Viking Life Magazine
viewpoints: a message from president Stephanie herseth sandlin
It’s been a wonderful summer at Augustana University. For the second year in a row, we celebrated a national championship for our Augustana Vikings. In 2018, our men’s baseball team won the College World Series and this year our women’s softball team brought home the 2019 NCAA Division II Softball Championship trophy. We are so proud of this outstanding team of players and coaches!
June also brought the announcement of the Spring 2019 Dean’s List. I am proud to share that 644 students, nearly 42 percent of our undergraduates, earned this distinction. And we were also ranked by the career site, Zippia, as the second university nationwide for post-graduate employment.
Throughout the summer, we’ve been putting the final touches on important campus improvements. This fall we will celebrate the opening of our newest apartment complex on Summit Avenue, the completed renovation of the Fryxell Humanities Center, and the first workouts at Larson Track and Field. Our Vikings will also notice an even more beautiful landscape as they navigate their way around campus.
We continue to celebrate our 100 years in Sioux Falls, an exciting place to live and learn year-round. Recent months have brought continued recognition for our great city, including Top 10 placements for Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Best Places to Live, and the No. 15 spot on the Happiest City in America list. Adding to the fun and energy of downtown Sioux Falls this summer is Levitt at the Falls, a new outdoor music venue offering a diverse lineup of 30 free shows.
Since our founding, Augustana has prepared students to be leaders who explore, create and boldly discover what’s possible. There’s no better time than the present to assess how we will continue our important mission for the next 100 years and to plan for our future in an ever-changing higher education marketplace. In December, our Board of Trustees unanimously and enthusiastically approved the aspirational goals outlined in Vision 2030. You can read all about the vision, goals, and follow our progress by visiting augie.edu/vision.
Over the last two years, many alumni, students, and parents have shared their Augustana stories with me. The stories I’ve heard are powerful, and the overall sentiment is that their Augustana experiences, or those of their children, have shaped their understanding of others and their outlook on life. Augustana invested in them and challenged them to dream big and act boldly. Augustana served as the foundation of their success and of their commitment to service.
As we prepare to begin a new academic year, we will continue to discover what’s possible, unleash even more potential, prepare even more servant leaders, and ensure a bold and bright future for the very special place that is Augustana University. I am excited about your interest in Augustana and I look forward to seeing you on campus as you imagine your bold future as an Augustana Viking.
Yours, For Augustana,
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin