Kristina Stump, an animal handler at Niabi Zoo, has a special relationship with the zoo’s three giraffes. A 2004 biology graduate from Augustana College, Stump has worked full-time at Niabi for nine years. Her job requires patience but offers plenty of variety. “There’s always something unexpected,” she said. “Also, I really enjoy the relationship you can have with the animals. Like with the bull giraffe; there’s a lot of trust there and it takes a long time to build that up.”
The Augustana Jazz Ensemble feature the music of Duke Ellington in the concert "Beyond Category" at 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2015, in Centennial Hall.
Augustana introduces its Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies, available to students of all majors upon completion of four required courses and a related hands-on learning experience.
Not too many people walking around Augustana’s campus would notice the small chips in the stairs, but Chris Woods does. As one of seven groundskeepers on the 115-acre campus, the Rock Island man tackles big projects, such as clearing snow off of the many walks, hills and sidewalks, to smaller ones, such as filling in holes in stairs.
Students in a 300-level play production class will bring to life a milestone of U.S. history they probably can't remember: Hurricane Katrina, which killed nearly 1,500 people and launched a national discussion about government failures to respond. "Katrina: the K Word" will be performed Feb. 6-8.
During the day in her job as head athletic trainer at Augustana College, Denise Yoder toils in modest anonymity in her corner of Carver Center that has been turned into a state-of-the-art training facility. But once the tape, ice bags and trainer’s shingle are put away for the day, she usually can be found under the bright lights in local theatrical productions.
In the last year, Augustana College's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing received $22,500 in grants and awards various agencies, allowing the center to offer scholarships for its services. "By offering scholarships, we are able to provide services to individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford them, and at the same time, we also can provide our Augustana student clinicians with a more robust clinical experience," said Dr. Allison Haskill.
Dr. Erin Freund, assistant professor of music and harp instructor at Augustana, does more than just teach classes. She is a performer and arranger of music for harp. Dr. Freund will perform a harp recital of French repertoire with soprano Michelle Crouch (also on the faculty), at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wallenberg Hall.
Members of the Greek community talk to prospective members about Augustana's fraternities and sororities.
When asked how she would make the world of the future better, Edita Salama, 11, built a dam to protect people from tsunamis. Salama, a student at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island, made her project Tuesday during Augustana's Symposium Day. The Longfellow class was invited to create an object that would solve a problem.
Augustana's Winter Symposium Day will focus on Social Justice. The daylong event on Tuesday, Jan. 20 will take the place of classes, and the entire campus community will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues related to Social Justice. Additionally, many guest speakers will lead sessions, including Dr. Elizabeth Lowenthal '95.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson delivered the keynote address at the campus Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration event on Saturday, Jan. 17.
Like many African-American leaders, Dr. Christopher Whitt is profoundly influenced by the passion and example of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And that extends to the work of the civil-rights giant for economic equality.
U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Augustana College for efficiency. In this year's report, Augustana earned the third-place ranking among top national liberal arts colleges in the country. The report ranked institutions of higher education that were able to produce the highest educational quality while containing spending.
Author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro delivered the second River Readings of the school year on Jan. 27. She has published fiction and nonfiction in The Believer, McSweeney's, Open City and Index magazine, among others.