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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

Aug 23, 2016

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.

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Just one month after losing its coach, a new one has been hired for the women's lacrosse team at Augustana College.  Caroline Durham takes over for Meredith Newman who left last month after leading the Vikings for two years.

Durham comes to Augustana after two years as head coach at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana where she started the team from scratch. She's also served as head coach of the Indy United Lacrosse Club in Indianapolis for the past two years. 

Northern Illinois Synod ELCA

For the first time in 18 years, thousands of Lutherans in northern Illinois will soon have a new leader. Electing a new bishop tops the agenda this week for the 29th annual assembly of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

It's being held at Augustana College in Rock Island, Thursday through Saturday.

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Alumni and friends of Augustana College in Rock Island are being asked to help some of its students stay in school during the state budget impasse. The board of trustees is holding a fund drive to support those who may not receive the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, they need.

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A year-long partnership between Augustana College and the city of Clinton is ending. Tuesday afternoon, they'll celebrate the success of the first Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative.

During the past year, more than 300 students, in 20 different classes, worked on a variety of projects for the city. City Administrator Jessica Kinser says one of the projects involved students in accounting.

But since budgeting for the new fiscal year is over, these recommendations will be considered when the 2017-2018 budget is put together.


The Augustana College football team will play "on the road" this weekend - in Italy. The team leaves Tuesday for a two week trip that'll include two games next Sunday (5/29) against Italian teams, in Bologna. 

Head Coach, Steve Bell, says 120 people are making the trip, including 64 players, coaches, trainers, and parents. The main value of the trip is educational - with stops and tours in Rome, Bologna, Venice, and Milan.