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Homecoming set for Oct. 1-3, 2021

Augustana plans to celebrate an in-person Homecoming on Oct. 1-3, 2021. Planning is dependent upon Illinois and Augustana COVID-19 guidelines, regulations and recommendations at the time of the event. Events are subject to change and cancellation.

Homecoming Schedule of Events

The ticketing process has been streamlined this year. You no longer need to pick up a registration packet or hold onto paper tickets for events. All registrations will be completed online; you will have access to your registered events on your cell phone. Printed name tags will be prepared for all registrations received by September 22.  

Registration will be open soon. If you prefer not to register online, you may complete your registration by phone at 309-794-7589. The deadline for phone reservations is September 22. All times and locations are subject to change.  

Friday, October 1

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Augustana Bookstore Open
Brunner Theatre Center (lower level)

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Fryxell Geology Museum Open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences 
Free admission

10 a.m.  Omicron Sigma Omicron 100th Reunion Golf Outing
Indian Bluff Golf Course, 6200 78th Ave, Milan, Ill. 
Snacks at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. Golf begins with a shotgun start at noon. 
Cost for lunch and golf is $90 ($80 for golf only or $20 for lunch only). Registration is required.

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Information and Hospitality Area
Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
Skip the lines this year! You no longer need to “check in” for Homecoming or pick up a registration packet. Stop by any time to pick up your pre-printed name tag (a name tag is not required for entrance into any event). Campus maps also will be available.

11:30 a.m.  Golden Vikings Welcome Luncheon
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room 
This special celebratory luncheon welcomes reunion year classes of 1971, 1970, 1966, 1965, 1961, 1960, 1956 and 1955 to the Golden Vikings Club, a group of alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.
No cost; registration required

1:15-2:15 p.m.  Golden Vikings Campus Tour with Kai Swanson ’86, Special Assistant to the President
Meet outside the Gävle Room in The Gerber Center after lunch
On this walking tour, you will hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many amazing campus updates in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus.  
There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required as tours fill up quickly.

1:15-2:15 p.m.  Classes of 1965/1966 Campus Tour with Sam Schlouch ’10, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Planned Giving
Meet outside the Gävle Room in The Gerber Center after lunch
On this walking tour, you will hear stories of Augustana’s history and see the many amazing campus updates in recent years. Golf carts will be available for those who have difficulty navigating the campus.  
There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required as tours fill up quickly.

1:30-2 p.m.  Classes of 1970-1971 Video Presentation
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room 
Members of the 50th reunion classes are invited for a special video presentation including pictures of campus, buildings and classmates from your time at Augustana. 
No registration necessary

2-3 p.m.  Classes of 1970-1971 Campus Tours
Meet outside the Gävle Room in The Gerber Center at the conclusion of the video presentation
Members of the 50th reunion classes are invited on a tour of the buildings of Augustana and to see firsthand the amazing transformation and new additions to our beloved campus.
No registration necessary

3-4 p.m.  Class of 1976 Celebration of Life Service
Ascension Chapel
No registration necessary

4:45 p.m.  Classes of 1955/1956 Reunion Dinner and Class Picture
The Gerber Center Dining Center, 5th floor
A class photo will be taken at 4:45 p.m., followed by dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

5-6 p.m.  Class of 1966 Panel Discussion
Hanson 102
Members of the Class of 1966 are invited to a panel discussion with cabinet members Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow '94, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean of the College; Dr. Monica Smith, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Dr. Wes Brooks, Vice President and Dean of Student Life.
No registration necessary

5 p.m.  Classes of 1960/1961 60th Reunion Dinner and Class Pictures
The Gerber Center Dining Center, 5th floor
Class photos will be taken at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

5:30 p.m.  Class of 1965 55th Reunion Dinner and Class Picture
The Gerber Center Dining Center, 5th floor
Class photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

5:45 p.m.  Class of 1971 50th Reunion Dinner and Champagne Toast
The Gerber Center, Gävle Lobby and Gävle Room
Class photo will be taken at 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

6 p.m.  Class of 1970 50th Reunion Dinner and Champagne Toast
Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Building)
Class photo will be taken at 6:00, followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

