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The Spark! Celebrating Augustana at 150

Winter 2011


Message from the President January was an interesting time at this wonderful place we call Augustana College. J-Term, as we often call it, is traditionally an intriguing month on campus. Our students and faculty participate in Interim, a time of curricular exploration and enrichment that allows our students opportunities to study abroad, participate in internships and partake in special one-time courses that embody the liberal arts experience. In early January, following a course on Egyptian culture entitled, “A Portrait of Egypt,” taught by Dr. John Pennington, 71 members of the Augustana Band boxed up their instruments, packed their suitcases and, along with 20 staff members and friends, boarded planes bound for Cairo to embark on a five-concert, 20-day tour of Egypt. Students dubbed it as “the trip of a lifetime” even before they left. It was, indeed. During the group’s final week in Egypt, the first in an unprecedented series of anti-government protests broke out in Cairo, making our students’ return trip home a challenge to orchestrate. In the end, despite flight cancellations, Internet outages and uncertain cell phone signals, we collaborated with teams here in the U.S. and in Egypt to bring our group home. We praise God for the many blessings that made this possible, and can now breathe easier as a community. The entire experience caused me to think a great deal about the idea of venturing away from home. Home, as we know, is a place of love, warmth, security and peace. It’s where we can relax in the company of those we care about, let our guard down and be comfortable. Home is predictable, reliable and always there for us. But, what would home be if we never left – never accepted the possibility of venturing into the unknown? Consultant and author Tom Veblen explores the idea of trading the comforts of home for the unfamiliar in a force he labels Going Viking. To Veblen, Going Viking means much more than getting “into a long wooden boat with your sword and [your] friends and sailing out in search of trade and plunder.” He describes Going Viking as “to be venturesome, [to] explore, discover … to pursue hard, bold … or important undertakings.” Here at Augustana, we work every day to instill in our students a responsibility to pursue hard, bold and important undertakings. Their accountability for making the world a better place is one of the most powerful lessons we hope our graduates will take away from their time here. After her experiences in Egypt, I’m certain it’s a lesson senior Rachel Hurley, a member of the Augustana Band, will now live and breathe every day. Hurley, along with other students, recently gathered at Augustana’s

Editor’s Note

Think back a few years, or a few decades, and remember who you were in college. Can you recall that one, awe-inspiring idea that roused you? The first overwhelming discovery that pushed you to do something – something more, something truly significant? Can you remember your Spark? You are cordially invited to join Augustana as it celebrates the thousands of exceptional sparks that have lit this institution for the last 150 years. The Spark is the gala event to celebrate Augustana at 150. This unprecedented blue tie affair will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Join us as we celebrate the past 15 decades

Chapel of Reconciliation to pray for the people of Egypt. Of our God, they asked: “God of compassion, thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to see firsthand the love that the Egyptian people have for one another, regardless of religions. Guide them as they continue to break through these barriers and work towards a common goal of civil rights and freedoms. May their continued hope and acceptance of one another be an example to the whole world as many peoples search for peace and freedom.” At Augustana, we often say that in order to learn about the world, you have to see it, breathe it, taste it and experience it. At the same time, in order to really understand how truly special home is, we need to leave it. And so, we encourage our students to Go Viking – to take the risk to go, explore, discover, and learn about foreign places, different cultures, other peoples, and to take the time to hear and know their stories. As we see in the growing numbers of students who express an interest in studying abroad, today’s young men and women are up for the challenge. They understand that in order to compete in a global economy, they must experience different parts of the globe firsthand. So, they muster the courage to go; they make new friends; discover new foods, new songs and new traditions. And, they grow in ways never imagined. They look forward to sharing their new understandings with those back home. And, they approach life with new perspectives, less fearful of the horizon. Throughout this issue, you’ll read about Augustana students and alumni who have Gone Viking, including Monique Schmidt, class of 1998, who is teaching young women life skills at the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda; and senior Maren Peterson who, in her four years at Augustana, has already studied in five countries and eventually hopes to work on economic development initiatives in a country like Thailand. As we celebrate our Sesquicentennial, we continue to focus on doing all we can to ensure that our students receive the global perspective they need in order to make a difference in the world we all call home. Yours, for Augustana, Rob Oliver President

of Augustana and give you a taste of the Augustana like never before. The evening will begin with a walk through history with three levels of historic galleries featuring life-size vintage and modern photos recounting the College’s 150-year history. We’ll also be featuring period-themed food, cash bars, live music, and re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history. The 150-Year Celebration and Concert will begin at 8 p.m. with a message from Rob Oliver, more live music and special performances by the Hegg Brothers’ Band. The Spirit of Augustana Awards will be presented (see page 19 for details) and we’ll premiere “Skol! Augustana at 150,” a film that chronicles the


College’s first 150 years which includes neverbefore-seen vintage footage and stars students, alumni, administrators and faculty members. The evening will conclude with The Sesquicentennial Ball featuring a performance by the Northlanders Jazz Band, dancing on the Great Hall stage, and dessert. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for Augustana students and are available at or by calling 605.274.5320. For more information, visit We can’t wait to see you there! Kelly Sprecher, Editor


THE AUGUSTANA The Augustana is published three times per year for alumni and friends of Augustana College by the Office of Marketing and Communications. In 2010, the year of Augustana’s Sesquicentennial, the magazine was named The Augustana, in honor of the College’s first student newspaper, first published in 1908 in Canton, S.D. The Augustana, as it was then, contained essays, news items, humor pages and articles of general interest. It aimed to “develop a healthy school spirit, be a true exponent of school life, and be an interesting medium between the school and its friends.” It remained the official publication of the College until 1918. Send correspondence, name changes and address corrections to: The Augustana, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57197. Telephone: 605-274-4904. Visit the magazine online at Find more news about Augustana at Editor: Kelly Sprecher Class Notes: Barb Ebeling, Mary Toso, ‘90 Contributors: Rob Oliver, president Bob Preloger, vice president for Marketing and Communications Bruce Conley, Sports Information T.J. Nelson, ‘05, Photography Tom Slattery, Photography David Kovaleski, Photography Connect with Augustana!

DEPARTMENTS View from Summit Avenue

Notes from the Green In the Spotlight Navy & Gold Alumni News Talk from the Huddle

© Augustana College 2011

2. Student Teacher When Monique Schmidt, class of 1998, went to work for the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda, she thought she’d be teaching young women the skills they need to be independent. She didn’t anticipate learning so much from her students. 4. World Traveler Meet senior Maren Peterson. In her four years at Augustana, she has traveled to five countries and has plans to work overseas after graduation. 12. The Internationalists Learn about the International Programs Office and its mission to expose domestic students to experiences abroad and bring international students to Augustana.

MISSION AND VISION Inspired by Lutheran scholarly tradition and the liberal arts, Augustana provides an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world. The vision of Augustana College is to become one of America’s premier church-related colleges. Augustana is an affirmative action, Title IX, equal opportunity institution.


14. 1910|1960: The Years of Change The Sesquicentennial Celebration continues with a look back at the 50 years that changed the face of Augustana. Looking ahead, learn about The Spark, the gala event to celebrate Augustana at 150!

ON THE COVER: The Augustana Flying Club was organized in December 1947. The Club’s first plane, a 1939 Piper Cub, was eventually traded for a 1948 model. In this 1948 photo are: back row, from left to right Gary Giedd, Jim Cooley, unidentified, Grover Raustad, David Prieb, Russ Pohl, Sherm Morton and unidentified: Front row, left to right: Luther Troen, Lawrence Westerlund and Dr. V.R. Nelson, faculty advisor If you are able to identify the two individuals whose names we are missing, please email



Historic Vikings

Senior running back Joe Clark outruns a Grand Valley State defender in a Nov. 27 second-round playoff game at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. The Vikings won 38-6. Photo Courtesy of Tom Slattery –

Extraordinary In a year that marks Augustana’s 150th anniversary, the Viking Football team wrote a new chapter in the College’s athletic history. With an unprecedented 11-2 record for the season, the Vikings advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, the team’s deepest playoff endeavor ever, before falling to No. 1 Minnesota Duluth 24-13. Minnesota Duluth eventually went on to win the NCAA Division II championship. Throughout the season, fans talked about the undeniable light that glowed from running back Joe Clark. A 5’ 7” senior business major from Rochester, Minn., Clark was a key figure in the team’s success, including the Vikings’ 38-6 playoff win over Grand Valley State (Mich.). Clark started in all 13 games and was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division first team for the third time. He was also selected to the Daktronics All-Super Regional Three second team. He set a new College career rushing record of 3,623 yards, surpassing Chris San Agustin’s, ‘91, mark of 3,098. During his career Clark logged 753 rushing attempts and scored 46 touchdowns. He finished the 2010 season with 1,298 all-purpose yards and averaged 82.3 yards a game as the fifth-leading rusher in the NSIC. He is also the first Viking to register three 1,000-yard seasons rushing. Vikings Football Coach Mike Aldrich was widely recognized for the team’s success. He was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year, was named Region 5 Coach of the Year for Division II by the American Football Coaches Association and was named College Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.


Student, Teacher She went there to teach young women the skills they need to be independent. But at Rwanda’s Akilah Institute for Women, Monique Schmidt, class of 1998, is learning about strength, perseverance and the power of determination.


n some ways, Monique Schmidt’s classroom is just like any other. A dusty chalkboard hangs on the wall, papers waiting for grades cover a large wooden desk, a round white clock with black numbers ticks as the minutes of the school day pass by. From there, the similarities end. The sea of faces that fill Schmidt’s classroom are not those of gum-chewing, sneaker-wearing, Facebook-crazed typical teenagers. Schmidt’s students are young women whose brief histories are filled with unimaginable tragedy and sadness – brutal violence, murder and rape. They have come to the Akilah Institute for Women, the first post-secondary technical training and leadership school of its kind in Kigali, Rwanda, in hopes of building a brighter future – for themselves and for the siblings for whom they care. Orphans of the 1994 Rwandan genocide – a mass massacre of an estimated 800,000 men, women and children – most never got the chance to know their parents. They live in small surrounding villages; some have water and electricity, most do not. Each morning they anxiously ride a rickety bus into Kigali. From the bus stop, they walk a mile and a half to the Akilah Institute, eager to see the woman who inspires and encourages them. “I often say I have more than 50 kids. These young women have never experienced motherly support or advice. We’re focused on academics here, but we’re also committed to building confidence and offering support to our students,” Schmidt, ’98, said. “It’s about love and showing them care and concern. That’s what makes them grow and thrive. I like working in that environment.” Working for social causes is nothing new for Schmidt, 34. By the time she came to the Akilah Institute in late 2009, she had already served two years in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa; worked as a volunteer poetry professor teaching prison inmates in upstate New York; led international community service projects in the West Indies; and conducted women’s empowerment workshops at high schools in Togo. “I believe that the place where you can change the world is in the classroom. In Rwanda, after the genocide, 70 percent of the population was female. Of those, 80 percent now work in agriculture-related jobs for little or no money. At Akilah, we give [young women] scholarships to allow them to work toward diplomas in leadership or hospitality. The tourism industry is flowing money into the Rwandan economy. Our students might start out working in hotels or as tour guides. Yet, eventually, it’s our hope that they’ll one day start their own hotels

or restaurants. We’re preparing them to be leaders in an industry that’s open and growing. We’re giving women the skills they need to support themselves and their families.” Funded by private donors from the U.S., Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, the Akilah Institute currently serves 120 young women who have finished secondary school but are unable to attend college due to a lack of financial resources. Schmidt says the school plans to double its enrollment next year and eventually hopes to serve a total of 800 students – a lofty goal, but one Schmidt says is reachable because of the drive the students have to succeed. “It’s an interesting population to teach. These girls have been in survival mode for the last 16 years. Yet, they are survivors. We’re trying to channel the innovation and creativity they used to survive into skills they can use as leaders. They’re ambitious, despite what’s happened to them. The tragedies that fill their past hasn’t stopped them.” Schmidt, who will talk about her experiences in Rwanda at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum on Friday, April 8, in Sioux Falls, says the students have changed her life. “The spirit these young women have is amazing. They’ve seen their parents murdered. As young children, they ran to the Congo, only to see their grandparents killed. Yet, they’re so vibrant and strong. It gives me strength. I honestly don’t know who’s growing more. It’s such an affirmation of the goodness of humanity – which sounds odd coming from a land that’s been through genocide. The sense of human soul – of the human spirit – is stronger here than anywhere else I’ve ever been.” The AUGUSTANA


