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November 2014

Journalist urges actiion vs. income inequality

11/24/14 Journalist urges actiion vs. income inequality


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston exhorted an audience of local activists, educators and elected officials Saturday to “get organized” to help reverse growing income inequality. He was the keynote speaker for a Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America held at Augustana. Participants later met in groups to discuss aspects of wealth disparity; discussion group leaders included Augustana provost Dr. Pareena Lawrence.
Vikathon participants dance for those who can't

11/24/14 Vikathon participants dance for those who can't


More than 300 students clad from head to toe in neon gathered in the College Center on campus Saturday for the Vikathon, the college's annual dance marathon that raises money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City through the Children's Miracle Network.
Twins take on foster-kids clothing mission

11/24/14 Twins take on foster-kids clothing mission


Junior Natalie Tomerlin has been helping with QC Closet2Closet, an organization that gives free clothing to foster children ages 10-18. She handles outreach, contacting other local agencies with information and seeking contributions. Tomerlin is a communication studies and communication sciences and disorders major from Darien, Ill.
Latinos Unidos presents a Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe

11/24/14 Latinos Unidos presents a Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe


Augustana College Latinos Unidos and the Office of Multicultural Student Life invite students and members of the community to the annual Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, during which we will celebrate and learn about Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. This free event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
Video: Kyes shares story of Academic All-America path

11/21/14 Video: Kyes shares story of Academic All-America path


Nathan Kyes '15 was a four-year starter for the men's soccer team. He's also headed to Wake Forest on a a full ride to pursue his master's in accounting. Nathan shares the story of how he became the college's 154th Academic All-American.
Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome

11/20/14 Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome


A college education has become a widespread expectation. Three in four high-school students say they will go to college, where they’ll mark the familiar milestones: declaring a major, joining a club or two, then hoping their degree pays off in a job. But many of them have little idea of why they’re really there.
Students and alumnae work on "Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables"

11/20/14 Students and alumnae work on "Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables"


Augustana students have been collaborating with three successful alumnae who majored in theatre in the production of the upcoming "Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables" Dec. 11-14.
Augustana students take the liberal arts to heart

11/18/14 Augustana students take the liberal arts to heart


Augustana and UnityPoint Health - Trinity have launched a new intensive cardiology job shadow program. Augustana students will begin shadowing Dr. Sanjeev Puri, a cardiologist who specializes in angioplasty and stent replacement and cardiovascular health. Four students will complete shadow opportunities this academic year.
Art Matters: Triennial Art Faculty Exhibition

11/18/14 Art Matters: Triennial Art Faculty Exhibition


Augustana art and graphic design faculty show what they teach and what inspires them in "Art Matters: Triennial Art Faculty Exhibition," now in the college's Teaching Museum of Art. An opening reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. More than 40 pieces, including photographs, ceramics, paintings, installations and tapestries, are on view through Feb. 14.
Philippians playbook gets him back in the game

11/17/14 Philippians playbook gets him back in the game


Chris Ford '86 survived a serious heart attack in January and has returned to the sport he loves, as a volunteer football coach at North Lawndale College Prep, a charter school on the west side in Chicago. He played on three state championships with Geneseo High School and for a national championship in his senior year at Augustana.
Director works with student museum assistants

11/17/14 Director works with student museum assistants


Dr. Claire Kovacs, interim assistant museum director at the college's Teaching Museum of Art, works with 10 students as museum assistants, managing the 4,500-piece collection and installing exhibits. "It's a work-study job for them, but also a teaching opportunity for them," she said.
Starenko '83 became pioneer in heart-bypass surgery

11/14/14 Starenko '83 became pioneer in heart-bypass surgery


Drew Starenko '83 is a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant, not a surgeon, and he didn’t design the equipment or perfect the technique that together make recovery from heart-bypass surgery much easier for patients these days. But he is a local medical pioneer who has directly or indirectly improved hundreds of lives across the globe.
Augustana to host symposium on wealth inequality

11/14/14 Augustana to host symposium on wealth inequality


Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston will be the keynote speaker for a Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America. The symposium is sponsored by Progressive Action for the Common Good and supported by the Augustana College Department of Political Science.
Cosentino '04 and students analyze amphibian populations

11/13/14 Cosentino '04 and students analyze amphibian populations


Dr. Bradley Cosentino '04 is an assistant professor of biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. He and his students recently published "Citizen science reveals widespread negative effects of roads on amphibian distributions" after analyzing 20 years' worth of data. Cosentino earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He worked with Augustana's Dr. Steve Hager last year analyzing factors that cause birds to be killed by flying into windows.
Westerlin Residence Hall tour video

11/13/14 Westerlin Residence Hall tour video


Community advisor Kayla Bushey '16 tours Westerlin Residence Hall, checking in at the model of the renovated rooms to come, the C-Store snack shop and the newly opened AugiePlex fitness center.
Frieze Lecture: Dave Wrath '80

11/12/14 Frieze Lecture: Dave Wrath '80


As Augustana's sports information director for more than 30 years, Dave Wrath '80 speaks on the dozens of athletes who have catapulted (high-jumped, pole-vaulted, thrown, caught, shot, spiked, wrestled, swam, stroked, aced, etc) Augustana and the Quad Cities into the national spotlight.
Now, everything has a learning outcome

11/10/14 Now, everything has a learning outcome


A college education has become a widespread expectation but many students have little idea of why they’re really there. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on Augustana's vision of how students put together and make sense of the pieces of their education. Augustana has identified nine learning outcomes — like critical thinking and quantitative literacy — that apply to everything students touch: courses, clubs, teams, residence halls.
Former Rep. Lane Evans '74 dies

11/06/14 Former Rep. Lane Evans '74 dies


Lane Evans, a 12-term Democratic congressman from Illinois, died Wednesday. A native of Rock Island, Evans graduated from Augustana in 1974. He was in the Marines Corps from 1969-1971. He graduated from Georgetown University Law in 1977. Evans was working in a legal aid service in Rock Island when he was elected to the U.S. House in 1982. Evans did not run for a 13th term due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Frieze Lecture: Meg Gillette

11/06/14 Frieze Lecture: Meg Gillette


Dr. Meg Gillette discuss a new book she created with students, The Stories We Tell: Modernism in the Tri-Cities, a collection of works by local writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

11/05/14 Anthropologist to discuss African diaspora tourism in Brazil


Anthropologist Dr. Stephen Selka of Indiana University will give a lecture on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St., Rock Island). The lecture is free and open to the public.

