The Augustana: Summer 2014

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Summer 2014



“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

eople always ask me, “What’s the best part of your job?” It’s hard to answer that question because, quite honestly, it’s difficult to choose just one thing about being president of this great place we call Augustana that stands out above the rest. I will say that among the best parts of my job is one glorious week each fall called Viking Days. I love it because it’s homecoming – it’s a time when our alumni come home again to celebrate their alma mater, reconnect with old friends, shake hands with favorite professors and reminisce about their time on campus. It’s also a time when I get to meet with our graduates and hear about how their Augustana experience impacted their lives. I’m especially fond of the opportunity to help present Alumni Achievement Awards, an honor the

College bestows on those who have made significant professional and vocational achievements and who have served their communities and/or churches. In this issue, we’re pleased to introduce you to the 2014 Alumni Achievement honorees: forensic sociologist Dr. Rosemary Erickson ‘64, physician and researcher Dr. Loren Tschetter ‘64, community volunteer and advocate Mary Berglin ‘65, former teacher and Director of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota Suzanne Hegg ‘68, attorney and civic volunteer Vance Goldammer ‘72, physician and clinical director Dr. Richard Mandsager ‘73, religious scholar and professor the Rev. Dr. Max Johnson ‘74 and Academy Award-winning cartoonist and story artist David Wolter ‘04 (Horizon Award recipient). Collectively, their impact on our society is beyond measure. As individuals, they have truly let their “light shine before others” – serving, inspiring and improving communities here and around the globe. We are proud to call them Augustana alumni and we are humbled to share their

stories. I hope you’ll make plans to celebrate Augustana with us this fall over Viking Days, Sept. 26-28. Don’t miss the Blast, an all-Augustana celebration for alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends honoring the reunion classes ending in 4 and 9 on Friday, Sept. 26. And be sure to join us for the Gilbert Science Center Farewell Open House on Sunday, Sept. 28, following Viking Days Worship. As we prepare to begin construction on the new Froiland Science Complex this fall – a project made possible thanks to hundreds of generous donors, many of whom are listed on page 36 – we want to take time to celebrate the amazing things we’ve achieved inside the Gilbert Science Center over the last 50 years. I look forward to seeing you this fall! Yours, for Augustana,

Rob Oliver President

ON THE COVER An image of “Thrones,” a stained glass window designed by Scott Parsons ‘87, associate professor and chair of the Art Department at Augustana, one of 16 windows installed earlier this year at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield, Colorado. “Thrones, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, possess an ‘immediate knowledge of the types of the divine works,’” Parsons wrote about the piece. “They are the first of the highest rank of angels to receive God so as to bear him to

others in lower ranks.” “Thrones are symbolized in art by the planet Saturn and the chemical properties of lead speak of their nature. In the Loreto window of the thrones, Saturn can be seen set in the upper portion of the window, set between various constellations, Virgo being the most prominent of the constellations in the thrones window. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born under the constellation Virgo. [I] wanted, too, to pay respect to the pastor, Monsignor Edward Buelt, who commissioned the windows and who, too, was born on September 8,” Parsons wrote. An international, award-winning artist, Parsons (shown at left, working on “Thrones” at Derix Glasstudios in Taunusstein, Germany) teaches printmaking and drawing at Augustana. In January 2015, he will lead an Interim course in Germany for Augustana students to study and create stained glass. He has received numerous public art commissions across the United States and Canada. (Cover photo by Roy Messmore)


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FEATURES 2. Celebrating the Class of 2014 Meet the Class of 2014 – nearly 400 young men and women who are the changemakers and problem-solvers of tomorrow. na 4. Paths Less Traveled These eight alumni graduated in different years and have lived vastly different lives. Their connection? They each achieved success professionally and personally by choosing pathways that have enabled them to remain dedicated to Augustana’s core values of Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. 16. The Art Investigator How does a girl from a small town in Minnesota end up an art historian whose specialty is researching Afrian American artists? Meet Dr. Lindsay Twa, a product of the liberal arts.

CORE VALUES Central to the Augustana experience are five core values. The community lives them and honors them, and they infuse the academic curriculum as well as student life: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service.

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Nearly 200 members of the Class of 2014 joined President Rob and Angie Oliver for a “Suite Farewell” event and all-class photo at Kirkeby-Over Stadium ahead of Commencement weekend.

Dr. Gene Hoyme ‘72 (left) gave the commencement address, “Sequencing Your Future.” Julia Blue ‘14 (right) delivered the student commencement address, “Voice Lessons.”

Augustana Student Association President Matt Anderson (Sioux Falls) carried the Class of 2014 class banner.

Jesse Fonkert (Mobridge, South Dakota) salutes audience members ahead of the ceremony.

They are the change-makers and problem-solvers of tomorrow – nearly 400 young men and women from throughout the U.S. and around the world who together make up the Augustana class of 2014. On Saturday, May 24, they celebrated their accomplishments before thousands of their biggest fans – their professors, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends – at Commencement. Held at the Elmen Center on campus, 348 graduating seniors participated in the ceremony while an additional 35 graduated in absentia for a total class of 383 graduates. The event marked only the second time since 1949 that Commencement has been held on campus. The ceremony’s speakers included: Dr. H. Eugene Hoyme ‘72, chief academic officer for Sanford Health and president of Sanford Research. A double major in chemistry and biology, Dr. Hoyme graduated from Augustana in 1972. He then attended the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. After choosing pediatrics as his specialty, he completed his residency at the University of California, San Diego. Following his fellowship, Dr. Hoyme went on to serve at the University of Vermont, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and Stanford University where he spent a decade serving as director of the Stanford/University of California Medical Genetics Residency Program, and later as professor of pediatrics and chief of Medical Genetics at the University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In 2007, he returned to his native South Dakota to serve as the chief medical officer at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls and to chair the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, overseeing the establishment of a new pediatric residency program. Today, Dr. Hoyme also serves as the medical director for Sanford Imagenetics, an innovative program he helped envision and design that integrates genomic medicine into primary care for adults. During the ceremony, Dr. Hoyme was presented with the Spirit of Augustana Award for Research and Innovation. “The Spirit of Augustana Award for Research and Innovation recognizes individuals who have the courage to try and the resilience to try again,” said Augustana President Rob Oliver when presenting the award. “These are the pioneers who understand and appreciate the unmet needs of others, and who are passionately driven to seek and find ways to save lives through the wonders of science. As fellow citizens, we revere those who research and innovate and, as importantly, who encourage research and innovation in others.” Julia Blue ‘14 (Brandon, South Dakota). A biology major and music minor, Blue served as vice president for The Augustana Choir and was a member of Chamber Choir, Opera Theatre and Outreach Ministries. She has served as a chapel musician and has been a castmember of Viking Varieties, Augustana’s annual student talent show held during homecoming weekend. In January 2013, Blue was part of The Augustana Choir’s 20-day tour of Europe with stops in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. She has completed internships at The Birth Place at Sanford Health and at Sanford Research, working under Dr. Kristi Egland. She is the daughter of Dr. Dan and Becky Blue, both Augustana class of ‘81. Leading the faculty, Steve Thomas ‘80, professor of Art, carried the mace. Thomas officially retired this year after 26 years of service to the College.



These eight alumni graduated in different years and have lived vastly different lives. Their connection? They each achieved success professionally and personally by choosing pathways that have enabled them to remain dedicated to Augustana’s core values of Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. In recognition of their efforts to serve, inspire and improve our world, Augustana will present them each with the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.



he Rev. Dr. Max Johnson is many things. He’s a renowned theologian who serves as professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, he’s the author of numerous books and articles on Eucharistic liturgy, and he’s an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. And he plays guitar in a blues band. Go figure. He’s the juxtaposition of classic history and modern day hip, which makes the story of his journey from a small town in Minnesota to the land of the Fighting Irish so intriguing.

The Rev. Dr. Max Johnson ’74 has spent his career studying liturgy. Along the way, he’s helped others renew and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.


No Surprises A native of Benson, Minnesota, Johnson said he began developing an interest in religious and theological ideas in high school. He brought that interest with him to Augustana. “Anyone who knew me at Augie would not be surprised in the least of where I ended up,” Johnson said during a phone interview from South Bend, Indiana. “I also played in a rock-and-roll band in high school – it kept me from being too weird,” he said, laughing. A sociology and religion major at Augustana, Johnson counts Drs. Fred Klawiter, Don Sneen, Jim Limburg, Orvis Hanson, Sheldon Tostengard and Fred Fritschel among the professors who impacted him the most as a student. While he was serious in the classroom, he also made time for fun on campus. “I put together a band called Jay Walker and the Pedestrians. We played for some sort of 1950s bash at which the band Big Dick and the Rat-a-Tats played,” he said. “It was in the [Ordal] Dining Room.” Throughout his time at Augustana, Johnson said he felt a developing sense of vocation. “In the back of my mind, I always thought [I would be] a professor of liturgy or church history either at a college, seminary or university.” The Road to Notre Dame After Augustana, Johnson earned his master’s of divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and was ordained by the ELCA in 1978. He went on to earn master’s degrees from St. John’s University (in liturgical studies) and from the University of Notre Dame (in theology) before obtaining his Ph.D. in theology, also from the University of Notre Dame. He joined Notre Dame’s Department of Theology in 1997 and today teaches and conducts research in multiple areas, including the development, history and theology of Eucharistic liturgy, Christian initiation (baptism, first communion rites and confirmation), the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, and how, he said, “what a church does in worship shapes what it believes.” Beyond his teaching and scholarly research (and playing in his blues band), Johnson continues to serve churches in and around his home in South Bend. “I’ve always kept one foot in parish ministry as well. There’s hardly a Sunday when I’m not out [in a church] filling in somewhere,” he said. “When you study something like liturgy, you don’t want to get too far from its actual practice.”


Faith Seeking Understanding When it comes to discussing the relationship between religion and theology, Johnson is quick to point out the difference. “You can study religion, but the task of theology is to start from within faith and go from there,” Johnson said. “You’re always seeking greater understanding of your faith commitment.” For Johnson, seeking greater understanding has become a life-long endeavor. “This is the tough stuff – it’s what draws me in and fascinates me. I guess because when you’re dealing with issues of baptism and the Eucharist, you’re dealing with the pulsating heart of the Christian faith and the church,” he said. “Liturgy is the self-expression of the faith of the church. Long before we had creeds, we had the prayer over the bread and the cup, and the prayer over the water of baptism – and that was where the church professed its faith,” he explained. “So to study liturgy is to study the church’s faith expression – in essence, the way of praying shapes the way of believing.” The Rev. Dr. Paul Bradshaw, professor emeritus of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, said Johnson has made profound contributions to the service of the Christian church and of the Gospel. “Those of us who are historians always hope that what we seek to reveal about the past will influence people’s thinking about the present, but it is particularly in his theological reflection, both in the classroom and in print, where Max has gone further and stimulated his audiences to renew and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith,” Bradshaw wrote about Johnson. Fellow members in Johnson’s band, the Oblates of Blues, likely agree. And the fact that he can play a mean guitar isn’t bad, either. In recognition of his life-long efforts to study, share and support the Christian faith, Johnson will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


r. Rosemary Erickson is petite – she’s maybe all of 5’ 4” – with stylish blond hair, bright blue eyes and perfectly painted fingernails. She doesn’t look like a violent criminal. But, she can think like one. A nationally known forensic sociologist, Erickson has spent the last 30 years studying murderers, rapists and robbers in an effort to prevent crime and improve security both domestically and abroad. Today, as president of Athena Research Corporation, she provides security training and consulting, and serves as an expert witness for highprofile, high-exposure, violent premises liability civil cases throughout the U.S. So how’d a girl from Davis, South Dakota, end up becoming a criminal research expert and media consultant for national investigative reporting shows including ABC’s “20/20,” NBC’s “Dateline” and CBS’s “Dr. Phil Show”? It all started with a telephone and a party line. Looking Back Erickson grew up on a farm near Davis that didn’t have electricity or running water until she was six years old. Each morning, her father started the coal stove of the one-room country school she attended. When a telephone was finally installed in her home, it included a party-line feature that allowed multiple users to participate on one call. “I would sit up on the buffet in our house and listen in on the calls,” Erickson said, remembering. “When you grow up on a farm, you spend a lot of time alone; my curiosity kicked in. The social interaction attracted me.” Erickson completed high school in Centerville, South Dakota, and arrived at Augustana in the fall of 1960. She majored in psychology but said she was unsure of her career path at the time. “I never really had a plan. Even when I majored in psychology, I really only knew what I wasn’t going to do,” she said. “I think it’s OK when life evolves, as long as you don’t live it by default.” She counts Dr. J. Earl Lee (music) and Dr. Orv Westby (sociology) and Dr. Stanley Olson (philosophy) among her most influential professors. “What was great about Augustana then, and what’s still great about it today, were the small classes and the fact that you really knew your professors and that they knew you.” After graduating in 1964, she went on to work as a mental health representative for the State of South Dakota before landing a job researching “mental health catchment areas” in San Diego, California. In 1966, she took a research position at the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla, California, a think tank that had earned government funding to study crime as it related to the “War on Poverty.” She also earned her master’s degree in sociology from San Diego State University. “At first, it scared me,” Erickson said. “I ended up having former murderers, rapists and bank robbers on my staff – so we could study why they chose the path they did.” The 7-Eleven Project While at the Institute, Erickson co-led a major study to improve security at convenience stores. Her team conducted interviews with former bank robbers and led experiments at 7-Eleven stores throughout southern California. After extensive analysis, Erickson’s team concluded that by implementing targeted security measures, such as posting signs near the cash register promoting

Dr. Rosemary “limited cash on hand,” installing height markers near doorways and providing employees with crisis training, store robberies would decrease significantly. The 7-Eleven corporation implemented Erickson’s recommendations in all 5,000 of its stores and saw the number of store robberies decrease significantly. Shortly thereafter, convenience stores nationwide followed 7-Eleven’s example. The result: U.S. convenience store robberies fell sharply. Today, her husband, Arnie Stenseth ‘66, works with her, visiting prisons to interview prisioners for her research. Currently, many of Erickson’s security recommendations are still in place at convenience stores around the world today. “Your hope and dream as a researcher is that your work will be used. I had no idea it would be used for 40 years. It was just so gratifying,” Erickson said. Moving Forward Erickson went on to earn her Ph.D. in sociology and justice from American University and has taught sociology at San Diego State University and AU. Erickson has owned and operated her own company for 35 years and now focuses primarily on premises liability cases all over the country – high-exposure, violent-crime cases that happen on a particular premises, such as a hotel, casino, hospital parking ramp or apartment complex. “I serve as a scientific expert witness. I bring the science to the case,” she said. Over her career, she’s written multiple journal articles and her book, “Armed Robbers and Their Crimes,” is used by security planning managers throughout the U.S. She is routinely quoted in national publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Looking ahead, Erickson said she’s interested in researching and writing about cyber crime. She’s particularly interested in studying the cases of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. In recognition of Erickson’s life-long work to prevent crime and improve the safety of communities, she will receive the Alumni Achievement Award at Viking Days this fall.