6 p.m.  Class of 1975/1976 45th Reunion Reception and Dinner
The University Club, 1526 5th Ave., Moline, Ill.
Reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Cost $50; registration required

6 p.m.  OZO 100th Reunion Cocktail Hour
Isle Casino, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, Iowa (St. Croix Room)
There will be a cash bar at this post-golf event.
No registration necessary

6:15-6:45 p.m.  Class of 1966 Celebration of Life
Hanson 102
No registration necessary

7 p.m.  Class of 1966 55th Reunion Dinner and Class Picture
Hanson Atrium, 2nd floor
Class photo will be taken at 7 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner.
Cost $50; registration required

7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Twilight Tours for Classes of 1980-2021
Group 1: Depart Anderson Pavilion at 7 p.m., end at Ken Anderson AAA Club at 8 p.m.
Group 2: Depart Anderson Pavilion at 7:30 p.m., end at Ken Anderson AAA Club at 8:30 p.m.
Registration required

7 p.m.  Vi-King and Vi-Queen Coronation and SING Competition
Centennial Hall

7-10 p.m.  Class of 1970/1971 Hospitality Room 
Axis Hotel, Syndicate Bistro and Bar, 1630 5th Ave., Moline, Ill.
No registration necessary

8-11 p.m.  All-Alumni Reunion
Ken Anderson Academic All-American Club, Knowlton Athletic Complex
Open to all alumni! Food from La Flama Mexican and beverages from Bent River Brewery will be available for purchase.  
No charge; registration requested

Saturday, October 2

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Information and Hospitality Area
Brunner Theatre Center Lobby
Skip the lines this year! You no longer need to “check in” for Homecoming or pick up a registration packet. Stop by any time to pick up your pre-printed name tag (a name tag is not required for entrance into any event). Campus maps also will be available.

9:30-10:30 a.m.  Campus Building Tour with Sam Schlouch ’10, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Planned Giving
This tour begins at The Anderson Pavilion and ends at the Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance.
There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required as tours fill up quickly.

9:30-11 a.m.  Alumni Association Awards Brunch
The Gerber Center, Gävle Room and Brew by the Slough Patio 
Join us for mimosas and brunch, followed by the presentation of the 2020 and 2021 alumni awards.
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2020 – Jerry Jones ‘91
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2021 – Darrell Owens ‘90
    Finest Under Forty 2020 – Justin List ‘02
    Finest Under Forty 2021 – Johanna Schnitzler ‘14
    Honorary Alumnus 2020 – Grey Giovanine
    Honorary Alumnus 2021 – Ryan McCallum, Salvador Castaneda (posthumously)
    Outstanding Achievement 2020 – Nancy Anderson ’70 Hamming
    Outstanding Achievement 2021 – Charles Hughes ‘73
    Richard A. Swanson Humanitarian Award 2020 – Justin Hansen ‘04
    Richard A. Swanson Humanitarian Award 2021 – Nelly Cheboi ‘16
    Viking Vocation 2020 – Mark Johnson ‘91
    Viking Vocation 2021 – Dale Owen ’99 (posthumously) and Ascentra Credit Union
Cost $35; registration required

10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Augustana Bookstore Open
Brunner Theatre Center (lower level)

10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Fryxell Geology Museum Open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences 
Free admission

10 a.m.  OZO 100th Reunion Group Picture
Front steps of Old Main 
Registration is required only if you plan to purchase the photo; the cost is $15 for a copy of the photo, which will be emailed to you.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Self-guided Tours of the Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance
No registration necessary

10-11:30 a.m.  Choir Alumni Reunion
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Hall
Augstana Choir alumni are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast, singing and conversation.
Registration requested

10-11:30 a.m.  Symphonic Band Alumni Reunion
Ensemble Rehearsal Room, Bergendoff Hall
Augustana Symphonic Band alumni are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and conversation.
Registration requested

11 a.m.-noon  Historical Walking Tour with Kai Swanson ’86, Special Assistant to the President
This tour begins at the Anderson Pavilion.
There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required as tours fill up quickly.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Brodahl Addition Dedication and CSD Open House
Brodahl Hall
No registration necessary

