Editorial: International Students Benefit South Dakota

Sunday's Argus Leader editorial discusses the benefits of having international students on campus. "Cultural diversity ... adds perspective to our communications; broadens understanding and acceptance of people not like one's self; and encourages a fuller, global view of society and our ever-changing marketplace."

Hundreds Turn Out for Viking Days Parade

Hundreds lined the streets of campus Saturday morning to watch the 2011 Viking Days parade. Themed "A Viking State of Mind," the parade was complete with student-made, New York-themed floats; marching bands; antique cars; Augustana's Marching Choir; motorcycles and even the Sioux Falls unicycle club. View photos!

In the News: 'Blindness Outruns 7-Minute Solution'

Cataract surgery takes about seven minutes; yet, cataracts are the No. 1 cause of treatable blindness worldwide. Dr. John Berdahl ‘99, a Sioux Falls ophthalmologist, discussed “Eliminating Blindness in our World” at Friday's Augustana Thought Leader Forum.

In the News: Looking Beyond Borders

Earlier this year, Augustana reported the largest class of incoming international students in College history. These young men and women from all over the world are learning the skills they need today to lead and change the world tomorrow – students like political science major and Myanmar native Ye Khaung Oo, who hopes to be part of the change as his native country transitions from a dictatorship.

Students Invited to Q&A Forum During HLC Visit

As part of Augustana's reaccreditation review, students are invited to attend a Q&A forum hosted by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Augustana Student Association at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the 3-in-1 room. Watch a "Fireside Chat" about the forum by ASA President and VP Jake Bury and Thad Titze.

Gift to Provide Turf, Other Improvements at Ronken Field

A major gift from South Dakota amateur baseball legend Lee “Goldy” Goldammer to the Viking baseball program will provide funds to turf the infield at Ronken Field and make further improvements to the on-campus facility.

Ole the Viking Statue to be Re-Dedicated Friday

The important contribution of alumnus Peter Eide '66, creator of the Ole the Viking statue that has kept watch over the Augustana campus since 1967, will be recognized at a re-dedication ceremony at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. A plaque commemorating the statue will be unveiled during this event.

In the News: Push To Ban The 'R' Word

Augustana’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) has sold more than 200 t-shirts, buttons and posters to raise awareness about the negative connotations associated with the word "retarded." SCEC is hoping elected officials will pass legislation to formally change the phrase “mental retardation” to “cognitive impairment” on state-issued Special Education teaching certifications.