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July 2016

Augustana’s CORE scores big with new graduates

07/14/16 Augustana’s CORE scores big with new graduates


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.
Augustana Choir alumni to offer free concert

07/13/16 Augustana Choir alumni to offer free concert


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.

June 2016

College adds three Academic All-Americans in 2016

06/23/16 College adds three Academic All-Americans in 2016


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: a librarian's conversion

06/23/16 Rebecca Hopman '11: a librarian's conversion


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.
Anna Walsh ’16 on fast track before graduation

06/13/16 Anna Walsh ’16 on fast track before graduation


Some students don't wait until they graduate to find jobs. They use internships and interviews to make employer contacts, and some, like Anna Walsh ’16, wind up with an offer from a blue-chip firm early in their senior year.
All history is controversial; here's how to teach it

06/08/16 All history is controversial; here's how to teach it


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.”
Shaping their futures through lessons in Africa

06/06/16 Shaping their futures through lessons in Africa


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.
Olson '58 called the Audubon of prairie plants

06/06/16 Olson '58 called the Audubon of prairie plants


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.
Wollstonecraft, Vazquez-Valarezo awards announced

06/02/16 Wollstonecraft, Vazquez-Valarezo awards announced


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.
Sociology honor society inducts six at Augustana

06/01/16 Sociology honor society inducts six at Augustana


Six graduating seniors were inducted into Augustana's chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society in May.
Kirn Book Award winners for 2016

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

May 2016

Holi celebration benefits African well construction

05/31/16 Holi celebration benefits African well construction


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 Hanson: great leader, good man

05/24/16 Robert Hanson: great leader, good man


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.
Video: Olsen father and son deliver commencement address

05/23/16 Video: Olsen father and son deliver commencement address


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.
Commencement 2016 in photos

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.
Connecting interests leads Rakers down memorable path

05/20/16 Connecting interests leads Rakers down memorable path


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.”
2016 candidates for graduation

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.
Local teens invited to join film crew this July

05/17/16 Local teens invited to join film crew this July


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.
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