Dr. Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English, takes us back in time to what life was like in Stephenson, Ill., in 1841, and the controversy that swirled like the waters below Fort Armstrong over the renaming of the community lying in the lee of the Mississippi's greatest limestone island.
The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present “Othello”by William Shakespeare on the Brunner Main Stage in the Brunner Theatre Center on October 14-23, 2016. The theatre center was made possible through the generosity of Kim Brunner ’71 and Donna Huber ’75 Brunner, who provided the lead and naming gift of $1 million for Augustana’s new theatre center.
Beginning this fall, Augustana College will allow applicants to self-report their standardized test scores for consideration during the admission process. This will allow faster completion of application files, which will cut down on the wait time between completing an application for admission and receiving a decision from the college.
Chris and Kim Hedlin, twin sisters and English majors from the Class of 2011, were guests at this year’s first "Unabridged" English club meeting. They spoke on getting into their graduate programs and how Augustana helped them get there.
10/04/16 Augustana welcomes new faculty
Augustana welcomes new faculty in music, business, math and computer science, history, public health, political science, sociology, biology, Scandinavian studies, communication studies, theatre arts, religion and Japanese.
09/30/16 Summer in the Cities
From cyber security to food banks and seed banks, local internships highlight opportunities for many majors.
The Frieze Lecture Series is a 19-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. This year's theme is "1841, the Year That Rock Island Began."
Augustana College will present a play for children: "Just A Dream: The Green Play," based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2 in the Brunner Brunner Theatre Center. Van Allsburg is best known for "Jumanji" and "The Polar Express."
09/23/16 White House to recognize Fresh Films
Fresh Films will be recognized by a White House initiative this Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Washington, D.C. Its new 80-minute feature, "Traveling Without Moving," was made with a crew including about 300 teenagers and will premiere at a Landmark theater four blocks from the White House. It is part of the monthly White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans Film Screening and Discussion Series.
The bumpy journey Julie Baner took from Augustana College to Walt Disney wasn't all magical. In a Tuesday presentation to students, the 2002 alumna and Moline native described how hard work and determination led to her ideal job, a production supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Each year, Augustana students return from summer break to some changes on campus. Along with talented new faculty hires, residence hall renovations and the inspiring new Brunner Theatre Center, this year students returned to something exceptional — Fresh Films, a working film studio relocated from Chicago to Augustana. This summer, 13 Augustana interns worked in several positions, some based on campus and others on location and on the road with the crew.
Ray LaHood, former U.S. congressman and secretary of transportation, presents the annual Ellwood F. Curtis Lecture in Public Affairs, "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics," on Aug. 30.
The $4.2-million Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center opened Thursday night to the public, with its first production, "Rabbit Hole," in its Black Box Theatre. After nearly a year of Hodge Construction transforming the upper two floors of the old College Center, Augustana moved its theatre arts department into the renovated building, which features three performance spaces.
Quad-City Times columnist Alma Gaul spotlights "The Blacksmith," a painting by Swedish immigrant Frank Lundahl that is part of the collection at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Museum director Claire Kovacs will deliver a talk on Lundahl and "The Blacksmith" on Sept. 6.
In March, Augustana's Brunner Theatre Center is set to host "Annie Jr.," an edited performance of the popular musical. The production is a version of the Penguin Project, which connects students age 9-21 with disabilities to mentors, who help prepare for the performance.
Jay Pearce, CEO and general manager of WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, has been named to the board of directors of National Public Radio. Pearce will travel to Washington, D.C., for orientation in September, then will begin his three-year-term in November, shuttling back and forth to the capital for board meetings to manage NPR's budget and set the policies and overall direction for public radio at the national level.
This fall, the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art exhibitions celebrate the 30th anniversary of the women's and gender studies program at Augustana College. From August 26-October 28, the museum will feature two distinctly different exhibitions, beginning with works by the anonymous female artist collective, Guerrilla Girls, in "A Woman's Place is in the Gallery: Guerrilla Girls, 1985-2015." The second fall exhibition is "Battle/Dress Camouflage as a Metaphor for Passing and Other Works," a work of performance art in multiple acts by Kiam Marcelo Junio.
Thanks to a five-year grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Nahant Marsh is introducing students of color to the natural area in Davenport, Iowa. Each of the six students in this year's group has a research project. Augustana senior biology major Zak Nadif is studying the relationship between turtles and their predators this summer.
