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Exploring student life at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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At Augustana, we’ve spent the last year building a strategic plan to lead our institution forward. As part of our strategic planning process, we surveyed current and prospective students, alumni, parents and faculty/staff to gauge what our constituents believe we’re doing right, and to learn where and how we can improve. As a result of this year-long period of detailed research, careful analysis and thoughtful planning, we’re proud to announce that we are, first and foremost, committed to serve more students and foster their success.

Here’s how:

•We’re increasing our graduate program offerings, begin-ning with new programs in cutting-edge areas such as genetic counseling and genomic nursing. Recently, we announced a new Master of Arts Degree in Professional Ac-countancy.

•We’re enhancing and adding to our undergraduate pro-grams to match the demands of today’s society. Earlier this fall we announced a new major, American Studies – bring-ing our number of majors to 52. And soon, we’ll announce details of another new and exciting major: Media Studies.

•We’re growing physically. Over the last seven years, we completely renovated our library, opened new athletics fa-cilities and renovated two residence halls. Work is currently underway on the $35 million Froiland Science Complex, phase one of which will open in December 2015.

•We’re growing in enrollment – total headcount this fall was up 3.3 percent. Our goal is to serve even more students in the years ahead.

•Our endowment is growing. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors who believe in us, our endowment today stands at more than $70 million. As our endowment has grown, we’ve been able to provide even more support to students in the form of scholarships and financial aid. This year, we awarded more than $26 million in scholarships – that’s an increase of 24 percent over the last five years.

•We’re developing key partnerships with local and national employers that will pave the way for additional student intern-ships and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities while also creating new and innovative academic programming.

•We’re seeking new and meaningful ways for students to explore religious faith and participate in service to others.

•We’re helping to create even better outcomes for our graduates. In the classroom, our students are learning 21st -century skills – what many have traditionally called the liberal arts – from our renowned professors, 80 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields. Outside the classroom, our students are engaged in hands-on learning via internships, research, clinicals, student-teaching and service work that provides them with real-world experience, connects them to skilled mentors and helps build profes-sional relationships. What they learn as students translates into what they will do after graduation. We believe it’s why the job placement rate for recent grads has remained at 98 percent for the last two years.

•We’re breaking down barriers. At Augustana, it pleases us to say the world is our classroom. Our bold and adventurous students choose to pursue study abroad opportunities all over the globe while the number of international students who choose to study at Augustana has grown significantly.

We see growth on our horizon, and we’re investing strategi-cally in the human capital and infrastructure we need to get there. And we know with complete certainty that our returns will be great. Because you see, at Augustana, we understand return on investment. It’s why we invest in students every day – young men and women from around the world who, even in high school, al-ready exhibit leadership, academic aptitude, social responsibil-ity and a commitment to service. We invest in them because we believe in their potential. We believe they have what it takes to make our world a better place. It makes us proud to say that today, 100 percent of full-time Augustana students receive scholarships and financial aid. From the introduction of new academic programs to new facilities and innovative new partnerships for experiential learn-ing, these are exciting times at Augustana. We invite you to learn more and determine if you are called to Go Viking. I hope to see you on campus for a visit sometime soon. Yours, for Augustana,

Rob OliverPresident

AUGUSTANA SCHOLARSHIP SEASONDistinguished Scholars Competition

February 22 & March 1

Performing & Visual Arts Scholarship Dates

February 16, 21 & 28

Apply today at www.augie.edu/applyLearn more about scholarships and deadlines at www.augie.edu/scholarships.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Augustana’s FAFSA code is 003458.

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GO VIKING At Augustana, we believe certain individuals are called to “Go Viking.” They understand that in order to create an even better tomorrow, they must explore and discover bold concepts and important ideas today. Go Viking is published three times per year for prospective students by the Office of Advancement and the Office of Admission. Send correspondence, name changes and address corrections to: Go Viking, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57197.

Editor: Kelly SprecherContributors: Rob Oliver, president Nancy Davidson, vice president for Enrollment Bob Preloger, vice president for Advancement Kaia Chambers, Communications Katie Foutz ‘00, Communications Bruce Conley, Sports Information Matt Addington ‘95, Photography


OUR MISSION Inspired by Lutheran scholarly tradition and the liberal arts, Augustana provides an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world.

OUR VISION Augustana aspires to be one of America’s premier church-related colleges.

Augustana is an affirmative action, Title IX, equal opportunity institution.

© Augustana College 2014

FEATURES2.This Year I Hope To ...From studying abroad to finding new opportunities, making new friends, achieving athletic success and serving others, Augustana students shared their hopes for the year ahead.

9. From S.F. to S.F.After an internship at a museum on campus, Sebastian Forbush, Augustana class of 2014, landed a position at the San Francisco 49ers Museum.. 14. A Look Back at Viking DaysIn September, thousands returned home to celebrate Augustana. See photos of the 5k, the parade, the game and more.

22. Protecting the GoalMeet senior biology major Ashley Limmer.She set records this season, becoming the best goalkeeper in Viking soccer history.



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From studying abroad to finding new opportunities, making new friends, achieving athletic success and serving others, this fall

Augustana students shared their hopes for the year ahead.

