Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson competed in the fictionalized Google internship program in the summer movie “The Internship.” Well, they got the uniform right, and Laura (Pfeifer) Vardoulakis ’02 should know. She donned the new employee beanie earlier this year when she joined the user experience research team at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
"Continued strong support for K-12 and higher education is needed to ensure that we are providing all of our young people with the most powerful weapon available to bring about lasting peace," writes Dr. Susan Hasseler, senior vice president for academic affairs and Dean of the College.
Augustana is ranked No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2014” by U.S. News Media Group. Among the regional colleges listed in the publication's “Best Value Schools” study, Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Midwest.
While researching for their project "American Futures," a collaborative series led by Kai Ryssdal with American Public Media's "Marketplace" and James Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic, the reporting team met with current and former Augustana students and faculty members on campus.
In their first week on campus, members of the Class of 2017 worked together to pack 41,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger and joined forces to break into the Guinness Book of World Records by sending 237 students consecutively down the "body slide" within one hour at Wild Water West.
With the 2013-14 academic year officially underway, Augustana has welcomed new, full-time faculty members in the departments of Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Chemistry.
Author, public television and radio host and producer Rick Steves will discuss “Travel as a Political Act,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Tickets for this event, presented by the Augustana Library Associates, are $10 for the public. The event is free for Augustana students however, tickets are required. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.
"... be, as Paul wrote in the Scripture, a 'workman.' The world can be a confusing place and there is much to be done — but you, you are now an Augustana Viking and folks, we Vikings ... we who 'Go Viking' ... do not shy away from a challenge — so be a 'workman.'" Read Dr. Russell Svenningsen's remarks to the Class of 2017 from Opening Convocation.
Former governor of Utah, 2012 presidential candidate, and former U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore Gov. Jon Huntsman will discuss the “Geopolitics of China and the U.S.” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Elmen Center. Free tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.
Carrying rolls of carpet, futons and stacks of plastic tubs, members of Augustana's freshman class arrived on campus on Sunday to settle into their new rooms inside Bergsaker and Solberg Residence Halls. The academic year opens with Convocation on Sept. 4; classes begin Sept. 5.