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.
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."
Bo Weber '09 is project engineer on $138.5 million project at Genesis Medical Center expansion. She got an undergraduate degree in physics at Augustana and then moved to Iowa State in civil engineering. Her interest was piqued when she job-shadowed a plant engineer on a job site.
Members of the WVIK News team won nine awards in Illinois and Iowa news competitions in 2014—the most of any radio news department in the Quad Cities.
Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, associate dean and associate professor of communication studies at Augustana College, recently completed a book introducing readers to sexuality, media and popular culture.
Augustana senior Mark Hoffmann has been selected as a winner of the Fifty for the Future award by the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a native of Lansing, Ill., majoring in pre-medicine and engineering physics and minoring in mathematics and computer science. Fifty for the Future encourages education and industry to support students who aspire to achievement in technology.
The Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture has chosen recipients of the yearly Geifman "Responses to the Holocaust" Prize. They will receive their awards at 7 p.m. April 20 in Wallenberg Hall. Guest speaker will be Holocaust survivor Irving Roth.
Junior Chris Saladin was accepted at the Poggio Civitate archaeological field school in central inland Tuscany. He worked in the summer of 2015 near the Commune of Murlo, about 55 miles south of Florence.
Jerry Jay Cranford, who is finishing up his second year of teaching acting and musical theater at Kansas State University, will join Augustana later this year to help build a musical theater degree program.
Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history, took a group of students on a walking tour of downtown Davenport to highlight the infamous Bucktown neighborhood. "It's cool to connect history with the actual physical places," said Scott Doberstein, a junior history major. "It makes history come alive. You're actually walking down the street people were on. Now think about the decisions they were making."
Seniors Kaitlyn Czerwonka and Leesa Potthoff went to Florida for spring break. They spent a week with high school students who are visually-impaired at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville. By the time the two elementary education majors left, they had written and designed a children’s book.
Pre-medicine student Mary Therese Thomas ’18 secured a summer internship at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, a world-class research and teaching complex operated by the Swiss government on the shores of Lake Geneva, and home to 14,000 people from around the world who study or work there.
The business program at Augustana College is outperforming other colleges and universities across the nation when it comes to students' satisfaction with their academic experience, according to local and national polling data.
Earlier this spring, the Augustana Local Agriculture Society met at Augie Acres to decide on a fun, challenging project for the student-run garden. Looking at an abandoned hive at the edge of the property, sophomore Jamie Fee repeated an idea she'd had last year: "Bees!" And so Augie Acres will welcome six pounds of Carniolan bees from California.