In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, Augustana’s Christmas Giving Program is hoping to collect 1,000 gifts for area children, families and individuals. Gifts will be presented to Children’s Inn, Children’s Home Society, Heartland House, Lutheran Social Services and the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire.
The Augustana community mourns the loss of Dr. Daniel Swets, associate professor and chair of computer science and mathematics; Kevin Anderson '87; and others killed in a plane crash Friday near the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
A memorial service to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Daniel Swets will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Augustana’s Chapel of Reconciliation. Students, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to share their memories of Dr. Swets, for inclusion and/or display at the service.
To his students and colleagues, Dr. Daniel Swets was much more than just a teacher – he was a skilled scientist and a talented researcher with a passion for helping young people discover the wonder of science. Students and colleagues shared their memories of Dr. Swets with KELO-TV and KDLT-TV.
At a memorial on Wednesday, Kevin Anderson, Augustana class of 1987, was remembered for serving students, colleagues and his church "with a servant's heart." A programmer analyst for the Sioux Falls School District, Anderson was killed in a plane crash on Friday along with Dr. Daniel Swets, Joshua Lambrecht and Brian Blake.
At a memorial service on Wednesday, Dr. Daniel Swets, longtime associate professor and chair of computer science and mathematics, was remembered as a talented scientist and revered teacher who cared deeply about his students, his colleagues and, most of all, his family.
Richard "Dick" English, professor emeritus of Business Administration and Accounting, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Arizona. He was 67. English joined Augustana in 1974 and served the College for 35 years before retiring in 2009. Visitation is set for Sunday, Dec. 18. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 19.
"Thank you to our students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members for their generous support," said Billy Thomas, director of Volunteer Programs for Augustana. “We’re excited to help provide happy Christmas memories for children, families and individuals in need right here in Sioux Falls.”
“They are the underdogs and they are motivated. From the opening tip, it’s obvious they didn’t come here as a courtesy call – they came to make a mark, to win a basketball game.” In a recent WCCO-TV “Life to the Max” segment, sports personality Mike Max chronicled the Vikings’ Nov. 7 exhibition game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Delegates to the Augustana Association have elected Dr. Pamela Homan, class of 1981 and superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, and Kathy Walsh, civic volunteer and co-owner of Dakota King, to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.