Convocation to Open 2014-15 Academic Year

Opening Convocation

Event Details


Date: September 3, 2014

Times: 10 a.m.

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

Augustana will mark the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year at Opening Convocation, set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Convocation will recognize Sophomore Honors award recipients. Sophomore Honors are awarded to students who have earned a GPA of 3.9 or higher by the end of their sophomore year and are on their way to achieving summa cum laude status. The award acknowledges the hard work and dedication needed to attain this level of academic excellence. Sophomore Honors award winners are:

  • Matthew Bell, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Claire Buendorf, Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Charissa Etrheim, Brandon, South Dakota
  • Sarah Kocher, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Megan Thacker, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Christian Einertson, Marietta, Georgia
  • Rebecca Worden, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Bereket Mamo, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jennifer Pederson, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
  • Christopher Weniger, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Matthew Housiaux, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Larissa Neugebauer, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Megan Petersen, Hubbard, Nebraska
  • Emily Fitterer, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Chandler Nielsen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Alyssa Hibbing, Sibley, Iowa
  • Elliot Blue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Tori Wilson, Wayzata, Minnesota

Associate Professor Dr. Jeffrey Miller will be the keynote speaker this year. During the 2013-14 academic year, Miller was the recipient of the Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana community by a faculty member.

Miller teaches courses in journalism, as well as foundational courses in composition and literature. He also teaches American film and the capstone course “Cinema, Character and Culture,” in addition to the “Reading Augustana” course in the Civitas program. His areas of interest include transnational television and film and American media history. He is the author of "Something Completely Different: British Television and American Culture" (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). He also serves as adviser to the college newspaper, The Mirror. Miller’s Ph.D. in American Studies is from Michigan State University.