11/05/14 Augustana's planetarium to host annual holiday show


Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th St., will present its annual holiday program from Saturday, December 13 through Friday, December 19. The planetarium show "Season of Light" will be offered weekdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Dr. Lendol Calder wins American Historical Association award

11/05/14 Dr. Lendol Calder wins American Historical Association award


Dr. Lendol Calder, professor of history of Augustana, has been awarded the 2014 William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the Best Article on Teaching History by the American Historical Association (AHA).
Mutual funds’ professor can flunk them

11/04/14 Mutual funds’ professor can flunk them


The Wall Street Journal checks in with communication studies professor Dr. David Snowball and his Mutal Fund Observer website. Produced on a shoestring, the free monthly online commentary, known to readers as MFO, is now “one of the most important financial publications of the day,” says Josh Brown, chief executive of Ritholtz Wealth Management in New York.

October 2014

Frieze Lecture: Thomas Tredway

10/30/14 Frieze Lecture: Thomas Tredway


Dr. Thomas Tredway, professor emeritus of history, served as Augustana's seventh president, from 1975-2003. He discusses his new book, "Conrad Bergendoff's Faith & Work: A Swedish-American Lutheran, 1895-1997." Published by the Augustana Historical Society and the Swedish-American Historical Society, the book considers one of the great intellects of the Augustana Synod tradition. Conrad Bergendoff, who served as the College's fifth president, from 1935-1962, was an internationally renowned theologian, ecumenist and historian.
Forum at Old Main: Measuring student career preparation

10/29/14 Forum at Old Main: Measuring student career preparation


In the first installment of the Forum at Old Main video series, Michael Edmondson, associate vice president for career development, and Mark Salisbury, director of institutional research and assessment, discuss the importance of measuring student progress in career preparation while at Augustana.
College introduces two new certificate programs

10/29/14 College introduces two new certificate programs


This fall, Augustana introduced its first two certificate programs: American Culture Exploration, for one-year international students whose academic focus is American life, and Nonprofit Leadership Development. "Certificates are another way to demonstrate a skill set in a portfolio or interview, especially experience, that someone else might not have," said Doug Tschopp, director of the college's Entrepreneurial Center (EDGE).
Thanks, but who are you?

10/29/14 Thanks, but who are you?


A couple on their way to a wedding at Augustana's Ascension Chapel ran into trouble when the woman was injured. They didn't make it to the wedding, but with the help of three strangers -- Augustana students -- they made it to the reception. They never got the names the three that came to their rescue that day — and they'd really like to know who those students are.
Westerlin dining hall becomes AugiePlex fitness center

10/28/14 Westerlin dining hall becomes AugiePlex fitness center


The dining hall at Westerlin Residence Center is now a fitness and recreation center for students. The 6,800-square-foot space became available last year when the Center for Student Life dining center opened, and the Westerlin dining room was no longer needed.
Frieze Lecture: Dag Blanck

10/27/14 Frieze Lecture: Dag Blanck


Dr. Dag Blanck is director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College and lecturer at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University. The medieval university in Uppsala, Sweden's oldest educational institution, educated many of the people who founded and built up Augustana in the mid-19th century. On Oct. 21, Dr. Blanck discussed how our national "hometown" is viewed abroad, and consider various images of the United States in Sweden over the past two centuries.
Doresca '00 heads Institute for International Business in Iowa City

10/27/14 Doresca '00 heads Institute for International Business in Iowa City


Dimy Doresca '00 is the new director of the Institute for International Business at the University of Iowa. “The goal is to use the resources of the University of Iowa to help Iowa businesses expand globally,” he said. “Many of these businesses don’t have the resources on their own to consider expanding internationally, so we can be their international development arm." After graduating from Augustana, he earned a master's in foreign service international relations from Georgetown University.
Organic farmer finds rewards in ‘lifestyle paycheck’

10/23/14 Organic farmer finds rewards in ‘lifestyle paycheck’


Forrest Pritchard, a seventh-generation farmer from Virginia, earned degrees in English and geology and then decided what he really wanted to do was save his family's failing 500-acre farm. On Wednesday, Pritchard shared his story with Augustana students. He detailed his multifaceted adventure in economics, biology, ecology and humanity and the resulting organic farm that is now a model of sustainability. It’s also become a million-dollar business.
Video: Anderson gives annual Ander Lecture

10/22/14 Video: Anderson gives annual Ander Lecture


Dr. Philip J. Anderson, professor emeritus of church history at North Park Seminary in Chicago, gives the annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History: "Voluntary Religion and the Swedish Immigrant Experience." He is a leading authority on Swedish-American history, and has published widely in the field. One of his special fields is the role of religion among Swedish Americans.
Vo '13 reprises role in 'Bat Boy' production

10/22/14 Vo '13 reprises role in 'Bat Boy' production


Calvin Vo '13, of Moline, gets another swing at the title role in the spooky musical comedy, "Bat Boy: The Musical," which opens Friday at the QC Theatre Workshop, Davenport. The 23-year-old played Edgar, the tormented half-boy, half-monster in his school's production of the off-Broadway cult hit in 2012.
Dracula 'sets the bar' for local theatre scene design

10/20/14 Dracula 'sets the bar' for local theatre scene design


River Cities' Reader reviewer Thom White writes, "If any local-theatre venue sets the bar for scenic design, I’d make a case for Augustana College. Anyone who doubts the theatre department’s candidacy should see its presentation of The Passion of Dracula, with its set that’s the latest in a long line of remarkable constructs."

10/19/14 Organic farmer Forrest Pritchard to speak at Augustana


Farmer and owner of Smith Meadows Farm Forrest Pritchard will give a lecture, "Growing Hope in a World of Anonymous Agriculture," followed by a book signing on Wednesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Olin Auditorium. The lecture, hosted by Augustana's Center for Entrepreneurial and Legal Studies in Business, is free and open to the public.

