From Augustana to the Olympics

Thanks to their experiences at Augustana, senior Megan Erspamer and alumnus Chad Vander Poel both received opportunities to work for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Erspamer completed a summer internship in the Emerging Sport Program; Vander Poel now works for the Committee's Venue Operations.

In the News: 'Molding The Past, Teaching The Future'

Thanks to help from local Sculptor and Bronzesmith Rick Haugen, Augustana class of 2002, students in Dr. Adrien Hannus' Primitive Art class had the opportunity to make their own bronze masks as they study different periods of history. Watch the video from KELO-TV.

Berdahl: 'Education Cutbacks Threaten Future'

On Thursday, president emeritus of the Association of American Universities and long-time chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Bob Berdahl '59, discussed "The Future of U.S. Higher Education" at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum. Read his interview with the Argus Leader and listen to his radio interview with SDPB's Dakota Midday.

Newsmaker: Father's Memory Helps Runner Reach Higher

Last month, the Augustana women's cross country team won the NCAA Division II national title in Spokane, Wash. Among the Viking runners crossing the finish line was senior Kelly Kougl, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., who had just lost her father to cancer a week earlier. Read her emotional interview with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Augustana's Society of Physics Students Chapter Recognized

Augustana's Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter has been named one of the Midwest's Outstanding SPS Chapters for its efforts to "spread the joy of science" to local high school students, the campus community and the general public.

Augustana's Christmas Giving Goal: 1,000 Gifts for People in Need

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.

Memorial Service Set for Wednesday, Dec. 14

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.

'He Loved What He Did;' Students Remember Dr. Swets

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.

Alumnus 'Served with a Servant's Heart'

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.