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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.

Dave Wrath

Wrath’s ‘life in the toy store’ earns CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award

Before the digital age dawned, CoSIDA Hall of Famer Dave Wrath ’80 found ways to remain connected, even installing a fax machine at his home.

Dr. Robert Istad ’98

What happens after you win a Grammy?

Ask Dr. Robert Istad ’98, part of the group of musicians who won this year’s Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. A lot happened after that.

Paul Anderson

’65 grad’s sustainable clean energy project wins two prizes

Dr. Paul Anderson ’65 accepted the top prize in two categories at the Premios Verdes (Green Awards) in Miami.

Music students in Ukraine

Seeing a need, taking action in Ukraine

Violinist Kamneev Rai ’16 is in Ukraine to assist in averting human trafficking and connect volunteers with suppliers to ensure goods get to those who need it most. She's also giving music lessons.

collage of alumni leaders

What makes a good leader?

For the Leadership issue of Augustana Magazine Summer 2022, alumni talk about what makes a good leader.

Cameron Onumah

Cameron Onumah: Advocating for his generation’s issues

Cameron Onumah’s penchant for seeking leadership roles got its start during his student days at Augustana. Today he is a thriving young professional who remains steadfast in his passion to lead and his appreciation for Augustana.

Clock dedication to honor Professor Emeritus Meyer

President Steve Bahls will dedicate a new campus clock on June 27 that honors the legacy of Augustana Professor Emeritus Clarence “Chad” Meyer ’51.

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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