Thought Leader Forum “Reciprocal Transformations: A Discovery of Soul Through Service from Augustana to Africa” 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2011 CJ Callaway’s Event Center A native of Freeman, S.D., Schmidt credits the foundation she built at Augustana for helping her get to where she is today. “Augie was where I had my first real service experience – I did a Habitat for Humanity build over spring break. It was the first time I learned service can be rewarding and fun. I still keep in touch with some of my professors – they’re all really supportive and encouraging. It doesn’t just stop when you graduate.” A past Fulbright fellow with a bachelor’s degree from Augustana and a master’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University, Schmidt’s future is likely to be filled with endless opportunities. But for now, she’s only concentrating on the present. “I think doing work that’s focused on helping others is the most amazing thing someone can do. It really is reciprocal. I get and grow as much as the people I’m supposedly helping. Living from the heart is incredibly exciting and rewarding. It’s scary but it’s worth it.” 5

World Traveler At 21 years old, Maren Peterson embodies the ‘International Experience.’ In her four years at Augustana, she’s studied in India, Mexico, Norway, Thailand and Egypt.

It’s hard to believe Maren Peterson is 21 years old. Only 21. In her four years at Augustana, the senior from Cannon Falls, Minn., has participated in five different study abroad initiatives. She has spent time in India, Mexico, Norway, Thailand and, most recently, Egypt. And, while she’s already a certified globe trotter in every sense of the phrase, Peterson is quick to say that her global adventures are only just beginning. India As an economics and international studies major and a Trustees Scholar, Peterson got the opportunity to travel in India with Dr. Sandra Looney during her freshman year. The trip, she says, was life-changing. “I had visited Italy in high school, but India was my first real experience with true culture shock. Before going there, I didn’t know what the term meant. In reality, it means being confronted with such an entirely different way of life. It really opened my eyes to so many issues. Poverty is rampant in India. It was hard to have children come up to you to ask for food or money.” “The crowds of people also took some getting-used-to. Coming from a small town in Minnesota, I was used to having lots of space. In India, there are just people everywhere.” “I got to study Hinduism and Buddhism. I was able to visit places of worship that were pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists – sites that people work their whole lives to get to. I really saw [the country] from a holy and sacred perspective. This experience encouraged me to explore more of the world.”

Mai, Thailand, through the Education Abroad Network. “That amount of time [away] leads to a great deal of personal change. You become a lot more independent; you learn to figure things out on your own. I lived in a dorm with a Thai roommate who helped me learn some Thai language and I helped her learn some English. She was a great cultural host.” While in Thailand, Peterson also spent time in two rural villages and volunteered at an elementary school teaching English. “I loved that experience – it allowed me to interact with children and be in the community.”

Mexico During her sophomore year, Peterson spent a J-Term with Dr. Stephen Minister in the Mexican province of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala. “We were there for two weeks and studied issues of development and poverty. We met with local government leaders and nonprofits to learn about economic issues and we talked with fair-trade coffee farmers and feminist groups to see the different angles of development issues.”

Egypt As a trombonist in the Augustana Band, Peterson recently returned home from a nearly four-week-long tour of Egypt. She was in Cairo during the anti-government protests that eventually led to the end of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-long presidency. “Here in the U.S., we are so removed from government oppression and corruption. To hear about it, and to witness the Egyptian people coming together to drive change made me really appreciate what we have here.”

Norway After her sophomore year, Peterson spent six weeks at the University of Oslo in Norway. “I met people from all over the world. It was like summer camp with camp mates from around the globe. I studied Norwegian history and international politics. It was so interesting to get the perspective of so many people.”

Looking Ahead After graduation, Peterson hopes to return to Asia. She has been invited to interview for the Japan English and Teaching (JET) Program to teach English in Japan. Eventually, Peterson plans to attend graduate school for an economic development program. She would like to work on development initiatives in a country like Thailand.

Thailand During her junior year, Peterson spent five months studying at Payap University in Chiang

Maren Peterson poses with a member of her host family in Thailand.

Going Abroad, Again Peterson says she can’t wait to travel abroad again, especially to Thailand. The AUGUSTANA

“The Thai people were so welcoming and hospitable. I made so many wonderful connections with people. From an academic standpoint, I’m really interested in the country from an economic development perspective. It’s developed significantly. But, it’s not the stage of development we have here. The question is: how can it continue to develop and how can that development be sustainable?” Traveling internationally has also taught her a great deal about perspective, Peterson says. “In the U.S., we are so lucky. We’ve already figured out how to deal with so many issues. [Traveling has made me more] grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had. And, it has opened my eyes to see places where people aren’t so fortunate. When I think about my future, if there’s a way to help others, that’s a good thing.” “People think that others are so different from us. There are huge cultural differences. But traveling makes you realize there are a lot of similarities. We’re all human. One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing people’s pride in their own culture. Hearing them share their own cultures and traditions.” Peterson can also see how her international experience will increase her marketability as a professional. “I do think it’s really important for everyone to have an international experience, especially in the business world where everything is so globalized. The cultural sensitivity you gain – the skills you learn by interacting with people from other lands – is really valuable to have when you’re looking for a job.”



Three Elected to Board of Trustees Delegates to the annual meeting of the Augustana College Association have elected three individuals to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees. The Association consists of all congregations in the South Dakota, Western Iowa, Southwestern Minnesota, and Nebraska synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Association is responsible for electing members to serve on the Board of Trustees. Joining the Board for three-year terms beginning in 2011 are: Rickard Hedeby, class of 1983, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, class of 1973, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Emil Her Many Horses, class of 1979, of Washington, D.C. Rickard Hedeby grew up on a dairy farm in western Iowa. At Augustana, he majored in business and also played football before graduating in 1983. After serving as president of a publiclytraded Internet technology Hedeby firm, Hedeby formed Intertec International, an information technology company that provides services to enterprises operating in the global marketplace. Hedeby serves as chief executive officer for the firm, which has offices in Phoenix, London, and Costa Rica. His family still operates a farming business in Iowa. Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Nursing from Augustana in 1973. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the Kreitzer University of Minnesota. She currently serves as


founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. She is also co-director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program. Emil Her Many Horses grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Todd County, S.D. After graduating from Augustana in 1979, he served as curator for a museum at Rosebud. After working in various positions within the museum services Her Many Horses industry, he was named associate curator for the National Museum of the American Indian, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her Many Horses is an accomplished bead artist, specializing in works that depict his native heritage. His professional work is concentrated around Northern and Southern Plains Indian culture. He was the recipient the Alumni Achievement Award in 2008. Augustana College Board of Trustees In addition to Kreitzer, Hedeby and Her Many Horses, other members of the Board of Trustees include: Chair: Dennis Anderson, ‘78, Sioux Falls; Vice Chair: John Thomas, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Secretary: Becky Blue, ‘81, Sioux Falls; Bill Lindquist, ‘82, Sioux Falls; John Lust, ‘90, Lincoln, Neb.; James Odland, ‘77, Minneapolis, Minn.; Dr. Mike Olson, ‘72, Sioux Falls; Bill Dannehl, ‘81, York, Pa.; Dr. Tanya Oyos, ‘82, Edina, Minn.; Tom Davis, ‘83, Sioux Falls; Karen Pfeifer, ‘73, Worthington, Minn.; Kirk Dean, Fargo, N.D.; Laurel Prieb, ‘77, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Danae Delman, ‘77, Alexandria, Va.; Dr. Gayle Reardon, ‘74, Sioux Falls; Laura Doshier, ‘07, Sioux Falls (Young Trustee); Don Jacobs, Worthing, S.D.; George Kapplinger, ‘65, Frisco, Texas; Brad Twedt, ‘82, Chicago, Ill.; Jennifer Kirby, ‘93, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Lois Van Dam Martin, ‘85, Minneapolis, Minn.; Dr. John VanderWoude, ‘74, Sioux Falls; David Lillehaug, ‘76, Edina, Minn.; Rev. Greg Wilcox, ‘78, Sioux Falls.


Nursing Grads Ace Board Exams

Augustana reported a record 100 percent first-time pass rate for its 58 May 2010 nursing graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the examination for the licensing of registered nurses. The national average first-time pass rate for the NCLEX is 87.95 percent. In South Dakota, the average is 87.93 percent. “A 100 percent pass rate is simply phenomenal! It’s an exceptional accomplishment for our dedicated and passionate students and a true testament to our incredible team of nursing faculty and educators,” said Dr. Margot Nelson, chair of the Nursing Department at Augustana.

Former VP for Student Affairs Dies at 89

Dr. Jorgen “Jerg” Thompson, former vice president for Student Affairs, died on January 20 in Mason City, Iowa. He was 89. A native of Northfield, Minn., Thompson joined Augustana in 1947 as Dean of Men. Throughout his 39-year tenure, he served the College in a variety of roles, including: professor of psychology, vice president for student affairs and director of the Learning Support Center. He retired in 1986. He held degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Colorado and the University of Minnesota.

CWS Event Set for June 14 The Center for Western Studies’ 22nd annual June Event will be held on Tuesday, June 14, in the Morrison Commons Ordal Dining Room. Entitled, “Song and Poetry of the Great Plains,” the event will feature music by guitarist and vocalist Jami Lynn, a talk about Great Plains folk music and a reading by Writer-in-Residence Dr. Patrick Hicks. Learn more at

Annual Athletic Club Auction Set for March 18 The 25th annual Augustana Athletic Club Auction will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Exhibit Hall. For tickets contact the Athletic Club Office at 605-274-5420. New this year is an online auction, which runs through March 18. Access the website at Bid early and often to win great packages!

East Hall Magic Thanks to the concentrated efforts of Augustana’s Residence Life team, new, and possibly unlikely friendships are blossoming inside the walls of this 106-year-old building.

From left to right: Rollie Steck, Jon Ask, Casey Diggs, Jamie Martin and Mark Kuellman.

There’s something happening on the fourth floor of East Hall.

Known for its distinct architecture, oddshaped rooms, narrow staircase, round windows and creaky floors, the historic Hall, built in 1905 has traditionally been home to study-conscious upperclassmen.

