A Message From President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
I am pleased to share the spring edition of The Augustana with you. As you turn the pages, I hope you are filled with a sense of pride and excitement.
Augustana students, alumni, faculty and coaches are second to none. Affirmation of this comes often in awards, recognition, service and success. Among the most recent, the announcements of Kendall Cornick ‘20 as the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year and recipient of the 2022 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award. Kendall’s deep commitment to her team and true love of the game made her an amazing leader and role model, both on and off the softball field. AU is so proud of her and knows she will give the university much more to celebrate. Read about the impact of this humble servant leader on page 5.
Once again, our graduates experienced tremendous success as they entered the job market. Augustana’s 2021 Outcomes Report shows that 99% of recent graduates found employment in their major or chosen field. The university is also proud of those choosing to continue their education, with 26% of the class enrolled in graduate school or professional programs.
The start of the spring semester brought new students from 17 countries. Augustana’s total international student enrollment in Academic Year 2021-22 is a near-record number, with 150 students from more than 50 countries. These students bring diverse perspectives to our campus community and share with us their culture and traditions. Enjoy reading about some of our international alumni and where their Augustana education has taken them on page 10.
Integral to providing AU students with an education of enduring worth is engaging them in high-impact learning beyond the classroom. The story on page 6 highlights diverse opportunities which span the academic disciplines and how these experiences prepare and enlighten our students.
Featured on page 18 is the terrific news regarding the return of Augustana’s Social Work Program, to be located within the Sharon Lust School of Education and named after Augustana’s former Director of Social Work and Assistant Professor Emerita of Social Work Dr. Harriet Emily (Johnson) Scott ‘59. Thanks to the generous support of the Scott family and Sanford Health, the Harriet Emily Scott Social Work Program will include Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees. With an anticipated launch of the BSW in the fall of 2024, we look forward to the positive impact these graduates will have on individuals, families and communities.
When you turn to page 14, you will find an architectural rendering of the renovated Chapel of Reconciliation. As our community grows, we desire more space in “the heart of campus” for fellowship, learning and hospitality — both indoors and out. The inspiring plans serve as our bold dream until we raise the estimated $3.5 million necessary to make them a reality.
Founded in 1921 and chartered by the Augustana faculty to “serve God, the church and our school” through choral music, the Augustana Choir has been uniting voices and people through sacred music for 100 years. Learn about the choir’s rich history and plans for this special anniversary on page 2. We hope you will join us April 28-30 as we celebrate this significant milestone, as well as the conductors and Viking voices who have shared the choir’s “sermon in song” with audiences around the world.
As The Augustana goes to print, we look forward to welcoming Dr. Michael A. McFaul as the keynote speaker of the 25th Boe Forum on Public Affairs. This year’s forum entitled, “Russia and the Future of Europe,” will be among the most timely topics in the Boe Forum’s history. As Augustana is blessed with so much good news to share, the university is ever mindful of the devastating effects of war. May we unite in prayer for peace and restoration for the people and country of Ukraine.
Thank you for keeping Augustana close to your heart and for sharing the story of this special place with people near and far. May God bless you and your family with good health and a wonderful spring.
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin