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Tarah Sipes

Tarah Sipes

Manager of Campus Experience

Campus Phone #: (309) 794-7201


Hometown: Aledo, Illinois

Current Town: Rock Island, IL

College Attended: MacMurray College, University of Illinois (Springfield)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (MacMurray), Master of Arts (University of Illinois)

Majors: Criminal Justice and Spanish - Public History

Minors: History and Liberal Arts

What did you do before Augustana? Before coming to Augustana I worked as both an Admissions Counselor and as a Residence Hall Director.  

What is your favorite time of the school year?  I love move-in day and Welcome Week!  The campus is so full of life and everyone has returned refreshed and ready to get to work.

What's great about the Quad Cities?  It's great that the Quad Cities is a metropolitan area that still has a "small-town feel".  The food is also great.

What do you like to do around the community? I like to visit the historical sites and take advantage of cultural activities (Quad Cities Pops, Music Guild, etc.).  Black Hawk State Park is a great place to enjoy a short nature hike.

Do you do volunteer service in the community? Yes.  I am on the Aledo (town about 40 minutes south of Rock Island) Main Street Board of Directors and I am a volunteer at the Mercer County Historical Society.

Why did you decide to work in the field/at Augustana?  I sort of fell into the field after graduation from MacMurray.  I decided to work at Augustana because I love the small school atmosphere and the commitment to the students.

What advice do you have for a student looking for the right college?  The way you feel when you are on campus is very important.  If you can see yourself fitting in and being successful at the school and you feel at home, you've probably found your school.