Norway’s Honorary Consul General to Speak at Augustana

Event Details

Date: April 12, 2010

Times: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Morrison Commons 3-in-1 Room, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: Tickets are $11 per person and include dinner. For tickets, call Michael Nitz at 605.274.5474.

SOUX FALLS, SD – Gary Gandrud, recently appointed as Norway’s honorary consul general in Minneapolis, is the speaker for the Norse Federation (Nordmanns-Forbundet) Spring Banquet to be held on the campus of Augustana College.

The banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Morrison Commons 3-in-1 room. The menu choice is Icelandic Cod or Holiday Ham. Tickets are $11 per person. For tickets contact Dr. Michael Nitz at 605.274.5474.

Gandrud’s appointment as honorary consul general is effective August 1, 2010. He replaces Vice President Walter Mondale, who stepped down from the post on January 15. Gandrud will be speaking on the Honorary Consulate Model for the 21st Century and what it means to our Norwegian American Community.

He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota law school, and is a partner in the law firm of Faegre and Benson in Minneapolis. He is a founding member of the Norwegian American Foundation and has served as chairman of the organization. He is a past president of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce. In 2007 he received the Norwegian Ambassador’s Award for his dedication and significant contributions to strengthening ties between Norway and the United States.

Gandrud has served as Norwegian Honorary Consul since 2007. "Gary has been instrumental in the establishment and support of a number of Norwegian American institutions and has a very high standing in the community," says Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

With both sides of his family hailing from Hallingdal, Norway, Gandrud embraces his heritage and hopes to share his passion for Norway with others. "Talking about today's Norway helps engender appreciation for this remarkable country and its rich culture," said Gandrud. "Norway has so much to offer in terms of history, scenic beauty and the arts."

Dr. Michael Nitz
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 605.274.5474