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At this weekend's homecoming game, Augustana College will honor former record-breaking student athletes. Saturday, the college will induct six new members into the "Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame." 

Volunteers will help create safer and healthier neighborhoods this weekend. Re-building Together Quad Cities will hold its annual Fall Work Day Saturday at four sites. 

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A sidewalk at Augustana College in Rock Island is now a "free expression zone." This morning, students used chalk to write "make America safe again" and "black lives are human lives," on the campus Quad. 

This will be the second "Fathers Bring Your Kids To School Day" at Rock Island Academy that coincides with National Million Father March.
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Augustana College formed a Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity over the summer. On Monday, the center is collaborating on events with two local schools.

The center worked with Rock Island Academy on their "Fathers Bring Your Kids to School Day." The center's director, Christopher Whitt, says the event is coordinated with the National Million Father March, which encourages men to show their commitment to children's education.

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After almost a year of construction, Augustana College has opened its new theater center to the public. Last night, the theater department performed its first production, "Rabbit Hole," in the new space. 

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Americans solve problems when they work together. That's according to former Illinois congressman and member of the president's cabinet, Ray LaHood, and the subject of his recent book, "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics."

That's also the topic for his lecture Tuesday night at Augustana College. 

A former member of Congress and President Obama's cabinet will visit Augustana College. On Tuesday Ray LaHood will present this year's Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs entitled "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics."

He represented Illinois' 18th District in Congress from 1995 to 2009, then served as Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013.

Health Care at City Hall

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Starting next month, employees of Augustana College will get many of their health care needs taken care of at Rock Island city hall. Monday night the city council approved a one-year agreement with the college to use the city's Wellness Center. 

Rock Island human resources director, John Thorson, says the walk-in clinic opened seven years ago for employees, but has since added pre-employment physicals, drug testing, and workmen's compensation claims. And so far it's more than paid for itself.

It's staffed by a nurse practitioner and l.p.n, both employees of Genesis Health System, who take care of cuts, sprains, blood tests, and drug prescriptions.

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On Thursday, Augustana College welcomed 750 first year students during its annual move in day. But one of the new campus residents is definitely not a recent high school graduate.

Doctor Kathy Jakielski is chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the first participant in the new, faculty-in-residence program. 

Living in Swanson Commons, Jakielski will act as a mentor for students, especially sophomores. She says younger and older college students get a lot of special attention, but not those in their second year. 


The new season begins in two weeks for the Augustana College football team, and coach Steve Bell is looking forward to a better year. The Vikings finished with a record of 4 and 6 a year ago, during his first season in Rock Island.