With less than 100 days to go until the November election, airwaves are about to be inundated with political ads. Although most people say they don’t like all attack ads, don’t expect them to stop. Dr. Stephen Klien, Augustana professor of communication studies, says more ads are on the way, especially in Iowa. “Out-of-state money is pouring into Iowa for the Iowa Senate race,” he said.
Augustana College and its Upper Mississippi Studies Center have pledged $17,000 in in-kind contributions as part of a $200,000-plus project to restore a 225-acre wetland in Moline and improve Rock River water quality. River Action Inc., based in Davenport, is spearheading the project. Augustana students and staff will help identify invasive plants for removal, and do inventory and monitoring.
John Le '16 used a National Science Foundation diversity grant to do research in professor Jose Boquin's organic chemistry lab this summer. Le's research is helping the multi-step synthesis of organic molecules.
Members of the Augustana community are invited to join neighbors from the KeyStone neighborhood, which is just east of the college's campus, for a potluck and informational meeting on Sunday, August 3 in Rock Island's Lincoln Park.
This week's NPR's Code Switch feature, "How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era," includes the story of Jesse Routte, the first African-American to graduate from Augustana. Code Switch journalists cover the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture. They spoke with scholars who documented how some people of color used the turban as a tool for "confounding the color lines."
Visitors and returning students may wish to take a different route to Augustana this summer if their usual route includes the Centennial Bridge across the Mississippi River. The bridge will be closed Aug. 3-Sept. 6. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the closure and a schedule of additional lane closures needed while $3.35 million of repairs are made to the structure between Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa.
Lois Hulda Marie Samuelson White, Augustana Class of 1942, known for her gift of music, died at home July 16 in Dunedin, Fla. She was 96. Born into a musical family, she studied at Augustana, the University of Illinois and in Grenoble, France. She met her husband, the late Dr. Lucien White, at Augustana where she was executive secretary to the comptroller and he was a foreign language professor and head of the library.
When he's not hunting for fossils in Antarctica or lecturing to his Augustana students about prehistoric life, William Hammer helps local law enforcement agencies in their investigations by classifying unidentified bones. Although some police departments have their own forensic anthropologist — someone who examines and identifies human skeletal remains — local Illinois investigators call Hammer.
Art professor Peter Xiao and his students discuss their efforts to update the painted mural in the Pepsico Recreation Center weight room during the summer.
Augustana senior Jeremy Sundberg is working as an intern with the city of Moline, Ill., to map 7,600 burials at Memorial Park Cemetery. When the project is done, families will be able to type in a name and locate where the person is buried. Sundberg scanned the cemetery's maps into the city's Geographic Information System. He then found each grave and recorded its coordinates with GPS, to coordinate with the plot map. Sundberg is a geography major is from Elmhurst, Ill.
If Annie Hopkins wanted to throw in the towel on her freshman lacrosse season at Augustana College, nobody would have blamed her.But Hopkins knew her father, Tom, who died March 26, wouldn’t have gone for that. She persevered and excelled in a way that surely would have made her father proud, helping the Vikings advance to the Sweet 16 of the Division III national tournament. Hopkins, from Chicago, is majoring in business administration.
Martha T. Harris, 88, a reference librarian for Augustana College from 1974-1989 and professor emerita, died July 13 in LaGrange Park, Ill. A memorial service and musical tribute will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Unitarian Church in Davenport.
Augie Acres, Augustana's student-operated garden, and the Rock Island Hy-Vee grocery store have developed a gardening and nutrition program for local children as part of Hy-Vee's One Step program.
In the mid-1950s, the imminent threat of nuclear war weighed heavily. Men like Nicholas Kefalides already had experienced war, living through it as a teenager in World War II in his native Greece. But, Kefalides survived and he dreamed of greatness. He eventually would graduate from Augustana and become a pioneer in the treatment of burn patients, something of great interest to the U.S. government.
The John Deere Classic, the annual PGA Tour stop in the Quad Cities, begins next week. The tournament's physician is Dr. J.C. Clarke '00, who specilizes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. The ORA surgeon also serves as one of three team physicians for Augustana sports teams. He discusses his profession and passion for golf in a short Q&A.
07/01/14 Power outage closes campus
Due to a morning power outage in Rock Island that continues to affect campus, the college is closed for the remainder of Tuesday.
06/30/14 Hello Greenland!
Senior Fallon Meyer is blogging about her work with Dr. Jennifer Burnham in Greenland this summer. The research is centered around the biogeography of seabird colonies and the impacts that global climate change and humans may have on them.
Award-winning game designer Jonathan Tweet has raised $12,000 in a recent Kickstarter campaign to self-publish a book — "Grandmother Fish" — that aims to make human evolution understandable to young children. Tweet, 48, the son of Augustana professor emeritus Roald Tweet, is aiming the book at preschoolers. "I love science, but I'm also a storyteller, and evolution is a great story," he said.
This June, Augustana students traveled to Paris for a five-week program pairing a course in music, from medieval to the birth of modernism, with a literature course on expatriate American writers in Paris. Augustana faculty members Dr. Randall Hall, associate professor of music, and Dr. Meg Gillette, associate professor of English, are teaching the classes in Paris.
Karen Dahlstrom, associate director of admissions at Augustana, is interviewed on CBS affiliate WHBF about about the college's Summer Visit Days for high school students, and the opportunity to earn a scholarship. The first Summer Visit Day at Augustana is June 27.
Track and field athletes Becca Sund, Josh Eisenberg, David Voland and David Devore all earned Academic All-American honors this spring. As a result, Augustana's total Academic All-American count grew to 153, the seventh-highest tally among all schools nationwide.
Patrick Ian Rigg has been named city administrator of Geneseo, Ill. Rigg, a native of East Moline, Ill., graduated from Augustana College in 2002 in political science, and earned a master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University while interning with the city of Davenport. For the past six year, he has been the city administrator in Eldora, Iowa.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has appointed Mark Marinko senior vice president and CFO. Marinko worked for TransUnion, LLC through August 2013. He most recently was president of the Consumer Services division at TransUnion after various roles in accounting and finances there since 1996. He graduated from Augustana in 1983, majoring in accounting and business administration.
High school students and their parents are invited to Augustana College on June 27, July 18 and August 11 for Summer Visit Days. Each day will include information sessions on admissions, scholarship and financial assistance information and optional sessions on athletics or music/performing arts.
Librarians at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library, plus some faculty and staff, have a few suggestions for your non-academic summer reading pleasure.
The River City Readers' Art in Plain Sight series on the history of public art in the Quad Cities profiles Cadence of Diversity at Augustana. The 100-foot mural is rich with expressions of many cultures that are balanced with an underlying theme of connectedness. Working with more than 50 Augustana students, Peter Xiao, professor of art, led the mural’s development and execution, completing the work in 2010.