Erickson ’64 has spent her career studying violent criminals in an effort to reduce crime and build safer communities.



Suzanne (Ness) Hegg ’68 has found ways to inspire young people as a teacher, principal and the executive director of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.


lthough she honed her skills while studying at Augustana, Suzanne (Ness) Hegg was drawn to education long before she attended college. “From second grade on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Hegg said. “I thought school was so exciting.” An education major, Hegg says she has always been a proud Augustana grad, citing her professors for the significant impact they had on her life.“ The quality of those teachers made me excited about the world and everything there was to learn and how I might bring that to other young people in my lifetime.” After graduating from Augustana, she taught English to middle school and high school students in Volga and Brookings, South Dakota, for more than 20 years. While teaching, she was intrigued by the research published on brain mapping during developmental years for children. She was curious to see what influenced learning and what could accelerate it. She took what she learned and applied it to her own classrooms. Her goal was to create “authentic, hands-on experiences” for the children by moving away from textbooks and focusing on application. “Schools can be so concerned about testing,” Hegg said. “I really don’t care how they score on the tests. I want to know how they can apply it in real life.” An opportunity to influence countless young learners came later in Hegg’s career when Pat and Dale Larson reached out to interview her for the executive director position at the children’s museum they hoped to build at the site of the former Central Elementary in Brookings, South Dakota. Hegg would go on to become an integral part of carrying out their dream. Although she had never overseen a building project or worked for a museum before, Hegg believed she could learn how to do it. “Ever since I’ve graduated from Augie, I had a lot of confidence that I could do a lot of different things,” Hegg said. Hegg had tagged along with her dad, a farmer who could build or fix anything, on construction projects when she was a child. She said having the opportunity to supervise the construction of the museum reminded her of those days. After construction was finished, Hegg worked with board members to develop the building’s hands-on exhibits. “Everything I knew about learning, I applied to developing the exhibits we do here,” she said. “The philosophy we use at the museum is paralleled with what I learned through my research as a teacher.” Before developing the exhibits, Hegg brought together groups of community members who represented different demographics in the Brookings community. Through these meetings, Hegg and the CMSD board learned which community values were most common. The exhibits include “Our Prairie,” designed to help kids investigate the lifestyles of traditional Dakota/Lakota people and pioneer


Suzanne Hegg (far left) splashes in the water with her grandchildren at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

settlers and experience contemporary farming; “Imagine a House,” a home-construction center that promotes the importance of working together; and “Splash,” a water-themed exhibit that challenges children to experiment and find solutions. “These values became a driving force to develop the exhibits,” as did the concept of collaboration, Hegg said. Hegg referred to one exhibit that rewards participants for achieving different levels with fun, flashing lights. “Ultimately what kids discover is that if they work together, great things happen.” Before the museum opened in 2010, a consultant predicted it would attract about 25,000 guests annually. This number was smashed within the first year, bringing in 120,000 guests. The Children’s Museum of South Dakota also collaborates with South Dakota Tourism to promote the museum and other area attractions. It is estimated the museum brings in around $5 million each year to the city. “It raised quality of life for the community,” Hegg said. She says she loves developing new programming for the museum which varies from summer classes to a magic show. “We’re constantly working on collaborations with community groups,” Hegg said.“We want to give back to the community.” Hegg is preparing to retire at the end of this summer. Looking back on her career, she has a hard time picking her greatest achievement. “I have truly loved my whole career,” Hegg said. If she had to pare it down to one thing, it would be this: “making a difference in the lives of young people.” In recognition of her life-long commitment to enriching the lives of children, Hegg will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


hen Vance Goldammer was in fourth grade, his teacher gave the class an assignment. She instructed her students to write an essay about what they wanted to be when they the grew up and why. Goldammer thought hard and went on to write that he wanted to be “a lawyer because Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer and he was a good guy.” Goldammer’s mother kept the essay, and he thought about it from time to time as he grew up. “Nothing ever changed my mind,” he said. Raised on a farm in Davison County, South Dakota, Goldammer came to Augustana in 1968. He majored in government and international affairs and kept his sights set on law school. After graduating in 1972, he went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He’s been a member of the State Bar of South Dakota since 1975, the same year he entered private practice. In 2003, he became a founding member of Murphy, Goldammer & Prendergast, LLP., and today specializes in business law and estate planning in Sioux Falls. Goldammer said his Augustana education influenced his career in two significant ways. “First, it gave me background to be a successful student in law school. Second, it helped me grow in critical, ethical thinking, which helped me advise clients facing all types of legal issues in my areas of practice.” Looking back, he says he was fortunate to be

As an attorney, Vance over one or two, and in a few cases, three generations.” Goldammer is also an active civic volunteer: He is a past chair of the Board of Trustees at Augustana and still serves on its Audit Committee. He was a board member and officer of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and still serves on its Legal Committee. He is a

“We were raised by our parents to always try to do what is right.” – Vance Goldammer, Class of 1972 taught by many great professors, but called Dr. Al Hotz (government) especially influential. “He constantly challenged his students to think and rethink their understandings, positions and outlooks.” He counts his graduation day among his most memorable experiences as a student and said he remains friends with many of his Augustana classmates to this day. A Life of Service “Best Lawyers in America” has consistently ranked Goldammer among the best lawyers in the nation and he has routinely been listed in the top tier of business attorneys by “America’s Leading Business Lawyers.” Accolades aside, Goldammer said for him, professional fulfillment comes from helping people in need. “For me, it is knowing that I have been able to assist families on legal matters through my entire career, through both good times and bad. And knowing that we have represented many of these clients of almost 40 years, and

member of the Board of Directors of the Sheldon Reese Foundation and serves as its treasurer. And, he is a member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary and has served as chairman of the First Lutheran Church Foundation. He says lessons he learned early on have inspired him to give back to the community he calls home. “We were raised by our parents to always try to do what is right. For me, that was reinforced by my entire experience at Augie. And that is something I have been able to share with Sherry (Bormann), my wife of 42 years, who is also an Augie grad (class of 1972).” In between his practice, his community service, and his family commitments (he has two children and four grandchildren), Goldammer has also managed to have some fun. He was a minority owner of the Sioux Falls Canaries (the area’s minor league baseball team), has completed nine marathons and appeared on the hit TV game show, “Jeopardy!” In recognition of his commitment to service, Goldammer will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


Goldammer ‘72 has spent his career representing others. He’s also dedicated his life to serving the community he calls home.



For Mary Berglin ’65, Augustana’s motto of “Enter to learn, leave to serve” was a call she took seriously as director of the Vermillion Food Pantry.


er peers call her “one of a kind” and say she is the “consummate volunteer.” Mary, or “Marty” Engebretson as she was known in college, was taught by her parents to do a good job no matter what the task. “Whether it’s taking out garbage or doing a paid job, things have to be done right,” Berglin said. Her can-do attitude has led her through multiple jobs – both paid positions and volunteer roles. A double major in English literature and education, Berglin went on to teach English at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. When she and her husband, Dwight, decided to start a family, she took some time off to raise her kids. Later on, she changed her career path to work at the Vermillion Public Library delivering books to patients recovering at home. “I tried to be a little sunshine to all those homebound patrons of the library,” Berglin said. While working at the library, a position she held for 24 years, Berglin became involved with the Vermillion Food Pantry through her church. “When it comes to the food pantry,” Berglin said, “there are a lot of hats that you need to wear.” She helped with the behind-the-scenes jobs

various pastors on Augustana’s campus. She was also involved in Women’s Chorus at Augustana and worked part time all throughout her schooling.

“If I can get [the community] to listen, to volunteer or to donate, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.” – Mary Berglin, Class of 1965 such as sorting food, training volunteers, handling paperwork, applying for secured grants and going out into the community to talk to groups about the food pantry. All this is on top of the time she spends helping those who rely on the Food Pantry for their groceries. The biggest hat she wore was “director,” a title she held for 25 years at the food pantry. Her leadership has been key to accommodating the growing number of people in need of food each year in Clay County. Berglin joined the Vermillion Food Pantry five years after its start, when the agency was just developing. At that time, it served fewer than 100 people a year. This number has greatly increased and it now serves more than 5,000 people each year from surrounding areas. To assist all of these people, Berglin needed help. So she went out into the community to inspire others to volunteer for the food pantry, creating a system using more than 85 volunteers who are organized into 17 teams. “If I can get [the community] to listen, to volunteer or to donate, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” Berglin said. Her faith and her education have impacted how she lives out her life and she fondly remembers having good Bible classes with


Her faith and her parents taught her that paid or unpaid, there are things that have to be done to help those in need. Going beyond the basic call of duty is fulfilling to Berglin, who likes the feeling of doing something worthwhile with her time. She sees this in the volunteers who come in as well. “The [University of South Dakota] students who have worked when the pantry was open see the fruits of their labors,” Berglin said. “They felt they were doing something really important and decided to go beyond the class requirements [for volunteer hours].” For the countless hours she’s given in service to the Food Pantry, she has been recognized numerous times by organizations. Most recently, Sanford Health named her “Vermillion Volunteer of the Year” in May of this year. After 25 years, her last day at the Vermillion Food Pantry was March 1, 2014. She has enjoyed retirement so far and even took a major trip to Europe this summer with her husband. Berglin plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, catch up on her reading list and do some gardening. To honor her faith and service to the Vermillion community, Berglin will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


hortly after Dr. Richard Mandsager arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1985 to assume his new role as director of the Alaska Native Medical Center, he learned that Congress had tagged the then 40-year-old facility for a complete rebuild. For the newcomer a few months into the job, it wasn’t your average project. Mandsager would spend the next 12 years leading the $167 million project to build a new, 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art hospital to replace the existing facility, originally built in 1954 to house tuberculosis patients following World War II. After a massive earthquake shook Anchorage in 1964, engineers called the old hospital’s footing “vulnerable” for more than 20 years before government funding was finally secured for a rebuild. Inside, the old hospital was cramped and efforts by staff to “make do” were visible everywhere – from the rebuilt electrical system, to the worn-out plumbing and awkwardly placed equipment, oftentimes taking up residence in the building’s narrow hallways due to lack of storage. When it opened in 1997, the new Alaska Native Medical Center was among the most expensive buildings ever constructed in Anchorage. But for Mandsager, a biology major at Augustana and a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, the colossal project wasn’t just about brick and mortar. In 1999, the federal government officially turned the hospital’s operations over to tribal management after two years of what Mandsager called “complicated negotiations.” Since then, tribal leadership has run the 150-bed facility and has led ancillary expansion projects to include a full range of medical specialties, primary care services and labs, designing programs and care to best meet the needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. A Career in Service The son of a physician and missionary, Mandsager spent much of his youth in Cameroon, Central Africa. He grew up watching his father care for people in need and says those experiences had a significant impact on him. “I’ve known practicing medicine was what I wanted to do since I was in second grade. I was drawn to it. Seeing what my father did, the older I got, the more I realized it was about service,” he said. While studying under Augustana biology professors Dr. Sven Froiland and Dr. Larry Tieszen, Mandsager said he was influenced by the American Indian Movement and began considering how he might contribute to Native American health as a physician. While working toward his M.D. at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, he learned that the Public Health Service was offering scholarships to students who would agree to serve in poor, underserved areas of the U.S. He signed on to the United States Public Health Service Corps, eventually rising to the rank of Rear Admiral before his retirement. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California College of Medicine, a public teaching hospital that counts the poor and immigrants among those it serves. He became, he said, “hooked on public medi-

Dr. Richard Mandsager ’73 cine.” He left California to serve as a pediatrician in Talihina, Oklahoma, before being named deputy director and chief medical officer for Indian Health Programs in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. He was all of 32 years old. “Yeah, I started the migration to administrative medicine early in my career,” he said, remembering. “I couldn’t have verbalized it at the time, but I like being part of a team that builds bridges. I found out that’s where I could contribute.” Mandsager and his wife, Ruth, were ready for a change of scenery when the position in Anchorage opened. After leading the Alaska Native Medical Center rebuild project, Mandsager continued to serve the hospital before being tapped for the director position with the State of Alaska’s Division of Public Health. There, he worked to update and rewrite Alaska’s public health law and its certification and licensure law. “It was an incredible project – it was the first updating of public health laws in the state of Alaska since the territorial days.” He joined Providence Health and Services in Anchorage in 2006, first serving as executive director of the Children’s Hospital before assuming the role of chief executive officer in 2009. He continues to serve in the CEO role today, overseeing all aspects of operation for the Providence Alaska Medical Center, the largest hospital in the state. Throughout his career, Mandsager has also worked as an active civic and community volunteer, serving as chairman for Lutheran Social Services of Alaska and as a board member for the Anchorage United Way. At 62, Mandsager says his faith and his volunteerism have played important roles in his life, and will continue to do so in the future. “I like building bridges,” he said. “It’s not just paid work, it’s other areas where we contribute that are really important.” In recognition of his dedication and commitment to public health and service, Mandsager will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


led the project to build a new Native Medical Center in Anchorage, transforming medical care for Alaska Native and American Indian people.



