Meet Andrew Mohr '98
Trooper, Nebraska State Patrol
— interdepartmental studies major
Q. How did you choose Augustana?
A. Recruited on a football scholarship. After visit, I knew it was the right place for me. Loved the city.
Life at Augie
Q. Favorite class and why?
A. All of my sociology classes taught by Dr. Sue Schrader
Q. Favorite professor and why?
A. Dr. Schrader was very down to earth and easy to talk to. Made learning fun.
Q. Best Augie memory?
A. There are many: beating NDSU in football, getting my first start in a game, attending basketball games at the Elmen center and helping friends to throw a coyote and jackrabbit on the floor vs USD and SDSU
Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana – first job, grad school, travel, etc.
A. I started working as a jailer for Minnehaha county sheriff’s office before graduation. Soon after graduation, i was hired by the Nebraska state patrol. I attended the training academy in Lincoln, ne and upon graduation, was stationed in Norfolk, Nebraska. I have been with the state patrol in Norfolk ever since.
Q. Tell us about your career – what’s an average day like?
A. Every day is different. You never know what the day is going to bring or what call is going to come in. Normally my main duty is traffic enforcement, but this can lead to many different things. I also do some investigations of crashes and also criminal cases. I currently work day shift on a 4-10hr schedule. I work sun-wed and have thur-sat off.
Q. Greatest challenges and best rewards of your current role?
A. Greatest challenge right now is how the attitude toward law enforcement has changed for the worse. We need to be even more careful than before and more vigilant of our surroundings both on-duty and off-duty. Best reward would be going home, knowing that you did something to make the roads safer and making your area a better place for families to live.
Q. Greatest professional accomplishment thus far?
A. Proud to say that I have been with the patrol for 16 1/2 years and been in the same duty station the entire time.
Q. What’s next for you professionally?
A. I would like to possibly put in for a drug investigator spot in a few years when one becomes open here in Norfolk.
Q. If you could offer a prospective or existing Augie student some advice, what would you say?
A. For existing students: have fun and be involved in as many school activities as you can handle. This is the most fun time of your life and the friends you make now will last a life-time. For prospective students: Augie gives you a small town feel in a larger city. It is a close knit family and provides a quality education and is ever expanding with tremendous facilities. Augie is a great place. Every day is a great day to be a Viking.
Q. Tell us about your family.
A. I have been married to my wife Melissa for 17 1/2 years. We have 3 boys: Bryson (14) 8th grader, Jace (11) 5th grader, Garrett (8) 2nd grader.
Q. What’s given you the greatest personal satisfaction since graduating from Augie? And why?
A. Having a wonderful wife and great children. Being able to live in a great community for 16 years and being able to spend quality time with my family as much as possible. I love to coach have been able to coach my boys in basketball, football and baseball. We love going places and doing things together.
Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values – Christian faith, liberal arts, excellence, community and service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?
A. Working for the Nebraska state patrol, we have 10 core values that are similar to these 5. With the combination of these 5 core values from Augustana, I believe it has made me the person that I am today. I remain involved in the community, I service the community through my job, I have a strong Christian faith and I try to handle everything with excellence and do the best that I can in whatever I do.