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Lunch
The Gerber Center Dining Center, 5th floor
Dine in or take a to-go lunch.
Registration requested

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Friends of Music Homecoming Concert
Anderson Pavilion
Grab a to-go lunch from The Gerber Center and head over to the Anderson Pavilion to listen to Augustana's music ensembles, including the Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and the Low Brass Ensemble.
No registration necessary

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Intercultural Alumni and Student Cookout
The Gerber Center Patio and Golden Rocks Amphitheater
Join an alumni panel discussion at 11:30 a.m., followed by a cookout and conversation at noon. Tours of the Augustana culture houses will be available. All are welcome!
Cost $12; registration required

Noon-2 p.m.  Class of 2020 & 2021 Block Party
Founders Courtyard
Classes of 2020 and 2121, this one’s for you! Join the GOLD Council for complementary food and beverage to recognize your hard work and resilience during the pandemic.
Registration required

1 p.m.  Vikings Football: Augustana vs. North Park
Lindberg Stadium
Purchase tickets at the gate.

3-7 p.m.  Oktoberfest
The Gerber Center Patio and Golden Rocks Amphitheater
Join us for Augustana’s fifth annual Oktoberfest! Registration includes an Augustana Oktoberfest beer stein, drink tickets and an-all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Cash bar is available after drink tickets have been redeemed. Register early as Augustana Oktoberfest beer steins are limited.
Cost $25; registration required

6 p.m.  OZO 100th Reunion Reception and Dinner 
Isle Casino, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, Iowa
The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  Alumni and actives are encouraged to bring OZO memorabilia to display.  
Cost $50; registration required

6:30-7 p.m.  Candlelight Worship Service
Ascension Chapel
No registration necessary

7-9 p.m.  50th Reunion Fireside Chat at the President’s House, Classes of 1970-1971
Dahl President’s Home 
Shuttle transportation will be provided from Centennial Hall Circle to the Dahl President’s Home.
Registration requested

7-9 p.m.  Class of 1965 Reception at the Home of Marie Lindmark
Join your classmates for snacks and conversation. You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage.
No cost; registration requested

Sunday, October 3

9-11 a.m.  Class of 1970 Brunch at the Home of Dennis Norling
No cost; registration required

11 a.m.-noon  Pre-worship Brunch with Steve and Jane Bahls and Pastor Melinda Pupillo
The Gerber Center, Faculty Dining Room
Cost $12; registration required

Noon  Worship Service with Pastor Melinda Pupillo
On the Quad near the Slough – seating will be available.
No registration necessary

1-4 p.m.  Fryxell Geology Museum Open
Swenson Hall of Geosciences
Free admission

Departmental Open Houses

A list of departmental open houses during Homecoming 2021 will be announced in mid-September. 

Student Organizations and Greek Events

After students return to campus in early September and plan their Homecoming events, all student group events — including Greek events — will be announced. Greek alumni also will be notified via email in mid-September.

Getting Around

Parking is limited at Augustana during Homecoming. For your convenience, a shuttle van will run between local hotels and campus throughout the weekend. In addition, golf carts will be running in certain areas on campus. 

For more information, contact Kelly Read '02 Noack, director of alumni relations, 309-794-7474.

Hotels

Hotels with rooms and discounts for Augustana's Homecoming Oct. 1-3, 2021:

Radisson on John Deere Commons

1415 River Drive, Moline, Ill., 61265; 309-764-1000; rate $114-$124
Use code: AUGHCM
Reservation cut-off date: Sept. 1

Holiday Inn

226 17th St., Rock Island, Ill., 61201; 309-794-1212; rate $99-$119
Use code: Augustana Homecoming
Reservation cut-off date: Sept. 1

Hyatt Place, East Moline

111 Bend Blvd., East Moline, Ill., 61244; 309-755-6000; rate $109
Use code: G-AUGH
Reservation cut-off date: Sept. 1

Element Moline

316 12th St., Moline, Ill., 61265; 309-517-1659; rate $104
Use code: Pending
Reservations
Reservation cut-off date: Sept. 13