Academy for Seniors 2014-2015 Series

Augustana Academy for SeniorsThe Augustana Academy for Seniors completed a successful 2014-2015 year.

Spring 2015 Series

We've completed year 12 of the Augustana Academy for Seniors.

Theme — Celebrating South Dakota's 125th Year: Written Communication in South Dakota

Past Speakers

Patrick Lalley, Argus Leader MediaWednesday, Feb. 18: Patrick Lalley, content strategist for the Argus Leader Media, which is owned by Gannett.




Mike Nitz, AugustanaWednesday, March 25: Professor Mike Nitz, Associate Professor of Communication & Coordinator of Norwegian Programs at Augustana, "Media and Communication: Like Always or Like Never Before"

audio of presentation of Prof Nitz (9 Mb)


Mayor Mike HuetherWednesday, April 15: Mike Huether, mayor of Sioux Falls, is a Yankton native whose leadership skills were first honed by working 15 years for Citibank in South Dakota, New York, and Texas. After ten years at PREMIER Bankcard in Sioux Falls, he became the mayor of Sioux Falls in 2010 and was re-elected for a second term in 2014.

audio of presentation of Mr.Huether (9 Mb)



Past Fall 2014 Speakers

Theme: Celebrating South Dakota's 125th Year: Examining Three Companies that Started, Remained and Prospered in South Dakota


  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Frank Kurtenbach, retired vice president for Daktronics, a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays.

    audio of presentation of Mr. Kurtenbach (13 Mb)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15: Michelle Lavalla, Director of Sales and Marketing and Tom Heins, Project Manager for the Applied Technology Dept, both of Raven Industries, a longtime provider of weather balloons and now serving the precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, aerospace and electronic manufacturing servicing markets.
    of presentation of Ms. Lavalla and Mr. Heins (13 Mb)

Vernon Brown, SDN Communications

Wednesday, Nov. 19: Vernon Brown, vice president of marketing and community relations for SDN Communications, the largest fiber optic network in the region, with 30,000 miles of fiber connecting leading businesses in eight states with communications and security services. 

audio of presentation of Mr.Brown (9 Mb)


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