Augustana College will participate in the second annual BioBlitz June 27-28 at Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island. A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of as many species as possible within a specified area during a 24-hour period. The idea is to collect basic taxonomic data and to highlight the value of local habitats.
A play based on the life of a Rock Island woman, a children's storybook and an analysis of a famous poem's structure won the Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies this academic year.
Various attendees and speakers from the ELCA's Interfaith Understanding Conference discuss collaborative efforts among presidents, students, faculty and chaplains at ELCA colleges and universities. At the conference, hosted by Augustana earlier this month, attendees discussed best practices, tools for, and real stories of exploring interfaith engagement and developing interfaith literacy on ELCA college and university campuses.
Augustana students have set more than 60 traps locally for the emerald ash borer, an insect that can kill ash trees. Students will collect data from the traps showing where the beetles are and how many are out there. In the fall, they will analyze the data and share that information with local government.
Augustana College will host the Ecological Research as Education Network annual meeting June 25-27. Seventy members of EREN will gather to discuss how to better conduct research, how to involve students in the ecological sciences, and to share their results.
Genesius Guild and Opera @ Augustana will present the Strauss opera, "Die Fledermaus" on June 14, 15, 21 and 22. Admission is free and all shows start at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. The performance includes a live orchestra, music and dance.
Students in grades K-6 at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island collaborated with Augustana for a project on the Mississippi River. Augustana funded a month-long study of the river, including classroom sets of books, an author visit, outreach programs and free field trips. Education majors also worked at Longfellow, working with a different grade each trimester, four hours a week.
Teams of college presidents, faculty members, chaplains and students from 17 of the 26 universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America participated in a conference on interfaith understanding at Augustana. Among follow-up steps participants discussed was "weaving interfaith understanding throughout the curriculum," Augustana Chaplain Richard Priggie said.
06/03/14 Jenny Lind winner to perform June 23
The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana will celebrate midsummer on June 23 with decoration and raising of the Maypole, procession of the midsummer queen and a concert by soprano Christina Nilsson, winner of Sweden's 2014 Jenny Lind Scholarship.
06/03/14 Video: Augie Minute with Erin Freund
Harp instructor Dr. Erin Freund discusses the progression of the young harp instruction "movement" at Augustana, what sorts of students take harp courses and what they get out of them.
Dr. Reuben Heine's students are doing field study on the Mississippi River called "Reading The Riverbed." They will compare their recent sediment samples to a study done in 1925 to see how sediments have changed. They also will study St. Louis and the lower Mississippi River delta, Memphis, the Gulf Coast and New Orleans.
05/28/14 The White Privilege Moment
Dr. Paul R. Croll, assistant professor of sociology at Augustana, sees the recent discussion as part of a watershed moment for the academic field. The concept of white privilege doesn’t point fingers at white supremacy or racist acts, but at structural and historical problems in society.
05/27/14 After graduation with the Augie A
New graduates and their families posed with the Augie A after the ceremony Sunday at the iWireless Center in Moline.
After congratulating the Class of 2014 at commencement on Sunday, Augustana President Steve Bahls asked graduates to use their education well. "May you continue to take the road less traveled, and trust that it will make all the difference in the world. Use your education to discern what is true and what is good. Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. But most of all, continue building on your experiences here for a purposeful life, well-lived."
Four 2014 graduates share their favorite college memories, and another wore a GoPro camera attached to his mortarboard during Augustana's 154th Commencement. Additionally, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos delivers the keynote address.
After serving as the interim chancellor for Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences since August, alumna Tracy Poelvoorde moves into the position on a permanent basis. After completing her bachlor's degree in biology/pre-veterinary medicine at Augustana in 1987, Poelvoorde went on to earn her master's degree at Idaho State University. She joined Trinity College as an assistant professor in 2000.
Dr. John Delaney, associate professor of accounting and chair of the accounting department at Augustana College, has been selected as the Illinois CPA Society's "Outstanding Educator" for 2014.
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Augustana art and art history professor, will show her work in a new exhibition opening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum May 24. "Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber," features more than 70 works by more than 50 artists from across the country. Schussheim-Anderson's work will be shown in a companion exhibit, "Local Threads."
Danielle Schneider ’16 will travel to South Africa for a two-week internship in June. The Shimongwe Limpopo Veterinary Experience, which typically accepts students already in veterinary programs, features medical work on sick and injured domesticated species as well as animal vaccinations.
The news department of WVIK Quad Cities NPR was honored with seven awards this year in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2013 News Excellence Awards competition.
Lisa Huntsha, librarian/archivist at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana, will travel to Sweden this summer to research the use of digital resources in Swedish libraries and archives.
A controversial zoning request by St. Ambrose University for a new a sports complex goes before the Davenport City Plan and Zoning Commission today. In a letter to the editor, Augustana President Steve Bahls explains why the project would be good for the Quad Cities: "Let’s embrace our colleges by allowing them to maintain their competitive edge... And let’s recognize that quality athletic fields – adjacent or near to campus – are one of the most important keys to doing so."
05/20/14 Are you being served?
Faculty volunteers donned gloves and dished up the traditional Midnight Breakfast from late Monday night into this morning at the Center for Student Life. The custom of faculty waiting on students to kick off finals week is becoming more and more popular, said Gary Griffith, director of dining. Last night, a record 1,095 students were served.
Several hundred of their classmates have grown in similar ways, but these seven have shared their stories throughout the school year as part of our Four Years Project. As the name suggests, this group will continue to chronicle its collective Augustana journey for another three years to come.
05/19/14 Seniors review Internet math talks
A new crop of math majors is stepping off campus and into the next phases of life. Some go to industry, some into teaching, and some into graduate school. Along any of these paths, one way to continue learning is to watch talks about and using mathematics. Here are interesting math talks that have been extended by further literature research by graduating seniors.
Essays on Catholic sexual ethics, gender and gods in ancient Greece, and an exploration of the furry genre of anthropomorphic animal fiction won the the top prizes in the 2014 Wollstonecraft Essay Contest.
05/16/14 On to Greenland, glaciers and MIT
Matt Osman was in a tough spot. He had a life-changing decision to make and not a lot of time. "It completely consumed my psyche for an entire month," he said. "I never was expecting to be in the position to be choosing between the top research university in the world and a Fulbright."
Senior geography majors Jessica Flondro, Danna Jensen and Alan Sabat share their senior inquiry research and why they're interested in geography.
