05/22/15 Massive bee die-offs hitting the QCA
Tierney Brosius, assistant professor of biology, explains why the loss of bees means declining food security. “I would say about 50% if not three-quarters of the products on the shelves in the grocery store would be negatively impacted by a drop in pollinators overall,” she told KWQC News. “Unfortunately, it is a lot to do with us. It’s a combination of habitat loss, nutritional issues.”
Months after the performance of "A Green River" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Augustana's theatre program continues to receive national recognition. Keenan Odenkirk '18 of Oro Valley, Ariz., was awarded Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Additionally, the department received a Certificate of Commendation for Ensemble Performance.
05/18/15 In the front row as a faculty mentor
When Jared Schroeder signed up to be the faculty mentor for the men's basketball team, he thought he was merely volunteering to provide a bridge between the academic and the athletics-oriented learning for Augustana's student athletes. That turned out to be only one aspect of the role.
The finals week free Midnight Breakfast will be served tonight. Faculty and staff volunteer to cook, serve and wash dishes for the tired but giddy students. Dennis Norling, an instructor in business administration, likes talking to the students there. "Maybe it's akin to gallows humor, but whatever finals anxiety they may have is all but invisible. They are ebullient. The food is free and their teachers are dishing out eggs instead of tricky questions."
In a ceremony on May 14, Augustana College named its Center for Student Life in honor of Murry and Cindy Gerber of Pittsburgh. The building will be called The Gerber Center in honor of the Gerbers' philanthropic support of the college.
Murry S. Gerber '75 delivers a talk about his path to success in the energy industry. Gerber was CEO of EQT Corporation from 1998 to 2010, chairman from 2000 until 2010, and executive chairman until his retirement in 2011.
Augustana College today named its Center for Student Life in honor of Murry and Cindy Gerber of Pittsburgh. The building will be called The Gerber Center in honor of the Gerbers' philanthropic support of the college. They have donated $9.8 million to Augustana, placing them at the top of the list of individuals who have made substantial gifts to the college.
Two people with Augustana connections are involved with "The Way West," opening this weekend at New Ground Theatre in Davenport. It's directed by Christina Myatt, secretary for the college theatre department, and Sarah Baxter '14, has a leading role. "It's a classic family dysfunction show," said Myatt. "The playwright has chosen to put together Westward expansion as a good analogy of this family's financial troubles."
Augustana has appointed former Tribune executive Tom Leach as interim vice president for finance and administration. Leach will assume his duties in June. David English, the college's current vice president for finance and administration, will leave the college at the end of June for a position at Denison University.
05/06/15 Huse on kids' books as change agents
The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events. Meanwhile, there was also a revolution brewing in book stores and public libraries. A handful of children's books were focal points of the movement toward integration. Nancy Huse, professor emerita of English at Augustana, says, "Literature acts as a change agent when a process of interpretation involves various kinds of readers over time and in different media."
Jim McGrath, 65, will retire in June after 34 years at Butler University. After spending 10 years as Augustana's first sports information director, McGrath became Butler's first full-time sports information director. He has been the one constant at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the men's basketball program went from afterthought on the Indianapolis sports scene to a national darling.
Director Jennifer Popple’s decision to set her Augustana College production of As You Like It in the 1960s is one of the most appropriate changes in time-setting for theatrical material... Such shifts sometimes seem gimmicky, or are better in concept than execution, but here it works, and works well.
Augustana's Department of Theatre Arts will put a groovy spin on Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" during the first two weekends of May. “The pastoral comedy of 'As You Like It' and the revolutionary decade of the 1960s bring forth such similar themes," said sophomore Trevor Jablonski, who is dramaturge for the production.
Bo Weber '09 is project engineer on $138.5 million project at Genesis Medical Center expansion. She got an undergraduate degree in physics at Augustana and then moved to Iowa State in civil engineering. Her interest was piqued when she job-shadowed a plant engineer on a job site.
More than 70 students took part in the first "Take Back the Night" event on campus in at least five years, during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. "The threat of violence prevents all of us from enjoying life as free individuals," said Dr. Jane Simonsen, who teaches women and gender studies classes. "We gather tonight to protest, because fear should not be a way of life."
Assistant professor of Spanish Dr. Megan Havard discusses her Tea Talks presentation, "Medieval Chick Lit? The Myth of Gender-Exclusive Readership in 15th-century Castile."
