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2014 in Review: Look What We Did Together
We wanted to share some of the incredible accomplishments our donors made possible through their generosity in 2014, including providing financial assistance to 100 percent of full-time Augustana students.
Alumni Bring Adventure Stories to City
For Rob and Robyn (Clemensen) Green, both class of 2011, a love of travel and adventure led the pair to bring together a group of fellow adventure seekers for an evening of Adventure Stories in downtown Sioux Falls.
Son of Alumni Assists Archeology Lab for Eagle Scout Project
Eric and Jennifer (Peterson) Larson, both class of 1990, met at Augie and connected their son Isak with the college's Archeology Lab to earn his Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
From S.F. to S.F. (Sioux Falls to San Francisco)
After an internship at a museum on campus, Sebastian Forbush, Augustana class of 2014, landed a position at the San Francisco 49ers Museum.
From Business Major to Fashion Entrepreneur
Tyler Hayzlett, class of 2010, has launched a national clothing line around the “South Dakota brand.”
In the News: Thompson Brothers Pursue Visions
Blake Thompson '10 and Joel Thompson '11 are starting up new businesses. They share their visions for Fernson Brewing Co. and EyeBrain Medical in this Sioux Falls Business Journal story.
In the News: Career at Raven Started Early for Young Alum
An internship at Raven Industries led to Steven Tims '11 getting hired there before his senior year at Augustana. He's now director of information technology.
Augustana Alumni, Friends Give $28K on #GivingTuesday
Alumni and friends gave big on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that followed Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In the News: Alumna Helped Lead the Senate
When Augustana alumna Nancy Erickson '84 was appointed Secretary of the Senate on Jan. 4, 2007, she became only the 32nd person, and sixth woman in history, to serve in that capacity.
In the News: Business Journal Names '85 Alumna CFO of the Year
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recently announced its 2014 class of CFO of the Year award winners and named Lois (Van Dam) Martin '85, CFO of Ceridian Corp., among them. Read more.
Augustana Awarded Military Friendly Schools Designation
Augustana has been named to the list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools, a distinction honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses.
Alumni Represent at Sioux Falls Startup Weekend
The Sioux Falls Startup Weekend, an event designed for budding entrepreneurs, held its second-annual competition Nov. 7-9 and for the second year in a row, Augustana graduates have been a part of the winning team.
Nominate Alumni for Augustana Board of Trustees
Trustees are elected every December by delegates to the annual meeting of the Augustana College Association. To nominate a prospective member to the Augustana Board of Trustees, fill out this nomination form.
In the News: '98 Grad's Work on Concussions in Youth Football
Dr. Thayne Munce '98, a sports medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, is leading a group of researchers studying 7th- and 8th-grade football players and the effects of head injuries on young athletes.
In the News: Augustana Artist Adorns Everything from Pumpkins to Pans
Alexandra Hurney '11, an abstract expressionist, is working on becoming a full-time artist. An event at the Washington Pavilion let the public see her work in progress.
In the News: Modern Healthcare 'Up & Comer' is 2000 Augie Alum
Nate White '00 — Horizon Award 2013 recipient, former Augustana men's basketball team captain, and current COO of Sanford Health — earned another distinction: Modern Healthcare "Up & Comer."
Augustana Raises Record $121 Million for Scholarships, Capital Improvements
Gifts and commitments to the Momentum Augustana Campaign amounted to $121,437,279, making it the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 154-year history.
In the News: Scoreboard Connects Augie Grad with Husband Serving Overseas

Laura Neary '00 was at an Iowa Hawkeyes football game when her sister called her attention to the scoreboard. There was a message for her from her husband, U.S. Air Force pilot Major Eric Flattem, who is stationed in the Middle East for a year. 

Q&A with Alumnae: Gubernatorial Candidate Susan Jones Wismer and Running Mate Susy Blake

With election day less than a month away, we caught up with South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Susan Jones Wismer ‘78 and her running mate Susy Blake ‘93 to learn more about their time at Augustana and how it prepared them for the campaign trail.

