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Students at graduation

Augustana announces new program to dramatically expand financial aid 

Augustana College has launched an innovative financial aid program — Augustana Possible — to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for qualifying newly enrolled students. 

Augustana President Andrea Talentino

Project with city to provide hands-on learning for students 

Augustana President Andrea Talentino announced a partnership between the college and the city of Rock Island to identify lead water service lines as required under a new state law.

Johnson '98 named COO of NFL's Jaguars

Chad Johnson '98 has been named chief operating officer of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. During his career, he has worked with several professional sports franchises, including the Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.


Let the games begin — upgraded athletics facilities ready to go

Summer upgrades to athletic facilities already are complete — and it’s only early July.

alumni head shots

Alumni find the edge during 'Great Resignation'

Augustana alumni are part of the “Great Resignation” trend, using their education to give them the confidence and insight to make a move.

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Institute for Leadership and Service renamed to honor retiring President Bahls

An alumnus who created Augustana’s Institute for Leadership and Service in 1998 has increased its endowment and renamed it in honor of retiring President Steve Bahls.

Dawson '20 is new executive director of Genesius Guild

Isabel Dawson '20 is the new executive director of Genesius Guild, a Rock Island community group that has offered free summer theatre for 66 years.

Dr. Karen Andeen

Creating a more inclusive space

A life of exploration for physicist Dr. Karen Andeen ’03 has taken her from Augustana to Antarctica to beyond the Milky Way — and into the depths of cultural change for her field.

Dr. Adam Kaul, Dr. Dag Blanck, Dr. Lena Hann, Dr. Doug Nelson and Dr. David Thornblad at Uppsala University

Blanck ’78 key to new partnership with Sweden’s Uppsala University

Augustana has named Dr. Dag Blanck ’78 an honorary professor of Swedish-American studies to formally acknowledge his contributions to the academic field and to Augustana College.

Augustana Choir Director Dr. Jon Hurty and students outside Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany.

Augustana Choir tours Germany, Czech Republic 

Members of the Augustana Choir shared their love of music in Europe, performing six concerts during a post-graduation tour of Germany and the Czech Republic.

A class in Hanson Hall

College plans new programs in health, film and new media

Three new areas of study are planned: a major in film and new media and two minors in integrative medicine and the humanities, and disability.

Prison Education Program receives $70,900 in grants

The Augustana Prison Education Program was awarded $50,900 for a computer lab at the East Moline Correctional Center, and $20,000 to hiring an administrator.

Julie Hamann

Making music in new Bergendoff spaces

Phase I of the three-phase Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts re-creation is complete. Julie Hamann ’82 Elliott was a lead supporter of the project. On May 12, she performed a piano and voice recital for family and friends in Hamann Concert Hall.

Career outcomesstats

Of those who responded to the survey. Source: Institutional Research at Augustana; CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration) at Augustana

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