The wave of revolution sweeping across the Middle East has far-ranging implications for people in the United States and every nation, according to experts who will meet at Augustana to discuss the so-called Arab Spring and its influence on politics and power. The free public forum will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building.
Monday, Aug. 26, marked the first day of fall classes and also the formal grand opening of the new Center for Student Life. Festivities included a blessing of the building, the campus community signing a commemorative banner, photos with mascot Gustav Mauler, a performance by Clogustana and a piñata on the Quad.
Jacob Bancks, assistant professor of music, will be one of the American composers featured in this year's Quad City Symphony program. The symphony's upcoming season represents a contrast from its most recent one with a selection of 20th and 21st century American music along with a broader sampling from the standard repertoire. An as-yet-uncomposed 10-minute piece by Bancks, to be presented in March, will be one of two pieces commissioned by the symphony.
Campus chaplains Richard Priggie '74 and Kristen Glass Perez led the official blessing of the Center for Student Life on the morning fall classes began. Eight different areas, from the kitchen to the game room to the Brew by the Slough received a blessing of water, representing life.
08/26/13 Editorial: A Q-C point of pride
With all of its recent ambitious capital projects, Augustana has succeeded in creating a campus for 21st century students that honors and celebrates its 20th and 19th century roots.
Not only will Augustana’s season-opening football game with the College of Mount Saint Joseph be the inaugural contest in the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex; the game will also bear the moniker of the chief benefactor. When the Vikings and the Lions tee it up for a 6:15 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 7, they will be playing in the first annual Austin E. Knowlton Kickoff Classic.
Kelvin Mason, Augustana associate professor of art, works in his own studio when not teaching. His Subtopia Studios, in Davenport's Bucktown Center for the Arts, showcases a wide variety of works: drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, digital animation and more.
Augustana College and Two Rivers YMCA, in Moline, Ill., announce a new partnership involving crew. The YMCA’s Deidrah Kennedy will begin coaching the club crew teams at Augustana, and the two organizations will share rowing resources.
Rebecca Lindenberg, a poet who experienced a tragic turn in her own life, will speak of love and loss when she opens the 2013-2014 River Readings series at Augustana College on Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the new Center for Student Life.
A research project at Augustana funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) could change the way students learn. The project will engage students in authentic science experiments on the leading edge of knowledge in order to prepare them for real-world careers in science
The restoration of Old Main, a Quad Cities landmark, has received an Award of Excellence from the Quad Cities chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Jay Pearce, the general manager of WVIK 90.3 FM, Augustana Public Radio, is assuming the title of chief executive officer of Augustana Public Radio and general manager of WVIK.
08/12/13 Living Biology
Those who assume that the “hard” and social sciences have no time for “softer” issues of meaning and value might wish to read Stephanie Fuhr’s reflections on her “Becoming Biologists” course. Fuhr is a biology instrctor and lab coordinator at Augustana College.
On Wednesday, Dr. Kevin Geedey and several Augustana students took part in the Corps of Engineers' annual mussel search and cleaning excursion along the banks of the Mississippi River near Cordova. Small invasive zebra mussels attach to the shell of the much larger Higgins eye mussel, limiting the federally endangered Higgins eye's ability to feed and travel.
08/07/13 Magician Mike Super to perform live
Mike Super, magician and illusionist on NBC’s prime-time, live magic competition show “Phenomenon,” will perform his craft at Augustana College at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Super goes beyond the “trick” and personally connects with the audience on a level they can relate to.
Augustana College’s Thomas Tredway Library presents a new exhibit," Pride and Prejudice: 200 years of the Divine Jane," to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel. The exhibit is on display Aug. 26-Nov. 7 on the second floor of the library at 3435 9½ Ave., Rock Island. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Carla Tracy, director of the Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College, has been awarded the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award for 2013. The award is presented by the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries. Tracy has been director of the library since 2003.
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) requires math students to communicate mathematics, to explain at the board or in writing how they arrived at a solution and how they know that it is correct. Augustana's Dr. Brian Katz regards metaphors as useful for characterizing the role of the IBL teacher, according to MAA Focus, the magazine of the Mathematical Association of America, reporting on a recent IBL conference.
The Frieze Lecture Series, a 16-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College, continues this year with the theme, "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture."
Augustana's chapter of Camp Kesem hosted 57 children and their families at its second camp last week at the YMCA camp near Des Moines. "This is the pay-off for all the hard work the Augustana chapter spends all year preparing," said the group's advisor, Dr. Bohdan Dziadyk. Each of the selected children has at least one parent suffering from cancer. Thirty-five students volunteered at the week-long camp.
07/31/13 The Worth Claim: Beyond Brand
For those who uphold, represent, and market the small residential liberal arts experience, the challenge ahead is to draft and promote a stronger, more relevant worth claim that demonstrates and connects superior results to higher cost.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visited Augustana on Monday to announce $3.1 million in grants to Augustana and other western Illinois institutions. The Augustana portion of the grant totals $1,329,319, and supports the interior and exterior renovation of Old Main and the construction of the new Center for Student Life.
This summer nine Augustana students are participating in full-scale scientific research projects under the guidance of their faculty advisors, gaining experience to utilize in graduate school and careers after college. Each summer research project is funded through an Augustana Summer Student Research Fellowship.
07/26/13 Biodiversity Day set for Aug. 31
Augustana’s Upper Mississippi Studies Center will partner with River Action to host Biodiversity Day Aug. 31. The event will mark the final phase of a summer research project involving Augustana students. The team has worked with Moline and Rock Island to assess the health of 13 urban watersheds.
Roger Bussan '00 will coach varsity boys’ basketball coach at Lancaster (Wis.) High School next year. Bussan studied business at Augustana while playing football all four years and basketball his senior year. He has been the owner/operator of Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor in Lancaster for 11 years, but after getting his business up and running he began feeling the itch to get back into basketball.
07/22/13 Remembering Charles D. Lindberg
Charles D. Lindberg, who led the Augustana debate team to national fame, served the college as a trustee for 29 years and played a significant role in planning its new outdoor athletic complex, died Saturday in Cincinnati. He was a member of the Augustana Class of 1950. The stadium now under construction will be named the Charles D. Lindberg Stadium.
Annie White '05 is the new vicar of Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran and its sister church, Crossroads Lutheran in Indian Land, S.C. She is originally from Washington, Ill., and graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/social work and a minor in psychology. She earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Erwin Weber, who taught German at Augustana from 1962 to 1988, died Monday at St. Anothony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island. He was 92. Herr Weber, as he was known on campus, authored several books, pamphlets and articles during his career. He was also an artist, with many of his works preserved online.
07/16/13 Engineering physics adds 3-D printer
A new 3-D printer at Augustana layers plastic to make three-dimensional objects and enhance studying engineering. Augustana purchased a Stratasys UPrint Plus SE in April, and it was recently installed. Funds from Augustana’s Kresge Science Endowment helped cover the $25,000 cost. Dr. Joshua Dyer, visiting assistant professor of physics, said 3-D printers are becoming more popular, accessible and important to students studying engineering.
The Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex is taking shape as crews progress on the construction of what will become Charles D. Lindberg Stadium and the Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club.
07/12/13 Q&A with coach Grey Giovanine
The LaSalle (Ill.) News-Tribune talks with Augustana head basketball coach Grey Giovanine about his decision to come to Augustana instead of pursuring a career at a Division I school. The son of Western and La Salle-Peru basketball coach Chips Giovanine, Grey landed a Division I head coaching position in 1993. But after three winning seasons, he moved to Division III Augustana. "We’ve had great runs here and championship teams... and I think the best days may even still be ahead for us, so I have no regrets."
Augustana art Professor Peter Xiao and students Sarah Fitzgerald, Deandre Law and Diana Schultz have been spending the summer creating a large nature-themed mural at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island.
Hoping to help their two young sons who had difficulty communicating, Anne and Scott Holtan of Coal Valley, Ill., found their way to Augustana College’s Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing in 2005 and entered the More Than Words program. This fall the center will open 12 free slots, thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Royal Ball Run for Autism.
Augustana art Professor Peter Xiao and students Sarah Fitzgerald, Deandre Law and Diana Schultz have been spending the summer creating a large nature-themed mural at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island.
