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Homecoming Oktoberfest Oct. 5-7, 2018

Watch your alumni e-newsletter for news and updates about Homecoming 2018! This year's theme is "Together again, sharing our stories."

Get ready for Oktoberfest, Vikings football, the Golden Vikings lunch honoring alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago from the college, and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union. (The Dome Dash will not place this year.)

Schedule of events

Times and locations are subject to change.

Friday, October 5

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration and Packet Pick-up
All registration packets can be picked up in the Brunner Theatre Center lobby. Tickets will not be mailed in advance. 

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Class of 1968 Hospitality Room, Wilson Center
Members of the 50th reunion Class of 1968 are invited to use this space to gather and connect throughout the weekend. 

10-11 a.m. Campus Tour for Golden Vikings, meet outside Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
Join Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president, for a walking tour of campus for the Golden Vikings, alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago from Augustana. Hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many updates on campus in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus. 

11 a.m. Special Collections Exhibit of the 1950s-1960s, Gävle Room lobby (The Gerber Center, Gävle Lobby)

11:30 a.m. Golden Vikings Welcome Luncheon,The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
Join us for a celebratory luncheon to welcome alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago—1968, 1963, 1958, 1953 and 1948—to the Golden Vikings Club. We look forward to sharing opportunities available only to members of this group.

1-3 p.m. 1964-1968 Who we were... Where we were... Who we are now 50 years later, The Gerber Center, Gävle Room 
Members of the Augustana Class of 1968 will lead a comprehensive discussion with other interested Golden Vikings about the socio-political events from their years at Augustana (1964-1968) and how these may have related to their experience in the small, liberal arts college environment and influenced their lives and careers after college. President Emeritus Dr. Thomas Tredway '57 will open the session by placing 1964-1968 into national and global perspective.

4 p.m. The First American Geology Field Party in Antarctica. Dr. Jim Collinson '60 will give a special Homecoming lecture. He will discuss will discuss Laurence Gould's field party crossing from Little America to the Queen Maud Mountains in Byrd's first Antarctic expedition in 1928-1930.  Swenson Hall Room 106.

4-5 p.m. All-alumni Campus Tour with Kai Swanson '86, meet outside Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
Join Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president, for a walking tour of campus for all alumni. Hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many updates on campus in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus.

4-6 p.m. Class of 1953 Reception, Dahl President's Home
Members of the Class of 1953 are invited to the Dahl President’s Home for appetizers and conversation with President Steve Bahls and Jane Easter Bahls. Transportation will be provided from Centennial Hall Circle.

5:30 p.m. Campus Tour for Class of 1978 led by Sam Schlouch '10

6 p.m. Campus Tour for Black Student Union Alumni, meet on the patio of the Brunner Theatre Center; tour will end at the Black Culture House

7-10 p.m. Black Student Union 50th Anniversary BBQ, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, Gerber Center

Augustana alumni and friends are invited to stop by for a BBQ in celebration of the group's 50th anniversary. Lots of good food and fun.

6 p.m. Class of 1958 Reunion Dinner, House on the Hill, 3052 10th Ave.
Members of the Class of 1958 are invited to a 60th reunion dinner.

6 p.m. Class of 1963 Reunion Dinner, Wilson Center
Members of the Class of 1963 are invited to a 55th reunion dinner.

6 p.m. Class of 1973 Reunion Dinner, The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
Members of the Class of 1973 are invited to a 45th reunion dinner.

6 p.m. Class of 2008 Wine and Cheese Reception and Class Photo, Carlsson Evald Patio

7 p.m. Class of 1968 Reception, Denkmann Memorial Building, Wallenberg Hall (formerly the Denkmann Library reading room)
Drinks and appetizers will be available. The Class of 1968 50th Reunion group photo will be taken.

7 p.m. Class of 1978 Gathering, The Gerber Center, Brew Patio

7 p.m. Vi-King and Vi-Queen Coronation and SING Competition, Centennial Hall

7 p.m. Class Photos, steps outside Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club

Class of 1983: 7 p.m.
Class of 1988: 7:10 p.m.
Class of 1993: 7:20 p.m.
Class of 1998: 7:30 p.m.
Class of 2003: 7:40 p.m.
Class of 2013: 7:50 p.m.

