SIOUX FALLS – Augustana students Nick Bleeker and Bethany Jochim have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The 2009 Goldwater scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,097 mathematics, science and engineering students nationwide. Bleeker and Jochim are the 13th and 14th Augustana students to be awarded Goldwater Scholarships.

Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Clay, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced the Trustees awarded 278 scholarships for the 2009–2010 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Bleeker, a junior, is majoring in chemistry (American Chemical Society). He is the son of Brenda and Bruce Bleeker of Shakopee, Minn.

Jochim, a sophomore, is majoring in physics. She is the daughter of Loretta and Michael Jochim of Pierre, S.D.

Nick BleekerAfter his freshman year, Bleeker (shown right) participated in a 10-week research experience funded by the National Science Foundation through the Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center. His work focused on the synthesis of ionic liquids under the direction of Augustana chemistry professors, Dr. Gary Earl and Dr. Duane Weisshaar. Following his sophomore year, he conducted a 10-week research project under the direction of Professor Brian S.J. Blagg from the University of Kansas. Bleeker’s work involved the synthesis, purification, and characterization antibolic compounds based on previous research conducted in the lab.

This summer, Bleeker will carry out research at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Professor Gunda I. Georg. Details of the project have not been established.

“Nick Bleeker is an outstanding young man who has worked extremely hard during his tenure at Augustana College to be a wonderful student, researcher, lab assistant, tutor, student leader, and last but not least, chemical demonstrator (master of the green flame),” said Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, associate professor and chair of the Chemistry Department. “We are so proud of all his accomplishments and thrilled that he was honored with a Goldwater Scholarship.”

Bethany JochimTo date, Jochim’s research has involved studying how dissociating molecules rearrange their bonds to from new molecules. During the summer following her freshman year at Augustana, she came up with a theoretical model that provided a plausible explanation for some counter-intuitive experimental results.

“It was a problem we had been puzzling over for a couple years,” said Dr. Eric Wells, assistant professor of physics at Augustana. “Bethany’s work really allowed us to get a handle on why we saw the experimental outcome we did.”

Members of the collaboration from Kansas State University were also impressed with Jochim’s work. “Bethany (shown right) impressed me as a quick learner from her first visit to the laboratory,” said Professor Itzik Ben-Itzhak, director of the J.R. Macdonald Laboratory at KSU. “Her main work on the elaborate molecular structure calculations was a task that would challenge many graduate students.”

This summer Jochim plans to turn her attention to new experiments involving the selective cleavage and subsequent formation of molecular bonds, a more challenging problem.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Goldwater Scholarship is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

SIOUX FALLS – For the past 90 years, Augustana has enjoyed a special relationship with Sioux Falls, a city that is now ranked first on the list of Best Small Metro Areas for Business and Careers.

Cities are rated on a number of criteria including cost of doing business and education attainment. New to the list this year were projected job growth and subprime mortgage categories.

“Sioux Falls offers our students hundreds of opportunities in art, music, theatre, semi-professional sports, internships related to almost any career, research, part-time jobs and, ultimately, great options for employment upon graduation,” said Bob Preloger, Augustana Vice President for Marketing and Communications. “This Forbes recognition is one more affirmation of how great a place this is for our students and for our graduates.”

Mary Medema, director of work force development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, said Sioux Falls has ranked at the top of the list for several years.

“We’re hopeful that the things that we’ve put in place are going to sustain us through this down period, too,” she said.

SIOUX FALLS - Augustana PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) won the Classics Award at the 31st annual Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (MPRSA) awards ceremony.

Augustana was recognized for best planning in a campaign for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. It was the second time in three years the Augustana chapter has won the award. Members of the Augustana team are Brian Boyenga (Ellsworth, MN), Andrew Brynjulson (Sioux Falls), Scott Hale (Omaha, NE), Marit Karbowski (Shoreview, MN), Joy Lussenden (Redwood Falls, MN), Ashley Nissen (New Brighton, MN), Andrew Osborn (Omaha, NE), and Kristen Pittenger (Brandon, SD).