Dr. Loren Tschetter ’64 helped develop the region’s first cancer clinical trials research program and led studies that ultimately created better treatment for cancer patients.


iddhartha Mukherje’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies,” is often called a “biography of cancer,” a chronicle of the dreaded disease from its first documented appearance thousands of years ago to the current day. Part biologist, part historian, part biographer, Mukherje followed cancer through the exploration, obstacles and triumphs of the 20th century, to the evolving care and advanced treatment used today. After its release in 2010, Dr. Loren Tschetter read the book, closed his eyes, and thought, “I have lived through much of this book in my professional life.” It offered a new perspective on the disease he’d spent the better part of his career researching. “I’ve lived through all the things that have happened with cancer. I’ve seen the evolution. Take childhood leukemia, for example. In the 1940s and ‘50s, that was a fatal disease. Now, there’s something like a 95 percent cure rate for patients with favorable disease. That’s a major shift.” While he’s too humble to admit it, Tschetter played a major role creating that shift in other cancers. A founding member of the oncology community practice in Sioux Falls, Tschetter led the formation of the region’s first clinical trials research program in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute, offering “investigational treatments” to help cancer patients receive better care. He also helped establish an Institutional Review Board to ensure patient consent was given prior to participating in the trials, and that the trials were ethical and conducted according to national regulations. Looking Back A South Dakota native who grew up in California and moved back to Sioux Falls during high school, Tschetter was a chemistry major at Augustana. After graduation, he went on to the then two-year University of South Dakota School of Medicine before earning his M.D. from the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed an internship at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, before beginning a fellowship in internal medicine and hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to Sioux Falls in 1974, joining Central Plains Clinic, where he practiced internal medicine and hematology. He said he never planned on going into oncology; he sort of just “metamorphosed into it.” “Shortly after I started practicing in Sioux Falls, Dr. Charles Moertel, a cancer physician-researcher at Mayo had the foresight to say, ‘you know, we’re training all these oncologists and sending them out into the region. Maybe we should set up a network of those Mayo-trained oncologists and start a cancer treatment study program.’” “He asked seven oncologists in locations in North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa if they wanted to participate. He asked me and I said ‘yes,’” Tschetter said. The group was named The North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG). He said the ability to be involved in study groups was rewarding on a number of levels. “It does potentially bring better care to a patient,” he said. “If you have a standard of care and then you try something different that turns out to be better, those patients have gotten the better treatment before it was accepted.” “From a personal standpoint, it makes the practice much more interesting. It’s much more fun to be on the cutting edge of things. When the studies were positive, you achieved better results. From there, the results were published nationally; then everyone in the country began using them. That’s the fun part.” From the studies, Tschetter said, new treatments

began to bring better outcomes. “We’ve moved from a time where, when I started to practice and someone was diagnosed with cancer, you could provide treatment and improve things for a while. But usually it wasn’t a concept of curing. It was more delaying the inevitable. That was where we were,” he said. “We started to ask ourselves, ‘Is there anything we can do up-front to improve the cure rate of these people?’” So Tschetter and his colleagues began studying a new technique called “adjuvant therapy.” “If someone has a breast lump, has it biopsied and it’s a cancer, then they usually have a lumpectomy where the lump is removed,” he said. “Then doctors look at lymph nodes under the arm to see if they’re positive or negative. For those that are positive under the arm, we know they have a higher recurrence rate over time. And so, we introduced adjuvant therapy – therapy given to a patient after they recover from their surgery where they don’t have any known disease, but they have a known recurrence rate. We wanted to see if we could improve their situation to one where they didn’t recur.” “Ultimately, it’s treating someone with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy who doesn’t have any known cancer; someone who just has a potential for recurrence to see whether we can increase their curability rate.” Tschetter spent more than 35 years practicing medicine and conducting research in Sioux Falls, first for Central Plains Clinic, then later at Sanford Health. He retired from clinical practice in 2009 and in 2010, he retired from the principal investigatorship of the Clinical Trials Research Program. He continues to audit the medical records of clinical trials around the country through the National Cancer Institute. Looking back on his career, he’s quick to thank others for their help in his achievements. “There are a lot of people who have helped me accomplish what we’ve built here. Fellow physicians, clinical research associates who collect data, Central Plains Clinic, Sanford and, most importantly, the patients who were willing to go on the trials,” he said. “You have to have a team around you to help you.” Today, Tschetter and his wife, Jean (Dahl) ’65, enjoy seeing their daughter, Ann Kelly ’95, and her husband, Dr. Patrick Kelly, and their four children who live nearby their home in Sioux Falls. In recognition of his contributions to medical research and the practice of medicine, Tschetter will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.


fter his short film, “Eyrie,” won the gold medal for animation at the 2012 Student Academy Awards, David Wolter started thinking about his next project. By day, he continues to serve as a story artist for DreamWorks Animation near Los Angeles. After years of production, his work soon will be featured in two upcoming animated films. “The Penguins of Madagascar” will hit theaters later this year, and “Home” will be released in 2015. The latter film is based on the children’s book, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” and stars Steve Martin as the voice of the main character. But by night, and on the weekends, Wolter is working as his own story artist for his new online comic, “Mascot Zodiac,” an ongoing chronicle designed to “capture a flock of elusive ideas I’ve been trying to wrangle for years, and express them as a satisfying, unified whole.” Wolter says the comic will tell stories of events that influenced his life. The first chapter, “The Pink Bat,” tells the story of a young boy shooed out of the house by his mother who tells him, “It’s too nice to play inside today.” Bored, the boy takes to cruising around the neighborhood on his bike, stopping when he finds a pink-colored bat sticker on the sidewalk. After attaching it to the front of his bike, he uses his imagination to assume the role of a supercharged kid on “bat patrol.” “Suddenly I had a purpose ... a mission,” the boy thinks. “Everything I did was shot through with fun.” Without giving away its ending, “The Pink Bat” easily stirs up nostalgic memories of innocent summer days when kids can pedal their way to adventure wearing sneakers and riding a twowheeler. Wolter says he has about 12 stories, spanning from his youth, through adolescence and into his 20s, he wants to tell in subsequent chapters of “Mascot Zodiac.” “My goal is to reflect my life experiences and not to shy away from difficult topics,” he said. “I haven’t drawn a comic since my time at Augie,” Wolter said, referring to his work as the cartoonist for “The Back Alley,” a comic strip that ran in The Mirror, the Augustana student newspaper. “This is a new beginning. My goal is just to finish.” At the Office “Drawing comics is so much fun. It makes me feel like being a kid again,” he said. “I think, on some level, that my job is to stay a kid. Yesterday at work, I drew an octopus doing a tango with a walrus – my nine year-old self would have been pretty thrilled with that assignment.” Living in Burbank (what he calls the “center of the animation world”) with his wife, Amanda, Wolter has also started teaching a film workshop at California Institute for the Arts, where he studied animation and cartooning after graduating from Augustana in 2004. “I work with six students who are all making short films of their own,” he said. “It’s been a fantastic experience to see their passion and talents.” He still holds his film, “Eyrie,” his first major project and one that earned him national recognition, close to his heart.

An Academy Award-winning cartoonist and story artist at DreamWorks Animation, David Wolter ’04 is embarking on his next project, an online comic. At 24 drawings-per-second, the four-minute film took months to create. It’s a tender story, set in the Old West, that follows a young boy as he discovers the connection between responsibility and love. After its acclaim, Wolter began a Kickstarter campaign to produce a limited edition DVD of the film. He raised more than $4,000 from friends and fans of the film. Because of his efforts to share joy and tell stories through art, Wolter will receive the Horizon Award during Viking Days this fall. The Horizon Award recognizes young alumni (graduates of the last 15 years) who have quickly demonstrated outstanding vocational achievement, have provided faithful service to their community and/or church, and who exemplify one or more of Augustana’s core values. Read Wolter’s new comic, “Mascot Zodiac,” (image above) at



Ta Receives Harold Spitznagel Medal for Achievement in Art Senior art major Anh Ta, a native of Hanoi, Vietnam, has been awarded the prestigious Harold Spitznagel Medal for Achievement in Art, the highest award presented by the Augustana Art Department. Ta is only the second international student to receive the award, intended to recognize student-artists who demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in all their artistic endeavors throughout their Augustana careers. The award, presented in May at the opening reception for the 2014 Senior Art Show in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, is only bestowed occasionally and has been given only three times since 2007. “Being an artist means being willing to take risks,” said Dr. Lindsay Twa, director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. “Without question, Ms.Ta has exhibited a willingness to push herself into the unknown, including the selection of her school.” Ta arrived in the U.S. from Vietnam in 2009 as a foreign exchange student and began attending Harrisburg High School, where she graduated in 2010. Before arriving in South Dakota, she had not been outside of Vietnam before or traveled on an airplane. As Twa said, Ta braved the unknown and traveled alone, negotiating stops in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Minneapolis before arriving at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. After returning to the U.S. to begin her college experience and enrolling at Augustana in 2010, Ta took eight courses with Tom Shields, professor of painting and graphic design. “When I think of how much she has learned in such a relatively short time I’m reminded of how special she is,” Shields said. “As with all exceptional students, she quickly understands concepts I’m discussing with her. She also takes constructive criticism very well.” Her professors also note that Ta has constantly sought out opportunities outside of the art classrooms. She studied in Germany with Scott Parsons, associate professor of art, during the January 2012 interim, where she viewed the country’s many great cathedrals and had the opportunity to create a large stained glass window at the prestigious Derix Glasstudios


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“Being an artist means being willing to take risks. Without question, Ms. Ta has exhibited a willingness to push herself into the unknown.” – Dr. Lindsay Twa Associate Professor of Art, Director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery in Tanhusstein, Germany. She has also attended summer sessions at the nationally famous Frogman’s Print Workshop, where she earned a scholarship to be a studio assistant in 2013. Recently, she also was honored with an exhibition at the Eastbank Art Gallery in Sioux Falls. This summer she is holding a Sanford Health arts internship, where she will assist patients and their families through expressive therapy activities. “Talent. Creativity. These are words that we always associate with artists,” Twa said. “But it takes more than this to succeed as a pro-

fessional artist. All the talent in the world will not carry you if you do not match it tenfold with dedication, hard work and a willingness to push beyond what is comfortable or easy. Anh has not only the technical skills, but also personal attributes that embody what it takes to thrive as a creative artist.” “Anh’s perseverance is really something to observe,” said Shields. “I do not recall a student re-working their art as often. She has very high expectations for herself. She always has a smile even when she’s worked all night on a drawing, painting, print, or graphic design piece.”


Senior Director of Development Nate Dally received the 2014 Augie Pride award at the Augustana Service Awards Presentation and Celebration in April. The Augie Pride award recognizes exceptional service to the College. Since 1999, 19 “Augie Pride” awards have been presented. During his 25 years at Augustana, Dally has helped lead numerous major fundraising initiatives, including the recently completed $120 million Momentum Augustana campaign, the largest in College history. Since its launch, Momentum Augustana has raised unprecedented support for the endowment and has secured funding for significant capital improvement projects on campus, including the $7 million renovation of Mikkelsen Library; multiple venues for athletic competition, including Kirkeby-Over Football Stadium, Morstad Soccer Field and the Huether Tennis Centre; and the future Sven G. Froiland Science Complex, a $35 million project featuring an addition to, and complete renovation of, the existing Gilbert Science Center. A native of Sioux Falls, Dally earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., majoring in business administration, political science and English. He and his wife, Mary, are parents to three children: Maggie ‘14, Jonah and Gabe. Above: President Oliver (right) presents Dally with the 2014 Augie Pride Award.



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native of Mankato, Minnesota, Dr. Twa studied chemistry, music and studio art at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, went on to earn her Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and today serves as an associate professor of art and director of Augustana’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. Armed with an innate sense of curiosity and a desire to find the connections between art and history, Twa has spent her career studying what she calls the “synthesis of different areas, such as history, technology, science and aesthetics.” In doing so, she has researched the social history of artwork and studied how “visual art can, in a very socially active way, shape and construct nations and cultures and inform us about who we think we are.” Twa’s first book, “Visualizing Haiti in U.S. Culture, 1910-1950,” was published this spring after years of research that took her to New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Nashville and New York City. The project, she said, was made possible thanks to her foundation in the liberal arts. “I feel like this book is a triumph of the liberal arts,” she said. “You don’t close doors just because they feel outside of your area of expertise or comfort zone. You need to keep pursuing the connections wherever they lead.” Pursue connections is exactly what she did. Charting Her Course As a kid, Twa was “constantly drawing” but had an equal love for music, along with a fascination for science. After taking a number of classes at Minnesota State Mankato while in middle school and high school, Twa initially signed on as a triple major in studio art, music and chemistry at Concordia with dreams of one day having a career as a professional musician. After being plagued by injuries from playing the flute, she began to focus her concentration on art. “By my senior year, I had an art history mentor who took me under his wing, allowing me to work at [Concordia’s] art gallery. He’s the one who suggested to me that I think seriously about grad school and a career either in museum studies or art history,” she recalled. While pursuing her master’s degree at Chapel Hill, she was encouraged to choose between the program’s two tracks. “You could choose to become a research art historian, which means you’d become a professor, or you could choose to go into museum studies, a field where you would use the tools of art history for curation and working with primary objects.” “But, I wanted to keep my options open,” she said. After completing her master’s program, Twa was invited to enter Chapel Hill’s Ph.D. program in art history where again, she said, her mentors urged her to choose one track or the other. “I just couldn’t pick,” she said. “So, it’s odd and unique that I arrived at Augustana where I am half a professor and half a museum curator where I have to know how to hang lights, cut mats and how to frame things. I know how to drive a truck across the country,

how to load and unload objects, and how to handle them.” Uncovering the Stories Some people come into graduate school with a topic or area of interest on which to focus. Twa didn’t. “It was literally the semester before I was to write my master’s thesis and I took this course of which the topic was ‘islands’ – islands being physical or allegorical. The research paper I started writing for that was on Harlem as this geographical and temporal island, as in the Harlem Renaissance island in Manhattan. Through writing that paper I stumbled on these very real connections with islands amongst African American artists in the 1920s and ‘30s.” “I realized through writing this shorter seminar paper that there was sort of this larger story to tell.” She went on to research the African American painter Jacob Lawrence for her master’s thesis, concentrating on his very first signature series. Lawrence was only 20 years old at the time, and the series told the history of the Haitian revolution. “He would go on to be known as a signature artist of telling African American histories and that’s what all the textbooks have,” Twa said. “But I thought it was interesting that he first became known by not telling an American, or strictly U.S.-American history but instead this history about Haiti.” After completing her master’s thesis and progressing through her Ph.D. program, Twa said she realized the story was much larger. “I started noticing how just about every signature African American artist of the 20th century had engaged with the subject matter of Haiti at one point or another and no one had really asked why that was. That kind of formed the core of my dissertation.” “Then, I realized the story was even larger than that. So I kept going with that as my research as I moved into my post-graduate work, which is now the core of this work.” Along the way, Twa spent more than two years living in England while her husband,


Dr. Mark Larson, associate professor of biology at Augustana, completed his post-doctorate work. In between commuting back to the U.S. for her research, the two took every opportunity to see the world. “I had a personal goal of wanting to see everything that I would teach in the standard art history survey course. We were pretty much able to do that. We went everywhere and the British Museum in London kind of became my second home.” Twa and Larson joined the Augustana faculty in 2006. Since then, Twa has gone on to publish numerous articles while teaching art history courses, leading experiential learning courses in the U.S. and abroad, and directing the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, where she organizes and curates seven exhibitions each year and oversees a permanent art collection of over 3,500 art objects. Her book, “Visualizing Haiti in U.S. Culture, 1910-1950,” is an intense, 322-page collection Ashgate publishing calls an “extensive textual and archival research [that] also supports her visual analysis, such as scrutinizing the personal papers of this study’s artists, writers, and intellectuals.” Twa says her background in the liberal arts played a significant role in shaping the work, which also features 78 illustrations. “I feel very much that it’s a liberal arts book in the sense that it’s not just fine art objects. I analyzed photographs of the National Geographic. I analyzed military history, congressional speeches and reports, opera and theatre, and at the end, I analyze the tourism industry. The networks of these artists are so broad. If you’re an African American art historian, the tendency is to only want to talk about African Americans and African American culture. But, these artists interact on an international scale so, if you close that door, you miss a good point of the story. If you say you’re only going to focus on fine art, you miss the fact that these artists are communicating in theatre and in graphic design and popular media, which is another big part of the story. So I kind of feel like the book was only possible because I’d come to this discipline through the liberal arts training – being a chemist, being a musician, being a studio artist,” she said. “In some ways, it’s like a scientific experiment,” she said. “A great scientific experiment is not one that generates just definitive answers; it’s one that generates further questions.” “My journey has been about asking questions, finding answers and more questions.” Twa says her own journey drives her to encourage today’s students to document their stories. “As a curator I’m thinking of someone who’s going to be like me a century from now – someone who might stumble on an artist or artwork and want to know more. I’m constantly hounding our student artists to keep a record of their artist statements – to keep a journal of their artwork and record what they were thinking about as they worked on each piece.” “It’s a mechanism for how the art world might talk about them in the future.”



