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Augie Choice funding surpasses $1.5 million

July  31, 2012

Augie Choice — which guarantees each student $2,000 for a hands-on learning experience of his or her choice — has surpassed $1.5 million in its third year.

Students are eligible for Augie Choice beginning their junior year. They use their $2,000 to offset the expenses of international study, research or an internship.

“Experiential learning is one of the most powerful ways of learning and Augie Choice provides the opportunity to all Augustana students to participate in this type of learning,” said Dr. Pareena Lawrence, dean and chief academic officer.

Dr. Ellen Hay, professor of communication studies and interim director of Augustana’s Community Engagement Center, added, “We want our graduates to possess the confidence of their beliefs, to interact effectively with others, and to contribute to their chosen fields. While we begin realizing these goals through the courses that students take across the liberal arts, these aspirations cannot truly be achieved until students step outside the classroom to analyze and apply their learning. Augie Choice provides the support for them to do so.”

In Dr. Hay’s words, “We teach students to walk. With Augie Choice, they learn to run."

During this academic year nearly 250 students took advantage of Augie Choice grants; many are using the summer months for their experience.

Among the recent Augie Choices:

Study abroad

Greece (classics), Berlin (history, philosophy), London and Australia (business internships), Nicaragua (medical), Spain (language), Ecuador (language), Paris (music, literature), Japan (language), London and Edinburgh (art history, history, sociology); Brazil (political science, art, history, literature); Vietnam (business, literature, psychology); Wittenburg (language)

Research off-campus

Texas Medical Center; Florida School for the Deaf; Greenwing Field Station (biology), Dixon, Ill.; Duke University; Juneau, Alaska, Icefield Research Program; Christians United for Israel, Washington, D.C.

On-campus research topics with faculty mentors

Breast cancer, psychiatry, chemistry, African history, physics, biochemistry, GIS mapping, optics


Acceleration-Get Fast, Chicago

Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arrowhead Ranch, Coal Valley, Ill.

Astra Soccer Academy, Chicago

AthletiCo, Wheaton, Ill.

Augustana College Business Office, Rock Island, Ill. (accounting)

AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa

Bethany for Children and Families, Moline, Ill.

Bill Albracht Campaign, Moline, Ill.

Brookfield Zoo, Chicago

Burpee Museum Expedition, Morrison Formation, Utah

Camp for All, Burton, Texas

Carver Pump, Muscatine, Iowa

CCS Internship, Dharmasala, India

Center for Neighborhood Tech., Chicago

Chengdu University, China (teaching)

Circa 21, Rock Island, Ill.

Civil Rights Center, Washington D.C.

Continental Motors, Deer Park, Ill. (accounting)

Country Financial, Denver, Colorado

Crate & Barrel, Northbrook, Ill.

Davenport Civil Rights Commission, Davenport, Iowa

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, Moline,  Ill.

DuPage County ETSB, Naperville, Ill.

DuPage Court System, Wheaton, Ill.

Olympic Steel, Bettendorf, Iowa (engineering)

Euclid Beverage, Aurora, Ill.

The District, Rock Island, Ill. (event planning)

Family Focus Magazine, Bettendorf, Iowa

Family Resources, Davenport, Iowa

Field Museum, Chicago

Focus Leadership Institute, Denver, Colo.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Rock Island, Ill.

Global Hunter Securities, Chicago

Group O, Milan, Ill.

Habitat for Humanity, Davenport, Iowa (accounting)

Black Hawk College, Moline, Ill. (human resources)

John Deere Harvester, East Moline, Ill.

John Deere, Moline, Ill.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Davenport, Iowa

Junior Golf Association, Atlanta, Ga.

Klingensmith Healthcare, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kraft Foods, Davenport, Iowa

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Alton, Ill.

Lutheran Social Services, Rock Island, Ill.

The Mad Farmers' Garden, Coal Valley, Ill.

Mancomm, Davenport, Iowa

Merrill Lynch at the Singh Group, Davenport, Iowa

Merrill Lynch, Chicago

Minooka High School Football Camp, Minooka, Ill.

Mississippi Valley Oral Surgery, Davenport, Iowa

Nahant Marsh, Davenport, Iowa

Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, Ill.

Norma Leah Foundation, Rock Island, Ill.

OnMedia, Moline, Ill.

Optometrist Dr. Kelly Gardner, Rochelle, Ill.

OSF Saint Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill.

Paul Ryan for Congress, Janesville, Wisconsin

Peace Village, Chicago

Process Automation Concepts, Ltd., Rock Island, Ill.

Psychiatric facility, Norway

QCAnalytical Services, LLC., LeClaire, Iowa

Quad Citians Affirming Diversity, Rock Island, Ill.

Quad Cities Autism Center, Moline, Ill.

Quad Cities Visitors & Convention Bureau, Moline, Ill.

Quad City River Bandits, Davenport, Iowa

Quality Repair, Colona, Ill.

Race for the Cure, Moline, Ill.

RILCO, Rock Island, Ill.

Robert Young Community Mental Health Center, Rock Island, Ill.

Rock Island Animal Shelter, Rock Island, Ill.

Rock Island Police Department, Rock Island, Ill.

Scribe America at Genesis Hospital, Davenport, Iowa

Short Hills Country Club, East Moline, Ill.

SS America LED, Crystal Lake, Ill.

St. Louis University, St. Louis

State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Ill.

State Farm Insurance, Naperville, Ill.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Wichita, Kansas

TDR Training, Bartlett, Ill.

The Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, S.D.

Thomas Hammer, CPA, Rock Island, Ill.

Trinity Logistics, Davenport, Iowa

Trinity Medical Center, Moline, Ill.

Twin Rivers Therapy, Moline, Ill.

United Stationers, Chicago

University of Iowa Department of Microbiology, Iowa City, Iowa

Veterinarian Dr. Schifo, Lemont, Ill.

Veterinary internship, Belize

WGN-TV, Chicago

WVIK, Rock Island, Ill.

Youth Hope, New Windsor, Ill.