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Sept. 11, 2013

Campus Calendar

Ongoing: Weekly Foreign Language Conversation Tables, All skill levels are welcome.
French, Mondays, 10-10:40 a.m., in Humanities 325.
German, Fridays, 4-5 p.m., in Humanities 317.
Spanish, Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., in Humanities 317.
Celebration of Cultures:

Sept. 12: Gallery Exhibit, “A Carl Grupp Retrospective,” Eide/Dalrymple Gallery and the Center for Western Studies; reception set for Friday, Sept. 13.

Sept. 13: Morning Worship, Holy Communion, Kade Klippenstein, senior speaker, Chapel of Reconciliation, 10 a.m.

Sept. 13:Volleyball vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 2 p.m.; vs. Drury, 7 p.m., Elmen.

Sept. 13: Chemistry Seminar: Elle Tornberg, 3 p.m., GSC 241.

Sept. 14: Volleyball vs. Northwest Missouri State, 2 p.m.; vs. Missouri Western State, 7 p.m., Elmen.

Sept. 14: Theatre, Claire Donaldson New Play Festival, 7:30 p.m., Edith Mortenson Theatre.

Sept. 15: Morning Worship, Shane LeClaire, 11 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 8 p.m., Fr. O'Dell, Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 15: Faculty Recital, featuring John Casey and Cheryl Koch, 2 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall.

Sept. 16: Morning Worship, Pr. Paul, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 17:Koinonia, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 17: Discussion, “The Lasting Forms of Revolution: On the Constraining Power of Declarations of Independence" 3 p.m. Madsen, room 201.

Sept. 18: Morning Worship, Pr. Ann, Augustana Choir performing, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 18: Academy for Seniors begins.

Sept. 19: Bro Forum, 2 p.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 19: Volleyball vs. Southwest Minnesota State, 7 p.m., Emen.

Sept. 20: Chemistry Seminar, Sarah Fisher, Blake Woockman/Rachel Anderson, 3 p.m., GSC 241.

Sept. 20: Rendezvous international student presentations on Costa Rica, 3 p.m., Back Alley.

Sept. 21: Soccer vs. Minnesota State Moorhead, 11 a.m., Morstad Field.

Sept. 21: Football vs. Bemidji State, 1 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium.

Sept. 21: Volleyball at USF, 4 p.m., USF

Sept. 22: Morning Worship, Pr, Paul, 11 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 8 p.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 22: Soccer vs. Northern State, 1 p.m., Morstad Field.

Sept. 23:UBG Blood Drive

Sept. 23: Morning Worship, Sarah Adam (YAGM Rep), 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 24: UBG Blood Drive

Sept. 24: Discussion, Travel as a Political Act, Rick Steves, 7:30 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Sept. 25: Morning Worship, Holy Communion; Rick Steves; Collegiate Chorale, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 26: Thought Leader Forum on “O Brave New World: Encyclopædia Britannica Goes Digital," featuring Dale Hoiberg ‘71, 11:30 a.m., Callaway’s.

Sept. 26: Discussion, “The ‘Mohammedans’ of Sioux Falls: 1900-1920 from Peddlers to Grocers — along with a few Pool Hall Men,” featuring Stephen Cusulos, in concert with International Theme Year, 7 p.m., Humanities Center, Room 301

Sept. 27: Morning Worship, Amanda Johnson, senior speaker, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 27: Rendezvous international student presentations on Ethiopia, 3 p.m., Back Alley.

Sept. 27: Volleyball vs. University of Mary, 7 p.m., Elmen.

Sept. 28: Soccer vs. Bemidji State, 1 p.m., Morstad Field.

Sept. 28: Volleyball vs. Minot State, 4 p.m., Elmen.

Sept. 28: CultureFest, 5 p.m., Campus Green and Patio

Sept. 29: Worship, First-Year Parent Weekend, 11 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 8 p.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

Sept. 29: Soccer vs. Minnesota, Crookston, 1 p.m., Morstad Field.