In a few weeks, college students will leave home for campus life. Many will move into dormitories, but others will start life on their own in an apartment, which means cooking their own meals. Emily Tucek '13, who will participate in the AmeriCorps City Year program in the fall, offers some advice to students about to begin apartment living.
Thanks to the recent Royal Ball Run for Autism, organizers donated $10,000 to Augustana’s Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing to provide scholarships for children with autism who receive speech-language therapy at the center and to support the More Than Words program.
Candidates are announcing for many state and federal offices and there is still more than a year to go until election day 2014. If it feels a little overwhelming to you, you are certainly not alone. "For most of us that pay attention to elections when it's close to election day, a couple of months out, July of the previous year feels like it's pretty early, but if you're in the political game, this is the season for announcing," said Dr. Stephen Klien, professor of communication studies at Augustana.
Four Augustana men's track athletes — Greg Patton, Jonathan Smith, Josh Eisenberg and David Voland — earned Academic All-American accolades this spring. Patton also joined distance standout Sarabeth Jones as a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
After graduating in May, Augustana pitcher Ben Heaton became the school's 142nd Academic All-American and first baseball player selected in eight years. Before graduating with an accounting degree in May, Ben helped the Vikings win the CCIW tournament and landed a job with Deloitte LLP in Davenport, Iowa.
Melissa Bohse '04 has been named manager of Fox Point, Wis., a village of about 7,000 along the North Shore area of Milwaukee. Originally from Wausau, Wis., Bohse grew up in Batavia, Ill., and studied political science and public administration at Augustana. She had internships at a municipal law firm in Minneapolis and at a fire and public works departments in Northfield, Ill. She previously was employed by Woodridge, Ill., and Mequon, Wis.
06/28/13 Cooley is a Good Fit for Augustana
Augustana alumna and admissions leader, Meghan Kelly '99 Cooley draws on her college experience to create award-winning contest.
The Supreme Court this week ruled in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which an unsuccessful applicant claimed she was discriminated against because she is white and did not benefit from the university's diversity policy. But Augustana College President Steven Bahls says that despite the unclear ruling by the court, higher education has made admirable progress on increasing minority college enrollment.
Paul Kleinhans-Schulz, an Augustana College senior, has used his passion for sports to collect internships in the way other sports enthusiasts collect pennants.
After a year of construction and renovation, Augustana is preparing to celebrate the completion of three projects – the Center for Student Life addition to the Thomas Tredway Library, the restoration of Old Main restoration and the new Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex.
When Seth Chappell was 8, he made a puppet in a Kaleidoscope art class at Augustana. Now 40, he is making puppets as part of an ongoing project called Foam Foolery on Foamfoolery.net. Recently, he has created a puppet version of a mascot for the UK music festival Bloodstock. He currently is working on a puppet for actor Wil Wheaton.
06/24/13 Making sense of news from Brazil
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Brazilian streets last week. From a continent away, it can be hard to make sense of this kind of news, so that’s why we asked Augustana’s Dr. Mariano Magalhães, professor of political science, a few questions about the country where he grew up and visits often.
It’s a summer vacation in sloughs and swamp for some Augustana students and biology professor Dr. Tim Muir. He has been investigating for several years how turtle hatchlings survive the extreme cold winters in the upper Midwest. When frozen, hatchling painted turtles can survive temperatures as low as 25°F, but how do they survive even colder temperatures? During the summer, Dr. Muir and students collect turtle eggs for hatching in the lab. These hatchlings will be their test subjects.
06/21/13 Shaver '11 runs to new opportunity
Now in third year as a seventh grade world history/reading teacher at East Peoria Central Junior High, Brandon Shaver also will lead the boys cross country team as head coach. Shaver majored in teaching history at Augustana and was coached by Paul Olsen. "Running for people like that, I always wanted to coach," said Shaver.
Kent Barnds, Augustana vice president of enrollment, communication and planning, thinks about Big Data, the NSA and how admissions offices use all the information they can get to find students who will be a good fit.
Watch the highlights of Augustana President Steve Bahls' 10th anniversary tour presentation, which he delivered to alumni and friends of the college around the United States this winter and spring.
June is the time for summer athletic camps at Augustana. Several of the coaches holding camps the week of June 9 — football coach Rob Cushman, men's basketball coach Grey Giovanine and women's soccer coach Scott Mejia — discussed how the camps benefited campers and the Augustana athletic programs.
River Action and WVIK 90.3 FM Augustana Public Radio and River Action are partnering to offer a new program – "RiverWayStories" – which airs Saturday at 8:34 a.m. during the station's "Weekend Edition."
The family-friendly, classic Mozart opera "The Magic Flute" is back for free performances at Lincoln Park, 1120 40th St., Rock Island. This is a joint production of the Genesius Guild and Opera@Augustana, which was done in the park in 1991 for the 200th anniversary of the work, and more recently was staged in a minimalist way (mainly piano accompaniment) at Augustana's Wallenberg Hall in 2011.
If it's Saturday morning, you'll likely find Owen and Margi Rogal at the Freight House Farmers' Market in Davenport If it's the height of summer, they'll have sweet corn. In October, they'll have pumpkins. Come December, you'll find them indoors standing over salad greens, butternut squash and fresh eggs. Margi is a reference librarian and instructor at Augustana and Owen is a professor of English at St. Ambrose.
06/05/13 Alumni recognition awards for 2013
At an alumni appreciation event in May, Augustana College recognized six individuals for their accomplishments. Those honored were Dr. W. Zack Bartels ’98, Philip McKinley ’73, Gen. John Borling ’62, John Califf ’62, Dr. Frederick Hemke and Dr. James Kopel.
Augustana is selling bricks for the college’s new football stadium complex, the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex. Brick options range in price from $250–$750, and orders received by June 30, will be in place for the first game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.
Augustana students and faculty participated in a 24-hour "BioBlitz" over the weekend, an attempt to catalog as many species of plants and animals as possible in a 92-acre tract owned by the River Bend Wildland Trust. The land is part of the 3,500-acre Milan Bottoms, an ecologically rich area of floodplain forest and wetlands in southwest Rock Island. Organizers exceeded their goal of cataloging 500 species. At the end of the blitz, 733 species had been identified, with many more to be identified later in a lab.
Local teenagers will get the chance to join a new organization, Teen Hunger Ambassadors. Augustana College senior Kelly Farina, 21, is the "Feeding and Growing Our Communities" intern with the program. She said she hopes to recruit 10-15 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 to become hunger-fighting ambassadors. "We're looking for a strong group of teens who are dedicated and motivated to reduce food insecurity in the Rock Island metro area," she said.
Kara Bancks, Dr. Deborah Dakin and Dr. Charles Schmidt will perform live on Chicago's WFMT on Monday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Their performance will feature trios for clarinet, viola and piano by Bruch, Debussy, Mozart and Verdi. Tune in on 98.7 FM in the Chicago area or online at wfmt.com.
Augustana’s location in the Quad Cities is a distinction, and soon the college will celebrate its local connections through food and beverage. The college recently announced it will partner with two locally owned businesses – Harris Pizza and Bent River Brewing Company – to offer concessions at the new Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex.
New construction projects — the Center for Student Life and the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex — continue this summer at Augustana, while a third project, the interior renovation of Old Main, is complete.
Beginning in August, students will enjoy a variety of dining options at marché stations located throughout the fifth floor of the new Center for Student Life (CSL).
WVIK, Augustana Public Radio, will broadcast the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association Honors concert featuring area high school students in band, orchestra and choir.
Amanda Nelson '05, general manager of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in DeKalb, has been named the Illinois Council of Orchestra's sole recipient of a 2013 Honorable Mention Award, as a person who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra in Illinois. Nelson has played cello with the Kishwaukee orchestra since 2005 and has served as the orchestra’s general manager since 2006. She graduated from Augustana with a degree in music education. She is a full-time orchestra teacher at Dundee Middle School.
Christopher Marmé, an economics professor at Augustana, is among those trying to figure out why there is a large difference in unemployment rates in counties across the Misissippi River from each other. In March, Whiteside County’s (Illinois) rate was 9.7 percent, while the rate in neighboring Clinton County in Iowa was 5.8 percent. Marmé, who lives in Clinton, thinks his county's lower rate may have to do with the number of people who commute to work in the Quad Cities.