10/19/14 Frieze Lectures continue "hometown" theme


The 17th annual Frieze Lecture Series, a partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College, continues this fall with four lectures by members of Augustana's scholarly community considering themes related to the library's engagement with Smithsonian Institution's "Hometown Teams" collaborative.
Video: Dr. Lewis presents "The Myth of Fair Housing"

10/17/14 Video: Dr. Lewis presents "The Myth of Fair Housing"


Brittany Lewis, from the Political Science Department, presents, "The Myth of Fair Housing: Public Housing Advocates, the Popular Discursive Dismantling of the Welfare State and the Rouses of Legal Discourse/Action." This is part of the Tea Talks series, sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department.
College recycling program collects more trash

10/15/14 College recycling program collects more trash


Most students take out the trash and but not many know what happens to the waste and recycled material after it is disposed. At 6 a.m. each day, trash is picked up by Eagle Enterprises and taken to facilities in Galva, Ill. Eagle picks up recycling every Tuesday and Thursday, charging Augustana $225 each month. After sorting the recycling, it ships the material to St. Louis, where the garbage is melted down and broken up to be reused.
Augie Wells to provide cleaner drinking water in Africa

10/15/14 Augie Wells to provide cleaner drinking water in Africa


Augie Wells is planning to raise enough money to build two wells in Africa. It will send the money to Water to Thrive, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the need for clean water and building wells to provide safe water. It costs Water to Thrive $5,000 to build one well. Augie Wells raised more than $50 on Symposium Day and plan to hold more fundraisers. Augustana President Steve Bahls and Jane Bahls said they will match whatever amount students raise, up to $2,500.
Augie Minute with Dr. Shara Stough

10/15/14 Augie Minute with Dr. Shara Stough


Dr. Shara Stough, assistant professor of psychology, discusses post-traumatic stress disorder research and the prospect of erasing negative memories.
Dean updates campus on employee whose daughter came from Liberia

10/14/14 Dean updates campus on employee whose daughter came from Liberia


Dr. Evelyn Campbell, dean and vice president of student life, wrote to students today regarding an employee whose daughter came from Liberia Oct. 11. "I want to make sure our community is kept up to date, given the serious news about Ebola in the United States. Our community's safety is my No. 1 priority."
President creates advisory council

10/10/14 President creates advisory council


President Steven Bahls, in partnership with SGA, is organizing this year’s President’s Advisory Council. The council will be composed of roughly 20 students, recommended by SGA and chosen by Bahls, who represent all grades and offer a diverse perspective on topics such as residential life, academics and availability of classes.
Hong Kong student shares views on protests

10/08/14 Hong Kong student shares views on protests


For more than a week now, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong. Augustana student Cecilia Chung grew up just blocks from the heart of the demonstrations. Many of her friends are on the front lines of the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" protests, demanding the right to vote for a leader of their choice in 2017.
Video: Poet Todd Davis starts year's River Readings

10/06/14 Video: Poet Todd Davis starts year's River Readings


Poet Todd Davis, award-winning author of four full-length collections of poetry, kicked off the 2014-15 River Readings series. Davis is the author of the poetry collections "In the Kingdom of the Ditch," "The Least of These," "Some Heaven," and "Ripe." He is the editor of the nonfiction collection "Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball."
Video: former CEO Brenda Barnes addresses students

10/06/14 Video: former CEO Brenda Barnes addresses students


Brenda Barnes '75, former executive at Pepsico and Sara Lee, visited campus to talk with students about navigating future lives and careers.
Finding a student's calling

10/06/14 Finding a student's calling


Kristen Glass Perez, one of two campus chaplains at Augustana College, also is working in the college's CORE (Career, Opportunities, Research, and Exploration). She is now the director of vocational exploration, and her goal isn't to just help students find a job or internship. She's trying to help students find their calling.
Dr. Michelle Crouch will direct Opera@Augustana

10/03/14 Dr. Michelle Crouch will direct Opera@Augustana


Dr. Michelle Crouch will direct Opera@Augustana beginning this season.She replaces Dr. John Pfautz, who founded Opera@Augustana in 1987. He is assuming the role of division chair, overseeing all fine and performing arts at Augustana. "Undergraduate opera is an excellent way to help students further vocal development while also challenging them to pursue larger roles and overall goals individually," she said.
Former CEO Brenda Barnes '75 shares lessons of hard work, determination

10/03/14 Former CEO Brenda Barnes '75 shares lessons of hard work, determination


She's held leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies and on corporate boards, and Brenda Barnes '75 gives much credit to her Augustana liberal arts education and hard work for positioning her for success. Barnes, a member of Augustana's Board of Trustees, shared these lessons with students and faculty while on campus for a board meeting this fall.
Lecture to discuss religion, Swedish immigrants

10/02/14 Lecture to discuss religion, Swedish immigrants


Dr. Philip J. Anderson, professor emeritus of church history at North Park University in Chicago, will discuss the role of religion among Swedish Americans in the 25th annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History on Saturday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
Augustana offering cities and counties a new partnership to solve community problems

10/02/14 Augustana offering cities and counties a new partnership to solve community problems


Augustana College's Upper Mississippi Center (UMC) is looking to partner with a local city or county for its inaugural Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI).

September 2014

09/30/14 Augustana to hold grand opening for fitness center


Augustana College will hold a grand opening for the college’s new fitness center in the former Westerlin Residence Center Dining Hall (3200 10th Ave., Rock Island) on Tuesday, October 7 at 4 p.m.
Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Michael Edmondson

09/29/14 Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Michael Edmondson


Dr. Michael Edmondson, Associate Vice President for Career Development, discusses Augustana's new initiative — Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration (CORE) — and his staff's role within the collaboration.
'Passion of Dracula' begins season in October

09/26/14 'Passion of Dracula' begins season in October


"The Passion of Dracula," mixing romance, classic gothic drama and comedy, will begin the Augustana theatre season Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.
Order of the Phoenix offers alternative to Greek life

09/25/14 Order of the Phoenix offers alternative to Greek life


Disc jockeys, tutors, volunteers, brothers: the Order of the Phoenix offers an alternative to fraternities on campus. With a mission focusing on improving student life at Augustana, the small social group takes pride in their multiculturalism and service.
Student opening window into John Hauberg's life

09/25/14 Student opening window into John Hauberg's life


John Henry Hauberg was many things -- a family man, a humanitarian, a scholar of Quad-Cities and Native American history, a traveler, and a benefactor of wild places. He was also a photographer and his life and his travels are recorded in about 7,000 glass plate negatives and lantern slides at Augustana's Special Collections. Rukmini Girish, a senior, who is trying to catalog all of the images. (Related: www.augustana.edu/blogs/augieblog/?p=8411)
Students, alumna celebrate Mexican independence

09/22/14 Students, alumna celebrate Mexican independence


Students celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16. This event was hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Life in conjunction with Casa Guanajuato's family advocate for immigration, Morgan Drake '14.

