The Augustana: Summer 2012

The Augustana magazine

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A Message from Rob Oliver, President of Augustana College

This spring, Augustana marked the 10th anniversary of the Covenant Award, honors given to students who embody the five core values, morals and ethics that have guided this great institution since 1860. We celebrated during a week-long event thoughtfully named Verdier (Norwegian for “values”) which featured a series of panel discussions, a quiz bowl, all-campus aerial photo (shown at right and below), outreach initiatives for active and veteran members of the armed forces, and a special event to honor past recipients.

We also unveiled “Augustana Acts,” a pay-it-forward initiative to encourage acts of service around the globe. Check out the great work being done around the world by our students and alumni and/or, log your act of service online at

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For more than 150 years, Augustana students have come to our campus to learn. In doing so, they discover a desire and commitment to serve. Here, they come to understand that in order to create an even better tomorrow, they must do all they can to support, nurture and help develop ideas and communities today. From serving at the local food pantry to forging new pathways in science, our students illustrate the idea of “entering to learn; leaving to serve” and push the words into action. I’m proud to say that our students navigate their lives by living out our core values of Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service each and every day.

This issue of The Augustana features those who we call navigators – fearless and compassionate souls who have relied on an inner compass of morals and values to chart their course through life.

Among others, you’ll meet people like Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, class of 1967, who spent more than 30 years defending our nation and shaping the lives of young men and women in the process.

You’ll learn about the Rev. Jon Splichal Larson ‘06, who endured tragedy and heartbreak following the massive earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, only to find that, afterwards, his faith in God is even stronger.

And, we’ll introduce you to Dr. David O’Hara, associate professor of philosophy and an individual whom so many of our students count as among their most influential and inspiring professors because of his passion, compassion and wisdom.

The individuals you’ll read about in these pages are just a sampling of those in the Augustana community who are guided by their morals and values as they work to eliminate borders, promote inclusion, drive change and live as servants of Christ.

We are proud, indeed, to tell their stories. I am hopeful you’ll join me in thoughtful prayers of support as they, and we, continue to navigate this remarkable journey we call life.

Enjoy this issue!

Yours, for Augustana,

Rob Oliver

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