Four Augustana International Students Meet Sioux Falls Mayor

International students meet Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether

Arriving in Sioux Falls just under a week ago, four Augustana international students have already accomplished a lot. They've gone on field trips around the city and to the Archeodome in Mitchell, South Dakota, had cross-cultural discussions, volunteered at the Bowden Youth Center and met Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether.

They came to Augustana as members of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD), an initiative administered by IREX, World Learning and the American Councils on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Each are top scholars from Pakistan:

  • Ayesha Tariq, studying biotechnology (biology at Augustana) 
  • Bushra Malik, studying sociology 
  • Hamna Tariq, studying education 
  • Ubaid Ullah, studying pre-medicine (biology at Augustana)

These students were welcomed by Mayor Huether on Tuesday, Aug. 18, in his office at City Hall where they talked about the job of mayor, the differences between the American and Pakistani government systems, research centers in Sioux Falls and the laws and policies of the city.

"You will truly enjoy your months here in Sioux Falls," he said. "This place is booming and we are very blessed."

The international students sat in his office discussing their own goals for the future and asked Huether a number of questions on how the city is set up.

"My job is to be in charge of the city," Huether said. "I have 1,200 employees who take care of this city from electrical, to sewage systems to parks. Whether you live here or are just visiting, I'm in charge of making sure you're safe."

After their discussion, Mayor Huether parted with these words:

"Life is about choices. If I have another day, I'm going to try to make myself better. I like your odds here. You're going to do well."

This fall, Augustana will be home to 167 international students.