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February 2015

Augustana to offer $150,000 to student entrepreneurs

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


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

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


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

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


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

02/17/15 Augustana announces Good Fit scholarship winners


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

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


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

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


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

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


"The Protecting Veil" by British composer John Tavener is a haunting work for cello and strings. Augustana music professor Janina Ehrlich is performing the solo part for the first time with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. Patrick Yasatuke, principal cello in the orchestra, and fellow cellist Henry Weberpal (both juniors majoring in music education) appreciate the example she sets by performing with her students.
Adventurer of the Year to speak at Environmental Film Festival

02/11/15 Adventurer of the Year to speak at Environmental Film Festival


Deia Schlosberg, environmental filmmaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will be the featured speaker at the 10th annual Environmental Film Festival March 28. Films will run from 11 a.m.­- 4:15 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Admission is free; doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Summer Academy for high school students: June 21-26

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


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

02/09/15 Stump '04 specializes in giraffes


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

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


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

02/03/15 Augustana introduces entrepreneurship certificate


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

January 2015

Groundskeeper keeps Augustana green, clean

01/30/15 Groundskeeper keeps Augustana green, clean


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

01/20/15 Gallery: The Power of One


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

01/16/15 Augustana again recognized for efficiency


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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