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Current President of Augustana Steve Bahls begins Talentino’s announcemnt ceremony at Lindberg Center on Dec. 7, 2021.

Talentino transition team expect smooth road ahead

Feven Zewdu March 9, 2022

After 20 years, Augustana College will appoint a new president. On July 1, 2022, Dr. Andrea Talentino will officially be in the President's office. Talentino will be Augustana’s ninth college president...

Ashleigh Johnston will replace Sam Schlouch as Director of Public Relations. Photo by Lu Gerdemann.

Augustana Hires New Director of Public Relations

September 7, 2017

Ashleigh Johnston was recently hired as Augustana College’s new Director of Public Relations (PR). Previous director, Sam Schlouch has joined the Augustana advancement office as the major gift officer. According...

Bye Bignall: Director of Greek Life resigns

April 27, 2017

Thea Gonzales contributed to this article. On Monday’s Greek Council meeting, representatives, presidents of Greek organizations and executive board members were informed by Katey Bignall of her departure...

Lower speed limit and new speed limit signs are marked by orange signs along 7th Avenue near campus after two students were hit in January. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Accident prompts new speed limit, heavy enforcement

April 4, 2017

The city of Rock Island has approved a speed reduction from 30 mph to 20 along 7th Avenue between 34th and 38th streets. Augustana spokesperson Sam Schlouch said that he expects more police enforcement...

Two Augustana students were transported to a hospital after being struck by a car on 7th Avenue and 38th Street on Thursday night.

Two students struck by car in stable condition

January 20, 2017

Two Augustana students were hit by a vehicle crossing 7th avenue on Thursday, Jan. 19, at about 5:30 p.m. First-year student Ericka Contreras confirmed that she is in stable condition at UnityPoint Health...

Brenda Czajka Barnes, former Sara Lee and Pepsi-Cola CEO died Jan. 17, 2017 of a stroke. Submitted photo.

Former Sara Lee CEO and Augustana College alumna dies at 63

January 18, 2017

Augustana alumna Brenda Czajka '75 Barnes, who became one of the highest-ranking women in corporate America, died Tuesday after suffering a stroke. She was 63. “Brenda Barnes was a friend, role model...

A conceptual design for the expansion of the Hanson Hall of Science. Photo provided by Augustana College.

Hanson Hall receives $2.5 million for expansion plan

December 5, 2016

Augustana has received a $2.5 million donation from the from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for the expansion of the Robert A. and Patricia K. Hanson Hall of Science, which will have construction...

Large donation helps start new program

Natalie Spahn December 1, 2016

Augustana College is accepting $1.5 million from the John Deere Foundation to help start a new Data Analytics program, which plans to launch as early as 2018. This past month, the John Deere Foundation...

Provost Lawrence (next to President Bahls) was named the President of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA on Tues. Nov. 29, 2016. She will depart Augustana in June 2017.
(Observer File Photo)

Provost Lawrence named President of Hollins University

November 29, 2016

Provost Pareena Lawrence has been named President of Virginia's Hollins University and will be leaving Augustana College in July, President Bahls announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. "This is sad news, but...

Dr. Evelyn Campbell, Vice President and Dean of Student Life, discusses Before It Happens being at Augustana. Photo by Shemal Serma.

"Before It Happens" debuts on campus

September 8, 2016

Every Tuesday this year, Provost Pareena Lawrence and Dean Evelyn Campbell are reserving Gavle room 1 to discuss any concerns that the students, staff, and faculty members may have on the Augustana campus. By...

Augustana owns and plans to sell former R.I. KMart

August 10, 2016

The vacant property formerly known as KMart in Rock Island is now up for grabs, but many people don’t know that the land at 3840 46th Ave is actually owned by Augustana College. The retail giant closed...

Augustana pushes for more gender neutral bathrooms after federal discrimination decision

May 13, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released a joint guidance on Friday that prohibits transgender students from being discriminated on the basis of sex. This guidance effects all schools...

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