Over the years, East (formerly known as Ladies Hall) has become a sought-after living space because of its “Responsible Living” status – a classification given to halls whose residents design and implement living rules, such as quiet hours and room policies. From that perspective, this semester is no exception – 21 male students, mostly juniors and seniors – occupy the rooms on East Hall’s fourth floor. Who those students are, though, is another story all together. The Hall’s fourth floor residents include: this year’s Homecoming King, an aspiring track and field star, a budding government relations protégé from Germany, a future seminarian, and an accounting major well-known for his cooking abilities. They are an odd cast of characters, to say the least. Yet, thanks to their self-confessed openness, and the efforts of Augustana’s Residence Life team to help foster friendships and develop a sense of community among hall residents, the guys on ‘Fourth Floor East’ have become much more than just neighbors. They’ve become friends. “Prior to this year, I’d never seen any of these guys [on campus],” said Casey Diggs, a junior business and sport management major 10

from Brooklyn Park, Minn., pointing to his neighbors: Senior Jamie Martin, an outgoing computer science and business major from Valley City, N.D.; Rollie Steck, a quiet senior from Canton, S.D. majoring in accounting; Jon Ask, a seminary-bound senior from rural southwest Minnesota majoring in religion and psychology; and the jovial Mark Kuellman, a senior government and international affairs major from Potsdam, Germany. The reality is, the guys say, that because of their different interests and personalities, the likelihood that they would connect on campus without living next door to each other was slim-to-none. Before moving in, Diggs, a member of Augustana’s track team, remembers wondering what the living dynamics in East Hall would be like. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s worked out really well,” he said. The camaraderie, friendships and sense of community that develops in residence halls happens, Augustana officials say, because of intentional efforts that begin when students are freshmen. Through efforts such as StrengthsQuest, an online assessment to help students determine their top interpersonal strengths and learn how to use them to achieve academic, career, and personal success, to other group activities such as the annual “Semester Shut Down,” Augie’s residence life staff are able to look far beyond the surface to really learn about and support each student. “There aren’t many students I don’t know, or know of – that comes in handy when you’re trying to work on building communities,” said Tracy Riddle, associate dean of students. “That’s part of the hands-on nature of Augustana. We’re constantly talking about who we know, what they need and how we can help them. That’s


a luxury of being on a campus the size of Augustana. Between Jim [Bies, vice president for Student Services and dean of students] and me, we have more than 50 years of experience in higher education. We’ve been here so long because we believe in the power a small campus can offer in terms of helping students succeed – both academically and socially.” In the case of Fourth Floor East, Hall Director Chrissy Bendel knew it would be important to balance the diversity of personalities with an adaptable and innovative peer advisor. Peer advisors are student staff members who serve an invaluable role in developing and maintaining high community standards in each of the College’s residence halls. They are managers, guides and a support resource for the residents living on each floor. Peer advisors help develop and implement floor rules, enforce policies, monitor the goings-on of floor residents and facilitate community building activities. “When you have a talented soul like Jamie [Martin], there’s no limit to what you can do. He doesn’t have a critical bone in his body. We appointed him to be a peer advisor in East because we wanted Jamie to use his skills to build a community,” Riddle said. For Martin, the task has been challenging, and fun. “Early on, I was really nervous because I wanted everyone to get along,” said Martin. “So we started with some group activities – we did a night out at Applebee’s and we formed a team for the ‘Dog-Eat-Dog’ intramural competition. From there, everyone just sort of adopted this openness and willingness to talk to everyone.” The Power of Food Nothing fosters conversation and friendship like food, the guys on Fourth Floor East say. Enter Steck – the accounting major with a knack for cranking out home-cooked meals from his dorm room. Dubbed the “Floor Chef,” Steck uses his crock pot and an array of spices to make hearty meals large enough to feed the entire floor. From roasted chicken and vegetables to a pork loin with mashed potatoes and gravy, Steck’s entrees serve as another catalyst for camaraderie among East Hall’s fourth floor residents. Lessons for the Future In less than a year, the bulk of East Hall’s fourth floor residents will be Augustana alumni. They will work at careers in office buildings, join social organizations, live in neighborhoods and worship in congrega-

Rollie Steck and his spices.

“We’re constantly talking about who we know, what they need and how we can help them. That’s the luxury of being on a campus the size of Augustana. We believe in the power a small campus can offer in terms of helping students succeed – both academically and socially. ” – Tracy Riddle, Associate Dean of Students tions across the globe. And, thanks to the experiences they’ve had in a 106-year-old building, they’ll have the know-how they need to build strong relationships with colleagues and neighbors.


“Living here has helped develop the skills we’ll need to build relationships with all sorts of people – both in the workplace and in our daily lives,” said Ask. “It’s really been great.”


The Internationalists The International Programs Office works to send domestic students abroad and bring international students to Augustana.

The International Programs Office: Cathy Lindamood, Ben Iverson and Donn Grinager.


hen it comes to evaluating the significance of studying abroad – learning about the world by seeing it, feeling it, tasting it – the iconic voices

of the past say it best. Take St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius, the Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian largely hailed as one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” St. Augustine is to have said. Take Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, the out-spoken and controversial author of American classics such as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover,” he is to have said. At Augustana, where this fall the College reported its largest class of international students (76 students representing 23 countries), and where 175 students recently returned from international study experiences in 19 countries on six continents over the January Interim (JTerm), the words of St. Augustine, Twain and countless other proponents of “a world-wide classroom” have never rung more true. Nearly 50 percent of Augustana students travel abroad during their four years on campus and, according to a recent survey of freshmen, nearly 80 percent report a desire to study internationally during their college careers. Augustana’s efforts to send domestic students out into the world, and the work its done to further globalize campus by offering opportunities for international students, are gaining attention in the U.S. and around the globe. Washington Monthly recently ranked the College the No. 6 baccalaureate college in the nation for its efforts to, among other things, advance social mobility. The numbers, and the accolades, are impressive, indeed. But, perhaps more impressive is the work done by Augustana’s International Programs Office (IPO) to guide the College’s global initiatives, including the recruitment of both international students and domestic students interested in studying abroad; collaborate with global studies agencies, including the U.S. State Department; and plan and facilitate the orientation process for international students who choose to study here. The Augustana Internationalists Housed inside Augustana’s new Global Education House, the former Ronald McDonald House at the corner of 28th Street and Norton, the IPO is routinely abuzz with activity. The three-person team, made up of Donn Grinager, director of International Programs; Ben Iverson, associate director; and Cathy Lindamood, International Programs coordinator, works throughout the year on two

major fronts: to assist students who are pursuing study abroad opportunities and to recruit, orientate, mentor and provide resources and support to international students at Augustana. To say the team is busy is, arguably, the understatement of the year. From the 2009-2010 term to the current academic year, the number of international students and the number of countries represented on campus jumped nearly 50 percent. In addition, 25 faculty members have submitted proposals to lead study abroad courses during the 2011-2012 academic year. “We work really hard to be good advocates for our students. From an international student standpoint, we encourage students who are here from other countries to connect with us – so we can celebrate their successes and so we can provide help and resources when they need it,” said Grinager. “We also act as ‘shadow academic advisors’ by providing background advising on broader questions and issues. In a way, we act as their Sherpas, helping them to see the entire mountain they have to climb. That helps students understand the big picture – what they need to do in order to reach their goals. In some countries, students don’t interact with faculty members. Here, students are encouraged to ask questions and engage with their professors – we help them understand the dynamics of American student-faculty relationships.” For American students, Grinager says the idea of studying abroad is becoming more mainstream. “Prospective students are increasingly looking not just for the best campus community, but also for a place that offers them opportunities to explore and experience the world. I think today’s college-bound students understand that now, more than ever, the world is an interconnected place. Even at 18 years old, students can understand that if they have international experience, language skills, intercultural skills and the independence and confidence to operate within the global playing field, they will be poised for leadership and success in the global economy,” he said. For Grinager, learning about the world through immersion is a decades-long passion. After college, he joined the Peace Corp and served 18 months in Nepal, a small country in south Asia. After receiving his master’s degree in religion, he taught English in Japan before joining Augustana in 1992. “Someone once said that cultures are hell-bent to reproduce themselves with little regard for other cultures. Cultures tend to blindly teach that our own histories, traditions and values are the best and that others are somehow inferior. Cultures have to believe in that in order to grow and survive. But, when you spend time in another culture, you see that everything you’ve been taught about your own culture comes into question. You see that other cultures are as deep and meaningful as your own and, suddenly, you see and understand your own culture in a much broader context,” he said.


According to Grinager, the growing number of international students on campus helps expose domestic students to other cultures right here at home. “I’m very proud of the culture and traditions we have here in the Midwest. I think the history, values and traditions of the Northern Great Plains are great pieces of Americana to share with international students. The nice thing about having international students on campus is that they allow domestic students to look beyond their own horizons, even when they’re at home. The conversations that take place in the Huddle, in classrooms and in residence halls allow American students to compare life’s stories and experiences.” Several of Augustana’s international students are sponsored through the Global Undergradu-

“When you spend time in another culture, you see that everything you’ve been taught about your own culture comes into question. You see that other cultures are as deep and meaningful as your own and, suddenly, you see and understand your own culture in a much broader context.” Donn Grinager, Director of International Programs ate Exchange Program (UGRAD), an initiative designed by the U.S. State Department that provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from under-represented sectors of East Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia for study, community service, internships and cultural enrichment. “[The program] requires students to spend time in their home country applying what they’ve learned here to their home culture. In some ways, the College is meeting its civic duty by helping the U.S. with its diplomatic efforts to make the world a better, friendlier place,” said Iverson. “When we give international students a positive experience here, they’ll take that experience home with them.” Like Grinager, Iverson, too, has a deeprooted passion for the power of international study. A 2004 graduate of Augustana, he studied in Spain as a student and worked as an international coordinator at the University of Nordland (previously BodØ College) in BodØ Norway after graduation. He joined Augustana’s Admission staff in 2005 and moved to the IPO CONTINUED on PAGE 27


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Palmer Eide, professor of art, 1931-1971.


y 1917, Augustana College had called the city of Canton, S.D., home for more than three decades. It appeared that, after a tumultuous beginning that included four major geographical moves in 24 years, the College was finally beginning to establish roots. That’s how it appeared, anyway. Twenty-five miles to the north in Sioux Falls, city and business leaders were lobbying hard for Augustana to relocate once again. Sioux Falls, and the College, could make an unstoppable team, city leaders argued. The city’s economy could benefit from the student population and the College, they contended, would certainly increase enrollment and attract even better faculty members in a growing metropolitan area. By 1918, church leaders had been persuaded. They made the decision to merge Augustana College in Canton with the Lutheran Normal School in Sioux Falls under the name Augustana College and Normal School (ACNS). Following the move, Rev. Dr. Charles Orin Solberg was named Augustana’s 11th president in 1920. He took office with a fierce determination to expand the liberal arts curriculum of the College and improve the quality of the faculty. “He was really one of the decisive individuals who changed the whole flavor of the curriculum – he really made it a liberal arts school,” said Dr. Lynwood Oyos, professor emeritus of history. “At that time, some classes were still taught in Norwegian. He was against that – he believed everyone should be speaking and learning in English.” “Solberg really understood what a liberal arts college needed to be; what it needed to offer. He was responsible for bringing Pat Blegen to campus,” Oyos said, referring to the intellectual and somewhat eccentric Dr. Helmer (Pat) Blegen, arguably among the most talented foreign language professors in Augustana’s history. In addition to his classroom teaching, Blegen was also known for engaging community members in lively discussions on current events and world affairs over coffee and cigars at cafes in downtown Sioux Falls. By 1927, the same year Blegan arrived, the wheels behind Solberg’s ideas were in motion. Music programs were growing in size and intensity. Dr. Carl Youngdahl had founded the Augustana Concert Choir and, in 1922, Augustana helped to create the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The College had joined the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference in athletics, became known as the “Vikings,” and chose blue and gold as the official school colors. The first homecoming (known as “Homecoming” at the time) was held in 1924; three

President Granskou (seated) assists with freshman registration in 1940.

