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Homecoming Oktoberfest Oct. 4-6, 2019

Save the date for Homecoming 2019! Better yet, check out the weekend schedule below and register today!

Enjoy Oktoberfest, Vikings football, and the Golden Vikings lunch honoring alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago from the college.

Phi Rho sorority will have special events to celebrate the group's 100th anniversary in 2019. (See Phi Rho schedule)

The Augustana Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Brunner Theatre Center, will be open Friday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Fryxell Geology Museum in Swensen Hall of Geosciences will be open Friday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-4 p.m.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All times and locations are subject to change. Please register online by September 27. Register by September 2, and receive a 10% discount!

Friday October 4

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration Check-in and Packet Pick-up
Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
This is the place to officially check in for Homecoming! The first 250 who registered by the early-bird deadline of September 2 may pick up their Augustana insulated lunch bag here.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences
Take a walk through Earth's history as told by one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils in the Midwest.View the fluorescent mineral display and our 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, discovered in Antarctica by Augustana geology professor Dr. William Hammer.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Class of 1969 Hospitality Room
Wilson Center
Members of the 50th reunion Class of 1969 are invited to gather and connect in this hospitality room.

10-11 a.m. Golden Vikings Campus Tour with Kai Swanson ’86, Special Assistant to the President
Meet outside the Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
On this walking tour, hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many amazing updates that have occurred in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus. The tour will end at the Tredway Library. Limited to 50 participants.

11:30 a.m. Golden Vikings Welcome Luncheon
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
This special celebratory luncheon welcomes reunion year classes of 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954 and 1949 to the Golden Vikings Club, a group of alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.

1:30-3:30 p.m. “Times of Transition: Our Lives Then and Through the Years” led by Class of 1969
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
Members of the Class of 1969 will share their thoughts with other interested Golden Vikings about how socio-political events and their experiences at a small liberal arts college influenced their development at the time and how they might have prepared them for the challenges of their careers, personal lives, and rapid social and technological changes. President Emeritus Dr. Thomas Tredway ’57 will begin the afternoon by reviewing important issues from 1965-69 and offering his perspective on changes since then.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Denkmann
Visitors to the Swenson Center will enjoy Swedish treats and see unique letters, diaries, and photographs of Swedish immigrants. Are you researching your Swedish genealogy? Come learn how we can help. 

3:30-4:30 p.m. Campus Tour with Kai Swanson ’86, Special Assistant to the President
Meet outside Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
On this walking tour, hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many amazing updates that have occurred in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus. Limited to 50 participants.

4-6 p.m. Class of 1954 Reception
Dahl President’s Home
Enjoy appetizers and conversation with President Steve Bahls and Jane Easter Bahls. Transportation will be provided from Centennial Hall Circle to the Dahl President’s Home.

4-4:30 p.m. Geology Meet-and-Greet
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, Room 107
Faculty and current students welcome back geology alumni. Light refreshments served. 

4:30 p.m., "Tripping Over Catastrophes: Large-Scale Geological Events Newly Discovered in Famous Locations"
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, Room 106. Presented by Dr. John Warme '59, professor emeritus, Colorado School of Mines, and the Udden Geology Club.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Phi Rho 100th Reunion Welcome and SING Rehearsal
Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club, Knowlton Athletic Complex
Enjoy appetizers, soda and water, and rehearse songs for the SING competition at 7 p.m.

5:45 p.m. Class of 1969 Picture
Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)
An 8x10 class picture will be mailed to your home following Homecoming.

6 p.m. Class of 1969 50th Reunion Reception, Dinner and Champagne Toast
Reception begins at 6 p.m.; presentation of gift at 6:30 p.m.; and dinner at 7 p.m.

6 p.m. Class of 1959 Reunion Dinner
House on the Hill

6:30 p.m. Class of 1964 Reunion Reception and Dinner
The Gerber Center, Gävle 3

6:30 p.m. Class of 1974 Reunion Reception and Dinner
The Gerber Center, Gävle 1

7 p.m. Class of 1979 Reception
Brew by the Slough Patio
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

7 p.m. Class of 1984 Reception
Carlsson Evald, Great Hall and Patio
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

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

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

8-11 p.m. Class Reunions
Classes of 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019
Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club, Knowlton Athletic Complex
2019 graduates who register for Homecoming by September 27 will receive one free drink ticket for this event upon check-in from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brunner Theatre Center Lobby.

10 p.m.-midnight Hospitality Room
Back Water Jack’s Bar, Stoney Creek Inn, Moline, Ill.
Alumni staying at Stoney Creek Inn are invited to gather for libations and conversation.

10 p.m. Phi Rho Post-SING Gathering
Sky Bar, The Current, Davenport, Iowa

Saturday October 5

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration Check-in and Packet Pick-up
Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
This is the place to officially check in for Homecoming! The first 250 who registered by the early-bird deadline of September 2 may pick up their Augustana insulated lunch bag here.

9 a.m. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art Guided Tour
Centennial Hall, lower level
Limited to 50 participants.

9:30-11 a.m. Bubble Mimosas, Brunch and Bravo
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room and Brew by the Slough Patio
Join us for Augustana’s bubble mimosas and a continental breakfast on the Brew by the Slough patio with our 2019 alumni award recipients. Immediately after, the Augustana Alumni Association Board of Directors will present awards to the following:

Brenda Barnes Award – Julie Hamann ’82 Elliott and Lois Levine ’69 Mundie Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Lydia Ruelas ’05 Duran

Finest Under Forty – Derek Strom ’02

Honorary Alumnus – Matt Fitzsimmons
Outstanding Achievement – William Farrow ’77
Outstanding Service – Norm Moline ’64
Richard A. Swanson Humanitarian Award – George ’69 and Beth Beart ’69 Drost

10-11 a.m. Phi Rho Continental Breakfast
Anderson Pavilion/Wilson Center
During this event, the Phi Rho 100th Reunion Group Photo will be taken at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of the Anderson Pavilion, outside the Brunner Theatre Center.

