The Augustana Magazine: Spring 2015

view from summit avenue:
a mess年龄 from president rob oliver

The Augustana Magazine Autumn Winter 2014Remember that old cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? That’s how I feel about the cover of this issue of The Augustana magazine.

In the p年龄s that follow, we celebrate 40 Augustana alumni under the 年龄 of 40 who are doing amazing things in communities near and far. 他们是老师, 医生, 律师, 艺术家, 牧师, 领导人, 服务人员, entrepreneurs and a dozen other titles – and they are unapologetic about their desire to build a brighter tomorrow.

They each possess a refreshing sense of self-assuredness. They’ve identified their God-given gifts, 磨练他们的才能, and are now working to use those gifts and talents in service to others.

They have each weathered storms in their lives and are wiser now because of them. It’s that earned wisdom that helps them understand the challenges ahead, while it’s their drive for innovation and their thirst for discovery that inspires them to try, 并尝试, 再试一次. They have, without question, true grit.

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所以, when it came time to choose the 艺术work for the cover of this issue, this im年龄 of Rob Green, 2011届毕业生, seemed like a perfect fit.

A self-proclaimed adventure seeker, Rob has traveled the world in service to others. 还有他的妻子, Robyn (Clemensen) Green ’11, he has served in hospitals in developing nations, guided travelers through Central American jungles, and has worked tirelessly to show others the benefits of service, exploration and discovery.

Rob Green is unapologetic. 他很自信. 他很聪明. 他有真正的勇气。. He embodies the spirit and determination of the alumni included in this issue. He’s the perfect fit for our cover.

在很多方面, this issue is a symbolic representation of the many exciting things happening on campus today.

As you’ll see in the p年龄s that follow, and as you can read in the full interviews so many of these alumni say favorite professors, meaningful courses and treasured experiences helped them form strong foundations in areas such as education, 音乐, 自然科学, 艺术, 宗教, 业务, 还有很多其他的.

From the foundations they shaped at Augustana, these alumni planned their journey and ch艺术ed their course for the future.

On campus, we are planning a journey as well, ch艺术ing a course for Augustana’s future.

你们很多人都知道, late last year we unveiled Horizons 2019, the strategic plan to lead Augustana through the next five years and beyond.

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the five major goals of this plan:

  • Serve more students and foster their success.
  • Offer substantive and innovative educational experiences.
  • Cultivate strategic p艺术nerships.
  • Steward human, physical and financial resources.
  • Pursue greater brand awareness.

As you’ll see in this issue, we are already making progress on a number of these goals. New graduate programs in professional accountancy and genetic counseling are in development and we’re reaching exciting milestones in the Froiland Science Complex construction. 在接下来的几个月, we’ll share additional news and information relative to our work on other goals – all of which, 我们相信, possess the power to ensure a long and bright future for Augustana and its students.

For now though, enjoy this issue!

Yours, for Augustana,

Rob Oliver, President