For someone who stands under 5 feet, Hilary Kargl has been a huge influence on the success of the Augustana women's lacrosse team.She stands tall in a number of aspects for the Vikings, who are in regional semifinal action in the NCAA Div. III National Tournament on Saturday in Maryland against defending national champ Salisbury.
After taking the course “Childhood in the Developing World” Brittany Burk '14 used her $2,000 Augie Choice for a trip to Guatemala to see what she had just studied. On their return, she and other students set out to raise money to help the children they met, with nearly $3,000 so far. “What we took away is that our education can help set them free in a way. We can’t just ignore it anymore,” she said. Burk plans to become a speech language pathologist.
Shanty Town is an annual event sponsored by Habitat for Humanity that raises awareness of homelessness. At this event, numerous campus groups on campus build and spend the night in small, cardboard shanties.
05/14/14 What's a kidney between friends?
Brian Bratta, an athletic trainer at Michigan State University, is the kind of guy who would give his left arm to help somebody. Or one of his kidneys. “It was nothing,” Bratta said after donating a kidney to a friend. “The only thing was, my MMA career was cut short.” He paused, waiting for the laugh. “But I never had one in the first place.” Bratta graduated from Augustana with a BA in biology and a minor in sports medicine in 2002.
Residents of the KeyStone neighborhood of Rock Island are invited to a brainstorming session with Augustana students and faculty on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church (4501 7th Ave.).
Staged readings of selected plays by local playwrights will be performed by Augustana actors at the 15th Annual Quad City Playwrights’ Festival. Four playwrights are featured in the festival, including Augustana senior Joshua Malone. Their 10-minute plays will be enacted at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall.
Alexandria Petrassi and Alyssa Froehling won awards for their creative writing entries in the 2014 Suffolk County Community College's (SCCC) Creative Writing Festival. Petrassi won first prizes in both creative nonfiction and poetry, and Froehling won third place in poetry.
Winners of annual essay contest sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics touched on undocumented immigration, abuse of legal drugs, privacy and cultural ideas of beauty this year.
05/09/14 Durbin proposes student loan reform
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin was on campus on Friday, May 9 to promote a series of bills focused on student loan reform. In addition to holding a press conference with local media, the senator spoke with about a dozen current Augustana students and met with President Steve Bahls.
Augustana devoted a day to scholarship and the arts Wednesday at the 17th Celebration of Learning, this year also serving as the college's third Symposium Day. The campus was filled with more than 100 presentations, 45 poster presentations, art talks and installations and performances. Not to mention the dragon.
From quantum computing to bilingual classrooms to perceptions of the American dream to genetic mutations, student research showcased at the Celebration of Learning spanned the breadth of a liberal arts education. Four presenters from the 17th annual event shared their research and the stories behind it.
The Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing recently has been selected to receive funding from the Royal Ball Run organization to offer scholarships for speech-language services in the summer. The Royal Ball Run is a fundraiser for autism initiatives and programs in the Quad-Cities area. The run will be held June 21 in Milan.
05/06/14 Celebration of Learning
More than 200 students and faculty will share their scholarly and creative work on Wednesday, May 7 as a part of the campus-wide research symposium. The event is free and open to the public.
The local chapter of the American Association of University Women is sending Augustana sophomore Natalie Tomerlin to the AAUW's National Conference for College Women Student Leaders next month, where Chelsea Clinton will be the featured speaker.
There’s nothing of “merit” in terms of a moral of the story or a point to be made, to "Something’s Afoot" beyond its spoofy entertainment value, and the cast and crew of Augustana’s production seem to understand that. They make the mash-up of music and murder a jolly good time and left me grinning from ear to ear
Senior Joshua Malone will have the pleasure of seeing one of his own plays on stage at the New Ground Theatre Playwrights Festival May 2-11. Malone's play "Memories" was chosen for the festival and will be directed by Christina Myatt of the Augustana theatre department.
Is small scale urban farming financially viable for those who want to earn some extra money operating a sustainable small business? Ryan Schone, Augustana Class of 2011, is on a quest to find out. Schone (a geography major) is the local foods and micro-farm coordinator for University of Wisconsin Extension.
On Super Thursday (April 24), community advisors got their new housing assignments. Afterward, two CAs discussed their feelings about their housing assignments as well as what it's like to be a CA.
Combat veterans fresh out of the "sandbox" may struggle to adapt to their new lives in academia, two graduating veterans told an Augustana audience Wednesday. Josh Brown and J.D. Engelhardt, both Army veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, started the Augustana Veterans Support Group. They saluted the veterans Wednesday during "An Evening of Remembrance."
Twelve seniors in art and graphic design are presenting their work as Senior Inquiry projects at the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art through May 25.
Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novel "Seraphina," closed out the 2013-14 River Readings series. Published in 2012 by Random House, "Seraphina" introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.
Jeno Laszlo Berta delivered the annual Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies. Berta was born in the village of Hegyhàtsàl, county of Vas-(Megye), Hungary, in 1937. During World War II, Hungary's Jewish population was not targeted for extermination until 1944. However, once the round-ups and deportations began, they were run with ruthless and brutal efficiency.
"Whistler and His Contexts," an exhibition currently on display in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, was co-curated by two seniors: art history and English major Elizabeth Jakaitis from Grayslake, Ill., and art history major Jordan Kirkbride, from Rock Island, Ill., with Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and Director of the Centre for Whistler Criticism.
Graphic design and marketing major Erin Williams' Senior Inquiry project took the form of a deck of 24 rune cards. “I have a pretty intensive interest in all things Norse mythology,” said Williams. “Each rune has a different symbol attached to different things, so it’s a lot easier to have found a visual tool that I was looking for.” Her work, along with that of the 11 other students, will be displayed in the Teaching Museum of Art April 29-May 25.
04/29/14 Jared Johnson to join WVIK staff
Jared Johnson has been named director of corporate support, partnerships and marketing for WVIK 90.3 FM, Quad-Cities NPR. Johnson will join the staff at WVIK on May 12 after eight years with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) as director of marketing. His responsibilities at WVIK will include managing the radio station's corporate underwriting and marketing programs.
As dominant as Cody Burgdorff has been in the goal for the Augustana men’s lacrosse team the past three seasons, the Vikings’ junior has taken his competitive energy to even greater heights away from field. Burgdorff is a world-class fly fisherman, a member of silver-medal winning Team USA at the 2012 World Youth Fly Fishing Competition in France who this summer will begin competition on the new Pro Fly Angling Tour.
On Earth Day, April 22, Students who were were awarded Green Grants by Global Affect gave presentations about their projects. Green Grants is a new initiative by Global Affect and the local chapter of Royal Neighbors of America. The grants were to fund projects promoting campus sustainability.