Great Professors, Great Accomplishments Faculty Recognized at Commencement Three Augustana faculty members were recognized for their commitments to teaching and research at the 2014 Commencement on Saturday, May 24: Dr. Margaret (Peg) Preston, associate professor of history, was presented with the Frederick C. Kohlmeyer Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Dr. Kohlmeyer, through a gift to Augustana upon his death in 1990, established this distinguished professorship to recognize and to reward outstanding teaching. The recipient receives a summer stipend for each of the two years of the award. All full-time faculty of Augustana College who are tenured and have served the College for a minimum of eight years are eligible for the award. Preston earned her Ph.D. from Boston College in 1999. She is a social and economic historian who also focuses on issues of gender in modern Ireland, Britain and India. Published in 2004, her book: “Charitable Words: Gentlewomen, Social Control, and the Language of Charity in 19th Century Dublin” focuses upon the intersections of race, gender, class and social control within the language of charity. She has also published her research in The Historian, Eire-Ireland and New Hibernia Review. A recipient of a 2005 grant from the University of Notre Dame, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Preston has also looked at the role of Irish women in the Dakotas. Preston teaches courses on modern Europe, Ireland, World War I and Western Civilization. She has lived and traveled extensively in Ireland and England and regularly co-teaches a course that takes students to Ireland and England during Augustana’s January term. Preston received the ASA 2011-12 Faculty Recognition Award. Dr. Joseph Dondelinger, chair and professor of government and international affairs, was presented with the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award. The Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award was established to provide an annual award to recognize excellence in teaching. The selection process is based on votes from alumni celebrating their fifth anniversary and full-time faculty. The winner is chosen for brilliance in classroom teaching. The award, provided by an endowment created by Mr.

Dick Niebuhr, is named in honor of his parents, Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr, “…because they loved Augustana College dearly and because they were my first and best teachers.” Dondelinger earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and teaches the department’s courses in comparative politics and international relations. He brings an unusual combination of background and skills to the department. He was born in Luxembourg and before becoming a U.S. citizen, he twice served as a member of the Luxembourg Mission to the United Nations. In addition to his native tongue, Luxembourgish, he speaks English, German and French fluently, and he is proficient in Russian. Besides teaching at Augustana, since 1985 Dr. Dondelinger has regularly offered courses for senior U.S. government executives at the prestigious Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, first on Soviet and Russian politics and, since the late 1990s, on racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and nationalist conflicts. Dr. Dondelinger is the campus representative for the Truman Scholarship. His advising interests focus on careers in the foreign service and in international affairs. Dr. Heather Bart, associate professor of communication studies, was presented with the Jane and Charles Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship. The Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship was established by Jane Hemmel Zaloudek and Dr. Charles Zaloudek to provide an annual fellowship to support research by a member of the Augustana faculty. The purpose of the fellowship is to support, with a stipend, faculty scholarship that extends the scope of research beyond the normal confines of the classroom. The driving principle behind the development of the fellowship was the belief that, “faculty research, particularly when combined with undergraduate student research, expands thinking, emboldens the spirit of inquiry and has the potential to significantly improve the human condition.” Bart earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She teaches the introductory course as well as courses in argumentation, rhetoric and organizational communication. Her research is methodologically grounded in rhetorical criticism and argumentation. She has written and published works on rap music, environmental rhetoric and argumentation theory. Her contemporary research focuses on feminist theory and national security discourse. She is also the faculty advisor for the Phi Phi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.

Miller Named ASA Faculty Award Recipient Dr. Jeffrey Miller, associate professor of English and journalism and director of Civitas, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member. Students nominate professors they feel display one or more of the five core values of the College (Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, Service) as well as how those faculty members have positively impacted their experiences at Augustana. Following are excerpts from Dr. Miller’s nominations: “In establishing Augustana’s Civitas Honors Program, Dr. Jeffrey Miller stands as a pertinent example of excellence. Civitas encourages students to embrace all of Augustana’s core values; they are the pillars of the program, and Civitas students are encouraged to explore topics directly related to each of them. By spearheading this program and seeing it through, Dr. Miller helped create a legacy at Augustana that will endure for generations to come.” “I firmly believe that this professor is one of the very best and the brightest, most humble and hardworking professors of our already superior staff at Augustana College. This professor has never allowed me an A, but continually pushed me towards my best work with an improvable A-minus. This professor has patiently advised me through discussions of thesis work and the possibility of switching majors. This professor has been there to advise me through difficult classes and difficult seasons in life outside of the classroom, equally thoughtful, professional, and fair in all cases. And although this professor would defer with grace and humility this award to another professor, this professor’s personal and professional contributions to Augustana College are worth nothing short of pride and honorable recognition.” “With Dr. Miller’s tireless forethought, organization and management, Civitas has instructed and contoured some of the finest students from Augustana College, networking the brightest professors in teamwork from all departments for extraordinary classes in justice, freedom, pertinence, and deputyship.” Miller teaches courses in journalism, as well as foundational courses in composition and literature. He also teaches American film and the Capstone course “Cinema, Character and Culture,” in addition to the “Reading Augustana” course in the Civitas program. His areas of interest include transnational television and film and American media history. He is the author of “Something Completely Different: British Television and American Culture” (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). He also serves as adviser to the college newspaper, The Mirror. Miller’s Ph.D. in American Studies is from Michigan State University.


Students Set to Rebuild on Site of Steen House Fire

Krueger to Speak at Library Event The Augustana Library Associates will present New York Times best-selling Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Kresge Recital Hall. Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free. For information call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.

Architectural rendering of the home to be built on the site of the late Solveig Steen’s former home.

A new student group on campus is dedicated to turning big ideas into reality. It’s called the Big Ideas Committee, and its first project is truly life changing. The committee, led by senior Lance Shaull, has struck a partnership with Wayne Wagner, housing development director for Affordable Housing Solutions in Sioux Falls. They plan to recruit students across campus to build a house for a low-income family in need. “I think that Augie students are known for biting off more than they can chew and finding a way to overcome it,” said Shaull who founded the committee this spring. “Like the Big Event each year, we want students and people around Sioux Falls to look forward to what Augustana students are going to take on next.” The project includes a deeply sentimental element for the students as well. They’ve decided to construct the house on the site where a former professor, Solveig Steen, lived before she passed away in a house fire on Solveig April 12, 2013. Steen A piece of the original foundation from Steen’s home will be placed in a showcase on campus during the process, making this both an important service project and a memorial for the beloved piano instructor who served Augustana students for 52 years. “Our goals are to build a home that Ms. Steen would have been proud of and to provide an avenue for Augustana students, staff and alumni to honor someone who gave her life to

“Students can be part of something that will affect this family for the rest of their lives.” – Lance Shaull, Class of 2015 education and music,” Wagner said. Wagner said other project goals include adding beauty to the neighborhood and providing a home ownership opportunity for a low- to moderate-income family. “Our older neighborhoods are at risk. We need to continually re-invest in them to prevent a downward spiral that results in lost property values and crime,” Wagner said. “We also need to honor those that have dedicated themselves to the education of our children. This project does both along with providing a home ownership opportunity to a low-income family.” When Shaull started the committee, he didn’t have any specific project in mind. In fact, he didn’t know if anyone would be interested. “I started this committee around December and had no idea what I was doing,” Shaull said. “I just sent out a really vague email and told people that I wanted to get a bunch of students together and try some sort of big service project that would get people’s attention.” Fortunately, he received several responses, and the group collectively decided that building a house would be the kind of project that could give the group momentum. “The group voted and decided that a house-building project was as big as we could go,” Shaull said. “We talked to a couple contractors, got

laughed at a little bit, and were a little bit lost for a while. Wayne came along with Affordable Housing, and our idea fit perfectly with their mission.” Affordable Housing Solutions creates three to 10 homes each year as part of their neighborhood revitalization project. As with all of their houses, this new home will house a low-income family. Though the family has yet to be chosen, Wagner said he would prefer it be given to a veteran. Of course, one thing is certain: This will be an experience the students will never forget. “Students can be a part of something that will affect this family for the rest of their lives,” Shaull said. “They can also know that their efforts in making this a successful project will play a role in any future projects that this committee is able to take on. When you are looking at the largescale cause that this project could have, there are bound to be some great large-scale effects.” Shaull and the committee plan on tying this project into the spirit of Viking Days by breaking ground on Sunday, September 28, the day after the homecoming parade. The construction is expected to last one week. The committee is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can contact Lance Shaull or Ali Lindgren to get involved.


About the Speaker Using the mystery genre, William Kent Krueger has, with the release of his thirteenth book, “Tamarack County” (2013), in the Cork O’Connor series, brought the world of the north woods of Minnesota to life for thousands of readers. Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County, is a man of mixed heritage — part Irish and part Ojibwe. Krueger’s descriptions of O’Connor’s friends, family, and heritage enrich the stories as he weaves fact with folklore. Small-town life is captured in picturesque detail with contemporary themes as diverse as political greed, racial tension, drug trafficking, and development vs. natural resources. In addition to the O’Connor series, Krueger has written two stand-alone novels: “Ordinary Grace” (2013), a tale of fury, guilt, and redemption which won the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel, and “The Devil’s Bed” (2003), a political thriller set in Minnesota. His work has received a number of other awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. Forthcoming is Krueger’s next O’Connor book, “Windigo Island,” based on a story the Native community in Minnesota asked him to write. It is scheduled for release in August 2014. Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Krueger briefly attended Stanford University — before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife live in St. Paul.


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Monday, September 22 Coronation and Opening Ceremonies: It’s your chance to meet the 2014 Homecoming Court, find out who’s been named Viking Days King and Queen, and enjoy the fireworks display. Picnic begins at 5 p.m.; opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., Elmen Center.

Friday, September 26 SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (complete schedule at Gallery Exhibits (All Day): South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State’s 125th Annniversary, Center for Western Studies; Donald Johnson ‘09, Center for Visual Arts.

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The Blast 2014:

7 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Sioux Falls Convention Center. An all-Augustana Viking Days celebration for alumni, faculty/staff, parents and friends recognizing the reunion classes ending in 4 and 9. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, blackjack and casino tables, live music, a DJ and dancing and fantastic door prizes. Registration required. Get your early-bird discount – tickets only $20 until Sept. 1!

Augustana Career Symposium (All Day): Where alumni share their career experiences with current students through panel and classroom discussions. Interested in participating? Contact us at Honor Guard Coffee Reception: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Siverson Lounge, Morrison Commons. Worship: 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation. Featuring the Augustana Music Department. Campus Tours: Morning tours begin at 10:30 a.m.; afternoon tours begin at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 27

Honor Guard Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., 3-in-1 Room, Morrison Commons. For graduates who have celebrated their 50th class reunion, including members of the Class of 1964 (celebrating their 50th this fall). Dr. Lynwood Oyos (history) will discuss his latest book, “Reveille for Sioux Falls,” published by the Center for Western Studies. Registration required, $15. Class of 1964 Memorial Service: 1:30 p.m., Chapel of Reconciliation. 50th Reunion Banquet (Class of 1964): Social Hour at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m., Ballroom B, Sioux Falls Convention Center. Registration required. $35. Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet: Social Hour at 6 p.m. ; dinner at 7 p.m., Ballroom A, Sioux Falls Convention Center. Registration required. $35 for adults; $15 for children. Volleyball vs. UMD: 7 p.m., Elmen Center. Gallery Reception and Artist’s Talk: 7 p.m., Atrium, Center for Visual Arts, with exhibition by alumni artist Donald Johnson ‘09. Augustana Theatre Presents ‘Proof’: 7:30 p.m., Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. Tickets required.

Langskip 5K: Race begins at 9 a.m. Registration required. Viking Days Pancake Feed, 9:30 a.m. in the large white tent near Commons Drive on Grange Avenue; proceeds benefit the Performing and Visual Arts.


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Sunday, September 28 Viking Days Worship: 10 a.m., Elmen Center. Music provided by The Augustana Orchestra and The Augustana Choir, featuring a Ground Blessing for the Froiland Science Complex.

Viking Days Parade: 10:30 a.m., College Drive to 33rd Street on Grange Avenue. Bring your family, see friends and enjoy the student-made floats! Viking Days Tailgate: 11:30 a.m., outside Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Bring your family for lunch and games for the kids before kickoff. 50th Class Reunion Tailgate (1964): 11:30 a.m., Fellows’ Presidential Residence, located at 37th Street and Grange Avenue. Registration required. Football vs. University of Mary: 1 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Viking Days Brunch: 11:30 a.m., Ordal Dining Room, Morrison Commons. Pay at the door.

Volleyball vs. St. Cloud: 5:30 p.m., Elmen Center. Alumni Achievement Award Dinner: 6 p.m., Minnehaha Country Club. This is a special dinner event to honor our 2014 Alumni Achievement and Horizon Award winners. Invitation only. Augustana Theatre Presents ‘Proof’: 7:30 p.m., Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. Tickets required. Class Reunion Socials: For classes ending in 4 and 9. Visit for details about social gatherings for your class.

GSC Farewell Open House: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Gilbert Science Center. Alumni and friends are invited to join current and emeriti faculty for a day of farewells to GSC, as we knew it, and celebrations of the Froiland Science Complex, ahead. The Open House will be held following the Ground Blessing Ceremony during Viking Days Worship; and will feature emeriti and current faculty hosts, student research, new renderings and a video tour, along with refreshments and lots of reminiscing. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Viking Varieties: 9:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall. Tickets required.

Augustana Theatre Presents ‘Proof’: 2:30 p.m., Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. Tickets required.




Augustana’s baseball team posted a 41-16 record, setting a school mark for the most wins in a single season. The Vikings won the NSIC tournament championship for the first time.

Kyle Blakeslee capped a stellar track and field career when she claimed runner-up honors in the steeplechase at the NCAA national championships.

