John Parkhurst '07 is a psychologist and a former Vikings wrestler. Using knowledge from both experiences, he introduced a different kind of exercise class: Social Fitness Club at the Northside YMCA in Milwaukee. Young men pump iron while also developing communication skills. Parkhurst, an Academic All-American here, earned a Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Seniors Michael Daniels and Hannah Lohmeier earned recognition as the latest Academic All-Americans. Lohmeier, the captain of the women's soccer team, is a repeat selection. Daniels, a lineman on the football team, received the accolades for the first time.
Augustana College has received a $2.5 million gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to expand the college’s science building, the Robert A. and Patricia K. Hanson Hall of Science. The expansion will be designed to maximize functionality and seamlessly connect to the existing building, which was completed in 1998 with the help of a $5.45 million gift from the Carver Trust. Construction is likely to begin in 2018.
Visitors to the German American Heritage Center in Davenport can see the curatorial work of Augustana senior Rashaun DeBord. He spent last summer helping to select inkstands from the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art to be included in the center's current exhibit, "Indelible Ink." It is on view through Jan. 8.
Introduction to Graphic Design is like a graphic designer's right of passage, says Vickie Phipps, assistant professor of art and graphic design.
Augustana's Chris Saladin was honored with the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award this month, making him a student laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Augustana College is one of a group of Midwest colleges to share a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Augustana will get $144,000 over the next five years to support research by underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering and math.
Six Augustana students are featured this year in the ninth annual College Invitational at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Their work can be viewed through Jan. 7.
For a while, Nate Smith ’02 wasn't sure where college would lead him. He came to Augustana as a chemistry major, thinking he would go back to teach and coach at his old high school in Crystal Lake outside Chicago. Then he took an honors course with paleontologist Dr. William Hammer.
Augustana College announces a $1.5 million grant from the John Deere Foundation to establish the Robert A. Hanson Endowed Chair in Data Analytics.
Dr. William Hammer, Fritiof Fryxell Chair in Geology, notes that 1841 marks the dawn of Antarctic exploration. British naval Captain James Ross, commanding HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, discovered what they named the Victoria Barrier, and would later be renamed the Ross Ice Shelf. Hammer is the discoverer of the first dinosaur remains unearthed in Antarctica.
11/07/16 The making of a college pro
Nick Torres ’18 is a geology and environmental studies major with a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship and teamwork. Back home in Joliet, Torres is the owner of a College Pro Painters franchise, where he employs friends and other students to work on different projects.
Dr. Kelly Daniels, associate professor of English, discusses the 1841 birth of the literary magazine Punch, and all that has meant for satire and humor in writing.
The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented annually by a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies. Augustana's Dr. Adam Kaul gives the annual lecture in Immigration History: "Making and Marketing Heritage: Nostalgia, Dissonance, and Sustainability in Bishop Hill, Illinois."
Dr. Meg Kunde, assistant professor of communication studies, lectures on the 175th anniversary of the longest inaugural address in history by William Henry Harrison, which clocked in at a marathon 8,443 words. She provides an overview of inaugural addresses and what can be expected on Inauguration Day 2017.
Dr. Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English, takes us back in time to what life was like in Stephenson, Ill., in 1841, and the controversy that swirled like the waters below Fort Armstrong over the renaming of the community lying in the lee of the Mississippi's greatest limestone island.
The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present “Othello”by William Shakespeare on the Brunner Main Stage in the Brunner Theatre Center on October 14-23, 2016. The theatre center was made possible through the generosity of Kim Brunner ’71 and Donna Huber ’75 Brunner, who provided the lead and naming gift of $1 million for Augustana’s new theatre center.
Beginning this fall, Augustana College will allow applicants to self-report their standardized test scores for consideration during the admission process. This will allow faster completion of application files, which will cut down on the wait time between completing an application for admission and receiving a decision from the college.
Chris and Kim Hedlin, twin sisters and English majors from the Class of 2011, were guests at this year’s first "Unabridged" English club meeting. They spoke on getting into their graduate programs and how Augustana helped them get there.
10/04/16 Augustana welcomes new faculty
Augustana welcomes new faculty in music, business, math and computer science, history, public health, political science, sociology, biology, Scandinavian studies, communication studies, theatre arts, religion and Japanese.
09/30/16 Summer in the Cities
From cyber security to food banks and seed banks, local internships highlight opportunities for many majors.