Members of the WVIK News team won nine awards in Illinois and Iowa news competitions in 2014-the most of any radio news department in the Quad Cities.
Every Augustana geography major has completed an extended, original research project since 1971, making geography the forerunner for Senior Inquiry. Today, all Augustana seniors complete a substantial creative or research project. As a result, they gain both experience and an actual product — portfolio, performance, presentation, new data, etc. — to help them stand out to graduate schools and employers.
Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, associate dean and associate professor of communication studies at Augustana College, recently completed a book introducing readers to sexuality, media and popular culture.
Augustana senior Mark Hoffmann has been selected as a winner of the Fifty for the Future award by the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a native of Lansing, Ill., majoring in pre-medicine and engineering physics and minoring in mathematics and computer science. Fifty for the Future encourages education and industry to support students who aspire to achievement in technology.
Marissa Gasper's poem "Body Image" won the 17th annual Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award at Augustana. Her poem "Solitude" also took third place. Second-place went to Sara Mosaddegh's "Unfulfilled."
Augustana will present a clarinet studio recital to raise awareness for Clarinets for Conservation, an organization teaching music and conservation in Tanzania, at 8 p.m. April 29, in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building.
Junior Chris Saladin has been accepted at the Poggio Civitate archaeological field school in central inland Tuscany. He will be working this summer near the Commune of Murlo, about 55 miles south of Florence. He received a fellowship from the Etruscan Foundation to help defray the costs of participation. Fellowships carry awards of up to $2,000. He also will use his $2,000 Augie Choice grant.
Dr. Dan Lee of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics has announced the winners of the 10th annual Ethics Essay Contest. The winners will be recognized at the Celebration of Learning May 6.
The Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture has chosen recipients of the yearly Geifman "Responses to the Holocaust" Prize. They will receive their awards at 7 p.m. April 20 in Wallenberg Hall. Guest speaker will be Holocaust survivor Irving Roth.
Earlier this spring, the Augustana Local Agriculture Society met at Augie Acres to decide on a fun, challenging project for the student-run garden. Looking at an abandoned hive at the edge of the property, sophomore Jamie Fee repeated an idea she'd had last year: "Bees!" And so Augie Acres will welcome six pounds of Carniolan bees from California.
Jerry Jay Cranford, who is finishing up his second year of teaching acting and musical theater at Kansas State University, will join Augustana later this year to help build a musical theater degree program. "They already have a good idea. They think I'm the missing link in the puzzle to get it all started," Cranford said earlier this week. "They have a lot of big things coming up very quickly. It's going to be a very good time at Augustana."
Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history, took a group of students on a walking tour of downtown Davenport to highlight the infamous Bucktown neighborhood. "It's cool to connect history with the actual physical places," said Scott Doberstein, a junior history major. "It makes history come alive. You're actually walking down the street people were on. Now think about the decisions they were making."
A member of the women’s track and field team designed a poster for her graphics design class that caught the attention of coaches, professors and college administrators. A banner with Kayla Bushey’s design now hangs at Augustana’s Paul V. Olsen Track. As she explains, the message is simple: don’t get nervous about “race,” whether it’s a run or a different skin tone.
Seniors Kaitlyn Czerwonka and Leesa Potthoff went to Florida for spring break. They spent a week with high school students who are visually-impaired at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville. By the time the two elementary education majors left, they had written and designed a children’s book.
Lorraine Stamberger '15 has received the Glenda Laws Undergraduate Paper Award from the Association of American Geographers for the best paper on an urban geographic topic by an undergraduate student. Stamberger is majoring in geography and environmental studies. Her research and paper assessed riverfront accessibility in the Quad Cities.
Art major Lacey King sent an email pitch asking to illustrate an author's new book and won the job. Now she's a published illustrator before even finishing her first year at Augustana.
The business program at Augustana College is outperforming other colleges and universities across the nation when it comes to students' satisfaction with their academic experience, according to local and national polling data.
Pre-medicine student Mary Therese Thomas ’18 secured a summer internship at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, a world-class research and teaching complex operated by the Swiss government on the shores of Lake Geneva, and home to 14,000 people from around the world who study or work there.
Three actors from Augustana College's production of "A Green River" were recognized for distinguished performances at this year's Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional.
Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, April 25, 8:30-10 p.m. The open house will feature programs in the planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, and outside the building. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Kathy Licht of Indiana University-Purdue University presents an Augustana Center for Polar Studies lecture, "The secret life of Antarctic sand: Tales from the world's largest ice sheet." Sand holds many clues to the Earth's past. The composition and age of single sand grains can be measured with high-tech analytical techniques and then combined with others to provide a rich history of the ice sheets in Antarctica.
Fueled by a heart defect and an interest in research, junior Brandon Wills earned the 2015 Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit and its $5,000 award. The biology major will conduct genetics research at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., this summer.
Augustana College's student newspaper, the Augustana Observer, has done it again, collecting 18 awards from the Illinois College Press Association to break the newspaper's record of 17 awards in 2011.
Executive Director of Gallup Education Brandon Busteed will deliver the commencement address at Augustana College's 155th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 24. Kathryn Lohre, assistant to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and executive for ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the ELCA, will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon earlier that day.
Deia Schlosberg, environmental filmmaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will be the featured speaker at the 10th annual Environmental Film Festival March 28. Films will run from 11 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Admission is free; doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Augustana has selected the City of Clinton, Iowa, as its partner in the inaugural Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI). During the yearlong partnership, students and faculty will work with officials to complete community-identified projects related to regional transportation and transit routes, urban forest management and a senior citizen fire prevention campaign, among others.
Located in the Center for Student Life, the new Learning Commons is designed for students to build skills in areas that are critical to success in college.
03/19/15 Here's the Augustana Final Four team
As the Augustana men's basketball team heads to the Division III national championships, here's a look at the players and their coach.
The Augustana men’s basketball team scored 100 points in Saturday’s sectional championship to reach the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 1993, the last time the Vikings reached the national semifinals, they also hit the century mark.
Augustana College invites the community to join the campus at a free watch party as the Vikings men's basketball team plays in NCAA Division III Final Four this Friday.
Augustana will host author Kevin Roose for the annual Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs at 7 p.m. March 23. Roose, a journalist who has covered Wall Street, business and finance, will speak about his latest book, "Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits," which chronicles the story of brokers in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008.
Augustana director of public relations Sam Schlouch catches up with several Vikings at a recent practice ahead of their second-round game of the NCAA tournament. Augustana takes on Mount Union at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Darwin Club will sponsor Darwin Week March 16-20, commemorating the 205th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin. The week will include craft sales in Brew by the Slough, Survival of the Fittest Games, campus bird walk Nature Movie Night and the annual Chuck Fest concert.
Dr. Michael Edmondson's, new book, 'Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigate Your Career,' comes on the heels of the launch of Augustana College's new approach for positioning its graduates for success, CORE. Dr. Edmondson is associate vice president of career development, and the book is available in paperback and as an e-book.
The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue a tradition of free performances at 2 p.m. March 15 in Centennial Hall.
Lacrosse brought Jake Self to Augustana, but it's been a powerful combination of his two majors that has defined his college experience. Self will graduate in May with a double major in accounting and management information systems and go to work for Deere and Co.
The Arianna String Quartet will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. March 20 in the Denkmann Memorial Building, Wallenberg Hall. Founded in 1992, the St. Louis-based string quartet are faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
After performing and traveling through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Missouri, the Augustana College Symphonic Band will conclude its tour season with a home concert at 8 p.m. March 14, in Centennial Hall.
The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art will present the photography exhibition "Juvenile in Justice" March 13-April 18.An opening reception will be held at 4 p.m. March 13 in Centennial Hall with Richard Ross, the artist. "Juvenile in Justice" is a collection of more than 50 large-scale photographs accompanied by the personal stories of the young prisoners.
The Sinoidal Ensemble will perform a program of 20-21st century Spanish pieces at 8 p.m. March 13 in the Denkmann Memorial Building's Wallenberg Hall on campus. The saxophone duo of José Miguel Cantero and Ana Lencina Sánchez specializes in the performance of contemporary music.
After a successful pilot program last year, Augustana is adding more online classes for its summer session beginning June 1, bringing the total to eight classes in subjects from world history to microeconomics. In addition to Augustana students, the online courses are open to students from other colleges and non-degree seeking students.
Augustana will host author, former state senate candidate and Army veteran Bill Albracht for a book signing in Wallenberg Hall Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Albracht will sign his new book, "Abandoned In Hell," which chronicles his experiences behind enemy lines while in Vietnam in 1969.
Learning to function within an organization is a highly valued asset in any business, or perhaps any enterprise in life. And one of the best places to learn those skills lies within the world of Greek fraternities and sororities.
Augustana College will host a lecture by Robert Krulwich, co-host of the award-winning NPR science program, "Radiolab," on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium (733 35th Street, Rock Island). The lecture, "Talking Science to Non-Scientists: Saddam Hussein's Secret Octopus and Other Stories," is made possible by the Lawrence H. Roys Endowment. Admission is free and the public is invited.
There's no roadmap for entrepreneurs, but several new resources at Augustana, including $150,000 in donor-funded grants, will help students better transfer their college experiences to life as an entrepreneur.
The Quad Cities is a rich location for internships and research. But some students want the added experience of practicing in their field while living in another part of the world. The Augustana in Denver internship program gives them that.The city is home to many alumni, providing students a strong career and internship network, and occasional invitations to dinner.
Flutist Demarre McGill taught Augustana students that music performance is more than notes, showing them how to use scenarios, movement and "controlling the silence" as well. He taught a masterclass at Augustana earlier this month.
Augustana is excited to announce the 2015 Good Fit T-shirt photo contest winners. In the Good Fit contest, incoming first-year students are eligible to win one of several $1,000 scholarships to attend Augustana. For their photos, students must wear the Augustana T-shirt they received when visiting campus. More than 100 entries were received for the 2015 contest.
Kailey Ackermann '12 directs a new version of "Little Red Riding Hood" (in which the wolf is secretly a vegan) for Davenport Junior Theatre. “I am inspired by the dedication of the kids,” she said. “I can tell that they really want to be there and really want to work. Seeing young people with that kind of motivation is really inspiring."
Dr. David Crowe, professor of English, has completed a book examining John Updike's many claims about Søren Kierkegaard's life and work. In "Cosmic Defiance: Updike's Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories," Dr. Crowe tells the story of Updike's first reading of Kierkegaard and life-long fascination with the existentialist theologian.
"The Protecting Veil" by British composer John Tavener is a haunting work for cello and strings. Augustana music professor Janina Ehrlich is performing the solo part for the first time with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. Patrick Yasatuke, principal cello in the orchestra, and fellow cellist Henry Weberpal (both juniors majoring in music education) appreciate the example she sets by performing with her students.
Augustana Summer Academy is for high school students who want to experience a week of hands-on learning and fun social activities in a college atmosphere, taking courses from some of Augustana's most popular professors. Classes range from one to five days of college-style learning opportunities, covering topics from music and dance to engineering to the psychology of happiness.
02/09/15 Stump '04 specializes in giraffes
Kristina Stump, an animal handler at Niabi Zoo, has a special relationship with the zoo’s three giraffes. A biology graduate from Augustana College, Stump has worked full-time at Niabi for nine years. Her job requires patience but offers plenty of variety. “There’s always something unexpected,” she said. “Also, I really enjoy the relationship you can have with the animals. Like with the bull giraffe; there’s a lot of trust there and it takes a long time to build that up.”
Augustana students is thinking a lot about pizza, but not about how tasty it is. They're trying to figure out how to get more people to order it online instead of calling on the phone. They're the Advertising Developers (ADs) group, which every year competes in the National Student Advertising Competition.
This spring, Augustana's Department of Business Administration will introduce its Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies, available to students of all majors upon completion of four required courses and a related hands-on learning experience.
During the day in her job as head athletic trainer at Augustana College, Denise Yoder toils in modest anonymity in her corner of Carver Center that has been turned into a state-of-the-art training facility. But once the tape, ice bags and trainer’s shingle are put away for the day, she usually can be found under the bright lights in local theatrical productions.
Mr. Augustana is a male version of a Miss America pageant, sponsored by Chi Alpha Pi sorority to aid the American Cancer Society. This year the event raised more than $4,000. Dan O'Leary, a business major from Homewood, Ill., won the crown.
Newly hired men's soccer coach Mick Regan shares why he wanted to coach at Augustana, how he views Division III athletics and a little bit about his coaching philosophy.
Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum is home to one of the largest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest. KWQC TV's Fran Riley stopped by recently for a tour.
Not too many people walking around Augustana’s campus would notice the small chips in the stairs, but Chris Woods does. As one of seven groundskeepers on the 115-acre campus, the Rock Island man tackles big projects, such as clearing snow off of the many walks, hills and sidewalks, to smaller ones, such as filling in holes in stairs.