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Sophomores Kofi Gunu and Liz Renner look back on their first year at Augustana.


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Q. Why did you choose Augustana?A. While an exchange student at Brandon Valley High School, I met two Augie alums, Mr. Lovrien and Mr. Christensen. These two outstanding teachers had an enormous impact on my life. I decided to come to the place that shaped them. I came to Augustana and have not been disappointed.

Q. Describe a typical day this semester — what’s your schedule like from sun-up to sun-down?A. My typical day starts early; I pride myself in being a morning lark. My first class is at 8 a.m., and classes could run until 2 p.m.

In between classes I try to grab a quick meal or two with friends in the Commons.

The rest of the day is my time to unwind. I get homework done in the library, go to a UBG event in the Back Alley or play in the intra-mural basketball tournament. I usually call it a night at 11:30 p.m.

Q. Most inspirational professor you’ve encountered so far and why?A. I’d have to say the entire political science/government depart-ment: Dr. Dondelinger, Dr. Wanless, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Schot-ten. They are insightful, sharp-witted, and challenge me to set my sights higher. Every second with them has been a pleasure.

Q. Favorite class so far and why?A. “Politics in a Diverse World.” Take everything you think you know about international relations and turn it on its head. That’s how I feel about that class.

Dr. Dondelinger has a way of gently shocking you into question-ing your assumptions and your beliefs about how the world works, helping you arrive at stronger perspectives that show anappreciation for nuance.

Q. Favorite food in the Dining Room?A. Hands down, the stir fry station has the best food. I’m a really spicy person, and so I try to go for the szechwan or the sriracha sauce or a combination of both.

Q. Best Augustana experience so far and why?A. Being a Viking Guide. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to develop bonds with incoming first-year students and to show them the ropes.

Q. What are some of the learning experiences you have had off campus (internships, service, etc.)?A. I have been involved in a mentorship program at the Bowden Youth Center. I also just completed an internship with now U.S. Senator Mike Rounds’ campaign this fall. That was a life-chang-ing experience for me.

Q. Thinking back to your first year, what did you learn about yourself — as a person, as a student, as a future professional?A. I learned to always “just do it.” The first-year experience wiped away any doubts I had that this was the place for me. I met pas-sionate professors and built on my global perspective through connections with students from all over the world. Augustana has enabled me to develop invaluable skills in the most immedi-ate, most challenging, and most fulfilling way possible. I’m not endorsing all instinctive behavior, but my first year showed me that I’m almost always right when I go with my heart.

Q. What is the one thing that’s surprised you so far about being a college student?A. I’m amazed at just how much I still have to learn. It was JFK who once said that, “the more our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” I have found that to be true for me here at Augie. For every class or experience I have had, Augie has opened my eyes to the possibility of even further worlds to be explored and discoveries to be made.






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Q. Why did you choose Augustana?A. Some of my earliest childhood memories include trips to the Gilbert Science Center to visit my Grandma Mary, who retired after 40 years in the nursing department. All four of my grandparents, my mom, my uncle and a host of cousins gradu-ated from Augie. I seriously never thought I would end up here because it’s so close to home, but Augie has opened up a world of opportunities to me. I started doing undergraduate research in the biology department as a freshman, which is unheard of at all of the other institutions I visited when applying for college.

Q. What’s your schedule like from sun-up to sun-down?A. I awake from my brief yet necessary slumber around 7 a.m., take a shower (optional!), pull on Augie sweatpants, and head to the dining hall for oatmeal and a banana before an 8 a.m. organic chemistry or 9 a.m. genetics lab, depending on the day. I spend the rest of the morning in class, studying in the library, or worshiping in chapel. After lunch with friends at 12:30 p.m., I study a little more before genetics lecture at 2 p.m. Then it’s back to the library until supper at 5:30 p.m., after which I attend club meetings, work out at the Elmen Center, go to my three-hour reli-gion class on Wednesday nights, or play my trumpet in rehearsal with the College and Community Band on Thursday nights.

My evening study is usually done in my dorm room with my roommate, where we regularly burn the midnight oil writing lab reports while jamming out to Bob Dylan on vinyl.

Q. Most inspirational professor you’ve encountered so far? A. Without a doubt, the legendary Dr. Sandra Looney (English). I took her Civitas Literature 200 course last fall, and her class was by far my favorite. She would come in a few minutes late, swing-ing her briefcase full of papers while breathlessly apologizing about how walking her dogs had caused her tardiness. She would quickly dive into the material, throwing out a provoca-

tive question about the works of William Faulkner or Seamus Heaney and then letting her students lead the discussion. Her wise counsel helped me to hone my writing abilities and think critically about the world around me.

Dr. Looney invests herself in her students, and her passion for teaching is evident within the first five minutes of the semester. I firmly believe that all students should take at least one of her classes before they graduate because she changes lives. On a side note, she was also my mom’s advisor and an Augie class-mate of my grandparents!