In the summer of 2008, Augustana’s PRSSA chapter was contacted by Special Olympics of South Dakota’s special events coordinator to develop a professional public relations campaign for the organization’s annual Polar Plunge fundraiser. Proceeds go to funding Special Olympics South Dakota’s annually scheduled programs and activities for Special Olympic athletes. This year’s plunge is scheduled for April 18. Augustana students planned the campaign, designed a brochure, and continue to publicize the event.Marit Karbowski

For the second straight year, Karbowski, a senior, received a $500 Dr. Willard Thompson Scholarship in recognition of excellence in the study of public relations and communication. Karbowski (shown right) is majoring in Spanish and Communication/Business. She is the daughter of Virginia and Stan Karbowski.

The Classics Awards honor public relations excellence in campaigns and tactics that address communication challenges with exemplary skill, creativity, and resourcefulness. As part of this awards ceremony, MPRSA recognizes the best in student public relations among schools in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.

MPRSA is the ninth-largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world’s leading organization for public relations professionals with more than 20,000 members worldwide.

Augustana’s student chapter is affiliated with MPRSA.

SIOUX FALLS – Seven Augustana students have been awarded Fred C. and J. Marie Christopherson Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Augustana Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee made the selections on the basis of scholarship, campus/community service, and how well the nominees fit the description of the donors as someone “equipped for life.”

Fred C. Christopherson, who died in 1989, was the editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader for 31 years. J. Marie Christopherson, who died in 1989, wrote the Driftwood column published in the Argus Leader for 20 years.

The 2009-2010 Christopherson Scholarship recipients are:

Ashley Brewers, junior, Elementary Education major. She is the daughter of Denise and Stan Brewers of Marshall, MN.

Paige Fossum, junior, Government & International Affairs major. She is the daughter of Lori and Gary Fossum of Lennox, SD.

Sarah Fritz, junior, Exercise Science major. She is the daughter of Susan and Michael Fritz of Currie, MN.

Rachel Gerber, sophomore, Business Communication major. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Brent Gerber of Moorhead, MN.

Terra Goplen, junior, Music Education major. She is the daughter of Kari and Gary Goplen of Canby, MN.

Kimberly Hibma, sophomore, Elementary Education and Special Education major. She is the daughter of Virginia and James Hibma of Worthington, MN.

Amy Hulstein, junior, History and Government/International Affairs major. She is the daughter of Linda and Robert Hulstein of Hull, IA.

SIOUX FALLS –Ashley Anderson (Wakefield, NE) and Charles Buehler (Sioux Falls) will present their senior thesis research at the regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in St. Paul, MN, March 27-28.

Ashley Anderson

Anderson’s presentation is titled, “Multiple Identities within One Human Body.” Ashley is a religion major and the daughter of LaVon and Thomas Anderson of Wakefield.


Charles Buehler

The title of Buehler’s presentation is “Beyond the Words: Saying What Cannot Be Said, A Linguistic and Theological Exploration of the Writings of Charlotte Delbo and Eli Wiesel.” Charles is majoring in religion and French. He is the son of Rosada Parsley of Sioux City, IA.

Recent Achievements by Augustana Faculty

Dr. Dan Swets’ advisee, Dan Day (Vermillion, SD), was selected to represent all the BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) undergraduate fellows at Poster Day at the State Capitol in Pierre, SD.

A grant proposal focused on strengthening service-learning programs at Augustana submitted by Dr. Reynold Nesiba in January, 2009, has been approved/funded by the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education.

Dr. Patrick Hick’s poem, “Lighting the Christmas Tree,” was published in the Advent/Christmas 2008 issue of The Cresset. Another of his poems, "Summer in January", was accepted by Flurry, an e-zine based in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson will present a work entitled “Re-Reading Reed: John Reed, Harvard College, and the Burden of Aristocracy,” at the March 2009 Missouri Valley History Conference at The University of Nebraska-Omaha).

Dr. Paul Schilf (music) has an article published in "The Mississippi Bandmaster." Vol. 5, Number 2, Winter 2008, "Organizational Details."

