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Augustana in the News | Fall 2011



Inside Higher Ed

  • Kent Barnds quoted in "Admissions Summer"
  • Steve Bahls, "Teaching Financial Literacy"

The New York Times

  • Dr. Thomas Mayer, history professor, quoted saying
  • Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry got Galileo "all wrong" in Wednesday's debate.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Kent Barnds, "Those Tweedy Old Admissions Deans? They're All Business Now"
  • Carla Tracy, "On Mistakenly Shredding a Prized Collection"

USA Today

  • Private colleges try to round out fall's enrollment into summer (Kent Barnds quoted)
  • Liberal arts colleges attract Burmese students (Dane Rowley quoted)

Quad City Times

  • Dean of the College Dr. Pareena Lawrence talks about the path that led her to Augustana College.
  • Augustana marks Banned Books Week with people reading selections from their own copies of banned or challenged books.
  • Dr. Stephen Klien, associate professor of communication studies, says Facebook may be a bit "tone deaf" when making changes to its service.
  • Pete Schimeck and Shane Holl, senior starting defensive ends for the Augustana football team, recount their two-month internships in Australia.
  • MidCoast Fine Arts' Harley Award is given posthumously to James Konrad, a member of the Augustana art faculty who died last May.
  • Ken Brill, associate dean of students and director of student activities, outlines the college's program to educate students about sexual assault.
  • Carla Tracy, director of the Tredway Library, talks about the struggle between resources for books and technology.
  • Josh Fahs '12 explains how elementary school students can learn math using iPads and iPods. Fahs contributes to the education department's Numbersense blog.
  • Community Engagement Center is profiled in May.
  • Column features the late Dr. Mel Peterson: "Thank you, Mel; Peter thanks you, too"

The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus

  • Associate Professor of Art Kelvin Mason uses 120,000 marbles to create an artwork that explores the dual nature of glass: strong yet fragile.
  • Augustana plans to host the fifth Earth Charter Summit Oct. 15.
  • Dr. Laura Hartman talks to students about the issues facing our planet in "Rally promotes movement without fossil fuels."
  • Larry Schulte, who spent six seasons as an Augustana assistant basketball coach, officially retires from coaching.
  • High Times editor emeritus and former DEA member face off at Augustana on the issue of marijuana legalization.
  • Augustana student group Global Affect works with local residents for a fossil-fuel-free day Sept. 24.
  • Andy Shearouse '14 is one of many theatre volunteers in a local news spotlight.
  • Fatima Kazmi '12 describes her family's pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Umrah, over the summer.
  • Augustana receives a certificate of appreciation from the Quad City Riverfront Council / Bi-State Regional Commission for its campus multi-use trail.
  • Students like their volunteer time at the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in a story about Community Connection activities.
  • Cody Johnson '15 is snapped in a feature photo with his mother Maggie Johnson, of Poplar Grove, Ill., on move-in day at Westerlin Hall.
  • Dr. Darrin Good is quoted in "Stealthy insect targets ash trees."
  • Dr. Darrin Good is quoted in "What's bugging you? Flooding, rains increase insect numbers."
  • Column: Dr. Ralph Troll, retired biology professor, in "Troll brings WWII Nazi Germany to life"
  • Column: NYC: Carnegie Hall, Spider-Man and $23 sandwiches
  • Senator Mark Kirk tells Augustana graduates they will witness more changes than any other generation.
  • Opera@Augustana receives positive review: "Glorious sounds pour from this ‘Magic Flute'"
  • Augustana College Theatre receives positive review: "‘Our Town' revives memories of Grover's Corners"
  • Augustana's student journalists are praised by Pulitzer Prize winner Brant Houston.


  • Dean of the College Dr. Pareena Lawrence, an economist, talks about the global economy.

WQAD News channel 8

  • Augustana's ProFair is featured in "Quad City job push reaches from trucking to teaching."
  • Rocks with fossils discovered in Antarctica by Dr. William Hammer arrive at Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum.


  • Augustana students react to death of Osama bin Laden.

Peoria Journal Star

  • Laura Stuber '07 is in the Educator Spotlight. She teaches sixth grade in Morton, Ill.
  • Tom Hintz '88, a biology graduate, says prison inmates growing native prairie plants is a big benefit for Illinois state parks and roadsides.

Multiple news outlets

  • NFL MVP Ken Anderson returns to campus as Augustana retires his No. 14 football jersey.
  • Dome of Old Main is restored.
  • Augustana College unveils new Viking logo for athletics.

Daily Herald

  • Chassidy Mangers '13 organizes a dance for children with disabilities in Elburn, Ill.

Iowa City Press-Citizen

  • Steve Grismore, music instructor at Augustana College, recalls organizing the Iowa City Jazz Festival.
  • These media placements represent a snapshot of the efforts made by Augustana to earn strategic media placements.