Q. Best Augustana experience so far, and why?A. Whether it was traveling to New York City with the Angelus choir last year or playing trumpet with the College and Commu-nity band this year; hiking Harney Peak and rock climbing with the Augie Outdoor Program or organizing a climate march with Augie Green; spending weeks in the basement of the Gilbert Science Center conducting research on beetles and presenting at last spring’s Student Research Symposium; helping to resur-rect the Augustana Democrats and heading up the Vikings Vote registration drive this fall; or scrumming with the Augie wom-en’s rugby team, I have tried to make the most of the Augustana Advantage!

My most memorable Augie experience so far was the oppor-tunity to travel to Greece and London with Dr. O’Hara and Dr. Wentzel on the Distinguished Scholars trip. Highlights from our travels included exploring the Acropolis and the ruins of Myko-nos, running into the Aegean Sea after watching the sun rise from the top of a Venetian fortress, and immersing ourselves in British history and culture. It was my first time leaving North America and I caught the travel bug! I will be packing my bags for Guatemala and Belize in J-term.







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FROM S.F. TO S.F.After an internship at a museum on campus, Sebastian Forbush, Augustana class of 2014, landed a position at the San Francisco 49ers Museum.


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Sebastian Forbush ’14 went from interning with the Center for Western Studies while at Augustana to a post-graduation career as a museum educator at the brand-new 49ers Museum in San Francisco. Levi’s Stadium, according to its website, is home to the new, 20,000 square-foot 49ers Museum. Through 11 galleries and exhibit spaces, the museum presents the 49ers past, present and future. The museum is dedicated to its values of education, in-novation and heritage and is committed to serving as an exciting, engaging home for National Football League fans of all ages. We caught up with Sebastian to learn more about his journey.

Q. What was your major at Augustana?A. It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to major in, but in my sophomore year, I finally decided on math and history. All of the professors in these disciplines were extremely encouraging and helped me schedule my classes so that I could graduate on time.

Q. What were you involved in?A. I was heavily involved with Recreational Services, intramurals, and the Learn to Swim Program. In my sophomore year, I was

promoted to the position of head life-guard, a position that I held until I gradu-ated. I also started a water polo club on campus.

Q. Did you always want to work for a museum?A. I began to have the idea to work for a museum when I interned at the Center for Western Studies under Liz Thrond (collections assistant) and Dr. Harry Thompson (direc-tor). I worked there for over two years, and I enjoyed every second of it. Working there and seeing the inner workings of a museum and the day-to-day operations was so eye opening to me, and I began to think about a career in a museum.

Q. How did this job come about?A. When I graduated from Augie in the spring, I had already been looking for jobs for a few months. There was a position open at the 49ers to work for their new museum and also to work as an educator. After I sent my application in, I was interviewed and quickly hired where I began to learn the long and storied history of the organization.

Q. What do you see yourself doing in the future?A. In the future, I hope to go to graduate

school and earn either my masters in library science, or a Ph.D. in American history. Then I hope to use that to become a curator in a museum or a professor of history.

Q. How did you use what you learned from Augustana to get to where you are now?A. The first few weeks were filled with constant studying of the information and an attempt to try and glean as much as I could from the hordes of data that I was presented with. The studying and hard work paid off as we are now in the 11th week of the program and have already served more than 4,000 kids. By the end of the year, we are on schedule to serve more than 21,000 stu-dents between kindergarten and eighth grade and another 1,500 high schoolers. I love the look that kids get on their faces when they first enter the stadium and I like to think that this field trip may someday influence them to make a decision they would not have made, or to work at some-thing harder because of this trip. I also like the fact that I am working with living history, and every day the history continues to grow, making new legends and heroes.

The San Francisco 49ers Museum.


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Augustana Introduces American StudiesMajor Augustana recently announced its newest major in American Studies. This interdisciplinary study draws from departments including political science/government and international affairs, English, history, music and sociology. The major was designed by Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew Pehl and Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Humanities division chair and professor of English and journalism. “Here you have four or five different majors working together to create a more holistic understanding of what the United States is, of what we think and believe, of how we act,” Miller said. American Studies, which is also available as a minor, can be seen as a problem-based program. “So many problems in the world don’t just draw from one discipline,” Pehl said. He describes this as an opportunity to combine classes in different disciplines to get multiple perspectives on a single theme. The goal of these programs, Pehl said, would be to answer those “tough ques-tions” that our world deals with today. “In a way, these students are going to be on the frontier of the way colleges are moving towards thinking creatively about a lot of complex problems,” Pehl said. Pehl sees three types of students becoming interested in adding Ameri-can Studies as a major or minor: those already in a major such as English, government or history who want a concentration within the field of American Studies as a minor; interna-tional students who are coming to the United States, in part, to learn about the country; and students in a major such as biology or chemistry who are interested in these ideas but can’t double major in something like history. Although the major is new to Augus-tana, the concept has been around for a while. “Over the years, it has gone from being a combination of literature and history to a discipline that tries to address the culture of the United States to, now, a discipline that looks at the many cultures of the U.S. to see how they work individually and interdependently,” Miller said. “It’s a great place for people who like to think not just analytically, in terms of looking in depth at a specific topic, but who like to think synthetically as well – how those specific topics begin to add up to the proverbial big picture.”