Softball compiled a 46-15 record while making its fifth straight appearance in regional play.

Women’s golf won the NSIC championship for the fifth consecutive season. And Marisa Toivonen finished fourth at the NCAA championships, the highest ever for an Augustana golfer.

Student-athletes representing six Viking teams – men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, softball, women’s tennis and women’s golf – advanced to NCAA Division II post-season competition this spring.

Standout senior Tony Viger was named a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II.

The women’s tennis team won its fifth straight NSIC regular season championship this spring.


It was, as Jeff Holm aptly stated, “A great spring to be a Viking.” “I’ve been at Augustana for 13 years, and I can certainly remember some fantastic spring seasons for individual sports,” said Holm, associate athletic director. “However, I can’t remember a spring season that has been more decorated as a whole for our student-athletes on the field of play.” Student-athletes representing six Viking teams – men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, softball, women’s tennis and women’s golf – advanced to NCAA Division II post-season competition. As a result, Augustana earned seventh place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup national standings for 2013-14, and was runner-up in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/US Bank All-Sports rankings. “All of our sports had opportunities for individuals, or as a team, to do something special at the NCAA national level,” Holm said. “Additionally, Augustana hosted the NSIC tournaments in baseball and softball, the NCAA super regional for softball, and NCAA regional for women’s tennis.” Augustana’s baseball team posted a 41-16 record, setting a school mark for the most wins in a single season. The Vikings won the NSIC tournament championship for the first time, and standout senior Tony Viger was named a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II. The women’s tennis team won its fifth straight NSIC regular season championship and extended its consecutive win string against conference opponents to 54. The Vikings won 25 of 27 matches with their only loss to a Division II team coming against Northeastern State in the Central Region finals. And, for the second straight year, Augustana’s Katie Jesperson was chosen conference player of the year. Softball compiled a 46-15 record while making its fifth straight appearance in regional play. The Vikings hosted the Central Super Regional, and although they were eliminated, chances are Augustana will be in the hunt a year from now with only one player missing from the 2014 roster. Women’s golf won the NSIC championship for the fifth consecutive season. And Marisa Toivonen finished fourth at the NCAA championships, the highest ever for an Augustana golfer. Kyle Blakeslee capped a stellar track and field career when she claimed runner-up honors in the steeplechase at the NCAA national championships. Her time of 10:13.93 set a school record, a personal record, and the all-time South Dakota collegiate record. Augustana student-athletes also excelled in the classroom. At the end of the semester, 44 Vikings were named to the NSIC Spring AllAcademic team. “For fear of missing something since we’ve had numerous accolades this spring, suffice it to say that tennis, golf, baseball, softball, and track and field have had fantastic success and we look forward to continued excellence both on the field and in the classroom,” Holm said.



Q&A: Slade Larscheid, Director of Athletics In late March, President Rob Oliver introduced Slade Larscheid as Augustana’s new director of athletics. Larscheid replaces Bill Gross ‘73 who, after 28 years in the role, stepped down to take a position in the College’s Advancement Office as a senior major Gifts Officer. “His passion for the studentathlete experience, combined with his management skill, documented record of fund raising success and his deep knowledge of Sioux Falls and the region make him perfectly suited for this role. We are delighted and excited to welcome Slade to our leadership team,” said Oliver. Larscheid, a native of Spearfish, South Dakota, previously served as the athletic/activities director for Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls where he was responsible for budget oversight and management of the school’s athletics and fine arts programming. Prior to Roosevelt, Larscheid was the associate athletic director for Development at South Dakota State University from 2011-2013 where he was the liaison between the SDSU Foundation and the University. He served as the sport administrator and supervisor for women’s basketball and the men’s and women’s tennis programs and the Jackrabbit Club, SDSU’s athletics fundraising arm for annual support. Larscheid coordinated day-today operations of the athletic development office and was involved in the oversight and evaluations of all staff. From October of 2009 to February of 2011, Larscheid served Northern Illinois University as the director of Development and was the lead fundraiser for the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund. He managed the football program’s “Coach Jerry Kill Red Zone” and men’s basketball “Club 64” fundraising efforts, including budget, marketing, solicitations and special events. Larscheid got his start in col-


legiate athletic administration at his alma mater, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a graduate assistant in marketing prior to taking a position with the University of South Dakota as Assistant Director of Development in 2007-08. A 2006 Northwestern graduate, he was a three-year letterwinner as a punter on the Wildcat football team and earned Big Ten Conference Scholar Athlete honors as a senior. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration in 2008 from Northwestern. Larscheid is married to Stephanie, director of major and planned gifts at Augustana. They are the parents of a one-year old son, Mark. We caught up with him to learn more about his plans for his new role. Q. You’ve been the Director of Athletics at Augustana College for two months now. What have been the biggest surprises you’ve found in this organization? A. I have not pinpointed any big surprises. I knew coming on board that Augustana is a special place with good people. However, I have truly appreciated everyone’s willingness to assist with my transition as AD. From our staff, coaches and administration, it has been such a pleasure working here day-to-day and seeing what passion our staff and faculty have for Augustana. Q. What are your goals for the department in the next five years? A. We will continue to build off the current success and set goals to attain regional and national recognition for all our athletic programs. Moving forward, our job as an athletic department will always be aligned with the core values of the College. We will strive to graduate every single studentathlete and prepare them for life after college. In doing so

“Our job as an athletic department will always be aligned with the core values of the College.” – Slade Larscheid, Director of Athletics over the next five years, we hope to provide the resources necessary for success in competition and the classroom. These resources include, but are not limited to, scholarships, facility enhancements, annual and capital fundraising, as well as growing our corporate partnerships. Q. You have a rich history in college athletics. Have you found anything yet that sets Augustana apart from your previous experiences? A. It has been a blessing to have professional opportunities from four diverse universities, all of which represent intercollegiate athletics and


higher education in the utmost manner. What makes Augustana unique is that we combine a private, world-class education coupled with premier athletic programs all placed in a community that supports the College on all fronts. We are also fortunate to have 98 percent job placement for our students. The Sioux Falls metro area continues to be a sprawling economic market for our graduates to live and grow beyond their four years on campus. This combination presents itself for the potential of endless opportunities for our student-athletes and a strong foundation for Augustana.

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CLASS OF 2014 Blake Woockman and Niki Altena were married May 31, 2014.

CLASS OF 2012 Heidi Allard graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology on May 17, 2014. Hannah (Weise) Steck was promoted to internal communications coordinator I at the Good Samaritan Society National Campus. CLASS OF 2011 Krista Froke married Dustin Evans on April 5, 2014. Krista is attending physician assistant school at the University of South Dakota. Laura Johnson has graduated as a physician assistant and is working at Avera in Marshall, Minnesota. Rachael (Hoogendoorn) Kramer is the choral director at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Zachary Ludens is an associate with the national law firm of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami, Florida. Anna (Isaacson) Lynch is working as a clerk for a law office in Iowa City, Iowa. Her thesis was recently awarded the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. Todd Mulder and Dirk Tedmon were married March 29, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia.

CLASS OF 2008 Justine Ferguson married Austin Peterson on May 31, 2014. Kari Heinricy married Jesse Bruns on Dec. 14, 2013. Kristopher Hanson received his master’s degree in law from the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities in 2013. Carol Hassebroek is a speech-language pathologist at St. Therese Nursing Home in New Hope, Minnesota. Steven Hedgepeth is a professional military education instructor in the United States Air Force. Chase Kramer has completed the last of seven portions of his Architectural Registration Examination. Sarah Mason is a head teacher for grades four and five at the Arc-en-Ciel Ecole International in Togo, West Africa. Melinda (Bjelland) Sletten and Nathan Sletten welcomed a baby girl, Ella Rae, to their family on March 25, 2014. Kasey Wassenaar married Ryan Olivier on Aug. 3, 2013, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 2007 Emily (Vulcan) Garcia is a financial representative at Modern Woodmen of America. CLASS OF 2006 Rebekah Bartelt married Christopher Baker on July 27, 2013.

Jennifer Wilkes is working at Greenbriar Health and Rehab Facility as a registered nurse.

Andy Inman is a financial advisor and director of wealth management at Peoples Investment Professionals in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

CLASS OF 2010 Amber Baustian was commissioned into the United States Air Force nurse corps in 2011. She is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio, and recently completed a six month deployment to Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

Chris Morgan is the vice president for fund accounting and regulatory reporting for Pine River Capital Management in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Rachel (Christiansen) Isder is a public health nurse at Southwest Health and Human Services in Slayton, Minnesota. She and her husband, Luke, welcomed their first child, Grant Lucas, on Jan. 26, 2013. The family lives in Fulda, Minnesota. CLASS OF 2009 Brenna (Olson) Theede is a psychiatric RN at the bureau of prisons in Rochester, Minnesota. As part of her job at the Federal Medical Center, she is trained as a federal law enforcement officer. She and her family live on a farm east of Rochester.



Clarissa Thompson is an archives technician at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois.

CLASS OF 2005 Lisa (Lorenz) Helling and Nate Helling ‘02 welcomed a baby boy, Caleb Joseph, on Feb. 4, 2014. Rebecca (Kveene) Langner and husband, Alex, welcomed a baby girl to their family on May 18, 2014. Jason Leach was promoted to sergeant with the Sioux Falls Police Department in January 2014. Kylie Tamke and Sean Scallon were married April 5, 2014, in Fremont, Nebraska. They reside in Papillion, Nebraska.


Becky Shilman married Jerad Johansen on April 12, 2014. She is a registered nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Shannon (Bjelland) and Tom Viereck welcomed a baby boy, Hunter Thomas, to their family on Dec. 26, 2013. CLASS OF 2004 Michael Goodwin and Megan Breit-Goodwin ‘03 welcomed a baby girl, Elizabeth Grace, to their family on April 13, 2014. Ryan Hochreiter married Jane Gullickson on May 16, 2014. Shelli (Van Stelton) Rens and husband, Andrew, welcomed a baby boy, Collin Joseph, to their family on May 8, 2014. Katie (Overgard) Turgeon and her husband, Michael, welcomed a baby girl, Larissa Ann, to their family on Sept. 9, 2013. Class of 2003 Megan Breit-Goodwin and Michael Goodwin ‘04 welcomed baby girl, Elizabeth Grace, to their family on April 13, 2014. Mike Smellie is a field conversion specialist for Covidien, a medical device company in Scottsdale, Arizona. CLASS OF 2002 Tanja Aas is working for Vox National Agency for Lifelong Learning in Oslo, Norway, focusing on numeracy as a basic skill for adults. Nate Helling and Lisa (Lorenz) Helling ‘05 welcomed a baby boy, Caleb Joseph, on Feb. 4, 2014. Kevin and Jennifer (Engelbrecht) Kruger are the parents of a newborn daughter, Katelynn Faith, born March 25, 2014. Kari Lund was named Fort Osage school district teacher of the year for 2014. Heidi (Franken) Pettit and her husband, Thomas, welcomed a baby boy, Henry John, to their family on Oct. 26, 2013. Heidi works as a regional director for the American Council for International Studies in Boston. Kate (Knudson) Wolters and husband, Brad, welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Cornell, to their family on Jan. 31, 2014. CLASS OF 2001 Steven Semmler and his wife, Shanna (Meester) Semmler, welcomed a baby boy, Samuel Jacob, on March 15, 2014. CLASS OF 2000 Pamela Runestad and husband, Matthew Mitchell, welcomed a baby girl, Aurora Ruth, to their family on July 4, 2013. Jason Sauer and his wife, Lisa, are proud parents of Ty Alan, born on Feb. 15, 2014.




CLASS OF 1999 Daina (DeSaix) Austin and her husband, Lee, welcomed a son, Jack Thomas, on April 16, 2013.

CLASS OF 1998 Jamie Parish and wife Laura welcomed fraternal twins – son, Eli, and daughter, Cora, born on April 10, 2014. CLASS OF 1997 Aaron Beukelman is a manager at Splash City in Sioux Falls. Kristine (Larson) Irvine and husband, Troy, welcomed their third son, Abraham Troy, on Dec. 29, 2013. CLASS OF 1996 Catherine (Lerseth) Marks and husband, Ted, welcomed a baby boy, Edward Henry Marks V, on March 3, 2014. Kristi (Kruger) Peterson recently completed the social media marketing certificate program at the University of St. Thomas Opus Business School. She has also been appointed chair of the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Women Committee, a new group within the national trade association. CLASS OF 1995 Amy (Young) Barr ran the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. CLASS OF 1994 Paula Haiwick and her family returned to the family ranch in South Dakota and launched their new business, Haiwick Heritage Ranch, LLC in Highmore, South Dakota. Libby (Officer) Thurston and husband, Ricky, welcomed a daughter, Khloe Joyce, on May 17, 2014. Keith J. Voss retired from the Armed Services after 26 years of dedicated and outstanding service as a cannon crewmember and a leader in the field artillery during tours in Iraq and Kuwait. CLASS OF 1992 Sandy Buseman works at the Denver VA Medical Center and holds academic appointments at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and School of Medicine. CLASS OF 1990 Lisa Bruget-Cass is a solo pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.



CLASS OF 1988 Michael Hotz is the associate pastor at Sanctuary Covenant in Minneapolis.

Conrad Otterness, Jr. works with Community Partners International in Mae Sot, Thailand.


CLASS OF 1987 The Cancer Poetry Project 2, edited by Karin (Bumgardner) Miller, has been named Best Poetry Book of 2013 by the Midwest Book Awards. The national anthology was also named a Best Anthology Finalist by the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards. CLASS OF 1986 Don Dunham started a new real estate company called Don Dunham III Real Estate. His office is located in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1985 Grant Dugdale received the Founder’s Award from the Fair Housing Center Nebraska-Iowa for his accomplishments in fair housing advocacy and litigation. Grant is an assistant attorney general for the state of Iowa. Tim Hahn, 51, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, passed away on March 8, 2014, doing what he loved, which was traveling. CLASS OF 1983 Jeffrey Hayzlett is the host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett at Bloomberg Television in New York. Mary (Bergman) Winterscheidt, 84, passed away May 16, 2014. CLASS OF 1982 Faith Stahl-Sarfarazi, 53, of Ocala, Florida, passed away on Feb. 26, 2014. CLASS OF 1980 Mitchell Grell was appointed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Northern Germany to be the coordinator of the “Reformation Decade” for Mecklenburg and Pomerania in Northern Germany in January 2014. Robin J. Steinke is president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.


CLASS OF1979 Peggy Roe married Robert Sik on Aug. 20, 2012. She has been a social worker at Sanford Canby Medical Center since August 1979.