Dr. Ivan Fuller’s (theatre) play, Eating into the Fabric, has been selected for the Mainstage performance at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha in May, 2009.

Dr. Christopher Stanichar (music) will be a guest conductor of Mexico’ s Young Orchestra of Veracruz State on March 16-22, 2009. In February, Orchestra Omaha performed the world premiere of Dr. Stanichar’s “Independence Overture.” Stanichar, director of Augustana’s orchestra studies program, was the music director of Orchestra Omaha from 2002 to 2005. His eight-minute overture was commissioned by Orchestra Omaha.

A special “thank you” to Dr. Lindsay Twa (art) for organizing an outstanding showing of the works of Fritz Hirschberger at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery along with the Gallery reception and the day-long Holocaust symposium.

A collaborative paper that Dr. Drew Alton and Augustana student, Russ Averin (Sioux Falls), worked on was published in a DO publication on the web. The paper is titled “Search for a Scalar or Vector Particle Decaying into Zÿ in pp Collisions at ÿs = 1.96 TeV”, Phys. Lett. B 671, 349 (2009).

Dr. Richard Swanson (religion) has recently had an article published in The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance, Cascade Books.

Dr. Patrick Hicks (English), Dr. Jeffrey Johnson (history), Dr. Bill Swart (sociology), and Dr. Mitch Harris (English), also known as "The Righteous
Fists," won the first ever Faculty Rock Band competition during Semester Shutdown in December, 2008.

SIOUX FALLS - Last spring, the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College received 154 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints created by renowned artist Andy Warhol.

Approximately 60 of the photographs will be exhibited for the first time as a part of the “Highlights from the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection” exhibition, March 6 through April 19, 2009.  The gallery reception will be March 6 at 7:00 p.m.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery cares for a permanent collection of almost 3,500 works of art that are periodically exhibited. The upcoming exhibition will also include artwork by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Kathe Kollwitz and others.

The gift of Warhol’s photographs was made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the Warhol Foundation’s 20th anniversary. The aim of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is one of 183 college and university art museums across the United States selected to participate in this program and is the only institution from South Dakota and the surrounding region to be chosen.

For more information, contact Lindsay Twa.

*Upper right: "Nicky Lane Waymouth" Polaroid by Andy Warhol

SIOUX FALLS – A seminar entitled “Raiders of the ‘Lost Secret’” begins at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Gilbert Science Center, room 241.

Joseph Nagyvary, PhD, professor emeritus from Texas A&M, will discuss the Modern Science and the Holy Grail of the Stradivarius violin.

Christian Zamora, first violinist with the Augustana String Quartet and adjunct faculty member at Augustana, will play at 6:30 p.m. in the GSC Pendulum Lounge.

Professor Nagyvary has brought an unprecedented level of academic expertise to bear upon the age-old violin puzzle. A native of Hungary, he majored in chemistry at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest (1952-1956); he became a student of the Swiss Nobel Laureate Paul Karrer in 1957, and received his PhD in the chemistry of natural products in 1962.

While in Zurich, he had his first formal violin lessons on a violin which once belonged to Albert Einstein, a coincidence which helped turn his attention to the physical mysteries of the violin. He gained his first glimpses into the art of violin making from the Zurich luthier Amos Segesser. In 1963, he spent a postdoctoral year in Cambridge with Lord Alexander Todd, a British Nobel Laureate.

He came to the United States in 1964, and settled down in Texas in 1968 where he has remained a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Texas A&M University until his retirement in 2003. Professor Nagyvary was the recipient of a Career Development Grant, and numerous other research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and NASA.

His discoveries concerning the classical violins were made public in more than 255 lectures sponsored mainly by the American Chemical Society. On such occasions, his claims were examined by professionals and comparisons were made between Professor Nagyvary's new recreations and the finest locally available antique Italian violins, including several Stradivarius.

This program is sponsored by the Sioux Valley section of the American Chemical Society in conjunction with the Augustana Music Department.