Augustana College has announced plans to offer a new master’s degree in professional accoun-tancy. The program is de-signed as a four-plus-one degree and will prepare students to enter the accounting industry. The first three years of the pro-gram will be spent working at the undergraduate level with the fourth year de-signed as a transitional year with some graduate-level coursework. Students will spend their fifth year work-ing at the graduate level. In addition to course-work, internship experi-ences are woven into the new program’s curriculum. The objective of the new program, College offi-cials say, is to provide the foundation students will need to apply theories of accounting to real-world experiences; to develop in-depth knowledge of current issues within the accounting industry; to appreciate and under-stand codifications for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Government Ac-

counting Standards Board (GASB); and to demon-strate advanced skills in critical thinking. Students will also be able to choose from a variety of account-ing electives that will provide them with specific skills sought by today’s employers. Augustana’s Master of Arts degree in professional accountancy is designed to meet the requirements of the Certified Profession-al Accountant licensing exam in South Dakota and in most other states. Laura Hybertson, CPA and assistant professor of business administration, says the new program focuses on the knowledge needed for the CPA exam as well as skills for career success. “The most appealing aspect is the application of learning,” Hybertson said.

“In the Corporate Tax class, students will be required to complete mock tax re-turns and write tax memo-randums. The Audit class will include a mock audit where students will gain the experience of working on a team and the applica-tion of the theories they talk about in the class-room. This new program will allow students to see the connections between the classroom and the business world.” Dr. Marcia Entwistle, department chair and associate professor for business administration and computer science, agreed. “This program will provide our students with the knowledge, skills and requirements necessary for success as a public ac-countant.” The new program will begin in Fall 2015.

“This program will provide our students with the knowledge, skills and requirements necessary

for success as public accountants.”

— Dr. Marcia EntwistleChair and Associate Professor

Departments of Business Administration & Computer Science

Augustana to Offer Master of Arts Degree in Professional Accountancy



Augustana is a place where the imagination is fired and the intellect is engaged, which contributes to why we consistently receive national recognition for academic excellence in rankings:

U.S. NEWS MEDIAAugustana is ranked No. 3 among the “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2015” by U.S. News Media Group. The College also received high rankings in the report’s analysis of schools that offer students the best value. Among the regional col-leges listed in the “Best Value Schools” study, Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Midwest.

WASHINGTON MONTHLYAugustana is ranked the No. 11 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s “2014 College Ranking” rates 346 bac-calaureate institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three areas — social mobility: recruiting and graduating low-income students; research: producing cutting-edge scholars and Ph.D.s; and service: en-couraging students to give something back to their country.

PRINCETON REVIEWAugustana is ranked among the best colleges in the Midwest, according to

the nationally known education ser-vices company, The Princeton Review. The College is one of 158 premier institutions included in The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2014 Best Col-leges: Region by Region.”

FORBESAugustana is again ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to Forbes’ published annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes ranked the top U.S. undergraduate col-leges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and nationally competitive awards.

Augustana Earns Key Rankings for Academics, Value

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VIKING DAYSIn September, thousands returned home to celebrate Augustana. Take a look at the 5k, the parade, the game and more.

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TOP LEFT: Viking Days began with the naming of members of the 2014 Royal Court, back row: Brittany Dardis, senior, Sioux Falls, Jackie Adel-mann, senior, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Natasha Wegner, senior, Faribault, Minnesota, Rachel Bjork (Queen), senior, LeSuer, Minnesota, and Leah Murfield, senior, Brookings, South Dakota. Front row: Trevor Chadwick, senior, George, Iowa, Keegan Hecht, senior, Sioux Falls , Ethan Pauley, senior, Vale, South Dakota, Tom Gehring, senior, Sioux Falls and Lance Shaull (King), senior, Tea, South Dakota. TOP RIGHT: The all-student-led cast of Viking Varieties, presented in Kresge Recital Hall.

ABOVE: Augustana Theatre presented “Proof” in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre throughout Viking Days weekend.

ABOVE LEFT: Saturday began with the Langskip 5k. More than 200 participated in the run around campus, which raised $435 from student pro-ceeds for Special Olympics South Dakota. ABOVE RIGHT: Before the parade, alumni, parents and friends enjoyed pancakes to benefit the PVA.

LEFT: Hundreds turned out for the parade, which ran along Grange Avenue beside campus. CENTER: The Augustana Chemistry Club’s float. RIGHT: Augustana parents (and grandparents, too!) visited the Parent Tent Saturday morning.

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ABOVE & BELOW: Students showed their Navy & Gold spirit during the parade.

ABOVE: Hundreds of Augustana alumni returned to campus to celebrate Viking Days. (From left to right) Mara (Paulson) Stillson ‘01, Kevin Stillson ‘05, Sawyer Vanden Heuvel ‘12 and Josh Aberson ‘06 at the parade.

BELOW: Thousands filled Kirkeby-Over Stadium Saturday afternoon to watch the Vikings topple the University of Mary 52-0.

SEE MORE: View more photos and video of Viking Days at www.augie.edu/vikingdays.

