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The Center for Student Life at Augustana College is now named for one of the college's most generous alumni. As of today, the combination library and student center in Rock Island is known as the Gerber Center.

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An Augustana College athlete has won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Senior David Voland will receive 75-hundred-dollars for excellence in both academics and athletics. In March, Voland led the men's track team to the NCAA Division Three national title, for the 4-by-400 relay. He has also won 11 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles throughout his career. And, he holds the school record for the fastest time in hurdles and two different relays. Last winter, Voland was named the NCAA Division Three Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year.

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A former assistant will return to Augustana College as head coach for its women's track and cross country teams. Wednesday the college announced the hiring of David Thompson.

Thousand of insects arrived at Augustana College over the weekend. Augie Acres, a club that grows pesticide-free crops and plants, received 20,000 bees on Saturday as part of long-term project.Professor of Biology, Tierney Brosius, says Augie Acres plans to use the two hives to pollinate its orchard, and eventually produce honey for the cafeteria. She also wants to use the bees for her entomology class. 

Brosius says she got the idea to buy the bees after noticing some old hives at Augie Acres earlier this year.


The bees, including two queens - were purchased from Ebert Honey in Lynnville, Iowa, and the hives were set up by Crandall Farms in Coal Valley. Brosius says they're Carniolan  bees, which means they have a good temperament and are easy to care for. 

The lobbyists will be younger than usual in Springfield on Wednesday. This year's Student Lobby Day will include students from Augustana, and 17 other private colleges around the state.

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After 40 years, a successful coach at Augustana College is going to retire. Right after he graduated from Augustana in 1974, Fred Whiteside was hired to be an assistant coach for the men's cross country team.


An expert on education will be the commencement speaker this spring at Augustana College. Brandon Busteed is executive director of Education for the Gallup company. 

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Two coaches praised each other and their teams Tuesday morning, as Augustana College held a welcome home celebration for the national runner-up basketball team and national champion 1600-meter relay team. At the Carver Center in Rock Island, the Vikings displayed their trophies from the season after placing second in the Division III Final Four over the weekend.

Starting in the fall, students from Augustana College will help the city of Clinton with a variety of environmental, economic, and social projects. Today the two announced a partnership to promote "sustainability."

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A long-time coach at Augustana College is going to retire this spring. Fred Whiteside made the announcement today.