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Great Professors, Great Achievements

Recent Achievements by Augustana Faculty

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Dr. Dan Swets’ advisee, Dan Day (Vermillion, SD), was selected to represent all the BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) undergraduate fellows at Poster Day at the State Capitol in Pierre, SD.

ECONOMICS
A grant proposal focused on strengthening service-learning programs at Augustana submitted by Dr. Reynold Nesiba in January, 2009, has been approved/funded by the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education.

ENGLISH AND JOURNALISM
Dr. Patrick Hick’s poem, “Lighting the Christmas Tree,” was published in the Advent/Christmas 2008 issue of The Cresset. Another of his poems, "Summer in January", was accepted by Flurry, an e-zine based in Minneapolis, MN.

HISTORY
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson will present a work entitled “Re-Reading Reed: John Reed, Harvard College, and the Burden of Aristocracy,” at the March 2009 Missouri Valley History Conference at The University of Nebraska-Omaha).

PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
Dr. Paul Schilf (music) has an article published in "The Mississippi Bandmaster." Vol. 5, Number 2, Winter 2008, "Organizational Details."

Dr. Ivan Fuller’s (theatre) play, Eating into the Fabric, has been selected for the Mainstage performance at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha in May, 2009.

Dr. Christopher Stanichar (music) will be a guest conductor of Mexico’ s Young Orchestra of Veracruz State on March 16-22, 2009. In February, Orchestra Omaha performed the world premiere of Dr. Stanichar’s “Independence Overture.” Stanichar, director of Augustana’s orchestra studies program, was the music director of Orchestra Omaha from 2002 to 2005. His eight-minute overture was commissioned by Orchestra Omaha.

A special “thank you” to Dr. Lindsay Twa (art) for organizing an outstanding showing of the works of Fritz Hirschberger at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery along with the Gallery reception and the day-long Holocaust symposium.
 

PHYSICS
A collaborative paper that Dr. Drew Alton and Augustana student, Russ Averin (Sioux Falls), worked on was published in a DO publication on the web. The paper is titled “Search for a Scalar or Vector Particle Decaying into Zÿ in pp Collisions at ÿs = 1.96 TeV”, Phys. Lett. B 671, 349 (2009).

RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY & CLASSICS
Dr. Richard Swanson (religion) has recently had an article published in The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance, Cascade Books.
 

FACULTY ROCKERS
Dr. Patrick Hicks (English), Dr. Jeffrey Johnson (history), Dr. Bill Swart (sociology), and Dr. Mitch Harris (English), also known as "The Righteous
Fists," won the first ever Faculty Rock Band competition during Semester Shutdown in December, 2008.