SIOUX FALLS – Dan Day, a senior from Vermillion, S.D., majoring in computer science and biology, has been selected to represent all the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) undergraduate fellows at the Poster Day in Pierre, S.D., on February 17.
Day, a Dean’s List student at Augustana, was selected as a BRIN fellow to work in bioinformatics after his freshman year at Augustana. He spent the summer following his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota, and the next summer at a joint Harvard/MIT program in computational biology and molecular biology.
He has been accepted at Yale for his PhD, and will be interviewing at Harvard and Chicago.
Last spring Day was named recipient of the Augustana Covenant Award for Community. He is the son of Lynne and David Day of Vermillion.
SIOUX FALLS – Dan Day, a senior from Vermillion, S.D., majoring in computer science and biology, has been selected to represent all the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) undergraduate fellows at the Poster Day in Pierre, S.D., on February 17.
SIOUX FALLS – Augustana President Rob Oliver and Athletic Director Bill Gross today announced plans to build a new tennis complex on campus that will serve the College and the community.
The Huether Tennis Centre will be built on the site of the College’s current tennis facility located east of Grange Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Mike and Cindy Huether of Sioux Falls have provided the lead gift toward the project that will cost approximately $300,000.
“Augustana has proven to be the partner we were looking for,” Mike Huether said. “The leadership at Augie is visionary, progressive, and understands just how important it will be to ensure that the public gets as much enjoyment out of this new facility as does Augustana. The site is also a perfect location, so the utilization will be maximized at a time when tennis is peaking but playing venues in Sioux Falls are more limited than everyone would like.”
The Huether Tennis Centre will be spread over 37,400 square feet compared to the current site’s 33,600 square feet. The surface will be widened by 16-feet on the east side. A new entrance and tennis shack will be built on the south side of the facility. A new fence and retaining wall will also be built around the new playing surface.
The championship-level courts, with approved spacing between them, will be painted US Open Blue with a green backdrop. Augustana will use the new facility for practice, competition, classes, and recreation. Community use of the tennis courts will also be encouraged.
“This project is a continuation of the commitment Augustana has made to NCAA Division II athletics to strive for excellence in all sports,” Gross said. “A more than $16 million expansion of athletic facilities at Augustana began in 2006 with the Hall Football Complex and Sanford Gym. Since then the College has added the Hall Baseball/Softball Complex, Kirkeby-Over Stadium, the Larson Track Complex, a soccer field, and now the Huether Tennis Centre.”
Current plans call for work on the new tennis courts to begin this spring. The designer is Midwest Tennis & Track of Denison, Iowa. It is the same company that installed the playing surface at Kirkeby-Over Stadium.
“This new facility will not only enhance our athletic program, it will improve the overall appearance of the campus,” President Oliver said. “We are very grateful to the Huether family for their generous support of the College and the community.”
Tennis became a part of Mike and Cindy Huether’s activities while following the play of their daughter, Kylie. While watching their daughter play was exciting and rewarding, Mike and Cindy decided playing would be even more fun.
Today, Kylie is a sophomore and team captain for the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Blazers in St. Joseph, Minn. Cindy is the past president of the Sioux Falls Tennis Association and coaches Sioux Falls Washington High School’s girls tennis team.
Both Mike and Cindy are from Yankton, S.D. They are very active in many community and statewide public service endeavors. They have helped lead such efforts as both the Sioux Falls Opt Out Campaigns to raise money for public schools. In addition, they support The Banquet, Washington High School Booster Club, The Governor’s Task Force on Education Funding, The Governor’s Task Force on Health Insurance, and many other activities that are designed to strengthen the community/state.
“This partnership is a wonderful example of private and public entities working together for the benefit of all,” Mike said. “Tennis enthusiasts throughout the campus and the city will recapture the spirit of this proud and historic venue. We can’t wait for the new memories to begin.”
Augustana’s current six-court tennis complex was built in the middle to late 1960s. Before that the courts were located near where Stavig and Granskou residence halls now stand.
Tennis was added to Augustana’s athletic program in the 1930s. Between 1947 and 1985 the men’s team won six North Central Conference championships and in 1953 claimed the conference doubles crown. Women’s tennis became part of the NCC program in 1981 and Augustana claimed the league title the following year.