Dr. Jessica Nodulman, an assistant professor in communication studies talks about transforming sex education into an inclusive format.
Students in a 300-level play production class will bring to life a milestone of U.S. history they probably can't remember: Hurricane Katrina, which killed nearly 1,500 people and launched a national discussion about government failures to respond. "Katrina: the K Word" will be performed Feb. 6-8.
Karen (Flint) Dahlstrom '04, senior associated director of admissions, shares the story of how three campus community members shaped her experience as an Augustana student.
Dr. Erin Freund, assistant professor of music and harp instructor at Augustana, does more than just teach classes. She is a performer and arranger of music for harp. Dr. Freund will perform a harp recital of French repertoire with soprano Michelle Crouch (also on the faculty), at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wallenberg Hall.
Augustana College will host flutist Demarre McGill at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Denkmann Memorial Building's Wallenberg Hall for a performance and masterclass with students. This event is free and open to the public. That evening, he will be the featured soloist in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series concert "Masterworks IV: Musical Cathedrals."
The Augustana Jazz Ensemble feature the music of Duke Ellington in the concert "Beyond Category" at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Centennial Hall. This concert is free and open to the public. "Beyond category" is a phrase Ellington used to describe his music, preferring the general category of American music to the specific genre of jazz.
In the last year, Augustana College's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing received $22,500 in grants and awards various agencies, allowing the center to offer scholarships for its services. "By offering scholarships, we are able to provide services to individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford them, and at the same time, we also can provide our Augustana student clinicians with a more robust clinical experience."
Author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro delivered the second River Readings of the school year on Jan. 27. She has published fiction and nonfiction in The Believer, McSweeney's, Open City and Index magazine, among others.
Members of the Greek Life community talk to prospective members about Augustana's fraternities and sororities.
When asked how she would make the world of the future better, Edita Salama, 11, built a dam to protect people from tsunamis. Edita, a student at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island, made her project Tuesday during Augustana's Symposium Day. The Longfellow class was invited to create an object that would solve a problem.
01/20/15 Gallery: The Power of One
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson was the keynote speaker at this year's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Augustana's Centennial Hall. The Power of One event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson delivered the keynote address at the campus Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration event on Saturday, Jan. 17.
Augustana's Winter Symposium Day will focus on Social Justice. The daylong event on Tuesday, Jan. 20 will take the place of classes, and the entire campus community will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues related to Social Justice. Additionally, many guest speakers will lead sessions, including Dr. Elizabeth Lowenthal '95
Like many African-American leaders, Christopher Whitt is profoundly influenced by the passion and example of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And that extends to the work of the civil-rights giant for economic equality.
Augustana's production of "A Green River" got a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center's regional college theater festival, but students will have to wait until March to see if they will be invited to the national festival.
The Figge Art Museum is partnering with Augustana College to present "Girls in Justice" and "Juvenile in Justice," a nationally acclaimed project by photographer Richard Ross. "Juvenile in Justice" will be at Augustana's Teaching Museum of Art beginning March 9.
U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Augustana College for efficiency. In this year's report, Augustana earned the third-place ranking among top national liberal arts colleges in the country. The report ranked institutions of higher education that were able to produce the highest educational quality while containing spending.
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson will give a gallery talk about her pieces that are on display as part of Art Matters, an exhibition of Augustana faculty artwork, in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. The free talk will take place Friday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.
The Viking Score is a new career development tool offered through CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration) at Augustana. In this Q&A interview, President Steve Bahls and Provost Pareena Lawrence discuss the features and benefits of the Viking Score.
Augustana College's 2015 winter-term Symposium Day on the theme of Social Justice will be on Tuesday, January 20. Faculty, guest speakers and students will discuss race, sexual violence, social awareness and reconciliation.
River Readings will continue its seventh season with author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on Tuesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center. Lamb-Shapiro will read from her first book, "Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture," a tour of the billion-dollar self-help industry that explores American devotion to self-improvement.
01/12/15 Video: Augie Minute with Chuck Hyser
Professor of education Chuck Hyser discusses Augustana's partnership with Rock Island's Longfellow Elementary School. Augustana education students have helped design parts of the Longfellow curriculum, but the college's partnership extends beyond the education department.
A community celebration and theatrical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 17 in Centennial Hall. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson will give the keynote address
Augustana's Dr. Heidi Storl will open this year's CommUniversity with the talk "Bio-medical Ethics: Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time" at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 36th year in February.