By Sydney Tancowny
Saturday, September 23 saw the start of Augustana’s 2017 Alumni Weekend events with the campus’ first Alumni Donor Appreciation Reception. “Augustana’s alumni have generously supported our campus over its long and rich history,” said Bree Urkow, Assistant Director of the Augustana Development Office. “The opportunity for us to express our gratitude on Alumni Weekend seems particularly fitting. It is important we celebrate our alumni and their support.”
Augustana’s success today is due in part to the dedication of alumni donors. This dedication continues to nurture various areas on campus and support their growth—not unlike the dedication necessary for a field of wheat to thrive. The theme of growth and harvest inspired and carried throughout the event, and when alumni arrived they were greeted by smiling faces, historical photos, and vibrant gold.
Alumni donors, staff, faculty, and Dean Allen Berger enjoyed the opportunity to share in each other’s company. During a short program, Dean Berger welcomed alumni back to campus and spoke of current campus projects and initiatives.
Furthering the harvest theme, attendees were invited to take home a small gift of locally sourced flour that included the following message of thanks:
“Throughout our history, alumni donors have given in many ways to help Augustana grow and thrive. Your generous support has impacted countless lives, and we are deeply grateful for your thoughtful gifts to our campus. Just as you have helped create a bounty of opportunity at Augustana, we invite you to create something with this small gift. With heartfelt thanks.”