More than 500 students from 62 teams across South Dakota competed in the third annual South Dakota FIRST® LEGO® League Championship on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Elmen Center. The event featured a special video tribute to Dr. Dan Swets, Kevin Anderson and Joshua Lambrecht, League leaders who were killed in a plane crash late last year.
According to a new report by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the state is now considered to be a net importer of college freshmen. Augustana junior Coral Hanson and President Rob Oliver talked with KSFY-TV about the trend and about why Augustana is an attractive option for so many students from outside the state.
"Determination of the Quark Content of Scalar Mesons Using Hydrodynamical Flow in Heavy Ion Collisions," a paper by Matt Wussow, a senior physics and mathematics major from Eden Prairie, Minn., and Augustana's Dr. Nathan Grau, was recently published in Physical Review C, the nuclear physics journal of the American Physical Society.
"An understanding of the past is crucially important to facing the present and future," says Dr. Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of Augustana's Archeology Lab. On Sunday, more than 100 students and community members had a chance to do just that as they examined and learned about early stone tools called lithic bifaces and heard from Michael Fosha, assistant state archaeologist.
The 2012 OTA Sessions will feature 10 dynamic speakers, including Paul Adams, global brand experience manager at Facebook, and Jay O'Callahan, a master storyteller dubbed the "Mark Twain of our day." The event is set for Friday, March 23, in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.
Poetry by Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, department chairman and associate professor of English, is featured in "Over South Dakota," a new, hour-long aerial tour of South Dakota produced by SDPB that premiers on Sunday, March 4.
Students in Dr. Harry Thompson's J-Term course, “The Search for Authenticity,” spent Interim studying the concept of authenticity as it relates to the process of writing history. Thanks to their work, the stories of influential-yet-unknown figures of the Northern Plains are finally seeing the light of day.
Read the Argus Leader story on Bethany Jochim, class of 2011, a recipient of the prestigious Leroy Apker Award, the top undergraduate honor awarded by the American Physical Society (APS).
They've studied Ireland extensively, including its history, culture and political structure. Dr. Peg Preston (history); Dr. Patrick Hicks (English); and Dr. Bill Swart (sociology), spoke with the Argus Leader about why this year's Boe Forum speaker is such an influential world leader and how her work changed Ireland.
Before she addressed a crowd of 2,100 at the Elmen Center for the 2011 Boe Forum on Public Affairs, Robinson spoke with students and Augustana officials about her role as the first female president of Ireland and her efforts to address world hunger and poverty.