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CHANGEDr. Joe von Fischer ’92 credits an Augustana biology professor with helping him find his true passion.


Today, as a biology professor himself and a Google Earth collaborator, he’s using science to drive change and raise awareness.

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Dr. Joe von Fischer is currently working with Google Earth Outreach and the Environmental Defense Fund to track natural gas leaks in major U.S. cities.

He’s an Augustana graduate who later studied at Cornell and Princeton University to become an expert in greenhouse gasses and climate change. And he just became the assistant chair of the department of biology at Colorado State University, which has roughly 1,400 students in the program. Who is his biggest scientific influence? Augustana’s professor emeritus of biology, Dr. Larry Tieszen. “He is the main reason why I’m doing what I’m doing today,” von Fischer said.

Where it All Started Von Fischer worked with Tieszen in the summer doing research during his time at Augustana. “I started working with him making graphs of his data,” von Fischer said. “Working with scientific data resonates with a natural part of me.” Later, he contributed to one of Tieszen’s re-search projects, studying how climate affects the types of grasses growing on Great Plains grasslands. Dr. Tieszen was thankful for the help. “Joe was a great example of a research as-sistant that made his own way when he was here and has become a well-established pro-fessional who is recognized all over the world for his work,” Tieszen said. “It is those students and their interest in working independently and doing research that has helped to make the department so strong.” Von Fischer remembers working with gas analyzers to conduct measures on plant processes in Tieszen’s class. He found the work exhilarating and still values the unique experience Augustana provided in getting to work with professors in that capacity. “Understanding plants as machines and measuring how they work was over the top for me, like being a kid in the candy store,” he said. Taken with the subject, von Fischer decided on a career doing ecology research during Dr. Craig Spencer’s ecology class. He said he enjoys doing research in ecology because “you’re not deciding against doing any part of science – biology, chemistry, math, physics – it’s all there.” After von Fischer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana majoring in biology, he found a graduate advisor at Michigan State University and worked as a technician for his research for a year. He then earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University studying meth-ane and the physical and biological process that control how much of this gas enters the atmosphere. Decidedly not done with his education, von Fischer did post-doctoral research at Princ-eton University studying greenhouse gasses and climate change.

“I had seen these amazing records of the ice cores that contained air from an ancient atmosphere and I had an opportunity to do some of that work myself at Princeton. From that, I gained a greater appreciation of how greenhouse gasses were part of climate change over the earth’s history.” Much of his work involves the use of stable isotopes, an ecological tool that he first learned at Augustana. The grassland research with Dr. Tieszen depended on Augustana’s isotope ratio mass spectrometer. “I really like using instruments and collect-ing data,” von Fischer said. “You can use these instruments to see plants breathing carbon dioxide in and out. It’s like putting on a differ-ent type of glasses – they give you a new way to perceive the world.”

Working with Google He was curious what else could be discov-ered about greenhouse gasses using these instruments and with a research grant in the late 2000s, got his hands on a newer machine that could measure methane concentration. “I wondered, ‘What’s going on with methane in cities right now?’” Starting small, von Fischer took his air moni-tor to a local area in Colorado where he found a company that was leaking a lot of methane. He decided to talk to the company about his findings to see if they would change. To his pleasant surprise, they were very interested in finding where the methane was coming from and stopping the leaks. “It was the first time I ever used science to make a difference with climate change,” von Fischer said. After this initial test, von Fischer began working with the Environmental Defense Fund, which had just partnered with Google

Earth Outreach to measure methane in major cities using Google’s Street View car. Von Fischer is the principal investigator of this project and is in charge of figuring out how to drive the cars while using this instru-ment, to analyze the data and to identify locations where there may be leaks from gas pipes in these cities. “The majority of the leaks are very small,” von Fischer said, “but there are a lot of them, and it all accumulates into the atmosphere and has an impact on climate.” Starting in Boston and Staten Island, von Fischer discovered there were methane leaks in almost every mile of the cities. He says this is caused by the old cast-iron system of pipes these cities still use. His research and follow-up reporting has started to make an impact, according to von Fischer. “I see our work is starting to raise aware-ness of this problem and it has put pressure on utilities and public utility commissions to make improvements.”

What’s Next? Currently the Google street view cars mea-suring these methane leaks are in three other cities in the United States. The city names will be released with the data in late fall or this winter. He is also wrapping up some grant-funded research study partnered with Augustana students and biology Professor Dr. Steve Matzner to examine how important the diversity of methane consuming bacteria is in grasslands all over the central U.S. These field sites are rather familiar to von Fischer as he spent those summers from 1989 to 1992 traveling all over the Great Plains visiting them with his favorite professor, Dr. Larry Tieszen.

Dr. Joe von Fischer ‘92 on the campus of Colorado State University.


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From BUSINESS MAJOR toFASHION ENTREPRENEURTyler Hayzlett, class of 2010, has launched a national clothing line around the “South Dakota brand.”