In the News: '87 Grad Publishes Cancer Poetry Project
Poetry got Karin B. Miller '87 through a period of double uncertainty — her husband's cancer diagnosis and her pregnancy with their first child. She was inspired to collect the poetry of others coping with cancer in what are now two volumes called The Cancer Poetry Project.
50th Reunion Class Endows Scholarship
The Class of 1964 showed their school spirit during their 50th class reunion over Viking Days, presenting President Rob Oliver with a check for $58,588.50 – the sum of gifts from 68 members of the class.
Photos, Video: Alumni, Parents, Campus Community Celebrate Viking Days
Thousands gathered Sept. 26-28 to celebrate Viking Days 2014. See the recap video and view photos!
Augustana Announces Alumni Lineup for Career Symposium
Students will learn from alumni and regional industry leaders, who are invited to present their experiences for students in various Augustana classrooms over Viking Days weekend.
In the News: Dave Nelson '73 Stays Involved in Community
In retirement, former Minnehaha County state's attorney Dave Nelson '73 continues to serve on nonprofit boards, work on local political campaigns — and tout the value of an Augustana education.
Augie Alumni Celebrate College Colors Day 2014
National College Colors Day kicks off the college fall sports season each year. On campus and off, Vikings donned their Augustana blue and gold and wore it proudly for College Colors Day, Aug. 29.
In the News: Augie Grad Named Pavilion's Visual Arts Center Director
Kara Dirkson '98 will become the new director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion beginning Sept. 29.
In the News: New Dean of Students at Western Carolina is '89 Grad
Western Carolina University’s new associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, Kevin Koett '89, says Augustana built the foundation of his care and concern for students.
Mrs. South Dakota Wears Augustana Pride with Her Crown
An Augustana alumna has taken her place among royalty. South Dakota royalty that is. Dr. Yvonne (Riswold) DeWitte ‘92 is this year’s Mrs. South Dakota.
Celebrate College Colors Day in Augustana Blue and Gold
Wear your Augustana gear to work, school or wherever you are on Aug. 29 to celebrate College Colors Day — then share your photos on social media using the hashtags #CollegeColors #GoViking.
Watch Our Viking Days Video: Looking Back
See highlights from Viking Days 2013 and catch the homecoming spirit! Then make plans to come home again and celebrate Viking Days 2014, Sept. 26-28. Registration closes Sept. 18. Learn more and register.
Princeton Review: Augustana Among 'Best in Midwest'
Augustana is listed among 158 premier institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region."
Announcing the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
In recognition of their efforts to serve, inspire and improve our world, Augustana will present eight alumni with the Alumni Achievement Award during Viking Days this fall.
In the News: Augustana Grad is S.D. Town's Only M.D.
Dr. Megan (Juran) Smith '07 is from the small West River town of Burke, South Dakota — and thanks to her, it's a town that has a medical doctor for the first time in 15 years.
#TourDeHashie: Why a Giant Hashtag Took Over Augie Alumni Social Media
Our website provider, iModules, sent "Hashie" to client colleges and universities ahead of its annual user conference, and staff from the Augustana Advancement Office got to show him around.
In the News: Giving the Gift of Music
Justin Ehrman '92 founded Compassion Song to provide music education for families who otherwise couldn't afford it. He recently spoke to KDLT News about his organization's summer workshops.
'02 Alumna Named Associate College Pastor at St. Olaf
Katherine (Seedorf) Fick '02 has been called to serve as associate college pastor at St. Olaf College. She will begin working with the St. Olaf Student Congregation Friday, Aug. 1.
Study Abroad Inspires Alumna’s International Education Career
Maren Peterson ’11 is finishing up a year-long assignment at American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand — a job she found from a referral by Dr. Reynold Nesiba at Augustana.
In the News: Physician Focuses on Eliminating Patients' Pain
Dr. James T. Brunz '94 is a pain medicine physician at Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls. As a fellowship trained intervention pain physician he has extensive experience in neuromodulation therapy.
New Dean at UW-Eau Claire is '89 Alumna
Dr. Carmen Manning, a 1989 Augustana graduate, has been named the next dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search.
In the News: IT Project Manager Mixes Communicating, Coding
Jill (Schneider) McManus '00 has crafted a career in software development and project management. She's now a senior information technology project manager at CNA Surety in Sioux Falls.
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