Augustana retired dean Steve Backmeyer was recently honored with the Michael P. Nolan Award for Volunteer of the Year 2014 for his involvement with the 4th-grade students at the Longfellow Liberal Arts Elementary School.
Kicking off the 38th annual Business Day, Susan Black-Beth '99 gave the keynote address at Carver PE Center. Black-Beth has worked as a conference producer with International Communications for Management, as the senior vice president and director of franchising, and as the chief operating officer for Super Wash, Inc.
To raise funds for military personnel injured in the line of duty, Augustana students will host the annual Cross the Line for Devine event from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex. The event will feature wheelchair relay races, free food and entertainment. The event honors honor of Adam Devine, an Augustana alumnus.
04/24/14 Student wins $10,000 physics award
Mark Hoffmann has been named a Rossing Physics Scholar for 2013-2014. Hoffmann is a native of Lansing, Ill., majoring in pre-medicine and engineering physics. His passion for applying knowledge learned from classes and previous experiences to hands-on engineering projects has earned him a $10,000 award.
Dr. Adam Kaul will be a Research Fellow at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland in Galway this summer. He will study Irish street performers, known as buskers, to better understand the intersections between tourism economics, music and social change.
On Tuesday night, the women's lacrosse team continued its undefeated streak with win No. 13. Coach Sara Tisdale and junior captains Kelly Stelzer and Bridget Conniff discuss their season, hard work, team bonding, and the postseason.
The student gruop Global Affect has planned a series Earth Week events this week, including a bike ride and e-waste collection.
04/16/14 Camp Kesem's big-hearted students
Columnist John Marx says the work of dozens of Augustana College students for Camp Kesem will warm hearts. Camp Kesem is a week-long summer camp for children whose parents have, have had or have passed away from cancer.
"Early bird" tickets to the spring musical "Something's Afoot" are $10 until April 28, when prices will increase to $14 for the public and $12 for senior citizens, students, children and faculty/staff.
As two veterans of the Iraq prepare to graduate from Augustana College, they first plan to share their personal stories of military service. On Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m., Josh Brown, a biology major from Topeka, Kan., and J.D. Engelhardt, a communication studies, political science and religion major from Des Moines, Iowa, along with the Augustana Veterans Support Group, will present A Salute to Veterans in the dining room of the College Center.
The 2014 Augie Abroad Photo Contest was open to all students who traveled internationally with Augustana or Augie Choice funds between May of 2013 and March of 2014. There were 140 entries spanning four continents in five categories.
Dr. Ellen Hay, professor of communication studies, and Dr. Reuben Heine, professor of geography, recently were named to endowed chair positions at Augustana. Hay has been a faculty member since 1989. Heine joined the Augustana faculty in 2005.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hartman will give the last of the River Readings for the 2013-2014 academic year at Augustana College on Monday, April 28, 7 p.m. in Gävle Room No. 3 inside the Center for Student Life. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Meira Kensky will give the 29th annual Stone Lecture in Judaism on Thursday, April 24, in Wallenberg Hall. The lecture, focusing on the theme of connectedness between Judaism and Christianity, is free and open to the public. Dr. Kensky’s lecture, “The Crucifixion, the New Testament, and the Jews” will examine the earliest Christian assertions about the crucifixion and the Jews’ role in it, including those of 1 Thessalonians and the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and John, and texts from the history of both Jewish and Christian thought.
Dr. Bruce Wampold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison presents the 2014 Lewis Stone Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings." His talk discusses two models of how psychotherapy works.
Students routinely discover peak moments beyond the classroom at Augustana, and they now have a way to track those experiences. Through the co-curricular transcript, which debuted at the start of spring term, students can record co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with the college’s verification.
Rachel Hartman, author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel "Seraphina," will speak at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Gävle Room, Center for Student Life. The novel introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.
Caitlin N. Griffin '13 is in her first teaching job, with seven different classes every day. She teaches English for grades 8-12, plus mass communication and advanced writing, in Moulton, Iowa. She said her favorite thing about teaching is, simply, the children. “They have a lot of energy, and they are still not cynical about the world,” she said. “They surprise me all the time.”
Augustana College and St. Ambrose University both are enrolling more international students and have stepped up recruitment efforts to market themselves abroad. In the 2012-13 school year, there were 20 students at Augustana from countries such as Vietnam, Peru, Nepal, Palestine, Botswana, China and Korea. This year, there are 63 international students, of whom 39 are new to campus.
The husband/wife team of Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, founders of art studio Design 99, discuss the efforts of Detroit artists and designers to revitalize troubled neighborhoods.Cope and Reichert, who founded Design 99 in 2007, share how they've led a movement to take over abandoned houses and turn them into artists' studios, community spaces and even artworks.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dr. Ed Folsom explores how it became possible to make poetry out of the pain and grief the U.S. experienced.Folsom, Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa, focuses on the ways America's two most innovative 19 century poets, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, became the first to wrest an art out of that horrific experience. He also talks about war photographs by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner represented mass death and influenced Whitman and Dickinson.
Presidents, students, faculty and chaplains from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleges and universities will meet at Augustana June 1-3 for an Interfaith Understanding Conference. Speakers will include Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core, and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA.
04/04/14 WVIK secures more money for interns
Within weeks of Augustana College rolling out a new strategic plan with a heavy focus on career preparation, WVIK, Augustana public radio, announces the station will offer two paid internships for Augustana students starting in the fall of 2014.
Professor Simon James of the University of Leicester presented "Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark: Combat and Chemical Warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria" April 1. The lecture was sponsored by the The Archaeological Institute of America, Western Illinois Society.
When you talk about a choir concert, most people assume it features singers. A unique cello choir program next week at Augustana proves that the warm string instruments can sing just as beautifully. Cellist and music professor Janina Ehrlich will perform with eight students, and soprano Michelle Crouch, an adjunct assistant professor of music, Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, conducted by Daniel Culver.
Dr. Stephen Hasiotis of Kansas University presents "Lifting the Veil on the Permian-Triassic World in the Beardmore Glacier Region of Antarctica: What Trace Fossils Reveal about the Hidden Diversity of Life in Landscapes and Seascapes and the Record of the Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time."
Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium will be open to the public on Saturday, May 10, for a free evening of stargazing and planet viewing. The planetarium will be open from 8:30-10 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs.
A diagnosis of cancer is scary. Imagine that diagnosis coming while you are young, in a foreign country, thousands of miles from your family. For Long Nguyen that is how it happened, and that’s why friends and fellow students on Augustana’s campus are organizing a fundraiser.
The Augustana Observer received 13 awards at the 31st annual Illinois College Press Association's convention. The Illinois College Press Association is a membership organization for four-year colleges in Illinois. Member schools can then nominate individual student journalists for awards in 29 categories, and students are then able to attend the annual convention.
