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College adds master’s program in genetic counseling


Since the completion of the human genome in 2003, a need has exploded for medical personnel qualified to process genetic information and relay it to patients. In a few years, Augustana will be one of only 32 institutions in the country to offer a program that can train such people.

Quinn Stein, director of Augustana’s new master’s program in genetic counseling, has spent the last school year getting it ready for a projected start in fall 2016. This process included getting the program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), which he said gave him an outline of what will need to be taught.

“There’s a little bit of framework … but you’re still able to make programs unique kind of based upon your own strengths,” he said. Continue reading…

Advocacy group petitions for gender-neutral facilities



The issue of gender-neutral campus facilities was brought to the forefront of discussion at a recent meeting between the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Augustana administrators.

At the meeting, GSA members voiced concerns about the college’s lack of gender neutral bathrooms and housing options. The conversation centered on creating spaces that will help make students feel safe and comfortable no matter their sexual orientation or gender identification.

Director of Campus Life Corey Kopp said addressing the topic of gender neutrality in a college setting is a conversation every campus should be having. Continue reading…





Those colorful faces in students’ mailboxes aren’t just there to flaunt the nine senior art majors’ good looks. An invitation to the art department’s senior show in the Center of Visual Arts’ Eide/Dalrymple Gallery can be found on the back of each handmade print.

“Everyone has an original piece of art in their mailbox,” senior art, business administration and French major Alexis Vana said. “We slaved over a printing press for two weeks to make 1,700 personal invitations.”

The effort the nine women put into creating their invitations is just a sampling of the work represented in their show. Continue reading…

Who’s afraid of the big, bad drone?


America continues to drag its heels on domestic unmanned aerial systems, while Europe offers deregulation

The controversy over unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, is back in the news again after President Obama announced last week that a botched counterrorism strike in Pakistan resulted in the inadvertent death of three American citizens: One of them a hostage, two of them terrorists.

More likely than not, the incident will be another setback for those in the United States who seek to free drones from the shackles of government regulation and use them for any number of commerical purposes—from agricultural surveying to conducting simulated tours of prime real estate. Continue reading…

Men’s hoops signs highly ranked guard


Jacob Belgum

With last season’s school-record 31 wins and every major contributor projected to return, the 2015-16 Augustana men’s basketball team’s rotation presumably won’t change a whole lot. The Vikings’ latest signee has the potential to force it to.

John Warren, according to one recruiting source, is the No. 11 senior in Minnesota. He signed with the Vikings on April 16, the first day of the spring signing period.

Warren hails from Hopkins, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, where he helped lead his team to back-to-back state tournament appearances in his junior and senior years. Continue reading…