Memorial for Dianne Hammrich Set for Sept. 1

A memorial for Dianne Hammrich, former administrative assistant to the Academic Dean, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1. "Dianne was a person who cared deeply about Augustana and we will miss her," said Dr. Murray Haar, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

College and Community Orchestra Accepting New Members

Calling all orchestra players! The historic Augustana College-Community Orchestra, directed by Dr. Christopher Stanichar, is now accepting community and student members for the 2011-2012 season. The first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11.

In the News: RAs Get Hands-On Fire Safety Training

On Monday, 45 Augustana resident assistants learned about general fire safety, received training on fire extinguishing, witnessed a live fire demonstration and took part in an evacuation drill during Sioux Falls Fire Rescue's Campus Fire Safety Education day.

Ceremony to Open New Academic Year

Augustana will mark the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year during its Opening Convocation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Elmen Center. The ceremony will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, associate professor of Chemistry.

Holiday Jam With the Hegg Brothers Set for Dec. 20 in St. Paul

Tickets are now on sale for the St. Paul edition of “Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers,” a musical evening of holiday favorites presented by Augustana College, featuring Augustana alumni Jeremy Hegg ’94; Jon Hegg ’99; Noah Hoehn ’02; and Andrew Reinartz ’05.

Augustana to Offer Fall Workshops

Scheduled from September through December 2011, the workshops apply toward undergraduate or graduate college credit and meet teacher certification/re-certification requirements as defined by the South Dakota State Department of Education.

Five Alumni to Receive Achievement Awards at Viking Days

Robert Amundson '61, Paul Harmel '72, Jayne Meyer '74, Dr. Jim Reynolds '65, and Dr. John Berdahl '99 will be honored for outstanding contributions to their fields of endeavor and for exemplifying Christian faith, community and service during Viking Days in October.

Swart, Gardner Receive Granskou Awards

Dr. William Swart, associate professor sociology, will use the award to will investigate the toll of the economic crisis on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Shelly Gardner, assistant professor of business administration, will explore how to effectively blend online and classroom teaching.

Theatre Season Opens With 'A Lie of the Mind' Sept. 21

Hailed as Sam Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play and directed by Augustana's own Jayna Fitzsimmons, "A Lie of the Mind" is set in an isolated cabin in rural Montana and explores the disturbing and dangerous tensions that separate two families.