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Having grown up in South Dakota, Tyler Hayzlett, Augustana class of 2010, has a lot of pride for his state. So much, in fact, that he and a friend decided to create an apparel company called SoDak Clothing Co. to update the current market for South Dakota-themed clothing with a new style. Hayzlett and his business partner, Elliot Fey, collaborated with American Apparel and have focused on making quality t-shirts and tanks for South Dakotans and tourists using their SoDak logo and imagery of famous landmarks from the state. The company, which launched in September, has been gaining a lot of at-tention and Hayzlett agreed to share his recipe for success with us, starting with his education. “I made the decision to attend Augie for its reputation in the community,” Hay-zlett said. “Specifically for their business program.” As a business administration major with an emphasis in marketing, Hayzlett worked hard during his four years of higher education to gain as much experi-

ence as he could in- and outside the classroom. “Shortly after freshman year, I joined Northwestern Mutual’s internship program and became a financial rep in between classes,” Hayzlett said. “It has been rated a top-10 internship program in the nation – right under Google – for, like, 20 years. It was an extremely valu-able program to learn how to start and run a business and they have one of the most premier sales training programs in the country.” He counts connections with success-ful alumni as one of the best things he gained from being a Viking. “A lot of us have remained local to South Dakota and it’s a lot of fun to apply what we learned together at Augustana and use it to influence the community,” he said. Today, in addition to being a co-found-er of SoDak Clothing Co., Hayzlett also serves as the business manager for The Hayzlett Group, an international strategic business consulting company founded by his father, Jeff Hayzlett, Augustana class of 1983.


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Augustana is home to approximately 1,800 students who come from 29 states and 38 countries around the globe.


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191 students had an international experience in 2013-14

Job Placement Rate for May 2013 graduates.

AFFORDABILITYAugustana is committed to providing students an exceptional experience at a great value. More than 98 percent of our students receive merit, talent and/or need-based financial assistance. The average aid package for members of the Class of 2018 was $25,908. IN



91% of freshmen participate in intramural/recreational activities.

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Princeton Review BEST!



Augustana is ranked No. 3 among “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” by U.S. News

We’re ranked No. 11 among colleges & universities contributing to the public good by Washington Monthly

Augustana is included in Forbes’ annual list of “America’s Top Colleges”

The Princeton Review names Augustana among the “Best in the Midwest”


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%Q. What are some of the learning experiences you have had off campus (internships, service, etc.)?A. Last summer was a dream come true. I spent the first six weeks conducting research and doing native prairie restora-tion work with Dr. Craig Spencer (Biology) and a fellow biology major on Augie Ridge at Newton Hills State Park, in addition to serving as a park employee. At the end of June, I boarded a bus with two suitcases and great expectations and travelled across the country to serve as an intern in Senator Tim Johnson’s office. During my two months in D.C., I lived with Hispanic nuns in a convent and intentional com-munity for young women. Along with answering constituent phone calls, lead-ing South Dakotans on constituent tours through the U.S. Capitol, running errands for the Senator and his staff, and collect-ing news stories from all major South Da-kota news outlets on a daily basis, I gained a better understanding of environmental policy and the legislative process. Because of my passion for the environment, I was tasked with processing constituent mail and drafting response letters pertaining to South Dakota natural resource and environmental issues. I tracked current environmental legislation, attended Senate Energy & Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works Committee hearings, and wrote memos for legislative assistants. I also had the opportunity to visit officials in the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to seek out career advice. My final East Coast adven-

ture was hiking through Shenandoah National Park.

Q. The Big Question: Thinking back to your first year, what did you learn about yourself -- as a person, as a stu-dent, as a future professional?A. My first year at Augustana convinced me that my lifelong passion for nature will become my vocation. I learned that travel is one of the best educations you can get, and that I’m a citizen of the world. Traveling is like picking up a good book. You can step back into history or immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Traveling cross-country and living alone in D.C. taught me to be self-reliant and have confidence in myself.

Q. What’s the one thing that’s surprised you so far about being a college student?A. As a tree-hugging, sandal-sporting environmentalist, I was a bit of an odd bird in high school. I had no trouble fitting in and finding friends with similar passions because the Augustana community welcomes everyone with open arms. I have an incredible support network here, and it has richly blessed my college experience.

Q. Favorite food in the Dining Room? A. It’s a tie between the cheese ravioli with marinara sauce and the baked sweet potatoes, but I also love getting wraps or spinach salads with cucumbers and mushrooms from the deli station.


Renner and the Augustana Outdoor Program exploring the Black Hills. Communication disorders is a major

which is designed to prepare students for graduate school in order to receive certi-fication or licensure in speech-language pathology or audiology. Kirsten Titze ’16, a communication disor-ders and special educa-tion double major who is preparing to become a speech-language pathologist, shares her thoughts on the major: “I think communica-tion disorders is unique because we cover a wide range of topics. We learn how to perform a hearing exam, learn about lan-guage development in children, learn the anatomy of the speech process, the science behind how we hear, and the phonetic alphabet. What drew me into the major is that it is a health profession but it is not overly science heavy.” Most of the students who study communication disorders go into speech therapy and a few go into audiology. Once they become a speech therapist, they can work in many settings including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practice. “I think that Augustana’s communication disorders department prepares me for my future in many ways,” Titze said. “We get a lot of hands-on experience at the under-grad level in both speech therapy and audi-ology. We can then apply what we learn in class right away and know if this is the right fit for us. I also think that the department has done a good job setting up the course work to align with graduate schools.” Next semester, Titze, along with other juniors in the program, will start doing their own case work in schools around Sioux Falls. The department is staffed by caring faculty. Dr. Karen Mahan is a speech-language pathologist and Dr. Perry Hanavan is an audiologist. “I think so far I have had Dr. Mahan for five classes and Dr. Hanavan for three,” Titze said. “This definitely helps build a personal relationship between students and professors.”


