Actor Eric Christian Olsen, who currently portrays Detective Marty Deeks on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," was set to deliver the address at Augustana College's 156th commencement convocation this May, when Hollywood came calling. Another familiar face will deliver the address instead.
Augustana will celebrate Dr. Daniel Culver's impact on thousands of students with a spring concert and reception. The concert is free, and the public is welcome to join the celebration at 8 p.m. April 30 in Centennial Hall. Dr. Culver is retiring after 42 years at the college.
Lizeth Tamayo ’16 arrived at Augustana with a clear direction in mind. She declared a major in pre-medicine with plans to become a doctor. It made sense, she thought, to make the most of a full scholarship. Her feelings started to change, however, after some heartfelt talks with the dean of the college.
The differences of opinion on genetically modified organisms were on display at a panel discussion that was a part of PlantBot Genetics: The Moth Project, an art exhibit encouraging awareness of ecology.
Gregory Day '77 is familiar with the choral classic, "Messiah," having sung it with the Augustana Choir. He will get to be part of the Handel oratorio at New York's Carnegie Hall on Nov. 27. Day is artistic director of the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale (based in New Lenox, Ill.), which has been invited to perform by Distinguished Concerts International New York in "Messiah" with other choristers from around the world and a 125-piece orchestra.
Dr. Pamela Trotter, professor of chemistry, writes about the benefits of helping undergraduates publish research.
"Publishing undergraduate research benefits not only me and my students, but our institution as well. It provides tangible billboards, showing what our students are doing and how they are part of the greater scientific community."
Astrophysicist Dr. Tom Crawford presenting the Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy, "Probing Fundamental Physics with the Oldest Light in the Universe." This free public lecture is on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science.
Augustana College will "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" Friday-Sunday. It deals with the Irish writer's trials on the matter of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas and others, which led to charges of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and his imprisonment in 1895.
Junior Chris Saladin, a classics and history major, earned recognition from Augustana as the 2016 winner of the Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit. Fascinated by the ancient world, Saladin plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history.
Augustana College will host a panel discussion, "Arab Spring: Five Years Later," on Thursday, March 31, in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science. Focusing on the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests of 2011, the panel will feature Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan Department of History, and Dr. Maytha Alhassen, a Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
"The Moth Project," the new multimedia exhibit at Augustana College's Teaching Museum of Art, is very untraditional. It's fun, quirky, creative, interactive, and also will spread far beyond the walls of Centennial Hall.
"What if you had to face every decision you ever made and the people they affected most?" That is the question that highlights John Viscount's critically acclaimed short film, "Admissions," starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. Augustana College will host Viscount as he presents his film and leads a short Q & A session on Tuesday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gävle Room, The Gerber Center.
Rowen Schussheim, chair of the art department at Augustana College, isn’t surprised by the trend toward adult coloring events, which she says have “exploded” over the past year or so. She uses the books as inspiration in her drawing classes. “We all have a natural craving to be expressive and creative,” she said. “Everyone likes to doodle, but we don’t always have an excuse to do that.”
No Augustana men's basketball player has started more games than senior Ben Ryan. He's also a biochemistry major with a 3.54 GPA, which helped earn him recognition as the Vikings' 161st Academic All-American.
Jacob Bancks, a composer and Augustana assistant professor of music, talks about the roots of his interest in making music. His "Dream Variations" will premiered by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra this weekend.