Alumnus Dr. Scott Miller, 33, is an orthopedic surgeon with Health First Medical Group in Florida. A first-generation student, Dr. Miller majored in sociology, history and biology at Augustana. He specializes in orthopedics because "I feel like joint replacement gave me the best opportunity to legitimately make a difference."
Emily Robbins '09, a malacologist, or mussel specialist is in charge of moving nearly a half million mussels from the Mississippi River out of the way of construction of a new Interstate 74 bridge. It is one of the largest relocations of mussels in U.S history. The path of the new bridge will have an impact on the habitat for a variety of mussels, including three that are protected by federal law.
Dr. Kathy Jakielski, professor of communication sciences and disorders, is living in Swanson Commons with her husband, David Yordy, this year as part of a pilot faculty-in-residence program.
New graduates who participated in Augustana's Viking Score program have a message for current students: Use it! The Viking Score helps students track their preparation for life after graduation. It's a simple checklist for each year of college, and each completed task earns points. Students can look at their point totals to see if they're on track.
Augustana has added three athletes to its list of Academic All-Americans this year, most recently two track and field athletes in June. Augustana currently ranks seventh in the nation (in all divisions) in number of Academic All-Americans with 163.
Rebecca Hopman '11, outreach librarian with the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., was "over the moon" after an introduction to Special Collections at Augustana: "I could combine my interests in history, literature, and librarianship, and, let’s be honest, read other people’s letters and diaries." Hopman majored in English, history and German.
History professor Lendol Calder has partnered with Brown University professor Tracy Steffes to write a chapter in the recently published book “Improving Quality in American Higher Education.”
The friendship between a student and his mentor brought about a program that makes life-changing learning experiences in Africa open to more students. Augustana Transformative Learning and Service (ATLAS) is a $2,000 grant that can be used with Augie Choice or independently.
George Olson '58 is featured at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, now through Sept. 4, in "Picturing the Prairie: Tallgrass Q-C." The idea for the show came several years ago when Figge director Tim Schiffer was attending an event at the home of Augustana College president Steven Bahls and saw one of Olson's paintings.
Essays on the LGBTQ community, women's cultural weaving projects, as well as the representation of women in cartoons make up the winners of this year's essay contest.
Six graduating seniors were inducted into Augustana's chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society in May.
06/01/16 Kirn Book Award winners for 2016
The Kirn Book Award provides up to $1,000 to a student who exhibits the qualities of curiosity and a love of the printed word that would lead towards the development of a personal library. This year's winners are Amanda Schar and Kathryn Gorzek
Inspired by the annual Hindu festival in South Asia that promotes the sharing of love and living a colorful life, Holi Festival is an annual hit event on campus. But it also raises funds for Water to Thrive, a nonprofit dedicated to “spreading awareness of the global water crisis while raising funds needed to construct water wells” in rural Africa.
Robert A. Hanson, who died May 19, was at the helm of Deere & Co. as it made the tough choices necessary to weather the farm crisis of the 1980s. He also had a lifelong commitment to his community. In 2010, Hanson and his wife, Patricia Hanson, gave $8 million, the largest single gift in the history of Augustana College, to name the Science Building and the building's lecture hall wing.
Actor Eric Christian Olsen and father Paul Olsen, longtime English professor at Augustana, team up to deliver the commencement address to the 533 members of the Class of 2016.
05/23/16 Commencement 2016 in photos
More than 500 graduates participated in Augustana College's 156th Commencement Convocation on May 22 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill.
Kendra Rakers ’16 is interested in memory and how it works, particularly as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. So she chose an interdisciplinary major in neuroscience with minors in biochemistry and history.It’s a perfect fit, she says, because each field approaches memory from a different point of view, which is a good way to provide more flexibility in her career. As she sees it, “I’ll probably wind up with a job that hasn’t been invented yet.”
05/19/16 2016 candidates for graduation
More than 550 students will participate in Augustana's 156 Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 22. Names listed here represent candidates for graduation; inclusion does not indicate completion of the degree requirements.
From July 9-15, local students ages 12-18 are invited to be a part of a film crew at Augustana through Fresh Films. Students will learn everything on-set at as they work on creating episodes of a TV show. Students will rotate through all key filmmaking positions, building their tech skills and résumé.