Augustana to Celebrate Sesquicentennial Day

Augustana College will mark the celebration of its 150th anniversary, and the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, on Sesquicentennial Day, Wednesday, Sept. 8.

In honor of the Sesquicentennial, students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the community are invited to attend the Opening Convocation ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Elmen Center.

“In today’s world, 150-year-old institutions are few and far between. At Augustana, we’re proud, honored and humbled to have helped thousands of students achieve their dreams by providing an education that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College. “We’re looking forward to celebrating this momentous milestone with the campus community and our friends, alumni and neighbors in Sioux Falls.”

The ceremony will include:

  • The Sesquicentennial Message from President Oliver
  • A welcome to the College’s 500 new students
  • Greetings from Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and Jonathan Toso, ’89, mayor of Canton (Augustana's home between 1884-1918).
  • A reading of the Sesquicentennial Poem, entitled “Restoring the Eidsvaag Bell,” by Augustana Writer-in-Residence Dr. Patrick Hicks.
  • The unveiling of the restored Eidsvaag Bell, a gift originally given to Augustana in 1869.
  • Recognition of Sophomore Honors award winners Cody Lensing of Mounds View, Minn.; Susan Prokop of Canby, Minn.; Kristina Roth of Sioux Falls, and Chelsey Viger of Rapid City. Sophomore Honors recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at an early stage of their college career. 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 evidences of achievement.

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Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations