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Emerge is a must for future campus leaders. Most student leaders on campus were participants of the program in their first year at Augustana. By participating, you can connect with them, find out information about different organizations on campus and possibly get on track to becoming an organizational leader in the future.

If you have any questions or want some more information, please contact Anna Walsh or Charlie Bentley

The Program

  • Eight two-hour sessions on Monday nights during the fall term
  • Peer Groups of 8-12 participants with an upperclassman leader
  • Each participant will help with a community service day project in the Quad Cities
  • Attendance required for participants who wish to complete the program
  • Students receive a Certificate of Leadership from OSL upon the completion of program
  • Registration forms (with $40 fee) must be mailed prior to arriving on campus


Charlie Bentley '17,

Charlie is a junior from Lockport, Ill., double-majoring in biology and neuroscience. Charlie is the secretary of the Student Government Association, Emerge co-coordinator, Leadership Academy workshop chair, member of the Presidential Student Advisory Council, ACHOO fundraising chair and an active member of JETS. When Charlie is not buried in Hanson with homework, you can usually find him sleeping or eating Chipotle. He has spent his summer on the medical service trip in Nicaragua, interning at a hospital in LaGrange, Ill., washing dishes at Maggiano’s, playing basketball with his brothers and sleeping. He loves watching TV shows like Breaking Bad and Friends, and trying new things.

Anna Walsh '16,

Anna Walsh is a biology and business administration major with a concentration in finance. She loves traveling and spending time with her family and dogs. Raised in the Minnesota, Anna originally chose Augustana for its 3-2 occupational therapy program. However, an internship in Switzerland (with the support of Augie Choice) helped her to change direction and pursue a career that integrates both biology and business. Anna is involved on Augustana's campus as a co-coordinator of the Emerge leadership program, Campus Ministries Leadership Team member, Welcome Week co-coordinator and a PepsiCo Recreation Center employee.

Chloe Benson '17

Chloe is a junior from Washington, Ill. She is majoring in business administration (with a concentration in management and marketing) and communication studies. This will be her second year as a director for the Leadership Academy. Aside from the Office of Student Life, Chloe is involved in the Phi Rho sorority, Student Advisory Council and serves as a community YoungLife leader in the Quad Cities. She is spending the 2015 fall term in Siena, Italy. She loves the color yellow, Justin Timberlake and shoes.

Jake Hallendorff '17

Jake is a junior from Vernon Hills, Ill., majoring in accounting, business administration (finance/management). This is the first year that Jake is a director of the Leadership Academy. Among OSL activities, he is a member of the excursions committee, co-chair for Homecoming week,and head of setup crew for school-wide events. Jake is also involved in the Phi Omega Phi fraternity as a newly elected member of Greek Council. In his spare time, Jake enjoys making music, long walks on the beach and taking care of his kitten.

Jenna Jensen '16

Jenna is a senior from Dundee, Ill. She is majoring in secondary education and mathematics. Jenna really enjoys being a part of OSL. She was one of Delta Series co-chairs this past year and holds that position this year as well. She is excited to join the Leadership Academy team. When she is not in the office, she is either in class, at dance with the Augustana Dance Company or participating in her sorority, Chi Alpha Pi.

Matt Roche '17

Matt is a junior from Moline, Ill., majoring in business administration (marketing and management) and accounting. This is the first year that Matt is a director of the Leadership Academy. Matt has been active in the Office of Student Life for three years and volunteered at major school events. Matt has lettered in football and swimming, and he is currently a member of the track team, competing in the decathlon. Also, Matt is a member of the Phi Omega Phi fraternity. He enjoys home-cooked chicken, relaxing with his dog and playing Clash of Clans.

Jake Soukup '16

Jake is a senior majoring in business administration and art. Jake has been involved in OSL for four years, two as a programming assistant and two as Delta Series co-chair. My favorite things about OSL are the fall retreats, leadership trips, office shenanigans and most of all, Ken Brill.

Miki Steinberg '16

Miki is a senior form Wayne, Ill. She is majoring in business administration (finance and marketing) and graphic design. This will be her third year as director of the Leadership Academy. Beyond the Leadership Academy, Miki has been Homecoming chair for the past two years. She is a business statistics tutor, is on the Student Advisory Council and is a member of the Phi Rho sorority. Her favorite memory from the past four years was when she had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia. Miki is a peanut-butter-loving vegetarian who enjoys painting, running and hiking.

Gloria Nevarez '18

Gloria is a sophomore from Moline, Ill. She is double-majoring in communication sciences and disorders, as well as psychology. Gloria is also involved in Camp Kesem and is a member of the Phi Rho sorority. She is very happy to be starting her first year on the leadership academy team, and is a co-chair for the Strengthsquest program. She loves sushi, playing sports and is a Star Wars and superhero fanatic!