Augustana making news May-early October 2011


  • Children and families invited to create art for the season at Kaleidoscope
  • Dr. Timothy Lomperis '69 to share perspective on the Vietnam War
  • Swedish-American expert Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery to speak on cultural blending
  • Vikings women's basketball team helps out local Habitat for Humanity
  • Professor of Geography Dr. Norm Moline invited to Taiwan's 100th celebration
  • Founder of High Arctic Institute Dr. Kurt Burnham to discuss his research in Greenland
  • Former trustee Dr. Peter Benson '68 dies
  • Planetarium's Fall Open House will highlight Jupiter
  • Augustana Board of Trustees welcomes three new members


  • Christian activist Shane Claiborne to speak at Community Convocation
  • The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico Performance to
  • celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Roy Doliner lecture to address Jewish-Christian relations in Rome
  • Thorson-Lucken Field to be dedicated Oct. 6
  • The Women's Connection honors two Augustana students
  • Kent Barnds discusses change in "money talk"
  • College Hill goes back to school in Rock Island
  • Art exhibit offers new works and new faculty
  • Augustana to debut harp program at Erin Freund recital Sept. 27
  • Symposium to honor late professor Michael Nolan
  • Healthcare expert will share insights on reform
  • Baby Wants Candy improv troupe performs in Centennial Hall
  • Symphonic Band disaster relief concert Sept. 24
  • River Readings writers chosen to inspire students
  • ProFair connects students with employers
  • Experience abroad results in "Travel Reads" series
  • Athletics offers live-streaming of games
  • WVIK names Jay Pearce as general manager
  • Community Convocation Video: "Are We Living Bradbury's Vision?"
  • Tea Hour Series speakers for 2011-2012
  • Dr. Wendy Smooth to speak about gender and politics
  • Extreme makeover: Augustana's athletics logo gets a new look


  • 9/11 in 2011: A decade of learning and living
  • Student engages President Obama at town hall meeting
  • Acrobats of Cirque-tacular come to Augustana College
  • Incoming Class of 2015 is most ethnically diverse
  • Dr. Tim Muir receives faculty funding for turtle research
  • Jim Konrad: Augustana artist remembered
  • The Second City goes back to school at Augustana


  • Memoir of Dr. Mel Peterson: "official star-gazer" of the Quad Cities
  • Soccer fever rises with women's World Cup final
  • Veronica Loza ‘12 experiences White House press pool


  • Augustana welcomes new Dean of the College
  • Augie Choice supports research on teaching the sensory-impaired
  • Spring Term 2011 Dean's List
  • Mark Anderson recognized as Q-C leader
  • Viking debate: victories now and in the making
  • AC honored at Longfellow School appreciation night
  • Quad Cities to Audrey Adamson: thanks!
  • Five Questions for: Emil Kramer


  • 151st Commencement address by Sen. Mark Kirk
  • New books capture personal side of Augustana history
  • Commencement 2011: words and photos
  • Observer staff takes top honors in Illinois contest
  • Slide show: a last look at our sesquicentennial
  • WVIK News recognized for excellence in reporting
  • Campus mourns art instructor James Konrad
  • A traveler in Ghana shows what she felt
  • Geology outreach is called "Let's Rock!" and it does
  • Five Questions for: Dan Conway
  • Augustana to make its mark on the Big Apple
  • Augustana's recycling efforts earn top prize in national contest
  • AC helps build a new playground at Longfellow Liberal Arts School
  • Augie Choice: Tracing the secret sounds of Bermuda
  • Augustana inducts 51 outstanding seniors into Phi Beta Kappa
  • Opera@Augustana presents Mozart's "Magic Flute"

Online analytics and social media

Website traffic, comparing Jan. 1-Sept. 27, 2011, to the same period in 2010

  • Total site visits: 1,416,938 (up 15%)
  • Page views: 4,888,622 (up 7%)
  • Number of pages receiving at least one view: 9,804
  • Traffic to the athletics pages accounts for about 20% of all site traffic.
  • 505,481 people viewed a page on (up 13%). The average number of pages viewed was 3.45 (down 7%) and the average time spent on the website was 2:40 (down one second from last year).

Augustana Magazine summer edition (online only)

  • Visits: 5,100 (3,773 of those from off-campus)
  • 20% of those were new visitors (had never been to the online magazine page before)
  • Average number page views per visitor: 2.9
  • Average time on site: 3:41


  • Number of fans on the main Augustana page is up 9%, from 5,362 on May 30 to 5,833 as of Oct. 4.
  • Monthly active users in May averaged 3,959; in October that was 4,708. (Monthly active users are people who have viewed a post or interacted with the page in some way.)
  • On the Athletics Facebook page, there were 1,516 fans as of Oct. 4, up 9% from the 1,393 in May. Monthly active users averaged 995 in May, compared to 6,657 in September. (Fan activity varies widely, according to whether sports teams are playing, so fall and winter are more heavily trafficked.)