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Celebration of Learning 2023

May 10, 2023

Celebration of Learning 2023

The annual Celebration of Learning showcases work by students, faculty and staff at Augustana.

This year's celebration on May 10, 2023, includes poster presentations, interactive sessions, panel presentations and special events.

Featured presenters include Augustana's Dr. Carolyn Yaschur and Sarah Walton '23 on their teaching experience in Nepal; alumni Angie Mitchum  '08 Sharp and Jordan Delp '09 on finding careers to match their passions; and first-year students Madi Greenwood, Graham Hunt, Emmet Johnson and Hannah McKoon on their research experiences in the Mojave Desert and Ecuador.

Poster presentation sessions will be held in the Gävle Room, Gerber Center, from 9-10 a.m. and from 1-2:15 p.m.

Oral presentations are offered at the following times in various campus locations: Session I [10-11:15 a.m.], Session II [11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.], Session III [1-2:15 p.m.], Session IV [2:30-3:45 p.m.].

Special events

  • "So All May Flourish: Towards a More Inclusive College History"; Robert Burke '20, Dr. Sarah Lashley, Lizandra Gomez-Ramirez '17, Dr. Mark Safstrom, Dr. Chris Strunk, Dr. Jane Simonsen; 10-11:15 a.m., Old Main 132
  • "Hospital Economics, Ethics and Utilizing Principles of Positivity in the Face of Adversity," Jordan Voigt '09, sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, 10-11:15 a.m., Hanson 102
  • Professor Shelley Cooper – “Jenny Lind Presents P.T. Barnum: Responding to Vocational Crises” (performance and talkback), 1-2:15 p.m., Hamann Concert Hall, Bergendoff
  • Lifeboat Challenge – ALIVE (Augustana Leaders in Vocational Exploration), 2:30-3:45 p.m., outside by the Slough, weather permitting (rain location: Wallenberg Hall)
  • I AM ABLE: A Documentary Feature Film Exploring the Lives of Young Artists with Disabilities, 4-6 p.m., Olin Auditorium
  • Spoken Word with Aubrey Barnes, Community Youth and Incarcerated Augustana Poets, 6:30-8 p.m., Brew


Quick schedule by program or area of study  
Descriptions of presentations, 10-11:15 a.m. Descriptions of presentations, 1-2:15 p.m.
Descriptions of presentations, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Descriptions of presentations, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Posters and exhibits


Poster descriptions 9-10 a.m.

Senior Art Exhibition

Poster descriptions 1-2:15 p.m.


Honors and achievements

Departmental honors and awards

Student honors celebration

Faculty achievements and publications

Featured presentations

All featured presentations will be held in the auditorium of the Olin Center.

Dr. Carolyn Yaschur
Dr. Carolyn Yaschur and Sarah Walton '23

10-11 a.m.
Student-Faculty Presentation: Dr. Carolyn Yaschur and Sarah Walton  ‘23
“Capturing Meaningful Moments: Teaching Photojournalism in Nepal”

Dr. Carolyn Yaschur and Sarah Walton (MJMC, communication studies and theatre performance triple major) will share their experience in Nepal. 

Last fall they traveled to Nepal for three-and-a-half weeks to teach an after-school photojournalism workshop and mentor girls at the Karuna Girls School in Lumbini. Girl Reports is an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through journalism education. 

They will discuss how their collaboration came together and what they learned from traveling and working with each other on this project. They will also share stories and photos of their experiences and adventures.

Angie Sharp, Jordan Delp
Angie Sharp and Jordan Delp

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Alumni Presentation: Angie Mitchum  ’08 Sharp and Jordan Delp  ’09
“Living Your Passion – Finding Your Community” 

Augustana alumni and Quad-Cities transplants Angie Mitchum  ’08 Sharp and Jordan Delp '09 will share their life and career journeys that have allowed them to apply the knowledge and skills they learned at Augustana to their personal passions right here in the Quad Cities.

Sharp's love of communication and storytelling led her to a successful career in local broadcast journalism at WQAD-TV and now to Bettendorf, Iowa, as a community engagement manager. 

For Delp, the same skills that first landed him an analyst position at a Moline investment firm — communication, critical thinking and problem solving — propelled him to start his own business developing basketball players from grade schoolers to NBA players.

Madi Greenwood, Graham Hunt, Emmet Johnson, Hannah McKoon
Clockwise from top left: Madi Greenwood, Graham Hunt, Emmet Johnson, Hannah McKoon

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Student Presentation: Madi Greenwood  ’26, Graham Hunt  ’26, Emmet Johnson  ’26 and Hannah McKoon ‘26
“First-year Students Doing Research!” 

This presentation features four first-year students who took part in research projects during their first year at Augustana. 

Madi Greenwood and Graham Hunt participated in the First Year Global program in Ecuador to study environmental justice with Dr. Mariano Magalhães. Emmet Johnson and Hannah McKoon traveled to the American Southwest with Dr. Jeffrey Strasser and Dr. Jenny Arkle where they gained hands-on field experience in the Mojave Desert. 

The students will share their experiences conducting research as first-year students, the challenges they encountered as well as the personal and academic benefits of engaging in research.