Giving Back What She's Been Given
It's a lesson we've heard many times. If you're handed lemons, make lemonade.
That can be easier said than done. But it's a motto one KELOLAND woman has had to follow her whole life. It's a motto she's now using to start her future in health care.
For the last six years, 24-year-old Kendra Gottsleben has been getting enzyme treatments at Sanford Children's once a week. She's been given so much by the nurses and staff there, and now she says she's finally able to give back.
We first introduced you to Kendra last fall as she continued her education at Augustana College and as she went through her weekly routine of getting enzyme treatments for a progressive degenerative condition.
“The broad term is mucopolysaccharidosis. And then I have type six,” Gottsleben said back in September.
It's hard to pronounce, and at times hard to live with, but it essentially means Kendra's cells build up with fatty tissue and her body doesn't produce an enzyme to clean the cells.
Without this enzyme treatment, she would have died.
“My heart could get worse. My eyes could get worse. My joints could get worse. It's just kind of stopping what could happen,” Gottsleben said.
Without her doctors and nurses at Sanford Children's, her life would be very different. That's why she's giving back.
“Now the Children's Hospital will be pretty much a part of my life forever,” Gottsleben said.
This month, Kendra has been working the ins and outs of a hospital that she calls her second home, as an intern for Children's Miracle Network.
“It's, you know, strange being in the hospital but not as a patient,” Gottsleben said.
When she graduates with a degree in sociology and psychology from Augustana next May, she hopes to make a career out of working with children in a hospital.
“I'd like to counsel or be a confidante. Help during very difficult situations,” Gottsleben said.
If anyone knows how to tackle a difficult situation, it's Kendra. At 3-feet, 2-inches tall her condition affects many of her organs, it narrows her airway, and it's the reason she stopped growing.
But it's not stopping her from giving.
“So I feel like with my experiences in a hospital setting that I can help them or children when they're having a tough time,” Gottsleben said.
Working with CMN, an organization that touches every child's life at Sanford Children's Hospital is gratifying for this young woman and is helping her reach a life long goal.
For more information, visit Keloland.com.
Casper Star Tribune (WY):
Nursing Board Names New President
Questioning certain decisions made by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing led Jennifer Zettl ('93) to apply for an open position on the board in 2007.
The board said nurses in the state could no longer pull chest tubes out of patients because it was not in their scope of practice. Zettl, a registered nurse, had been pulling out chest tubes for years.
"One day I was doing it and doing a good job at it," Zettl said. "Then, the next day I couldn't. I didn't understand why."
After being appointed by the governor, she found the answer to her question. A nurse in rural Newcastle may not have the same experience with chest tubes as a nurse working in Casper, and the board had to determine what was best for Wyoming all patients.
Two years later, that same spirit of questioning everything is one of the reasons Zettl was elected board president earlier this month.
"She's young, she has a lot of vitality and she asks really good questions," said Mary Kay Goetter, executive director of the board. "She doesn't just accept things at face value."
Goetter said in her first week as president, Zettl asked many important questions about possible legislation on midwives instead of making an "off-hand, quick opinion" about the issue.
Zettl is the only practicing nurse on the seven-member board, Goetter said.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., Zettl worked in the intensive care unit at Wyoming Medical Center. Sixteen years later, she is charge nurse of the unit.
"I am really attracted to taking care of the sickest patients we have," Zettl said, "who require the most advanced technologies."
She also enjoys helping patients and their families through difficult times.
"I tend to thrive in high-stress environments," Zettl said. "I do well when my hair is on fire."
Besides finding out she was elected president in January, Zettl also returned to work for the first time after delivering her fifth child three months ago.
During her year-long term, Zettl plans to address regulation of advanced practice nurses in the state and school nurses. She also wants to create an advisory panel of advanced practice nurses.
"Rural areas especially, like Saratoga or other little towns, are going to need providers," Zettl said. "There is a need that can be met by advanced practice nurses."
For more information, visit the Casper Star Tribune Online.
SIOUX FALLS – A photograph exhibit showing the landscape changes in Norway in the 19th and 20th centuries is on display at Augustana College. Old photographs are compared with recent photos, taken from the same vantage point, to highlight changes in agricultural landscape as well as cities, recreational areas, transportation and nature.
