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Homecoming Oktoberfest Oct. 5-7, 2018

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Get ready for the Dome Dash, Oktoberfest, Viking football and the Golden Vikings lunch honoring alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago from the college.

Friday, October 5

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration

All registration packets can be picked up in the Brunner Theatre Center lobby. Tickets will not be mailed in advance. 

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Class of 1968 Hospitality Room, Wilson Center

Members of the 50th reunion Class of 1968 are invited to use this space to gather and connect throughout the weekend. 

10-11 a.m. Campus tour

Join Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president, for a walking tour of campus.  Hear stories of Augustana’s history while you see the many amazing updates that have occurred in recent years.  Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus. 

11 a.m. Special collections exhibit of the 1950s-1960s, Gävle Rooms lobby (Gerber Center, fourth floor)

Noon   Golden Vikings Welcome Luncheon, Gävle Rooms lobby (Gerber Center, fourth floor)

This special celebratory luncheon welcomes our reunion years of 1968, 1963, 1958, 1953 and 1948 to the Golden Vikings Club. This is a group of alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago from Augustana.  We look forward to welcoming you back home to Augustana and sharing new opportunities available to those in this group.

1-3 p.m. 1964-1968 Who we were... Where we were... Who we are now 50 years later, Gävle Rooms lobby (Gerber Center, fourth floor)

Members of the Augustana Class of 1968 will lead a comprehensive discussion with other interested Golden Vikings about the socio-political events occurring during our years at Augustana (1964-1968) and how these may have related to our experience in the small, liberal arts college environment and may have influenced our lives and careers after college. Professor, Dean, and President Emeritus Dr. Thomas Tredway will open the session by placing 1964-1968 into national and global perspective.

6 p.m. Class of 1958 Reunion Dinner, House on the Hill

Members of the Class of 1958 are invited to a special 60th reunion dinner

6 p.m. Class of 1973 Reunion Dinner, Gävle Rooms (Gerber Center, fourth floor)

Members of the Class of 1973 are invited to a special 45th reunion dinner

7 p.m. Class of 1968 Reception, Denkmann Memorial Building, Wallenberg Hall (formerly the Denkmann Library reading room)

Drinks and appetizers will be available. Class of 1968 50th Reunion group photo will be taken.

7 p.m. Vi-King and Vi-Queen Coronation and SING Competition,  Centennial Hall

8-11 p.m. All alumni reunion, Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club

Open to all alumni! Complimentary appetizers and cash bar (Bent River Brewery) available. (There is no charge for this event, but please pre-register to help us plan.)    

10 p.m.-midnight Hospitality Rooms

Alumni staying at Holiday Inn in Rock Island are invited to gather at Bennigan’s (attached to Holiday Inn) for libations and conversation

Alumni staying at Stoney Creek Inn in Moline are invited to gather at Back Water Jack’s Bar.

Saturday, October 6  

8 a.m.–2 p.m. Registration

All registration packets can be picked up in the Brunner Theatre Center lobby. Tickets will not be mailed in advance. 

8 a.m. Dome Dash 5K Race

9 a.m. Campus tour

Join Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president, for a walking tour of campus.  Hear stories of Augustana’s history while you see the many amazing updates that have occurred in recent years.  Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus. 

9 a.m. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, guided tour

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fryxell Geology Museum open

10 a.m. Augustana Choir reunion, Larson Hall

Alumni members of the Augustana Choir are invited to stop by for a continental breakfast, fellowship and singing.  At 11 30, the group will go to the Gerber Center for lunch

10 a.m.-noon Student Activities Fair and Cardboard Regatta

10:30 a.m. Alumni Awards Brunch, Gerber Center,  Gävle Rooms

1 p.m. Viking Football vs North Central

4 p.m. Oktoberfest

Join us for Augustana’s third-annual Oktoberfest! Your registration for  the event includes an Augustana Oktoberfest beer stein, drink tickets and an-all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Cash bar available after drink tickets have been redeemed. Reserve early as there are only 500 Augustana Oktoberfest steins!  Last year we sold out!

6 p.m. Class of 1968 50th Reunion reception, dinner and champagne toast,  Holiday Inn, 226 17th St. Rock Island.

Sunday, October 7

9 a.m. Continental breakfast, Founder’s Lobby

Chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass-Perez will host a meet and greet.

10 30 a.m. Worship service, Ascension Chapel

Campus chaplains Richard Priggie ’74 and Kristen Glass Perez will lead a service with Holy Communion. Hymns of the Swedish and Reformation Tradition will be sung by the Augustana College Chamber Singers.

11 45 a.m. Met and Wed Renewal of Vows, Ascension Chapel

Augustana alumni and friends are invited to participate in renewing your marital vows following the conclusion of worship.