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.
05/20/13 153rd Augustana College Commencement
It's the one-stop shop for all things related to the 2013 Augustana Commencement. Check out three videos and three photo albums, as well as a list of all candidates for graduation. The event program and text of President Steve Bahls' remarks are also included.
Four members of the Class of 2013 look back on commencement day and their time at Augie. They also look ahead to future pursuits and offer advice for the incoming Class of 2017.
The Augustana College 153rd Commencement Convocation was held May 19. Here are links to the program, speeches and a list of candidates for graduation.
The Hon. Thomas Kilbride, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, delivered the address at the 2013 commencement ceremony at the i wireless Center on Sunday.
Experience Augustana's 2013 commencement ceremony in 40 seconds through time-lapse photography.
For the first time since the building closed for renovations a year ago, members of the Class of 2013 toured Old Main on Thursday, May 16, and shared their thoughts.
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.
Augustana students Abigail Schultz of Palatine, Ill., and Shana Silverman of Fairfield, Iowa, have been awarded Geifman Fellowships in Jewish Culture for 2013-14. The Gerry and Morris M. Geifman Endowment in Judaica awards the fellowships to enhance multicultural learning experiences for students at Augustana and the community.
05/16/13 Double major is best of both brains
Are you right-brained or left-brained? Many scientists say we’re either one or the other, but at Augustana College, there is a student who has both and plans to bring a new perspective to the music and science world after graduating. Corbin McGhee will graduate with a double major in music and neuroscience.
WQAD-TV profiled Corbin McGhee '13, who is majoring in music and neuroscience. He'll go on to join the Mississippi Delta Corps of Teach for America after graduation, and he's looking forward to using both of his majors to improve the way music is taught in schools.
A senior at Augustana College, Scott Fick, is one of 10 college seniors statewide to be selected as 2013 Illinois Geographical Society Outstanding Senior Geographers.
Environmental student group Global Affect recently launched Vike Bikes, a bicycle share program that allows students to check bikes out for free for 24 hours. See the Help Desk in Olin to check out bikes.
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.
A new study suggests that overgrazing and other factors increase the severity of cheatgrass invasion in sagebrush steppe, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems. Michael Reisner, now director of the Upper Mississippi Studies Center and an assistant professor at Augustana College, led this study as a doctoral student at Oregon State University.
05/13/13 Five Questions for: Connie Ghinazzi
Five Questions is a series of profiles of people at Augustana College. Librarian Connie Ghinazzi explains how she switched careers, and talks about horses, being named Constance and the new Center for Student Life.
More and more international students are choosing Augustana as their college home in the United States. The number of full-time, degree-seeking international students in this fall’s incoming class is twice that of last fall’s class. Having a sibling on campus can be a deciding factor when the rest of your family is seemingly a world away. Three pairs of siblings from different countries — the United Kingdom, Myanmar and Germany — attended Augustana this past year. That’s a first.
05/10/13 O'Donnell named Educator of the Year
Jennifer O'Donnell '06 won the Distinguished Educator of the Year award from Carpentersville, Ill., schools. She teaches 240 fifth- and sixth-grade orchestra students. She was nominated for innovative methods and enthusiasm. She has a degree in instrumental music education from Augustana and a master's in music education from Northwestern.
On May 8, longtime men's track and cross country coach Paul Olsen accepted his induction into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame. Watch a video excerpt and read the full text.
Augustana College's new production of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" this weekend features two special cast members -- Ann Boaden and Dan Lee of the college faculty.
Opera @ Augustana will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" on May 10-11 at 8 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall. The elaborate set includes a wooden pirate ship, which was disassembled in Bergendoff Hall and reassembled in Wallenberg.
05/08/13 Video: Clogustana wakes up campus
The Clogustana student group performed its annual spring-term Wake Up with Clogustana event shortly after 8 a.m. on May 8.
Three Swedish provincial governors, two university presidents and cultural representatives including Riksspelmän (folk fiddlers) from their region will make a Quad Cities area visit "in the trek of their immigrants" May 30-31. Two events associated with the tour, a program on energy and sustainability in Sweden and a musical performance, will be open to the public.
The debate team at Augustana College, known as the Augustana Debate Union, has a long history of distinguished debaters, and the tradition continues with student debater JohnDaniel Engelhardt selected this year to the All-American Debate Team for the second consecutive year.
Dr. Marsha Smith will travel to China this summer at the invitation of a Chinese university to collaborate on a manuscript and talk about the integration of Chinese minority groups in the United States.
As a graduate student, Dr. Paul Croll saw the potential of the American Mosaic Project and the information such a study could provide. The idea of continuing a project of that scale never left his mind. So after years of hard work and effort, he is thrilled to be able once again to work with mentors and a former classmate from graduate school to conduct a second round of this national survey.
The Darwin Club's second-annual Feast for Locavores included hors d'oeuvres, music and good company. Augustana locavores enjoy food that is grown and gathered within a few miles of campus. Darwin Club meets every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in Hanson 203.
The news department of WVIK Augustana Public Radio was recognized this year with eight awards for journalistic excellence; three from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association and five more from the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Augustana College sophomore Courtney Jankowski is getting ready for an unforgettable summer, a 10-week trip to Ecuador to live with a host family in the Andes Mountains. While study abroad programs can be expensive and often require financial help, she is convinced the experience should be open to any college student, and can be with the right approach.
Augustana College’s Thomas Tredway Library has been accepted as one of the initial participants in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action program. The program’s goals include creating approaches, strategies and practices that document the contribution of academic libraries to the overall goals and missions of their institutions. To that end, participants will be part of a one-year professional development program and carry out assessment activities on their campuses.
05/06/13 Studio art alumna, taking wing
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.
One of Gilbert & Sullivan's most famous operas, "The Pirates of Penzance," will return to Wallenberg Hall May 10-11. Tickets are available through the Augustana Ticket Office.
High school students from EPIC Academy on Chicago's South side visited Augustana in late April. The students from the urban school got a look at a liberal arts college and also interacted with pen pals in Dr. Mike Egan's Urban (Schools) Legends class.
05/01/13 Stroble '73 assessing her university
Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Augustana Class of 1973, talks about her assessment of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., where she has been president since 2009. With the university turning 100 in 2015, she has been evaluating where the university can grow and improve itself for the sake of its students, communities and business partners.
04/30/13 Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Dan Lee
Dr. Dan Lee, professor of religion and ethics, has recently been awarded the Marian Taft Cannon Endowed Chair in the Humanities. Lee is a strong believer in incorporating ethics into other areas of study so that students are able to experience a true liberal arts education.
The Royal Ball 5K Run for Autism, which will wind through Milan on June 22 to support autistic children in the Quad Cities area, will dedicate all the money it raises this year to the Augustana College Center for Speech, Language & Hearing.
Augustana student group Club Ed sponsored a panel discussion focusing on the misconceptions many elementary and middle school students hold, and how educators can help. Drs. Brian Katz (math) and Lendol Calder (history) lent their expertise on the matter.
Augustana's Dr.Peter Kivisto has a couple of firsts awaiting him in the next few weeks: He will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Turku in Finland, and he will step into the childhood home of his Finnish grandfather.
The remodeling of Augustana College's Old Main initially stripped the building to its bones, but its new incarnation is nearly complete and retains several of its original defining features.
This year more than half of Augustana's graduating seniors studied overseas, up from 37 percent before Augie Choice began. And of those, half qualified for federal financial aid. Previously just a third of the participants were from the lowest income groups. "Augie Choice changes the conversation," says Allen Bertsche, director of international and off-campus study, "from 'Can I study abroad?' to 'What program should I go on?'"
Student journalists at Augustana College are piling up the accolades, taking a school-record 15 awards this year from the Illinois College Press Association, a feat that will be celebrated during the Fourth Estate Awards Banquet from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the College Center (3750 7th Ave.).
Elizabeth Caswell '90 of Portland, Ore., was named Mother of the Year by the Oregon Chapter of American Mothers Inc. She's in New York this week, seeking the National Young Mother of the Year title. When she last was in New York, she played piano at Carnegie Hall as a faculty member at New York University. Her major at Augustana was piano and she graduated summa cum laude. She and husband Paul Schipper have two children, Ian Schipper, 14, and Abigail Schipper, 11.