10 a.m. Augustana Choir Reunion
Larson Hall
Enjoy a continental breakfast, fellowship and singing. At 11:30 a.m., the group will walk to The Gerber Center for lunch.

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

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences
Take a walk through Earth's history as told by one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils in the Midwest.View the fluorescent mineral display and our 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, discovered in Antarctica by Augustana geology professor Dr. William Hammer.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Hanson Hall of Science Addition Tours
Stop by the new Hanson Hall of Science addition for a self-guided tour. Enjoy breathtaking views of campus. The third-floor classroom in the new addition is a perfect place to take a selfie with friends!

11 a.m.-2 p.m. GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Block Party
Green space west of Carlsson Evald Hall (future location of the Knowlton Wellness Center)
Stop by the first GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Block Party, enjoy food and drinks, and catch up with other young alumni.

11 a.m. Alumni Basketball Game and Family Picnic
Carver Center
Former Augustana basketball players are invited to take on the current men’s basketball team in an alumni-student game. All alumni basketball players and their families are invited to a BBQ following the game. Email beccakitterman@augustana.edu for more details.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-Game Picnic in the Quad
Stop by the pre-game picnic to visit with your classmates and grab lunch. Take fun photos with your family and friends in our photo booth.

1 p.m. Vikings Football: Augustana vs. Millikin
Lindberg Stadium
Purchase tickets at the gate.

4-7 p.m. Oktoberfest
Founders Courtyard
Join us for Augustana’s fourth annual Oktoberfest! Your registration includes an Augustana Oktoberfest beer stein, drink tickets and an-all-you-care-to- eat buffet. Cash bar is available after drink tickets have been redeemed. Reserve early as there are only 300 Augustana Oktoberfest steins.

5-8 p.m. Classes of 2009-2019 Gathering
Radical Effect and Cool Beanz, Rock Island
Members of the classes of 2009-2019 are invited to stop by for a beer and appetizers. No charge for the event; food and drinks can be purchased.

6 p.m. Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room
To register, contact Dave Wrath at 309-794-7265 or davewrath@augustana.edu or Kyle Ekberg at 309-794-7244 or kyleekberg@augustana.edu.

6 p.m. Phi Rho 100th Reunion Reception and Dinner
Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, Iowa
Reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Alumni and actives are encouraged to bring Phi Rho memorabilia to display.

7 p.m. Class of 1969 Fireside Chat at the President’s House
Dahl President’s Home

7 p.m. Class of 1979 Reception
Hanson Hall of Science (the new addition’s patio); rain location is Hanson studio classroom
Appetizers, beer and wine will be provided. Sponsored by the Leadership Team of 1979.

7 p.m. 1989 Augustana Asian Quarter – 30th Reunion
The Gerber Center and Brew by the Slough Patio
1989 Asian Quarter alumni are invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the trip. Appetizers and Whitey’s will be provided; cash bar will be available.

7 p.m. Class of 1994 Gathering
Bass Street Chop House (Wine Room), Moline, Ill.
Appetizers will be provided; cash bar will be available.

Sunday October 6

9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Founders Hall Lobby
Chaplain Richard Priggie ’74 hosts a meet-and-greet before the worship service.

10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall
Chaplain Richard Priggie ’74 will lead a service with Holy Communion. The Augustana College Chamber Singers will sing hymns of the Swedish and Reformation Tradition.

11:45 a.m. Met and Wed Renewal of Vows
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall
Alumni and friends are invited to renew marital vows following the worship service.

1-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences
Take a walk through Earth's history as told by one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils in the Midwest.View the fluorescent mineral display and our 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, discovered in Antarctica by Augustana geology professor Dr. William Hammer.

Hotels

Hotels with rooms and discounts for Augustana Homecoming 2019:

All groups

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
101 18th St., Moline, Ill.; 309-743-0101
Use code: Homecoming General; $99-$119, Oct 4 and 5

Radisson on John Deere Commons
1415 River Drive, Moline, Ill.; 309-764-1000
Use code: Augustana College Homecoming; $125-$135
Reservation cut-off date is Sept. 11

Holiday Inn Rock Island
226 17th St., Rock Island
Rate $92

Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel
111 E. 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa; 563-322-2200

Golden Vikings

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
101 18th St., Moline, Ill.; 309-743-0101
Use code: Homecoming Golden Vikings; $99-$119, Oct 3, 4 and 5

Class of 1969

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
101 18th St., Moline, Ill.; 309-743-0101
Use code: 50th reunion; $99-$119, Oct 4 and 5

Phi Rho 100th reunion

Radisson on John Deere Commons
1415 River Drive, Moline, Ill.; 309-764-1000
Use code: Augustana College Phi Rho; $125-$135
Reservation cut-off date is Sept. 11

Hotel Blackhawk
200 East 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa; 563-322-5000
Use code: Augustana Phi Rho; $149
Block ends Sept. 5

The Isle Casino Hotel
1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, Iowa; 800-843-4753
Use code: AUGALUM; $119.99-$129.99