SIOUX FALLS – The Augustana College Northlanders Jazz Band will perform at the 2009 Sioux Falls Jazz Festival July 17-18 at Yankton Trail Park.

The 19-member jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Schilf, assistant professor of music, is scheduled to perform on the main stage at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18. The annual event attracts more than 65,000 people.

In recent years the Northlanders have experienced increased notoriety. In 2006, the ensemble played for the Minnesota Music Education Conference in Minneapolis, and performed on the second stage at the Sioux Falls Jazz Festival. In 2007, the ensemble advanced to the Jazz Festival’s main stage.

For the last eight years the Northlanders performed with the highest quality jazz artists at Augustana’s Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival. Over the past six years, the band and Dr. Schilf have commissioned six big band charts. This new jazz music is available through Sierra Publications and Kendor Music.

At the 2009 Sioux Falls Jazz Festival, the Northlanders will feature Selmer saxophone recording artist, Mr. Chris Vadala, and Yamaha recording artist Jeff Jarvis.

For his special appearance at the Sioux Falls Jazz Festival with the Northlanders, Mr. Jarvis has been commissioned to write a special feature number for the band. This new selection will be performed at the festival and published by Kendor Music in the fall of 2009.

The Northlanders Jazz Band roster:

Chris Borchardt, ’12, Sioux Falls (Alto I)
Katie Olson, ’10, Lake Mills, IA (Alto II)
Katie Doohan, ’09, Sioux Falls, SD (Tenor I)
Meredith Reynolds, ’12, Sioux Falls, SD (Tenor II)
Chris Haak, ’11, Urbandale, IA (Baritone)

Jason Roseth, ’11, Watertown, SD
Allyson Wingert, ’12, Sioux Falls, SD
Adam Broin, ’09, Sioux Falls, SD
Amanda Schnepel, ’10, Treynor, IA

Corey Meyer, ’12, Merrill, WI

Luke Tatge, ’09, Benson, MN       
Rachel McAllister, ’09, Cottage Grove, MN
Steven Dockendorf, ’12, Oakdale, MN
Christine Anderson, ’09, Waverly, IA
Lizzy Reid, ’11, Brandon, SD

Laura Ayres, ’11, Spirit Lake, IA

Josh Lund, ’11, Omaha, NE
Chris Vogele, ’11, Sioux Falls, SD

Spencer Ferrell, ’11, Yankton, SD

As we citizens of the 21st century try to deal with the effects of a changing climate, perhaps it would be useful to reflect on human adaptations to climate change in the past.

SIOUX FALLS – Leland Bement, PhD, from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, is the guest speaker for the Third Sunday Archeology Presentation on March 15.

“From Clovis to Folsom: Paleoindian Adaptations to the Younger Dryas” is the title of Bement’s illustrated lecture, which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Science Center auditorium. Born in Texas, Bement is an Archeologist III and part time Assistant Professor in Anthropology and has been with the Survey since 1990.

This presentation is open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Gilbert Science Center is located at the corner of Summit Avenue and 33rd Street on the Augustana College campus.

Clovis mammoth hunters witnessed the extinction of mammoths and other large animals from the plains of North America. Accompanying the extinction is a change to a colder climate very similar to that seen during the height of the last glacial maximum. This colder event is known as the Younger Dryas.

Archeological investigations on the southern plains trace the adaptations of Clovis people through the Younger Dryas. These investigations track the changes from Clovis mammoth hunters to Clovis bison hunters and finally to Folsom bison hunters.

The program is funded in part by Augustana College’s Mellon Fund Committee, Augustana College’s Archeology Laboratory, and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

SIOUX FALLS – Dr. Bruce Ammann, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Augustana College, was elected to the Board of Directors of The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) at the organization’s annual convention March 3-7 in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Ammann will serve a two-year term and is eligible to be elected to one of the National Offices. In March, 1996, he was elected to membership in the ABA, and in March, 1997, received the Phi Beta Mu “Outstanding Bandmaster Award” for the state of South Dakota. In May, 2001, he received the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award, the highest award presented to a member of the Augustana College Faculty.

