The Augustana Magazine: Summer 2014

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 A message from President Rob Oliver

People always ask me, “What’s the best part of your job?”

It’s hard to answer that question because, quite honestly, it’s difficult to choose just one thing about being president of this great place we call Augustana that stands out above the rest.

I will say that among the best parts of my job is one glorious week each fall called Viking Days. I love it because it’s homecoming – it’s a time when our alumni come home again to celebrate their alma mater, reconnect with old friends, shake hands with favorite professors and reminisce about their time on campus.

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It’s also a time when I get to meet with our graduates and hear about how their Augustana experience impacted their lives. I’m especially fond of the opportunity to help present Alumni Achievement Awards, an honor the College bestows on those who have made significant professional and vocational achievements and who have served their communities and/or churches.

In this issue, we’re pleased to introduce you to the 2014 Alumni Achievement honorees: forensic sociologist Dr. Rosemary Erickson ‘64, physician and researcher Dr. Loren Tschetter ‘64, community volunteer and advocate Mary Berglin ‘65, former teacher and Director of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota Suzanne Hegg ‘68, attorney and civic volunteer Vance Goldammer ‘72, physician and clinical director Dr. Richard Mandsager ‘73, religious scholar and professor the Rev. Dr. Max Johnson ‘74 and Academy Award-winning cartoonist and story artist David Wolter ‘04 (Horizon Award recipient).

Collectively, their impact on our society is beyond measure. As individuals, they have truly let their “light shine before others” – serving, inspiring and improving communities here and around the globe. We are proud to call them Augustana alumni and we are humbled to share their stories.

I hope you’ll make plans to celebrate Augustana with us this fall over Viking Days, Sept. 26-28. Don’t miss the Blast, an all-Augustana celebration for alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends honoring the reunion classes ending in 4 and 9 on Friday, Sept. 26. And be sure to join us for the Gilbert Science Center Farewell Open House on Sunday, Sept. 28, following Viking Days Worship. As we prepare to begin construction on the new Froiland Science Complex this fall – a project made possible thanks to hundreds of generous donors, many of whom are listed on page 36 – we want to take time to celebrate the amazing things we’ve achieved inside the Gilbert Science Center over the last 50 years


I look forward to seeing you this fall!

Yours, for Augustana,
Rob Oliver