2010 Alumni Awards

July  20, 2010

Recognizing the accomplishments of alumni and other friends of the college during commencement weekend is a tradition at Augustana. Among those honored at the 2010 Annual Awards Banquet were:

Shawna Williams William Bondeson Mark Schweibert Carol Carlson

Finest Under Forty

After receiving a bachelor’s in secondary education with a minor in Scandinavian studies in 1994, Shawna Klatt Watkins taught for a few years in public schools and then started her family. After obtaining credentials for Montessori Infant-Toddler and Montessori Administration, she and her husband purchased seven acres in Yorkville, Ill., and built an authentic Montessori school. From an enrollment of 10 students ages 3 to 6 in 2006, Peaceful Pathways Montessori Academy now serves 85 students ages 15 months to 12 years old. Watkins’ passion is to help students recognize their God-given gifts and decide how they can serve their communities now and in the future.

Augustana honors Watkins for her dedication to the education of young children.


At the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has taught for the past 40 years, Dr. William Bondeson ’58 is Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy and of Family and Community Medicine and assistant to the chancellor. He recently was appointed director of the university’s Center for Arts and Humanities. Bondeson has won numerous awards for teaching and also the Missouri Arts Council Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. A prolific writer, he has published five books in the Reidel Philosophy and Medicine Series, an introductory philosophy text and numerous articles on health care, ancient philosophy, higher education and teaching.

Augustana honors Bondeson for his distinguished accomplishments and encouragement of the joys brought to life through the arts.


Attorney Mark Schwiebert ’72 served as mayor of Rock Island from 1989 to 2009, the longest mayoral term in the 176-year history of the city. He is one of the founding members of the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation and Rock Island’s Public Arts Commission. Schweibert sponsored historic preservation, downtown redevelopment, intergovernmental cooperation and grassroots support for the Kyoto Accord, among other initiatives, during his time in office. Numerous honors and awards, including the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, reflect Schwiebert’s commitment to service. In his honor, Schweibert Riverfront Park in Rock Island was dedicated this summer.

Augustana honors Schweibert for his many years of dedication to not only Rock Island but also the Quad-City community.

Honorary Alumna

The Alumni Association annually recognizes friends of Augustana who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the college. A longtime church and community volunteer, Carol Carlson is a member of The Presidents Society, Augustana Founders and the “150 for the 150th” program.

Her husband, John Carlson, attended evening accounting classes at Augustana to further his career at John Deere and Company. He eventually became accountant of the advertising department at John Deere Headquarters, retiring in 1981 after more than 46 years with the company.

Carol has established the John Matthew Carlson Accounting Scholarship and has named a faculty office in Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall in memory of her husband.

Augustana is proud to count Carol as an honorary alumna of the college.