The Frieze Lecture Series is a 19-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. This year's theme is "1841, the Year That Rock Island Began."
Augustana College will present a play for children: "Just A Dream: The Green Play," based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2 in the Brunner Brunner Theatre Center. Van Allsburg is best known for "Jumanji" and "The Polar Express."
09/23/16 White House to recognize Fresh Films
Fresh Films will be recognized by a White House initiative this Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Washington, D.C. Its new 80-minute feature, "Traveling Without Moving," was made with a crew including about 300 teenagers and will premiere at a Landmark theater four blocks from the White House. It is part of the monthly White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans Film Screening and Discussion Series.
The bumpy journey Julie Baner took from Augustana College to Walt Disney wasn't all magical. In a Tuesday presentation to students, the 2002 alumna and Moline native described how hard work and determination led to her ideal job, a production supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Each year, Augustana students return from summer break to some changes on campus. Along with talented new faculty hires, residence hall renovations and the inspiring new Brunner Theatre Center, this year students returned to something exceptional — Fresh Films, a working film studio relocated from Chicago to Augustana. This summer, 13 Augustana interns worked in several positions, some based on campus and others on location and on the road with the crew.
Ray LaHood, former U.S. congressman and secretary of transportation, presents the annual Ellwood F. Curtis Lecture in Public Affairs, "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics," on Aug. 30.
The $4.2-million Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center opened Thursday night to the public, with its first production, "Rabbit Hole," in its Black Box Theatre. After nearly a year of Hodge Construction transforming the upper two floors of the old College Center, Augustana moved its theatre arts department into the renovated building, which features three performance spaces.
Quad-City Times columnist Alma Gaul spotlights "The Blacksmith," a painting by Swedish immigrant Frank Lundahl that is part of the collection at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Museum director Claire Kovacs will deliver a talk on Lundahl and "The Blacksmith" on Sept. 6.
In March, Augustana's Brunner Theatre Center is set to host "Annie Jr.," an edited performance of the popular musical. The production is a version of the Penguin Project, which connects students age 9-21 with disabilities to mentors, who help prepare for the performance.
Jay Pearce, CEO and general manager of WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, has been named to the board of directors of National Public Radio. Pearce will travel to Washington, D.C., for orientation in September, then will begin his three-year-term in November, shuttling back and forth to the capital for board meetings to manage NPR's budget and set the policies and overall direction for public radio at the national level.
This fall, the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art exhibitions celebrate the 30th anniversary of the women's and gender studies program at Augustana College. From August 26-October 28, the museum will feature two distinctly different exhibitions, beginning with works by the anonymous female artist collective, Guerrilla Girls, in "A Woman's Place is in the Gallery: Guerrilla Girls, 1985-2015." The second fall exhibition is "Battle/Dress Camouflage as a Metaphor for Passing and Other Works," a work of performance art in multiple acts by Kiam Marcelo Junio.
Thanks to a five-year grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Nahant Marsh is introducing students of color to the natural area in Davenport, Iowa. Each of the six students in this year's group has a research project. Augustana senior biology major Zak Nadif is studying the relationship between turtles and their predators this summer.
Alumnus Dr. Scott Miller, 33, is an orthopedic surgeon with Health First Medical Group in Florida. A first-generation student, Dr. Miller majored in sociology, history and biology at Augustana. He specializes in orthopedics because "I feel like joint replacement gave me the best opportunity to legitimately make a difference."
Emily Robbins '09, a malacologist, or mussel specialist is in charge of moving nearly a half million mussels from the Mississippi River out of the way of construction of a new Interstate 74 bridge. It is one of the largest relocations of mussels in U.S history. The path of the new bridge will have an impact on the habitat for a variety of mussels, including three that are protected by federal law.
Dr. Kathy Jakielski, professor of communication sciences and disorders, is living in Swanson Commons with her husband, David Yordy, this year as part of a pilot faculty-in-residence program.
New graduates who participated in Augustana's Viking Score program have a message for current students: Use it! The Viking Score helps students track their preparation for life after graduation. It's a simple checklist for each year of college, and each completed task earns points. Students can look at their point totals to see if they're on track.
More than 150 alumni of the Augustana Choir will gather for the 85th anniversary reunion of the ensemble this weekend. The alumni choir will sing as part of Saturday's 5:30 p.m. worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, with a 30-minute concert.
