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Rock Island, Illinois - February 25, 2010

Our 150 years of learning and leadership

Augustana College opened its doors in a small frame building on Superior Street in Chicago on Sept. 1, 1860.

Through its 150 years of history, Augustana's mission has evolved with the integration of the Swedish immigrant community into American society, and today Augustana is considered one of the nation's premier colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.

Read more on our special Sesquicentennial web pages

Preserve Old Main

The place that links us

This is the year we take steps to preserve Old Main, the one building that links every living Augustana graduate.

"Old Main is a symbol of the vision and dedication not just of our founders, but also of generations of students, professors and all those who have maintained a stalwart devotion to the vital role of higher education in transforming lives," said President Steve Bahls.

Learn more about the Old Main project and how you can help


"Good Fit" photos tell a great story

Viewbooks and visits have been our main recruitment resources but new media has changed our work. For the fall of 2010 we introduced the Good Fit T-Shirt Scholarship Competition at

We challenged our campus visitors to show their "good fit" in photos of themselves wearing Augie t-shirts. Entries were posted on the site, and viewers vote for their favorites. We'll have one scholarship winner in each of four categories, plus a people's choice winner. Each scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award.


Resolution in Congress to honor college

Dr. Ellen Hay to serve as interim dean

New program to aid transfer students

Bound for West Africa and Ireland

Medical mission to Nicaragua

Vikings Athletics

At bat in Australia

Andi Walker, a senior from Plainfield, Ill., plays second base on the softball team, which traveled to Australia over holiday break to play.

"I learned about a new culture... gaining a new love for softball by seeing how loved it is overseas. Watching others play with the same passion as our team makes me realize how proud I am to play with a team as excellent as the Augustana Vikings." Read more


Student musicians
on tour, YouTube

The Augustana Choir and Symphonic Band are on tour through February and the Handbell Choir will go in March. Please attend if they're in your area!

Home concerts for choir and band are March 12-13. You can follow the choir on YouTube.


FEBRUARY 28: Choir concert and alumni reception in Bloomington, Ill.; details

MARCH 5-7: Ascension Ringers tour; details

MARCH 26: Alumni event in Scottsdale, Arizona; details

APRIL 10: Alumni event in Amsterdan; details

APRIL 11: Ascension Singers in Naperville; details

APRIL 18: Festival concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago; details

(Campus calendar of events)

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