A Note from President Oliver on AU

A note from President Rob Oliver.

August 24, 2015

Dear Fellow Vikings,

Thanks for all your comments, notes, good wishes and questions about our upcoming name change to Augustana University – it shows us how much you all love this place. We love it, too.

First, please know that we’re still Augie. We’ll always be Augie – even after Sept. 1. Our mission is not changing – it’s expanding to provide even more students – undergraduates, graduates and lifelong learners – with an education of enduring worth.

Why do we all love Augustana? It’s not because of our name; it’s because of our people – because of our amazing faculty, our caring staff, our exceptional students and our inspiring alumni. We love it because here, there’s a sense of community that we all share. That’s not changing. The people of Augustana University will remain committed to supporting Augie’s heritage of care and to ensuring the connections we all hold so dear.

Why university? We believe the term “university” speaks of the breadth of learning that happens here for both undergraduate and graduate students, with an emphasis on cutting edge research and leadership. This describes Augustana’s efforts today, and the direction charted for us by our strategic plan.

We feel the name Augustana University reflects our growing number of programs and centers for both undergraduate and graduate students. The name also recognizes the physical growth happening on campus and captures our goals for the future.

This change allows our name to match who we have become and where we’re going.

Why now? We’re taking the Augustana experience to the next level – inspiring undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, serving the needs of a changing society and a growing city, and continuing to produce graduates who not only have the skills necessary to build meaningful careers, but who can live lives of purpose and service.

I hope you’ll make plans to join us for Opening Celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, on the field at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. You’ll see the unveiling of our new logo, learn more about Augustana University and our plans for the future, and celebrate the camaraderie and Viking spirit we all share.

We look forward to sharing more information with you about Augustana University on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Yours, for Augustana,

Rob Oliver, President