Kokesh, Engel Named 2012 Peace Prize Forum Scholars

Juniors Molly Kokesh (Scotland, S.D.) and Maren Engel (Owasso, Okla.) have been named the 2012 Peace Prize Forum Scholars. This summer, the two will spend seven weeks at the University of Oslo’s International Summer School deepening their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy and human rights.

Professor Emeritus, Coach Virgil Sandvig Dies at 87

Professor emeritus of geography and long-time coach Virgil Sandvig, class of 1949, died on Sunday, Feb. 19. He was 87. Sandvig joined Augustana as an assistant football coach 1960 and spent the next 30 years at the College, teaching geography and serving in a variety of coaching positions. Following graveside rites, a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Augustana Reconciliation Chapel.

In the News: 'Augustana Graduate Worked with Some of Hollywood's Best'

Phillip Bruns, Augustana class of 1953, starred with legendary actor Jackie Gleason on “American Scene Magazine;”  played the unforgettable dad, George Shumway, on TV's “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman;” and made more than 40 feature films in Los Angeles, New York and around the world. He passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at age 80.

2012 Covenant Award Nominations Sought

Nominations were accepted for the 2012 Covenant Awards, five honors that recognize students who exemplify and illustrate Augustana's core values: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. Nominations were due Friday, March 9. The 2012 awards were presented on Friday, April 20, as the culminating event of Verdier 2012, a week-long celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Covenant Awards.

Former Augustana Trustee James Krier Dies at 82

Dr. James F. Krier, D.V.M., a long-time member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25. He was a member of the President's Club and served as a leader for many Augustana fund drives, including the Commitment to Excellence, Augustana Renewal and Sunrise campaigns.

Auditions for Black Hills Playhouse to be Held at Augustana Feb. 14

The Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park will be auditioning actors and interviewing technicians beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Augustana's Edith Mortenson Theatre.This year the BHP will present "Run for your Wife," "Godspell," "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "The Three Musketeers."

Bloomberg Online Features Op-Ed by Dr. Wright

Most don't think of the U.S. as a monetary union, but early on in its history, it was. A new Bloomberg online op-ed by Augustana's Dr. Robert Wright explores how the "dollar zone" survived its first few decades without a major crisis and provided the young republic stability as it began to congeal culturally, economically, politically and militarily.

Teaching for Change

Third-grade teacher Heather Hemeyer, class of 2008, isn’t just teaching math, reading and spelling at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. She’s teaching children the skills they need to build a better tomorrow. She's also furthering her own education with Augustana’s Master of Arts in Education Online Degree Program.