Sept. 29: Recital, pianist Juyeon Kang, 3 p.m., Kresge.

Sept. 30: Morning Worship, Beth Boyens, 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.

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[Virtually] Adapting to Change
A Message from Bob Preloger, Vice President for Advancement

At last week’s opening meeting of the Campus Community, we heard President Oliver share a quote with regards to the challenges facing higher education institutions, including Augustana, today:

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

In today’s world, when change is the only constant, this quote is one that most certainly rings true.

Another truth evident today is the rapid growth in those who we call “self-investigators” — individuals who endeavor to research and discover for themselves which goods and services to purchase, which organizations to do business with, and, in our case, the college or university in which they will invest to achieve their higher education goals. For most, the Internet is their research tool of choice.

It’s safe to say that, today, first impressions are often born online. The look and feel of a website; its messaging and imagery; and the ease by which users can navigate throughout its architecture are critical parts of any purchase experience.

Increasingly, we also want to be able to easily view and navigate through websites on our mobile devices as well. We want “mobile” versions that provide condensed content and abbreviated choices so we can research and make decisions when we’re on the go.

Beyond the choices they make for themselves, the self-investigators among us are also happy to share their feelings about and impressions of service providers or institutions with their friends and followers via various social networks (most notably, Twitter and Facebook).

When the current version of our primary website, www.augie.edu, launched in September 2008, it was intended to offer information about the College for the various constituents we serve: prospective students, current students, parents, faculty and alumni, friends and the broader community.

While the current design of the site has served us well for a number of years, we know that now is the time to “adapt to change” and cater our content to those whose attention we most want to attract: prospective students and their families.

Today, our site averages 8,000 visitors daily, with 25 percent of those representing new visitors. Thousands of those are prospective students reacting to mailings we have sent, advertising we've placed, Google search results, Facebook posts or Tweets. When they come to our site, research tells us they are looking for easy-to-find information, along with photos and videos that illustrate the Augustana experience, including the outcomes of our graduates.

This message is to inform you that we have partnered with Palantir, a Chicago design, development and strategy firm, to help us re-design augie.edu and to create a responsive design of the site for viewing on all platforms (including mobile). We expect this project to be complete by August 2014.

In the meantime, we’ll be making updates to the existing site design to align with our strategy of focusing on prospective students. Soon, you’ll see short, student-focused videos appear on the homepage, in addition to elsewhere on the site, which are meant to encourage viewers to take the next step — to visit campus.

From there, we can introduce them to our world-class professors and our amazing students — the individuals who we know can intrigue and influence prospective students and their families by telling the Augustana story in their own voices and through their own experiences.

Running parallel to this project is the work being done on our alumni website, augielink.com — this site, too, is being redesigned and will include a responsive design. We expect this project to be complete in late 2013.

Thanks in advance for your support as we work to adapt our websites to meet the changing needs, research habits, and expectations of those we are called to serve — our students.

Yours, for Augustana,

Bob Preloger
Carl Grupp

Reception for Carl Grupp Retrospective Set for Sept. 13

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery and the Center for Western Studies will present “A Carl Grupp Retrospective” beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. The exhibit will feature a reception and artist's talk from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery with additional viewing at the Center for Western Studies from 5-8 p.m.

Claire Donaldson New Play Festival to Feature Five Plays on Saturday

The Augustana Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host the Claire Donaldson New Play Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. The Festival features student-written plays.
Welcome, Class of 2017

Class of 2017 Arrives on Campus

Carrying rolls of carpet, futons and stacks of plastic tubs, members of Augustana's freshman class arrived on campus on Sunday to settle into their new rooms inside Bergsaker and Solberg Residence Halls. The academic year opened with Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 4; classes began on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Dr. Svenningsen to Class of 2017: You Are Known

"... be, as Paul wrote in the Scripture, a 'workman.' The world can be a confusing place and there is much to be done — but you, you are now an Augustana Viking and folks, we Vikings ... we who 'Go Viking' ... do not shy away from a challenge — so be a 'workman.'" Read Dr. Russell Svenningsen's remarks to the Class of 2017 from Opening Convocation.

