Senior Speakers 2011-2012

Senior speakers lead the chapel service on Fridays (from 11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) by preparing the order of worship, music and message. 

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Amanda BuhlFriday, May 22, 2012
Amanda Buhl


 Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 52 KB)




Isaac KruegerFriday, Apr. 27, 2012
Isaac Krueger

I am a senior Business Administration major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  I am an avid Augieholic who enjoys every

sport there is.  In my free time I enjoy to be outside and enjoy any nice weather.  I enjoy everything marketing and plan on taking up an advertising job after graduation.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 38 KB)



Karise StillsonFriday, Apr. 20, 2012
Karise Stillson

I am an Economics, Spanish, and International Studies major from Spearfish, SD. I recently studied abroad in Santiago, Chile studying economics and political science and experiencing a country in upheaval with students protesting in the streets. My future plans include working my third summer at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, and, application pending, teaching English in Spain for the next school year. Beyond that, who knows? For the time being, I look forward to rock climbing this spring and climbing Mr. Rainier at the end of the summer.

Meredith Reynolds

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012
Meredith Reynolds  

I am a senior French and biology double major from Sioux Falls. I like music, traveling, skiing, bacteria, pineapples, foreign languages, and cats. I dislike oatmeal, shopping carts, elevators, and Paramecium. My Augie years have provided no shortage of adventures, and I intend to continue this trend as I venture into medical school this fall.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 70 KB)

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012
Casey Ortbahn
Hello!  My name is Casey Ortbahn.  I'm a senior biology major from Pierre, South Dakota.  I can honestly say that I never thought I'd be giving a senior sermon.  Then again, I never thought I'd be a senior!  it seems like just yesterday I was starting my first classes as a freshman.  Now here I am.  Where does the time go?  I look forward to sharing some stories, but I'm even more excited to share my gift of music.  I'll be playing some of my favorite Christian piano music.  Hope to see you there!   

Friday, Mar. 16, 2012
Glynnis Kunkel
My name is Glynnis Kunkel.  I'm that tall sassy blond that's always bopping about.  I am an English and Secondary Education  major with a passion for words and a mind geared toward creativity.  Rather brief, but to the point!  Aside from that, I am a passionate advocate for the right to education for all, as well, and the promotion of the arts in schools.  This fall, I hope to continue my time abroad in Peace Corps or otherwise teaching.  I have a love of the outdoors as well and I have been working as a camp counselor for the past 8 yrs. (get ready for some singin'!)  I hope to bring my love of all things crazy, kooky and just plain fun into the classroom in true Ms. Frizzle-esque form, while being a devoted teacher and learner as I continue on my path as an educator.  Think:  Magic School Bus + School House Rock. Right? )

Friday, Mar. 9, 2012
Amy Dahl
I am a fourth year students at Augustana working on my secondary education degrees in English and physical education.  I am from Alexandria, MN, which means I enjoy snow, potlucks and all things outdoor related.  The world needs love and healing.  Look to God; for all things, good and bad, are from Him:  Psalm 30:2 (Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me."

Friday, Mar. 2, 2012
Sydney Ipina
I am an elementary Education major with kindergarten and middle school science endorsements.  While I'm going to leave Augie super qualified, I'm really hoping I get to teach kindergarten!  I'm from Rochester, MN, though I've moved around a lot during my lifetime because my dad is in the Army.  I think I've learned the true meaning to "Home is where your heart is"!  I'm super nervous about student teaching next fall and hope that I am as well prepared for the independence of life after college as I am for my profession! 

Ashley WeberFriday, Feb. 24, 2012
Ashley Weber
I am a senior Biology/Spanish double major from Cold Spring, MN. I’ve been very involved in many campus activities during my time at Augie. I’m looking forward to sharing what I have learned in my faith journey with the campus community

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 50 KB


Annette FrankFriday, Feb. 17, 2012
Annette Frank
I am a Nursing major from Storm Lake, Iowa. While at Augie I've been involved in Youth Outreach, ANSA, UTIC (now Flite!), and NSO. In the last 4 years (where did they go!?), God has really challenged me in ways I never would have expected or imagined.  Join me in praising God for what He's doing in my life and on our campus!



David StademFriday, Feb. 10, 2012
David Stadem
David Stadem is a 3rd-year senior from a turkey farm near Willmar, MN. He has this crazy awesome family that he loves to death - his parents, his six siblings, and a small army of cousins. He tends to enjoy his studies as a Chemistry major with a Music minor, but also occupies his time with a fantastic group of friends, CRU, and the Augie Choir. After graduation, he plans to do whatever God has in mind, whether it be his current plan of employment in the field of analytical quality control in Sioux Falls, or something else like opera or professional snorkeling.  

Noelle HarrisFriday, Feb. 3, 2012
Noelle Harris

I am a Senior, nursing major from Saint Cloud, MN. I just got back from a life changing experience in Ecuador and cannot wait to share how I have grown as an individual, as a team member and most importantly how I have grown in Christ. I am excited to share stories of my physical journey as well as my faith journey with my Augustana Family!


Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
Leah Hilsabeck
I am a senior majoring in English and theatre.  I hope to pursue a master's in creative writing.  I tutor in the Augie Writing Center, help in the costume shop and scene shop, and also serve on the Sweet Fellowship Outreach team.  In my free time, I love to bake and watch movies with my roommates.



