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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Augustana’s 24th president will be its first female president


Augustana’s 24th president is a 46-year-old former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a native South Dakotan.

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was introduced to a minute-long standing ovation from Augustana faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon in the Chapel of Reconciliation.

“I knew this would be an exhilarating moment, and it is,” Herseth Sandlin said in her first words to her future colleagues.

After thanking multitudes, including the search committee and its leader, Becky Blue, the Board of Trustees and all others in attendance, Herseth Sandlin lauded current President Rob Oliver and his wife, Angie, for their years of service at Augustana. Continue Reading…


Tia McKillip and Jessica Ruf

Promoting peace: scholars headed to Norway


Peace, justice, democracy and human rights will all be topics two Augustana students are set to explore this summer in Oslo, Norway. As Augustana’s 2017 Peace Scholars, sophomore Jessica Ruf and junior Tia McKillip are hoping to deepen their understanding of peace during their summer of dialogue in Norway’s capital.


When did you first become interested in issues of peace?

Ruf: “I think I’ve been passionate about social justice and peace for my whole life. Growing up, a lot of the books that impacted me the most were broadly based on social justice themes, and so throughout high school I knew that I’d always wanted to make a difference in the world, too.”

McKillip: “I’ve been interested since I was very young. My mom is involved in an international organization called the Rotary Club, which basically facilitates projects and discussions between people all over the world. [Because of that], we had people from all over the world stay with us frequently. Meeting those people and discussing what their culture was like, and then comparing it with my own, helped me to think about these things. My parents are also just very passionate about social justice and peace.”   Continue Reading…

Jessica RufSoapbox: The price to pay: No matter the cost, border wall is unethical


Two-hundred gray bricks lay, row after row, with the words “Jane Doe” or “John Doe” inscribed on each one in a barren dirt lot at the end of Terrace Park cemetery in Holtville, Calif.

These are grave markers of unidentified men, women and children who perished while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Among the anonymous headstones, a brightly painted memorial cross reads “No Olvidados,” or, Not Forgotten.  However, as the Trump administration continues to move forward with a plan for a “big, beautiful wall”, the opposite is suggested—the suffering along the border seems tragically forgotten.

While the White House struggles to tackle its ridiculous $21.6 billion price tag, there is a dire cost which must be morally addressed—the human cost of a wall.

In the two decades following the construction of a 700-mile border fence in the mid-1990s as part the Clinton-era measure “Operation Gatekeeper,” nearly 7,000 people have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.  Continue Reading…





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Josh Estabrook

Softball starting strong as season begins

Augustana’s softball team is currently on a four game winning streak.

Feb. 10-11 at the Kelly Laas Memorial Softball Invite in St. Cloud, the team faced Concordia, St. Paul and Nebraska Kearney twice. The Vikings won all four of its games, giving them a 5-4 record overall.

On Feb. 3, in Las Vegas at the Desert Stinger Tournament, the team played No. 2 Humbodlt State (now ranked No. 1) and No. 4 West Texas A&M (now ranked No. 2). Although Augustana lost  both matches, junior pitcher Lexy Pederson attributes the team’s recent success to its time spent in Las Vegas.

“It’s been a lot of learning experiences,” Pederson said.

Although not enthusiastic about going 1-4 in the tournament, senior shortstop Sarah Kennedy, tried to put the team’s losses in the spin zone. Continue Reading…