Augustana Freshmen Make an Impact

In their first week on campus, members of the Class of 2017 worked together to pack 41,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger and joined forces to break into the Guinness Book of World Records by sending 237 students consecutively down the "body slide" within one hour at Wild Water West.

Augustana Professor Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan Grau has been awarded a three-year, $149,312 physics grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support three students each summer from 2014-2016, including a month at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
New Faculty, 2013.

College Welcomes New Faculty Members

With the 2013-14 academic year officially underway, Augustana has welcomed new, full-time faculty members in the departments of Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Chemistry.

Faculty Recital to Feature Bass and Piano

Augustana music faculty John Casey and Cheryl Koch present a Faculty Recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate the U.S. Constitution Sept. 17

In celebration of the U.S. Constitution, join Dr. Joel Johnson, associate professor of Government and International Affairs and the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, in discussing "The Lasting Forms of Revolution: On the Constraining Power of Declarations of Independence" at 3 p.m. in the Madsen Center, room 201.
Rick Steves

Travel Author Rick Steves to 'Discuss Travel as a Political Act' Sept. 24

Author, public television and radio host and producer Rick Steves will discuss “Travel as a Political Act,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Tickets for this event, presented by the Augustana Library Associates, are $10 for the public. The event is free for Augustana students, however, tickets are required.

Speaker on Theme of "Islam in our Community"

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 26, to hear Stephen Cusulos give a talk titled: "The 'Mohammedans' of Sioux Falls: 1900-1920 from Peddlers to Grocers — along with a few Pool Hall Men." Cusulos is our first speaker on Augustana’s International Theme of “Islam in our Community, Past and Present.”

Thought Leader Forum to Explore Evolution of Encyclopædia Britannica

Join us for the Fall Thought Leader Forum Series featuring alumnus Dr. Dale Hoiberg '71, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Encyclopædia Britannica, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Pianist Juyeon Kang to Perform Sept. 29

Pianist Juyeon Kang will perform at Augustana College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Fall Academy for Seniors Series to Discuss Global Climate Change

The Fall Augustana Academy for Seniors series will discuss "Global Climate Change," with presentations by Dr. Larry Tieszen, professor emeritus of Augustana and scientist emeritus of USGA-EROS; Dr. Tom Loveland of USGA-EROS; and Todd Heitkamp of the National Weather Service. The series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Viking Days Set for Oct. 14-20

As a valued member of the Augustana community, you're invited to join students, alumni, and current and retired faculty/staff for Viking Days 2013, featuring an All-Augustana reunion and a special 60th anniversary presentation of Viking Varieties!

We are offering discounted tickets to our faculty and staff. All you have to do is select "Faculty/Staff" when registering. While you're there, you can use the same form to register yourself and your immediate family for Ole Stock!

Register today!

Viking Days Shirts Now On Sale

Choose from a t-shirt, baseball t-shirt, or sweatshirt commemorating Viking Days 2013! Order online.
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou to Appear on Campus Oct. 23

Dr. Maya Angelou, renowned poet and writer, will speak at Augustana at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Elmen Center. This will be the second time Angelou has appeared at the College. She previously spoke on campus in 2007.
Gov. Jon Huntsman

Gov. Jon Huntsman to Speak at Boe Forum on Public Affairs Nov. 4

Former governor of Utah, 2012 presidential candidate, and former U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore Gov. Jon Huntsman will discuss the "Geopolitics of China and the U.S." at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Elmen Center. Tickets are free but required.

Order Branded Apparel Online

Are you interested in purchasing Augustana-branded apparel? In addition to the Bookstore, you can now purchase items online at Club Colors and Lands' End.

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