Alumna Honored as Outstanding Graduate

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Dr. Joyce Nelson, professor emeritus of nursing, is among prominent graduates of five area Lutheran Colleges to be recognized with the Going Viking Award by Minneapolis-based Norway House as part of its annual Midtsommer Celebration on Wednesday, June 23.

Dr. Nelson is being recognized as a national leader in nursing education. She has contributed significantly in the study of geriatric and psychiatric nursing through her research, publishing, and innovative teaching.

Norway House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a link for present and future generations of the Norwegian-American community in the Upper Midwest with the heritage, culture, and future of Norway.

The public is invited to attend the dinner and program starting at 5:30 p.m. on the ninth floor of the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Reservations are required by June 18. For more information or to order tickets visit or call 1.877.247.7439.

In 2005, Dr. Nelson and her husband, Dr. V.R. Nelson, received the Friend of Augustana Award. Their service to Augustana includes the entire campus. Their generous support of the Mikkelsen Library, the Center for Western Studies, the Nelson Service Center, and student scholarships have impacted countless students and enhanced the quality of life on campus.

Dr. Joyce Nelson, a 1957 graduate of Augustana, taught nursing at her alma mater for 29 years. She has mentored nurses working in every hospital in the region. She also served as chair of Augustana’s nursing department. In 2010, she was a nominee for the Sioux Falls YWCA Tribute to Women Awards.

Also being honored are Dr. Peter Agre, Augsburg College; Greg Mortenson, Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), Dr. David Preus, Luther College, and Gary Gandrud, St. Olaf College.

Linda Mona, president of Norway House, said, “Each year we recognize the contributions of Norwegian Americans to our region and its quality of life. We started with entrepreneurs and moved to elected officials a year ago. This time we recognize our Lutheran-founded colleges and some of their outstanding graduates.”

Bruce Conley
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