“In two significant areas in particular, the Boe Forum on Public Affairs and the Fantle Building, Gerry and Robert have helped the Center for Western Studies at Augustana advance in especially visible ways,” said Rob Oliver, president.
Joe and Jennifer Kirby have been quietly and consistently making an impact at Augustana for many years through their support of the Augustana Fund, the heart of the College’s annual giving program.
Nef Family Chair of Political Economy will advance the study of market economies and representative democracies.
The Carole Bland Cultivating Faculty Excellence Endowment has been created at Augustana to honor the life and work of Carole Bland, longtime Board of Trustee member, alumna and great friend of the College.
Kraig Mickelsen '91 believes in the importance of the work of his old college friend, Chris Croghan '91, who is the Director of the Luther House of Study at Augustana.
A gift of $872,000 from the estate of Lyle G. and Othella B. Christensen will be used to support Augustana’s general endowment, the Lyle G. and Othella B. Christensen Scholarship endowment, and the proposed expansion and renovation of the Gilbert Science Complex.
There are many ways to describe Lee and Karen Larsen: world travelers, committed and caring volunteers, Augustana supporters, reluctant role models. Thankfully, the Larsens’ love for the College outweighs their humility when it comes to talking about their passion for supporting Augustana, both with their time and resources.
The gift itself was given quietly, without fanfare or need for recognition. The impact of the gift, however, resounded clearly throughout the college community and beyond. In September 2007, anonymous donors made the largest contribution in College history when they donated $6 million for the Mikkelsen Library redesign and reconstruction project.
V.R. and Joyce Nelson were honored with one of Augustana’s highest forms of recognition, the Friend of Augustana Award, in 2005. But Best Friends is probably a more accurate description.