04/02/14 A Day of Giving starts now!
Today Augustana will launch its first Day of Giving. This 24-hour event kicks off the annual Young Alumni Challenge, a competition to see which class can achieve the highest overall class participation in giving back to Augustana.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dr. Ed Folsom, the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, inside the Denkmann Memorial building (3520 7th Ave.) on Augustana’s campus.
Augustana students will host the annual St. Baldrick’s event to raise funds for Conquer Childhood Cancers! beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in the PepsiCo Recreation Center (3520 7th Ave., Rock Island). Approximately 50 Augustana students have already signed up to shave their heads to show solidarity with kids living with cancer, and to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Augustana College will host a conference, New Directions in Information Fluency, for librarians and college faculty and administrators, April 4-5 at the Thomas Tredway Library. Those interested are invited to share and discuss approaches to teaching research-as-process, research writing, and primary source literacy.
Dr. Simon James of the University of Leicester will give the annual Archaeological Institute of America lecture on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.). This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Lee Glazer, associate curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, delivers a lecture entitled, "Heirloom of the Artist: Rethinking Whistler's Peacock Room."
Bolstered by an interest in human conflict and civil war, junior Joe Wood earned the 2014 Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit and its $5,000 award. The political science/economics major will conduct research at a university in Morocco this summer.
Fans at the Augustana Invitational Softball Tournament this weekend will see donation stations for the River Bend Food Bank. The food drive is the brainchild of Viking junior leftfielder Chelsea Lavin. She is enrolled in a social action research class at Augustana and one of the main projects for the course is to conduct a food drive. According to Lavin, $1 in cash is equivalent to $10 worth of food.
John Granger, described as the “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars” by TIME magazine’s Lev Grossman, will give a lecture titled “Catching Fire: the Artistry and Meaning of The Hunger Games” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Darwin Club will sponsor Darwin Week March 24-28, commemorating the 204th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin. Events include Nature Movie Night, a campus bird walk, Salon discussion and Chuck Fest concert. Darwin was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England, and Darwin events take place worldwide.
Dr. Colin Gordon will talk about housing policy and urban decline in St. Louis in a lecture at 7 p.m. April 7 in the board room of the College Center at Augustana. His presentation will focus on the use of historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques to help understand the causes and consequences of the urban crisis in St. Louis.
Glen Brolander of Stillwater, Minn., who served Augustana as an administrator from 1953-1992, including the latter 27 years as vice president for finance, died March 15. He was instrumental in building up the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana. The area by Founders Hall was named the Brolander Courtyard in his honor in 2002.
Professor Rowen Schussheim-Anderson will participate in a Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Bucktown Center for the Arts March 21-22 and 28-29. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Frida,y March 28, as part of Bucktown's Final Friday celebration. Bucktown is at 225 E 2nd St., Davenport.
Dr. Mary Em Kirn, Augustana professor emerita of art history and past president of the Rock Island Art Guild, delivers "Looking Isn't As Easy As It Looks." Her remarks focus on the challenges of acting as a juror in a competition involving contemporary regional works of art.
The annual Quad-City Playwrights' Festival will accept original 10-minutes scripts for consideration through April 15. Selected scripts will be presented in a staged reading by Augustana students on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.
Dr. Lee Glazer of the Smithsonian Institution will talk about the Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler's masterpiece of interior decoration, at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in Centennial Hall. A reception will follow. Her lecture is titled, "Heirloom of the Artist: Rethinking Whistler's Peacock Room."
WVIK Morning News Editor Michelle O'Neill has won an award in the 2013 Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters contest. In the Downstate Radio division, for Best Series or Documentary, she won first place for her three features on "Immigrants and Drivers Licenses."
Pastor Richard Priggie, Augustana's campus chaplain, explains where the name Augustana comes from and how its roots connect to the mission of the college. More information can be found as part of Augustana's Five Faith Commitments.
Library Journal says Amy Holcomb’s "DIY approach results in STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) youth programming that’s inexpensive, acclaimed, and popular." Holcomb, who graduated from Augustana after majoring in chemistry and political science, worked as a day circulation supervisor in the Tredway Library. She received a master's in library and informational studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2009.
Augustana junior Thomas Reyhons recorded an NCAA-best 25 pins this season on his way to qualifying for the NCAA Division III national wrestling tournament. The youngest of five siblings, he's drawn support from his four sisters.
Jeff Becker '05 has found a way to combine two passions: basketball and helping troubled young people. He works for the faith-based Power Basketball Academy in Arizona and trains some 100 youths a week. "A lot of what we teach is not just molding a better basketball player, but molding a better person as a whole." (Scroll to second article)
Coleen Moore '96 has been named executive director of the Bloomington-based American Red Cross of the Heartland. She is responsible for Red Cross operations in McLean, Livingston, Ford, LaSalle, Iroquois and Putnam counties, beginning April 14. Moore, a licensed clinical professional counselor, has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Augustana and a master's degree in professional counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Ellen Hay, professor of communication studies, noticed more and more of her students were interested in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. As a result of her leadership, these students now have a formal means of preparing themselves and documenting the work they do in their quest for a career with a nonprofit. Beginning this fall, students may earn a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Development while attending Augustana.
Dr. Carl A. Rubino, Winslow professor of classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., will present the lecture “Articulating Wonder in a Secular Age” on at 7:30 p.m. April 24. The lecture and reception afterward will be in the Gävle Room (#405) of the Center for Student Life.
On Thursday, March 27, Dr. Stephen Hasiotis will present a lecture, “Lifting the Veil on the Permian-Triassic World in the Beardmore Glacier Region of Antarctica: What Trace Fossils Reveal about the Hidden Diversity of Life in Landscapes and Seascapes and the Record of the Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time,” in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science. Dr. Hasiotis, a professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, was featured in PBS's NOVA documentary "Arctic Dinosaurs." He leads the IchnoBioGeoScience, a research group that studies the history of life through behavior, body fossils and the biophysicochemical relationships recorded by trace fossils.
Dr. Laura Hartman, assistant professor of religion at Augustana College, believes people tend to have a love/hate relationship with technology, saying, “We benefit from lifesaving and labor-saving technologies daily, and yet we also worry that our technology is making us less intelligent, less healthy and less engaged in the world.” She will deliver a lecture on “Technology, Ethics and the Environment” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
03/04/14 Dr. Simonsen blogging from Germany
Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history, is in Germany as a part of the Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies Program. Dr. Simonsen, whose family traveled with her, is sharing their experiences
Augustana's Entrepreneurial Center offers a variety of help for students by gaining experience and build their portfolio to set themselves apart in their professional careers. "This is something no other college kid would get," said junior Amber Dalgaard from Antioch, Ill. "I have other friends in college and they say they have nothing like what I get from this college, which is real-world experience. This is nothing I could learn in classrooms."
