Augustana President Rob Oliver has appointed Dr. Harry Thompson executive director of the Center for Western Studies (CWS). He succeeds Dr. Arthur Huseboe, who became director emeritus on July 31, 2009.
Football coach Brad Salem has resigned to take a position at Michigan State, coaching the running backs for the Spartans. Salem compiled a 31-26 record in five seasons as Vikings head coach. Defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich will succeed Salem.
Augustana students Lindsey Olson (Luverne, MN) and Hannah Miller (Mankato, MN) have been selected as 2010 Peace Prize Forum Scholars. Olson and Miller will be introduced at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Forum to be held March 5-6 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Registrar’s Office released enrollment figures today that exceed projected budget numbers for the 2010 spring semester. Augustana began the 2010 spring semester on February 4 with a head count of 1,700 students, the fifth straight year for spring semester enrollment growth.
Dr. Rick Davis, who had served as Augustana’s Associate Academic Dean since June 2005, died Tuesday, February 16, after an eight-month battle with brain cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ in Sioux Falls.
Seventy high school youth from around the region participated in Faith Fest 2010 at Augustana on Saturday, February 13. Participants and Augustana volunteers packed 15,608 meals at Kids Against Hunger, preparing enough food to feed 36 people for a year.
Augustana senior Kelsey Erickson is the recipient of the 2010 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Graduation Award-Undergraduate. Erickson will receive a certificate of recognition and a cash award at the CEC Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn.
Members of Augustana’s French Club, Le Cercle Français, will be selling Mardi Gras beads February 15 and 16, with proceeds going to Project Akilah, a new leadership school in Rwanda. Monique Schmidt, class of 1998, is the program director for The Akilah Institute.
Formed in 2000 by Augustana Theatre professor Dr. Julia Bennett, Brand Name Improv (BNi) offers quality, audience friendly performance at the College and in the region as well as coursework, workshops, and celebrations of the art and craft of improvisation.
Beginning Thursday, February 4, the Augustana community will be preparing school kits to be sent to children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Collection boxes for the school supplies have been placed in many buildings throughout the Augustana campus.