09/22/14 Symposium Day to explore identity


Augustana College will host its third annual fall Symposium Day on Wednesday, September 24. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., faculty, students and guest speakers will explore identity from different perspectives, with sessions focused on everything from self-discovery and vocational pathways to ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality.
Augustana named one of the 25 most beautiful campuses

09/20/14 Augustana named one of the 25 most beautiful campuses


Thrillist.com listed Augustana as one of the "25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America." Other campuses that made the list include Harvard, Yale, Pepperdine and UC Berkeley.
River Readings brings poet Todd Davis to Augustana

09/18/14 River Readings brings poet Todd Davis to Augustana


Augustana College's River Readings will open its seventh season with poet Todd Davis on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center. An award-winning author of four full-length collections of poetry, Davis will talk about his creative process and read from his work, followed by a reception and book signing.
Dr. Timothy Johnson '58 to speak on health care

09/17/14 Dr. Timothy Johnson '58 to speak on health care


Dr. Timothy Johnson '58, senior medical contributor for ABC News, will present two lectures Sept. 21 as the 2014 Faith and Life Series speaker at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. He will present “Discovering God through Tough Questions” during the Sunday morning learning hour, 10:45 a.m. He will give a community-wide lecture, "American Healthcare in Crisis: Telling the Truth," at 4 p.m.
Leech examines pit mine's impact, wins history prize

09/16/14 Leech examines pit mine's impact, wins history prize


Dr. Brian Leech's exploration of his home state's landmark copper mine in Montana has earned him a $1,000 national prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Western History.
Sisters receive Harley Award from Riverssance

09/16/14 Sisters receive Harley Award from Riverssance


They grew up together, both taught collegiate-level art in the Quad-Cities for decades and are artists themselves. So it's only natural that Kristin (St. Ambrose) and Megan (Augustana) Quinn both would receive the Harley Award for contributions to visual art in the Quad-Cities at next weekend's Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts.
Video: Students find Friday fun with bingo

09/12/14 Video: Students find Friday fun with bingo


When Friday-night bingo is held in the Center for Student Life, hundreds of students turn up to win cash and prizes.
Augustana to host I-74 Graduate/Professional Fair

09/12/14 Augustana to host I-74 Graduate/Professional Fair


Augustana will host the I-74 Graduate and Professional School Fair from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Pepsico Recreation Center. More than 50 programs and schools will be represented.
Landman '07 heads Young Professionals Network

09/11/14 Landman '07 heads Young Professionals Network


The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants the area to be known as "cool, creative and prosperous" and has hired Aiden Landman '07 to help meet that goal. The 30-year-old is the chamber's new Young Professionals Network director. Landman sees The Network as a key player in realizing the chamber's regional vision. Landman majored in political science at Augustana.
College partners on housing project

09/09/14 College partners on housing project


Rock Island's College Hill will welcome some new neighbors thanks to the latest housing project by Rock Island Economic Growth Corp. Joined by its community partners, Augustana College and the city of Rock Island, the economic development organization broke ground Monday on the Villas at College Hill. The $932,000 project will include three new construction homes.
Indie-folk band The Hunts to perform Sept. 20

09/08/14 Indie-folk band The Hunts to perform Sept. 20


The Hunts, an indie-folk band from Chesapeake, Va., will perform at Augustana at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in Centennial Hall. Tickets may be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office for $10. Admission for Augustana faculty, staff and students is free with an ID.
Book discusses the history of African diamond mining

09/08/14 Book discusses the history of African diamond mining


Dr. Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history, recently completed a book about diamond mining in Africa. In "Stones of Contention: A History of Africa's Diamonds," he provides an account of diamond mining in Africa from ancient times to the present.
Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Michael Wolf

09/04/14 Video: Augie Minute with Dr. Michael Wolf


Geology professor Michael Wolf discusses his "volcano lab" and some of the projects his students are working on.
College shows Swedish roots in art exhibit

09/02/14 College shows Swedish roots in art exhibit


Of all the museums in the world to which Samuel and Ann Charters could have donated their large collection of Swedish art, they chose Augustana College in Rock Island. Half of that 100-work collection, which spans the 1875-1977 period, will be on display Friday through Oct. 25. The collection challenges the visitor to "think about how the Franco-centric story of modern art has begun to give way to more nuanced appreciation of alternative modernisms," museum director Preston Thayer said. "For Swedish artists, this included finding ways to celebrate the Northern landscape."

August 2014

Swedish genealogists to offer free services

08/29/14 Swedish genealogists to offer free services


The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College will welcome the return of the renowned SwedGenTour on Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hanson Hall of Science.
Augustana to exhibit 'A Different Way of Seeing'

08/29/14 Augustana to exhibit 'A Different Way of Seeing'


The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art will display "A Different Way of Seeing: Swedish Art from the Charters Collection" from September 5 to October 25 in the main gallery of Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue in Rock Island. A public gallery reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 5, and the exhibition will be open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Williams '64: 'You have to follow a passion'

08/28/14 Williams '64: 'You have to follow a passion'


John Williams spent 30 years at the Rock Island Arsenal as a scientist and engineer, leaving in 1994. The word "retired" doesn't seem to fit Mr. Williams, 75, who published his second historical novel earlier this year, and earned a black belt in Shaolin kung fu in 2009. The self-described "history nut" loves surfing the library stacks at his alma mater, Augustana College, for the joy of learning — and possibly for his next literary inspiration.
Exhibit shows insects and art together

08/28/14 Exhibit shows insects and art together


Captured: Using Insects to Inspire Art will be on display through Nov. 6 at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during library hours. Augustana faculty, staff, students and their families are invited to a Family Night from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17. Admission is free.
Panel to compare Urban Policy and Affordable Housing in the Quad Cities and Rio de Janeiro

08/28/14 Panel to compare Urban Policy and Affordable Housing in the Quad Cities and Rio de Janeiro


The Latin American Studies program and the Department of Political Science will host a panel discussion, “Urban Policy and Affordable Housing in the Quad Cities and Rio de Janeiro: Commonalities and Contrasts,” on Monday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall.
CORE: an investment in student preparation

08/27/14 CORE: an investment in student preparation


Augustana College has tripled its number of career staffers and teamed them with experts in advising, research and related services as CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration).
President Bahls explains goals, benefits of CORE

08/27/14 President Bahls explains goals, benefits of CORE


Augustana President Steve Bahls explains the college's new initative, CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration). "I know of no other college that has such a level of programs that connect academics, athletics, residential life and student life in such a way."
CORE services at a glance

08/27/14 CORE services at a glance


CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) at Augustana opened with fall term in the Olin Center. It provides a number of services to students and alumni.
Lecturer to discuss underlying causes of instability in Africa

