Academy for Seniors Announces Spring Speakers

Academy for Seniors

Event Details

Date: April 19, 2017

Times: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Chapel and the 3-in-1 Room of Morrison Commons

Ticket Info: Registration is required. Cost is $15 for the upcoming date ($40 for the semester), which covers lunch and program. Seating is limited.

Register online today.

We continue Year 14 of the Augustana Academy for Seniors. Chosen speakers contribute their thoughts, experience and insights on topics where they have demonstrated knowledge and experience. Everyone is welcome to register.

This spring's Academy for Seniors speakers are from Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, local health care and education.


Wednesday, April 19

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  • 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Lecture: 3-in-1 Room Commons
  • 12:05 - 12:40 p.m. Lunch (provided) and Discussion at Table Groups


Cost is $15 per session ($40 for the semester), which includes lunch. Seating is limited. Register online today.

For more information or to register, please contact the Advancement office at 605.274.5521 or Checks may be mailed to: Augustana University, Advancement Office, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Spring 2017 Speakers

Betty OldenkampWednesday, Feb. 15: Betty Oldenkamp has served as the President and CEO for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota since March 2006. Prior to LSS, Betty served as the Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Human Services. Betty was twice awarded a Governor's Award for Employee Excellence.

Dr. Michael SabaWednesday, March 22: Dr. Michael Saba is a health care executive, former director of international development for Avera Health, former executive director of Sanford Children's Clinics development, a board member of Dakotah Territory International Visitor Program (DTIVP) and is a board member of Translators of Culture.

Dr. Larry BrendtroWednesday, April 19: Augustana alumnus and professor emeritus Dr. Larry Brendtro '62 is president of Reclaiming Youth International, has had broad experience as a psychologist, educator, and youth worker, and is past president of Starr Commonwealth in Michigan and Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


Fall 2016 Speakers

Brian MaherWednesday, Sept. 21: Dr. Brian Maher became superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District in July 2015. This year, the Sioux Falls School District welcomed 161 new teachers.

audio of presentation of Brian Maher

Bernie HunhoffWednesday, Oct. 19: Bernie Hunhoff is founder and editor-at-large of South Dakota Magazine and a senator in the South Dakota legislature, representing District 18 (Yankton). Bernie started the magazine in 1985, after working in the newspaper business in South Dakota.

audio of presentation of Bernie Hunhoff

Dr. Gene HoymeWednesday, Nov. 16: Dr. Gene Hoyme '72, is chief of genetics and genomic medicine for Sanford Health. Internationally known for his work in pediatrics and medical genetics, Hoyme is the recipient of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s Excellence Award. Earlier this year, Hoyme received the David W. Smith Award for Excellence in Genetics and Birth Defects Education, an honor bestowed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

audio of presentation of Dr. Gene Hoyme

View previous years' programs.