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Brown '80 becomes director for Freeport

Jim Brown '80 has been named community development director for the city of Freeport, Ill. Brown previously served eight years as director of planning and economic development for the Chicago suburb of Lemont. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and geography from Augustana, and a master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois in 2003.

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.”

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.

Gwaltney '84 named CEO of G2X Energy

Brent Gwaltney '84 has been named CEO of G2X Energy, Inc. He will oversee the company's current and future natural gas to methanol and gasoline plants. Gwaltney has spent most of his career in the management, construction, operation and financing of petrochemical facilities. Previously, he worked for Koch Fertilizer (a division of Koch Industries). He majored in economics at Augustana.

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.