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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.”

Video: Webster competition fuels student vocal performance

Every year, Augustana students compete for monetary prizes as part of the Steven Boone Webster Vocal Performance Award Recital. Webster attended Augustana in the mid-1960s before beginning his professional vocal career. One of this year's winners, Maria Catalano '16, discusses her past participation in the recital and what the event means to students.

Local 'P.T. Barnum' made lasting memories

G. LaVerne Flambo attended Augustana College and aspired to be an operatic tenor but was never able to pursue that dream. Instead, he became involved in radio, known as the P.T. Barnum of the Quad-Cities. He booked the nation’s top entertainers here long before the opening of the iWireless Center. He also was the donor of Augustana's Flambo Endowment for the Performing Arts.