Augustana professor invited to Taiwan’s 100th anniversary celebration

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Dr. Norm Moline

 Invitations to anniversary parties are fairly commonplace, but few of us, if any, have been invited to a country’s 100th anniversary celebration. This year Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) celebrates its 100th anniversary on its national day Oct. 10. Augustana’s Dr. Norm Moline will be there, at the invitation of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“I received this invitation because through Augustana’s East Asia term, my colleagues and I probably have brought more students to Taiwan since 1974 than anyone in the U.S.,” said Dr. Moline, professor of geography and a director for the college’s East Asia term. Taiwan has been included in all 14 of the college’s triennial East Asia terms. About 1,000 Augustana students have spent between 10 days and two weeks in Taiwan as part of the program.

In addition, Dr. Moline has directed four ASIANetwork-sponsored College in Asia institutes for faculty and administrators from 25 U.S. colleges and universities, which, as part of the program, included visits with officials from government ministries and professors from Taiwan National University.

Taiwan’s national day, which is called Double Ten, stems from the famous Wuchang Uprising in Wuhan, China, on Oct. 10, 1911, which quickly spread and led to the end of almost 4,000 years of dynastic rule in China in 1912.

Dr. Moline and his wife, Janet, will attend several special events affiliated with Taiwan’s centennial anniversary celebration, including a morning program and parade in front of the grand Presidential Office Building in Taipei, an official state reception in the afternoon and a special celebrative musical in the evening.

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    About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.