The 1926 senior class of Augustana College and Normal School.

years later the first baseball and football teams were formally organized. And in 1929, students, alumni and community members celebrated homecoming as the first official Viking Day. In 1928, after a successful presidency marked with many achievements, Solberg accepted a position at Chicago Lutheran School and the College named Dr. H.J. Glenn interim president. Changing Tides The advancements of the early and mid1920s shadowed in comparison to the gloom


and doom that followed the historic collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929 – four days after Dr. Ove J.H. Preus was installed as Augustana’s 13th president. The unprecedented economic spiral that followed the stock market crash proved especially challenging for Augustana. Enrollment was a concern, investments tanked and drought and insect plagues attacked agribusiness owners with a vengeance. “From 1930 to 1933, Augustana was really on the ropes. Faculty members were cashing in their insurance policies to help finance the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




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College,” Oyos said. Despite the economic conditions, life at Augustana did go on. The first night football game was played on campus in 1930 and the following year, legendary football coach Lefty Olson arrived to help build an athletic program. 1931 also marked the year that art professor Palmer Eide arrived on campus. “I remember Paulie [Eide’s nickname] saying, ‘I don’t believe in hot-house art – selling something to someone just to display in their home or office.’ He believed that only limited the number of people who could enjoy the art. It’s why he preferred the liturgical arts,” Oyos said. Music programs continued to flourish and by 1932 – the year Clemens Granskou was installed as Augustana’s 14th president – the College’s music organizations had increased to include a string quartet, 40-member band, 75-member orchestra and a 51-voice choir. In 1938, the faculty organized itself into three divisions: Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science and later that year, an aviation minor was added to the curriculum, directed by physics professor Dr. Albert

Hoyem. “Granskou did a splendid job keeping things together during the Depression,” Oyos said. After Granskou accepted the presidency at St. Olaf College, Dr. Lawrence Stavig was named president in 1943, during the heart of WWII. “1943 was really a crisis year. Things were coming to a head in Europe and the draft was in full force. Early on, students at Augustana had signed a pledge not to fight in the war overseas. But, when Pearl Harbor happened, everything changed,” Oyos said. The war took its toll on Augustana. By March 1943, enrollment had dropped by more than 200 to 339 students and that fall, the College made the decision to drop its football program due to declining male enrollment. All 29 members of the previous year’s championship squad were in military service. Even Coach Lefty Olson enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he became an instructor in hand-to-hand combat. Following the war, things changed dramatically. “Thanks to the GI Bill, veterans, in a sense, flooded the campus,” Oyos said.

To accommodate the rapidly increasing enrollment, the College moved barracks from the Sioux Falls Air Base to campus to use for classrooms, offices and a cafeteria. “My first office here was in a barracks building,” said Oyos. “I shared the space with Lefty Olson.” Oyos said Stavig did a good job helping the College navigate through the wartime and post-war challenges. His “do-it-yourself ” approach helped get things done. “He definitely ran the show himself. I remember him telling me that he wanted me to teach a course in ancient history. He said, ‘don’t water it down just because you’re at a Christian school.’ ” From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, the also campus took shape through various construction projects: • 1948: An “H-shaped” barracks was moved to the east side of campus and became known as the Science Building. • 1950: Tuve Residence Hall opened. • 1955: Mikkelsen Library was dedicated. • 1956: Solberg Residence Hall opened. • 1959: Morrison Commons opened. • 1964: Bergsaker Residence Hall opened.

1. On the left, Inman Hesla, ’47, is congratulated by Rev. Henry Solem, the first person to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree by Augustana College in Canton, Dakota Territory, 1888. 2. In 1940, students model new Augustana Band uniforms. 3. Women’s basketball in 1925. 4. The cafeteria was located in one of the barracks which was converted to an art building when Morrison Commons was opened in 1959. 5. Professor Clara Lee’s speech class in Old Main during the 1950’s. 6. The Huddle first opened in the basement of the gymnasium-chapel-auditorium in 1939. 7. Ray Billie, class of 1954, takes on a Jackrabbit defender in 1953. 8. The first level of the gymnasium-chapel nears completion in 1932.



Gala Event to Feature Historical Photo Galleries, Award Ceremony, Film Premiere, Music and Dancing ‘The Spark,’ the gala event to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary, will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion. The event will feature three life-size historical photo galleries, buffets with period-specific hors d’oeuvres, re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history, the presentation of “Spirit of Augustana Awards,” honoring individuals who have left their mark on the Sioux Falls and Campus communities, and the premiere of “Skol: Augustana at 150,” a short film recounting the College’s 150-year history that stars students, alumni and faculty members and includes neverbefore-seen vintage video footage. Following the film debut, the Sesquicentennial Ball will feature live music by the Northlander’s Jazz Band and the Hegg Brothers and dancing. “Every day, our campus comes alive with sparks of energy. For our students, the sparks are the ideas that rouse them; the burning curiosity that kindles their souls and pushes them to do something – something more, something significant. For faculty and staff, the sparks are what compel us to make a difference; drive change; create, inspire and lead,” said President Rob Oliver. “At Augustana, our flame is lit by the thousands of exceptional sparks that have graced our institution since 1860. From the first flicker felt by our Norwegian founders 150 years ago, to the eternal flame that burns in each and every student, professor and staff member, the story of the Augustana Spark lives inside each and every one of us. We’re excited to celebrate that energy, and our history, with the campus community, alumni and friends on April 16.” Tickets for ‘The Spark’ are available at Costs for advance tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for students. At the door, tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for students. Additional details are available at Spirit of Augustana Awards Nominations are being accepted for the ‘Spirit of Augustana Awards,’ honors the College will present at ‘The Spark’ on Saturday, April 16. “Central to the culture at Augustana are five core values: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. Our community lives them and honors them each and every day; they walk the footpaths inside our students and their energy and meaning are infused in the academic curriculum,” said Oliver. “The Spirit of Augustana Awards will be presented to individuals who embody these extraordinary values; individuals who are committed to making the world a better place by leading the way, driving change,

and encouraging others to do all they can to ensure a brighter tomorrow. The Spirit of Augustana Award for Humanitarianism will recognize individuals who give of themselves to fight indifference, intolerance and injustice. This honor celebrates those who work tirelessly and without recognition or remuneration to improve the lives of others through selfless, courageous and compassionate acts. As fellow citizens, we revere their honesty, integrity, responsibility and compassion and we hold in high regard their passionate efforts to preserve equality and respect human diversity in order to improve the human condition. The Spirit of Augustana Award for Philanthropy will recognize individuals whose leadership and contributions as visionary leaders have helped advance progressive philanthropic ideals and vital communities, locally and at Augustana College. This honor celebrates individuals or families who have shown exceptional generosity, both to the College and to the community they serve. As fellow citizens, we revere their outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and we commend the encouragement they have shown to others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and international level. The Spirit of Augustana Award for Innovation and Discovery will recognize individuals who have the courage to try, the resilience to try again, an appreciation for the un-met needs of others and who possess a passionate spirit that is both tenacious and compassionate. As fellow citizens, we revere those who innovate and discover and, as importantly, who encourage innovation and discovery in others. The Spirit of Augustana Award for Ministry recognizes individuals who accept the call to servanthood and who serve the Church and

society by nurturing the search for religious faith in others. As fellow citizens, we revere those who encourage open dialogue within their own faith and with those of other faith traditions, acknowledging their Christian witness to everyday life. Nominations for the ‘Spirit of Augustana Awards’ are available at Nominations are due by Tuesday, March 15.

Event Details 6 p.m. – The Walk Through History • Three historic galleries featuring lifesize vintage and modern photos recounting the College’s 150-year history • Period-themed food • Cash bars • Live music • Re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history 8 p.m. – 150-Year Celebration & Concert • Message from President Rob Oliver • Live music by the Hegg Brothers’ Band •  Special performances • Presentation of “The Spirit of Augustana Awards” • Premiere of “Skol! Augustana at 150,” a film about the College’s history that includes rare vintage footage and stars students, alumni, administrators and faculty members • And, a few surprises! 9:30 p.m. – The Sesquicentennial Ball • Live Music by the Northlanders Jazz Band • Dancing • Drinks and desserts

Sesquicentennial Book Available Augustana at 150 tells the history of the College’s 15 decades through never-before-seen images and interviews with iconic faculty members, administrators and students. This limited-edition hardcover memento of Augustana’s Sesquicentennial is available for purchase at Published by Lifetouch, copies are $45, including shipping and handling. Orders will be shipped in late April.




Great Professors; Great Accomplishments Dr. Mark Larson (Biology) is co-author on an article on proplatelet maturation for The Journal of Cell Biology. Larson also had a manuscript entitled, “Omega-3 fatty acids modulate collagen signaling in human platelets,” accepted for publication in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids. This paper includes six Augustana students as coauthors, including: Jordan Anderson-Daniels, Erika Graslie, Jillian Tholen, Jessica Vogelaar, Amanda Korth and Joe Ashmore. Dr. Jared Mays and Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner (chemistry) are advisors to Augustana’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter, which recently won an OUTSTANDING AWARD for its 2009-10 activities. Of over 360 reports submitted, the ACS Committee on Education presented just 36 “outstanding” ratings; plus 68 “commendable” and 113 “honorable mention” awards. Dr. Patrick Hicks (English and Writer-in-Residence) had short stories published in the New Ohio Review and War, Literature and the Arts. Hicks also presented fiction/poetry at the Twin Cities Book Festival, the Marshall Festival and the Lutheran Festival of Writing last fall. Hicks’ latest book, A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry, published by the Center for Western Studies, was chosen by a panel of humanities scholars from South Dakota State University as one of 21 significant books about South Dakota by South Dakotans. Dr. Lindsay Twa (Art) was appointed an advisory curator for the Haitian Cultural Foundation, which will stage a major traveling exhibition of historic and contemporary Haitian art designed to raise awareness and funds to help rebuild Haitian cultural infrastructures destroyed by last January’s earthquake. The exhibition, “Haiti: Art of a Nation,” is planned for 2012-2014 and will travel to museums in New York City and Montreal. Twa also presented a paper entitled, “Alexander King’s Magic Island: an Artist’s Journey to and from Haiti,” at “Haiti in the Americas: Histories, Cultures, Imaginations,” the national conference held at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Drew Alton (Physics) was awarded an NSF grant of $6,500 for a project entitled “Collaborative Research: A Depleted Argon Detector for a Dark Matter Search.” Dr. Richard Swanson (Religion) authored the book, Provoking the Gospel: A Storyteller’s Commentary, published by Pilgrim Press. His article entitled, “Truth, Method, and Multiplicity: Performance as a Mode of Interpretation,” was published in Currents in Theology and Mission. Dr. Dan Howard (Biology) authored a paper entitled, “Are Centrally Displaying Males Always the Centre of Female Attention? Acoustic Display Position and Female Choice in a Lek Mating Subterranean Insect.” It was accepted


for publication in Ethology, an international animal behavior/behavioral ecology journal. Dr. Reynold Nesiba (Economics) published a review of Christopher Brown’s book, Inequality, Consumer Credit, and the Savings Puzzle, in the Journal of Economic Issues.

