Students Collect Prom Dresses for Teens in Need

The Augustana Women's Association (AWA) has collected 56 dresses for the Cheyenne River Youth Project's "Passion for Fashion" event, an annual event in Eagle Butte, S.D., that provides teenage girls in need with prom essentials such as dresses, shoes and make-up.

Professor: Disparate Groups Could Be Long-Term Answer to Economy

Read coverage of the Augustana Thought Leader Forum featuring Dr. Robert Wright, Nef Family chair of Political Economy and director of the Thomas Willing Institute. Wright explored "How Low Will We Go? Long-term Perspectives on a Flailing Economy" at the Forum on Friday, Feb. 24, in Sioux Falls.

Augustana Students Push to End the 'R Word'

In recognition of national "Ban the R-Word" day, a day to promote awareness of the campaign to stop using the word "retarded," members of Augustana’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) gathered together to show their support.

New York Times Features Work by Alumnus Andrew Pole

Andrew Pole, class of 1994, had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002 when he was tasked with identifying unique moments in consumers’ lives when their shopping habits become more flexible and the right ad or coupon could prompt them to spend in new or different ways. His work and research into the science of habit formation are featured in the New York Times Magazine.

Augustana Theatre to Present Musical 'Zombie Prom'

This student-designed production brings the "fabulous fifties" back to life — and a few other things that should have stayed dead. The show, by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe, tells the story of teenage love gone wrong. The show runs March 1-3 and 8-10. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

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.