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View of the Slough and the Swanson bridge in the fall, 2011.
Courtesy of Augustana College Special Collections.

Slough water ebbs and flows through history at Augustana

Kayla Palliser May 17, 2023

It’s hard to imagine a day at Augustana without the Slough. Students walk along the pathway, watch the colors change out their windows, joke about how it smells and race in boats down the water during...

Protecting the Mississippi River

Aubrey Lathrop May 17, 2023

For Quad Cities native Kai Swanson, the river has had a presence in many aspects of life. He has many stories of hiking around Sylvan Island and riding bikes alongside the riverbanks. However, one of the...

Recycling prominent on campus

Recycling prominent on campus

Priyanjana Chaudhary May 17, 2023

A sustainability report released by Augustana College in 2021 reports the work that has been done and that Augustana continues to do with recycling. According to the report, the goals were to increase...

Climate protests call for change

Feven Zewdu May 17, 2023

Several years ago, a protest on climate change led to lasting impacts at Augustana College. On Sept. 20, 2019, students of Augustana College gathered to speak on the issues that they saw and the changes...

Augustana’s Board of Trustees prepares for incoming leadership

Gavin Nicoson May 10, 2023

Augustana College’s Board of Trustees is preparing for a change in leadership this October as current Chair John Murabito and Vice-Chair Wiley Adams reach the end of their terms. Filling their respective...

Augustana is now a smoke-free campus

Augustana is now a smoke-free campus

Gavin Nicoson March 1, 2023

On Feb. 9, Augustana College updated its policy on smoking and vaping, prohibiting both activities completely, including in and around residence halls and TLAs.  Mary Baril, resident director for TLA...

Town hall documents wage frustration

Caitlin Campbell November 16, 2022

On Tuesday Nov. 15, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a town hall meeting in response to students’ frustration with the 50 cent wage increase that was announced on Oct. 17.  The town...

Evald: Empowering women beyond the grave

Evald: Empowering women beyond the grave

Lexi Woodcock November 11, 2022

“Power, Passion, and Faith,” a biography on Emmy Carlsson Evald written by her great-granddaughter Sharon Wymann, tells the life story of a young activist for women’s rights. On Wednesday Nov. 2,...

President Andrea Talentino gives a speech in the quad after being inaugurated as 9th president of Augustana College on Oct. 15, 2022.

Augustana inaugurates its ninth president

Brett Kuras October 19, 2022

On Oct. 15, President Andrea Kathryn Talentino was inaugurated as Augustana’s ninth president in 162 years since the school’s founding.  The inauguration took place on the Viking Plaza, where speakers...

“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

Charlie Roiland and Nuhamin Wube November 20, 2021

Standing on the Slough path, the slight breeze rustles the leaves and causes the ducks to tuck in their heads. Kai Swanson, the assistant to President Bahls and a lover of wildlife, looks out over the...

This wasn’t always Augie

Etta Brooks November 19, 2021

“This wasn’t always Augie,” raised conversations about how the land, which Augustana currently resides, was once occupied by indigenous people. This discussion was facilitated by the Multicultural...

Augustana strives to boost its sustainability plans

Feven Zewdu October 27, 2021

After the review of the 2008 Environmental action plan, a campus-wide advisory group decided to address and improve Augustana’s sustainability plans. This is due to the rise of new information regarding...

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