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Alumni and Friends Newsletter December 2009

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Rock Island, Illinois - December 15, 2009

Augustana students interning at the top

Augustana students applying for some of the nation's most prestigious undergraduate internships have reason for optimism: Their college is represented at the Texas Medical Center by many more interns than the size of its student body would predict.

"Monumental." That's how Amanda Saraf summed up her internship at the Texas Medical Center M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

It's rated one of the nation's top two cancer research hospitals, so landing an internship there is tough. Students usually come from large schools: Duke, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Notre Dame, Stanford, etc.

Fifty undergraduates from across the nation are accepted. Amanda was one of nine Augustana students in one summer to get in.

Why? Because Dr. Michael Ahearn, who directs the program, was so impressed by what Augustana has added to the experience.

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Student Blogs

Loving the brain

I have been hoping to get into Brain and Behavior since before I even started at Augustana. How much better could it be? Read more

Back from Germany

Home feels different than it used to feel. Thirty-six hours ago, I was staring up at the Fernsehturm in Berlin. Now, I am typing at my kitchen table. Read more


New majors in international business,
engineering physics

Beginning this fall, Augustana will build on its successful business and pre-engineering programs with new majors in engineering physics and international business. The new options will help alleviate what regional and national leaders call a shortage of college graduates from top engineering and international business programs. Read more


Vikings add women's lacrosse

Bringing Hanukah cheer to shut-ins

Professor 'humanizing' economics

Brian Pottinger, Wisconsin football coach of the year

Major Ronald Beltz Jr., Army chaplain in Iraq

Mary Kae Waytenick's historic church

Vikings Athletics

Building on academic excellence

Offensive lineman Blaine Westemeyer will graduate in May as one of our most decorated student-athletes: three-time all-conference pick, two-time All-American, two-time academic All-American. He won an $18,000 postgrad scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Read more

On Tuesday he was named winner of the Gagliardi Trophy as NCAA Division III Outstanding Football Player of the Year. Read more


3,400 find meaning,
joy in holiday music

The second annual Christmas at Augustana performance was expanded to two nights this year and still was a near-sellout with 1,904 attending. And about 1,500 heard last weekend's "Messiah." Why is this music so special? See video interviews with Pastor Richard Priggie, conductor Jon Hurty and soloist Brent Wilson to find out.


JANUARY 28 Winter in the Windy City: Chicago alumni reception

JANUARY 29 Sights and Sounds: Quad Cities alumni reception

FEBRUARY 23 Alumni luncheon on Marco Island

MARCH: Alumni event in Phoenix; details TBD

(Campus calendar of events)

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