08/27/14 Lecturer to discuss underlying causes of instability in Africa


Augustana College will host a talk by Dr. Allen Isaacman, titled "Myth of the African Past," on September 11 at 6 p.m. in the Wilson Center. He will discuss the racially inspired challenges and cultural arrogance that underlie contemporary assumptions and representations about Africa.
Bancks' 'Rock Island Line' to be featured on national radio program

08/27/14 Bancks' 'Rock Island Line' to be featured on national radio program


Jacob Bancks' composition, Rock Island Line, will be featured on Performance Today, a nationally syndicated radio program by American Public Media. The broadcast will air locally on Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m. on WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, at 90.3 FM.
Video: Class of 2018 moves in on campus

08/26/14 Video: Class of 2018 moves in on campus


Members of the Move-in Crew and the Class of 2018 talk about the move-in experience during Welcome Week.
Visitors advised of bridge closure

08/26/14 Visitors advised of bridge closure


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 closed Aug. 3 and will remain closed until Oct. 10. The Illinois Department of Transportation is doing $3.35 million of repairs to the structure between Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa.
Augustana's Upper Mississippi Center studies local watersheds

08/22/14 Augustana's Upper Mississippi Center studies local watersheds


The Upper Mississippi Center at Augustana has teamed up with the the cities of Rock Island and Moline to study local watersheds. Augustana students collect and analyze samples from the watersheds to provide data on pollutants and contaminants to the local governments.

08/22/14 The Second City returns for an evening of laughter


Augustana will once again host the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy, The Second City, in The Second City's 55th Anniversary on Saturday, August 30, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Admission is free for Augustana students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public.
Class of 2018 launches dreams and airplanes

08/22/14 Class of 2018 launches dreams and airplanes


As part of the 155th Opening Convocation, President Steve Bahls led members of the Class of 2018 and their parents through a ceremonial launching of dreams and aspirations...and a couple thousand paper airplanes.
Rowing teaches much more than technique

08/18/14 Rowing teaches much more than technique


For Deidrah Kennedy, coach of Augustana's crew team, it happens when all the rowers in the boat find it: a unique mix of rhythm and ratio that makes you part of something bigger. "When the people in the boat work together, and you find yourself on a good, set boat, there's just nothing like it. You feel like you are part of something out there, a part of a bigger community."
Changes at Teaching Museum of Art

08/18/14 Changes at Teaching Museum of Art


As the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art prepares for a new exhibition, its leader plans to start a new chapter in his life. In September, an exhibition devoted to Swedish art will open and museum director, Preston Thayer, will leave.
May '74 brings experience to new magnet school

08/11/14 May '74 brings experience to new magnet school


Ron May '74 will bring 40 years of experience as a music educator to yet another new role: performing-arts teacher for Davenport's new Creative Arts Academy. He will be among three full-time arts faculty for the new magnet school. "I'm very, very passionate about arts education. It is not a frill; it is not an extra," May said. " It is a driving force of our economy. We should not be ignoring it in education. It's vital."
Video: Edmondson outlines CORE benefits

08/08/14 Video: Edmondson outlines CORE benefits


Michael Edmondson, head of Augustana's Office of Career Development, speaks on Mediacom's Newsleaders program about the college's new CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) initiative.
Walsh '06 teaches peers as well as students

08/05/14 Walsh '06 teaches peers as well as students


As a child, Amy Walsh '06 was inspired by an excellent teacher. Today, she has become one. A 2013 finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year, Walsh was been with Bensenville District 2 since 2010. Her success and enthusiasm resulted in an invitation to serve as a demonstration teacher for her peers as well as students. Walsh studied elementary education at Augustana.

July 2014

Attack ads poised to flood local airwaves

07/31/14 Attack ads poised to flood local airwaves


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.
College to participate in wetlands restoration

07/29/14 College to participate in wetlands restoration


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.
Le '16 uses grant for chemistry research

07/29/14 Le '16 uses grant for chemistry research


John Le '16 used a National Science Foundation diversity grant to do research in the multi-step synthesis of organic molecules in assistant professor Jose Boquin's lab this summer.
KeyStone neighborhood to host summer potluck

07/28/14 KeyStone neighborhood to host summer potluck


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.
Augustana's first black graduate and 'cultural mimicry'

07/28/14 Augustana's first black graduate and 'cultural mimicry'


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."
Lois Samuelson White, known for gift of music

07/22/14 Lois Samuelson White, known for gift of music


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.
Dinosaur hunter helps police identify skeletal remains

07/21/14 Dinosaur hunter helps police identify skeletal remains


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.
Video: Art students update Pepsico Center mural

07/18/14 Video: Art students update Pepsico Center mural


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.
Intern digitally maps cemetery

07/17/14 Intern digitally maps cemetery


Augustana senior Jeremy Sundberg worked as an intern with Moline, Ill., to map 7,600 burials at a city cemetery to help families locate where a relative is buried. Sundberg found each grave and recorded its coordinates with GPS to coordinate with a plot map. He is a geography major Elmhurst, Ill.
Lacrosse player excels during difficult year

07/15/14 Lacrosse player excels during difficult year


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, professor emerita, dies at 88

07/15/14 Martha T. Harris, professor emerita, dies at 88


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.
Children harvest fruits of their labor at Augie Acres

07/14/14 Children harvest fruits of their labor at Augie Acres


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.
Kefalides '51 a part of Cold War history

07/14/14 Kefalides '51 a part of Cold War history


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.
Clarke '00 serves as tourney doctor at John Deere Classic

07/03/14 Clarke '00 serves as tourney doctor at John Deere Classic


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.

June 2014

Hello Greenland!

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.
Tweet raising money for kids' book on evolution

06/30/14 Tweet raising money for kids' book on evolution


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.
Augustana students study music and literature in Paris

06/25/14 Augustana students study music and literature in Paris


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.
Video: Summer Visit Days opportunities

06/25/14 Video: Summer Visit Days opportunities


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.
Vikings add four to Academic All-America list

06/24/14 Vikings add four to Academic All-America list


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.
Rigg '02 chosen as Geneseo city administrator

06/23/14 Rigg '02 chosen as Geneseo city administrator


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.
Marinko '83 named executive at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

06/23/14 Marinko '83 named executive at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock


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.