Jim Faramelli '67 went into the Navy after graduating with a degree in business administration. But he had worked by his father’s side since he was 12 — and never really considered leaving him behind. Today he runs the family's third-generation business, Leo's Shoe Repair in Rock Island. “It’s all about community, appreciating your customers, hard work, doing a good job, trying to be conscientious, doing the best you can,” he said. “I guess that’s true of any job.”
Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock, author of "Knockemstiff" and "The Devil All the Time," visited Augustana for the River Readings series. Pollock found writing late in life. He spent 32 years working in a paper mill before enrolling in Ohio State University's MFA program at age 50.
04/26/13 Video: Student rediscovers Augustana
Sophomore Hilary Kargl tells her story about leaving Augustana after her first year to transfer to a school with more than 20,000 undergraduate students. Kargl returned to Augustana after a semester away with a deeper appreciation for the small, liberal arts model.
The new Quad City Community RiverBend Bronze Community Handbell ensemble will perform its first concert at 3 p.m. May 12 in Ascension Chapel. The 16 members range in age from 25 to 60, and were selected from 25 people who attended an open rehearsal. Larry Peterson directs the group. He also directs music for the college Campus ministries.
04/26/13 Photo gallery: men ironing
The He-Man Ironing Contest at the Tredway Library was inspired by an art exhibit of wooden ironing boards burned with images of female Catholic saints. Faculty and students were invited to compete and prove that men can iron. Judges Dr. Sharon Varallo and Pastor Kristen Glass-Perez chose junior Kenny Clay as the best ironer and Dr. Chuck Hyser as the fastest ironer. First-year Daniel Andon won the people's choice award.
In honor of National Poetry Month, Augustana's Interfaith Understanding group joined Saga Art and Literary Magazine to present a night full of poetry and music.
Dr. Dan Lee of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics has announced the winners of the 2013 Ethics Essay Contest. This year was the eighth annual contest and 39 essays were submitted — a record number.
As the structure of the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex starts to take shape along Fifth Avenue in Rock Island, Augustana College announces that one component—a new press box—will be named for Dave Wrath ’80. Wrath has served as sports information director since 1981, and currently he is the Vikings’ associate director of athletics for media and alumni relations.
Marc Schaffer '06 majored in business and economics at Augustana and entered the financial services industry. But he felt the calling to become a professor, earned a master’s and Ph.D in applied economics and now teaches. He is interested in researching the risk behavior of the different types of financial institutions.
The annual Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition serves as the culmination of studio art majors' Senior Inquiry process at Augustana. This year nine seniors will have their work on display in the Augustana College Art Museum from April 27-May 18.
04/23/13 Phi Beta Kappa elects 37 seniors
The Augustana Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 37 senior students to membership. This national academic honor society recognizes scholarly achievement, character, integrity, and independence of mind. Augustana’s chapter, Zeta of Illinois, was established in 1950. Members are elected by faculty.
Forty-three juniors were initiated into Augustana's Aglaia Chapter of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society on April 14. Mortar Board members are selected annually by their peers in recognition of their devotion to scholarship, leadership and service. Students are eligible for membership in their junior year. Each member must have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA or be in the top 35 percent of his orher class, whichever is higher. Approximately 9% of the Class of 2014 was selected to join this prestigious society.
Madushika Lanksakara '05 writing for the Sri Lanka Daily FT: "Sometimes, I’m still amazed at the courage with which my parents sent a fresh-faced, doe-eyed 17-year-old girl to big, bad America, a country they had yet to visit themselves! However, I now realise that it was a calculated risk based on research and sound advice... my parents knew that a small private liberal-arts college provided the security blanket needed during our early days to navigate our way in a new world. Lanksakara is deputy director, humanitarian assistance, Swiss Labor Assistance in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Craig Blomberg '77, distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, is interviewed by Logostalk, the blog of Logos Bible Software. Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of 14 books and more than 80 articles. He majored in mathematics and Spanish at Augustana, then attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
On Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa will present this year’s Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy at Augustana College. Entitled “Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes,” the talk will be held in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science. Admission is free, and the talk is open to the public.
Tim Schlegel '93, who has been the theater director at Sterling (Ill.) High School for almost 15 years, recently was honored by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education for his commitment to drama education. At Augustana, he majored in music with a minor in theatre arts. Schlege believes theater opens doors for people of all ages, but especially for students. “Theater is a way for people to express themselves and express thoughts and opinions,” he said. “It causes the audience, then, to think.”
Along with eight other colleges and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Augustana is leading a statewide effort to enhance safety on campuses.
Augustana’s Community Engagement Center will celebrate the accomplishments of students and the organizations with which they volunteer on Thursday, April 25.
Drawing on the wisdom of Jim Carrey among others, Chicago attorney Michael Passananti '03 delivered the keynote address for the 37th annual Business Day on Friday, April 19 in Carver PE Center. Afterward, the students in attendance went to job shadow local businesses.
One of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Mark Schultz will perform at Augustana College with Christian artists Aaron Shust and Jonny Diaz as a part of his “All Things Possible” tour on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The event is open to the public.
Dr. Jennifer Popple, director of the upcoming play "subUrbia," discusses different styles of acting and their effect on the actors. In particular, she addresses the downside of actors mentally reliving a traumatic event to "connect" with their characters.
Creston Fenn '02 turned an interest in history into a passion for teaching through his experience at Augustana. He shared this experiential learning during a class lesson on D-Day, during which he simulates some of the rigors experienced by soldiers at the time.
Dr. Timothy Johnson '58 and Dr. William Hammer discuss the Order of Lincoln honor each received at the annual Lincoln Academy convocation ceremony, held this year at Augustana College. The two recipients also discuss their life's work that led to the recognition.
Augustana’s 17th annual Celebration of Learning, a student research symposium, will be Saturday, May 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.). This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Justin List, who graduated from Augustana in 2002 with majors in biology and religion. The event is free and open to the public.
Beta Omega Sigma fraternity held its second-annual charity wheelchair race fundraiser benefiting injured soldiers.
To kick off Earth Week, students and faculty gathered in Hanson 102 to discuss environmental issues around campus. More environmental events continue throughout the week.
04/16/13 Dr. Whitt earns national recognition
The National Conference of Black Political Scientists has named an Augustana College professor, Dr. Christopher Whitt, as its 2013 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year.
04/15/13 And the Argpatch Awards go to ...
Loosely based on the Academy Awards and christened with a mashup of the names of two local newspapers, the Argpatch awards honor the people and things readers love about the Quad-Cities. Sherry Maurer, director of the Augustana College Art Museum, won the award for "Best Female in a Leading Role," nominated by Diane von Dresky, president of the Rock Island Art Guild. And Oden, Bo, Zorn, and Cami (Augustana's Viking Pups) won for "Best Animal."
On April 11, Rho Nu Delta hosted the annual St. Baldrick's event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Participants opted to publicly shave their heads in return for donations. Head shaving for St. Baldrick's is a symbol of solidarity and support for the thousands of kids who lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments every year.
After averaging 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Vikings this winter, freshman Ben Ryan earned national Rookie of the Year accolades from D3hoops.com. Ryan became the first freshman to lead Augustana since 2001.
About 35 people attended the Augustana Historical Society spring program “Back to School in Special Collections” on Wednesday, April 10.
Augustana College announced Dr. Dan Lee, professor of ethics and director of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, is the inaugural holder of the Marian Taft Cannon Endowed Chair in the Humanities. As the college’s first Cannon Professor of the Humanities, Dr. Lee has the unique opportunity to shape the way this endowment will impact Augustana College faculty, and influence the transformative educational experience they provide students.
The Department of Theatre Arts will close its 2012-13 season, "Balancing Acts," with Eric Bogosian's "subUrbia." The show will run for two weekends beginning April 26 and closing May 5 in Potter Theatre on the upper level of the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. Tickets are available through the Augustana Ticket Office
Joseph Koek tells the story of his time spent in the Dutch Underground, hiding from the Nazis during World War II. He remembers being moved from apartment to apartment, hiding from any windows for fear of being seen, not being able to wear shoes or use the bathroom for fear of making too much noise, and many other restrictions not suited for an 11-year-old. Koak now lives in Chicago with his wife.
