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Dr. Ann Perreau in her office on May 12, 2023.

Discovering hyperacusis: Becoming sonder within sounds

Victoria Campbell May 20, 2023

Within the Augustana community is a unique group of students struggling with hyperacusis, a hearing disorder where sounds are perceived as loud, painful and even frightening, according to the Augustana...

Student businesses create new opportunities and communities for Augustana students

Rae Barry May 13, 2023

Despite the everyday challenges of being a full-time student, some Augustana students are finding success in their own small businesses. While already balancing academics, Greek life, clubs and activities,...

David Staples answers questions during a presentation about his experiences with APEP at Augustana College in Old Main room 132 on Monday, April 24, 2023.

From wrongfully convicted to exonerated Augie student

Victoria Campbell and Rae Barry May 6, 2023

Education can be a transformative and empowering tool used to help individuals regain control of their lives, an important opportunity for those who have been incarcerated. David Staples came across this...

Empowering students with disabilities: A look inside Augie Advocates

Victoria Campbell and Rae Barry April 29, 2023

Augustana strives to dedicate its environment to being an inclusive and diverse space. There are currently advocate groups for people of color and those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, but not...

Gus welcoming future Viking at the It Begins with A event on April 15, 2022.

Building Connections? “It Begins with A”

Allie Rial April 15, 2023

Spring brings lots of prospective students to Augustana’s campus. It’s the season of new beginnings as high school seniors make their final decisions on where they want to be in the fall. Augustana...

Digital rendering of Lincoln Park construction.
Photo courtesy of Augustana College.

Relocation of Augustana’s tennis courts causes a racket

Charlie Roiland and Allie Rial March 25, 2023

Just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of Rock Island saw the basketball courts at Lincoln Park restricted. Safety reasons were quoted after residents reported gunshots in the park....

Sangeetha Rayapati, Mayor of Moline, in a meeting with Alexandra Elias, President and CEO of Renew Moline, at her city hall office.

Brunch and Bloom cures the hunger for empowerment

Victoria Campbell March 18, 2023

HerCampus, alongside the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (OSID), hosts Shades of Beauty during women's history month to celebrate the diverse Augustana community. This year, the event will take...

Senior Isaiah Valentine, graduate Annette Schneider and senior Kate Martino at the Greek Council Meeting on Monday, March 6, 2023

αντιο σας: How to say goodbye in Greek

Victoria Campbell March 11, 2023

Greek life is often a place for students to find themselves. As new members of sororities and fraternities are joining, the seniors are preparing to say their goodbyes. The presidents of a few Greek groups...

Quad City children get crafty with Kaleidoscope art classes at Augie

Allie Rial March 4, 2023

Art allows people of all ages to stretch their creativity and make something unique. For kids, the satisfaction of molding a favorite animal from clay or completing a one-of-a-kind-drawing to be proudly...

Ann Oakes and Bill Lavarone preparing to start a Mario Kart race.

Pledging for the Support Squad: Groups outside of Greek Life

Victoria Campbell February 25, 2023

As the school year gets busy, it becomes more difficult to balance social and academic areas of life. That anxiety can be managed by making mental health a priority. The Dean of Students and student counseling...

First year Graham Hunt plays cello in the Christmas at Augustana dress rehearsal on Dec. 1, 2022.

Christmas at Augustana: The seniors’ finale

Najiah Osborne December 10, 2022

As students prepare for the end of the semester, the celebration of Christmas awaits. Christmas at Augustana is an event led by the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. They performed with the Augustana Brass...

Peter Xiao speaks with a student during a painting class in Abbey Studios.

Professor Peter Xiao and the color green

Charlie Roiland November 26, 2022

While most kindergartners were busy playing with blocks and running around the playground, Augustana art professor Peter Xiao remembers pacing through the green of his backyard, hands clasped behind his...

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