06/20/14 High school students invited to visit Augustana


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.
Summer reading suggestions from faculty and staff

06/20/14 Summer reading suggestions from faculty and staff


Librarians at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library, plus some faculty and staff, have a few suggestions for your non-academic summer reading pleasure.
Art in Plain Sight: Cadence of Diversity

06/19/14 Art in Plain Sight: Cadence of Diversity


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.
BioBlitz survey of species planned June 27-28

06/19/14 BioBlitz survey of species planned June 27-28


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.
Play, storybook and poetry essay win Geifman Prize

06/18/14 Play, storybook and poetry essay win Geifman Prize


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.
Video: Speakers, attendees discuss interfaith efforts

06/18/14 Video: Speakers, attendees discuss interfaith efforts


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.
Students set traps to research emerald ash borer

06/18/14 Students set traps to research emerald ash borer


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 to host ecological research meeting

06/16/14 Augustana to host ecological research meeting


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, Opera @ Augustana to present 'Die Fledermaus'

06/10/14 Genesius Guild, Opera @ Augustana to present 'Die Fledermaus'


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.
College partners with Longfellow on river projects

06/09/14 College partners with Longfellow on river projects


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.
Interfaith weavers seek to create communities

06/09/14 Interfaith weavers seek to create communities


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.
Jenny Lind winner to perform June 23

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.
Video: Augie Minute with Erin Freund

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.

May 2014

KWQC: Students "reading the riverbed"

05/29/14 KWQC: Students "reading the riverbed"


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.
The White Privilege Moment

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.
After graduation with the Augie A

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.
Commencement 2014 in words,  photos, videos

05/26/14 Commencement 2014 in words, photos, videos


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."
Commencement video: graduates, a GoPro and Bustos

05/26/14 Commencement video: graduates, a GoPro and Bustos


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.
Poelvoorde '87 named Trinity College of Nursing chancellor

05/23/14 Poelvoorde '87 named Trinity College of Nursing chancellor


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.

05/22/14 Augustana professor wins Illinois CPA Society award


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.
Figge fiber art exhibit to feature Schussheim-Anderson

05/22/14 Figge fiber art exhibit to feature Schussheim-Anderson


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."
Pre-vet student ready for wild African internship

05/21/14 Pre-vet student ready for wild African internship


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.
WVIK wins 7 awards for journalistic excellence

05/20/14 WVIK wins 7 awards for journalistic excellence


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.
Augustana librarian to travel to Sweden this summer

05/20/14 Augustana librarian to travel to Sweden this summer


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.
Bahls: St. Ambrose project should proceed

05/20/14 Bahls: St. Ambrose project should proceed


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."
Are you being served?

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.
Four Years Project participants wrap up first year

05/20/14 Four Years Project participants wrap up first year


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.
Seniors review Internet math talks

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.
Wollstonecraft, Vázquez-Valarezo awards announced

05/19/14 Wollstonecraft, Vázquez-Valarezo awards announced


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.
On to Greenland, glaciers and MIT

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."
Video: Geography seniors share research

05/16/14 Video: Geography seniors share research


Senior geography majors Jessica Flondro, Danna Jensen and Alan Sabat share their senior inquiry research and why they're interested in geography.
Kargl stands tall for women's lacrosse team

05/16/14 Kargl stands tall for women's lacrosse team


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.
Students set up fund after visit to Guatemala

05/15/14 Students set up fund after visit to Guatemala


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.
Video: Shanty Town benefits Habit for Humanity

05/15/14 Video: Shanty Town benefits Habit for Humanity


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.
What's a kidney between friends?

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.
Augustana to partner with KeyStone Neighborhood

05/13/14 Augustana to partner with KeyStone Neighborhood


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.).
Festival to spotlight local playwrights

05/12/14 Festival to spotlight local playwrights


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.
Augustana students win national creative writing contest

05/12/14 Augustana students win national creative writing contest


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.
Ethics winners address immigration, drugs, beauty

05/12/14 Ethics winners address immigration, drugs, beauty


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.
Durbin proposes student loan reform

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.
Celebration of Learning: DNA and dragons

05/08/14 Celebration of Learning: DNA and dragons


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.
Students share stories behind Celebration research

05/08/14 Students share stories behind Celebration research


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.
Augustana to receive funding from Royal Ball Run

05/07/14 Augustana to receive funding from Royal Ball Run


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.
Celebration of Learning

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.
Tomerlin headed to national AAUW conference

05/06/14 Tomerlin headed to national AAUW conference


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.
Review: 'Something's Afoot' a jolly good time

05/05/14 Review: 'Something's Afoot' a jolly good time


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
Malone '14 will see his play performed this weekend

05/02/14 Malone '14 will see his play performed this weekend


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.
Schone '11 measuring micro-farm success

05/02/14 Schone '11 measuring micro-farm success


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.
Video: Community Advisors get housing assignments

05/02/14 Video: Community Advisors get housing assignments


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.
Veterans share unique struggles in academia

05/01/14 Veterans share unique struggles in academia


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."
Exhibiting seniors explain their inspiration

05/01/14 Exhibiting seniors explain their inspiration


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.
Video: River Readings with Rachel Hartman

05/01/14 Video: River Readings with Rachel Hartman


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.

April 2014

Video: Sheltering Jews during World War II

04/30/14 Video: Sheltering Jews during World War II


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.
Seniors co-curate 'Whistler and His Contexts'

04/30/14 Seniors co-curate 'Whistler and His Contexts'


"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.
Senior art: runes, symbols and portals

04/29/14 Senior art: runes, symbols and portals


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.
Jared Johnson to join WVIK staff

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.
Junior lacrosse goalie also world-class fly fisherman

04/28/14 Junior lacrosse goalie also world-class fly fisherman


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.
Video: Students present Green Grants projects

04/28/14 Video: Students present Green Grants projects


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 retiree honored for volunteerism

04/28/14 Augustana retiree honored for volunteerism


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.
Video: Black-Beth '99 delivers Business Day keynote

04/25/14 Video: Black-Beth '99 delivers Business Day keynote


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.
Greek group helps troops and honors veteran alumnus

04/25/14 Greek group helps troops and honors veteran alumnus


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.
Student wins $10,000 physics award

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.
Professor off to study Irish street performers

04/23/14 Professor off to study Irish street performers


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.
Video: Women's lacrosse discusses undefeated streak

04/23/14 Video: Women's lacrosse discusses undefeated streak


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.
Earth Week events include riding, weeding, recycling

04/21/14 Earth Week events include riding, weeding, recycling


The student gruop Global Affect has planned a series Earth Week events this week, including a bike ride and e-waste collection.
Camp Kesem's big-hearted students

