City officials, community members, students, faculty, staff and alumni marked the start of the 2010-2011 academic year and honored Augustana's Sesquicentennial at the College's Opening Convocation ceremony.
On its first day of classes, Augustana College reported an 86 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, the highest since 1971, the first year the College began tracking the statistic.
The “8 in 48” Claire Donaldson Short Play Festival, featuring eight previously unproduced 10-minute plays, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Edith Mortenson Center. Admission is free.
In honor of the College's 150th anniversary, Augustana musicians will present a series of “Sesqui-Sunday” performances during Sunday morning worship services at Sioux Falls-area churches this fall.
Augustana officials will unveil the restored Eidsvaag Bell, a gift originally given to the College in 1869, at the Opening Convocation ceremony on Sesquicentennial Day, Wednesday, Sept. 8.
The new "Conversations with Emeriti” feature includes interviews with Augustana legends Dr. Arie Gaalswyk, J. Earl Lee, Clara Lee, Milton Harvey, Dr. Palmer Eide and Margaret Cashman.
Ceramic works from the collection of Todd Thelen and Eric Dean will be displayed at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery from Wednesday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 2. A gallery reception is set for Friday, Sept. 10.
Augustana is ranked the No. 6 baccalaureate college in the nation for its efforts to advance social mobility, research and service, according to Washington Monthly’s 2010 College Rankings.
Augustana will mark its 150th anniversary, and the beginning of the academic year, on Sesquicentennial Day, Wednesday, Sept. 8. The community is invited to attend Opening Convocation at 2 p.m. in the Elmen Center.