Viking Days FAQs

Join us for Viking Days at Augustana University

Find answers here to frequently asked questions concerning Viking Days 2016.

Q. Do I need to print my registration, pick up tickets, or bring anything with me to Viking Days?

A. Physical tickets are only needed for the Command Performance and the Football game.

For all other Viking Days events, we will have your name on a list at each event you signed up to attend. A program for all the activities during Viking Days, including a campus map, will be available during the weekend. View the schedule for class reunion and social events.

Q. What's the plan for Friday, Oct. 14?

A. Highlights include:

  • All Day Gallery Exhibits:
  • Honor Guard Coffee & Social Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Siverson Lounge, Morrison Commons. Honor Guard alumni are invited to begin the weekend with coffee and conversation with classmates. Honor Guard alumni are graduates from 1966 and earlier.
  • Chapel10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation. Join us for this festive worship service with The Augustana Choir.
  • Honor Guard Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Falls Room, Holiday Inn City CentreA festive luncheon for graduates who have celebrated their 50th class reunion, including members of the Class of 1966 (celebrating their 50th reunion this fall). Tickets $22.
  • In Memoriam: 1:30 p.m. Class of 1966 gathers in the Chapel of Reconciliation to remember departed classmates.
  • Campus Tours: An afternoon tour begins at 3 p.m. at the Commons Concourse, Morrison Commons. Meet us at the Viking Days information table in the Commons for a group tour with a current Augustana student.
  • Rendezvous Presentation: Students present on their home countries at 3 p.m. on Fridays in the Back Alley. Hosted by the International Program Office and Augustana International Club, this event is free and open to the public.
  • Alumni Achievement Award Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Leonardo's Cafe, Washington Pavilion. This is a special dinner event to honor our 2016 Alumni Achievement and Horizon Award winners. Invitation only.
  • 50th Class Reunion Event (1966): 5:30 p.m., Schulte Room, Washington Pavilion. Tickets $35.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet: 6 p.m. Social Hour; 7 p.m. Dinner, Starlite Room, Holiday Inn City Centre. Celebrate this year's Athletic Hall of Fame honorees at this annual banquet.
  • NEW! Command Performance, featuring appearances by Augustana's bands, orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, Northlanders Jazz Band and more: 7:30 p.m., Mary W. Sommervold Great Hall, Washington Pavilion. Learn more and order tickets
  • Gallery Reception and Artist's Talk with Kat Burdine '08: 7 p.m., Atrium, Center for Visual Arts. Reception begins at 7 p.m. with the artist's talk at 7:30 p.m.
  • 50th Reunion After-Party Featuring Music by the Fabulous Jadesmen: 9 p.m., Schulte Room, Washingon Pavilion.

Q. Where is the Holiday Inn City Centre located and how do I reserve a room there?

A. The Holiday Inn City Centre is located at 100 W. 8th Street in downtown Sioux Falls. Room reservations are available by calling 605.339.2000.

Q. What's the plan for Saturday, Oct. 15?

A. Highlights include:

  • Langskip 5K:  Race begins at 9 a.m. on the Augustana campus, starting at 29th Street and Summit Avenue. Proceeds benefit Augiethon (formerly Augustana Dance Marathon), Sanford Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network. Registration is now open.
  • Viking Days Pancake Feed: 9:30 a.m., Commons Drive and Grange Avenue. Come to the parade ready to eat pancakes and see faculty members (our guest pancake flippers!) from the Performing and Visual Arts departments. This is a fundraiser to benefit the PVA. Tickets will be available at the event; $7/$5 for kids.
  • Homecoming Parade: 10:30 a.m., University Place (formerly 28th Street) to 33rd Street on Grange Avenue.
    • To accommodate the parade, no parking will be allowed on the parade route effective 6 a.m. until the end of the parade.
      • 28th Street (University Place) — From Prairie Avenue to Grange Avenue
      • Grange Avenue — From 26th Street to 33rd Street
      • Any questions, contact Campus Safety at 605.274.4014.
  • Visit Heritage Park: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Heritage Park is a collection of historic Great Plains buildings dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. Its facilities will be open for visitation and tours during Viking Days. Stop by Heritage Park, located on the south side of the Augustana campus, on your way to the football game. Here you will see the Rolvaag Writing Cabin, the Berdahl/Rolvaag House, Eggers Country School and Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. Admission is free.
  • Augustana Soccer vs. Bemidji State: 11 a.m., Morstad Field. Cheer on the Viking women as they continue their success from last season.
  • Alumni Band Reunion/Pep Band Rehearsal: 11 a.m., Lillehaug Band Room. Band alumni are invited to participate in the pep band under the direction of pep band director Brian Hanegan, during the Vikings football game.
  • Self-guided tours of new Froiland Science Complex11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Take a walk through the new science complex!
  • Viking Days Tailgate and Vikingland: 11:30 a.m., outside Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Bring your family for lunch and enjoy games for the kids before the Vikings kickoff. Tickets will be available at the event.
  • 50th Class Reunion Tailgate (1966): 11:30 a.m., Fellows' Presidential Residence, 37th Street and Grange Avenue. The Class of 1966 is invited to a special tailgate lunch at the President's House. Meet your classmates here before heading over to the football game. Free!
  • Viking Days Football vs. Minnesota State: 1 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium.
  • Alumni Choir Rehearsal: 4:30 p.m., Augustana Choir Room (Humanities Rm. 173). All choir alumni are invited to sing under the direction of Dr. Paul Nesheim, director of The Augustana Choir. Alumni will sing with The Augustana Choir at Viking Days worship on Sunday in the Elmen Center.
  • 50th Reunion Wind-down Gathering: After the football game, the class of 1966 is invited to a Wind-down Gathering at the home of Bruce and Mary Boyd, 2025 S. Austin Drive in Sioux Falls.
  • The Blast: An All-Augustana Reunion Event (recognizing the classes ending in 6 and 1): 6:30 p.m. at The District (located near the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls). Don't miss this! This is the ultimate Augustana party featuring food, dancing, games, door prizes, interactive photo galleries and more! We'll recognize the reunion classes ending in 6 and 1 but all classes are welcome and encouraged to attend. Early-bird tickets $20 through Sept. 20, $30 regular price.