Dr. Ammann served as chair of the Augustana Music Department from 1993 through 1998, and again during the 2001-2002 academic year. Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Dr. Ammann was a faculty member at Arizona State University. He is a founder and principal conductor of the Augustana College/Community Band. The ensemble integrates members of the community with college students and this year has more than 100 musicians.

The ABA is committed to the preservation of American band history. The ABA took true formation at a meeting in Chicago on October 25, 1928. New York was approved as the first meeting place and the charter members assembled there on July 5, 1929. The first annual convention was held March 13-16, 1930, in Middletown, Ohio.

SIOUX FALLS – Three Augustana students have received scholarships for 2009-10 from The Image Enhancement Committee of the South Dakota CPA Society.

Seven applicants were evaluated on grade point average, career goals, awards, activities, experience, and overall appearance of the application.

Augustana students winning awards are Kari Hipsak, a junior from Bismarck, ND; Jonathan Emerson, a junior from Columbus, NE; and Jonna Brost, a senior from Sartell, MN.

Kari HipsakHipsak is majoring in professional accountancy/business administration. Her goals include working in public accounting and starting a not-for-profit organization. She was awarded a $1,250 scholarship. She is the daughter of Karen and David Hipsak.



Jon EmersonEmerson is an accounting major. His future plans include securing a job in public accounting. He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. He is the son of LeAnne and Stan Emerson.



Jonna BrostBrost is majoring in professional accountancy/economics. She hopes to work for a public accounting firm. She was awarded a $750 scholarship. She is the daughter of DeeAnn and Will Brost.

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana students Kimberly Johnson (Sioux Falls) and Beth Singleton (Moorhead, MN) have been selected 2009 Peace Prize Forum Scholars.

Established by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum consortium, two students from each of the five Norwegian Lutheran Colleges that make up the consortium will be selected annually as scholars and awarded a summer travel seminar experience. The seminar is designed to deepen their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights.

The five colleges making up the consortium are Augustana, Augsburg, Concordia (Moorhead, MN), Luther, and Saint Olaf. Kimberly JohnsonThe 2009 scholars will be introduced at the March 6-7 Nobel Peace Prize Forum to be held at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

In August, Johnson and Singleton will be part of this select core of students traveling to Chiapas, Mexico. As of the mid 1990s, most people in Chiapas were poor, rural small farmers. About one quarter of the population were of full or predominant Maya descent, and in rural areas many did not speak Spanish. The state suffers from the highest rate of malnutrition in Mexico, estimated to affect more than 40 percent of the population.

Johnson, a senior, is majoring in government/international affairs. She is the daughter of Dr. Peter and Sheryl Johnson of Sioux Falls.Beth Singleton

Singleton, a junior, is a religion/philosophy major. She is the daughter of Cathy and Calvin Singleton of Moorhead, MN.

Criteria for selection as a Peace Prize Scholar includes a minimum grade point average of 3.0, a 1,000-word essay articulating the student’s interest in and goals for being a peace scholar, and two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff.

In her essay, Singleton wrote: “I hope to one day work as an advisor for the government, advocating for structural changes of societies that will create true equal opportunities and rights for all people, for both our nation and others.”

Of the summer trip to Chiapas, Johnson writes: “I look forward to sharing whatever I learn and experience with everyone who is interested. If given the chance, I will use this opportunity to, at the very least, make my corner of the world just a little bit better.”

Natlia LapinaSIOUX FALLS - Augustana College’s Performing & Visual Arts Department presents the premiere of Ivan Fuller’s play, “Eating into the Fabric.” Performances run February 26-28 and March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. All seating is general admission. The ticket office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Order by phone at 605.274.5320, or online at All major credit cards are accepted.

“Eating into the Fabric” is based on true stories from the WWII Siege of Leningrad - a horrific time during which 1.5 million people died of starvation, freezing cold, and daily shelling of the city…AND YET theatre continued to be produced. The show focuses on a theatre company struggling to rehearse “Hamlet” as an act of survival in a dying city. The power of using art to preserve hope and give strength is at its heart.

