Barrington native Dana Swanson named Dahl Scholar
2009 May 12Augustana junior Dana Swanson has been named Dahl Scholar for the 2009-'10 academic school year. Swanson, an English and sociology double-major, was awarded the honor by Dr. Evelyn Campbell, dean and vice president for student services. Augustana graduates John Dahl '68 and Robert Dahl '74 established the scholarship to honor their parents, Arthur and Dorothy Dahl, the Dahl Leadership Scholarship recognizes a student for both academic achievement and student leadership. Swanson is the daughter of Brian and Sue Swanson of Barrington and a 2006 graduate of Wauconda High School. In addition to her major coursework, Swanson has played an important role in organizing and promoting student life programs at Augustana. She has served for the last year as philanthropic chair of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Service Sorority has been active on Augustana's Campus Ministries leadership team and recently worked for Wesley Acres Produce, an organic farm in Milan, Ill.,. The farm is partnering with the College's new Farm to Fork food program. In addition, Swanson has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and Relay for Life during her time at Augustana. She also has worked as a student ambassador for the Augustana Office of Admissions for two years. "Dana is a hard worker and a deep thinker. She is always willing to work behind the scenes to make an event go well and is increasingly comfortable in more visible leadership positions," said Richard Priggie, Augustana College chaplain. Priggie serves as faculty advisor to Augustana Campus Ministries and noted that Swanson has taken part in the group's spring break service trip to Mississippi all three years of her college experience. "She is a worthy recipient of the Dahl Leadership Scholarship; her caring and commitment demonstrate the kind of leadership that she offers and that the world needs," said Priggie. John Dahl and Robert Dahl, trustees of the Arthur E. Dahl & Dorothy E. Dahl Charitable Trust established by their late parents, provided for the scholarship as part of a $1,500,000.00 donation from the trust to Augustana. The gift, made in 2003, funded the scholarship, in addition to underwriting construction of the Dahl President's Home. Inspired by their parents' dedication to community service, the brothers established the scholarship to support their alma mater's efforts to develop and encourage student leaders. Arthur Dahl was the Senior Vice President of HNI Corporation and served on several boards, including the Iowa Employees Retirement System, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and Augustana College. Dorothy Dahl served on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth College, her alma mater, and she helped form a chapter of the American Association of University Women in Muscatine. The Dahls were both active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Muscatine. John and Robert Dahl have also served numerous community and civic organizations since graduating from Augustana. John Dahl serves as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Illinois. Robert Dahl, who was elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention while a student at Augustana, has worked as an attorney with the Federal Election Commission and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Most recently, he participated in the USAID effort to organize the first democratic elections in Indonesia.