Campus Building Sparknotes

Robinson, LukeGuest blog by Luke Robinson, a student worker in Meghan Cooley’s office. Luke is a junior Economics and Applied Math major who likes to play soccer and write stellar blog posts.

 Admissions Building (Admissions): Where they figure out who’s going to come here.

Andreen Hall (Andreen): Looks kind of like a castle. Home to freshmen, sophomores, and ghosts.

Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (Bergendoff or Bergie): Two groups of people use this building: Fine arts students and freshmen taking Art of Listening.

Brunner Theatre Center (The Brunner Center): Come here to catch a show, grab a snack, pick up mail, or buy a textbook worth a 50 years’ supply of ramen.

Carlsson-Evald Hall (Evald): Has like 7 different departments inside, so you’ll probably be here sooner or later.

Carver Physical Education Center (Carver): Sports.

Centennial Hall (Centennial): No classrooms, but it does have an auditorium and some artwork.

The Gerber Center for Student Life (The Gerber Center): Everyone does stuff in here. Don’t call it the CSL or else.

Denkmann Memorial Building (Denkmann): Languages are spoken here (English isn’t one of them).

Erickson Residence Center (Erickson): Like a smaller version of Westie with a lounge in the basement.

Hanson Hall of Science (Hanson or the Science Building): If you see a zombie leaving here, it’s either an escaped cadaver or a Bio student coming from a 4-hour lab.

Old Main (Old Main): It’s old… But it has cool new classrooms. If you’ve ever picked up a brochure from Augustana, you’ve probably seen this building.

Franklin W. Olin Center (Olin): Also known for the formidable stairs right next to it that share its name.

PepsiCo Recreation Center (PepsiCo): Richard Simmons leads dance workouts here. Kidding.

Seminary Hall (Seminary or Sem): I don’t know why they trust freshmen to live in the same building as the admissions offices.

Sorensen Hall (Sorensen): Business majors have classes here. Also, where care packages are picked up (these are clutch).

Duane R. Swanson Commons (Swanson): Fancy new dorms.

Westerlin Residence Center (Westie): If you like a lot of people and buying junk food directly after working out, this is the place for you.

For more useful information, here’s a link to our interactive campus map.


About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions.

Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available.

Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience.

A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.
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