This year Earth Week kicks off with an Environmental Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Hanson 102.
04/10/13 Student earns $5,000 Hasselmo Prize
An Augustana College junior with a lifelong love of nature and a double major in biology and environmental sciences, Carlisle Evans Peck, of Geneseo, is this year’s winner of Augustana’s Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit.
Augustana College has been hosting Business Day, where students connect with potential employers, for 37 years. And every year, organizers say, the benefits become more apparent to both businesses and students. This year's event is April 19, starting at 8 a.m., in the Carver P.E. Center.
Augustana College's spring term Symposium Day centered on the topic of social justice. The featured speaker, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Jones-DeWeever's lecture, "Life at the Intersection: Black Women and the Politics of Power, Privilege and Persisting Inequality in the Age of Obama," was the centerpiece of the last of three symposia days for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Augustana hosted a conference, "Promoting Undergraduate Research at Liberal Arts Colleges" on April 6, 2013 for college faculty from around the country. Through Senior Inquiry among other projects, Augustana promotes student research as an effective hands-on learning method.
04/09/13 Who let the dogs in?
Vikings Pups student group founder Mary Kiolbasa gained approval from the Augustana administration to open a Vikings Pups TLA, which gives the therapy dogs a home on campus. Kiolbasa, a sophomore, is enrolled in a special 3-2 program and will attend another college after her junior year. Under previous guidelines prohibiting dogs from campus housing, she would not have a chance to foster a dog for the club she began.
Cursive writing is still taught in many schools around the country as well as the Quad-Cities. But some day cursive may be erased completely as standards change and more courses are added. “There’s now at least twice as much stuff in the curriculum per grade level, so there’s less time to focus on cursive writing,” said Dr. Charles Hyser, professor of education at Augustana. “It’s causing us to do it more superficially than to teach it in depth.”
The 2013 Augie Abroad Photo Contest was open to all students who traveled internationally with Augustana or Augie Choice funds between May of 2012 and March of 2013. There were 149 entries in five categories.
The Spektral Quartet — violinists Austin Wulliman and Aurelien Pederzoli, violist Doyle Armbrust and cellist Russell Rolen — will conduct masterclasses and perform here April 12. Wulliman said the group is looking forward to premiering a new work by Jacob Bancks, assistant professor of music, entitled "Canticle." Wulliman did a Q&A on the Spektral blog with Bancks about his personal approach to composition and the string quartet genre.
To gear up for the 49th Convocation and Investiture of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at Augustana on April 13, local scholars presented Lincoln Symposium last Saturday. Augustana's Dr. Stephen Warren said President Lincoln was "a product of frontier Illinois," good and bad. He had to sell the idea of anti-slavery, and while many historians may maintain he was a "flip-flopper," he was consistent on his stance of natural rights, he said.
When he was 12, Joseph Koek was separated from his parents in the Netherlands, never to see them again. "I do not turn around to wave goodbye to my parents," said Koek, a Holocaust survivor. "I never looked back. I wished I would have turned around and waved goodbye. Maybe that would have been too dangerous." Koek will deliver the annual Geifman Lecture at Augustana at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Hall.
04/08/13 Gifts, event honor legacy of Lincoln
On Saturday, April 13, six individuals with Quad-Cities connections will be honored at Augustana College with the State of Illinois’ highest award, the Order of Lincoln. As the Quad Cities prepares to roll out the red carpet, the honorees are receiving an assortment of locally themed gifts.
Lauren Novak '13 made two trips to Nicaragua to collect samples of water sources frequented by livestock. She later tested those samples for contamination levels and compared to water comsumed by livestock in Iowa for her Senior Inquiry.
Bill Swanson '82, North American CEO of Cartridge World Inc., explains how he led the company after moving its North American headquarters from California to Illinois in 2011. “It’s constantly learning and taking a look at what you did yesterday,” he says. “What went well and what didn’t go well? What did we learn from it? How do we take yesterday’s or today’s experiences and use that to shape what we’re going to do tomorrow?” Swanson majored in accounting and business administration here.
On March 24, Augustana junior Kim Sawyer became the winningest singles player in Vikings history. With 77 singles victories, Sawyer holds the all-time record against 17 losses. She is 30 total wins away from Augustana's all-time total wins (singles and doubles) record of 158.
Professor Emeritus and former conductor of the Augustana Choir and Handel Oratorio Society, Donald E. Morrison died at his home in Rock Island on Friday, March 29 at the age of 81. Morrison was the second conductor of the Augustana Choir and held that position from 1966-1993. During his tenure as its director, the choir toured throughout the United States and Europe.
A schedule for students and list of concurrent sessions planned for Symposium Day April 9: Social Justice
As experts and families alike try to understand how to get the greatest value possible from a college education, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy released a report that examines the rise of double majors. The report explores why students choose two majors, what pairings of majors are most prevalent and how studying two majors impacts students’ academic and extracurricular lives. Nearly 38 percent of Augustana students earn two or more majors.
The Augustana Veterans Organization meets to discuss ideas of spreading awareness to veterans on campus and in the community. The group is open to veterans and non-veterans. For more information, email Josh Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Handel Oratorio Society and Augustana Symphony Orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem" on April 20 at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Tickets are available from the Augustana Ticket Office. Soloists for the performance will be soprano Claire Kuttler and baritone Saul Nache, both Quad-City area natives.
Consider different Biblical interpretations of God with Dr. Kelly Murphy, an expert on the Hebrew Bible, with her lecture “The Spirit or the Lord” on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102. The presentation is free and open to the public.
A student group at Augustana College recently won an $800 award to help draw attention to farming practices in the developing world that impoverish people and their land.
The Salon features intellectual discussion between students and faculty outside the classroom. The April 2 meeting will focus on the ways in which languages change and whether it's good or bad.
Augustana College’s spring term Symposium Day April 9 will be centered on the topic of social justice. The featured speaker, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women, will present at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Flutist and composer Phyllis Louke will visit the Quad Cities April 19-20 for two workshops and a concert. Her visit is sponsored by Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, Bettendorf Rotary, Altus Flutes and Quad City Flutes Unlimited.
As part of the Women and Gender Studies Tea Hour Series, Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow gave a talk Wednesday, March 20, on how sexual identities are portrayed in various media. The lecture was a summary of her sabbatical report from last school year.
WVIK Augustana Public Radio will be adding a second broadcast of “The Cities” to air each Saturday at noon, beginning April 6. This will be in addition to the show’s weekly Friday evening slot.
President of Augustana College Steven Bahls and his wife, Jane, have joined with other presidents of the Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to fund the construction of a water well in Ethiopia. The effort was led through the presidents’ association, Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA).
Biology Professor Bohdan Dziadyk throws some light on the vernal equinox: On two days each year the length of daylight and darkness are very nearly the same. The first day of spring, the vernal equinox, occurs about March 21. Equinox means “equal night.” Depending on day length and associated temperature and precipitation, plants may bloom and birds may migrate on different dates, varying from days to weeks, across time.
Augustana was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Augustana Department of Theatre Arts and Alpha Psi Omega will accept submissions for the 14th Annual Quad City Playwrights' Festival through April 15. A staged reading will take place in the Black Box Theatre on May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Augustana College will host Spring Preview Days for high school students and their parents who wish to visit campus from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Tuesday, March 26; Thursday, March 28; and Tuesday, April 16.
Following a three-year collaboration between the religion and philosophy departments, a curriculum was drafted and approval was gained for a 21-credit minor in ethics at Augustana. The ethics minor is a perfect fit for a small liberal arts college, according to Dr. Tim Bloser, associate professor of philosophy at Augustana. “Ethics asks us to examine carefully the values that we hold, and to ask whether we value the right things. Ultimately, this has great importance for helping us to decide how we ought to live our lives.”
03/19/13 Augie Minute with Kelly Daniels
Assistant professor of English Kelly Daniels shares the motivation behind writing his memoir and what lessons he hopes resonate with readers.