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' pricing for 'Something's Afoot' through April 27

04/16/14 'Early bird' pricing for 'Something's Afoot' through April 27


"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.
Student veterans to share experiences

04/16/14 Student veterans to share experiences


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.
2014 Augie Abroad Photo Contest winners

04/14/14 2014 Augie Abroad Photo Contest winners


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.
Two faculty members earn endowed chairs

04/14/14 Two faculty members earn endowed chairs


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.
Bestselling author Rachel Hartman to read on campus

04/11/14 Bestselling author Rachel Hartman to read on campus


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.
Lecturer to offer history as bridge between religions

04/09/14 Lecturer to offer history as bridge between religions


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.
Video: Stone Lecture addresses psychotherapy

04/08/14 Video: Stone Lecture addresses psychotherapy


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.
Augustana introduces co-curricular transcript

04/08/14 Augustana introduces co-curricular transcript


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.
River Readings April 28: Mathematical dragons

04/07/14 River Readings April 28: Mathematical dragons


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.
Running the gamut in first teaching job

04/07/14 Running the gamut in first teaching job


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.”
Increasing efforts to recruit international students

04/07/14 Increasing efforts to recruit international students


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.
Video: Detroit artists address urban revitalization

04/04/14 Video: Detroit artists address urban revitalization


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.
Video: Examining the poetry of death and the Civil War

04/04/14 Video: Examining the poetry of death and the Civil War


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.
Interfaith Understanding Conference here June 1-3

04/04/14 Interfaith Understanding Conference here June 1-3


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.
WVIK secures more money for interns

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.
Video: chemical warfare in ancient Syria

04/03/14 Video: chemical warfare in ancient Syria


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.
Cello choir to prove instruments can sing

04/03/14 Cello choir to prove instruments can sing


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.
Polar Studies lecture video: Hidden Diversity of Life

04/03/14 Polar Studies lecture video: Hidden Diversity of Life


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."
Spring planetarium open house on May 10

04/02/14 Spring planetarium open house on May 10


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.
Trivia night to raise funds for an international student

04/02/14 Trivia night to raise funds for an international student


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.
Student journalists recognized with 13 awards

04/02/14 Student journalists recognized with 13 awards


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.
A Day of Giving starts now!

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.

March 2014

Lecture on Whitman, Dickinson and the Civil War

03/31/14 Lecture on Whitman, Dickinson and the Civil War


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.
Dozens set to go bald to help conquer cancer

03/31/14 Dozens set to go bald to help conquer cancer


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.
New Directions in Information Fluency conference April 4-5

03/28/14 New Directions in Information Fluency conference April 4-5


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.
April 1 lecture to explore ancient chemical warfare

03/28/14 April 1 lecture to explore ancient chemical warfare


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.
Art history video: Rethinking Whistler's Peacock Room

03/27/14 Art history video: Rethinking Whistler's Peacock Room


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."
Hasselmo winner Wood fascinated by human conflict

03/26/14 Hasselmo winner Wood fascinated by human conflict


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.
Softball player works food drive into Augustana Invitational

03/26/14 Softball player works food drive into Augustana Invitational


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 explores 'The Hunger Games'

03/24/14 John Granger explores 'The Hunger Games'


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.
Darwin Week March 24-28: birds, movies, concert

03/20/14 Darwin Week March 24-28: birds, movies, concert


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.
Lecture will use mapping to help explain urban decline

03/20/14 Lecture will use mapping to help explain urban decline


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, retired administrator and VP, dies

03/18/14 Glen Brolander, retired administrator and VP, dies


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.
Schussheim-Anderson to show work at Bucktown exhibition

03/17/14 Schussheim-Anderson to show work at Bucktown exhibition


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.
Video: Dr. Mary Kirn on the challenge of judging art

03/17/14 Video: Dr. Mary Kirn on the challenge of judging art


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.

03/14/14 Quad-City Playwrights' Festival seeks entries


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.
Smithsonian curator to speak on Whistler

03/14/14 Smithsonian curator to speak on Whistler


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."
Illinois Associated Press honors WVIK

03/13/14 Illinois Associated Press honors WVIK


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."
Video: Augie Minute with Pastor Richard Priggie

03/12/14 Video: Augie Minute with Pastor Richard Priggie


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.
Holcomb ‘07 lauded as a library innovator

03/12/14 Holcomb ‘07 lauded as a library innovator


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.
Video: Wrestler leans on family en route to nationals

03/12/14 Video: Wrestler leans on family en route to nationals


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: molding a better person

03/10/14 Jeff Becker '05: molding a better person


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)
Moore '96 leads Red Cross of the Heartland

03/06/14 Moore '96 leads Red Cross of the Heartland


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.
Hay's efforts lead to creation of nonprofit certificate

03/05/14 Hay's efforts lead to creation of nonprofit certificate


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.
April 24 lecture to discuss science and sense of wonder

03/05/14 April 24 lecture to discuss science and sense of wonder


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.
Arctic dinosaurs expert to give Polar Studies lecture

03/05/14 Arctic dinosaurs expert to give Polar Studies lecture


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.
Hartman to address complex relationship with technology

03/05/14 Hartman to address complex relationship with technology


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.
Dr. Simonsen blogging from Germany

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

February 2014

EDGE Center offers entrepreneurial skills for students

02/28/14 EDGE Center offers entrepreneurial skills for students


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."
Summer Academy offers teens introduction to college

02/28/14 Summer Academy offers teens introduction to college


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.
Detroit duo uses art for urban revitalization

02/28/14 Detroit duo uses art for urban revitalization


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.).
President Bahls recognized for fundraising leadership

02/27/14 President Bahls recognized for fundraising leadership


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.
Inside interesting Quad City landmarks

02/26/14 Inside interesting Quad City landmarks


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.
Exposure exhibition features students photography

02/25/14 Exposure exhibition features students photography


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.
Symphonic band begins tour of Japan

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.
Augustana names new VP of advancement

02/24/14 Augustana names new VP of advancement


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.
Business Day links students to area businesses

02/21/14 Business Day links students to area businesses


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.
Bancks' 'Rock Island Line' premieres March 8

02/20/14 Bancks' 'Rock Island Line' premieres March 8


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.
Professor looks at history of diamond mining

02/19/14 Professor looks at history of diamond mining


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."
Back to work after a weekend of retirement

02/17/14 Back to work after a weekend of retirement


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.
Former banker makes learning math fun

02/17/14 Former banker makes learning math fun


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.
Where the lumber baron lived

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.
Humphrey '98 says 'patience' at lot in PT work

02/17/14 Humphrey '98 says 'patience' at lot in PT work


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."
Professor prepares for jostling Fulbright experience

02/14/14 Professor prepares for jostling Fulbright experience


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.
Monologues go where the light don’t shine

02/12/14 Monologues go where the light don’t shine


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.
New additions to club sports roster

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.
A cut above the rest

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.
Art students use Q-C as inspiration

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 field station turns on solar power

02/11/14 Augustana field station turns on solar power


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.
A cappella group to perform on March 29

02/11/14 A cappella group to perform on March 29


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.
Rowell opens a new chapter

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.
Video: Using gaming to understand Pompeii

02/11/14 Video: Using gaming to understand Pompeii


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.

