There is no place on earth quite like Israel! Come and experience the fascinating roots of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You will come face-to-face with the mysterious intermix of religion, politics, and culture in the land of Israel. We will visit Jerusalem, walk throughout the old city, visit the holy sites of all three of the Abrahamic religions, see and touch the place where Jesus was crucified at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, pray at the Western Wall, visit the Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, take a boat ride on the Galilee, and see the place called Masada, where Jews refused to capitulate to Roman battalions.
An expert guide will accompany the group at all times. Additionally, two Augustana faculty members will be part of the group: Dr. Murray Haar, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies, and his wife, Professor Jill Storm, Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Religious Studies. Dr. Haar has taken students to Israel and visited Israel numerous times. He understands the religious and political makeup of Israel and will be there to help you understand what you are seeing. Prof. Storm has an expert knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and is a passionate, exciting teacher. She will make everyone aware of the beauty and mystery of the Hebrew language.
|Dr. Murray Haar, Professor, Religion and Jewish Studies
Murray Haar is the chair of the Religion, Philosophy, Classics Department. Dr. Haar is a professor of religion and Jewish studies. He teaches courses dealing with the Holocaust, Judaism and Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, religion, violence, courage, and evil. He also teaches Hebrew and Jewish philosophy. Haar has taken students to Israel and India. He has published a number of articles and given a variety of papers dealing with Israel and the Holocaust. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. Haar enjoys all kind of music, old movies, watching television and playing Scrabble with his wife, and baseball (Yankees and Twins).
|Jill Storm, Instructor, Hebrew and Religious Studies
Jill Storm is an adjunct professor and has been teaching for Augustana College since 2008. She teaches Exploring the Christian Faith, Judaism and the Jewish people, Beginning Hebrew and Hebrew Readings. Storm has also taught courses in the Sioux Falls community dealing with Judaism and the Book of Genesis. Storm also teaches courses for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She holds an M.A. in Selected Studies in Religion from Augustana.
Spain: May 25 - June 6, 2014
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Camino de Santiago
May 25 – June 6, 2014
Join us for this walking pilgrimage with Augustana students and alumni between Leon and Sarria, Spain, culminating with a celebration in the Cathedral of Santiago.
We walk an average of 16 miles/day. Practice walking and good shoes are essential! Spanish is helpful but not required.
Tour includes ground transportation from Madrid, highlight tours of Madrid, Leon, and Santiago, all accommodations, 2 meals/day, admission to the Peregrino museum in Santiago. A group flight will be arranged from Sioux Falls OR participants may meet the tour in Madrid. Cost is $1500 plus airfare.
The Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe. We walk daily with thousands of pilgrims from around the world. For some it is physical challenge, for others renewal of faith and spirit, for all it is connection to God’s stunningly beautiful earth and diverse neighbors. Sam Ogdie'72, from the Spanish department, and Campus Pastor Paul Rohde are leading the walk for the second time. Students who participated in 2011 met walkers from both Europe and Asia, loved the challenge and delighted in the renewing reprieve of simple focus. See our Facebook photo album.
|Sam Ogdie, Instructor, Spanish
Sam Ogdie received his Masters Degree in Selected Studies from the University of South Dakota and teaches the department's courses in Intermediate Spanish, Spanish for Medical Professionals, and an Education 310 class in Secondary School Methods for World Language Teachers. Professor Ogdie leads Interim courses to Spain and Morocco, and to Chile. Before coming to Augustana, Professor Ogdie was the Department Chair of World Languages at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. In the past 15 years he has received three National Endowment Grants to study topics in the Spanish language and culture, a scholarship from the Spanish Embassy to study in Salamanca and three trips with Ohio and Michigan State professors to study and live in Latin American Countries. In 2002, Professor Ogdie received The U.S. Department of Education "Teachers Recognition Award" in Washington D.C. Professor Ogdie is Chair of Augustana's Co-Curriculum Committee and is the faculty advisor for the campus Chess Club. He holds a South Dakota Real Estate Broker's license and works closely with the Sioux Falls Hispanic Community to find affordable housing.
|Rev. Dr. Paul Rohde, Campus Pastor
Paul Rohde holds a BA and MA from South Dakota State University. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the ELCA. He recently earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Paul also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, Minn. Prior to coming to Augustana College in 2001, Rohde served congregations in New Ulm, Minn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Lake Preston, S.D. He has been a leader on the Board of Directors for Holden Village, Chelan, Wash., since 1998. Paul and his wife Susan have three daughters. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, biking, gardening and traveling.
Past Alumni Travel
Augustana alumni have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting locations in the past few years. Recent trips have taken us to Greece (2013), Norway (2011), England/Scotland (2009), and Italy (2008). Alumni have also accompanied our music ensembles on international travel experiences. Alumni traveled with The Augustana Choir (2013) to Central Europe and with the Augustana Band on their 2011 trip to Egypt and their 2007 trip to China.
Here's what alumni who traveled to Greece had to say about their experience:
"What a trip!! It was so well organized. The group was supportive. Rocki and David were outstanding! The tour company had selected nice hotels, and transportation was comfortable and met every schedule. Thank you for all you have done to assist us in this marvelous trip! p.s. The food and wine - second to none!"
- Joyce Nelson '56
"The 2013 Augustana Alumni and Friends tour of Greece was a trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. The trip had everything you could ask for: fabulous scenery, wonderful people, fantastic food, great shopping, comfortable travel accommodations, and opportunities to explore history and cultural changes that affected how we in America and we Christians came to be what we are today. All within a relaxing environment where major decisions such as hotels, travel from one locale to another, etc. were taken care of for us. The tour guides and the Augustana professors were very knowledgeable and conveyed the information in ways that helped create lasting memories. Best of all: we had great fun!"
- Ward Herst, Augustana parent
If you would like to be added to our list of alumni interested in travel, please contact us in the Alumni Office
. We are always seeking ideas for destinations as well. If you have ideas, send them our way
Alumni insight from the January 2011 Egypt adventure
Photos from the June 2011 "Go Viking!" trip to Norway