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2013 Augustana Fund Challenge

 82 grad issues $50,000 Challenge to 'ensure the Augustana experience endures'

Julie K. Hamann '82 of Elkhorn, Nebraska, comes from a long line of singers, musicians and teachers, all the way back to her Swedish ancestors. Those who knew her at Augustana won't be surprised to learn that after leaving Rock Island, she earned a master's in piano performance at the University of Kansas, taught piano for 20 years and sang in a band.

To this day, she describes her Augustana experience as transformational and is excited to issue an Augustana Fund Challenge. Julie will match the first $50,000 of qualifying gifts because as she says, "The time is now!"

Why did you issue the Augustana Fund Challenge?

Attending Augustana was a wonderful life-changing experience for me. Support of the Augustana Fund at this time is crucial; we need to ensure the Augie experience endures for the many generations of talented students to come, for the outstanding faculty that teaches them and for the staff that supports them. Our gifts to the Augustana Fund allow Augie to continue to do what it does best.

Your favorite Augustana memory?

The memories I cherish most of all are the hours spent in Larson Hall singing in the choir under the direction of Don Morrison. The music we made and the fun we had together are memories I'll have with me all my life. That's what endures.

How have you stayed involved with Augustana since you graduated?

I've come back many times since my daughter, Grace, enrolled in 2010. I've so enjoyed watching her participating in the Sing, Rope Pull and Yell contests at Homecoming, singing in Christmas at Augustana and walking with her in the Relay for Life event here on campus. I've also enjoyed returning for my 10th, 25th and 30th class reunions. I'm very pleased and honored to be serving on the Board of Trustees, but what pleases me most is seeing that current Augie students are just as thrilled to be here as I was.

Show your commitment to Augustana and join Julie in making a gift to the Augustana Fund!

Your gift qualifies for Julie's match if:

• it is your first gift to the Augustana Fund.

• we missed your Augustana Fund support last year, and you renew your gift today.

• you increase your Augustana Fund gift from last year.

To participate in this challenge, make a gift to the Augustana Fund by December 31, 2013.

Make a gift online or call (800) 798-8100 x7726 or (309) 794-7726.