Sunday's Argus Leader editorial discusses the benefits of having international students on campus. "Cultural diversity ... adds perspective to our communications; broadens understanding and acceptance of people not like one's self; and encourages a fuller, global view of society and our ever-changing marketplace."
Hundreds lined the streets of campus Saturday morning to watch the 2011 Viking Days parade. Themed "A Viking State of Mind," the parade was complete with student-made, New York-themed floats; marching bands; antique cars; Augustana's Marching Choir; motorcycles and even the Sioux Falls unicycle club. View photos!
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, discussed “Eliminating Blindness in our World” at Friday's Augustana Thought Leader Forum.
Earlier this year, Augustana reported the largest class of incoming international students in College history. These young men and women from all over the world are learning the skills they need today to lead and change the world tomorrow – students like political science major and Myanmar native Ye Khaung Oo, who hopes to be part of the change as his native country transitions from a dictatorship.
Honorary Augustana alumna and local philanthropist Helen Madsen has been honored with the 2011 Friend of the Foundation Award by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
As part of Augustana's reaccreditation review, students are invited to attend a Q&A forum hosted by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Augustana Student Association at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the 3-in-1 room. Watch a "Fireside Chat" about the forum by ASA President and VP Jake Bury and Thad Titze.
A major gift from South Dakota amateur baseball legend Lee “Goldy” Goldammer to the Viking baseball program will provide funds to turf the infield at Ronken Field and make further improvements to the on-campus facility.
In true Big Apple fashion, Casey Ortbahn and Jackie Miles were crowned King and Queen of Viking Days 2011 during Augustana’s “Late Night Coronation Show” Monday at the Elmen Center.
The important contribution of alumnus Peter Eide '66, creator of the Ole the Viking statue that has kept watch over the Augustana campus since 1967, will be recognized at a re-dedication ceremony at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. A plaque commemorating the statue will be unveiled during this event.
Augustana’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) has sold more than 200 t-shirts, buttons and posters 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.