The traveling exhibit is from the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, a leading Norwegian scientific institution regarding use of forest resources, forest ecology, and the environment. The exhibit’s stop in Sioux Falls is made possible by the Norwegian Embassy and Augustana.
“Our intention with this exhibit is to stimulate debate about landscape changes in Norway,” said Arne Bardalen, director general of the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute. “The landscape is an important part of the nation’s identity and holds aesthetic, biological and cultural qualities.”
The exhibit, located in the Morrison Commons Siverson Lounge, is free and open to the public. It will be on display through March.
The Morrison Commons is located off 30th Street and Grange Avenue, and is open seven days a week.
SIOUX FALLS – Changing the name of its athletic fund-raising organization is the latest development in Augustana’s renewed institutional commitment to NCAA Division II.
Jon Eng, Director of Athletic Development, said changing the name of the Booster Club to Augustana Athletic Club is intended to build upon momentum established by the College’s record levels of fund raising for new facilities, a dynamic new athletic logo, and membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
“The momentum built by recent developments is unparalleled in the history of Viking athletics,” Eng said. “We had a great fall season in the Northern Sun and the winter sports are off to a good start. The new football, soccer, and track facilities will only add to the excitement. It was determined that changing the name of the fund-raising organization would contribute to an exciting new vision for Viking athletics.”
The Augustana Booster Club was founded in the fall of 1983. Its mission is: To provide financial support for scholarships given to talented student-athletes and program support for Augustana athletics.
“The mission won’t change,” Eng said. “A record crowd of 600 attended the 2008 Booster Club Auction and it was evident by the enthusiasm and excitement that the direction the College is taking had earned the approval of our boosters. We welcome their support to help us maintain the growing momentum for Augustana and its athletic program through the Augustana Athletic Club.”
To become a member of the Augustana Athletic Club call 605.274.5420.
SIOUX FALLS – “From I Have a Dream to Yes we Can” is the theme of a weekend celebration at Augustana honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.
Monday, January 19, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African American elected president of the US, will be held Tuesday, January 20, in Washington, DC.
The Augustana food drive on Saturday, January 17, is part of a city-wide effort observing the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Items to donate include can and dry goods (mac&cheese, soup, cereal, etc) and personal hygiene items (shampoo, lotion, etc). The drop off site at Augustana is located in the Morrison Commons Circle off 30th Street and Grange Avenue. The drop off site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The celebration continues Sunday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Reconciliation. A presentation titled “From I have a Dream to Yes we Can,” features Barry Scott, founder and producing artistic director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre at Tennessee State University.
Barry Scott created his tribute to Dr. King to teach a generation of students about one of the most violent and inspiring times and the man who mobilized a generation of people and changed the world. Scott is recognized as one of the most versatile practitioners of his art. He is widely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker, and voice-over artist. The program is free and open to the public.
The Augustana Band and The Augustana Choir both embark on their annual interim tour which begins January 29.
Conducted by Dr. James R. Johnson, the Choir will perform in South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.
The Augustana Band, conducted by Dr. Bruce Ammann, will perform in South Dakota and Colorado during the tour. The band will be performing for high school clinics in Custer, SD; Monument, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; and Watertown, SD.
Both tours conclude with a joint appearance with the Augustana Band for the Home Concert February 8 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Long recognized for their rich tradition and inspirational sounds, these two ensembles have performed the world over. Each concert promises to be an event you won’t want to miss!
A complete itinerary of both tours is available online.
Concerts performed on tour are free admission with donations accepted.
Tickets are required for the Home Concert Feburary 8. Order tickets at www.augietickets.com or by calling the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320.
SIOUX FALLS – Dr. John Pennington, professor of percussion at Augustana, is the featured soloist with the Augustana Band and Wind Ensemble during the group’s January Interim Tour.
Both ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Bruce T. Ammann and will be touring through South Dakota and Colorado.
The Band and Wind Ensemble will be in joint concert with the Augustana Choir on January 30 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colo., and again at the Home Concert on February 8 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls.
The joint concerts will conclude with a massed performance of Angels’ Chorus (Hallelujah!) by Ludwig van Beethoven and transcribed by Clark McAlister from Christ on the Mount of Olives. Tickets for the Home Concert are available on line at www.augietickets.com.