Q. What should I wear Saturday night?

A. Blue and gold are always recommended! Seriously though ... business-casual attire would be appropriate.

Q. What's the schedule for Sunday, Oct. 16?

  • Alumni Choir Rehearsal: 8:30 a.m., Elmen Center.
  • Viking Days Worship: 10 a.m., Elmen Center. Join us for this festive worship service with music by the Augustana Orchestra and The Augustana Choir.
  • Viking Days Brunch: 11:30 a.m., Ordal Dining Room, Morrison Commons. Tickets available at the door.
  • Augustana Soccer vs. Minnesota Crookston: 1 p.m., Morstad Field.

Q. Where can I stock up on Augie gear?

A. Visit the Augustana Bookstore, located inside Morrison Commons and/or check out our Viking Days apparel.

The Bookstore's hours for the weekend are:

  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in store
    Football game — 11:30 a.m. to Halftime
    At the Blast, the ultimate Augustana party at the District
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Q. Is the Blast, the all-Augustana reunion event at the District on Saturday, Oct. 15, just for classes ending in 6 and 1?

A. No, ALL alumni are welcome to attend. The Blast is the ultimate Augustana party – a celebration of everyone with an Augustana connection – alumni, faculty/staff, parents, and friends. Classes ending in 6 and 1 will be honored as their reunion class photos are taken.

Q. I don't want to miss my reunion class picture. When will it be taken?

A. For the classes of 1951, 1956, and 1961, reunion photos will be taken at the Honor Guard Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14.

For the class of 1966, the reunion photo will be taken at the 50th Reunion Banquet on Friday, Oct. 14.

For the classes of 1971-2011, reunion photos will be taken at the Blast on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The approximate times of the pictures are:

  • Class of 1971: 7:30 p.m.
  • Class of 1976: 7:45 p.m.
  • Class of 1981: 8:00 p.m.
  • Class of 1986: 8:15 p.m.
  • Class of 1991: 8:30 p.m.
  • Class of 1996: 8:45 p.m.
  • Class of 2001: 9:00 p.m.
  • Class of 2006: 9:15 p.m.
  • Class of 2011: 9:30 p.m.

Q. My class is having a reunion this year and I heard about another event that is not on your schedule. How can I find out more about it?

A. Some reunion class agents have planned additional gatherings for their individual classes. Information about any of those individual events can be found in your summer class letter or by reaching out to your class agent.

Q. What is the last possible day to buy tickets?

A. Online registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Q. I don’t want to register. I just want to buy tickets. Where do I buy tickets?

A. Since a physical ticket is not actually produced for any of the events, your registration counts as your ticket for the event. 

Q. Is there a performing arts event over Viking Days weekend? Will there be a Viking Varieties show?

A. Make plans to join us for the first-ever Command Performance on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Washington Pavilion! This exciting concert event will feature Augustana's choirs, bands, orchestra, and other musical ensembles.

We are not producing a Viking Varieties show this year. We are continuing to re-imagine the show and continue to consider many ideas that will re-shape future Varieties productions. For this year, we hope you'll join us for the Command Performance – a musical event that will offer something for everyone!

Q. I don’t want to order online. Can I mail a check?

A. Yes, please print off a registration form and mail it to Augustana Alumni Relations, 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197. To request a printed registration form be mailed to you, please call 605.274.4404

Q. What is being served for dinner at the Blast?

A. The Blast will feature a selection of hearty appetizers and desserts.