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Ashley Allen, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, reads at the African American Read In on Friday.

Romaniello hosts African American read-in

McKenna Nagle March 5, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 27, students, professors and faculty gathered in the Brew to participate in an African American Read-In. Selections of poetry, nonfiction and fiction were read throughout the day by both...

River Readings start the year with a visiting poet

McKenna Nagle October 3, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., River Readings hosted its fall 2019 speaker, Carolyn Forché, in Wallenberg Hall to read from her new memoir “What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance.” River...

Augustana Celebrates Family Weekend

Collin Schopp September 26, 2019

Just a few weeks after spending their first full nights on Augustana’s campus, students get an opportunity to show off how they’ve settled in. Augustana’s Family Weekend is a long-running annual...



Alia McMurray April 5, 2019

Photographs by Mikaylo Kelly.

Lady Gonzales and the Suit of Holy Discount Armor

Lady Gonzales and the Suit of Holy Discount Armor

Thea Gonzales March 25, 2019

With the trepidation of a freshly-hired intern, I expected a panel of critics at JCPenney’s “Suit Up” event to hand us a list of all the clothes we couldn’t wear. I pictured some woman in a pantsuit...

Students turned up in a large crowd to support the Gray Matters movement on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the Gavle rooms. The room was filled to capacity, with many sitting outside the doorway to hear speakers. Photo courtesy of Ian Murrin.

Student-led mental health campaign draws crowds

Katrina Scheer February 9, 2019

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 several members of the Augustana community came together to discuss the importance of mental health and why The Gray Matters. The room was packed with dozens of students surrounded the...

First-year student Ryley Knar, from left, writes a relationship expectation on a sharing post-it as Sexpectations coordinators, seniors Maddie Witt and Kelcie Fredrickson discuss sexual communication on Friday, Feb. 1. Photo by Ian Murrin/Observer Staff.

SEXpectations takes “pillow talk” out of the bedroom

Martha Tomesen February 8, 2019

From January 28 to February 1, the Health Communication Campaigns class (COMM 405) organized the sexual wellness campaign SEXpectations. Over the course of this week, multiple events were held on campus,...

Junior Stephie Benito sings as the Jazz Ensemble’s featured vocalist on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall.

Augustana Jazz Ensemble

Alia McMurray February 4, 2019

The Augustana Jazz Ensemble performs on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall. The theme of the evening was “Latin feel” and included music from mambos, fiesta tunes, and Portuguese bossa nova. 

Dr. Monica Smith delivers the keynote address on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Photo submitted by Mikaylo Kelly.

Smith delivers first VP Keynote address on MLK Day

January 23, 2019

Dr. Monica Smith, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, delivered the third Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) keynote address in the Gavle rooms on Monday, Jan. 21. After 14 years of lively choral celebration...

Alternating Currents festival electrifies Quad Cities arts scene

Alternating Currents festival electrifies Quad Cities arts scene

Collin Schopp August 27, 2018

This past weekend, Downtown Davenport was the hub for an alive and thriving cultural arts scene in the Quad Cities. The second annual Alternating Currents festival occupied a majority of the downtown area,...

Gallery: Alternating Currents arts festival in Davenport, IA

Gallery: Alternating Currents arts festival in Davenport, IA

Thea Gonzales August 25, 2018


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