Dr. Cory Conover (History) has two manuscripts in publication: “Catholic Saints in Spain’s Atlantic Empire” will appear as a chapter in In Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic and his article entitled ,“Saintly biography and the cult; Mexico City’s San Felipe de Jesús, 1597-1697,” will be published in The Americas.

Dr. Debbie Hanson (English) presented the paper “Where in the Folk Did That Come From?: Russian Ice Dancers, Australian Aborigines, and the Figure Skating Universe,” at the annual American Folklore Society conference.

Dr. Margaret Preston (History) authored “A Journey of Faith, A Destination of Excellence: Avera McKennan Hospital’s First Century of Caring.”

Dr. Mitch Harris (English) will serve as contributing commentary editor for an eightvolume edition of John Donne’s poems. Harris also had an essay entitled, “Sites of Resistance: Christ and Materiality after the New Historicism,” published in Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory and had three solicited book reviews published in Sixteenth-Century Studies and in Seventeenth-Century News.

Pilar Cabrera and Dr. Scott Fish (MDFL) attended the Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) conference in Chicago Ill. Cabrera presented a paper entitled, “The Spectacle of the Non-Human: Literature, Photography, and Revenge in Virgilio Piñera’s Writings,” and Fish chaired the Executive Board meeting of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.

Dr. Darcie Rives (English) presented the paper, “Prairie Perfect: Performances of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ Series,” at the Western Literature Conference.

Dr. Mary Nelson (Nursing) was invited to be a panel presenter at the Assessment Technologies Institute Educator Enrichment Conference at Creighton University in Omaha.

Dr. Harry Thompson (Center for Western Studies) had a book review published in the latest issue of The Public Historian.

Lynde Thelen and Patricia Waltman (Nursing) gave a workshop presentation entitled, “Bioterrorism in the Community,” accepted for the HPSN Annual Conference (METI International Simulation Conference).

Dr. Andrew Gilham (HPER) presented two papers at the national conference for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. He served as lead author of “The Role of Personality Factors on the Goal Practices of Prospective Olympic Athletes” and co-author of “Examining the Impact and Impressions of a Relaxation Training Intervention for Collegiate Dancers.” In addition, his dissertation was nominated for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Dissertation of the Year Award for 2010. Dr. Geoffrey Dipple (History) presented a paper entitled, “Tradition, Word, and Spirit in the Thought of Hans Denck” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Dipple also had 16 entries published in The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation. Dr. John Anderson (Religion, adjunct) had his doctoral dissertation accepted for publication by Eisenbrauns. The work is entitled “Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle.” Dr. Stephen Minister (Philosophy) co-authored an article with student Jackson Murtha entitled, “Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion,” in Philosophy Compass, Vol 5, No. 11. Dr. Ivan Fuller (PVA) had five poems selected from more than 400 submissions to be published in an anthology called “Siesta” published by CreateSpace.


Lynn White (Nursing) will give a presentation entitled, “Evidence-Based Practice: The Professional Imperative at the Research Day,” for the Sigma ThetaTau Rho Xi Chapter Nursing Honor Society Research Conference. Dr. Margot Nelson (Nursing) was appointed as site evaluator for Sanford USD Medical Center’s participation in the national geropalliative care nurse residency program, AgeWISE, November 2010 - May 2012. Nathan Grau (Physics, adjunct) is part of the Atlas Collaboration involving 3,000 physicists at 174 institutions in 38 countries who collaborated on a paper entitled, “Observation of a centrality-dependent dijet asymmetry in lead-lead collisions at \sqrt{s_{NN}} = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC,” accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters. Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson (Religion) and her capstone co-instructors, Mary Helen Harris and Ellie Schellinger, have an article entitled, “Using Dissonant Narratives: A Reflection on Teaching Theology and Medicine,” included in the “Teaching Matters” section of Practical Matters, on Religion, Health and Healing. Dr. Bill Swart (Sociology) presented a paper entitled, “Dialogical Durkheim: Mechanical Solidarity and Medieval Carnival,” at the Symposium for New Directions in Critical Theory at Iowa State University.

Witness to History More than 70 student members of the Augustana Band and 20 staff members, alumni and friends were in Egypt amid historic anti-government protests. Despite the social unrest, the students called the 22-day adventure ‘the trip of a lifetime.’

What started out as the trip of a lifetime turned into a real-life history lesson for more than 70 Band members who were in Cairo when thousands of Egyptian demonstrators, angry at a lack of freedoms and long-standing economic hardships, took to the streets in a series of unprecedented anti-government protests. In an early effort to stop protesters from using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to organize additional demonstrations, the Egyptian government shut down the Internet and blocked most cell phone signals as College administration worked to reschedule flights back to the U.S. amid airline cancellations and a rush of thousands seeking to flee Cairo. As a result, Band members and their parents and families back home were forced to weather a tense weekend of little contact. As protests intensified, the Band’s final concert of the tour, set to be held at Cairo’s Mubarak Hall, was cancelled as a precaution and Augustana Band Tour leaders moved students to a different hotel on the grounds of Cairo International Airport. Egyptian protesters craving democracy and desperate to stop decades of bleak economic opportunities were demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade-long dictatorship. After more than three weeks of

demonstrations, their wish was granted on Friday, Feb. 11, when Mubarak resigned his presidency and placed the military in control of the country. Providing Perspective On the day of Mubarak’s resignation, Augustana Band members Thomas Alexander, ‘11, Rachel Hurley, ‘11, Meredith Reynolds, ‘12, and Maren Peterson, ‘11, discussed their experiences in Egypt during a “Rendezvous,” a weekly gathering organized by the International Programs Office. Junior Meredith Reynolds, 20, a biology and French major and a saxophonist in the Band, understands the significance of the Egyptian protests and says, for her, being in Cairo provided the ultimate real-life lesson on democracy. “It wasn’t a religious thing, it wasn’t a socioeconomic thing, it wasn’t a political thing. It was a people thing. The [Egyptian] people wanted change. And, they stood up for themselves and for their freedoms.” Reynolds said the trip also taught her a lot about the importance of perspective. “In Egypt, a large percentage of the population makes about $2 a day. I’ll spend that on Starbucks without even thinking about it. Here in America, we have it so good. This trip absoThe AUGUSTANA

lutely made me realize and think about all the things I take for granted.” Touring Egypt Prior to their departure, the students completed a course on Egyptian culture entitled, A Portrait of Egypt, led by Dr. John Pennington, professor of music and instructor of percussion at Augustana. During their tour, the students saw a number of ancient Egyptian landmarks, including the Great Pyramids; the Sphinx; Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as the Hanging Church; the world-famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new library of Alexandria; the Alabaster Mosque (also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali); the Temples of Philae; and the Aswan High Dam, just to name a few. The Band’s concerts were, in most cases, the first by a college band from the United States. Their opening concert was held at Cairo University, home to more than 200,000 students. At CU, the Band played in the same 3,500-seat hall where President Obama gave his “address to the Muslim world” in 2009. Stop No. 2 was Tanta University, located in the Nile delta and home to 150,000 students. The Band also performed at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and at Assiut University, a school with nearly 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students. 21

The passion of athleticism and the camaraderie of teammates drew Teresa Resch, class of 2004, to participate in sports and, ultimately, to choose a career in sports administration for the NBA.

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Teresa Resch, far left, class of 2004, assists during a life skills seminar at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Women’s Camp in Dakar, Senegal, in August 2010.


onfucius once said, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Case-in-point: Teresa Resch, class of 2004, department assistant for international basketball operations for the National Basketball Association (NBA). While studying business communications and journalism at Augustana, Resch, a volleyball player originally from Lakefield, Minn., started thinking about the possibility of finding a career in sports. “I love the ‘team’ aspect of sports. I’ve never experienced anything like it. You perform as a team – supporting each other in order to achieve one goal. Sports have a passion.” After working with faculty members such as Dr. John Bart, Dr. Janet Blank-Libra, Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Jaciel Keltgen and Shelly Gardner, Resch began pursuing internships that combined communications and sports. After graduation and following internships with the Augustana Sports Information Department and the North Central Conference, Resch decided to attend graduate school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fl. While in Miami, she worked during the day and took classes in the evening. “I chose south Florida for grad school because I knew in order to work in the sports industry I’d need to be in an area where there were tons of sports. South Florida proved to be a real learning laboratory for me.” While in Miami, Resch volunteered and completed internships for the University of Miami’s Athletic Marketing and Community Relations Department; the Orange Bowl Committee, Collegiate Images and the Miami Heat. She also completed an internship at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, where she worked on an NBA event. Through the Disney internship, she learned of a position with the NBA, based in New York City. “I started off supporting domestic operations – helping to coordinate the All Star Game, the NBA Draft, general league operations, player transactions and leaguewide events.” In 2007, she moved into a new role supporting the NBA’s international operations. “Internationally, there are no teams. My role concentrates on relationship management – identifying and growing the game of basketball across the globe. We do that by building basketball development programs and partnering with social outreach programs to teach both basketball and

“Sports really do convey healthy lifestyles and acceptance of other cultures, beliefs and traditions.” Teresa Resch, Class of 2004 Department Assistant for International Basketball Operations, National Basketball Association life skills. Our efforts also support brand awareness for the NBA, in a very grass roots fashion.” The NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program is just one initiative Resch works on. “Basketball Without Borders started 10 years ago as a way to unite people from the Balkans. It’s turned into something so much bigger. Every camp we do, something relevant and meaningful happens. [Every player] is accepting of other people for who they are as a player. It’s not about your religion or what country you’re from. Everyone’s there to play basketball and get better. The sport itself is bigger than all of those other issues.


It’s been very unique to be part of that. When you look at what’s really going on, you realize there really is hope for the world. Sports really do convey healthy lifestyles and acceptance of other cultures, beliefs and traditions.” Resch said the ease with which she interacts with different cultures first began at Augustana. “[As a student,] I spent a J-Term in Morocco. It was so good to go and see a different part of the world and see a different culture. Now, that’s a huge part of my job. Augustana was a great foundation for what I’ve been able to accomplish.”



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When rebooting a program, coaches seek out student-athlete power players like Augustana seniors Traci Fransen and Nate Baumann.

iking softball and baseball were floundering when Traci Fransen and Nate Baumann arrived in the fall of 2007. Both carried impressive high school credentials, and both were activated immediately. Viking softball and baseball had more losses than wins in the spring of 2008. The results have been reversed each of the last two seasons and, in 2011, the potential for post-season appearances for both programs is genuine. With the numbers they’ve put up, Fransen and Baumann have more than delivered on their expectations. Both are billed as “players to watch” in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) preseason coaches’ polls. Both said there is work to be done before graduating in May and they are eager to get on the field. Traci Fransen An all-state catcher at Jackson County Central High School, Fransen helped the Huskies to Minnesota Class AA championships in 2004 and 2005. But Augustana coach Gretta Melsted saw her skills better

“This team has put in the work ... I’m excited to get the season started.” Traci Fransen, Senior Softball Player suited for the corners. “I was at first base for a time, then switched to third base where I’ve been ever since,” Fransen said. “I was willing to go wherever needed.” Adjusting to the infield wasn’t Fransen’s only challenge that first spring; she also came face-to-face with a rare losing season. “It was a transition period for the team and we concentrated on working together,” she said. “It was all part of a building process to get us to where we are today.” The Vikings have come a distance since the 17-28 showing in 2008. After improving to 31-23 in 2009, Augustana was 46-14 a year ago and won its first NSIC regular season championship. Fransen contributed to the rise by increasing her batting average and home run production each season.

