Top 10 AU Stories of 2022

By AU Strategic Communications & Marketing | December 29, 2022
Top 2022 Stories

As 2022 comes to a close, we look back at the top 10 stories from Augustana University over the last year.

January | Kendall Cornick Receives Another Top Honor from the NCAA

Former Augustana softball student-athlete Kendall Cornick '21 was named a recipient of the 2022 Today’s Top 10 Award, presented annually by the NCAA.

March | Augustana University’s Boe Forum to Focus on ‘Russia and the Future of Europe’

Dr. Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2012-14, was the keynote speaker for the 25th Boe Forum on Public Affairs held on March 31, in the Elmen Center.

March | Augustana University Launches Online Master of Education Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Augustana Sharon Lust School of Education announced that it would be offering a new area of specialization within the Master of Education in Special Education program that was launched in 2019. A concentration in applied behavior analysis (M.Ed. SPED — ABA) is now offered online.

April | Augustana to Launch Social Work Program Named After Former Director, ‘Godmother of Social Work’

After more than 15 years, Augustana University decided to bring back its social work program within the Sharon Lust School of Education — naming it after the former Director of the Augustana Social Work program and Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work Dr. Harriet Emily (Johnson) Scott ‘59.

April | Augustana University Announces Master of Science in Nursing Program

Augustana announced the launch of its Master of Science in nursing (MSN) program in the fall of 2022, with an emphasis in two areas — adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (AG-CNS). Beginning in the summer of 2023, the university will also offer two post-master’s certificate options, including AG-ACNP and AG-CNS.

May | ‘Only the beginning’: Augustana School of Music Receives Major Gift for State-of-the-Art Pianos

In April, the Augustana University School of Music received its first 7-figure gift — an anonymous $1 million designated for the purchase of new pianos.

June | Augustana University Launches Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to Prepare Future Health Care Leaders

Augustana University announced the launch of its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program within its School of Health Professions. The university’s first-ever doctorate program will welcome its inaugural cohort in June of 2023. The program achieved ”candidate for accreditation” status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in November.

September | AU Welcomes Nearly 2,100 Students in Academic Year 2022-23

A total of 2,086 students — part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate students — chose to embark on a bold future at Augustana for Academic Year 2022-23. Hailing from 37 states and 49 foreign countries, the number marked the fourth largest student body in four decades at Augustana.

September | AU Celebrates Renovations, Ralph H. Wagoner Hall, Reimagined Campus Green

Augustana’s new south residential village took shape with the completion of Ralph H. Wagoner Hall, renovation of A.J. Bergsaker Hall and construction of a newly imagined campus green. Changes to Charles Orin Solberg Hall — in the midst of a major facelift — will put the finishing touches on the plan.

December | Augustana University Students Named Grand Prize Winners of 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge

Augustana students Abemelech Mesfin Belachew ‘24, Manusmriti Budhathoki ‘24, Deepak Krishnaa Govindarajan ‘25 and Prana Mohanty ‘25 were named the grand prize winners of the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge at an award ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in New York, New York.

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