Class of 1987
Winter 2017 Class Agent Letter
Greetings from Augustana!
As I write this, we are enjoying unseasonably warm weather in the Sioux Falls area, which leads me to think of spring. And with spring just around the corner, it won’t be long until commencement and the induction of another class of Augustana graduates into our Alumni Association. Did you know that we already have nearly 30,000 alumni working and serving in all 50 states and in 38 different countries around the world?
If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, let me introduce myself. My name is Adrienne McKeown, and I am a member of the Augustana Class of 2000. Since June, I have had the privilege of leading our alumni association as the new director. And while I haven’t wandered too far from campus—in fact, I’m right back where I started—one of the most incredible parts of my job is hearing from all of you, our alumni all over the world.
I thoroughly enjoy learning about what you’re doing, where you’re traveling, what you’ve accomplished, and who you are sharing the ride with. I have had so many “wow” moments when reading about our fellow alumni. Not only am I amazed by the accomplishments and experiences of fellow Vikings but by how connected we all are. Recently I’ve been busy reading the class letters that have been coming in from our entourage of class agents. It is truly astonishing at what a small world we seem to live in. So no matter where you live, what you’ve accomplished, or how long it’s been since graduation, please drop me a note and let me know what you’ve been up to. I truly do love to hear from you.
Below I’ve included a few highlights from campus that have occurred over the past year. However, there are three items in particular that I want to draw your attention to:
1. Your class is in need of a class agent. It’s not a particularly demanding job. We just ask that you write one letter each year—two letters during a reunion year—to help keep your classmates connected to Augustana. We here in the alumni office will assist you with keeping track of class notes and getting everything sent out. We would just love your help with writing a few paragraphs to keep your classmates in touch. Interested? Just drop me an email or give me a call. You can also find more information at www.augielink.com/classagent.
2. It’s time to celebrate your class! This fall, you’ll be celebrating a milestone reunion during Viking Days. (Mark your calendar for October 13 – 15.) While this is a great time to reconnect with classmates and revisit campus, it’s also a great time to give a gift to your alma mater. We invite you to give in thanksgiving for the experiences you had while you were a student and for what you’ve accomplished since graduation. More information will be forthcoming, but your first opportunity to give in honor of your milestone celebration will be during Augustana Giving Day.
3. Speaking of which, I invite you to join me and other Augustana alumni, friends, employees, parents and students in participating in our first ever Augustana Giving Day. It’s coming up very soon—Thursday, March 2—and this is our chance to come together on one day to make a difference for the next 365. Please prayerfully consider a gift to your alma mater. Any amount from $5 to $5,000 or more will make a difference. Join us and “Give Like a Viking!” More information can be found at www.augie.edu/givingday. (If nothing else, visit the site to watch the great videos. You might even see someone you know!)
And now for the other campus highlights:
• Enrollment at Augustana this fall was the highest it has been in 26 years. Our total headcount — including part-time, full-time and graduate students — was 1,937. That number includes students from 34 states and 38 countries.
• Our Student Success Center reported that 98% of the Class of 2015 grads are employed in their major or chosen field. Grads are working in 20 states and four countries around the world.
• After winning the NCAA Division II National Championship last March, the Augustana men's basketball team was then invited to play Duke University in an exhibition game in November. Many alumni, parents and fans traveled to Duke to cheer on the Vikings.
• Last April, members of the Augustana Choir performed with music icon Barry Manilow during a concert in Sioux Falls. During interim, the Choir embarked on a two-week tour, performing and learning in Germany and Italy.
• The new Froiland Science Complex was dedicated and opened for classes last fall. At 125,000 square feet, the facility represents the largest and most complex building endeavor in Augustana's 156-year history.
• Last July, Forbes magazine again ranked Augustana among "America's Top Colleges," and in November, CBS News named AU the best college in the state of South Dakota. (But we already knew that!)
Wherever the road has led you since your Augustana graduation, I hope this finds you doing well. I look forward to hearing from you and celebrating with you during Viking Days this fall!
Always a Viking,
Adrienne McKeown ’00
Director of the Alumni Association
Augielink Class Notes
|Fick (Johnson), Jodi - Posted 1/2/2017 1:28:32 PM - Careers
|Jodi (Johnson) Fick has been appointed the new director of Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls. Fick has served as assistant director since 2007 and will start her new role at the end of January 2017.
|Connor (Wolthoff), Michelle - Posted 5/10/2016 3:10:41 PM - Education
|My daughter Katie (Kaitlin) Connor will be a part of Augustana University's first graduation class on May 21, 2016. This makes her a third generation Augustana Alumni! Welcome to the club Katie!
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