In honor of Navy Week in Sioux Falls, this is the story of a kid from the tiny town of Veblen, S.D., who went to college thinking he might want to be a pastor. Instead, after graduation he answered America’s call to serve and spent the next three decades protecting and defending her from the bad guys. He doesn’t have a cape but he can fly. And he is, without question, one of the good guys. Meet Lyle Bien, class of 1967, a real-life superhero. And read his remarks from Commencement 2012.
Watch the KELO-TV segment featuring Augustana's Rick Tupper, director of Campus Safety and a member of the Executive Board of the Sioux Falls Airshow 2012. The Airshow runs Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Dakota Air National Guard Base.
As a kid, Dr. Timothy Sorenson always wanted to be an astronaut. In July 2012, he got a chance to experience the next best thing when he flew in a $28 million Blue Angels FA-18 ahead of the Sioux Falls Airshow 2012. View pre-flight photos of Dr. Sorenson here.
Rising juniors Amanda Johnson of Sioux Falls; Jessica Johnson of Sioux Falls; Ashley Schmidt of Mitchell; and Ruthellen Tornberg of Harrisburg have been selected to receive the prestigious Sophomore Honors Award.
To raise funds for its 2013 European tour, The Augustana Choir is partnering with Macy’s in its “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event, set for Saturday, Aug. 25. Tickets can be purchased from any Choir member, through the Augustana Music Department, or by calling 605.274.5508.
Dr. Paul Schilf, assistant professor of music, has been named the executive director of the South Dakota Music Education Association. In his new role, Schilf will be responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for music education throughout the state. He will maintain his post at Augustana while serving in this new position.
Watch the KELO-TV feature on University of Exeter archaeology students working at the Thomsen Center Archeodome, an indoor research and teaching facility at Mitchell's Prehistoric Indian Village. The students are here through the Augustana-Exeter exchange program, an initiative that sends Augustana anthropology students to England and brings English students to South Dakota.
The College remembers Dr. John VanderWoude Jr., Augustana class of 1974 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2002, and Gerald (Jerry) Knudson, Augustana class of 1965 and a member of the Board from 2005-2010. Visitation for VanderWoude will be held on Sunday, July 15, and a memorial service is planned for Monday, July 16. Memorial services for Knudson will be announced in the near future.
In his new role, Preloger will be responsible for the College’s Marketing and Communications, Alumni Relations and Fund Raising initiatives. He most recently served as Vice President for Marketing and Communications.
As a kid, Dr. Timothy Sorenson always wanted to be an astronaut. He’ll soon get a chance to experience the next best thing when he flies with the U.S. Navy’s famous flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, on Wednesday, July 18, as part of the Sioux Falls Airshow 2012.