Student members of C.O.U.P.S. (Committee for Undergraduate Political Scientists) watched last night's presidential debate between Republican challenger Mitt Romney and President Barak Obama in Granskou Hall, members of the Augustana Republicans gathered in the Academy House, and Dr. Emily Wanless, assistant professor of government and international affairs/political science, watched from home. They spoke with local news outlets about their impressions.
Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the 10th annual NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings. The College is ranked fourth among NCAA Division II schools, No. 28 amongst 1,066 active NCAA member schools and is the only school listed in the overall top 100 from South Dakota or North Dakota.
A play by Augustana alumnus Jon Josten, class of 2010, was named a semi-finalist for the prestigious Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference held earlier this summer in Waterford, Conn. "It's exciting and humbling to have the work honored in this way," Josten said.
Seniors Dylan West and Sanna Horsley were crowned King and Queen of Viking Days 2012 during Augustana’s “Opening Ceremonies and Coronation Show” Monday at the Elmen Center. View photos from Coronation.
Augustana is part of the multi-institutional team that recently received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation. The $692,927 award will fund a high-intensity tunable femtosecond laser.
Six Augustana alumni will be honored for outstanding contributions to their fields of endeavor and for exemplifying the College’s values, including Christian faith, excellence, the liberal arts, community and service at the Blue & Gold Gala during Viking Days in October.
Augustana is ranked No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2013,” an annual ranking of more than 1,800 schools nationwide by U.S. News Media Group. The College is also ranked No. 2 in the Midwest in the report’s analysis of schools that offer students the best value.
Watch the video created on campus by more than 400 Augustana freshmen and New Student Orientation (NSO) ambassadors. Augustana alumnus Andrew Kightlinger was behind the camera.
"Let me offer some advice that I wish I’d had when I was beginning my studies," said Dr. David O'Hara, associate professor of philosophy and classics, while delivering his address, "Boredom and Curiosity” before members of the class of 2016 at the 2012 Opening Convocation. Read his remarks and view photos from Opening Convocation.