Augustana has added three athletes to its list of Academic All-Americans this year, most recently two track and field athletes in June. Augustana currently ranks seventh in the nation (in all divisions) in number of Academic All-Americans with 163.
Rebecca Hopman '11, outreach librarian with the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., was "over the moon" after an introduction to Special Collections at Augustana: "I could combine my interests in history, literature, and librarianship, and, let’s be honest, read other people’s letters and diaries." Hopman majored in English, history and German.
History professor Lendol Calder has partnered with Brown University professor Tracy Steffes to write a chapter in the recently published book “Improving Quality in American Higher Education.”
The friendship between a student and his mentor brought about a program that makes life-changing learning experiences in Africa open to more students. Augustana Transformative Learning and Service (ATLAS) is a $2,000 grant that can be used with Augie Choice or independently.
George Olson '58 is featured at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, now through Sept. 4, in "Picturing the Prairie: Tallgrass Q-C." The idea for the show came several years ago when Figge director Tim Schiffer was attending an event at the home of Augustana College president Steven Bahls and saw one of Olson's paintings.
Essays on the LGBTQ community, women's cultural weaving projects, as well as the representation of women in cartoons make up the winners of this year's essay contest.
Six graduating seniors were inducted into Augustana's chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society in May.
06/01/16 Kirn Book Award winners for 2016
The Kirn Book Award provides up to $1,000 to a student who exhibits the qualities of curiosity and a love of the printed word that would lead towards the development of a personal library. This year's winners are Amanda Schar and Kathryn Gorzek
Inspired by the annual Hindu festival in South Asia that promotes the sharing of love and living a colorful life, Holi Festival is an annual hit event on campus. But it also raises funds for Water to Thrive, a nonprofit dedicated to “spreading awareness of the global water crisis while raising funds needed to construct water wells” in rural Africa.
Robert A. Hanson, who died May 19, was at the helm of Deere & Co. as it made the tough choices necessary to weather the farm crisis of the 1980s. He also had a lifelong commitment to his community. In 2010, Hanson and his wife, Patricia Hanson, gave $8 million, the largest single gift in the history of Augustana College, to name the Science Building and the building's lecture hall wing.
Actor Eric Christian Olsen and father Paul Olsen, longtime English professor at Augustana, team up to deliver the commencement address to the 533 members of the Class of 2016.
05/23/16 Commencement 2016 in photos
More than 500 graduates participated in Augustana College's 156th Commencement Convocation on May 22 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill.
Kendra Rakers ’16 is interested in memory and how it works, particularly as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. So she chose an interdisciplinary major in neuroscience with minors in biochemistry and history.It’s a perfect fit, she says, because each field approaches memory from a different point of view, which is a good way to provide more flexibility in her career. As she sees it, “I’ll probably wind up with a job that hasn’t been invented yet.”
05/19/16 2016 candidates for graduation
More than 550 students will participate in Augustana's 156 Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 22. Names listed here represent candidates for graduation; inclusion does not indicate completion of the degree requirements.
Augustana's chapter of Best Buddies has received the Chapter of the Year honor for central Illinois. Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
From July 9-15, local students ages 12-18 are invited to be a part of a film crew at Augustana through Fresh Films. Students will learn everything on-set at as they work on creating episodes of a TV show. Students will rotate through all key filmmaking positions, building their tech skills and résumé.
Augustana faculty voted 124 to 47 this week, with six abstentions, to recommend to the board of trustees that the college switch to a semester calendar.
Senior Ben Ryan has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The $7,500 grant is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. Ryan, captain of the basketball team, is the 36th Augustana student to win the scholarship. He is a biochemistry and pre-med major with minors in math and chemistry. In March, he was named the Vikings 161st Academic All-American.
From her days in Campus Ministries to her Civic Engagement project to living in the Quad Cities, Melissa Pepper '09 has always felt called to lead. Using her communication studies and English degree as the Director of Marketing and Client Relations at the law firm Lane & Waterman in Davenport, Iowa, the Augustana grad is preparing to launch her own non-profit: Lead(H)er.
Augustana College has selected Scott County, Iowa, as its partner in the second-annual Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI). During the 2016-17 partnership, students and faculty will work with Scott County officials and community stakeholders to complete community-identified projects related to the presence of lead paint in homes.
