Thought Leader Forum to Discuss 'Why Art Matters'

If dictionaries define ‘cowboy’ as someone with intense qualities – think independence, think aggressiveness – then meet Bob Booker, class of ’77, Lone Ranger for the arts. His discussion on "Why Art Matters" will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24. 

'St. Mark Passion' Cantata Set for March 9-10 at Augustana

The Augustana Chamber Choir, area musicians and student actors will present the “St. Mark Passion,” a cantata based on the suffering of the Messiah, according to the Gospel of Mark, at 7:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 10, in Augustana’s Chapel of Reconciliation.

Former VP for Student Affairs Dr. Jorgen Thompson Dies at 89

During his 39-year tenure, Dr. Thompson served Augustana in a variety of roles, including: dean of men, professor of psychology, vice president for student affairs and director of the Learning Support Center. He retired in 1986.

First-Ever TEDxSiouxFalls to Feature 'Extra [Ordinary] Lives'

Themed, “Extra[Ordinary] Lives," the first-ever TEDxSiouxFalls will feature eight speakers with South Dakota ties sharing their stories of triumph, tragedy and endurance. The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at Augustana’s Edith Mortensen Center Theatre.

Alumnus Robert Wagner, Former President of SDSU, Dies at 78

The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Wagner, class of 1954 and a 1988 Alumni Achievement Award winner, is hailed among many as one of South Dakota’s most earnest advocates for higher education. He was president of South Dakota State University from 1985 to 1997.

Augustana Welcomes Harlem Gospel Choir

Millions saw their televised tribute to Michael Jackson, thousands packed Yankee Stadium to hear them sing at Pope Benedict XVI's Concert of Hope, and they've appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show." On Friday, Feb. 18, the Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in Sioux Falls in celebration of Black History Month.

Three Elected to Augustana Board of Trustees

Delegates to the annual meeting of the Augustana Association have elected Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, '73; Rickard Hedeby, '83; and Emil Her Many Horses, '79, to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Gala Event Planned to Celebrate Sesquicentennial

'The Spark,’ is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion. The evening will feature life-size historical photo galleries, food and drink buffets, presentation of the “Spirit of Augustana Awards,” a movie premiere and music and dancing at the Sesquicentennial Ball.

Former Speechwriter for Ariel Sharon to Speak Jan. 11

Gregory Levey will present “The Lighter Side of Diplomacy: A Conversation About the Situation in the Middle East and the U.S. Involvement,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Back Alley.