Come Celebrate during Viking Days 2009

SIOUX FALLS – "There’s No Place Like Home" is the theme for Viking Days 2009 and the Augustana campus will be the center of activities October 16-18.

The majority of events for the 2009 homecoming observance will be held on campus, including the parade. New construction and renovations have significantly altered the appearance of Augustana’s campus and alumni, friends, and the Sioux Falls community are invited to witness and celebrate the transformation.

“We are really excited and proud of what has taken place,” said Bob Preloger, Vice President for Marketing and Communications. “An already beautiful campus has been enhanced with the completion of many projects and we welcome everyone to come and take a look, especially our alumni who haven’t been on campus for quite some time. We’re confident they will be impressed.”

Homecoming Parade

The parade, held in downtown Sioux Falls for many years, will circle the campus this year. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, more than 100 units and five bands will parade north from 33rd Street and Summit Avenue to 28th Street and Summit, turn west on 28th Street and proceed to Grange Avenue, then turn left on Grange and finish at 33rd Street.

Dr. Gary Earl, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, is the honorary parade marshall.

Viking Varieties

Viking Varieties was first held in 1953 in the old gym. Over the years the student talent show has been staged at a variety of sites in Sioux Falls including the Coliseum, the Arena, the Elmen Center, and most recently the Orpheum Theatre. This year, five public performances will be held in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre, the magnificent facility resulting from the renovation of the old gym completed in 2000.

Tickets are available at or by calling the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320.

Homecoming Football Game

Since 1957, Augustana has played its homecoming football games at Howard Wood Field. This year the game will be played on campus at Kirkeby-Over Stadium with the Vikings taking on the University of Upper Iowa at 1:00 p.m. Viking Land will be open for kids at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets for all home football games are available at

Augustana Thought Leader Forum

The Thought Leader Forum begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 16, at the Holiday Inn City Centre and features Kristin Zingler, class of 2007. Her presentation is titled Martyrdom in Al Qaida’s Jihad. This is the second in a three-part series focusing on Violence in the Name of Religion.

Reserved tickets, available at, are $20 and include lunch. Tickets available at the door are $25. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at 605.274.4404.

For a complete schedule of 2009 Viking Days activities, go to

Bruce Conley
Director, News Information
Phone: 605.274.5526
Fax: 605.274.4903