03/19/13 WVIK anchor earns three awards
Michelle O’Neill, news editor and morning news anchor at WVIK, recently won three awards from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
An Augustana research team headed by assistant professor Tim Muir is trying to figure out what makes the turtles tick. More precisely, Muir and his student assistants want to know how the most widespread native turtle of North America manages to survive being frozen solid. The answer might be in the turtles’ tiny organs. But there could be significant human consequences for Muir’s studies, too.
Augustana seniors Alex Rindone and Greg Patton join coach Paul Olsen to reflect on their Augustana careers on and off the track. Rindone and Patton added to their successful track careers with individual All-American honors at the NCAA National Indoor Championship. They also lead the 1,600-meter relay, along with sophomores David Voland and Keith Cline, to an All-American finish.
03/13/13 Planetarium open house on April 20
Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium (820 38th Street, Rock Island) will be open to the public on Saturday, April 20, for a free evening of stargazing and planet viewing. The planetarium will be open from 8:30 to 10 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs.
As a specialist in American Indian history, associate professor Dr. Stephen Warren is committed to increasing knowledge of American Indian communities. He recently was appointed to help with an effort by the Ohio Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities to increase and share knowledge about Midwestern Native Americans with community colleges.
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar addressed a crowd in Wallenberg Hall on Monday, March 11. The topic of Edgar's lecture was “Leadership in Times of Crisis.”
Businesses looking for connections with some of the area’s best and brightest college students are invited to register now for Business Day 2013 at Augustana College. The annual event, which falls on Friday, April 19, this year, has grown into one of the area’s premier networking and job-shadowing opportunities. Last year, 140 Augustana students spent the day with 53 employers, from major international corporations to smaller Quad Cities-based companies.
Tri-Beta hosted a seminar where a variety of doctors from the surrounding area came to campus to teach students how to stitch wounded skin together. Students practiced the technique on pigs' feet.
History professor Dr. Lendol Calder is part of a group exploring the best ways to teach history on behalf of the American Historical Association, with help from a Teagle Foundation grant.
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will deliver the commencement speech at Augustana College’s 153rd Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the i wireless Center (1201 River Dr., Moline, Ill.). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Dr. Ike Brannon, an Augustana alumnus, will present a lecture, "How tax reform would benefit the Quad Cities," at 4:30 p.m. March 12 in the board room at the Augustana College Center (3750 7th Ave.). This free public lecture is sponsored by Augustana's Department of Political Science.
While Jews and Christians share sacred texts, the two communities read, interpret and embody their traditions in distinctly different ways. On Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center, in the Augustana College Center (3703 7th Ave.), Dr. Heather Miller Rubens will examine various Jewish and Christian interpretations of Isaiah’s Suffering Servant, including a biblical illumination from 'The Saint John’s Bible.'
Wikipedia fans are invited to learn how to edit the world’s largest encyclopedia during a first-ever “edit-a-thon” from 4-6 p.m. March 20 in the Thomas Tredway Library (3435 9½ Avenue). The event will be held in the Special Collections Classroom on the library’s first floor, and is free and open to the public.
Alumna Sophie Ali was changed by her Augie Choice experience – an opportunity to study abroad. Today her work and continued connections with Augustana make a practical impact in the Quad Cities community as she leads efforts to organize the “Lids for Kids” 5K walk/run, which will start at 8 a.m. from Sunset Park on Saturday, April 6, to raise money for the Spring Forward Learning Center.
Joseph Koek was separated from his parents as a boy and avoided Nazi troops by hiding in an apartment above a school. Koek will share his tale of survival at Augustana College at 7 pm on Monday, April 8, in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Hall.
Paula Homan ’75 was ahead of the curve in her job as curator of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. Since she began her job in 1993, more and more major league teams have seen the value of building museums. Homan studied art history at Augustana and interned at the Fryxell Geology Museum, where she made plaster casts of rare fossils. The 16,000-piece collection Homan oversees includes about 1,000 photographs, bats, trophies and uniforms donated by Stan Musial, the team’s iconic slugger, before his death Jan. 19.
Thomas Tredway Library Special Collections will offer the exhibit "Highbrow to Lowbrow: the Upper Mississippi River Valley through John Henry Hauberg's Book Collection," through spring term. Hauberg was an amateur historian, photographer, progressive-era activist, member of civic and cultural societies, and a book collector. When Hauberg died in 1955, many of his papers and books were given to Augustana College.
At Augustana College, Dr. Kelly Daniels teaches creative writing and has written a book about his life containing more twists and turns than most fiction. In Cloudbreak, California: A Memoir, available from Owl Canyon Press, Dr. Daniels of Rock Island offers a catalog of real-life experiences.
Dr. Jacob Wright has taken a fresh look at the reason the Bible was written, and will discuss his findings at Augustana College during a free presentation, open to the public, on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, inside Denkmann Memorial Hall.
A one-of-a-kind art exhibit of female Catholic saints – burned into wooden ironing boards – is on display through Friday, May 17, on the second floor of Augustana College’s Thomas Tredway Library.
03/04/13 Gun-shy to debate?
Reporters shouldn't be surprised when elected officials find ways to avoid concerning guns and gun legislation, says Stephen Klien, associate professor of communication studies at Augustana. “Politically speaking, there is no upside for the legislators to making any kind of specific statement (on gun control),” said Klien, who specializes in political rhetoric and communications.
Shawn James '09 is a Peace Corps volunteer working in Nepal. He earned a degree in geography from Augustana and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “My education prepared me to think about problems in new ways and to effectively share and demonstrate alternative solutions,” he said.
Augustana President Steve Bahls participates in a panel discussion to address students’ relationships with money and what role colleges should play in shaping them. Worries about debt are widespread among college students, but that doesn’t stop some of them from engaging in risky financial behaviors, according to a survey of 40,000 students released last week.
Here's a test. Without looking at the accompanying list, how many museums can you count in the Quad-Cities region? Five? 10? Is 15 a stretch? Actually, the number is 38! Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum and John Deere Planetarium are on the list but we had to add the Augustana Art Museum.
A group of Augustana College students is inviting as many people as possible to shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the PepsiCo Recreation Center.
Mark Petersen '75 was named a John Deere Classic Community Hero last week. Petersen, a CPA, graduated in accounting. In addition to decades of service to the golf tournament, he has served president, treasurer, and board member for Moline Kiwanis as well as lieutenant governor for his Illinois district. He's also spent 10 years as scorekeeper for high school basketball games, coached Little League, and volunteered bookkeeping for other non-profits. The Classic generated $6.79 million for 500 non-profit organizations last year.
Experts believe more money is probably being spent to save the giant panda than any other species and some question if it's worth it, but not Sarah Bexell '91. In an interview with NBC, she says: “I think pandas are symbolic. We all love them. We all want to share the earth with them. And if we truly cannot save space for giant pandas, what does that say about us as a species?” Bexell graduated with a degree in biology and environmental studies. She is director of conservation education and communications at China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
The Rev. William E. Berg of the Class of 1932, died Feb. 11, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minn., at the age of 102 surrounded by three generations of his family. The author of eight spiritual books, Pastor Berg continued his writing, preaching and extensive personal correspondence up to his last week of life.
David J. Livingston '86, vice president for advancement at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., has been appointed the ninth president of Lourdes University in Ohio. After conducting a search which garnered candidates from 24 states and Canada, Livingston was selected unanimously by Lourdes. He will begin his role July 1. Livingston received a degree in chemistry at Augustana.
Twenty Augustana students joined Dr. Steve Klien for a Spring Break Harlem Shake.
Don Wooten, the founder of WVIK Public Radio at Augustana College and considered by many an institution in the Quad Cities community, will receive an honorary doctorate from the college during its graduation ceremonies May 19. Friends of Wooten will be celebrating a little early, on May 16, with a dinner and reception to honor him. They're now hoping for memorabilia from the community that can be used to present a light-hearted retrospective about Wooten.
Dr. Jason Box began his research on glaciers with a grade-school report. These days, the Nobel laureate takes a more hands-on approach, having logged 19 trips to Greenland since 1994. He gave a Polar Lecture at Augustana last month ahead of the screening of the film "Chasing Ice" that will be shown at the college March 23 during the annual Environmental Film Festival. Box was a key contributor to the film. "I've seen audiences react to the film, and I know it's connecting with people in ways that pure science doesn't connect, because it has art and it has communication," he says.
