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November 20, 2006

Augustana College receives $1.7 million grant

Augustana College, an ELCA school in Rock Island, Ill., received a $1.7 million grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, to convert Carlsson Hall from a residential facility to an academic building. The renovation is scheduled for completion in time for the 2008-09 academic year.

The project will create new classroom and office space for five of the college’s largest academic departments: accounting, business administration, economics, education and psychology. Comprised of 27 full-time faculty members, these departments serve more than 500 students, roughly one-fifth of Augustana’s student body.

The renovated facility also will be home to administrative offices for Augustana’s Senior Inquiry program. Under the program, students complete a research, service or creative project with close support from a faculty mentor during the student’s senior year. Through Senior Inquiry, students develop competence within their major field of study and also reflect on the project’s impact on themselves and the greater community.

“I am truly grateful to the Carver Trust for the confidence it has shown in Augustana College and our strategic plan,” said Steve Bahls, Augustana president. “While our students and faculty will benefit substantially from this gift, the ultimate beneficiaries of the Carver Trust’s generosity will be the communities served by our graduates.”

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