Ivan FullerThe production is being directed by Natalia Lapina (shown above, right), a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. Lapina is an award-winning director who currently sits on the faculty of the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy. In addition, she has recently been named artistic director of the National Russian Theatre of Estonia in Tallin.

Lapina is excited to work on this new play, saying that it is very important to her that the blockade not be forgotten. In America, few people have even heard of this tragic event.

“Eating into the Fabric” has been chosen as one of five plays - out of 420 submitted - for the Mainstage Series at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Neb., in May.

Cast members include Sioux Falls veteran actors Ron Robinson, Phyllis Schragg, Phil Kappen and Justin Klassen. Augustana student performers are Kelsey Acers (Sioux Falls), Molly Buyske (Helena, MT), Will Dietzler (Fargo, ND), Andrew Erickson (Sioux Falls), Sonia Halbach (Devils Lake, ND), Tyler Hecht (Centerville, SD), Martha Stai (Inwood, IA), and Jacinta Sutphin (Worden, MT).

The theatre parking lot can be accessed by heading east at Grange Ave. and 29th St.

Read the Argus Leader article to learn more about the actors' preparation.

SIOUX FALLS – The artwork of Watertown, S.D., artist Joshua Spies will be displayed at the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College beginning Thursday, March 5.

Spies is a well-known wildlife artist whose compositions extend from North America to Asia, and Africa to Australia. His style is known as photo-realism—original acrylic and pencil drawings that look just like photographs.Long-Tailed Duck with Decoy, Joshua Spies

Spies is the most recent winner of the Annual Federal Duck Stamp Competition, which was held in Bloomington, Minn., October 17-18, 2008. The Federal Bird and Migratory Stamp Competition is the largest wildlife competition in the world, attracting 270 entries this year. Spies’ painting, Long-Tailed Duck with Decoy, will be featured on the 2009-2010 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June, 2009.

A reception and gallery talk is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The gallery talk will be at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Fine art enthusiasts, wildlife art fans, and everyone in between will enjoy Joshua’s impressive art,” said Tim Hoheisel, CWS Director of Outreach and Communication. “He is a talented artist who has gallery shows all over the country. We are pleased to be able to have an exhibition of his work right here in Sioux Falls.”

The exhibit will be on display in the Madsen, Nelson, and Elmen Galleries at the Center through May 30. For more information about Joshua Spies, please visit his Web site at:

The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Avenue in Sioux Falls. Hours are 8:00 a.m.- noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information please call (605) 274-4007, email , or visit the Web site at

SIOUX FALLS – The new Augustana College Viking logo and mask, as well as billboard images, were among the winners at the South Dakota Advertising Federation’s (SDAF) 43rd Annual ADDY Awards.

All the winning designs were created by Lawrence & Schiller Inc. of Sioux Falls.

The Viking Mask and Logo received Gold ADDY’s, while billboard entries were awarded Best of Class and Gold ADDY recognition.

"This was one of those rare opportunities in the history of Augustana to unveil a new image,” said Bob Preloger, Vice President for Marketing and Communications. “We are thrilled that it has been so enthusiastically received not only by those close to Augustana, but by the broader community as well. To receive ADDY's in multiple categories is wonderful affirmation of the fun planning and execution that went into the unveiling of the logo."

On February 21, 2008, before a standing room only crowd in the Morrison Commons Ordal Dining Room, members of the Augustana community witnessed the unveiling of the new Viking logo. The new logo has been well received on campus, in the community, and by alumni.

For the Vikings’ final 2008 home basketball games, life-size masks of the logo were developed and distributed to the Augustana student cheering section known as the “Augieholics.”

Discussions of creating a new logo began in 2006. Meetings of Augustana alumni, students and staff were held to determine if there was sufficient interest to proceed with the makeover. Encouraged by positive feedback, a 17-member committee representing all facets of the Augustana community was formed and began meeting with Lawrence & Schiller representatives.

With its Norwegian heritage, Augustana’s choice of the Viking is steeped in tradition. In addition, committee members stressed the importance of incorporating the strength, pride, determination, and honor associated with the legendary Vikings of the sea.

