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University receives $375,000 sustainability grant


Sara Telahun


Augustana University received a prominent grant to promote sustainability on campus over the summer from an international, multi-million dollar grantmaker.

The three-year, $375,000 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation was gifted to the university fund its sustainability advocacy efforts.

The university applied to the grant through an invitation-only program. The application process started on January 2017 and finished in early August when Augustana was chosen as the recipient of the award.

Suzanne Smith, director of the Augustana Research Institute, wrote the grant by working with faculty members and student leaders to establish an action plan on how to utilize the award. Continue Reading


Campus Life cracks down on lockouts


The first lock-out is free, the next will cost you.

Campus life drafted a lockout policy last year but could not effectively enforce it. This year, however, Campus Life staff has revised the policy and announced it will begin to regularly enforce it.

After the freebie, the second lockout costs $5, the third costs $10 and the fourth or more time will result in a personal meeting with the student’s hall director to decide on community service hours.

“The policy is something that continues to evolve,” Director of Campus Life Corey Kopp said. “We were dealing with an enormous amount of lockouts [which] were eating up valuable time.” Continue reading


Senior Leadership to guide men’s golf team


Sophomore Brennen Fuhr watches as his drive soars across the green. Fuhr gears up for another season with the Vikings after shooting an average of 15-over-par his freshman year.


Under the helm of an experienced group of seniors, the Augustana men’s golf team teed off the 2017 season last week with the intention to contend in the NSIC.

The Vikings began the fall portion of their season at the Central Missouri Invite, where they faced a tough field from the NCAA Central Region.  The team tied for 15th place.

The team looks to improve its fifth place finish at the NSIC Championship last spring.

In his third year of coaching, Coach Danny Sinksen returns a majority of the line-up from last year, including seniors Parker Klitzke and Ted Urch. Continue reading