From June 22-27, high school students can fully experience the atmosphere of college and enjoy a summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy. Courses range from one to five days and are taught by Augustana professors.
The husband/wife team of Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, founders of art studio Design 99, will be on campys April 3 to talk about the efforts of Detroit artists and designers to revitalize troubled neighborhoods. The free public lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building, (3520 7th Ave.).
Augustana College President Steve Bahls was recently recognized in Jacksonville, Fla., by the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) as the Outstanding Executive for 2013. The award nomination cited details about his successful leadership of the college’s Authentically Augustana capital campaign, raising more than $152 million.
You drive by the outside of them every day, landmarks that make the Quad Cities shine. But what's inside these famous sights? "You can be in so many parts of our community and suddenly look and say, oh, there's that dome," said Kai Swanson of Augustana College. That's right, the Augustana dome, resting on top of old main, in the heart of the Augustana College campus. And the view, is stunning.
Celebrate the artistic and musical talents of Augustana students at the opening of the seventh annual Exposure exhibition in the new Center for Student Life at Augustana College on Friday, March 21, from 5-8 p.m. The free event will feature distinctive photography from Augustana students, prospective students and Quad-Cities high school students.
02/24/14 Symphonic band begins tour of Japan
The 55-member Augustana Symphonic Band had its first performance of the group's Japan tour Sunday in a joint concert with Kinki University Symphonic Band at November Hall, Kinki University, Osaka. The group will perform in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, and each concert also will feature Japanese student ensembles.
After a competitive nationwide search, Augustana College President Steven Bahls announced Julie Crockett, from Denver, will serve as the college's next vice president of advancement. Crockett will bring more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She most recently worked for Regis University, Denver, where she led a successful seven-year campaign netting $82.7 million.
Businesses looking for connections with some of the area’s best and brightest college students are invited to register now for the 38th annual Business Day at Augustana College.
The blast of a train whistle has been transformed by composer Jacob Bancks – a shrill warning becoming the musical core of a composition that he intends as a greeting to his new community. Using a “whistle chord” as musical glue and localism as an overriding theme, Bancks combined elements of the Mississippi River and the railroad. The Quad City Symphony will premiere his "Rock Island Line" March 8-9. Bancks is an assistant professor of music at Augustana.
Dr. Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history, specializes in African history and the violent origins of diamond mining. His longest trip to Africa was a two-year stay in Angola in the early 2000s, at a time when the country was recovering from civil war. The country was marred by violence and forced labor and placed the country among the worst offenders in the production of blood diamonds, he said. "The diamond industry is historically opaque," he said. "There's very little transparency."
Mark Beckwith began his public safety career as an emergency medical technician, then spent 28 years with the Milan (Ill.) Police Department, working his way up to chief. Now, he is assistant chief of public safety at Augustana College. When Beckwith "retired" from the police department, he was off exactly one weekend.
Venell Slaughter '03 realizes he is a rare commodity within Chicago Public Schools: a black male who teaches math. Only 5.7 percent of CPS' 22,283 teachers are black men, and fewer teach math. But the 33-year-old middle school teacher said he's happy he beat the odds and is now working at Crispus Attucks Elementary School. Slaughter was a math and computer science major at Augustana.
02/17/14 Where the lumber baron lived
A tour of House on the Hill, the family home of lumber baron Frederick Weyerhaeuser. In his time, Weyerhaeuser was to lumber what Rockefeller was to oil and Carnegie to steel. The home he shared with his wife Sarah and the surrounding land were donated to Augustana in 1954, after the death in 1953 of the couple's daughter, Apollonia Davis, the last family member to live there.
Chad Humphrey '98, a physical therapist and site manager for Rock Valley Physical Therapy in Moline, says people who are injured usually want to be back to 100 percent right away. "We want the best for everyone and success to be easy, but that's not always the case,"he said. "Patience is a word that has to be used a lot in our world, but success is waiting to happen. And when it does, I'm lucky that I get to be part of it."
Associate Professor Jane Simonsen and her family depart soon for Germany. Dr. Simonsen was selected to be part of the Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies Program.
Junior Rukmini Girish, like many, used to feel uncomfortable saying the word "vagina." Now, she’s directing "The Vagina Monologues," a tradition at Augustana. This will be the 11th annual performance. This year, 25 women will participate in the form of speaking, organizing and producing the Monologues with a crew of six men and women backstage. Proceeds sales go to Family Resources.
02/12/14 New additions to club sports roster
Three new club teams have started up this year with the help of the Student Government Association, including the flag football team, women's club basketball, and the women’s club volleyball team, which will be going to nationals.
02/12/14 A cut above the rest
When Brian Konecke ’14 talked with a guest speaker after a gemology class in early December, he never imagined the conversation would take him to Chanthaburi, Thailand. But a few weeks later, the 22-year-old geology major from Itasca, Ill., was walking among the buyers and brokers in the Chanthaburi gemstone market where bags of colored gemstones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are emptied on tables in front of interested buyers from around the world.
02/11/14 Art students use Q-C as inspiration
Most college classes never leave campus, but students in a new Augustana art class have been venturing throughout the Quad-Cities and beyond to find inspiration and subjects for their projects. "Design Sources: Joined by a River" is one of a few courses funded through new Connections for programs that connect students with the community.
Augustana has installed 10 solar panels at itsGreen Wing Environmental Laboratory, a field station south of Dixon, Ill., at a cost of $10,000. Forty percent of the funds came from an Illinois program to promote renewable energy. The panels are capable of producing enough to power accommodations and laboratory equipment at Green Wing, which is the largest of the college’s three biological field stations.
Swearing off instruments, the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions Six Appeal uses singing to span decades of classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes. Six Appeal will perform on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Augustana’s Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The ticketed event is open to the public.
02/11/14 Rowell opens a new chapter
By day he is Augustana’s assistant director of admissions and diversity outreach. By night Eric Rowell is a writer. Rowell has published his first book, "The Manifested Melancholy Magnificent," utilizes the personas of the many people he encountered growing up to tell the fictional story of his youth.
University of Arkansas' Dr. David Fredrick's lecture, "Walk on the Wild Side: From Garden Space to Game Space in the House of Octavius Quartio in Pompeii" exhibits the use of Unity game engine and 3D animation as tools to demonstrate the spatial and architectural relationship of homes in the ancient city of Pompeii.
Augustana College is offering area high school students in the Quad Cities the opportunity to further their advanced foreign language study. Through this program, Augustana will make available each term, to qualifying participants, a select set of upper-level foreign language courses including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish.