She is a two-time All-NSIC first team choice. Last year she was selected to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Central Region first team, and was the NFCA’s national player of the week for April 19-25. She had the second highest batting average on the team (.382), posted the highest slugging percentage (.707), and was the home run leader (15). “It’s been fun to watch Traci develop into the player she has become,” Melsted said. “She has turned into a scary, scary hitter who can literally change the course of a game with one swing. She is one of the best hitters and all-around players in the Northern Sun. It has been a pleasure to coach her, not just because of her athletic talent, but, more importantly, because she is the

Traci Fransen

type of person you want representing your program.” It has been 20 years since Augustana won the NCAA Division II softball championship. Despite having just two seniors on the roster, the Vikings field an experienced team in 2011. It’s a unit Fransen believes has national tournament potential. “Definitely,” she said without hesitation. “This team has put in the work and, with the desire to succeed, we all feel it’s an achievable goal. I’m really excited to get the season started.” An elementary/special education major, Fransen is an Academic All-NSIC selection and plans to teach and coach. Nate Baumann He has been an all-conference first-team choice for three seasons. He was the lone freshman named to the last All-North Central Conference team in 2008. His two appearances on the All-NSIC team include Player of the Year honors in 2010. He was also an All-Central Region first team choice as well as a second team selection on two All-America squads. Baumann was behind the plate his freshman year at Augustana. In a move to protect his knees and speed, Coach Tim Huber placed him in the outfield. “I’ve been all right with it,” Baumann said. In another move to capitalize on his skills,

Nate Baumann

“We had a good finish a year ago ... and we have the credentials to back it up. I’m as excited as I’ve ever been.” Nate Baumann, Senior Baseball Player Baumann was placed at the top of the batting order in 2010. He delivered by hitting .441, scoring a team-leading 79 runs, and topping the stolen bases chart with 40. “I think coach trusted me to do the right thing. It took a little getting used to, but it worked out,” Baumann said. “Nate gives us a unique aspect of power and speed that you just don’t see at this level of college baseball,” Huber said. “The numbers he has put up in three years are amazing.” In 2010, the Vikings set a school record for wins with 34. Baumann led the NSIC in batting (.476), slugging percentage (.857), and runs scored (55). Earning the conference player of the year award came as a surprise since the Vikings missed the league playoffs. “Winning the award was nice, but at the same time bittersweet,” Baumann said. “I would give it back in a heartbeat for a conference championship.” Augustana has posted winning seasons each of the last two years. In 2010 the Vikings won 11 of their last 13 games, including the final six. With most of the The AUGUSTANA

lineup intact, the Vikings have been tabbed to finish fourth in the league this spring. “A lot of us have been here a long time,” Baumann said. “We had a good finish a year ago and set a lot of records, but not one person is satisfied because we missed the playoffs. I think the strong finish will carry over and we have the credentials to back it up. I’m as excited as I’ve ever been.” In light of all the success in 2010, Huber hopes his senior co-captain will not demand too much of himself. “If he just lets his talents take care of things he will no doubt have another outstanding year. We have some very talented offensive players around him; he must understand he doesn’t need to try and do it all himself.” Baumann, a psychology and English major from Marshall, Minn., is an Academic AllNSIC student. He hopes playing professionally is in his future. “Whether Nate gets drafted or signs a free agent contract, I would guess he will get a shot,” Huber said. “The tools the scouts look for are all there and I think some team will take a chance on him.” 25


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Norwegian student-athletes Tom Karbo and Runa Falch are the reigning NSIC men’s and women’s cross country champions.

Norwegian influence is evident throughout Augustana’s 150-year history, and Viking athletics are no exception. Norwegian student-athletes, Tom Karbo, a junior from Stord, and Runa Falch, a redshirt freshman from Steinkjer, are the reigning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) men’s and women’s cross country champions. Both earned All-America distinction in national competition last fall. “Tom and Runa stand out, but all the student-athletes from Norway have contributed to our success,” said Tracy Hellman, Augustana’s head cross country and track coach for both men and women. Falch, a political science major, sprung Karbo the upset at the 2010 NSIC meet. Defending champion Morgan Place from Minnesota Duluth was at the head of the pack with the finish line some 1,000 meters away. That’s when Falch turned up the wick and passed Place for the win. Duluth’s top runner entered the event having won five consecutive races and owning an unblemished record in conference competition. “I thought Runa would have a chance, but that finish was really cool,” Hellman said. Karbo, an economics major, dominated the men’s event, finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Minnesota State. “Tom has elevated our men’s program immensely,” said Hellman. “He is quiet and humble, and a super hard worker.” And he has helped the Vikings win two consecutive men’s conference cross country championships. When he arrived at Augustana 11 years ago, Hellman began researching the College’s cross country and track history. He found some notable performances by Norwegian runners, especially in the distance races. Aware of Augustana’s Norwegian heritage, Hellman realized Norway could be a lucrative recruiting destination. With assistance from Donn Grinager, Augustana’s director of International Programs, Hellman has since formed good relations with Norwegian coaches, and with former athletes and alumni who call Norway home. “I have been to Norway seven times,” Hellman said. “Augustana has become known as a school in the United States you can come to, be successful, and receive a good education.” Karbo, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, is one of the top runners in Norway. After helping the Augustana men to a sixth-place finish at nationals last fall – the highest in school history – he was invited to compete for Norway at the European cross country championships in Portugal. This summer he will run the steeplechase at the European under-23 championships. 26

“The steeplechase is Tom’s baby, and he’s really good at it,” said Hellman. “His times are impressive and he has a chance to top the South Dakota collegiate record.” Karbo holds the Augustana record. Last spring, Karbo won the universitycollege men’s 1,500 at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. He topped the field in the 1,500 and 5,000 at the NSIC championships. In addition, he anchored the Augustana men’s distance medley team to first place at the Drake Relays with a split of 4 minutes, 5 seconds. And he placed fourth in the steeplechase at nationals. Augustana school records for the 1,500 and 5,000 are within Karbo’s reach. He has run the events in Norway Falch in times that would scuttle the school records. Pursuing records is only a part of the positive experience Karbo has enjoyed while competing in America. “The focus on track and cross country is different than in Norway,” he said. “At Augustana we have a team versus an individual focus in Norway. This makes it more social and I feel like I am part of a team. I like to participate in different competitions with good runners and, in America, every competition is something new and it makes it more exciting. Finally, it’s nice to see many new places through running meets.” Karbo transferred to Augustana from Stord/Haugesund University College, while Falch came to Sioux Falls as a true freshman. “I met with her in Norway and convinced her Augustana was the place to be,” Hellman said. Augustana has won four consecutive women’s cross country conference championships – three in the NSIC and the last gathering of the defunct North Central Conference. Falch’s winning performance sparked the Vikings’ latest triumph. “She is a talent,” Hellman said. “She is extremely dedicated to her running. She is so very intense that at times I have to hold her back.” Leading up to the conference cross country meet, Falch won the Mount Marty Invitational and was 19th at the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Finishing ahead of her in Arkansas were runners from Indiana University, Auburn University, Oklahoma State, and Texas Christian University. While Falch and Karbo have excelled, Hellman points to key contributions from other Augustana runners from Norway. Kristin Brondbo (Steinkjer) was 17th at the cross country nationals last fall. Miriam Hovda (Stavern) and Cecilie Udstuen (Karmoy) ran on the women’s winning 3,200-meter relay team that set a South Dakota collegiate record of 8:59.02 at the prestigious Drake Relays in 2010.


‘They are learning more than words, they are learning with all five senses.’ INTERNATIONALISTS: Continued from page 13

in 2009. “Traveling abroad puts a human face to the things we read about in textbooks. You can read about the economic problems in Mexico and you can learn about it from a distance. But, if you actually go there and meet a family who’s struggling, you understand the complexity of the issue at a much deeper level. The nightly news showcases the issues in black and white. Studying abroad humanizes the issues we deal with every day,” Iverson said. “It’s so powerful to visit with students after a study abroad experience or to talk with international students after their time here is finished and to see how far they’ve come personally – how much they’ve matured and grown. They can travel alone. They can live independently. They’re equipped with these powerful experiences that will shape their perspectives. It’s so rewarding.” Lindamood agrees. A native of New Jersey and former director of academics at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall Secondary School in Waltham, Mass., Lindamood spent a year living in France and led multiple study abroad initiatives before coming to Augustana a year ago. “Studying abroad helps develop an understanding and appreciation for cultural norms and how they impact the world around us. Our understanding of the world is shaped by the cultural norms in which we were raised. Spending time in other cultures helps students develop independence and a sense of self. If they can navigate the waters of a different culture, they seem to grow exponentially [as people].” Integrating the International Experience Grinager says the growth in international programs at Augustana is a direct result of engaged and passionate faculty members. “My sense is that the most important growth that’s occurred is faculty members’ acceptance of and encouragement for integrating the international experience with students’ broader education. Ultimately, it means tying study abroad experiences to a student’s discipline, as well as

to the learning that takes place in the liberal arts. Faculty members have the most experience with students over the course of their four years and they have embraced the College’s global education philosophy.” Dr. David O’Hara, assistant professor of philosophy, is one example. For the past five years, O’Hara has taught a course in Greece that focuses on the question, “What do we owe the past.” At its core, the course seeks to explore what we have gained from the past and what obligations from the past we need to maintain. It focuses on the Golden Age of classical Greece and on the Parthenon in particular but, as he says, by being immersed in the country, the knowledge and perspective students take away from the experience is immeasurable. “Imagine the difference, if you can, between reading Acts 17 (about Paul’s visit to Athens) in a classroom and reading it on the Areopagus, while sitting in the same place Paul sat,” he says. “When students read this in the classroom, I can talk to them about the context, and it is fascinating. But when I read Paul’s words, ‘God does not dwell in houses built by human hands,’ in Athens, my students glance down to their left and see the Temple of Hephaestus. Their eyes slowly pan across the ancient city to the temples of the Acropolis, looming above them to their right.” “Will they ever forget that?” he asks. According to O’Hara, studying abroad is proof that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. “I consider Greece to be one of my favorite classrooms because, while we are there, every waking moment is class-time. I may intend to teach my students about the Parthenon, but while we are on the Acropolis, they are also learning about urban planning; international trade; Mediterranean climate and ecology; architecture; the Greek economy and its place in the European Union; the Greek language; and a thousand other things. They are learning more than words – they are learning with all five senses. Some students will notice what birds are indigenous to Greece; others will think about the implications of a common currency for the

E.U.; others will remark on the different emissions and vehicular regulations in our respective countries; others will notice that the ambulances are smaller because the streets are narrower, and will reflect on what that implies for emergency medicine in very old cities; and so on. All this is on top of the lessons I have planned about classical history, literature, philosophy, and politics.” Dr. Reynold Nesiba, associate professor of economics, agrees with O’Hara’s arguments about the power of studying abroad. Nesiba recently returned from leading a J-Term course in Australia entitled, “Australia in the Global Economy.” “[In Australia] my students were able to visit with individuals and professors who see the benefits of a broader social welfare state. It is essential for students to take the ideas they learn in the classroom and attempt to apply and/or test them in the world. In economics, it is difficult – perhaps impossible – to understand the causes and consequences of economic globalization without travel. By seeing what other countries do, students can imagine other ways of organizing our own society.” While studying internationally no doubt increases the number of professional opportunities for students, O’Hara argues that time spent abroad also allows students to know and understand people of all cultures on a much broader level. “It’s easy to play armchair economist at home, passing judgment on faceless, distant nations for their faults. [Yet,] when you go to live in a Guatemalan home for two weeks, eating their food and brushing your teeth next to their children; or when you walk the streets of an Indian city and talk with a shopkeeper; or when you spend a half hour chatting with two Greek brothers who run a small hotel in Nauplion, those nations will never be faceless again.” “Of course, [these experiences] will make [our students] more competitive. They’ll be more informed investors, more informed citizens, more informed soldiers. And, even if they don’t travel again … time abroad will prepare them to know and understand the people they meet right here at home.”