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GOALMeet senior biology major Ashley Limmer.She set records this season, becoming best goalkeeper in Viking soccer history.



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Augustana Coach Brandon Barkus’ persistence was the key to signing the best goalkeeper in Viking soccer history. Prior to her graduation from Brandon Valley High School, Ashley Limmer planned visits to multiple colleges, including most members of the Northern Sun Intercol-legiate Conference (NSIC). Augustana was not on her list. “Augustana is so close to home I really didn’t give it much thought,” Limmer said, “but Barkus was my club coach and kept pushing me to at least visit.” Eventually Limmer relented and made the short drive from her home in Brandon, South Dakota, to Augustana’s campus. For Barkus, it was mission accomplished. “Strong academics are the first thing I look for in a recruit,” Barkus said. An excellent student, Limmer passed the grades test. Next, did she meet the physi-cal requirements to compete at the college level? “Unlike some teams, we use our goal-tender all the time,” Barkus said. “Ashley’s athleticism and ability to use her feet were so impressive I started recruiting her in the fall of her junior year in high school.” After her visit, Limmer was sold on Au-gustana. It was the ideal setting to hone her soccer skills while pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. “The coaching staff is great, the professors amazing, and the team awesome,” she said. “I didn’t see all this coming together at any other school, and I’m really glad I came to Augie. No regrets.” As for the time and effort Barkus invested in signing Limmer … well, the payoff was huge:• The senior biology major is the Vikings’

all-time winning goalie with 26 victories. • She is the first goalie in team history to

post a winning record for a career (26-20-1).•Her 14 wins in 2014 is the most by an

Augustana goalkeeper in a single season.• She tied the school record for career

solo shutouts with 10. •She was the NSIC Player of the Week for

Sept. 22, 2014, by recording a career-high nine saves against 10th-ranked Winona State and five more against Upper Iowa. Not to be overlooked was her durability. Limmer became the starting goalkeeper midway through her sophomore season. In 2013 she was in goal for all 1,769 minutes the Vikings were in action. She came close to going the distance in 2014 but had to leave the field against Minnesota State after taking a blow to the head defending a breakaway. So, did the four-year starter and team captain for the Brandon Valley Lynx meet Barkus’ expectations? “She exceeded them,” said Barkus, himself a goalkeeper at Benedictine College.


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“In addition to what she accomplished on the field, she grew as a communicator. She developed as a leader, which has been outstanding.” Barkus, named 2014 NSIC Coach of the Year, pieced together a strong team featur-ing veterans and promising newcomers. Senior Payton Pry and junior Stephanie Ste-vens were chosen to the All-NSIC first team. Limmer was joined on the second team by senior Emily Hanneman and first-year forward Samantha Arnold, who was also tabbed the league’s Freshman of the Year.The Vikings’ 14-6 record for 2014 is the best in program history. “This season was really cool,” Limmer said.

“It’s great to see how far the program has come in the last four years. We had a good mix of older players to go with a group of younger players, who brought a lot of energy and provided a spark. There’s always excitement at the beginning of the season but this year was different. We had a great spring and the team really connected. “The freshmen arrived in the fall and really added to the excitement.” Limmer is on track to graduate in May. After the soccer season she began work-ing at All Animal Pet Hospital in Sioux Falls while awaiting word on graduate school. “I’ve applied to four schools,” she said. “It’s really competitive but hopefully I’ll get in.

I’ve always known I wanted to be a vet and I would prefer to work outside as opposed to a clinic setting. I would like to treat and rehab animals and then release them into the wild.” It appears Ashley Limmer was destined to be a protector.

“Ashley’s athleticism and ability to use her feet were so impressive

I started recruiting her in the fall of her junior year in high school.”

– Brandon Barkus

Head Coach, Viking Soccer

Ashley Limmer

The 2014-15 Augustana Viking Soccer Team.


