Sept. 4: Convocation to Open 2012-13 Academic Year

Event Details


Date: September 3, 2012

Times: 10 a.m.

Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 909 W. 33rd St.

Augustana will mark the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year during its Opening Convocation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Ahead of the opening bell, Augustana officials are optimistic about the state of the College following a successful summer featuring undergraduate scientific research and recent praise from the Princeton Review and Forbes, which ranked Augustana among the top undergraduate universities nationwide for quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and student indebtedness.

“We remain humbled, honored and inspired to see that students and families continue to believe in the world-class liberal arts education Augustana’s renowned professors provide," said Rob Oliver, president. "As we welcome members of the class of 2016, along with our returning students, we’re honored they chose us. And, as fellow citizens, we’re grateful and excited they made the decision to Go Viking. We are certain they will indeed create a better tomorrow by exploring new ideas and discovering bold concepts today.”

The ceremony will include:

  • A welcome to the College’s new students.
  • Recognition of Sophomore Honors award winners Amanda Johnson of Sioux Falls; Jessica Johnson of Sioux Falls; Ashley Schmidt of Mitchell; and Ruthellen Tornberg of Harrisburg. These honors are conferred on four representatives of the preceding sophomore class, who have been selected by the faculty on the basis of scholarship, character, personal traits, and other evidence of achievement.
  • A keynote address by Dr. David O’Hara, associate professor of philosophy and classics and recipient of the 2012 Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award. O’Hara specializes in Ancient Philosophy (Plato), American Philosophy (Charles Peirce), and Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of a number of articles and book chapters.  His most recent book is "Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis" (U. P. Kentucky, 2008). He is currently preparing an edited volume of the Religious Writings of American philosopher Charles S. Peirce. Dr. O'Hara is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A., Spanish), St. John's College (M.A., Liberal Arts), and The Pennsylvania State University (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy).
  • A message from President Rob Oliver.