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Rock Island, Illinois - Nov. 12, 2010

A renewed appreciation for parents

Dear alumni and friends,

Our name is changing: We are now the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, reflecting the creation of a new parents program at Augustana!

Its mission is to establish and maintain meaningful, lifelong relationships with parents of alumni and current students. We are providing more direct communication with parents, hosting parent-centered events and have created a parents council.

During this process, I've been reflecting on the role of parents, the support they offer and the sacrifices they make. Although it will be some years before I am the mother of a college student (my children are 3 and 6), I have already met some great role models among our parents.

Watch for news about our parents council in the coming weeks, and please let me know if you have suggestions for us.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving,

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





Bonding at dawn on the river

More than 40 students greet the dawn on the Mississippi River in spring and fall. Men and women are on board for club crew.

"It is the ultimate Viking sport and anyone can try it," said sophomore Liz Tressel. "I met my best friends out here, and my greatest memories are from early mornings and team-bonding."
Read more and see video


daniel corts

Five Questions
for Daniel Corts

Five Questions is a series of profiles of people at Augustana College. Here, Dr. Daniel Corts talks about his path to psychology, why it's relevant to students, and the connection between scholarship and Bananas Foster.
Read more


Dec. 4: Christmas at Augustana reception

Dec. 9: Alumni gathering in Seattle

Jan. 17, 2011: Bill Cosby at the Naples Philharmonic

Jan. 20: Winter in the Windy City

Feb. 25: Reception and musical "All Shook Up"

March 2: Reception and "The Wizard of Oz"

July 8-10: Augustana Choir Reunion



Getting 'immersed' — one class
for one term

What would it be like if you could choose to concentrate on a single class for an entire term? Augustana students and faculty who tried the first "immersion term" found it exhilarating, real-world, community-building and sometimes exhausting. Read more and see video

ARTS & music

Our 150th Christmas season

Our sesquicentennial holiday will shine brightly, from Opera@Augustana to Messiah, Christmas at Augustana and the popular Season of Light planetarium show. (See details).

Deck your halls: Our blue glass commemorative 150th Christmas ornament will be for sale at most holiday events.


Students shine at interfaith gathering

With only a few hours' notice, Hiba Ansari and Maggie Hayes were plucked out of 100 or so students at a prestigious White House interfaith conference and asked to say a few words on stage.

They did, and so well that faculty advisor Sarah Skrainka was inundated afterward by people saying things like, "Your students were the high point of the conference" and "You're really doing something right at Augustana." Read more

Liberal Arts, Post-Recession President Steve Bahls and faculty members are interviewed by Inside Higher Ed.

Sesquicentenial stories: Scrapbook treasures

Convocations: river cleanup to Shakespeare

Board of Trustees welcomes local voices

Augustana in the headlines


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