Theatre majors and minors performed a series of short works this weekend called “Under the Gun.” Director Mara Cantrell-Paulson said the goal of the performances was to encourage conversations about gun control in our country and around the world. “We’re all across the political spectrum,” she said about the performers. “We come from various places around the U.S. and we all had relatively similar stances, but we didn’t know a whole lot about the topic.”
The Office of Financial Assistance urges all Illinois residents who may be eligible for need-based financial assistance to submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.
02/07/14 Coping with autism, helping others
Daniel Meden '10 is serving in the Peace Corps and has finished a year of teaching biology at the St. Francis Secondary School in the village of Acumet. He is almost halfway through his 27-month stints, and his parents continue to marvel at his accomplishment: He was diagnosed with autism when he was 4. He majored in biology at Augustana, and after the Peace Corps he plans to pursue an advanced degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Dr. Dan Lee, the Marian Taft Cannon professor of humanities and director of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, will give a lecture titled, “The Ethics (or Lack Thereof) of the NSA Telephone Metadata Collection Program,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing is offering hearing testing at reduced or no cost for individuals with limited financial resources.
Among Division III colleges, the six-year graduation rate for student-athletes is 69 percent. At Augustana the rate is 90 percent. “The statistics highlight the fact that all Augustana students are seriously committed to their education and completing work toward a four-year degree,” said athletic director Mike Zapolski.
02/05/14 Celebration of Holiday Jazz and more
The Augustana Jazz Ensemble will perform a Celebration of Holiday Jazz on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. Two jazz combos also will perform jazz classics and more on
Nine members of the Wennerberg Men's Chorus made their Carnegie Hall debut in January after much hard work and getting noticed on YouTube. The group performed two pieces, including one world-premier, with singers from across the country.
An animated demo produced by Jeff Chin '10 became a live-action commercial for Heinz ketchup that will air during the Super Bowl. A communication studies major and art minor at Augustana, Chin went to film school before becoming director at Animated Storyboards in Chicago.
North Central College has named Marty Sauer '84 as vice president for enrollment management and athletics. Sauer earned his B.A. in psychology and business administration from Augustana and an M.A.Ed. from Western Illinois University. "Students are THE primary reason I’ve dedicated my career to admissions and financial aid for over two decades," he writes. "Being involved so closely with decisions that change lives is immensely rewarding."
Dr. Steve Klien, professor of communication, and Dr. Chris Whitt, assistant professor of political science, made multiple appears in local media reports to offer perspective on Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The Department of Theatre Arts' play production class will present "Under the Gun:" Short Works on Gun Control, Feb. 7-9 in Potter Theatre. Tickets, which can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office, are $5 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff.
Dr. Lora Koenig of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center discussed NASA missions that monitor the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, as well as the new robot capable of autonomously monitoring accumulation.
Professor of English Rebecca Wee read poems from her manuscript, "Instead," for Tea Time on Jan. 22.
01/25/14 Asian Night at Augustana
Saturday Jan. 25, Asian Student Organization hosted Asian Night at Augustana where students and faculty got to enjoy asian cuisine from local restaurants, UNYK dance company, Martial Arts Club, and the QC Philippine Dance Group.
Forrest Hainline IV, Augustana Class of 2004, is studio manager for the School of Rock in Silver Spring, Md., a performance-based music school with an emphasis on fun. “I like to think of myself as the principal of School of Rock,” he said. “I promote a culture that is fun and safe and comfortable and inspiring for students.” Some of his students recently got to play at the Fillmore Silver Spring. He studied voice and guitar at Augustana, singing with the choir and graduating with a degree in philosophy. The college's Forrest A. Hainline, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is named for his grandfather.
Data from ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica supports arguments our world is warming, according to NASA scientist Lora Koenig. She shared her observations on the ice sheets -- the massive layer of ice which blankets land masses such as Greenland and Antarctic -- at a Polar Lecture at Augustana Thursday night. She also projected what may be in the ice sheet's future.
Dr. David Fredrick of the University of Arkansas will give a lecture, entitled “Walk on the Wildside: From Garden Space to Game Space in the House of Octavius Quartio in Pompeii,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, in Larson Hall inside the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.). The lecture is free and open to the public.
01/23/14 Congresswoman to speak at graduation
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos from the Illinois 17th Congressional District (including Rock Island) will deliver the commencement speech at Augustana College’s 154th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at the i Wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, Ill. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Dr. Pangratios Papacosta, professor of physics at Columbia College, Chicago, delivered his talk, "Enriching Science with its History/Biography and with the Arts" on Jan. 22. Papacosta discussed the idea that elements of history and biography, as well as the arts, can be integrated into the teaching of science in innovative ways. The linking of a scientific concept to an artifact, he says, reinforces learning and dissolves barriers between disciplines.
The Augustana Debate Union has earned mid-season national rankings from the nation's two policy debate organizations, and competed in 40 debates over the holiday break. The rankings recognize the current standings for each two-person team on the squad and the individual accomplishments of each student-debater based upon speaking performance.
Dr. Tom Mayer, professor emeritus of history, who passed away on Jan. 20, is being remembered by colleagues as true scholar and historian. During his life, he was honored with numerous awards, wrote extensively and traveled worldwide to speak to academic audiences.
The 2014 Winter Symposium Day was held on Jan. 20 and focused on social justice. The day included four featured presentations, collected within this video playlist.
WVIK Augustana Public Radio will be broadcasting live a debate between the Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois. This 90-minute debate airs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.
Dr. Lora Koenig of the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss NASA missions that monitor the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. The free public lecture will be in the John Deere Lecture Hall inside the John Deere Planetarium building.
Nearly 500 prospective students visited campus over the weekend. Many stopped by the Evald Great Hall to ring the gong celebrating their commitment to Augustana and pose with Gus. If you spot yourself or someone you know, feel free to tag them.
01/17/14 River Readings: Kelly Daniels
Dr. Kelly Daniels, associate professor of English, reads from his memoir, "Cloudbreak, California," named by BuzzFeed one of "13 Works of Nonfiction And Memoir That We Love in 2013." Daniels writes about his 9th-grade year, when his father, "a surfer and outlaw," was involved in the death of a drug kingpin and fled the country.
Dr. Michael Reisner, director of Augustana's Upper Mississippi Studies Center, will present "What's in the Watershed" at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock Island. His talk is the first in a new series called “Class Uncorked” to include short and informal talks by experts in different fields.
