Augustana College

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Augustana College is creating a new degree program to help pre-med students understand the social, psychological, and spiritual needs of their future patients. The minor will combine science and humanities classes with an internship at UnityPoint Health.  

 Augustana Philosophy Professor Heidi Storl co-created the new minor with History Professor Brian Leech. Storl says the pandemic has made the need for a minor like this more apparent. 


A new agreement will make it easier for community college students in eastern Iowa to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Tuesday Augustana College and the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges introduced "Augustana Next."

Augustana Provost Wendy Hilton-Morrow says when students apply to the community colleges, they can also apply to Augustana.

Augustana Music Professor Sangeetha Rayapati is challenging Incumbent Stephanie Acri for mayor of Moline. 

Candidates for Moline City Council held a campaign rally on Sunday outside the Esperanza Center. The event was organized by newcomers facing incumbents. 

Mayoral Candidate Sangeetha Rayapati addressed a crowd of supporters ahead of the April 6 election.

Augustana Presidential Search Underway

Mar 29, 2021
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The past couple months have been a busy time in the private college presidential search business in the Quad-Cities.

In late January, Augustana College president Steven Bahls announced he would delay his planned retirement one year – from July 2021 to July 1, 2022. In early February, St. Ambrose University concluded its search for its 14th president of the Davenport institution, naming Amy Novak, president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, to take the helm in August, with the retirement of Sister Joan Lescinski.

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Instead of a ground-breaking, Augustana College held a "shelf smashing" this week to celebrate the next major building project on campus. Renovation of the 70 year old Bergendoff Hall will cost 10 to 12 million dollars.

Executive Vice President Kent Barnds says the first phase, beginning this summer, will focus on the music education department.

"The space that used to be Potter Hall, which had been our theater, will be converted into two new classrooms and rehearsal spaces. And then also a magnificent, small performance space that we're really excited to introduce."

Professor Juggles Variety of Musical Projects

Feb 24, 2021
Shelley Cooper

After a brutal 2020, Shelley Cooper is back in musical heaven as 2021 is shaping up to be busy and fulfilling.

The Augustana College assistant professor of theater arts recently filmed two special performances for Circa ’21; she’s directing a new college production of “Into the Woods” this month; choreographing the next Circa mainstage show in March, and directing the Circa musical after that; performing a one-woman original show at the Black Box Theatre in late March, and then going to Orlando, Florida, to do the same show by June.

A committee has been chosen to find the next president of Augustana College. Monday John Murabito, chair of the board of trustees, announced the 13 members of the committee who will find a successor to current President Steve Bahls who'll retire next year (2022).

Murabito will lead the Presidential Search Committee which will include him and six other trustees, plus three members of the Augustana faculty, two representatives of the administration, and one student.

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It's now official, Augustana College President Steve Bahls will retire next year. He made the announcement Monday after formally notifying the board of trustees on Friday.

Board Chair John Murabito called the news "bittersweet," but thanked him for his 18 years of service so far, and for postponing his retirement by one year to help the college get through the pandemic.

"He has led Augustana through a period of growth in enrollment, in facilities, in capability, and in overall quality."

Five and-a-half years after it began, a major fundraising campaign has ended at Augustana College, and exceeded its goal by several million dollars. On New Year's Eve, the college celebrated the conclusion of "Augustana Now," and its final tally of more than 133 million dollars.


On time and within budget - that's the progress report for the new Lindberg Center for Health and Human Performance at Augustana College. Construction on the 19 million dollar academic and athletic facility began in February, and completion is expected in the spring.