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A former chairman of Deere and Company has died. Robert Hanson died on Thursday in Florida - he was 91 years old. 

WVIK Staff

Representative Cheri Bustos visited Augustana College Friday to meet with the director of a program working to tackle the lead paint problem in Scott County.

Last week, Augustana's Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities and the Scott County Health Department announced the partnership, which involves Augustana students identifying areas in the county with the highest risk of lead paint exposure and introducing solutions to prevent poisoning. 

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Faculty at a local college want to change its academic calendar. In a vote of 124 to 47 last week, faculty at Augustana College recommended moving from 10-week trimesters to semesters.

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Augustana College is partnering with Scott County to tackle a public health problem. Each year, 50 children in Scott County test positive for lead in their blood.

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A movie production house plans to make Augustana College its new home. After alumnus  Estlin Feigley graduated from the Rock Island college in 1993, he founded Dreaming Tree Films in Chicago.

Culver Retiring

Apr 29, 2016
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A long career at Augustana College is about to end. This weekend, Doctor Dan Culver will conduct his farewell concert, and retire officially next month.

Herb Trix reports.

The farewell concert will begin at 8 pm Saturday in Centennial Hall at Augustana College.  

Following the signing this week of an emergency funding bill for higher education in Illinois, money for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, has been released. But while students attending colleges on the semester system will receive about half the money they were expecting, those on the quarter system will get just one-third.

Lynne Baker, from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, says the decision was made to distribute the money as quickly as possible, despite the difference between the quarter and semester schools.

Dr. Christopher Whitt, Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Augustana College
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Every other Friday or so until the November election, Dr. Christopher Whitt, Chair of the Political Science Department at Augustana College, will join Morning Edition with political analysis of national and local races.

This week, Dr. Whitt spoke with WVIK Morning Edition Host Jay Pearce about the outlook for candidates vying to become presidential nominees for their parties.

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Two students from Augustana College joined hundreds of others from across the state in Springfield Wednesday, holding a rally and lobbying the General Assembly. Their colleges have received no money from the state since the long budget impasse began last summer.

Lizandra Gomez-Ramirez, a junior from Rock Island, has a very personal stake in this - she depends on the state for 5,000 dollars a year from the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants.  

She already works about ten hours per week, in two campus jobs, but figures she'd have to work 20 to 25 hours without state help.

Augustana will add two new varsity teams next year. The men's volleyball and women's bowling teams will both have NCAA status, raising the number of varsity sports at the college up to 25.

Assistant director of athletics, Dave Wrath, says the new sports have been in discussion since the men's and women's lacrosse teams were added in 2011. 

The Augustana men's volleyball team will be independent for the first year, then apply to join the Midwest Men's Volleyball Conference, which now has 14 teams.

The women's bowling team will be independent, and not join a conference.Wrath says the two new varsity teams will expand the opportunities for Augustana students. 

A full time volleyball coach and a part time bowling coach will be hired this spring to begin recruitment.

The men's volleyball season will run from January to mid-April and women's bowling goes from October to March.