Thought Leader Forum to Discuss "Eliminating Blindness"

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, will discuss “Eliminating Blindness in our World” at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum on Friday, Oct. 14.

In the News: Ethanol's Upside Emphasized

National security; the U.S. economy; agriculture; the environment – they’re among the most significant issues in the U.S. today. And at the center of all these is something called ethanol, according to Doug Berven, '90, vice president of Corporate Affairs for POET. Berven discussed “Revolutionizing Energy” at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum on Thursday.

Jochim Awarded Top Honor by American Physical Society

Bethany Jochim, Augustana class of 2011 and first-year physics Ph.D. student at Kansas State University, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Leroy Apker Award, the top undergraduate honor awarded by the American Physical Society (APS).

Student-Led Effort Works to Ban the "R-Word"

Augustana’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is selling t-shirts 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.

Augustana Announces Largest Enrollment Since 1980

“In today’s economy, we’re humbled to see that students and families continue to believe in the world-class liberal arts education Augustana’s great professors provide,” said Rob Oliver, president. For Fall 2011, the College is serving 1,745 full-time undergraduate students – the highest full-time enrollment since 1980.

In the News: Conductor Weston Noble Has a 'Heart for the Students'

Meet the legendary and passionate music educator Weston Noble, guest conductor of The Augustana Choir. Of conducting, Noble says: "You can certainly remember when you had tears in your eyes. Goose bumps. Joy rushes. Whatever you want to call it. Those experiences are very strong."

Oliver Appointed to Second Term as Augustana President

“Rob’s passion for Augustana is unmatched. He absolutely believes in the vision of this institution and is committed to doing all he can to support our mission of providing students with the education they need in order to make tomorrow’s world even better than today’s,” said John Thomas, chair of the Board of Trustees.

'World Hunger and Poverty' Named 2011-12 International Theme

A number of events are planned in support of “World Hunger and Poverty,” Augustana’s International Theme for the 2011-12 academic year. “By taking time to explore issues and support causes ...  we will all be better suited to appreciate and understand important topics that extend far beyond our ... borders,” said Sam Ogdie, instructor of Spanish and faculty chair of Augustana’s Co-Curriculum Council.