Nikki Johnson '11 Armstrong, language arts teacher at Bettendorf Middle School, is pushing more than literacy this spring with her 62 seventh-graders. The fourth-year teacher is helping lay the groundwork for project-based learning at the middle school, where students and faculty are set on tackling environmental issues.
Augustana students produced a colorful, panoramic mural representing the Quad-Cities in the auditorium at St. Anthony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near campus. This is the second spring the nontraditional class, "Arts Joined by a River," has been offered. An open house for the mural is planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 17 at St. Anthony's, 767 30th St., Rock Island.
Augustana student Michael J. Currie will direct "The Scene" as part of his Theatre Arts Senior Inquiry project May 13-15. Free performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Blackbox Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana will celebrate Midsummer June 18 with traditional Scandinavian dress, decoration and raising of the Maypole, procession of flags and the midsummer queen, and a concert by mezzo-soprano Karin Osbeck, winner of Sweden's 2016 Jenny Lind Scholarship.
05/04/16 Inside the Celebration of Learning
The annual event gives students the opportunity to share their scholarly and creative work and be a part of a campus-wide community of learners. Students are invited to submit proposals for presentations, posters, and performances. Here is a closer look at a sampling of student presentations from the 2016 event.
Andrea Heinz ’07 Marrinson always knew she would be an art teacher. But when she began teaching at an Illinois elementary school after graduation, little did she know of the international adventures awaiting her in the cities of Minburi, Dubai and Hanoi.
Katherine Ludwig, a first-year student, has won the 2016 Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies for her essay, "The Scapegoat." The essay discusses the treatment of Jews in Europe around the time of the Holocaust and what may have motivated this treatment.
Fresh Films, the non-profit arm of Chicago-based Dreaming Tree Films, Inc., is in the process of moving to Augustana. Headed by Estlin Feigley ’93 and Kelli Feigley, Fresh Films involves teens in the making of real science-related feature-length films and an Emmy-nominated kids’ television show. Augustana students from various disciplines will have the opportunity to work with the studio.
05/02/16 Ready, willing and able
We asked alumni to tell us about their jobs that didn’t exist 10-15 years ago. Here’s what we learned.
WVIK 90.3 FM, Quad Cities NPR, won 15 awards in state news contests last weekend. The WVIK newsroom competed in contests held by the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Augustana will present the musical "Sweeney Todd" as the last mainstage production in Potter Theatre before moving to a new theatre complex this fall. The show will run April 29-May 8. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.
A new composition by Augustana's Jacob Bancks will be performed in Argentina this summer by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies on tour. Bancks wrote the two-movement piece, "Into the Wild," especially for the youth symphony, based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. His talents were requested by Mark Russell Smith, artistic director of the youth symphony and also conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
04/22/16 Phi Beta Kappa elects 43 seniors
The Augustana Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 43 senior students to membership. "Election is a significant honor reflecting their fine academic work and the high opinion our faculty have of them,” said advisor Dr. Donna Dungan, president of Augustana's chapter, Zeta of Illinois, and professor of computer science.
More than $11,000 dollars was raised to aid childhood cancer research at the St. Baldrick's event on April 14. Dozens of students had their heads shaved in a show of support.
Mackenzie Butcher, a first-year pole vaulter from Colorado Springs, Colo., qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship this season after a tie with her CCIW conference competition. She cleared 11 feet, 7¾ inches to tie for 12th at the indoor nationals. Her record height is 12-2 ½ — the third-highest pole vault in Augustana history.
Camilla Best's poem, "If Victoria's Secret Clearance Bras Could Talk," won the 18th annual Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award. Second-place went to Alyssa Froehling for "lost weight" and third to Alice Roberson, "They Make it So Difficult for Us to Love Ourselves."
Augustana College will add men's volleyball and women's bowling to the varsity lineup. Both teams' first seasons are set to begin in the 2017-18 school year. Amid uncertainty around higher education at both the state and federal level, and with demographic changes in the Midwest, Augustana leaders are strategically investing in new programs to attract more students.
Dr. Andrey Petrov presents "The Other Arctic: Knowledge, Creativity and the New Frontier" as part of the annual lecture series sponsored by the Augustana Center for Polar Studies. Dr. Petrov is an associate professor of geography and geospatial technology at the University of Northern Iowa. He studies Arctic social and socio-ecological systems, sustainability, human development and global change in remote indigenous communities of Russia and Canada.
Heather Slomski is the author of "The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons," winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award and published by the University of Iowa Press. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of a 2013 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a 2013 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant.
