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Campus update for May 12, 2021

important covid info

College leaders will await additional public health guidance, expected in early summer, before deciding whether or not to require COVID-19 vaccination.

President Steve Bahls and Dean of Students Dr. Wes Brooks held a campus briefing today.

Other key points:

• Unvaccinated students will not be able to participate in all activities. High-risk activities, such as participation in music ensembles, may require students to be vaccinated. 

• Augustana's surveillance testing last week uncovered no positive cases, and there are no reports from people who have tested positive outside the college’s program. It is likely that unvaccinated students will be required to have weekly surveillance testing at their expense next year.

• IMPORTANT: The campus community is encouraged to complete the Vaccine Tracking survey. So far, 773 students have responded and 323 employees. Of those, 93% of students were fully or partially vaccinated, and 95% of employees.

→ Briefing details and video


mens tennis

Today's updates

👍 The men's tennis team for a third conference title in the past four years.

They were CCIW champs in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before COVID canceled last year's tournament.




💰 The bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation sale today and Thursday with 25% off all general merchandise. Also, there will be a book buyback from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for used textbooks Monday-Friday next week.

• Boston rapper Sammy Adams will headline the annual Sloughfest May 21. You can get your merch in the Quad tomorrow.

🎨 SAGA student art and literary magazine needs an editor-in-chief for next year. Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 17.

• You can buy a parking permit for next year starting tomorrow.

Important Augie Choice info

Graduating seniors must apply as a non-degree student by Friday, May 21, in order to qualify to use Augie Choice for this summer. Use the special student application to apply for SUMMER (20204SU) and apply as a non-degree student.

Rising juniors and seniors must register their summer internships with CORE and apply for Augie Choice by Wednesday, June 2.

For more information, see the Augie Choice page or contact Beth Ford.

We're cooking up graduation treats and carryout

Augustana Dining is offering carryout meals for graduation dinners or parties: pulled pork, baked beans, rotini mac and cheese and cold salads. Order by 5 p.m. May 19.

Also, the deadline to order graduation cookies and cupcakes is Tuesday!


shanela ranaraja

The home stretch

Shanela Ranaraja presents her Senior Inquiry project on gender stereotypes in Sri Lankan ESL textbooks as Dr. Adam Kaul and Tracy Pham listen in the Evald Great Hall Tuesday. We wrote about Shanela way back in 2017, when she said Augie was already feeling like a second home.