Editorial: A Q-C point of pride


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Originally Posted Online: Aug. 24, 2013, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 26, 2013, 2:06 pm
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
It's always a treat when we get to visit Augustana College's wooded acres and soak in the beauty, history and alluring sense of community evident everywhere.

Fortunately, recent renovations at the campus in the heart of Rock Island made a stop an absolute must. Just as students were to begin arriving for the fall semester, college officials shared a sneak peek at the school's new Center for Student Life (CSL).

It is an impressive facility which demonstrates the ability of one of America's top-rated liberal arts colleges to marry the college's rich historical past with the state-of-the-art present.

Indeed, with all of its recent ambitious capital projects, Augustana has succeeded in creating a campus for 21st century students that honors and celebrates its 20th and 19th century roots.

The one-of-a-kind student center is just one of the changes on display as the college celebrates more than $40 million in capital projects.

The 35,000-square-foot Center for Student Life, which is now part of the Thomas Tredway Library, offers students a dining experience like few others on campuses anywhere. The library also was reorganized to better suit the needs of today's students.

A top-to-bottom meticulous restoration and, yes, modernization, of Old Main isn't to be missed.

Just a stone's throw away from it all is the ongoing work on the Knowlton Complex, including new structures and upgrades to Augie's track and football fields. The hope is to have it ready for the Vikings' first home game and fully complete by homecoming. It was an ambitious undertaking and represents yet another significant investment in our community by Augustana.

Indeed, the college is one of Rock Island and the greater Quad-Cities' biggest assets. It employs 650 people and boasts an economic impact to the Q-C of more than $157 million a year. Augustana buys more than $18 million in goods and services annually from Q-C businesses. And that's BEFORE the investment in jobs and money from the college's building program.

None of those things could happen, of course, without a legion of generous alumni, many of whom live in our community.

Hats off to them, to college staff, board of trustees and everyone connected to these projects which help to make Augustana College a point of pride for the Quad-Cities.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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