Tranforming Augustana's College Center into the Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center is on schedule, and the venue should be ready for the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year.
All Quad-Cities veterans are invited to be introduced and recognized for their service on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall. The public is welcome to attend this salute to veterans and those currently serving in the military, hosted by Augustana students.
Felix Weil, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, who survived the Holocaust as a young boy, will speak at Augustana on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall.
Alicia Odewale will discuss her interdisciplinary approach to identifying royal enslaved Africans' most pressing issues through their written words and archaeological evidence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
04/11/16 ‘Sticker price’ not the final price
In a state known for the unknowns when it comes to funding for public education, Augustana is more affordable than families might think. Once they receive their financial aid packages, students and families can be surprised at the cost difference between a private, independent college and a large, regional public university.
Ten seniors in studio art and graphic design will display their Senior Inquiry work in the New Departures exhibition April 13-May 22. The students will share their creative process at an artists' talk at 10 a.m. May 4. A closing reception will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. May 22.
Actor Eric Christian Olsen, who currently portrays Detective Marty Deeks on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," was set to deliver the address at Augustana College's 156th commencement convocation this May, when Hollywood came calling. Another familiar face will deliver the address instead.
Augustana will celebrate Dr. Daniel Culver's impact on thousands of students with a spring concert and reception. The concert is free and the public is welcome to join the celebration at 8 p.m. April 30 in Centennial Hall. He is retiring after 42 years at the college.
Lizeth Tamayo '16 arrived at Augustana College with a clear direction in mind. She declared a major in pre-medicine with plans to become a doctor. It made sense, she thought, to make the most of a full scholarship and a proven ability in the sciences. Her feelings started to change, however, after some heartfelt talks with Dr. Pareena Lawrence, dean of the college.
03/31/16 Science on GMOs is 'missing'
The differences of opinion on genetically modified organisms were on display at a panel discussion that was a part of PlantBot Genetics: The Moth Project, an art exhibit encouraging awareness of ecology. Dr. Angie Carter, assistant professor of sociology at Augustana, said the science is missing. "In the absence of science, we are assuming safety," she said. "Or, we are relying on science that is being put out by the companies who are manufacturing the products themselves."
Dr. Pamela Trotter, professor of chemistry, writes about the benefits of helping undergraduates publish research. "Publishing undergraduate research benefits not only me and my students, but our institution as well. It provides tangible billboards, showing what our students are doing and how they are part of the greater scientific community."
Gregory Day is familiar with the choral classic, "Messiah," having sung it with the Augustana Choir. He will get to be part of the Handel oratorio at New York's Carnegie Hall on Nov. 27. Day is artistic director of the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale (based in New Lenox, Ill.), which has been invited to perform by Distinguished Concerts International New York in "Messiah" with other choristers from around the world and a 125-piece orchestra.
Astrophysicist Dr. Tom Crawford presenting the Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy, "Probing Fundamental Physics with the Oldest Light in the Universe." This free public lecture is on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
Augustana's John Deere Planetarium will be open for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, April 16, 8:30-10 p.m. The open house will feature programs in the planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, and outside the building.
Augustana College will "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" Friday-Sunday. It deals with the Irish writer's trials on the matter of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas and others, which led to charges of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and his imprisonment in 1895.
03/14/16 Video: Saladin wins Hasselmo Prize
Junior Chris Saladin, a classics and history major, earned recognition from Augustana as the 2016 winner of the Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit. Fascinated by the ancient world, Saladin plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history.
"The Moth Project," the new multimedia exhibit at Augustana College's Teaching Museum of Art, is very untraditional. It's fun, quirky, creative, interactive, and also will spread far beyond the walls of Centennial Hall.
Augustana College will host a panel discussion, "Arab Spring: Five Years Later," on Thursday, March 31, in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science. Focusing on the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests of 2011, the panel will feature Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan Department of History, and Maytha Alhassen, a Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
"What if you had to face every decision you ever made and the people they affected most?" That is the question that highlights John Viscount's critically acclaimed short film, "Admissions," starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. Augustana College will host Viscount as he presents his film and leads a short Q & A session on Tuesday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gävle Room.
No Augustana men's basketball player has started more games than senior Ben Ryan. He's also a biochemistry major with a 3.54 GPA, which helped earn him recognition as the Vikings' 161st Academic All-American.
