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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

alumni newsletter may 2015

July 27, 2015

Dear alumni, parents and friends,

Scenes from the Augustana Choir's 2015 performance tour of Germany and Scandinavia.

The father of one of our choir members approached me outside the cathedral in Uppsala, Sweden, just after the choir finished singing “By The Mighty Mississippi” for the final time on its extraordinary tour in June.

As is tradition, the choir formed a circle following the concert and invited alumni to link arms and sing the song that anchors us all to that Rocky Shore. Eyes misty but voices clear, graduates from seven decades vowed again their “faith and love to Augustana.”

“You know,” the student’s father said, “it just dawned on me that he’ll be singing that song when he’s in his 80s. That’s pretty awesome.”

Yeah. It is.

To be an alum of Augustana College is to be part of a very special band of Vikings. I hope you enjoy these photos of the 2015 Sweden Alumni Tour, and I hope you’ll consider joining us in the future!

Go Vikings!

Kai Swanson '86


Thank you for supporting our students last year!

Alumni, parents and friends helped raise $16,202,744 in gifts to support the college through the Augustana Fund, scholarships, excellence in teaching and learning, and the student experience—proving once again that we can do big things when we join together. Your support makes a world of difference for our students.


What do Bob Karblom ’65, John Benedetti ’00 and Seth Davis ’15 have in common?

In the history of the college, only three Augustana graduates have achieved this claim to fame. Need some clues? Think chin music, diamonds and dingers.

Register today for Family Weekend Sept. 11-13

This event-filled weekend offers families a full Augustana experience: from a traditional pre-game picnic to cheering on the football team to touring an art exhibition and learning more about dinosaurs.


Portfolios help students see all they've learned

In a pilot project this past year, 20 students completed Comprehensive Learning Portfolios, in which they assessed and then made a case on how well they've done toward achieving each of Augustana's nine Student Learning Outcomes. Read these students’ portfolios.


Post a photo with your Augie A and win a prize!

Graduates who have not requested an Augie A or posted an Augie A photo yet, should do it today! All those who post their “A” photo on our Facebook page by Sept. 30 will be eligible for prizes. (Alumni who already have posted photos will be included in the drawing.) Request your Augie A today and check out the “A” photos!


Augie intern gets to report on top golfer Jordan Spieth

Jake Norcia ’16 recounts his unforgettable weekend as an intern asked to follow Jordan Spieth (and Bill Murray) for a day at the John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament. Supported by the Matt and Mindy McSparin Sports Business Internship Award, Norcia is an intern at WHBF-TV, the Quad Cities’ CBS affiliate.


Academic All-American Devore ’15 earns NCAA scholarship

An excellent student and highly decorated track & field athlete, David Devore ’15 has received a $7,500 Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA. The math and computer science major is the 35th Augustana student-athlete to receive the coveted award.


E-newsletter for diehard Viking football fans

Head football Coach Steve Bell will provide football program updates via a e-newsletter throughout the year. Sign up to keep on top of Viking football news!

Augustana job opening

The college seeks an assistant director in employer relations who will cultivate employment and internship opportunities for students and alumni in the Chicago area. (Details)

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about all open faculty, staff and administrative jobs at Augustana, see our list of open positions.


Save the date:

Aug. 26: "What a Relief! Variations on Printmaking" opens, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art (through Oct. 30).


Sept. 11-13: Family Weekend
Oct. 16-18: Homecoming (register)
Dec. 5 Christmas at Augustana

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