Dawn WilleFriday, Jan. 13, 2012
Dawn Wille 
I love variety in my life and writing about many topics - which works well as I'm majoring in English with a writing emphasis and minoring in anthropology, journalism and philosophy.  I'm from the small town of Truman, MN, and while I've been at Augie, I've been involved as a techie and stage carpenter at theatre, Mirror guest writer, theatre mentor, and tutor at the Writing Center.  In my free time, I enjoy archery, aerobics, and traveling.  After graduation, I hope to get a job in the writing field, whether for a magazine, or newspaper or in a marketing or public relations department.  i hope you'll join me as I celebrate my experiences at Augie and God's place in our lives.   Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 27)KB                                       

Jared SoundyMonday, Jan. 9, 2012
Jared Soundy
I am a senior computer science major from Sioux Falls, SD. My minors are biology and math.  I hope you can attend my senior sermon on Monday, Jan. 9th.




Renee PoirierFriday, Jan. 6, 2012
Renee Poirier
I am a senior business administration major from Rochester, Minn. Here are a few things you should know about me:
* 99% of my outgoing texts have a smiley face :)
* I have always wanted to ride in a hover craft
* I renamed my Skype to "Gloo Powder Network"
* Painting is a passion, color is my life
* Cool whip makes everything taste better!!
  * This Spring I will be studying in Prague    Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 28 KB)

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
Sawyer Vanden Heuvel
I'm a senior Bus. Ad. major with a Marketing emphasis.  I come from a small town just 32 mi. east of Sioux Falls, SD in Rock Rapids, IA.  I love to drink coffee, sing with the Augie Choir hang out with friends and sleep whenever I can!  I am the UBG Head Governor this year and a member of PRSSA.  i work a crazy amount of hours at my various jobs, but I enjoy every minute of it.  In my past four years, I've enjoyed being surrounded by a community of faith.  After graduation (eek!) I will hopefully find a job in my chosen career path of marketing and advertising — I want to be like Don Draper from "Mad Men." Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 40 KB)

Daniel BockFriday, Dec. 2, 2011
Daniel Bock
Dan will be addressing the Augustana Association meeting, faculty, staff and students.  His message will remind of to watch for the signs of the coming of our Lord and Savior.



Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Tyler Maybee
I am a senior Government and International Affairs, French and Modern Foreign Languages Major with a History minor.  I am Colorado proud, coming from the suburb of Centennial, which is about 20 minutes outside down Denver.  After graduation I plan on attending Graduate School for International Development.  An ambitious goal of mine is to eventually be named Secretary of State.  I am looking forward to stretching my comfort zones and stepping outside my box to address the Augustana campus with my senior sermon.  Hope to see you there!
Senior Sermon (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 16 KB)


Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Lynae Fisher
I am a senior Exercise Science and Fitness Management major from Adair, Iowa.  While at augie I have been involved in Dance marathon, NSO central committee, NSO leader, Viking Days, Club Volleyball, numerous Intramurals and Air Force ROTC.  I have been in the ROTC program for the past three years through SDSU.,  I have enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the feelings of community and family while attending Augie.  After graduation i will commission and be a 2nd Lieutenant in the air Force and from there be stationed somewhere to start my training.
Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 45 KB)

Hannah MillerFriday, Nov. 4, 2011
Hannah Miller
I'm a senior elementary Education major in Special Education and an endorsement in Middle School Science from Mankato, MN.  I love being outside, climbing trees, traveling, and not planning!  During my time at Augustana I have been involved in an assortment of groups including UBG, NSO leader, ACE Ambassador, Chapel Staff, Outreach Team Leader.  As for the next phase in life, I plan to spend part of my student teach placement in Moshi, Tanzania and the second half back in Sioux Falls.  After graduation, ....the plans are still up in the air.  One thing is for sure, though I want to be like Miss Frizzle from "The Magic."   


Elayna DeHaanFriday, Oct. 28, 2011
Elayna Dehaan
I am from Orange City, Iowa and a double major in special education and elementary education. After graduation I hope to teach in a cluster setting for students with intellectual disabilities. In my last four years at Augustana, God has taught me a lot about who He is and His character. In my sermon I will be sharing what God has taught me in the last few years about seeking Him wholeheartedly and the kind of relationship He wants from us.
Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 20 KB)

Sara PeasleyFriday, Oct. 21, 2011
Sara Peasley
I'm from Elk Point, SD majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Religion and have been involved in band, chapel musicians, Tri-Beta and UGB. I'm planning on going to veterinary technology school after graduating from Augustana to pursue a career with animals. I love the outdoors, traveling to new places and meeting new people.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 19 KB) 


Matt CookFriday, Oct. 14, 2011
Matt Cook
Matt is a senior theater major and a religion minor from Adrian, MN.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 30 KB)


Lindsey Jacobsen
Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
Lindsey Jacobsen
Lindsey is a senior nursing major from Lyle, MN

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 20 KB)


Rebecca JoergerFriday, Sept. 30, 2011
Rebecca Joerger
Rebecca is a senior nursing major from Henning, MN. 

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 29 KB)


Dillon DeBoerFriday, Sept. 23, 2011
Dillon DeBoer
Dillon is a senior from Dell Rapids, SD. Studying Professional Accounting and Business Administration (with a religion minor), Dillon has always struggled with the Facts and the Truths of the Bible. Dillon was raised Christian, and attended church most Sundays. College opened his eyes to some challenges about being a believer. Come to this exciting chapel service to hear Dillon reflect on his experiences here at Augustana, while also reflecting on the Word.
Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 50 KB)

Abby Haubrich
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Abby Haubrich
Abby is a senior elementary education/special education major from Rock Valley, IA.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 70 KB),



Daniel BockFriday, Sept. 9, 2011
Daniel Bock
Dan is a senior religion major from Arvada,  CO.  Dan is serving Campus Ministry this year as the Chapel President.

Sermon transcript (Adobe Acrobat.pdf file, 27 KB),




Senior Speakers from the 2010-2011 academic year

Senior Speakers from the 2009-2010 academic year