Jacob Bancks, a composer and Augustana assistant professor of music, talks about the roots of his interest in making music. His "Dream Variations" will premiered by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
Rowen Schussheim, chair of the art department at Augustana College, isn’t surprised by the trend toward adult coloring events, which she says have “exploded” over the past year or so. She uses the books as inspiration in her drawing classes. “We all have a natural craving to be expressive and creative,” she said. “Everyone likes to doodle, but we don’t always have an excuse to do that.”
Fifteen students and three professors have returned from six weeks of study, reflection, snow shenanigans and communal life at Holden Village in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington. Dr. Jason Mahn, an associate professor of religion, wrote on the fortifying lifestyle and learning experiences of that special place.
Coming off their CCIW tournament title, the Vikings return to the NCAA tournament, where they finished second nationally last year.
The Fryxell Geology Museum is one of the jewels of the Augustana College campus, and it has been carefully polished by Dr. William Hammer, the head of the museum and professor of geology. Visitors are greeted by a 22-foot Cryolophosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur he discovered in Antarctica in 1991.
02/26/16 Anderson '99 directs wildland trust
Eric Anderson has become the first executive director of the River Bend Wildland Trust. It manages the 100-acre Milan Bottoms and is working to restore its wetlands, prairie and river bottom hardwood forest. Anderson has been a volunteer and board member for the trust and was an organizer of the 2013 BioBlitz. He earned a BA in geology from Augustana in 1999 and a master's in geography in 2006 from Western Illinois University.
02/26/16 Get to know the Vikings
As the Augustana men's basketball team heads into the postseason, here's a look at the 17 players who have contributed to a school-record 24 victories in the regular season.
The staff of the Augustana Observer broke its own record last weekend by winning 19 awards from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) in Chicago. Last year, the Observer staff won 18 awards from ICPA and took first place in the General Excellence category. The staff took third place in the same category at the awards banquet on Feb. 20. Other staff awards included an honorable mention in the category of front page design.
Rock Island attorney Stuart R. Lefstein still remembers the day in 1988 when he came face to face with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Beginning this fall, Augustana's residential life program will focus on the student experience from year to year. The new model will include ties to curricular and co-curricular programming, such as the campus-wide student learning outcomes.
Augustana College will hold its annual Summer Academy for high school students during the week of June 19-24. Ranging from two to five days, the academy's courses take an active, hands-on approach within a close learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus.
A team of scientists announced they officially found gravitational waves — but, why exactly is that a big deal? “This is like finding a needle in a haystack, except probably on a bigger scale,” said Dr. Cecilia Vogel, professor of physics at Augustana. “Let’s say there’s a conversation going on three miles away and you can suddenly hear it with your ears. The event of the black holes colliding from so far away is really hard to detect, so it’s really impressive."
Dr. John L. Isbell '81, professor and research scientist with the department of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, speaks on "Glaciation During the Late Paleozoic Ice Age."
Jack Cullen '13 was awarded the Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Cullen has been a Davenport Quad-City Times reporter since December 2013. Before joining the Times, Cullen was an intern at the Wisconsin State Journal in his hometown of Madison. He graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism.
It has been billions of years since there have been carbon emissions like we have now, says Dr. John Isbell, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He talked about the history of ice glaciers for the Polar Lecture at Augustana College. "We will have to reduce our carbon emissions, and it is still going to go up for a while. If we can reduce emissions, we can slow it down."
Students from Dr. Chris Strunk's urban and regional planning class have been working on the first-ever plan for Rock Island's Greenbush neighborhood. Last spring, students learned a lot about Greenbush by talking to residents and leading community meetings. They also worked with Christian Montbriand, a 2015 Augustana grad, and Brandy Howe, an urban planner with the city.
Augustana alumna Lauren Anderson, a Chicago native, is involved in music in two big ways: as a music therapist in the pediatric unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center and as a singer/songwriter who recently released “Truly Me,” her first full-length, and who has performed at various clubs around Kansas City, including Knuckleheads and VooDoo.
Augustana's Special Collections has an extensive collection of campaign memorabilia thanks to William Edmondson '49, who shopped in bookstores and at yard sales. He purchased buttons, hats and ties, and collected items which tell the story of presidential politics going as far back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt.
02/01/16 Covering the caucuses
It's caucus day in Iowa, and because of Augustana's location being just across the Mississippi River from the Hawkeye State, students and recent alumni in the Quad-Cities area have the opportunity to cover the caucuses for local news outlets.
