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).
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.
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 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."
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.
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.”
At Midnight Breakfast, faculty and staff volunteer to cook, serve and wash dishes for tired but giddy students. Dennis Norling, an instructor in business administration, said, “Maybe it’s akin to gallows humor, but whatever finals anxiety they may have is all but invisible. They are ebullient. The food is free and their teachers are dishing out eggs instead of tricky questions.”
When Jared Schroeder signed up to be the faculty mentor for the men's basketball team, he thought he was merely Volunteer volunteering to provide a bridge between academic and athletics. But that was only part of the job.
A poem regarding the struggles of the members of non-binary, trans community as well as an essay about the pop culture representation of Latin American people took first and second place of The Eddy Mabry Diversity Award.
Augustana College is one of eight institutions working with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) on an initiative aimed at integrative learning and preparing students for their capstones and signature work. All Augustana students work on at least one Senior Inquiry project that integrates their learning experiences into a culminating project.
Two people with Augustana connections are involved with "The Way West," opening this weekend at New Ground Theatre in Davenport. It's directed by Christina Myatt, secretary for the college theatre department, and Sarah Baxter '14, has a leading role. "It's a classic family dysfunction show," said Myatt. "The playwright has chosen to put together Westward expansion as a good analogy of this family's financial troubles."
Augustana College today named its Center for Student Life in honor of Murry and Cindy Gerber of Pittsburgh. The building will be called The Gerber Center in honor of the Gerbers' philanthropic support of the college. They have donated $9.8 million to Augustana, placing them at the top of the list of individuals who have made substantial gifts to the college.
Murry S. Gerber '75 delivers a talk about his path to success in the energy industry. Gerber was CEO of EQT Corporation from 1998 to 2010, chairman from 2000 until 2010, and executive chairman until his retirement in 2011.
Augustana has appointed former Tribune executive Tom Leach '83 as interim vice president for finance and administration. Leach will assume his duties in June. David English, the college's current vice president for finance and administration, will leave the college at the end of June for a position at Denison University.
The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events. Meanwhile, there was also a revolution brewing in book stores and public libraries. A handful of children's books were focal points of the movement toward integration. Dr. Nancy Huse, professor emerita of English at Augustana, says, "Literature acts as a change agent when a process of interpretation involves various kinds of readers over time and in different media."