CLASS OF 1978 Frederick Gruhlke, 58, of Rochester, Minnesota, died May 4, 2014 at his home. CLASS OF 1977 Barb (Johnson) Stensland is celebrating 20 years of service to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota as the organization’s director of policy and partnerships in Bemidji, Minnesota. CLASS OF 1975 Ruth Quandahl-Hendricks retired in August 2013 after five years with 3M in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. CLASS OF1974 Jay Werth has been named director of development for WTVI-TV PBS Charlotte, owned by Central Piedmont Community College.


CLASS OF 1973 David Nelson, a former state’s attorney, received the 2014 Family First Award for his contribution to the Family Visitation Center. Lynn Quenemoen is a physician at Essentia Health Occupational Medicine in Duluth, Minnesota. CLASS OF 1972 Terry Bergerson, 64, of Canton, South Dakota, died on April 30, 2014, at the Sanford USD Medical Center.



CLASS OF 1969 Marlene (Stensland) Hage, 67, died on Feb. 5, 2014, in Inwood, Iowa.

Margaret Knutson, 66, of Faribault, Minnesota, died on March 5, 2014. CLASS OF 1967 Max Gors, Jr., 69, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, in Pierre, South Dakota. Dave Palm has retired from the state of Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Health and Performance Measurement where he has worked as a leader in public health for the past three decades. Gregory A. Peterson, 68, passed away on March 17, 2014. CLASS OF1965 Jean Heibult, 73, of Ashton, Iowa, died March 6, 2014. Georgi (Streetman) Mauszycki, 70, of Sioux Falls, died March 19, 2014, at the Avera Dougherty House. Clarice (Christensen) Schmidt, 75, of Hopkins, Minnesota, died on April 22, 2014. CLASS OF1964 Elizabeth Carlson, 71, of Sioux Falls, died April 8, 2014. David Fenske, age 71, of Luverne, Minnesota, passed away on April 4, 2014. Christopher Hagen, 71, died on April 28, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. Gayla (Shinkle) Tiedemann, 73, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Nov. 29, 2013. CLASS OF 1963 Arlen “Arnie” Hauge has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to a three-year term on the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. CLASS OF 1962 Lois (Zangle) Rippe passed away on Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 74. CLASS OF1961 Marvin Parks, 75, died April 17, 2014, in Hopkins, Minnesota.



CLASS OF 1958 Yvonne (Nuebel) Johnson, 77, of North Oaks, Minnesota, passed away on Dec. 9, 2013.

Class of 1957 Janet (Hoxeng) DeBolt, 78, passed away on May 20, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Georgia (Abeel) Doyle, 87, passed away May 8, 2014, in Henderson, Nevada. I. Murray Johnson, 89, passed away May 3, 2014 in Sun City, Arizona.


CLASS OF 1949 George DeBow, of Staples, Minnesota, passed away on Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 88.

Vonley K. Hanson, 79, of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away Feb. 26, 2014.


CLASS OF 1956 Juanita (Lien) Hatlestad passed away on March 15, 2014, at the age of 80.

Thomas Kilian, 90, passed away April 26, 2014, in Sioux Falls.

Nancy (Nystrom) Koller, of Sioux Falls, passed away March 28, 2014, at the age of 79.

Rhoda (Dybvig) Schaefer, 86, of Henderson, Nevada, passed away on Dec. 31, 2013.

CLASS OF 1955 Maxine (Killeaney) Amundson passed away on April 20, 2014, in Northfield, Minnesota, at the age of 81.

CLASS OF 1948 Aldrich Syren, 90, died March 26, 2014, at a private assisted living home in Anchorage, Alaska.

Robert Eleeson, 80, of Brandon, South Dakota, passed away on April 10, 2014, at Sanford USD Medical Center. CLASS OF 1954 Betty (Montgomery) Cooper, 88, passed away on May 23, 2014. David Hoiland, 82, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2014, at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home.

CLASS OF 1946 Dorothy (Simons) Heckt, of Minneapolis, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014, at the age of 89. CLASS OF 1945 Patrick Lynn, 92, died April 17, 2014, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1944 Evelyn Huwe-Davis, 92, died May 8, 2014, at her home in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Bertha (Oyen) Tyler, 81, passed away March 27, 2014.

CLASS OF 1943 Lucille (Halverson) Hale, 92, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2014, in Sioux Falls.

CLASS OF 1953 Wesley Halbritter, 86, died peacefully on April 16, 2014.

CLASS OF 1942 Jeanette (De Ment) Ehlers, age 93, of Sioux Falls, died on May 1, 2014.

Colette (Leonard) Tillottdson, 82, passed away on Jan. 20, 2014.

Roy Lof of Springfield, Vermont, died April 1, 2014, at the age of 93.

CLASS OF 1952 Louis “Bill” Hammer, 83, died May 6, 2014, in Dillon, Montana.

Opal Rogness, 94, passed away March 28, 2014, in Sioux Falls.

Donnie Long, 83, passed away on Feb. 12, 2014, in Centerville, South Dakota. CLASS OF 1951 Evelyn (Bartels) Boomgaarden, 91, of Luverne, Minnesota, died April 10, 2014. Marjorie (Doering) Lutz, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away at the age of 83, on Jan. 29, 2014. Carolyn (Kvernes) Lutz, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, passed away at the age of 84, on April 11, 2014. Carroll (Herbst) Van Dyke passed away on Dec. 15, 2013, at her home in Seaside, Oregon. Delores (Ost) Wright, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, passed away on March 10, 2014. CLASS OF 1950 Billy Beck, 85, of Sioux Falls, passed away April

18, 2014, at Avera McKennan Hospital.

Myrtle (Tommervik) Trembley, 95, passed away on May 6, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota. CLASS OF 1941 Oran Percy, 94, passed away on April 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. CLASS OF 1940 Vernon Lintvedt, 96, passed away April 4, 2014, in Poway, California.



CLASS OF 1935 Evelyn (Kemper) Paul, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014, at the age of 101.

Bernice (Hokenstad) Rikansrud, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 99. CLASS OF 1934 Mildred (Egge) Steen, of Yankton, S.D., passed away on Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 101.


IN MEMORIAM Maxine (Killeaney) Amundson ’55, passed away on April 20, 2014, at the age of 81. Amundson taught music education and vocal music at Augustana for a number of years. She also directed the chapel choir, women’s choir, madrigal singers, and German round singers. Blanche Peterson, 83, passed away on April 20, 2014, at the Southridge Health Care Center, Sioux Falls. She served Augustana as a housekeeping custodian for 11 years until her retirement in 1992. Henry Meyer, 86, passed away on May 10, 2014, in Mesa, Arizona. He worked part time at Augustana as a custodian. Harry Auchter, 93, passed away on May 24, 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Professor Auchter taught physics at Augustana for two years. He also served as faculty advisor for the KAUR radio station. George Ahrendt, 74, passed away on May 29, 2014, due to complications related to cancer. A farmer most of his life, he also served Augustana College as a night custodian from 1994-2006. Mary Torness, wife of former Trustee Harold Torness ’41 (1961-1971), passed away on June 1, 2014. Dr. Tom Kilian ‘49 passed away on April 26, 2014, at the age of 90. In 1952, he began working for Augustana as director of public relations and admissions and later as vice president of development and executive vice president. He served the college for more than 30 years. Kilian was also the co-founder of the Center for Western Studies. In 1974, Governor Richard F. Kneip appointed him South Dakota Secretary of Education and Cultural Affairs. An avid historian, amateur archaeologist and conservationist, Dr. Kilian was a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a member of the Badlands Natural History Association, The Wilderness Society, and the American Association for Indian Affairs. He was instrumental in the establishment of South Dakota’s newest state park at Blood Run. He was a noted authority on the history of South Dakota and the Great Plains.


Margaret Kordsmeyer’s grandparents, Conrad and Julia Christianson, holding her mother, Johanna Christianson Kordsmeyer.

Left: Margaret’s mother, Johanna Kordsmeyer. Right: Margaret Kordsmeyer.

Gift Inspired by Family Legacy Impacts Today’s Students When Margaret Kordsmeyer chose to leave her estate to Augustana, she did so for two reasons: First, because of her family connection to the College. Her grandfather, Conrad Matthew Christianson, a Norwegian immigrant, was a teacher at the Lutheran Normal School, formerly located on the Augustana campus in the late 1800s. Her grandmother, Julia Langness Christianson is a graduate of Lutheran Normal School (and also met her husband, Conrad, on campus). Her uncle, Lars Christianson, a WWII veteran, taught in the Augustana English department in the 1950s. And her mother, Johanna Christianson Kordsmeyer, is a member of the Augustana class of 1932. The second reason: Her passion for education and its power to change the world. A graduate of Macalester College and Minnesota State Mankato, Kordsmeyer spent her life working as an educator, first as a German teacher and later as a special education teacher in Hastings, Minnesota. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Kordsmeyer passed away in May 2012 at just 66 years old. Before her death, she made arrangements to donate her estate to Augustana to fund an endowed scholarship 30

for education majors. This year, six students were the benefactors of Kordsmeyer’s $200,000 estate gift: •  Margaret Chernatinski, a senior elementary education major from Sioux Falls •  Erika Norris, a junior special education major from Spicer, Minnesota. •  Jane Sickler, a junior elementary education major from Brandon, South Dakota. •  Sarah Vermeulen, a senior elementary education major from Mount Vernon, South Dakota. •  Allyson Brown, a junior elementary education major from Dell Rapids, South Dakota. •  Aaron Dang, a senior elementary education major from Sioux Falls Carla Griebel served as the administrator of Kordsmeyer’s estate. She knew her well and spoke about her commitment to education. “[In describing Margaret], probably one of the first words that comes to mind is ‘peace.’ Margaret was a very quiet person who seemed to dwell in a place of non-judgment, of appreciation of nature, of making few demands on anyone or anything. Material possessions were unimportant to her; her requirements for daily living were The AUGUSTANA

minimal,” Griebel said. “Education, books, learning – they were all high priorities for Margaret and her family. Her grandparents were both college professors, and her mom was a teacher as well,” she said. Earlier this year, the student recipients of the Margaret Kordsmeyer Endowed Scholarship wrote notes of thanks to Griebel in recognition and gratitude. “I have had a passion for children with special needs for a long time and cannot wait until I get to make a difference teaching in the short future,” junior Erika Norris wrote. “Because of your generous Margaret Kordsmeyer Endowed Scholarship and choosing me for it, I say thank you. You have helped with my tuition cost and I cannot expresses in words how much it means to me. Thank you again. God Bless.” “I am from small town, Mount Vernon, S.D. If it wasn’t for generous donors like yourself I wouldn’t have been able to create the amazing memories that I have here at Augustana,” wrote senior Sarah Vermeulen. “I am currently finishing up my final classes. Come this spring I will begin a new journey of student teaching. Thank you for your kind donation that guided my education.”



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With encouragement from their professors, Augustana students worked together to assist a health clinic in Guatemala, providing ...

Service Abroad

Anna Bahnson talks with a child near the clinic in Guatemala. RIGHT TOP: Augustana students unload bars of soap for members of the village. RIGHT BOTTOM: Children from the village stand near Spencer and O’Hara’s class.

At Augustana, some students volunteer at homeless shelters. Some donate goods to homes for children. Seniors Anna Bahnson and Abby Waylander decided to look a bit further and found a small medical clinic struggling to find enough resources and in desperate need of help. The clinic’s name is El Centro de Salud. It’s hard to understand how two students from the Midwest could somehow develop a relationship with one tiny clinic of which few have ever heard, but this is not Augustana’s first encounter with El Centro de Salud, located in the remote Guatemalan town of San Jose. Dr. Craig Spencer, biology professor, and Dr. Dave O’Hara, associate professor of philosophy, frequently teach an interim course called “Tropical Ecology of Guatemala and Belize, and Spanish Immersion,” but the clinic had previously been more of a side stop. Bahnson and Waylander wanted it to play a bigger part. “A friend of mine [Ashley Weber ‘12] had visited the clinic briefly on her trip [with

purchased stethoscopes, testing strips, blood pressure cuffs, a fetal Doppler monitor and soap along with other medical and dental supplies. “Our professors gave us complete freedom to plan and carry out the project,” Waylander said. Once the 12 students arrived in Guatemala, Bahnson, Waylander and Klippenstein led a series of games to illustrate the importance of proper hygiene. One was a version of tag in which the Guatemalan children were frozen by two kids labeled “gérmenes” (germs) and were saved by two other kids labeled “jabón” (soap) and “agua” (water). Another was a version of “duck, duck, goose” called “gérmenes, gérmenes, jabón.” Over the course of two afternoons, more than 300 kids participated in the activities, and each was given a bar of soap and a toothbrush, a first for many of them. Several asked to take extras for family members back home. The group had fun, but they also learned important lessons about the importance of

ing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, heard about the project and has already offered to donate medical supplies to the continued effort. Bahnson and Waylander both credit Augustana for making their experience possible. “Without Augustana, I would have no idea where San Jose, Guatemala, is on a map,” Waylander said. “The previous connections made by the professors opened the door for me to have my experiences and to now share my new passion for the Guatemalan community.” “‘Enter to learn. Leave to serve,’” Bahnson said, quoting an Augustana motto. “The Augustana environment truly fosters a desire to lend service to others. Our liberal arts education teaches us the importance of engaging with both the local and global community. My experiences at Augustana broadened my perspective about my place in the world and nurtured within me a deep desire to be of service to others.” This summer, the two recent graduates will continue their mission of serving others.

