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Alumni, friends honor longtime English professor

Professor Emerita of English Dr. Dorothy Parkander ’46 was the last one to know — just as planned. She walked into the Quad City Arts Center in Rock Island to find 25 former students and friends gathered in honor of her 90th birthday March 14. Surprise!

Billups '87 to enter U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame

Tom Billups '87, one of the Augustana football players on the team that was unbeaten with four NCAA titles, will be inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame. A former U.S. international rugby player and head coach of the U.S. National Team, Billups is in his 16th season as a rugby coach at California. “Although Tom is a proud Augustana College man, we have very much adopted him at Cal, so there is pride for our university and team,” said Cal head coach Jack Clark.

Ackermann '12 directs vegan wolf in 'Little Red'

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

Evans '79 celebrates company centennial

David W. Evans doesn’t lie when he says fabrication is a fun business to be in. The 57-year-old Moline native is the fourth generation, and sixth family member, to run the George Evans Corporation inMoline, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. With 82 employees, it fabricates all types of carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel, copper and brass, as well as durable steel reels, for the wire and cable industry.

Stump '04 specializes in giraffes

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