Registration has begun for Augustana College’s Summer Academy, where high school students can experience college life, stay overnight, and take classes with some of the most popular professors on campus. Classes vary in length up to five days and take place June 23-28. There’s engineering and art, science and writing, even a literary class about morality in the Harry Potter books.
Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will deliver an address, “Leadership in Times of Crisis,” at Augustana College on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, inside the Denkmann Building.
Augustana's Good Fit contest catches the attention of CBS affiliate WHBF. Meghan Cooley, director of recruitment communications, explains why the scholarship photo contest is more popular every year. Winners are at http://www.augustana.edu/goodfit
Joshua Schipp '10 is the AFL-CIO community services liaison for United Way of the Quad-Cities Area. It's his job to find "projects to help the local labor organizations make good on their commitment to doing good things in their community." Thus it was that he was one of many who helped an East Moline woman whose roof fell in.
On her way to work one blustery morning in late January, Rock Island High School teacher Nicole Regan noticed a number of students without winter outerwear. She emailed her friend Kathi Fox, administrative assistant for the Augustana College athletic department. Regan ended up with 12 huge garbage bags of hoodies, winter coats, pants, gloves and hats.
After a powerful meteor strike in Sibera and with a close pass by an asteroid looming, reporters had some questions for Augustana's Dr. Lee Carkner, director of the John Deere Planetarium.
More than 25,000 votes were tallied for the 2013 Good Fit T-shirt contest. Five $1,000 scholarships were slated to be awarded, but Augustana representatives were so impressed with this year's submissions that a sixth scholarship was added.
After President Obama addressed the cost of college in his State of the Union address Tuesday, the ongoing national discussion of the topic of affordability became even livelier. W. Kent Barnds, Augustana's vice president of enrollment, communication and planning, has been talking, writing and blogging about the value of a college education for a long time. By value, he means more than dollars.
Although Galileo Galilei was born 449 years ago today, the debate about his life goes on. Dr. Thomas Mayer of Augustana College is a noted scholar of Galileo and church history of the time. He's written two recent books on the subject and a third is in progress. This makes him a valuable resource to other scholars and writers. The latest of these is columnist Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker in an essay this week, "Moon Man, What Galileo Saw."
Augustana College is hosting a one-day conference, “Promoting Undergraduate Research at Liberal Arts Colleges,” on Saturday, April 6, in Carlsson Evald Hall, 3601 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.
Augustana College is developing a new Upper Mississippi Studies Center that will be far more than its name implies under the direction of Dr. Michael Reisner, a new member of the faculty who was recruited for the director’s position after a national search.
The eighth annual Environmental Film Fest will be held from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 ,in the Olin Center for Educational Technology (735 35th St.). Doors open at 11 a.m. and admission is free.
Augustana College will present a free public forum April 18 on gender equality in salaries to help empower women with the skills to effectively negotiate compensation. Ruth Sweetser, former president of the American Association of University Women and current director of corporate relations at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, will present an overview of gender equity and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Six people with ties to the Quad Cities will receive the Order of Lincoln April 13 when the Lincoln Academy of Illinois conducts its 49th annual convocation at Augustana College.
John Borling was shot down over Vietnam June 1, 1966. He spent the next six years and eight months in a notorious North Vietnamese prison called the "Hanoi Hilton." Borling spent much of his time there just trying to survive. He also composed poetry — in his head, without benefit of pencil or paper. Borling, who attended Augustana and is retired from the Air Force, spoke on NPR's "Morning Edition" about his book of those poems: "Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton."
Pam and Bob Wilson ’72 decided to thank and honor an Augustana couple who have, through many years of teaching, coaching, mentoring and true friendship, changed the Wilsons’ lives for the better.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the men of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia began a three-day campaign to serenade students, staff and faculty on and off campus as part of their Vocal Valentines fundraiser.
Students of the U.S. Army War College and members of the Eisenhower National Security Series will speak on current social issues and the impact on America’s Armed Forces on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The event is free and open to the public.
02/08/13 Students plan suture seminar
For students starting out on the road to a medical career, having the chance to work with sutures offers a high-impact preview of the profession. A seminar to teach Augustana students how to use needle and thread in surgical procedures will be held Saturday, March 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at Augustana’s Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th Street).
Most people don’t realize that many stone statues from antiquity were originally festooned with color to bring the forms to life, a subject that will be explored in a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Augustana College's Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th Street), Room 102.
02/07/13 Five Questions with Denise Yoder
Five Questions is a series of profiles of people at Augustana. Denise Yoder, head athletic trainer, talks about theatre, comedy, and dealing with sports injuries on the playing field and on the ski slope.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha hosted a basketball knockout tournament in Pepsico Recreation Center on Feb. 1. The even raised money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats children afflicted with cancer.
02/06/13 Students urged to file FAFSA soon
The Office of Financial Assistance urges all Illinois residents who may be eligible for need-based financial assistance to submit the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Students must file the FAFSA to be eligible for a State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. However, continuing state budget difficulties mean that funding for MAP grants is likely to be depleted earlier than the FAFSA filing deadline.
On Jan. 31, Dr. Jason Box with the Byrd Polar Research Center spoke on campus about his investigation of the Greenland ice sheet since 1994.
The Augustana College Symphonic Band will begin its 2013 tour of the Midwest on Feb. 15, stopping at three locations in Illinois before continuing to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska. The band will return to perform its home concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in Augustana's Centennial Hall.
The Augustana Choir will tour the east coast. Feb. 15-22, traveling from Naples, Fla., to Baltimore, Md., before enjoying some free time in Washington, D.C. The choir also will perform a home concert at 8 p.m. on March 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa
V-Day, the non-profit organization that puts on performances of The Vagina Monologues around world, is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Feb. 14. The group is commemorating the milestone with its One Billion Rising campaign. Augustana students are among the thousands taking part globally.
Local CBS affiliate WHBF Ch.4 checks in with Dr. Steve Klien, associate professor of communication studies to see which Super Bowl ads left the biggest impressions and what makes an ad work.
Kai Yin (Queenie) Ho, an Augustana College senior, is the recipient of the Davies-Jackson Scholarship. An anthropology and biology double major, Ho will use the scholarship to pursue graduate studies at St John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. The award covers fees and expenses, including room and board, and is valued at $50,000.
For the 11th straight year, Augustana hosted its International Food Festival, to the delight of community members, students, faculty and staff. Food from all over the world was served Saturday night in the College Center.
Augustana College has announced its comprehensive fee for the 2013-14 academic year. For the coming year, the comprehensive cost will be $44,937—an increase of $513 in each of the three terms—from $43,398 in the 2012-2013 academic year. This is an increase of 3.5 percent.
In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, the Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing will be offering hearing testing at reduced fees for individuals with limited financial resources beginning in February.
Augustana's Dr. Jason Mahn is an associate professor of religion. He's also the editor of intersections magazine, a publication by and for the academic communities of the 26 colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Here, Dr. Mahn interviews Garry Griffith, director of Augustana Dining Services, for a special edition of the magazine focusing on sustainability.
01/31/13 Video: Students show love for donors
The Alumni and Advancement offices spent the week meeting with students around campus. Students had the opportunity to write a thank-you note to a donor in exchange for a cupcake. After writing cards, several students shared their thoughts on camera.
Paul Bailie '04 is pastor of Iglesia Luterana San Lucas in Eagle Pass, Texas, and Mision Luterana Cristo Rey in Piedras Negras, Mexico. So on Sunday he may preach in the U.S. in the morning, and then cross the border to preach in Cristo Rey in the afternoon. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Bailie first learned the Spanish he now uses daily at Davenport West High. His greatest joy is "Being together in a Christian community, realizing God’s grace even in the midst of poverty, violence and fear.”
More than 500 high school seniors visited Augustana on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a campus open house and departmental scholarship competition. Get a look at what they experienced and hear from two high school seniors about what excites them about Augustana.
Reviewer Thom White: "Friday’s world-premiere performance of playwright Tommy Smith’s The Bock Eye... is so packed with entertainment and clever and hilarious lines that it seems too much to be contained in just one hour. I enjoyed Augustana College’s presentation of this new work so greatly that I was a bit exhausted at its end, and gasped when I looked at my phone and saw that it was only 8:30."