“These culturally enriching experiences have taught me to step outside my box and take in as much as possible.” – Abby Waylander, Class of 2014 Spencer and O’Hara] but was interested in spending more time there,” explained Abby Waylander, a nursing major. “I asked to join her, and after months of planning and gathering various medical supplies, we spent six weeks living in San Jose [in the summer of 2012]. We volunteered in the clinic daily and also had daily sessions with our native Spanish tutors. “Dr. Craig and Dr. O’Hara asked me if I would return to San Jose with their ecology class. I was ecstatic about this opportunity to return to a place I had fallen in love with.” Bahnson, a biology major and a member of the Civitas program, joined the team when Spencer asked if she would be interested in completing her Civitas honors project in the clinic. She jumped at the chance. “I was drawn to the course itself because of its reputation,” said Bahnson who plans to soon begin medical school. “Another biology professor I spoke with told me he had not heard of anyone returning from the course without having a life-changing experience.” Bahnson and fellow Civitas classmate Kade Klippenstein designed a health program for the children of San Jose and the isolated village of Corozal, 50 miles from San Jose. The program focused on the importance of hand washing and oral hygiene. The pair then led their classmates in an alternative Christmas gift sale, selling decorative cards that people purchased as donations in lieu of a physical gift. Together, the class raised nearly $3,000 with which they

proper hygiene, which could largely prevent several diseases that are among the leading causes of childhood mortality in the country. “[The clinic workers] said they had never seen the kids paying such careful attention and participating in the games and activities as with our group,” Spencer and O’Hara said in a joint report of the experience. “The kids were mesmerized.” The students also had the opportunity to observe nurses and doctors and assist in basic procedures, like checking blood pressure, while practicing their bedside manner entirely in Spanish. This project is not the end of the relationship between Augustana and El Centro de Salud. Spencer and O’Hara said President Rob Oliver and the San Jose community signed a memorandum of understanding several years ago committing to a “partnership for the education of our respective communities,” but according to the clinic workers, this was the first time anyone had volunteered at the clinic. “Following in the footsteps of Ashley Weber, Abby and Anna have now deepened our ties to the community of San Jose, spearheading this new outreach effort between Augustana and the community health clinic,” Spencer and O’Hara said. “The clinic is extremely appreciative of this relationship, as are we for the impact on our students.” Spencer and O’Hara will return next year with another class full of students who will maintain the partnership with the clinic. Furthermore, an Augustana alumna work-


Waylander entered the Partners in Nursing program at Sanford Health this summer to begin her career in the nursing field. Bahnson is working as the assistant associate director at Flathead Bible Camp before giving a year of service to Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Tacoma, Washington, at L’Arche, a faith-based community for adults with developmental disabilities, before pursuing medical school. These young women have bright futures ahead of them, but they still fondly look back on their time at Augustana. “Augustana has taught me self-discipline, critical thinking, and to look at the world with a wider lens,” Waylander said. “When I entered college, I never believed that I would have so many opportunities to experience the world in a different way. These culturally enriching experiences have taught me to step outside of my box and take in as much as possible.” In recognition of their efforts, Bahnson and Waylander were awarded the Covenant Award for Service, one of five awards given each year to recognize students who demonstrate one or more core values of the college. Augustana asks all of its students to participate in service. Be it through class assignments, student employment, or extracurricular groups, nearly everyone on campus participates in some sort of humanitarian activity, but Bahnson and Waylander took it upon themselves to execute a life-changing project and go above and beyond the call to service.



Remembering Dr. Art Olsen Dr. Arthur (Art) Olsen, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion and former provost, passed away on Sunday, May 4, in Sioux Falls. He was 85. During his tenure, Olsen served Augustana for more than 40 years and remained a dedicated advocate for the College even after his retirement. Olsen earned his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in theology from Luther Theological Seminary and a doctorate in theology from Harvard Divinity School. He later served as a visiting scholar at both Harvard and Stanford universities. He first joined Augustana in 1956. While pursuing his doctoral studies at Harvard, he took a part-time position

to pull together what we learn and teach in relationship to the question, ‘How then shall we live?’... Do the challenges to the possibility to moral discourse make it meaningless to ask? Let us examine two of the challenges today, relativism and emotivism. For relativists, the question as stated is not capable of a meaningful answer because it assumes a common ethical ground, when in fact common ground is not possible. There are only individual grounds, individual rights, at most I might ask ‘How then shall I live?’ Many years ago, Protagorus made the case for relativism when he argued, that a man is the measure of all things. If true, then there can-

“He was curious about everything, and plainly believed that all the different disciplines mattered to the Christian scholar.” – Dr. David O’Hara Associate Professor of Philsophy teaching speech at MIT from 19571960. He then re-joined the College and served until his retirement in 1996. Appointed by former Augustana President Dr. Bill Nelsen, from 19851990 Olsen served as Augustana’s first Chair of Religion and Values (later named the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values), a position made possible thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. At the same time, Olsen also assumed the post of chief coordinator/implementer of Augustana’s general education curriculum, as the new curriculum moved toward implementation. The son of Norwegian immigrants, Olsen served as a champion for sharing the Norwegian culture and heritage, organizing Norwegian language camps for children on campus, founding the annual Nordland Festival in 1975, and preserving Heritage Park, a collection of historic Great Plains buildings dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, located on campus. Olsen was particularly active in developing and teaching courses related to questions of value. He served


as director of Capstone, encouraging and supporting the development of Capstone courses as part of Augustana’s General Education, and chaired the committee that helped define the College’s five Core Values: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. Dr. David O’Hara, associate professor philosophy, remembers Olsen well. “Art Olsen’s office was a great library. His books ranged across nearly every discipline taught on campus. He was curious about everything, and plainly believed that all the different disciplines mattered to the Christian scholar,” O’Hara said. “That kind of expansive wonder at the breadth of learning is an important part of the culture of a Christian college, and Art left the imprint of his curiosity on this place. He will be deeply missed.” During the 1990 Convocation, Olsen shared a message titled “How Then Shall We Live: A Household Perspective on Moral Issues” in which he reflected on the notion of morality: “... the ongoing concern of Augustana College, to encourage all of us


not be collective answers, but only individual answers to this question. This is the challenge of relativism. If we accept the assumptions of relativism, than we cannot invite people to serious moral reflection without fear of imposing our biases on others or exposing ourselves to those biases of others. At best we can be neutral and acknowledge the validity of all positions. We can compare them, but not make judgments.” “...I do believe it is a noble project worth nourishing, and I can’t help but think that Stanley L. Olsen would be pleased to know that his concern that we design programs to encourage students to see the relationship between what they believe and their personal and social integrity, and to integrate all of their learning, has borne fruit in this household approach to that important household question, ‘How then shall we live?’” Memorial donations may be directed to the Arthur and Ruth Olsen Endowed Scholarship at Augustana or the Nordland Heritage Foundation.

Remembering Cathy Lindamood Cathy Lindamood, Augustana’s assistant director of Study Abroad, passed away on Sunday, April 20, following a courageous battle with cancer. Lindamood graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in French, including a year of study in France at the Université de Tours and later earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. During her career, Lindamood taught all levels of French and ran numerous courses abroad. In addition to her duties as a study abroad advisor, she also taught a Foreign Language Methods course at Augustana. Donn Grinager, director of Interna-

me during my time with your family. Your ever-so-motivated spirit touched not only my life but that of many other people around you. You are the reason why I was able to reach my goals and because of what I have learned from you I am a firm believer in what I can achieve and what I can become. You are a true inspiration to everybody who has met you.” Memorial donations may be made to either Augustana College in support of the Jerry J. Looney Study Abroad Scholarship Fund or Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts, in support of the Cathy Lindamood Student Scholarship Fund.

“She constantly reminded our students that our diverse world is a gift and worthy of embrace.” – Donn Grinager Director of International Programs tional Programs, worked closely with Lindamood. “In many respects, Cathy was the heart and soul of the International Programs Office,” Grinager said. “Not only did she bring a range of professional qualifications and experiences to her work each and every day, she also served as a role model in the way she welcomed international students to their new home and encouraged American students to seek their own adventures. She constantly reminded students that our diverse world is a gift and worthy of embrace. Beyond the duties of the office, Cathy and her husband, Tim, participated in the Augustana Friendship Family program. They were constantly welcoming students to their home. Students from all over the world regularly gathered around their dining room table where they shared a meal in friendship and learned about each other’s home, family and culture. Cathy was an ambas-

sador and peace-maker in the most important of ways. She was a valued colleague, and more importantly, a good friend. She will always be on our minds and in our hearts.” Former Augustana student Lukas Voss, a native of Germany, grew to know Lindamood through the Friendship Family program. Voss wrote of Lindamood’s impact on his life in this note: “You opened your home to Inter me. You opened natio nal s your heart to tude nts a nd fr me and you iend s rem opened my life to emb er Lin dam some of the greatest people ood. I have ever met. I am eternally grateful for what you have done for



DR. SVEN G. FROILAND SCIENCE COMPLEX GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $1 MILLION TO $5 MILLION James ‘54* and Eloise ‘61 Elmen Robert ‘52 and Rita Elmen The Nef Family Foundation Sanford Health Dr. Gregory ‘74 and Karen ‘75 Schultz Sodexo America, LLC. GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $250,000 TO $500,000 Howard ‘50 and Eunice ‘50 Hovland Milanovich Family Paul ‘72 and Julie Mohrman Dr. V. Ronald Nelson ‘44^* and Dr. Joyce Nelson ‘56^ Dr. Craig ‘73 and Karen ‘73 Pfeifer Dr. Robert ‘72 and Marilyn ‘74 Van Demark Rev. L. James ‘55 and Myrna ‘57 Wylie GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $100,000 TO $249,000 Augustana Advocate Richard Bland ‘68 Estate of Lyle G. Christensen Estate of Patricia Gossel ‘65 Curt ’69 and Glenda ’68 Hage Dr. John ‘72 and Julie Hamre The Family of Ron Hoiberg ‘71* Steve ’73 and Becky ’87 Johnson Robert Locken Lee ‘67 and Diane ‘65 Madetzke Dr. David ’75 and Patricia ’75 Meyer Dr. Jeffrey ‘78 and Mary Jo Murray Robert^ and Angela Oliver Dr. Michael ‘72 and Deborah ‘73 Olson Dr. John ‘74* and Deborah VanderWoude GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $50,000 TO $99,999 Dr. Jason ‘94 and Jill ‘93 Aanenson Augustana Advocate Estate of Verna Berg ‘51^ Bentson Foundation Dr. Thomas ‘78 Braithwaite and Tacey ‘76 Eneboe-Braithwaite Ron ’63 and Becky ’65 Brakke Dr. Mary ‘62^ and Gary ‘62 Brendtro Dr. John Bylsma^ Thomas ‘83 and Leisa Davis Kirk* and Stephanie Dean Dr. David ‘72 and Sharon Detert Steven ‘80 and Brenda ‘81 Dronen Altie Domsitz ‘36 Ronald “Skip” Graff ‘67 Doris Gjervik ‘44 Kathryn ‘75 and Dr. William Harris Eloise ‘64 and Ronald Hefty Dr. Eugene ‘72 and Gloria ‘73 Hoyme Dr. Maureen Diggins-Hutcheson^ and Dr. H.L. Hutcheson David ‘74 and Janet ‘75 Johnson Gilmore and Dorothy Koepsell

Leelan ‘68 and Karen ‘67 Larsen Drs. Gregory May ’86 and Anne Wong May Dr. Steven Lillehaug ‘79 and Dr. Tanya ‘82 Oyos Dr. James ‘72 and Carol ‘71^ Oakland Jim ‘77 and Sonja ‘78 Odland David and Sandra Solberg Lowell ‘80 and Debra ‘77 Stortz Dr. Eric ’94 and Emily ’96 Thomas Lee ‘76 and John^ Thomas Dr. Reuben Tieszen Dr. Loren ‘64 and Jean ‘65 Tschetter Robert ‘71 and Sandra Wagner GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $25,000 TO $49,999 Augustana Advocate Augustana Advocate Larry Aarsby ‘75 Dr. Douglas R. Anderson ‘89 Dr. Doug ‘80 and Gaye ‘82 Bell Dr. Dan ‘81 and Becky ‘81 Blue Dr. Barney ‘74 and Mary ‘74 Brandenburg Sherri ’80 and Dr. Jeffrey Brindle Henry and Eleanor Carlson Joel ‘76 and Linda ‘77 Christensen Drs. Greg and Corrine ‘72 Ganske James ‘82 and Barbara Grond Dr. Milton ‘60^ and Marjorie ‘61 Hanson Paul Harmel ‘72 Dr. Mark ‘77 and Ann Holm Wilford and Jean Johnson Dr. Eric Klawiter ‘00 and Erika Anderson ‘99 Darrell ‘63 and Aileen Knudson Patrick ‘81 and Patti McAdaragh Dr. Jon ‘97 and Dot McAreavey Patrick ‘74 and Kay McNerney Marilyn and Thomas^ Meyer Ron and Joanne ’96 Moquist Dr. Verlyn and Lisa Nykamp Dr. Dale ‘60 and Camille ‘64 Peterson Dr. Lansing^ and Linda Prescott Rev. Valerie ‘82 and Dr. Wesley Putnam Drs. David ‘66 and Barbara Quissell Dr. Gayle ‘74 and T.J. Reardon Dr. Erwin ‘64 and Joan ‘64 Reimann Lois ’78 and Michael Rocklage Dr. Jeffrey ‘75 and Jacalyn ‘77 Thomas The Family of Dan Vigness ‘75* Dr. Michael Williams ‘77 and Dr. Valerie Armstead Jane ‘72 and Dr. Charles Zaloudek GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999 Augustana Advocate Orrin ’63 and Karen ’63 Anderson Dr. John ‘99 and Tamme Berdahl Dr. Scott ’90 and Beth^ ’90 Boyens Nate^ and Mary Dally

Cara Davis ‘53 Dr. Gary ’62^ and Sandra Earl Robert Ellsworth ’75 and Cindy Nelson Ellsworth ’75 James ‘70 and Marcia ‘74 Fry Gil Haugan Construction, Inc. Dr. Ernest Gilbertson ‘54 Brent ‘78 and Nancy ‘78 Hoegh Dennis ‘73 and Patsy ‘74 Holzwarth Harriet Hybertson ‘45^ David ‘79 and Carole ‘83 Joyce Dr. Elmer ‘67 and Annette Kasperson Joe ‘75 and Jennifer ‘93 Kirby Joni^ and Paul ‘97^ Krueger William ’82 and Lorrae ’82 Lindquist Donald and Betty Maland Jayne Meyer ‘74 Dr. Thayne ‘98 and Hannah Munce Donald ‘58 and Julie ‘60 Munson Dr. Carlyle ‘59 and Janet ‘57 Naessig Kristine Kreiter O’Connell ’79 and Robert O’Connell Jason ’01 and Allison ’02 Olinger Richard ‘73 and Laura ‘73 Olson The Family of Allan* and Adeline* Osmann Steven ‘82 and Dr. Gina ‘82 Pfeiffer Dr. Ellen Pinholt ‘74 and Rodney Michael Bob^ and Barb Preloger Laurel Prieb ‘77 and Wendy Selig-Prieb Dr. John ‘75 and Penny Ritterbusch Judith Schwerin ‘76 Thomas ‘89 and Melissa ‘90 Sebold Robert ‘67 and Susan ‘67 Simons Dr. Marilyn ‘67 and Ron Stember John ‘77 and Michele Sturdevant Robert ‘74 and Joan ‘74 Thimjon Dr. Jerel ‘71 and Nancy ‘74 Tieszen Dr. Arlen Viste^ Dr. Ralph^ and Susie^ Wagoner Dr. Duane Weisshaar^ Rev. Dr. Bruce ’62 and Karel ’62 Williams Todd ‘83 and Mary Williams GIFT COMMITMENTS OF $1,000 TO $9,999 Augustana Advocate Augustana Advocate Dr. Aaron ‘98 and Jody Aadland Anita ‘78 and Randy Ahrendt Dr. Steven ‘83 and Paula Alberts Dr. Richard ’92 and Tammra Allen David Amundson ‘77 Bernita ’69 and Jerome Anderson Dennis ‘78 and Julie ‘79 Anderson Marilyn Anderson Dr. Mary Auterman^ Dr. David Bak ‘61 Elizabeth Balcer Les Baylor Ron Beck ’61 Rev. Charles ’59 and Judy ’61 Berdahl Ronald ‘71 and Carol ‘70 Bergan Rev. Daniel ‘56 and Marjorie ‘55 Bergeland Adeline Bergeron ’61 and Tom Koegel

