We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirit, how about you?


In the fall of 1999, my boyfriend (now

husband) and I traveled across the wide wide state of Ohio to watch an Augustana Viking football playoff game vs. the Mount Union bad guys.  I had graduated the previous May and worked (as I do now) in  Admissions and Luke was in his senior year. Luke’s roommate was Josh Johnson, the starting defensive tackle for the Augustana Vikings.

When I see the Spirit banner that hangs around Augustana’s campus – I think of all the pride and cheering and excitement and loyalty that I witness here on a daily basis – but I really think of that game in Alliance, Ohio.  It was classic old-school Augie football with our Viking offense pounding the ball down the field for an unprecedented 48:08 minutes of the game.  The rushing attack netted 298 yards on 83 attempts and picked up a total of 28 first downs.

I lost my voice for 4 days from all the cheering.  While the mighty Vikings fell – it wasn’t for lack of passion, or dedication or spirit.  We just needed a few more minutes on the clock.

When you are looking for a college – do you want one with Spirit?  I recommend it.

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.

1 response to We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirit, how about you?

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