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T hroughout this issue, you’ve see this question we asked of students and alumni: “Why did you choose Augustana?” I had the good fortune of attending Augustana, graduating in 2004. After seminary and serving a parish in

Sioux Falls, I was called back to campus to serve as a Campus Pastor in 2012. Over Fall Break, I had the pleasure of leading students on a Campus Minstry learning journey to Omaha, Nebraska. For me, this experience was just one example of why Augustana is a great choice for students who are interested in exploring and discovering important ideas today in order to create a better world tomorrow. We selected Omaha for our Fall Break Interfaith Expe-rience because it’s home to the Tri-Faith Initiative, an effort to grow interfaith relationships between people in Omaha belonging to the three Abrahamic faiths (Christian, Jewish, Muslim). A plot of land has been identified in Omaha on which a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, and Muslim mosque are to be built. The Jewish synagogue (Temple Israel) is already completed, with the Muslim community hoping to break ground on their building in the spring, and the Christian church going in soon thereafter. During our visit to Omaha, we were able to visit with all three groups to learn about

each of their traditions. We attended a Jewish Bar Mitzvah and were greeted with warm hospitality by the members of Temple Israel. It was fascinating to watch this Jewish rite of passage, a boy becoming a man in the faith. Particu-larly striking was the way faith was so clearly passed down through the generations. The Bar Mitzvah ceremony included a ritual where the holy (and heavy!) Torah scrolls were literally passed down from grandparents, to parent, to the boy being Bar Mitvah-ed. Very cool! Our hosts at the synagogue provided great hospitality as they toured us through their new facility, graciously answering any questions that we had about the Jewish faith. They even showed us a Torah scroll that was rescued from Germany in 1938! We were able to share a meal with a small group of people from the Is-lamic community. They showed us blueprints for their new building, and also talked candidly about some of the stereotypes that exist about Islam. One of the central tenants of Islam is a commitment to pray five times a day. During our dinner, a phone alarm went off indicating that it was time for prayer. Our group was able to watch the tremendous reverence that these brothers and sisters have for God. It was a moment for all of us to think about how we might become as diligent in practicing our own faith. Contrary to what news stories often have us believe, we found the Muslim community to be tremendously open and welcoming. In a place where they have experienced so much hate and discrimination from oth-ers, they showed us nothing but love. On Sunday morning of our trip we worshiped at a local Episcopal con-gregation, Church of the Resurrection, in north Omaha. The congrega-tion used to be two, a black and a white church, but years ago made the decision to intentionally integrate. The cast of characters at this church is colorful in more ways than one! We enjoyed a wide variety of music dur-ing worship, and were delighted to see so many young children worship-ing with their heart, soul, and mind. After worship we were invited to stay for lunch, and then participated in a park clean up project. The congrega-tion has adopted the city park across the street and commits to picking up trash once a month. It was a gorgeous fall day to be outside! Of course you can’t go to Omaha and not spend time in the Old Market area! With shops full of character, the Old Market is a wonderful place for locals and tourists alike. Also found in the Old Market is a place called the Urban Abbey (www.urbanabbeyomaha.com). Urban Abbey is a coffee shop/bookstore that was started a few years ago as a place where people of all faiths could come to learn and grow. It’s a respite in a busy city.

On Sunday evenings they offer an alternative worship service that welcomes Christians, athiests, Mormons, and many others. We spent an afternoon at the abbey, speaking with the pastor/director there and enjoying warm drinks. We also had an opportunity to walk the “urban labyrinth” (you can find it on the Urban Abbey website), a walk around the Old Market area, stopping at specific sites along the way to reflect on a poem or reading, and think about how God might be at work in Omaha just as God is active in our own life journeys. It was a wonderful oppor-tunity to center ourselves and think about the twists and turns that our own lives take. Before we left Omaha on Monday afternoon we had time for one final service project. We worked at Together Inc., a place where those in need can come for food, furniture, and other necessities. We spent most of our time stocking shelves in the food pantry. We worked with other full-time volunteers who were also recipients of Together’s services. We were im-pressed by how organized the pantry was, and in awe of how many come to be served each day. Even as we were working, families were arriving to receive a month’s supply of rice, cereal, beans, and other necessities. At the end of each day, our group spent time in reflection, thinking about what we had seen and learned. The overwhelming sentiment of our group was to be inspired by the care that all of these different faith groups and organizations have for one another. We were struck by how much Jews, Muslims, and Christians have in common, and also how im-portant the differences are too. Our group talked a lot about learning to articulate their own faith better as a result of serving and worshiping with others. It’s easy to think that interfaith work means compromising your own faith, or watering down what you believe. On our trip we learned the opposite, that actually interfaith efforts are most helped when each person remains true to their own convictions. Our Jewish neighbors learn from Christians being the best kind of Christians that they can be. Chris-tians learn from Muslims who are unapologetically devoted to Islam. So we work hard to be clear about our own religious identity, and as we do so, we discover that our own faith actually has the power to build bridges to our brothers and sisters of other persuasions. I am open to my Jewish neighbor precisely because I am a Christian, not in spite of that fact. I am rooted in my own tradition so that I might be open to all that my neigh-bor has to offer, without feeling threatened or defensive. That’s just a little of what we experienced and learned in Omaha. We hope to go back again when all three communities have buildings on the Tri-Faith site. In the meantime, we continue to grow in faith through learning and service.

Rev. Ann Rosendale CAMPUS PASTOR

Neighborhood clean-up in Omaha, Nebraska, over Fall Break.

"We discover that our own faith actually has the power to build bridges.”

– Rev. Ann Rosendale ‘04

Campus Pastor

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ABOUT AUGUSTANA Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, private, residential, comprehensive college (liberal arts and professional) affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

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