The Mission of the SDAF is to serve as a unified voice for sales, marketing and business professionals through award winning programs, the South Dakota ADDY Awards, educational opportunities including Student Day and a student advertising competition, and public service projects, while acting as a connecting point to the 8th District of the American Advertising Federation and the American Advertising Federation.

SIOUX FALLS – One year ago, Augustana College unveiled a new Viking Logo. Last weekend, the image came to life.

On Friday. February 20, The University of Mary Marauders invaded the Elmen Center for women’s and men’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball games. Helping defend the home turf was a 7-FOOT VIKING MASCOT.

“We were really excited to introduce the Viking to our students and fans,” said Bryan Miller, athletic fundraising and promotions assistant. “The presence of the mascot added to the enthusiasm and excitement already being generated by our student section.”

Ole the Viking made his first appearance as Augustana’s official mascot in 1939. The 6-foot, 200-pound clay warrior soon became a familiar sight at Augustana athletic events and the Viking Days parades.

While Ole has remained the symbol of Augustana athletics, Augie Doggie came on the scene in the 1980s as the mascot. About six years ago, Augie Doggie was retired.

“With the passing of the North Central Conference, and Augustana competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for the first time this year, we felt it was a good time to unveil a new Viking mascot,” Miller said. “The college has a new logo and now we have a new and improved Ole, live and in person!”

SIOUX FALLS – Kelli Meier, a senior from Glenville, Minn., has been named winner of the Augustana Covenant Award for Community.

Covenant Awards are presented throughout the school year to recognize students who embody Augustana’s five core values – Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, Service. The award for Community identifies students who have committed themselves to participation in and serving Augustana’s campus community.

Meier is majoring in religion, philosophy and psychology. She is a member of the Residence Life staff and currently is serving as president for Colleges Against Cancer. She is involved in FRIENDSLink and Special Olympics. She also volunteers in the community and has served at The Banquet. Kelli is the daughter of Cindy and Mark Meier.

Also nominated were Halcyon Bjornstad, a senior from Missoula, Mont.; Jennifer Falkenstein, a senior from Carver, Minn.; Dan Mickelson, a junior from Pipestone, Minn.; Bailey Morris, a senior from Faribault, Minn.; Kari Rasmussen, a senior from Hurley, S.D.; and Adam Strenge, a senior from Sioux Falls.

The second of three Augustana men's and women's basketball doubleheaders will be broadcast by Midcontinent Communications as part of an agreement between the Augustana Athletic Department and Midcontinent Communications this past summer.

This weekend, Midcontinent will televise Augustana’s weekend series against the University of Mary and Northern State University. The Vikings take on U-Mary on Friday, February 20, before squaring off against instate rival Northern State on Saturday, February 21. Both doubleheaders will start at 6 p.m. with women’s games and 8 p.m. with the men’s contests.Midcontinent Communications

The trio of televised basketball doubleheaders is part of an agreement between Augie athletics and Midcontinent Communications to televise seven Viking games during the 2008-09 season. In October, Midcontinent televised Augustana's Viking Days football game against Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Midcontinent Communications is the Upper Midwest’s leading provider of cable television, local and long distance telephone service, broadband Internet access, and cable advertising services to communities in North Dakota and South Dakota. Midcontinent’s service area includes over 200 communities serving over 200,000 customers. For more information, please visit their Web site at

SIOUX FALLS - Last spring, the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College received 154 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints created by renowned artist Andy Warhol.

Approximately 60 of the photographs will be exhibited for the first time as a part of the “Highlights from the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection” exhibition, March 6 through April 19, 2009.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery cares for a permanent collection of almost 3,500 works of art that are periodically exhibited. The upcoming exhibition will also include artwork by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Kathe Kollwitz and others.

The gift of Warhol’s photographs was made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the Warhol Foundation’s 20th anniversary. The aim of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is one of 183 college and university art museums across the United States selected to participate in this program and is the only institution from South Dakota and the surrounding region to be chosen.

For more information, contact Lindsay Twa.