2017-18 Academic Year Opens, Sophomore Honors Recognized

Augustana recognized the 2017 Sophomore Honors recipients during Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The 2017 Sophomore Honors Award recipients were recognized at Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Together with their professors, Augustana's newest Vikings — the Class of 2021 — witnessed the official opening of the 2017-18 academic year on Tuesday at the Opening Convocation ceremony. The event marked the beginning of the University's 157th academic year and was held on campus in the Elmen Center.  

In addition to featured addresses by Dr. Jennifer Gubbels, associate professor of biology and the 2016-17 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award recipient, and Katelyn Graber, president of ASA, the ceremony also recognized the 2017 Sophomore Honors Award recipients. 

The Sophomore Honors Award recognizes representatives of the preceding sophomore class who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at an early stage of their college career. Sophomore Honors are awarded to students who have earned a GPA of 3.9 or higher by the end of their sophomore year and are on their way to achieving summa cum laude status.

The 2017 Sophomore Honors Award recipients are:

  • Joshua Barrows, Helena, Montana
  • Jordan Cardenas, Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Benjamin Carmack, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Hope Clark, Early, Iowa
  • Jacob Fenner, Sioux Falls
  • Jenna Glassburner, Gretna, Nebraska
  • McKenna Hotovy, Fremont, Nebraska
  • Cameron Jensen, Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Jonah Kistenmacher, Holstein, Iowa
  • Austin Kroeger, Hartford, South Dakota
  • Taylor Mileham, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Amanda Nelson, Billings, Montana
  • Marlee Nicholson, Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Katherine Price, Merrill, Iowa
  • Baylee Relf, Flandreau, South Dakota
  • Erika Rogotzke, Lamberton, Minnesota
  • Erik Rossing, Sioux Falls
  • Yamlak Sinebo, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Jadah Thaemert, Sioux Falls
  • Brandon Vander Zee, Harrisburg, South Dakota
  • Austin VanDerWeide, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Samantha Vaverka, Milford, Nebraska
  • Shitong Zhao, Beijing, China
  • McKenzee Zilverberg, Harrold, South Dakota

2017 Opening Convocation


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