In March 2020, Augustana closed the campus and moved to long-distance learning as the number of COVID-19 infections escalated in the Quad Cities, the country and the world.
Construction of an academic/athletics building on campus, one that would set Augustana apart from its peers, was scheduled to begin that same month. Despite the uncertainty of what lay ahead, college leaders moved forward with the new facility and continued to announce new programs across campus.
Nineteen months later, in October 2021, Augustana dedicated the Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance — a symbol of the college’s vision and strength in tough times, and its commitment to new thinking that answers to the future.
For more than a decade, high school sophomores and juniors have reported an increased interest in the field of engineering. Augustana answered the call and launched a Bachelor of Science in engineering this fall.
Augustana will offer tracks in mechanical, civil, and environmental and sustainability engineering — three industries experiencing rapid growth.
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Augustana takes a “market-smart and mission-driven” approach.
“For taxpayers, it’s about the best value for the money and time invested,” said Dr. Sharon Varallo, the driving force behind the inaugural Augustana Prison Education Program.
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Augustana College has been awarded $34,966 to plan a new minor in integrative medicine and the humanities, as well as a new internship program with UnityPoint Health.
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The COVID-19 pandemic put college athletics on the ropes. Large universities and smaller liberal arts schools chose to drop or suspend at least one varsity sport in 2020 because of financial challenges.
At this same time, Augustana added three: varsity men’s and women’s water polo, and varsity women’s wrestling.
Despite hardships brought on by the pandemic, Augustana’s leaders chose to play offense. They did what they knew would strengthen the student-athlete experience and boost recruitment in the future.
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It’s no secret that students often make lifelong friends at Augustana. 1977 graduates Chris Coder and Jack Pace are no strangers to that idea.
For the past 40-plus years, they and a group of Augustana friends have embarked on at least one trip a year. → Follow their adventures
Until Ryan Jones '24 applied to Augustana, he didn’t realize all his music teachers from elementary through high school in Lake Zurich, Ill., were Augustana alumni.
The path from successful attorney to award-winning poet led Charles Hughes to his latest prize: Augustana’s 2021 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. → Read the interview
Three alumni climate scientists have been selected as lead authors for state, federal and international climate assessments, climate modeling and research.
Lizeth Galarza '11: A lot of what makes me a successful professional and leader I learned at Augie. Everything from my microbiology lab with Dr. Wegman-Geedey to my racial inequality class with Dr. Croll. → More 10-year stories
Public health/neuroscience double major Ruth Nwatu has taken her next career step; she is working in the Health Equity Office at the North Dakota Department of Health.
A 1916 photo shows men demonstrating the depth of the then-new gym pool before it was filled. Before bleachers were added in 1960, spectators had to watch swim competitions through windows in the wall of a basement corridor — a big difference from the new pool at the Lindberg Center with its large wall of windows.
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