During the tour the Augustana Band performance will include the following selections:
Rag-Time March by Yasuhide Ito; Unending Stream of Life by David Maslanka (Variations of All Creatures of Our God and King); Fortress Variations by Tim Waters; and Three Dances from the Maid of Orleans by Peter Tschaikovsky and transcribed by John R. Bourgeois.
The Wind Ensemble performance includes the following selections:
Symphony No. 1, Movement 1 by Richard L. Saucedo, and Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble, Movement 1 and 4 by Ney Rosauro and featuring soloist Dr. John Pennington.
Dr. Pennington, new to the Augustana Music Department this year, is the director of the Augustana Percussion Ensemble. He is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the Music in the Mountains Music Festival. He has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels.
SIOUX FALLS – Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana College's Writer-in-Residence, will be reading his poetry along with 12 other poets at the Washington Pavilion's Belbas Theatre on Saturday, January 17, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This reading is in conjunction with the highly successful "Poets, Painters, and Pavilion" Series which opened in November 2008. Due to popular demand the venue has expanded to this 300-seat auditorium. A book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
In 2008, Dr. Hicks had his first international paperback of poetry, Finding the Gossamer, published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland. Many poems from Finding the Gossamer have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
His work has appeared in scores of international publications, including Ploughshares, The Utne Reader, Glimmer Train, Commonweal, Poetry East, Indiana Review, and Nimrod. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks as well as a work of non-fiction called Brian Moore and the Meaning of the Past.
Dr. Hicks grew up in Stillwater, Minn., earned an MA in English at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, and a PhD at the University of Sussex. In 2007 he was appointed Writer-in-Residence at Augustana. In 2006 he received the Excellence in the Literary Arts Award at the eighth annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts.
Antonen to Speak at B'nai B'rith
USA Today sportswriter and Lake Norden native Mel Antonen will be the guest speaker at the 43rd annual B'nai B'rith Sportsman of Year Banquet. The event will be held Feb. 11 at the Holiday Inn City Centre.
Antonen, an Augustana '79 alum and former Argus Leader reporter, has been at USA Today for 22 years, primarily covering baseball.
He has covered every World Series since 1980 and every All-Star game since 1985 and also reported on issues from labor negotiations to steroid use.
"The last time I was at this banquet was in the 1970s, when Brooks Robinson was the speaker and I was a rookie reporter with the Argus Leader," recalled Antonen.
"I had 12 great years in Sioux Falls, and the more I'm away, the more I miss it. It's always fun to talk baseball, especially in the middle of winter."
The B'nai Brith Sportsman of the Year Banquet raises funds that are directed toward the support of youth sports in the Sioux Falls Area.
Tickets are $45 each and reserved seating is available for those purchasing a full table of eight or more. Tickets are available at Dakota Sports or by calling 201-9366 or 338-4690.
For more information, visit ArgusLeader.com.
Private colleges everywhere are closely watching the numbers, to see just how the economy is impacting enrollment. But officials say you don't have to forgo a private school education and are trying to make it easier than ever for families to afford one.
The average private college tuition in the U.S. is around $35,000 a year, and some families are having a hard time justifying the cost. Private school enrollments nationwide are down.
At Augustana College in Sioux Falls, the story's a little different.
For more on the story, visit Keloland.com.
Centerville Man Selected For NASA Student Ambassadors Program
CENTERVILLE — Most people celebrate an anniversary by exchanging gifts or going out to dinner.
Instead, Dan Johnson is buying a telescope.
The Centerville man has been selected as one of 43 college students nationwide for the NASA International Year of Astronomy (IYA) Student Ambassadors Program. He was chosen from among 2,000 applicants for the NASA and National Space Grant Foundation program.
“The program runs through all of 2009,” Johnson said. “We are celebrating 400 years since Galileo made discoveries with a telescope.”
Johnson plans an appropriate purchase to mark the anniversary.
“I will receive $2,000 stipend for participating as an IYA ambassador, and I will use it to purchase a telescope with a digital imager for photos,” he said. “I will use it at an observatory for pictures, and I will also work with it at events and with educators.”