Augustana seniors Clare Kilbride and Alexandra Piper have been named Emerging Women Leaders by the Women's Connection. The recognition is "for their exceptional leadership initiative and high academic achievement, and for making a difference in their school and community." Kilbride is from Rock Island, majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Piper is from Coal City, Ill., majoring in biology and German. Women's Connection is one of the largest women's organizations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
01/29/13 Video: Dance Marathon
Dance Marathon was held in the Pepsico Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 26. The five-hour event helped raise money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Augustana students Amber Dalgaard of Antioch, Ill., and Allison Hupfer of Cedarburg, Wis., are working with the University of Illinois Extension 4-H and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, which is hosting the QC Teen Leadership Academy on Feb. 9 in Moline. Dalgaard and Hupfer attended similar events in their youth, and now they're encouraging teens to do the same.
When Garisha Goodman was 5 she became a fan of the Japanese cartoon “Dragon Ball Z” on Saturday morning television. At 8, she found out that all the cartoons she enjoyed were anime (animation originating in Japan). She started teaching herself Japanese when she was 13. At Danville High, she took two years of Chinese, and that piqued her interest in Asian studies. Now, as an Augustana student, she hopes to spend 10 weeks studying and traveling in Japan and China.
After more than a decade as an assistant, Kirk Bednar began his new job as the city manager of Brentwood, Tenn., on Saturday, Jan. 26. Although he wanted to become a history teacher when he came to Augustana, Bednar took a political science course taught by a former Rock Island city manager and was intrigued.
Molly Steinwald, director of science education and research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, shared first-hand experience of sustainability with Augustana students during Winter Symposium Day. Much of her address walked the audience through the construction of Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a building that earned LEED Platinum certification.
Augustana College will present the world premiere of "The Bock Eye," an adaptation of the Greek tragedy "The Bacchae" by Euripides, this weekend and next. Guest director Saffron Henke talks about how the play came about and the fun of making something not seen by anyone before.
Dr. Tim Bloser of the philosophy department and Dr. Laura Hartman of the religion department discuss the newest minor to be offered at Augustana — ethics.
Brian Leech shares his research on the shift from underground copper mining to surface mining in the 1950s and '60s and the consequences for male workers. Open-pit work was safer but workers feared this change would lessen their sense of macho daring, independence and camaraderie as women began to join the workforce.
Like much of the rest of the country, Quad-Citians took in President Barack Obama’s inauguration from afar, gathering to watch on television, the Internet or listen on the radio. The Augustana College Democrats hosted an event at Carlsson Evald Great Hall, where about two dozen people watched on a big-screen television.
Laurel (Moyer) Walker '76, CEO at Skip-a-Long Child Development Services , is retiring after 36 years dedicated to building the nonprofit organization. Under her leadership, Skip-a-Long has enjoyed amazing growth and community outreach in 36 years. Skip-a-Long was founded in East Moline in 1970 by local citizens concerned about the lack of quality child care available to the children from families of low economic means.
Augustana College hosted its annual community-wide celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday. The event included performances by the Community Gospel Chorus, the Westbrook Singers, Augustana’s Gospel Choir, and the Truth Temple and Pentecostal Church of God Praise Dancers.
01/18/13 Why do people lie?
Dr. Timothy Bloser, Augustana associate professor of philosophy, talks with Quad City Times columnist Barb Ickes about what motivates people like cyclist Lance Armstrong to deceive millions of people. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired Thursday, Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs throughout much of his career, including all seven Tour de France wins.
01/18/13 Video: Greek Life Rush kickoff event
Augustana Greek Life kicked off its rush season with an event in Centennial Hall.
Janina Ehrlich, Augustana professor of music, teaches brother and sister cellists Kelsey and Harrison Qu. Kelsey is 17 and Harrison is 13. The two often play duets. One of the challenges as a musician, Ehrlich believes, is to understand the music and make it come to life for the audience. She says the two teenage musicians certainly do that.
Students, staff and friends of the college gathered for the grand re-opening of the Brew by the Slough coffeehouse Thursday, enjoying free samples and tours of the renovated fourth floor of the Tredway Library/Center for Student Life. Here are some facts and thoughts from a Lunch and Learn there just before the event.
A schedule for students and list of concurrent sessions planned for Symposium Day Jan. 23: "Nature and Human Nature."
Dr. Jason Box of The Ohio State University will present a lecture on his research of the Greenland ice sheet on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. in the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.), Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Augustana Darwin Club will sponsor Darwin Week Jan. 21-26 commemorating the 204th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, born Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England.
Dr. Stephen B. Hager, professor of biology at Augustana, has published research about the factors that cause birds to be killed by flying into windows. “Window Area and Development Drive Spatial Variation in Bird-Window Collisions in an Urban Landscape” was published by PLOS ONE, an international scientific journal.
Augustana's Theatre Department will premiere Tommy Smith's postmodern adaptation of Euripides' 'The Bacchae,' January 25-February 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase through the Augustana Ticket Office
Dr. Ann Boaden, adjunct associate professor of English, researched Augustana's early women graduates and published their stories in “Light and Leaven: Women Who Shaped Augustana’s First Century." Boaden also portrays one of the college's earliest female graduates, Netta Anderson, in full costume for performances, one of which is Jan. 15.
The Chicago Tribune writes about Augustana seniors Eric Palmer and Ethan Tarvin, who plan to hold their wedding ceremony this fall in Ascension Chapel. Citing acceptance within the Evangelical Lurtheran Church in America and Augustana's anti-discrimination policy, President Steve Bahls authorized the use of the chapel for same-sex ceremonies in November.
When the new Center for Student Life dining center opens next fall, students will find big changes: more food options, flexibility of seating and an improved atmosphere. They won't be paying with points and they won't be carrying trays.
Frank Telleen '39, described as the "epitome of professionalism each and every day," was Augustana's director of information services from 1958 to 1986. Telleen died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Trinity Rock Island at the age of 94.
With the nation's 55th inaugural address less than two weeks away, Stephen Klien, associate professor of communication studies, offered his vision of how the inaugural address has shaped the American identity since the time of George Washington's 1789 speech.
The annual community-wide celebration and musical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held Saturday, January 19, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The free public event will celebrate the legacy of this great leader through powerful speakers, music and dance.
01/09/13 Q-C area couple studies Arctic birds
Dr. Jennifer Burnham, associate professor of geography, and her husband, Kurt, spend their summers in the Arctic studying the effects of pollutants on birds. Most recently, they shared their story with the Quad-City Times.
Celebrate the artistic and musical talents of Augustana students at the opening of the sixth annual Augustana Sights and Sounds exhibition at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) on Friday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. The free event will feature distinctive photography from both Augustana students and Quad-Cities high school students, in addition to video narratives by the Augustana Video Bureau. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 22.
The Augustana College Office of International Programs will celebrate cultural diversity through cuisine at the International Food Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the College Center (3703 7th Ave.) dining room. Now in its 11th year, the festival attracts more than 500 guests who enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of dishes from around the world. Tickets sell out quickly.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will bring the best comedians from its theatres in New York City and Los Angeles to Augustana for an improv show on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
The the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Augustana history professor Lendol Calder helped address the need for history professors to look at themselves more as teachers than simply historians.
Several multi-million dollar capital projects at Augustana College, including a large student center, should be completed later this year, but students can take advantage of some of the work when they return next week.
A new anti-loitering ordinance in Rock Island limits the hours that people ages 17-20 may be on Great River Plaza in downtown Rock Island
Molly Steinwald, director of science education and research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, will speak at Augustana's winter symposium Jan. 23. The symposium is focused on sustainability. Steinwald will talk about Phipps' new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a 24,350-square-foot "living building" but she stresses that sustainability is not just about materials. "Sustainability is about working to change people's mindsets, values and behaviors," she says.
01/02/13 Latino USA to begin airing on WVIK
WVIK Augustana Public Radio will debut a new program, Latino USA, airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning January 2. A radio journal of news and culture, it is the only nationally distributed English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective.
Augustana College’s winter term symposium day, “Nature and Human Nature,” will be Wednesday, Jan. 23. Environmental scholar Molly Steinwald will give the keynote address twice, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The lecture is free and open to the public.