Special Visit

Sam Milanovich Golf Tourney Set for June 17

During its recent Midwest Interim Tour, the Augustana Choir paid a visit to 104-year-old Adelaide Moen, class of 1926. Moen sang in Dr. Carl Youngdahl’s Choir and traveled on one of the Choir’s first tours to California. Visiting Moen at the Chicago nursing home where she resides and performing for her as an early 105th birthday gift was a special moment on the Choir’s Sesquicentennial Tour.

The 19th annual Augustana/ Sam Milanovich Golf Tournament is set for a Noon Shotgun Start on Friday, June 17, at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls. For more information contact the Athletic Club Office, 605-274-5420.



ALUMNI NEWS A Message from the Alumni Association President

On the Shoulders of Giants My fellow alumni, One hundred and ten years ago this spring, the graduating class of the Augustana Academy included the name Ole Edvart Rølvaag, author of the award-winning book, “Giants in the Earth.” Published in 1927, the work depicted the struggles of Norwegian settlers as they worked to establish roots in the midwest. The home Rølvaag used while writing the book is still on display near campus, nestled among the tall switch grass across the street from Bergsaker Hall in Heritage Park. It is humbling, indeed, to know that the house of such a giant writer and thinker would sit, mostly empty, just feet from the classrooms where we explored our interests and discovered new ones. And, while we can’t do much about the passage of time and its wear on a place of importance, we can use it as a reminder of what makes Augie so special. There are many who have gone before us – students, iconic faculty members and revered administrators, who worked to make Augustana’s mission and traditions sacred in the hearts of us all. So much effort, sacrifice, study and love went in to creating a place that would live as a testament of God’s work in real time. And so, we honor those who did and continue to do the heavy lifting. They are giants. And, it’s a mighty fine view from their strong shoulders. As Augie’s 150-year celebration comes to the halfway mark I would like to invite you, the alumni, to get involved and show your support in the following ways: •  The Spark: Celebrate Augustana’s storied history and rich tradition at The Spark, the gala event to celebrate 150 years. Visit to learn more. •  AC150: The 2010-2011 academic year marks the celebration of Augustana’s Sesquicentennial. Visit to review the history of the college and view more than 800 photos of you and your classmates. •  AugieLink ( Augustana’s online alumni community has been developed as an efficient way to view your class notes, register for events and search for alumni. Plus, it is a great tool to connect with your classmates. Here you can stay on top of upcoming activities, events, and the social networks used to promote them. To begin connecting with others visit, click the Alumni tab, and then the AugieLink button to get started. •  Value Proposition: Augustana selects the finest students, trains them better than anyone else, graduates them efficiently, and places them in loftier places than they aspired to land. As alumni, we should be touting the value we have in our education. For a great list of ideas on how to do this, visit Facebook is another way to receive information from Augustana in a simple, userfriendly way. You can view upcoming events, connect with your friends, or even view YouTube videos created by Augustana students about their experience. There are two Augustana pages of which you can become a fan, AugustanaCollegeSD and If you’re passionate about your alma mater, tell your friends, join a fan page, update your LinkedIn profile, connect on AugieLink, tell the parents of a high school senior about the Value Proposition, attend one of the events listed in the Upcoming Events section, or just take a moment to reflect on the Augustana memories you have. In any case, let the pride you have lead you to continue to serve the mission of the college by lifting it up to others. See you on Saturday, April 16, at The Spark … and, Go Augie Go!

Class Notes

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CLASS OF 1935 Irene Prieb Titus, 97, died Sept. 26, 2010, in Saint Paul, Minn. CLASS OF 1937 Myrene Ronshaugen Johnson, 93, died Dec. 19, 2009. Warren Strain, 93, died Jan. 16, 2010, in Vancouver, Wash. CLASS OF 1938 Alta Rasmussen Onstad, 94, died Oct. 11, 2010, in Helena, Mont. Mae Johnson Warner, 95, died Dec. 15, 2010, in Hawarden, Iowa. CLASS OF 1939 Marian Evanson Hanson, 91, died Sept. 30, 2010, in Whitewater, Wis.



CLASS OF 1940 Eleanor Peterson Erickson, 93, died Dec. 2, 2010, in Sioux Falls.

Violet “Vi” Sogge Smith, 92, died Dec. 1, 2010, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1941 Geraldine Leach Hainje, 93, died Oct. 16, 2010, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1943 Charles Austin, 91, died Nov. 26, 2010, in Sioux Falls. Arden Johnson, 91, died Oct.15, 2010, in Akron, Iowa. CLASS OF 1944 Phyllis Ellison Johnson, 88, died Oct. 24, 2010, in Sioux Falls. Mavis Hanson Hamre died on Jan. 3, 2010, in Tempe, Ariz. Eugene Holm, 88, died Nov.14, 2010, in Fargo, N.D. CLASS OF 1945 Helen Larson Stach, 88, died Oct. 10, 2010, in Mitchell, S.D. CLASS OF 1947 Genevieve Riedel Jocz, 85, died Nov. 26, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Paul Stavig died Nov. 24, 2010, in Nevada City, Calif.

Matt Jensen, Class of 2000


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CLASS OF 1931 Dorothy Drew Garwell, 102, died Dec. 19, 2010 in Elko, Minn.



CLASS OF 1950 Kee DeBoer died Nov. 29, 2010, in Los Alamitos, Calif.

John Gilbertson, 81, died Oct. 10, 2010, in San Diego, Calif.

Development Team Announces Three New Members Corey Camp, ‘94, has been named director of the Augustana Fund and Annual Giving. Camp holds a real estate license and prior to joining Augustana, he worked in the financial industry. Previously, he spent nearly a decade with Nike in Beaverton, Ore. Camp He and his wife, Tara (Sydnes ’98), have two children and reside in Sioux Falls.

Ralph Harms, 85, died Dec. 27, 2010, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Allen Iverson, 84, died Nov. 2, 2010, in Willmar, Minn. Verlyn Smith of Saint Paul has been named a recipient of the 2010 Honorary Award of The Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice in Minneapolis. The award is made annually by the foundation to individuals or couples who have devoted their lives to promoting peace and justice. He was cited by the foundation as “…advocating tirelessly for the church to work for justice and peace…” in his roles as parish pastor, college teacher and campus minister. CLASS OF 1951 Donald Reshetar, 81, died Oct. 19, 2010, in Aberdeen, S.D. CLASS OF 1953 Richard Bahnson died March 27, 2010, in Spokane, Wash. CLASS OF 1955 Jerry Albert, 77, died Dec. 28, 2010, in Aberdeen, S.D. Earl Schwenck, 81, died Dec. 7, 2010, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1957 Antoine “Andy” Zephier, 80, died Dec. 14, 2010, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1958 William “Fritz” Lennon, 73, died Oct. 2, 2010, in Spirit Lake, Iowa. CLASS OF 1959 Carol Boe Harris, 73, died Nov. 2, 2010, in Akron, Iowa. William “Bill” Kluter, 78, died Jan. 4, 2011, in Sioux Falls. Erwin Kost, 84, died Oct. 30, 2010, in Rapid City, S.D.

Mike Flynn has been named a director of Major Gifts. His primary focus will be the Momentum Augustana campaign. Prior to joining Augustana, Flynn served as executive director of the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation where he led major gift, endowFlynn ment and planned giving activities. From 1990 to 2004, he served as president of Flynn Outdoor Advertising, headquartered in Sioux Falls. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He and his wife, Sue, live in Sioux Falls.

Stephanie Hilbert has been named a director of Major Gifts. She comes to Augustana with an impressive record of major gift fund raising at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and the University of Iowa Foundation. Originally from Algona, Iowa, Hilbert Hilbert is a graduate of Iowa State University and is completing work on her MBA. She and her fiancé, Slade Larscheid, will be married in July.

CLASS OF 1960 Sharon Vik Norstrom died Nov. 20, 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden.

CLASS OF 1972 Dr. Eugene Hoyme’s work in researching and treating Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders was published in the July/August edition of MED (Midwest Medical Edition).



CLASS OF 1962 Howard Hellekson, 70, died Nov. 8, 2010, in Volga, S.D. Sandra Olson Rockafellow, 70, died Oct. 29, 2010, in Sioux Falls. Bruce Williams is now serving First Lutheran in Fargo as interim senior pastor. CLASS OF 1963 Doyle Schuler, 69, died Nov.1, 2010, in Clinton, Mo. He was a resident of Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1964 Arland Jacobsen retired in 2009 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., after 30 years of service. He is writing a book on Jesus and a book on the Palestinian Christians in addition to traveling to the Holy Land. Robert Polzin, 68, died Oct. 24, 2010, in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1965 Tony Anderson, 67, died Oct. 5, 2010, in Portland, Ore. CLASS OF 1968 Dean Westby, 64, died Oct. 4, 2010, in Maple Grove, Minn.

Diane Bueber Wulf was presented with the Certificate of Merit by the Goethe Institute and the American Association of Teachers of German. This award, one of the highest national awards for American German teachers, was one of four presented nationally to German teachers at the annual conference of the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages in Boston in November 2010. Diane is a German teacher at Westside High School in Omaha, Neb. CLASS OF 1975 Kristi Rikansrud Wallin was honored as the Outstanding Special Education Director of the Year. The award, which is presented by the School Administrators of South Dakota, was announced in March 2010, and will include an honoring banquet and recognition before the state legislature in February 2011. Kristi has been director of student services for the Lennox School District since 1999. CLASS OF 1978 Loren Barstad, 55, died Oct. 31, 2010, in Renner, S.D. Teresa Johnson DiNello is a guidance counselor at North Pointe Prep in Phoenix, Ariz.

CLASS OF 1969 Larry Francis and his wife visited Morocco, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany and Finland in their travels throughout 2010.

Mark Johnson was the fifth recipient of the South Dakota Advertising Federation’s “Creative Legacy Award.” He is a producer with Henkin Schultz in Sioux Falls.

CLASS OF 1970 Dale Pommer has retired after 26 years with the State of Tennessee to devote more time to promoting his music, especially overseas, where he’s had a number of songs recorded, and to publicizing his wife’s paintings.

CLASS OF 1979 Mel Antonen is writing (baseball) for and is broadcasting for Sirius-XM Radio. He lives in Washington, D.C.





ALUMNI NEWS CLASS OF 1983 Lynette Duerksen Sparks was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in May 2010. She is currently serving as pastor at Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church in Lockport, N.Y. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.



CLASS OF 1984 Linda Kern Anderson has been named the Executive Director of the Black Hills Playhouse in Rapid City, S.D. Tammy Percy Smith is a programmer working in the IT Department of DaVita, a kidney dialysis company. She lives in Littleton, Colo. CLASS OF 1990 Marice Knutson Highstreet is among 62 outstanding elementary and middle school principals named as 2010 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. This award recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. Marice is principal in the Tri-Valley School District, Colton, S.D.



