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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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