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College partners with River Bandits to fund scholarship

Augustana College has joined the Quad Cities River Bandits' Bandit Scholars Program, which will be open annually to Quad Cities-area students entering Augustana College. The River Bandits are Class A minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Mini Gus to highlight Rock Island hot spots

Augustana has launched a new campaign featuring a miniature version of Augustana's mascot, Gustav "Gus" Mauler. The campaign comes after the college and Renaissance Rock Island released a video that promotes Rock Island.

Professor, students spruce up 20-foot-tall sculpture

Art Professor Megan Quinn and three of her students have been sprucing up “Lloyd’s Trek,” a 20-plus-foot-tall sculpture that towers over Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. Brianna Jepson, a sophomore from Rockford, described the experience as “super cool.” “I didn’t know what I was going to do with my summer, but this is a great opportunity,” she said.

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CBS intern enjoys crazy week at John Deere Classic

Jake Norcia ’16 is a multimedia journalism/mass communication major. He shares some thoughts from his summer internship, at WHBF-TV, the Quad Cities’ CBS affiliate. Norcia has covered high school baseball and softball and the Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball team. But most recently, he covered the John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament just east of Rock Island in Silvis, Ill.

Corts elected as Psi Chi president

Augustana College professor of psychology Dr. Dan Corts has been named the 2015-2016 president of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Psi Chi has more than 1,100 chapters in the United States and abroad. Dr. Corts has advised Augustana's local chapter since 2002.

Merhi earns scholarship, will attend Nobel ceremonies

Abdul Rahman Merhi '15 will mingle with Nobel Laureates this December. He's the latest recipient of the Swedish Council of America's prestigious Seaborg Scholarship, which comes with a trip to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar. Merhi is one of 25 young scientists from around the world to attend this year's seminar and Nobel ceremonies.

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Augustana and SAU students, faculty present research projects

Students and faculty from the Augustana undergraduate research program came to the St. Ambrose campus to meet the SAU undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors. Students prepared two-slide Power Point presentations to illustrate the projects they were completing this summer.

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Tiffany '04 finds her mission in tracking Ebola

Amanda Tiffany '04 was profiled in the Winter 2015 issue of Augustana College magazine about her work fighting the dead Ebola outbreak in 2014. This summer she has returned to Africa to continue her work, traveling between Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to evaluate the impact of safe and dignified burial on controlling the Ebola epidemic.

Berndt follows heart, finds reward in 'study of things'

Sarah Berndt '15 has always known what she wants to study. She wants to study things, extraordinary things, from antiques to old stone churches. In fact, she wants to make a career out of it, and that's exactly what she's about to do. 

Wrath '80 again recognized for excellence

Dave Wrath '80, sports information director at Augustana College, recently was named the 2015 winner of the Excellence in Communications Award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Portfolios help students see all they've learned

Learning does not end in the classroom. Students also absorb skills and knowledge through a variety of activities, memberships and living-arrangement responsibilities. How to measure the educational value of all those things? At Augustana, there's a portfolio for that.

Wollstonecraft, Vazquez-Valarezo awards announced

Essays on the LGBTQ community, women's cultural weaving projects, as well as the representation of women in cartoons make up the winners of this year's essay contest.

Casting director Simon '80 shines spotlight on Chicago actors

Casting director Claire Simon, a 1980 Augustana graduate, started out as an actress. Now her agency, Simon Casting, matches local actors with parts in television and film, including "Empire" and "Chicago Fire."

Theatre continues to receive national recognition

Months after the performance of "A Green River" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Augustana's theatre program continues to receive national recognition. Keenan Odenkirk '18 of Oro Valley, Ariz., was awarded Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. The department received a Certificate of Commendation for Ensemble Performance.

Massive bee die-offs hitting the QCA

Tierney Brosius, assistant professor of biology, explains why the loss of bees means declining food security. “I would say about 50% if not three-quarters of the products on the shelves in the grocery store would be negatively impacted by a drop in pollinators overall,” she told KWQC News. “Unfortunately, it is a lot to do with us. It’s a combination of habitat loss, nutritional issues.”

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Grin and Barracks: 'Biloxi Blues' through June 23

"The Mississippi Bend Players provided an opportunity to both laugh and cry – and feel a multitude of other emotions – while also enjoying a high-quality theatrical production."

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