Besides the $2,000 stipend, he will be reimbursed up to $700 at the end of the year to cover his expenses.
Johnson learned of the NASA program through Drew Alton, his physics and astronomy professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. The NASA program proved extremely competitive.
“You have to get a letter of recommendation from a professor in your major, which for me is elementary education,” Johnson said. “I also had to write two essays on how and what I could contribute as an ambassador for the program.”
Johnson was also in the running during the selection of two delegates to an international conference in Paris.
As a NASA student ambassador, Johnson will stimulate interest in astronomy — particularly NASA scientific discoveries — and the benefit for society. He remains open to invitations for speaking and giving demonstrations at events ranging from classrooms to observatories to community groups.
“I can visit museums, planetariums and amateur astronomy clubs,” he said. “We have training and events throughout the country.”
For more information, visit Press & Dakotan online.
A kinder, gentler Tom Shields emerges through his current abstract oil paintings.
And a more daring ceramic artist Gerry Punt is revealed, his formerly symmetrical wheel-thrown works now pushed, pulled and distorted.
The two Augustana College art professors team up for an exhibit showing now through Jan. 18 at the college gallery. There are new works by Punt, and a retrospective plus new works by Shields. The show name plays on the classic cartoon title: "The Tom & Gerry Show."
Shields' oil paintings from the '80s resemble his work today, but the old works have sharp angles and more dramatic shapes and textures. Overall, the collection is a vibrant showing of of rich colors and energy.
"I really did work in a reactionary way in earlier works, and didn't want to reflect too much on what I was doing," Shields says. "I didn't want to over-rationalize my work. But then about 10 to 15 years ago I started reflecting more."
It shows in his recent work, which has a more mature look. There are softer shapes, rounder corners and gentler colors. In a break from the abstract, the exhibit shows off his skill at realism with a few examples of classic-style figure drawing.
During the recent exhibit reception, some guests said they like the earlier works more than the current works, while others say they favor the softer edge of current paintings by the 58-year-old artist. Shields has taught at Augie for 16 years.
Punt's latest work has changed a lot from his perfectly round and cylindrical works of the past.
He still throws on the potter's wheel, but now he breaks the symmetry, altering the forms by pushing, pulling and twisting the clay. He adds small handles on most pieces, with suggestions of rivets holding them on, and applies ornate coin-like decorative touches.
"It's a series of work that really, in my mind, are animated cylinders," says the Augie artist-in-residence and teacher. "I was able to break away from the need for symmetry."
Some fans resist change: At the reception, many patrons were excited about the new shapes, while others missed the old work. Punt says he listens to comments, but is careful about letting it influence the evolution of his style.
"Listening to other people's perspectives can give you a level of objectivity, but at the same time you still have to follow your own direction," says Punt, 52, an Augie art teacher since 1983.
"I'm not sure if you can control your influences, but at some point you make choices relating in part to those things, too," he says. "You can't listen to everyone. No matter what you're doing, you're not going to please everyone."
For more about the artists' work, visit ArgusLeader.com.
Covenant Award winner at Augustana focuses energy on global, social issues
It was a scene of contrasts when a packed house at the Elmen Center applauded the appearance of two women last month. One was retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, arriving at Augustana College to speak in the Boe Forum lecture series. The other was Jamie Horter, a senior chemistry and art student from Bristol, a tiny town in northeast South Dakota.
Rob Oliver, the Augustana president, introduced Horter as winner of the school's Covenant Award for liberal arts. She stood in the middle of the audience, smiled through the applause and then walked to the stage, where Oliver draped a medal around her neck. She shook hands with O'Connor and sat down again next to her parents, Randy and Bonnie Horter.
O'Connor was a game-changer, the first woman on the Supreme Court, a swing vote on abortion and George W. Bush's victory in the 2000 presidential election.
Horter, 21, is a game-changer, too, but in ways far from the sound of 3,000 people clapping for her in a college gym. Success for her will be measured by an absence of applause. The proof is her wish list that tilts toward saving the planet. Take shorter showers, she says. Turn off the lights, carry a coffee mug, use real plates instead of paper, host no-waste parties and stop buying bottled water. Simple steps change things.
"You'd be amazed," she said.
