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President Rob Oliver: Reflections on gratitude 

This issue of the Mirror is the last opportunity I will have as your president to offer a few words. My thanks to Mirror editor Jacob Belgum for offering this space to me. I will try to use it wisely and make it worthy of your reading time.

As we have made our way through this last academic year, my wife and I find our hearts are filled with competing emotions. We are excited about the future adventures we will share in retirement, yet we are also saddened to leave a community we are so grateful for and have come to love dearly.

If one is really lucky, one gets to invest time and energy in an endeavor that brings personal satisfaction and gifts to others through service. I am feeling that sense of gratitude for my good fortune in my nearly 28 years in financial services and for the last 13 years here at Augustana. These have been years where I have felt good about the missions of the organizations I had the privilege to lead and the people I have been fortunate enough to serve.   Continue Reading…



Dining hall staff share stories of hardship, passion for students


Entering the Morrison Commons, students are greeted by Ana Campos’ smile and, “How are you, sweetie?”

Behind the meals served to more than a 1,000 students each day are servers who, like Campos, take pride in their job.

Campos stands behind the register at 5 feet 2 inches wearing a blue-collared shirt, black pants and an apron covered in peanut butter. She is the first person that most students interact with in the Commons, junior Paige Peterson among them.

Peterson enters the Commons with food on her mind after basketball practice. Peterson said Campos reminds her of family or even a mother figure.

“When she asks me how I am doing, I know she truly means it,” Peterson said.  Continue Reading…





Herseth Sandlin’s inauguration to be week-long celebration


Students returning in the fall will be greeted to a “once in a lifetime opportunity:” the inauguration of Augustana’s first female president, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

A week of events will be held in celebration of Augustana’s history and community, culminating in the inauguration of Herseth Sandlin.

The inauguration week will begin September 10 with “Augustana Sunday,” featuring services at local churches connected to Augustana. On Friday, September 15, Herseth Sandlin will be formally inaugurated as Augustana University president. The week will conclude the next day with an inaugural ball, held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The week will present events for students, faculty and alumni designed “to connect the community with Stephanie personally,” according to Emily Sievers, chair of the inauguration planning committee.  Continue Reading…


Vikings face Mankato Friday for chance at conference position

Coming off last weekend’s 2-2 split against Wayne State, only one school stands between the Augustana baseball team and the top of the NSIC: the Minnesota State University Mavericks.

The 33-18 Vikings (27-9 NSIC) started their season off hesitantly but built the reliable offensive force they now boast through consistent hitting and pitching. Head coach Tim Huber likes where his team is sitting.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” Huber said. “We’re currently second in the conference, so we have a good chance to end with a win in our regular season.”

With the majority of the team healthy and players like junior pitcher Jacob Blank and senior first baseman Kris Ashland playing their best baseball of the season, Huber is confident his team will get where it wants to be: past the 38-7 Mavericks (33-3 NSIC), to win the NSIC Tournament and automatically qualify for regionals. Continue Reading…