CLASS OF 1991 Greg Coffman, 41, died Nov. 12, 2010, in Chicago, Ill. CLASS OF 1993 Fern Enright Steffen, 64, died Nov. 7, 2010, in Kiester, Minn. CLASS OF 1994 Karlena Swier Cahalan, 35, died Nov. 1, 2010, in Loveland, Colo. Marius Laursen was promoted to Fire Marshall for the City of Mitchell, S.D. Pam Cragoe Miller is working for the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, as Grassroots Advocacy Director for North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. She lives in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 1995 Karin Bonde-Borgmann and Michael Borgmann welcomed Thomas Michael Borgmann on Oct. 25, 2010. Cory Olson and Sherry Hotchkiss Olson, ‘01, welcomed Ty Brennan to the family on July 21, 2010. CLASS OF 1997 Kim Rapp Phillippi and Mark adopted 2-year-old Katherine “Katie” Margaret in July 2009. They had previously been her foster parents. They live in Maple Grove, Minn.

Minnesota in the Library system, overseeing the national/international interlibrary loan program. They live in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wendy Lothert Ochs is the Executive Director of Family Support Network, a non-profit agency providing services to families at risk of abuse and neglect, and families who have children with mental health issues. She lives in Billings, Mont.


CLASS OF 2000 Gretchen Papik Jepperson and Ryan Jepperson, ‘01, welcomed Slaten Papik to the family on Oct.11, 2010. They live in Sioux Falls.


Leah Schmeling Skille and John welcomed Maren Mae on July 17, 2010. They live in Chaska, Minn. CLASS OF 2001 Megan Colon is administrative director for Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, overseeing all financial and functioning operations for the D.C. and N.J. offices. She lives in Washington, D.C. Jason Olinger and Allision Bertilrud Olinger, ’02, welcomed son Gavin Gordon on Feb. 9, 2010. Sherry Hotchkiss Olson and Cory Olson, ‘95, welcomed Ty Brennan to the family on July 21, 2010. They live in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 2002 Crystal Peterson Johnson and Brian Johnson, ‘03, welcomed twin daughters Aubree Eve and Annelise Christian to the family on Oct.13, 2010. Kari Lund is a gifted and talented teacher with the Fort Osage (MO) School District. Allison Bertilrud Olinger and Jason Olinger, ’01, welcomed son Gavin Gordon on Feb. 9, 2010. Emily Hughes Pepper and Arthur Pepper, ‘08, welcomed Oliver Dwight James to their family this past fall. Mel Roberts Peterson and Jim Peterson welcomed Veronica Mae to the family on July 19, 2010. They live in Sioux Falls. Brytten Hoefs Rice and Nick welcomed son Theo on Sept. 1, 2010. Gretchen Spars married Edward McKee on July 17, 2010. She is a graduate student in bioethics at Wake Forest University; they live in High Point, N.C.

CLASS OF 1998 Jennifer Uhler is an instructor at the University of Tartu in Estonia.

CLASS OF 2003 David Joyslin is a personal trust relationship manager with the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Minneapolis. He is a licensed attorney and a member of the Minnesota Bar Association.

CLASS OF 1999 Joy Reitmeier married Jason Knoll on Oct. 9, 2010. Joy is a supervisor at the University of

Nathan Golz is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo. He and Heidi Bratland Golz, ’03, live in Aberdeen, S.D.



Sara Flohrs married Chad Harrington on Aug. 7, 2010. CLASS OF 2004 Marisa Arens completed her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., with a concentration in reading. Stephanie Hauert Bolin and Allen are the proud parents of Lillian Cly Bolin, born Sept. 14, 2010. While in Geneva, Switzerland, in August 2010, Kira Christensen completed her graduate studies from the Global Program at the University of Michigan, Flint. She earned her Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Technology in Education. Lisa Haehn Holton and James welcomed Grady James Holton on Sept. 20, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. CLASS OF 2005 Joshua Knudsen is a site director with Upper Missouri Ministries. He lives in Epping, N.D. CLASS OF 2006 Kyle Fricke owns his own business as an agent/ registered representative, affiliated with Farm Bureau Financial Services in Sioux Falls. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in May 2009. Jennifer Matthews married Mike Matthews on June 5, 2010. She is working as a registered nurse with Sanford Health; the couple lives in Humboldt, S.D. Jennifer Toscana received her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. She lives in Houston, Texas, where she is employed by Universal Field Services. Jessica Wolterstorff is a speech language pathologist for the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. CLASS OF 2007 Bethany (Rasmussen) Anderson is an Associate Clerk for the Wisconsin State Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms office. She and Drew Anderson, ’07, live in Madison, Wis., where Drew is a student in the economics graduate program at the University of WisconsinMadison. Maria Belarde Beth is working as an interpreter with A to Z World Languages and living in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jennifer Buyske recently completed the Military Justice Legal Officer Course. This enables students to provide paralegal advice and basic legal assistance services, and to perform duties of a unit legal officer. She is a Navy lieutenant (junior grade). Ryan Hutchinson married Alissa Ver Steeg, ’09, on July 20, 2010 in Sioux City, Iowa. He is working for Best Buy in Sioux Falls.

Paula Wheeler is working at the U.S. Bank International wire transfer department. She lives in Stillwater, Minn. CLASS OF 2008 Heather Bestler is employed by the State of Minnesota with the Department of Revenue as a State Program Administrator for the Property Tax Division. She also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Arthur Pepper and Emily Hughes Pepper, ‘02, welcomed Oliver Dwight James to their family this past fall. Kyle Rogers married Kelli Zingler, ’11, on June 19, 2010, at Augustana College. CLASS OF 2009 Miranda Bolen is working in the Harrisburg School district as a fifth grade teacher with an emphasis on reading.

Mateya Kuhlman Berg is an admissions counselor with Dakota Weslyan University. She lives in Parkston, S.D. Kari Rasmussen married Logan Lee, ‘10, in June 2010. They are living in Eugene, Ore. Elizabeth Stewart is a teacher in Huron, S.D. Alissa Ver Steeg married Ryan Hutchinson, ’07, on July 20, 2010 in Sioux City, Iowa. She is a teacher at Elkton Public School; they live in Sioux Falls. CLASS OF 2010 Jennifer Andersen is working for Good Samaritan in Fort Collins, Colo. Amanda Jenson is a collections assistant at Augustana’s Mikkelsen Library. Danielle Koenig is serving as a nurse with the U.S. Army. Ian Malloy will have his book, Essays in Cogni-

Invest in Great People, Invest in the Augustana Fund Meet Lindsay Plathe, class of 2012, a business administration major from Bellingham, Minn. Lindsay is just one of hundreds of Augustana students who benefit from the Augustana Fund, a pool of financial resources that provides scholarships and financial aid to students, helps recruit and retain exceptional faculty and makes available new and significant technology. Q. What’s your time at Augustana been like so far? A. In one word: challenging. Augustana has challenged me to grow so much in every aspect of my life. Q. After graduation, how do you think a degree from Augustana will differentiate you from other college graduates? A. Augustana’s academic reputation alone sets its graduates apart from many others. A degree from Augie doesn’t teach you to just go out and work, it gives you a fire to make a difference, to incorporate your values into all you do and to make sure that passion is a main part of your career. Augie holds its students to a higher standard and pushes them to be their absolute best. Q. What has Augustana taught you about social responsibility – the importance of giving back in order to make the world a better place? A. In my classes, I’ve been provided many opportunities to appreciate the importance of social responsibility. Within our business studies, we were not taught just how to make a buck. We learned what we could do to inspire and help others, because that’s what success is. Your gift to the Augustana Fund creates opportunities for students like Lindsay while ensuring Augustana’s strong and viable future. To learn more about the Augustana Fund or to make a gift for the 2010-2011 campaign, visit

tive Science: Collegiate Papers on Morality and Consciousness, published in 2011. Erin Mangen is a web producer with KELO-TV. Leslie Sawatzke is working as a legal assistant with ASK Financial in Eagan, Minn. Lillian Schaupp married Jonathon Josten on June 26, 2010. She is working for Dyer Lawrence Law Firm in Carson City, Nev., and he is employed by Target, also in Carson City. Beth Schwanz is an acquisitions assistant at Augustana’s MIkkelsen Library. Lindsay Polzin Scott is a teacher in Eagle Butte, S.D. Michael Scott is working as a special education teacher in Eagle Butte, S.D.

Therese Hallengren, Coty Hallengren, class of 2011, and Les Hallengren, of Rock Valley, Iowa, attend the annual Scholarship Banquet in November.

A Promising Future Thanks to Help From One of Augustana’s Endowed Scholarships, Senior Nursing Major Coty Hallengren Will Soon Begin a Career in Helping Others.


very parent wants the best for their child. From the first cry, to the first day of school, to graduation and beyond, parents never stop praying – they wish for good health, happiness and love. And, they hope for a sound and stable future – an education, a fulfilling career, a safe home. In today’s world, providing for a child’s education requires extensive financial support and, in most cases, long-term planning. It’s why today’s families consider scholarships and grants more valuable than ever. “Every little bit helps,” said Therese Hallengren, a postal worker from Rock Valley, Iowa. Hallengren’s daughter, Coty, a nursing major, will graduate this spring with a bachelor of arts degree. “It’s such a good feeling to know that [because of her scholarship] there’s that much less she has to borrow.” Hallengren is one of 1,185 Augustana students who are recipients of the John T. Vucurevich College’s 491 annual and endowed scholarships, financial gifts awarded to students based on, primarily, academic merit and financial need. And, while there’s no doubt students benefit from these gifts, donors argue that they benefit as well – by being able to make a difference in someone’s life. The John T. Vucurevich Scholarship, which is providing financial 32

“It’s very satisfying to ... know the family is still making a difference in people’s lives and contributing to a stronger South Dakota. ”

Tom Vucurevich

assistance to 13 students during the 2010-2011 academic year, including Hallengren, is one example. “It’s very satisfying to ... know the family is still making a difference in people’s lives and contributing to a stronger South Dakota,” said Tom Vucurevich, son of the late John T. Vucurevich. “[This is a way] to help others who have the desire and motivation to succeed and make a better life for the community.” Vucurevich said it also feels good to know that his family’s gift helps other families. “My father had come from Serbia and his father (my grandfather) had always placed a high degree of importance on education. My father especially understood how hard it was to provide for the family needs but felt an education could never be taken away from someone. He realized that a family continues to grow by having an education.” As for Hallengren, she’s looking forward to beginning her future. As a nurse, she hopes to concentrate in either women’s treatments or pediatrics.


The Flat Ole Project Flat Ole, Flat Stanley’s Norwegian cousin, is excited to travel the globe with alumni and friends of Augustana College! Flat Ole is an adaptable traveler. Just follow these easy steps: • Cut out this Flat Ole character and take him with you wherever you go.

• Chronicle your adventures at home and abroad by taking a digital photo of Flat Ole near world-famous monuments, historic buildings, beautiful scenery, exotic wildlife and other places that signify your location. • Become friends with “Flat.Ole” on Facebook. • Tag Flat Ole in your photos or upload your Flat Ole photo, along with a brief description about his surroundings, to his Facebook page at • Tell your friends and family about Flat Ole and/or print extra copies of Flat at to send to them. • Check Flat Ole’s wall frequently to see what other amazing places he visits and look for Flat Ole photos in the summer issue of The Augustana!

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Issue 1, Volume 2: The Augustana, Winter 2011  

The magazine for alumni and friends of Augustana College.

Issue 1, Volume 2: The Augustana, Winter 2011  

The magazine for alumni and friends of Augustana College.