01/17/14 Video: Whitt previews MLK talk
Dr. Chris Whitt, assistant professor of political science, gives a preview of his talk for the upcoming Power of One celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Whitt said he wants to focus on the 1964 Voting Rights Act, as well as the legacies of Dr. King and Nelson Mandela, instilling pride in their people and being able to fight for what was right, without having bitterness." (Choose Jan. 15 in the menu below the video player.)
Guitarist and singer Matt Robinson '01 will appear with his band Old Shoe tonight at the Redstone Room in the River Music Experience, Davenport. The five-piece Chicago group a jam band was onstage at River Roots Live in Davenport's LeClaire Park last summer. A Pontiac, Ill., native, Robinson majored in accounting and business. But he decided that music was his calling more than football.
Augustana President Steve Bahls was one of more than 100 college and university presidents and leaders of nonprofit and other education groups to rally around a goal of widening opportunities for disadvantaged students during a higher education summit Thursday in Washington D.C.
Cokie Roberts, a Morning Edition contributor and former congressional correspondent, will appear Thursday, March 27, on behalf of WVIK, Augustana Public Radio, for a gala fund-raising dinner in the Gold Room of the Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport.
Five Questions is a series of profiles of people at Augustana College. In this edition of Five Questions, Dr. Michael Reisner, the director of the Upper Mississippi Studies Center, talks about his role at our upcoming winter Symposium Day, the center's emerging role in the Quad Cities and how Augie students will benefit from joining in on center initiatives.
Augustana assistant professor of music Jacob Bancks will have the world premiere of his latest song cycle, "Southern Harmony," on Jan. 17 in Wallenberg Hall. He is also putting the finishing touches on his latest symphonic work, "Rock Island Line," to be premiered by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in March.
Augustana College President Steve Bahls is at the White House today for a meeting on higher education. He and some 80 other college presidents from across the nation were convened to discuss a plan for increasing college access and success for low-income and disadvantaged students. Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, Augustana will offer The Close the Gap Award program for incoming students.
Dreaming Tree Films of Chicago, the production company run by Estlin Feigley '93, will present its new feature "The Stream" to raise funds for the Washington Illinois Tornado Relief Fund. The family of one of the children who stars in the film lost their home in the November tornado. "The Stream" premieres at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater.
Dr. Pangratios Papacosta, professor of physics at Columbia College Chicago, will speak on "Enriching Science with its History/Biography and with the Arts" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 in Larson Hall, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.
On April 13, 2013, Augustana hosted the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for the Convocation of Laureates. The event was captured on video by WSIU-TV, and the video will be shown on Illinois Public Television stations across the state.
Dr. Erin Freund, part-time assistant professor of music and harp instructor, released a new solo album of 19th century music entitled "Orchestral Transcriptions." The album, which is available online through a variety of outlets including iTunes and Amazon, includes works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
Augustana’s wrestlers are working for a national title and with their recent success they need the expanded facilities to match. Augie’s wrestling team is rated 29th in the country and has a 10-3 dual meet record. Head coach Eric Juergens said their expanded quarters in Carver PE Center will in turn improve the team. “It’s a big cycle of success,” Juergens said.
Augustana has focused strongly on public safety recently, encouraging the campus community to sign up for emergency alerts and holding a mass casualty drill last May. Now, after holding discussions with students and staff on the subject, Augustana administrators are considering whether to ask the board of trustees to arm three of the college's security officers.
Brad Lampe '84 has been named Iowa's "Band Director Who Makes a Difference" by School Band and Orchestra magazine for 2013. Lampe is the band director at Clarke High School in Osceola and president of the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association. When he first started teaching at Clarke, there were 37 students in band. Now there are 102 instrumental-music students.
On Saturday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in the College Center (3750 7th Ave.), the Augustana Asian Student Organization will host Asian Night, offering food and performances by student groups. The public is welcome. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.
The 19th annual Hispanic Film Festival at Augustana College features five award-winning films and begins Jan. 15. The festival continues Wednesday evenings through Feb. 12, with all films starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Augustana College will host a public reading on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 7 p.m in the Gävle Room, Room 405, of the Center for Student Life (3435 9 ½ Ave.) with Dr. Kelly Daniels, associate professor of English. Daniels will read from his memoir as part of the River Readings series.
Writing on the Huffington Post College page, Kent Barnds advises prospective students and families that meeting deadlines can make a big difference in financial aid, especially when it comes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Barnds is Augustana's vice president of enrollment, communication and planning.
Among the featured speakers at Augustana's Jan. 20 Winter Symposium Day, Quad-Cities native Chad Pregracke will present a session – “Helping to Clean America’s Rivers: From the Bottom Up” – Pregracke, president and founder of Living Lands and Waters and CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year, will deliver his talk at 11:15 a.m. in the Gävle Room within the Center for Student Life (3435 9 ½ Ave.). The Winter Symposium Day will focus on social justice, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
CommUniversity, which offers the community four weeks of Sunday afternoon classes every February, is entering its 35th year in 2014. This year nine members of Augustana's faculty and staff are participating, along with teachers from other local colleges and local experts in various fields.
01/06/14 MLK celebration set for Jan. 18
The annual community-wide celebration and musical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held Saturday, January 18, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The free public event will celebrate the legacy of this great leader through powerful speakers, music and dance.
Seven Augustana students participated in the College Invitational 2013 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The exhibit continues through Feb. 9, 2014, in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery.
The winner of the "Gift to the World" essay contest sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection is sophomore Courtney Simross of Belvidere, Ill. Her essay is called "The Gift of Understanding": "It is said that in order to really know someone, you must walk a mile in his or her shoes... Unfortunately for me, being born with achondroplasia has left me with shoes too small for most people to walk in."
Ian Harrington, associate professor of psychology, says that when you have idle time, you should occupy your mind with something challenging. His is one of the New Year's resolutions listed by Healthline News. He said maintaining an active mind engaged in problem-solving strengthens connections between brain cells. “Thirty minutes spent with a crossword puzzle is undoubtedly better than 30 minutes staring at a smartphone.”
In "Breaking the Power of Money," Dr. Lendol Calder, professor of history at Augustana, talks about the power of money, the monetization of daily life, and one of the best ways to undo money’s power. His remarks are featured on the Emerging Scholars Blog.
An Augustana research project to gather data about bird-window collisions has gone multinational. In 2010, Dr. Stephen Hager and a group of students and faculty began monitoring 20 buildings picked randomly in Rock Island and Moline. They were watching for dead birds close to the buildings, live birds in the area around them and recording the amount of window surface in each structure. Now, researchers in about 20 sites across the U.S., Canada and Mexico also are gathering data for the project.
Gary Miller, a junior creative writing and theater major from Denver, Colo., performed an original piece -- “Jesus, Santa, and Walmart: A Christmas Story” -- at a MUCH (Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities) at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.