The Augustana: Summer 2011

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A Message from Rob Oliver, President of Augustana College

The great Walt Disney once said: “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.”

Augustana scholars have always believed in the importance of science and embody the very essence of what Disney was talking about. They believe – all the way, implicitly and unquestionably – that advances in science have the power to cure disease, improve health, enhance processes, and yes, even drive healthy economies.

Scholars like Dr. Sven Froiland, Dr. Roy Kintner, Dr. Arlen Viste, Dr. Lee Johnson, Dr. V.R. Nelson, Dr. Maureen Diggins, Dr. Margot Nelson and countless others pioneered and set the culture of discovery that continues every day inside the labs and classrooms of the Gilbert Science Center. Over the course of decades, the faculty members of the Natural Sciences Division have dedicated their lives to teaching future scientists and health professionals with one goal in mind: to make tomorrow’s world even better than today’s.

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We are lucky enough to see the results of their hard work and exceptional dedication in our graduates. In this issue, you’ll learn about members of the class of 2011, including Rachel Hurley and Matt Braithwaite, both of whom are proceeding on to medical school; future Ph.D. student Bethany Jochim, who recently had her fifth physics research article published; and Spirit Lake, Iowa, native Nicole Lindsey, who found that at Augustana, she could combine her love of art and her passion for biology into a career in scientific illustration. You’ll also learn about two of our 1978 graduates: Dr. Tom Braithwaite, a physician with Sanford Health who was recently named one of the Top 10 Hospitalists in the nation; and Dr. Patrick Casey, senior vice dean of research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

As I think about the countless amazing professionals who got their start inside Gilbert, I can’t help but think about a phrase I used a lot in my former profession. Prior to joining Augustana, I spent the majority of my career as a banker. In the process of helping families and businesses reach their financial goals, I spent a great deal of time analyzing the acronym “ROI,” or return on investment.

When GSC was dedicated in 1966, the facility’s total price tag was a bit over $2 million. Forty-five years later, think of the ROI on that investment! Countless healthcare professionals, scientific and medical researchers, computer engineers and science educators all working to make a difference on this planet – all are using their God-given gifts in service to others producing a return that is impossible to calculate – but that we know is huge!

As many of you know, we’ve set a goal of $30 million to enhance Augustana’s science programs with new laboratories and a nursing education wing. We’ve seen what $2 million in 1966 can do. Think of what $30 million in 2011 will do for tomorrow!

Enjoy this issue!

Yours for Augustana,
Rob Oliver

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