8-11 p.m. All-alumni Reunion, Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club
Open to all alumni! Complimentary appetizers and cash bar (Bent River Brewery) available. There is no charge for this event, but please pre-register to help us plan.

10 p.m.-midnight Hospitality Rooms

• Alumni staying at Holiday Inn in Rock Island are invited to gather at Bennigan’s (adjacent to Holiday Inn) for libations and conversation.

• Alumni staying at Stoney Creek Inn in Moline are invited to gather at Back Water Jack’s Bar.

Saturday, October 6  

8 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration and Packet Pick-up
All registration packets can be picked up in the Brunner Theatre Center lobby. Tickets will not be mailed in advance. 

8 a.m. Dome Dash 5K Race has been canceled.

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Class of 1968 Hospitality Room, Wilson Center
Members of the 50th reunion Class of 1968 are invited to gather and connect in the Wilson Center throughout the weekend. 

9 a.m. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art Guided Tour, Centennial Hall

9:20 a.m. Class Photos, Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)

Class of 1978: 9:20 a.m.
Class of 1973: 9:30 a.m.
Class of 1963: 9:40 a.m.
Class of 1958: 9:50 a.m.

TBA   Black Culture House Open House

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center Open House, Denkmann Memorial Building (first floor). The Swenson Center will be participating today in the first Quad Cities Archives Crawl. Local libraries, archives, and museums will offer a mini-exploration of the Quad Cities region through the unique collections and materials found here.

10 a.m. Augustana Choir Reunion, Larson Hall. Alumni members of the Augustana Choir are invited to stop by for a continental breakfast, fellowship and singing. At 11:30 a.m., the group will go to The Gerber Center for lunch.

10 a.m.-noon Student Activities Fair and Cardboard Regatta, Quad and Slough

10:30 a.m.-noon Bubble Mimosas, Brunch and Bravo – Alumni Awards, The Gerber Center, Brew Patio and Gävle Room. Join us for Augustana's new bubble mimosas on the Brew patio before honoring our 2018 Alumni Award recipients, including the Black Student Union, which will receive the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Award.

Noon-1 p.m. Homecoming Reunion Lunch, The Gerber Center
Tables will be reserved for the Class of 1968. 

1 p.m. Vikings Football: Augustana vs. North Central, Lindberg Stadium

4-7 p.m. Oktoberfest, Carver Center
Join us for Augustana’s third annual Oktoberfest! Registration for  the event includes an Augustana Oktoberfest beer stein, drink tickets and an-all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Cash bar available after drink tickets have been redeemed. Reserve early as there are only 500 Augustana Oktoberfest steins. Last year we sold out!

6 p.m. Class of 1968 50th Reunion Reception, Dinner and Champagne Toast, Holiday Inn, 226 17th St., Rock Island. Reception begins at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m.

6 p.m. Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.; ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Register. Contact Dave Wrath ’80 at 309-794-7265 or
davewrath@augustana.edu or Kyle Ekberg ’09 at 309-794-7244 or kyleekberg@augustana.edu.

6 p.m. Panel Discussion with Black Student Union Alumni, Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)

6:30 p.m. Class of 1958 Dinner, hosted by Nancy Booras '58 Coin and George Coin '56

7 p.m. Black Student Union 50th Anniversary Celebration, Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)
All alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union. View archival materials and enjoy live music, food and remarks.

7-10 p.m. Class of 1978 Gathering, Carlsson Evald Hall
Class of 1978 alumni will gather for an evening of karaoke and fun. Ticket includes pizza dinner, Whitey's ice cream and two drink tokens.

7 p.m. Class of 1988 – 30th Reunion Gathering at home of Drs. Don and Angie Normoyle, Class of 1988 

Sunday, October 7

9 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Founders Hall Lobby
Chaplain Richard Priggie '74 will host a meet-and-greet.

10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Ascension Chapel
Chaplain Richard Priggie ’74 will lead a service with Holy Communion. Hymns of the Swedish and Reformation Tradition will be sung by the Augustana College Chamber Singers.

11:45 a.m. Met and Wed Renewal of Vows, Ascension Chapel
Augustana alumni and friends are invited to participate in renewing their marital vows following the conclusion of worship.

1-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open