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Feb. 18, 2011

Dear alumni and friends,

You are a connected and friendly group: The number of fans on our Facebook page has grown 70% in the past year! If you're on Facebook but haven't "liked" our page, we invite you to do so. (If you're not a Facebook person, that's OK. The newsletter you're reading right now is another way to stay in touch.)

As you know, activity heightens in early spring — music tours, various athletics seasons beginning and ending, and of course finals week. We'd like to draw your attention to a very special event later this year: a choir performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 29. If you live nearby or would consider making the trip, email us and we will send details as soon as possible.

Sincerely, Kelly Noack '02
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

From the desk of President Steve Bahls

I had the privilege of speaking on the biblical underpinnings of giving at last summer's assembly of the Northern Illinois Synod. Because much of what I've learned about giving has been from my wife's family, I asked Jane to write text of the talk with me. We've condensed the talk for the Lenten devotion series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline. We are pleased to share that devotion with you here.


22-1 and at least a share of the CCIW title

The men's basketball team is having quite a season, breaking the school record for most consecutive wins (and tying the CCIW record) and giving coach Grey Giovanine his 300th win. The Vikings face North Central and Illinois Wesleyan next. (more)

Peters picked for Parkander Chair

Dr. Jason Peters has been appointed as the Dorothy J. Parkander Chair in Literature, established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Dorothy Parkander ’46, professor emeritus of English. In addition to teaching and writing, he spends time working at Augie Acres, a student-run garden he helped to organize. (more)

Shockley will enter NWCA Hall of Fame

Terry Shockley, one of the all-time greats for the tradition-rich Augustana wrestling program, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Division III “Hall of Fame” March 10 at the NCAA Division III national wrestling tournamen in LaCrosse, Wis. (more)

Bringing women into our history

About 10 years ago Ann Boaden realized three things: 1. Women were missing from the written history of Augustana College; 2. Somebody needed to fix that; 3. She was the somebody. Her book, Light and Leaven: Women Who Shaped Augustana's First Century, will be released this spring. (more)


Choir tour concerts and receptions: Galesburg, Ill., Feb. 18; Springfield, Ill., Feb. 19; Chesterfield, Mo., Feb. 20; Decatur, Ill., Feb. 21; Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 22; Naperville, Ill., Feb. 23; St. Charles, Ill., Feb. 24; Rockford, Ill., Feb. 25; Davenport, Iowa, March 22. (Details)

All Shook Up, Davenport, Feb. 25. (Details)
Wizard of Oz, Rockford, March 2 (Details)
Liberal Arts exhibit, Figge Art Museum, March 19 (Details)
Alumni & Friends in Washington, D.C., March 22 (Details)
Second City and dinner, Chicago, March 26 (Details)
Alumni gathering in Seattle, April 13 (Details)
Alumni Weekend, campus, May 20-22 (Details)
Choir at Carnegie Hall, NYC, May 29 (Details TBA)
Choir reunion, Wheaton, Ill., July 8-10 (Details)

Augie in the headlines:

Augustana releases results of its Collegiate Learning Assessment, showing significantly greater learning among students than the average among colleges that participated.

Students who curated the Augustana Sweethearts exhibit in Special Collections talk about how they became fascinated with the lives of three women who were among our first female graduates.

Gary Bordner '75 is profiled by The Dispatch and the Rock Island Argus and the Quad City Times as he returns to the Quad Cities to perform as a trumpet soloist with the Quad City Symphony. He is principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Steve Hager, associate professor of biology, explains why more robins are staying the winter. He also talks about the Christmas bird count, and identifies an unusual-looking cardinal as leucistic, meaning the bird has a genetic mutation that affects its coloring.

Greg Aguilar, director of multicultural services at Augustana, writes about how he learned the story of Emmett Till and what happens "when hate and ignorance combine."

Grey Giovanine, Vikings men's basketball coach, interviewed on the occasion of his 300th win, says he thinks more about people he's known than games he's won. In another story, the coach discusses the academic calendar's affect on basketball.

Jim Borcherding, former Augustana men's basketball coach, says "Records were made to be broken.''

Kai Swanson, interim general manager at Augustana Public Radio WVIK, talks about the station's future and why it deserves community support.

William Farrow '77, interviewed in the Chicago Tribune, is chief executive of Urban Partnership Bank, which recently took over most assets of Northern Trust Corp. of Chicago.

Augustana President Steve Bahls speaks at the Quad City Leadership Academy and inspires a blog writer.

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