Students are headed home for the holidays, but prior to the campus shutting down, and while they were preparing for final exams, students and staff took the time to make sure those less fortunate would experience some joy this Christmas.
Four alumni from various parts of the country were recently recognized for achievements in their respective careers. Their education at Augustana prepared them for successful careers in coaching, politics, church ministry, and nursing.
Alumna Sharlene Georgesen, '86, assistant professor of nursing at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, is one of three Morningside faculty members to receive the 2009 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award.
Stan Krebs, who graduated from Augustana in 1975, has joined the College’s Office of Development as director of major gifts. Krebs will be based in the Twin Cities, working with current donors and cultivating prospective donors.
A transition from sprawling open spaces to a teaming city awaits sophomore Lauren Stephens. Stephens will spend next semester studying with the School for International Training’s Community Health and Social Policy Program in Durban, South Africa.
Augustana's Dr. Mike Wanous challenged his Genetics students to compete in raising money to combat poverty in the world. At semester's end, the team that raised the most money would be able to "do whatever they wanted" with Dr. Wanous' hair.
Nate Sletten, Augustana class of 2008, has been cited by School Band and Orchestra (SBO) as an educator who makes a difference. The report states: “With educators such as these among the rank and file, the future of music education is as bright as ever.”
Augustana alums Deanna Levsen Wehrspann, class of 1980, and Tami Anderson Hayzlett, class of 1983, auditioned and were selected to sing in the premier performance of the 20-voice chamber choir South Dakota Chorale.
Augustana students Russ Averin, Neal Gregerson, and Bethany Jochim are co-authors of a paper published in the January 14, 2010, issue of the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.
Delegates attending the Augustana Association’s annual meeting on December 4, elected four Augustana alums to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees. The board sets policy and manages the business and academic affairs of the College.