“Rob’s passion for Augustana is unmatched. He absolutely believes in the vision of this institution and is committed to doing all he can to support our mission of providing students with the education they need in order to make tomorrow’s world even better than today’s,” said John Thomas, chair of the Board of Trustees.
A number of events are planned in support of “World Hunger and Poverty,” Augustana’s International Theme for the 2011-12 academic year. “By taking time to explore issues and support causes ... we will all be better suited to appreciate and understand important topics that extend far beyond our ... borders,” said Sam Ogdie, instructor of Spanish and faculty chair of Augustana’s Co-Curriculum Council.
Dr. Paul Bahnson, Augustana class of 1979 and professor of accountancy at Boise State University College of Business and Economics, has been named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" by Accounting Today.
Dr. Sandra Looney, professor of English, will lead the first-ever Faculty Film Festival with a showing and discussion of Salaam Bombay!, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Gilbert Science Center auditorium.
Dr. Colin Beavan and his family spent a year trying to live without negatively impacting the environment. His discussion, set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Chapel, will detail the struggles, frustrations and discoveries that come with adjusting to a new lifestyle.
Augustana is ranked No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" and No. 3 among the region's "Best Value Schools" according to the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group.
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, Augustana students will be hosting a series of bake sales and collecting donations for New York City’s Trinity Lutheran Church, a soup kitchen on the lower eastside of Manhattan that serves 1,000 meals to people in need each week.
To benefit the Children's Inn, the Augustana Theatre Company will make fleece blankets prior to the Sept. 23 performance of "A Lie of the Mind," a play by Sam Shepard that explores domestic violence. Audience members can also bring donations of new children’s pajamas and new or gently used teddy bears to the Sept. 24 performance.
Doug Berven, class of 1991 and vice president of Corporate Affairs for POET, will discuss “Revolutionizing Energy” at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum, set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at CJ Callaway’s Event Center.
The FREEDOM Film Tour, featuring a documentary on alternative fuels and a full size, ethanol-burning, solar-panel-covered bus will roll through campus on Monday, Sept. 19. The FREEDOM Bus will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of Morrison Commons. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Kresge. Both are free and open to the public.