Kristy Lear Blue has joined Augustana in a new position: director of admissions–West Coast. She will lead Augustana’s effort to recruit students in California and other western states. Blue, who has admissions experience at the University of Minnesota, also will work with alumni in California and other western states.
All Augustana students are issued an ID card that not only serves as a practical tool for getting into residence halls, serving as a meal ticket and checking out materials from the Tredway Library, it also allows students to take advantage of some other perks. Here are six of them.
Senior Dena Baity will begin student teaching in the Rock Island High School band department in mid-November. Baity, who has played the trumpet for the last 11 years, has worked with the marching band since July as they perfect their routine to compete Oct. 24 at the Bands of America Marching Championships Super Regional.
Kent Barnds, Augustana's executive vice president, challenges presidential candidates and other politicians to stop talking about college affordability in an essay that originally appeared in Politico's Morning Education on Sept. 11, 2015.
Growing up amid the corn and soybean fields of central Illinois, Ryan Schone '11 learned all about conventional farming. But he's taking a decidedly urban detour, working as a food systems educator with the University of Wisconsin Extension. He's helped establish the Emerging Farmer Program and microfarms throughout the Milwaukee area. Schone majored in geography at Augustana.
Aaron Humble is the new director of Augustana's 20-voice Wennerberg Men's Chorus. He is a 37-year-old tenor who has a bachelor's in vocal performance from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and a master's and doctorate in voice from Indiana University. The new assistant professor of music at Augustana also teaches private voice, as well as music appreciation and ear training.
Augustana's 2015-2016 theatre season — Crime and Justice — will explore a woman's reaction to oppression and passion in "Machinal"; murder on a lonely farm in "Trifles"; and a woman with two selves in "Getting Out."
"WHAT A RELIEF! Variations on Printmaking" opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. The exhibit features the work of Janet Taylor and Joseph Lappie, alongside ukiyo-e prints from the Augustana collection through Oct. 30. (See museum calendar for the season.)
Augustana was recognized for its emergency preparedness efforts by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and National Weather Service - Quad Cities office. Representatives from both agencies were on campus for a joint press conference to announce the new designations for the college.
More than 700 new students set to arrive on campus this week, Augustana College is wrapping up a $7-million investment in summer construction. Among the improvements to campus is a $5-million remodel of one wing of Westerlin Residence Center, the college’s largest residence hall, housing more than 450 students.
This summer, seven Augustana College students are participating in full-scale scientific research projects under the guidance of faculty advisors. Each project is funded through an Augustana Summer Student Research Fellowship-up to $3,000, plus additional funding for project expenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.