Gala Event Planned to Celebrate Sesquicentennial

Augustana today announced plans for ‘The Spark,’ an unprecedented gala event to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary. ‘The Spark’ will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion.

The event will feature three life-size historical photo galleries, buffets with period-specific hors d’oeuvres, re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history, the presentation of “Spirit of Augustana Awards,” honoring individuals who have left their mark on the Sioux Falls and Campus communities, and the premiere of “Skol: Augustana at 150,” a short film recounting the College’s 150-year history that stars students, alumni and faculty members and includes never-before-seen vintage video footage. Following the film debut, the Sesquicentennial Ball will feature live music by the Northlander’s Jazz Band and the Hegg Brothers and dancing.

“Every day, our campus comes alive with sparks of energy. For our students, the sparks are the ideas that rouse them; the burning curiosity that kindles their souls and pushes them to do something – something more, something significant. For faculty and staff, the sparks are what compel us to make a difference; drive change; create, inspire and lead,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College.

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“At Augustana, our flame is lit by the thousands of exceptional sparks that have graced our institution since 1860. From the first flicker felt by our Scandinavian founders 150 years ago, to the eternal flame that burns in each and every student, professor and staff member, the story of the Augustana Spark lives inside each and every one of us. We’re excited to celebrate that energy, and our history, with the campus community, alumni and friends on April 16.”

Tickets for ‘The Spark’ are available at Costs for advance tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for students. At the door, tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for students.

Media Inquiries: Contact Jill Wilson, public relations and communications strategist.

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