But it's deeper matters of human interaction that marked her for recognition at the Elmen Center. Horter the student environmentalist who helped start a campus bicycle service and put recycling bins on every dorm floor is also the student team-builder who tries to help others wrestle with big ideas.
Oliver said as much in introducing her. He noted her role in a project to post photographs for an anti-hunger project. The photos, by Richard Reedy, showed empty refrigerators in Sioux Falls homes. Horter put them up near the buffet line at the Commons so that students couldn't miss them.
"It hit close to home," said Natalie Ronning, a sophomore from Rapid City, said of the display, though not everyone was so moved. Keith Abele, a freshman from Minnesota, said he thought the photos were just more art on the walls. "It didn't have that big an impact," he said.
Cathy Brechtelsbauer, an advocate for the needy, said the point of the display was discussion.
"Jamie is an artist with a social conscience," she said.
Horter is president this year of Augie Green, a campus group that put bicycles for common use in racks around campus and sells reusable tote bags for $2.
As an art major at Augustana, her emphasis is photography.
"Images make people take on an issue head-on," she said.
As a chemistry major, she leans toward research in neuroscience. She's unsure what career lies ahead after graduation.
"But I'm working on it," she said.
For more information on this story, visit ArgusLeader.com.
SIOUX FALLS – The works of 28 artists will be on display at the Center for Western Studies (CWS) at Augustana College beginning January 9, 2009. The exhibit, “Artists of the Black Hills Show & Sale,” features professional artists, artisans, and galleries with a common goal of establishing the Black Hills region as a prime source of art of the highest quality.
A reception and gallery talk is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The gallery talk featuring Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) President Mick Harrison, along with several other artists, will be at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Participating artists include: Anna Achtziger, Sundance, WY; Steve Babbitt, Spearfish, SD; Nancy K. Bowman, Rapid City, SD; Jon Crane, Hill City, SD; William Feterl, Sturgis, SD; Jerry Green, Custer, SD; Mary B. Hunt, Gering, NE; Mick B. Harrison, Belle Fourche, SD; James M. Maher, Belle Fourche, SD; Sandra Newman, Rapid City, SD; Bonnie Omang, Gillette, WY; June E. Palmer, Hot Springs, SD; Tim Peterson, Spearfish, SD; James Pollock, Pierre, SD; Jerry Rawlings, Spearfish, SD; Sarah Rogers, Sundance, WY; Steve Roselles, Hill City, SD; Kathy Sigle, Spearfish, SD; Dorothy Snowden, Newell, SD; Gary Steinley, Lead, SD; BJ Stych, Custer, SD ; Sandy Swallow, Spearfish, SD; Lynn Thorpe, Rapid City, SD; Marion Toillion, Spearfish, SD; Ray Tysdal, Rapid City, SD; Roger & Ildiko Wagoner, Black Hawk, SD; and James Whartman, Hemingford, NE.
“This is only the second Artists of the Black Hills exhibition at the Center,” said Tim Hoheisel, CWS Director of Outreach and Communication. “We are honored to host it and encourage area residents and visitors to come and enjoy the work of some of South Dakota’s finest artists.”
The exhibit will be on display in the Madsen, Nelson, and Elmen Galleries at the Center through February 28, 2009. For more information about the Artists of the Black Hills organization, please visit their web-site.
Other CWS events in 2009 include the 29th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale, February 20-22; Joshua Spies Gallery Show & Sale, March-May; and the 41st Annual Dakota Conference, April 24-25.
The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave., on the campus of Augustana College. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information please phone at 605.274.4007, email, or visit their web-site.
The Oudoorsman by Mick Harrison is featured at right.
SIOUX FALLS – The Center for Western Studies at Augustana hosts the 41st annual Dakota Conference April 24-25, 2009. The conference theme is Abraham Lincoln Looks West.
Proposals for papers and sessions addressing the impact of Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Administration on the West, particularly the Northern Plains, are welcome. Papers and sessions addressing other themes related to the region are also sought.
The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, and the nation will be celebrating the Lincoln Legacy in many ways—visit the Lincoln Bicentennial Web site.