02/10/14 Foreign language courses offered to high school students


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.
Augustana students go 'Under the Gun'

02/10/14 Augustana students go 'Under the Gun'


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.”

02/07/14 Students urged to file FAFSA before MAP runs out


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.
Coping with autism, helping others

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.
Lecture to explore ethics of NSA metadata collection

02/06/14 Lecture to explore ethics of NSA metadata collection


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.

02/05/14 Augustana offers low- and no-cost hearing tests


The Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing is offering hearing testing at reduced or no cost for individuals with limited financial resources.
Augustana athletes score high graduation rates

02/05/14 Augustana athletes score high graduation rates


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.
Celebration of Holiday Jazz and more

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
Members of Wennerberg make their Carnegie Hall debut

02/04/14 Members of Wennerberg make their Carnegie Hall debut


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.

January 2014

Grad's animation transforms into Super Bowl ad

01/31/14 Grad's animation transforms into Super Bowl ad


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.
Sauer '84 named North Central vice president

01/30/14 Sauer '84 named North Central vice president


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."
Professors Klien, Whitt analyze State of the Union

01/29/14 Professors Klien, Whitt analyze State of the Union


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.
Augustana to present short works on gun control

01/29/14 Augustana to present short works on gun control


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.
Video: NASA scientist discusses melting ice sheets

01/28/14 Video: NASA scientist discusses melting ice sheets


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.
Video: Wee shares poetry at Tea Talks

01/28/14 Video: Wee shares poetry at Tea Talks


Professor of English Rebecca Wee read poems from her manuscript, "Instead," for Tea Time on Jan. 22.
Asian Night at Augustana

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.
Hainline '04 sends students to the Fillmore

01/24/14 Hainline '04 sends students to the Fillmore


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.
Speaker says ice sheets prove earth warming

01/24/14 Speaker says ice sheets prove earth warming


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.
Lecture to address gaming and ancient architecture

01/23/14 Lecture to address gaming and ancient architecture


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.
Congresswoman to speak at graduation

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.
Video: Connecting science with history and arts

01/23/14 Video: Connecting science with history and arts


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.
Debate posts mid-season national rankings

01/23/14 Debate posts mid-season national rankings


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. Mayer remembered as historian, scholar

01/21/14 Dr. Mayer remembered as historian, scholar


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.
Video: Four featured presentations highlight Winter Symposium

01/21/14 Video: Four featured presentations highlight Winter Symposium


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 to air Illinois Republican gubernatorial debate

01/21/14 WVIK to air Illinois Republican gubernatorial debate


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.
NASA researcher to speak on monitoring polar ice

01/20/14 NASA researcher to speak on monitoring polar ice


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.
Gallery: Open House and Scholarship Competition

01/20/14 Gallery: Open House and Scholarship Competition


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.
River Readings: Kelly Daniels

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.
Reisner watershed talk kicks off Class Uncorked

01/17/14 Reisner watershed talk kicks off Class Uncorked


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.
Video: Whitt previews MLK talk

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.)
Robinson, Old Shoe settles in to jam band genre

01/17/14 Robinson, Old Shoe settles in to jam band genre


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.
President Bahls meets with Obama at higher education summit

01/17/14 President Bahls meets with Obama at higher education summit


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 to speak at fundraiser for WVIK Radio

01/17/14 Cokie Roberts to speak at fundraiser for WVIK Radio


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 with Dr. Michael Reisner

01/16/14 Five Questions with Dr. Michael Reisner


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.
Augie composer to premiere two major works

01/16/14 Augie composer to premiere two major works


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.
Bahls meeting at White House on affordability

01/16/14 Bahls meeting at White House on affordability


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.
Feigley '93 uses film to aid tornado victims

01/15/14 Feigley '93 uses film to aid tornado victims


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.
Lecture: Humanizing science with history and art

01/15/14 Lecture: Humanizing science with history and art


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.
Video: 2013 Lincoln Laureate Convocation

01/14/14 Video: 2013 Lincoln Laureate Convocation


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.
Harp instructor releases a new solo album

01/13/14 Harp instructor releases a new solo album


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.
Wrestlers improve facility to match performance

01/13/14 Wrestlers improve facility to match performance


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.
Focus on safety includes proposal to arm officers

01/09/14 Focus on safety includes proposal to arm officers


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.
Lampe '84 is a band director who makes a difference

01/08/14 Lampe '84 is a band director who makes a difference


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.
Augustana students to host Asian Night

01/08/14 Augustana students to host Asian Night


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.
Hispanic Film Festival marks 19th year

01/08/14 Hispanic Film Festival marks 19th year


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.
Latest River Readings spotlights Kelly Daniels' memoir

01/07/14 Latest River Readings spotlights Kelly Daniels' memoir


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.
Maximize financial aid: meet deadlines

01/06/14 Maximize financial aid: meet deadlines


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.
CNN Hero of the Year headlines winter Symposium Day

01/06/14 CNN Hero of the Year headlines winter Symposium Day


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.
Popular CommUniversity enters 35th year

01/06/14 Popular CommUniversity enters 35th year


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.
MLK celebration set for Jan. 18

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 students display at Figge Invitational

01/03/14 Seven students display at Figge Invitational


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 'Gift of Understanding' wins essay contest

01/02/14 The 'Gift of Understanding' wins essay contest


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."
Harrington adds tip for 2014 resolutions

01/02/14 Harrington adds tip for 2014 resolutions


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.”
Dr. Lendol Calder: 'Breaking the Power of Money'

01/02/14 Dr. Lendol Calder: 'Breaking the Power of Money'


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.
Augustana researcher's project goes multinational

01/02/14 Augustana researcher's project goes multinational


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.
Student tells untraditional Christmas story

01/02/14 Student tells untraditional Christmas story


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.
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