Augustana alum Estlin Feigley will be back on campus Saturday to show his first feature-length film, "The Stream," followed by an interactive filmmaking workshop for students. His Dreaming Tree Films provide inner-city Chicago teens with filmmaking experiences.
Alycia Hund '97 will be honored with an Outstanding University Teacher Award from Illinois State University, where she is a professor of psychology. She has guided more than 5,800 students in face-to-face, blended and online course since joining ISU in 2003. Hund has mentored 83 undergraduate research assistants, 41 undergrad teaching assistants, 14 graduate research assistants, 10 dissertation students and 16 thesis students.
Christine Hedlin '11 is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois. After the holidays back home she was inspired to reflect on her favorite childhood reading memories. "I wouldn’t point to any of these moments and say, 'And that’s why I became an English major.' Yet I can also safely say that I wouldn’t be where I am without these kinds of moments." Hedlin majored in English and Spanish and minored in Classics at Augustana.
Calvin Vo '13, a theatre and English major at Augustana, charged his Moline High School students with creating a unique production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The 16th-century comedy will be transported to 19th-century Moline. "One of my big pushes here at Moline is to emphasize dramaturgy," which was a major focus at Augustana, Vo said.
Crews are hard at work renovating the College Center into what will become the Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center. The $4.2 million project includes construction of a new mainstage theatre, black box theatre, outdoor pavilion venue and scene/costume shops. The work is expected to be done in time for the building to open for the 2016-17 academic year.
Senior Brandon Motzel, a pre-medicine and physics major, interned at the Texas Medical Center last summer. In addition to the academic benefits of the internship, he tested his skills against players from Rice University in pick-up basketball games. That experience is paying off for Motzel, whose play has helped set a tone for the Vikings since he moved into the starting lineup earlier this month
WVIK interviews Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, about "A Place Called Home: Frank Lundahl and the Quad Cities" on display through Feb. 12. Lundahl made a living painting interior murals, but the exhibit includes paintings Lundahl created for himself.
01/18/16 Video: River Readings with Eula Biss
In the second 2015-16 installment of the River Readings series, essayist Eula Biss reads from two of her books, "On Immunity: An Inoculation" and "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays."
Peggy Anderson '60, who never wanted to become a nurse but wrote a best-selling book to correct stereotypes about the profession, died Sunday. Her second book "Nurse" (1978), was on the New York Times best-seller list for 30 weeks and is still in print. "Nurse" was also the basis for a CBS-TV series. Anderson returned to Augustana in 2011 to participate in the River Readings.
At 14, Cyrus Diaz is already aware of the preconceptions that often surround police and community relations. Perceptions, and misconceptions, were among issues Mr. Diaz and other community members sought to address at the Passing the Torch Community Youth Forum held at Augustana. It was a preamble to an evening event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Bob Tallitsch's Human Anatomy class wore hats and wigs during the first class following Christmas recess, and not just because it was one of the coldest days of the year so far.
With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, Augustana will hold a discussion about the implications of the election for Christians, Jews and Muslims on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall. The discussion will be led by Imam Saad Baig from the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz from the Tri-City Jewish Center and Pastor Richard Priggie from Augustana.
Passing the Torch, an annual community-wide celebration and tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place Jan. 16 at Augustana. For the first time, the celebration will include a community youth forum.
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., an internationally known scholar of Judaism, will give a free public lecture, "God without Ethics, Ethics without God: What Does Judaism Add to Ethics?" on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall.
Rev. Bryan Robertson '82 majored in English at Augustana before going to seminary. His intention was to eventually teach Christian religion at the college level. But an internship in the church resulted in Robertson’s decision to become a pastor. He has served in Rock Island, Decorah, Iowa, and most recently in Waupaca, Wis.
Vicki (White) Hynes '96 has created standards for participation and judging of a new annual event which showcases the work of Geographic Information Systems professionals. She was recognized last fall by the Illinois GIS Association for her contributions. Hynes majored in geography and environmental studies at Augustana. She worked for eight years for Naperville, followed by a year of consulting work, before joining the City of West Chicago in 2002.
CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 37th year in February. The annual non-profit event is coordinated by a board of directors from local colleges, churches, libraries and other community organizations. Five Augustana faculty will teach classes at CommUniversity this year.