Marlin ‘72 and JoAnn Berkland Dr. Shana ’97 and William Bernhard Brian ’89 and Dr. Kirsten ’92 Bich Vice Admiral Lyle Bien ‘67 Dr. Matt ‘92 and Darcie ‘92 Bien Dr. Jim^ and Susan^ Bies Robert ’50 and Clarice ’50 Binger Dr. Gilbert^ and Janice ’79 Blankespoor Drs. Wayne ’60^ and Sally ’65 Boese Earl and Helen Bohlen Dr. Keith Bostian ‘73 Ronald ‘76 and Carol Brandenburg Robert ‘55 and Rosalie ‘60 Brodin Dr. Elizabeth ‘98 and Jeff Bunch Mario ’81 and Delores ’70 Candia Kristin ‘00 and Aaron Canfield Chip Carlson Dr. Marvin ‘61 and Diane Carlson Dr. Patrick Casey ‘78 Louise ‘69 and Dennis Chalupa Janice ’65 and Peter Champion Brent ‘74 and Terry Chozen Kay^ and Ronald Christensen Ray ‘69^ and Alice ‘71 Christensen Philip and Joan Clark Nancy Craig ‘68 Shon Cronk ‘83 Kevin and Terri Curry Nancy Swenson Dalldorf ‘76 and Bob Dalldorf William ‘81 and Nicole Dannehl Nancy Davidson^ Drs. Tore ‘78 and Elizabeth ‘77 Detlie Dr. Geoffrey Dipple^ and Sharon Judd Daniel ‘84^ and Lisa Drenkow Janice ‘61 and Dr. Kent Eakins Dr. Joel ’57 and Dianne ’58 Eide Rev. Norman ‘51 and Clarice ‘52 Eitrheim Electric Construction Drs. Richard ’81 and Gabriele Engh Dr. Marcia ‘83^ and Rick ‘83 Entwistle Eugene ‘55 and Betty^ Erickson Don ‘58 and Judith ‘58 Erickson Paul Everson ‘74 Peder Fedde ‘84^ Dr. Heidi Feistner-Leuning ’94 and Nathan Leuning Randy ’72 and Kathy Ferrin Melvin ’63 and Carol ’63 Feuerstein Mike^ and Sue^ Flynn Michael ’55^ and Sally ’58 Foss Cleone Foster ‘57 Debra ‘76^ and Douglas Frederick Dr. Thomas ‘65 and Amy Froiland Shelly^ and Michael Gardner Gregory ’73 and Rebecca ’73 Getting Scott and Kathy Gilbert Wayne ‘57 and Carolyn Gildseth Don ‘63 and Judy ‘66 Gohl Vance ’72 and Sherry ’72 Goldammer DeAnna‘63 and Dr. Nels Granholm Dr. Glenn ‘64 and LaDonna Gravelle Loma ’65 and Terry Gray Steven ’73 and Kim Grell

Construction on the 125,000-square-foot Froiland Science Complex will begin this fall. Phase one, a 41,000 square-foot addition to the existing Gilbert Science Center, is expected to open in late 2015.

HONOR ROLL OF LEADERSHIP INVESTORS Recognizing leadership gifts and pledges of $1,000 and above.

Drs. Carol ‘72 and Terrence Grimm Kim Gronewold ‘66 William ‘73^ and Sheree^ Gross Peter ‘68 and Ellen ‘70 Gugisberg Richard and Barbara Gunderson David and Deb^ Hagemeier John ‘83 and Marcia ‘82 Haglund Nancy Hahn ‘78 Paul ’72 and Barbara Halstenson Dr. Bruce ‘66^ and Nancy Hovasse Halverson Ron ‘62 and Joan ‘62 Halverson Kenneth ‘61 and Linda Halvorson Willis ‘55 and Phyllis ‘56 Hanson Dr. Kimm ‘76 and Karin ‘78 Hamann Hander Inc. Plumbing & Heating Dale ‘74 and Jane ‘74 Harberts William Harvey ‘59 Dr. Susan Schneider Hasseler^ and Dr. Ken Hasseler Rickard ‘83 and Monica Hedeby Major Gen. Linda Hemminger ’74 and Martin ’74 Fisher Deborah Hendricks ‘74 Catherine ’89 and Gary Hildebrandt John ’59 and Shirly Hillgren Rodell ‘62 and Gretchen ‘65 Hofland Cheryl Holm ‘71 Dr. David ’02 and Lindsey Homan Tim ‘81 and Dr. Pamela ‘81 Homan Dr. Jacquelyn Howell^ Dr. Charles ‘57 and Patty Howlin Dr. James ‘78 and Mary Hoyme Marilyn ’76 and Ronald Hudson Richard ’59 and Ellen ’60 Jensen Dr. Beth Johnson ‘72 Bradley and Rebecca Johnson Dr. Curtis ’68 and Margo Johnson Dr. Leland Johnson ‘59^ Rev. Dr. Maxwell Johnson ’74 and Nancy Lindell ‘76 Dr. Peter ’85 and Sheryl Johnson Dr. R.C. ‘68 and Jane Nutter ‘69 Johnson Rev. Claude ’63 and Annamaria Jones George ‘65 and Gay ‘67 Kapplinger Jeffery Kayl ’73 and Yuriko Anderson Dr. Kenneth Kessinger^ ‘49 Dr. Lon Kightlinger ‘77 Barbara ‘61 and Basil Kilani Timothy ’71 and Kathleen ’72 Killeen Joshua ‘03 and Lindsay ‘03 King Libby^ and Thomas King Dr. R. Roy^ and Helen Kintner Melvin^ and Carol Klein Dr. Emil^ and Carol Knapp Dennis ’59 and Judy Knight Dr. Randall Knoll ‘73 Dr. Delmar Knudson ‘56 Dr. Dennis and MaryAnn Knutson William Knutson ’54 and Midge Hougland Kristine ’68 and Dr. Larry Koehnk Judith Koens ‘56 Bradley ’81 and Beverly Koopman Stan ‘75^ and Karen ‘77 Krebs Beverly ‘78 and Monte Krier Lowell ‘65 and Leslie Kruse

Dr. James ’65 and Jill Kullbom Dr. Terrence ‘62 and Julie Kullbom Jane^ and Dan Kuper Dr. Muriel Lamkee ‘49 Stephanie^ and Slade^Larscheid Dr. Dennis Larson^ Dr. Mark Larson^ and Dr. Lindsay Twa^ Richard ‘60 and Shirley ‘61 Lauer Drs. Lindsay^ and Chad Laurich Stephen ‘65 and Marilyn Lawrence Sara ‘92 and Eric Lee James and Arlene Anderson Lefler Carol Lerdal Dr. Paul ‘87 and Cora Limburg John ’90 and Jeanelle ’91 Lust Dr. Lyle ‘68 and Rebecca ‘68 MacIver Karen MacLean ‘65 Ron and Karen^ Madsen Cmdr. Karen Markert ‘83 Lois ‘85 and Thomas Martin Dr. Steven Matzner ‘90^ and Dr. Jetty^ Duffy-Matzner Dorothy ‘55 and Roy Mayeske Dr. Kenneth ‘67 and Sandy McClain Dr. Rhonda McDowell ‘85 and Dr. Robert Patton, Jr. Dr. Ronald Medrud ‘56 Dr. Robert ‘53 and Glennys* ‘49 Meerdink Elizabeth ’81 and G. Morgan Mendelson Dr. Carole ‘79 and Ralph Miserendino Dr. Michael ’90 and Robin (Pulscher) Moran ‘90 Mark ‘80 and Barbara Morganfield Courtland ‘72 and Mitzi Nelson Dr. Jonathan ’65 and Jennifer ’68 Nelson Dr. Margot Nelson ‘67^ Dr. Dan ‘76 and Diana Nelson Rev. Richard ‘42 and Deloris* ‘42 Nelson Susan ’72 and Richard Nelson Dr. Reynold Nesiba^ and Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen^ Dr. Arlin ‘64 and Barbara Ness Sharyl Nester ‘65 Evan ‘65 and Lesley Nolte Dr. Jeffrey ‘02 and Heather Oakland O’Connor Company John Odney ‘65 Virginia Odney ‘62 Dr. David^ and Christina O’Hara Gilbert Olawsky Dr. Curtis^ and Lynda Olson David Olson ‘83 Drs. David ’71 and Joanne ’72 Olson Joyce Olson ‘46 Dr. Kenneth ‘70 and Roberta Olson Thomas ’91 and Kaye Overby Dr. David ‘71 and Katherine Overskei Dr. Lynwood Oyos^ Jackie ‘97^ and Tory Payne Dr. LaMoyne ‘63^ and Karyn Pederson Dr. Edward ‘51 and Charlotte ‘51 Peters Scott ‘77 and Dr. Patricia ‘76 Peters Wayne ‘84 and Kelly Petersen Kristi ‘96 and Sean Peterson

Dr. Janet^ and Rev. Frank Philipp Dr. Christina Reimer ‘93 and Brent Peters John Preloger ‘05 William ’67 and Joyce ’67 Ramige Carl Ray Bradley ‘73 and Agatha Reiners Jason ‘98^ and Stacy Jo ‘97 Reitmeier Carol Riddlesperger ‘40 Lorraine ’58 and Dr. John Rittmann Robert ’76 and Diana Rogen Dr. Thomas ’76 and Katie Rohs Rev. Dr. Lyle ’60 and Holly Rossing Dr. William O. ‘56 and Ihlene ‘56 Rossing Murray and Helen Rowe Dr. Paul ‘84 and Claire ‘84 Rud Rev. Kermit ‘54 and Doris ‘57 Rye Stephen and Jane Sahly Mark Sather ‘79 John Scheuermann ‘01 Dr. Peter^ and Bernice Schotten Dean^ ’70 and Sharon^ Schueler Keith ’79 and Rebecca ’79 Severson Christine ’87 and Dr. Peter Sherwood Mark Short ‘81 Paul Sichko ‘79 Bud ‘70 and Frances ‘69 Sittig Rev. Jon ‘71 and Jane ‘70 Skaar Dr. Rayburn ‘59 and Ardell ‘61 Skoglund Rev. Howard ‘66 and Kristin Skulstad Delmar Smith ’57 and Nancy Zuber Melinda Keith-Snell ‘89 and Norman Snell Drs. Craig^ and Suzannah Spencer Josephine Spencer Carol^ and Michael Spillum Kelly^ and David Sprecher Dr. Ann Stalheim-Smith ‘58 and Dr. Christopher Smith Dr. Erik ‘79 and Lisa Stene Karen Streeter ‘64 David Stusse ‘70 Rev. Leslie ‘64 and Carolyn ‘66 Svendsen Robert ’61 and Trish Swanhorst Cheryl^ and Rev. Dr. Richard^ Swanson Thomas and Trudy Tamke Carolyn Thiessen ‘63 Dr. J.D. Thompson ‘55^ Dr. James ‘60 and Darlene Thompson Per Haakon Thrane-Nielsen ‘00 Dr. Charles Toomajian, Jr. and Elizabeth Toomajian ‘77 Dr. Karel^ and Joyce Vander Lugt Deanna^ and Dean ’82 Versteeg Arlette Villaume ‘48 Dr. Mark Viste ‘92 Dr. Michael^ and Martha Wanous Ann ‘77 and Gerald ‘97 Weflen Chad ‘01 and Melissa ‘00 Welk Dr. Eric^ and Elizabeth Wells Christopher Wentzlaff ‘07 Darla ‘76^ and Michael Werner Donald Werner Rev. Greg ‘78 and Gail ‘78 Wilcox Dr. Kay Wohlhuter ‘82 Janet Wolfe ‘46

Dr. Jonathan ’95 and Michelle Wood Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith PC Dr. Charles ‘52 and Delores ‘51 Wright Steve ‘71^ and Adele Yorde Dr. Karen^ and Kent Younger Dr. Kristen ’97 and Kevin Zeller GIFTS OF $1,000 OR MORE “IN MEMORY OF” In Memory of Gloria Beck’61 Ron Beck ’61 In Memory of Robert and Merva Carlson Anita ’78 and Randy Ahrendt Debra ’76 and Douglas Frederick In Memory of Kirk E. Dean Stephen and Jane Sahly In Memory of Floren and Marian Hemminger Major Gen. Linda Hemminger ’74 and Martin ’74 Fisher In Memory of R.G. Lyngstad Ann ’77 and Gerald ’97 Weflen In Memory of Dr. V. Ronald Nelson^ ‘44 David Amundson ‘77 In Memory of Rev. Keith Odney ‘61 Virginia Odney ‘62 In Memory of Olga (Sally) Olson Kathryn ‘75 and Dr. William Harris In Memory of Paul B. Olson ‘44 Drs. David ’71 and Joanne ’72 Olson Joyce Olson ‘46 In Memory of Allan and Adeline Osmann Susan ’78 and Philip Crum Kathryn Osmann ‘76 In Memory of Arlis L. Pedersen Werner ‘55 Donald Werner In Memory of Dr. John VanderWoude Dr. Jon ‘97 and Dot McAreavey Marilyn and Thomas^ Meyer Dr. Verlyn and Lisa Nykamp In Memory of Dan Vigness ‘75 Larry Aarsby ‘75 Scott ‘77 and Dr. Patricia ‘76 Peters Dr. Jeffrey ‘75 and Jacalyn ‘77 Thomas The Family of Dan Vigness In Memory of Harold and Esther Weisshaar Dr. Duane Weisshaar ^ GIFTS OF $1,000 OR MORE “IN HONOR OF” In Honor of Dr. Eric Munson’87 Donald ’58 and Julie ’60 Munson In Honor of Dr. Duane Weisshaar ^ Gilmore and Dorothy Koepsell In Honor of Dr. Glen E. ^ ’54 and Irene ‘53 Peterson John ‘77 and Michele Sturdevant In Honor of Rev. Dr. Bruce ‘62 and Karel ‘62 Williams Todd ‘83 and Mary Williams In Honor of Deb Noteboom Wolf ‘88 Doug ‘66 and Fran ‘63 Noteboom * Deceased ^ Current and former Augustana Faculty/Staff Gifts received as of July 16, 2014.

To date, loyal Augustana alumni and friends have given more than $20.2 million in support of this historic project. To learn more about how you can support this initiative, contact Bob Preloger, VP for Advancement, at 605.274.4922.



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