During his administration, President Lincoln brought fundamental change to the Northern Plains region, appointing two Dakota Territory governors, encouraging settlement through the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, pardoning hundreds of Dakota Sioux following the Dakota Conflict of 1862, and authorizing the transcontinental railroad in 1864. Each of these developments resulted in controversy and repercussions that affect both indigenous peoples and immigrant descendants to this day.
Send one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, to Dr. Harry F. Thompson, Dakota Conference Director, The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57197, or by email. Proposals are due on or before February 2, 2009.
Cash awards of $150 and $100 in professional, amateur, and student categories will be presented again this year. Available for the first time is the Carol Martin Mashek Award in Women’s History of the Great Plains.
"Visit Spearfish" Hires Mistie Caldwell as Executive Director
SPEARFISH -- Visit Spearfish, the destination marketing organization for the city of Spearfish, has hired Mistie Caldwell as executive director of the newly created organization.
The Spearfish City Council wants the new operation to help stimulate economic growth in Spearfish by promoting the city as a convention site, group events location and vacation destination.
Caldwell is a Spearfish native and 1993 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Her duties will include overseeing all advertising and promotional spending for the Visit Spearfish organization, representing Visit Spearfish at various trade shows and conventions regionally and nationally, developing a volunteer base to support increased visitor events in the community and creating a communications network with the hospitality industry within Spearfish and the Black Hills area.
"We are fortunate to have hired an executive of Mistie Caldwell's caliber to represent the Spearfish community," said Myles Kennedy, president of the Visit Spearfish board of directors. "The entire board is excited to have her take responsibility for this organization and start to make a difference in the marketing of our city as a quality vacation experience. Mistie is an individual with drive, creativity and integrity. We are all looking forward to working with her."
Caldwell previously was the director of public relations and staff development at the Northern Hills Training Center. She is a member of the Spearfish School District's board of education and the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education.
For more information, visit RapidCityJournal.com.
Projects Enhancing the Campus and Neighborhood
A number of construction projects in and around the Augustana campus are currently underway. More than $35 million is being invested in constructing and remodeling buildings on Augustana's campus, as well as across the street at Sioux Falls Seminary and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Please visit our construction photo gallery for updated images and information about the construction progress.
History Professor Dr. Michael Mullin made the following remarks about lessons we can take from Pearl Harbor.
Attack 'marked end to American isolationsim'
As we look back at Pearl Harbor, we must separate the attack on Pearl Harbor from what Pearl Harbor has become.
In 1941, Hawaii was a territory, just like the Philippines. But Hawaii became a state, and therefore the attack against Pearl Harbor took on a very different character than the Americans trapped and killed in the Philippines.
There is no single lesson to be learned from Pearl Harbor. Instead, there are many lessons.
First, we must remember that Pearl Harbor did more than just determine our official entry into World War II. It marked the end of American isolationism. The United States never returned to its historic policy of isolation and neutrality. Instead, we became internationalists - NATO. and SEATO. (Southeast Asian Treaty Organization) - were two examples of this.
Pearl Harbor, even today, reminds every visitor of the cost of defending the nation. Anyone who has visited the USS Arizona memorial learns to appreciate that. Pearl Harbor ought to remind us that there are, as George F. Kennan argued years ago, neither permanent enemies nor permanent allies. President George H. Bush, made that point explicitly when he spoke on the 50th anniversary of the attack.
Pearl Harbor also teaches us about American resiliency. We were not prepared for the initial attack, but we recovered far quicker than Japanese planners had assumed (or needed). Whether it was the salvage operation of the ships sunk in 1941, or the retooling of American factories on the mainland, Americans rallied to the flag and did what needed to be done. Even those the nation discriminated against came to her rescue.
When I think of Pearl Harbor, I do not think of just the attack against our ports and airfields; I think of the Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a regiment comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry.
One of those who served in the 442nd was Daniel Inouye, currently the senior senator from Hawaii, and a man who, though wounded in combat, was denied a haircut in Washington, D.C., on account of his ancestry. As one American of Japanese ancestry said after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "Now we are all haoles (foreigners)."
Pearl Harbor indirectly opened doors for integrating the nation. Perhaps it is appropriate that our president-elect, the first non-Caucasian president elected, hails from the island of Oahu, home to Pearl Harbor
- Michael Mullin, history professor at Augustana College
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