Gift Will Name Soccer Field
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
President Rob Oliver and Director of Athletics Bill Gross announced today that Augustana’s soccer facility will be named Morstad Soccer Field, recognizing a recent gift from alumni Kent and Judy Morstad, longtime supporters of the College.
“Today we celebrate the leadership and generosity of Kent and Judy Morstad, two of our own whose fond memories of their time at Augustana and their love of athletics inspired them to give back,” said Oliver. “We are deeply grateful for this gift and we look forward to enhancing the Morstad Soccer Field to serve the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and fans for years to come.”
After graduating from Augustana in 1958, Kent Morstad, a Sioux Falls native and a graduate of Washington High School, attended the University of Minnesota for graduate work in mortuary science. He joined Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls in 1968 and was named partner in 1972. He currently serves the firm as partner and funeral director.
He is an active civic volunteer and has served on many area boards, including the Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Main Street Sioux Falls, South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, the Augustana Alumni Council and Sioux Falls Crimestoppers. He was twice past Potentate of the El Riad Shrine and is a past president of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association. He currently serves on the board of governors for the Shriners Hospital of the Twin Cities.
Judy (Lindekugel) Morstad, class of 1961, is a native of Spencer, S.D. She is an active community volunteer and has served as president of the Parent Teacher Association and president of the Shrine Auxiliary. She is a past member of the YWCA Camping Committee and the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Choir. She is an active supporter of Volunteers of America (VOA).
The Morstads are parents to five children, Jill, Nina, Paul, Bret and Kari, and are members of First Lutheran Church.
The Augustana soccer field was opened in September 2009 with no namesake. The facility allowed Augustana to move Viking soccer on campus for the first time in the program’s history. Celebration of the Morstad Soccer Field naming will take place this fall.