Augustana Student Association Senators Installed

Members of the 2011-12 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Senate were installed during a ceremony Monday morning in the Chapel of Reconciliation.

Senate members include:

  • Matt Anderson, sophomore senator, Sioux Falls
  • Patrick Brende, north side housing senator, Sioux Falls
  • Maggie Dally, sophomore senator, Sioux Falls
  • Maren Engel, junior senator, Owasso, Okla.
  • Jessica Haugo, senior senator, Wauburn, N.D.
  • Amanda Johnson, sophomore senator, Sioux Falls
  • Jessica Johnson, sophomore senator, Sioux Falls
  • Taylor Lambert, freshman senator, Pine Island, Minn.
  • Sarah Larimer, freshman senator, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Paul Mallory, senior senator, Fairmont, Minn.
  • Morgan McAlpin, junior senator, Andover, Minn.
  • Joseph Meader, off-campus housing senator, Sioux Falls
  • Kyle Mielke, junior senator, Hartford, S.D.
  • Erik Nyberg, senior senator, Sioux Falls
  • Casey Ortbahn, senior senator, Pierre, S.D.
  • Crystal Ortbahn, sophomore sentator, Pierre, S.D.
  • Gentry Pletts, theme house and apartment senator, Chanhassen, Minn.
  • Megan Raposa, freshman senator, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Erin Schoenbeck, junior senator, Watertown, S.D.
  • Drew Trahms, theme house and apartment senator, Janesville, Minn.
  • Artyom Tsaturyan, international student senator, Vanadzor, Armenia
  • Emily Weber, north side housing senator, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Emma Werling, senior senator, Milbank, S.D.
  • Hanna Werling, south side housing senator, Milbank, S.D.
  • Kelly Wong, junior senator, Custer, S.D.

ASA is lead by Jake Bury, Sioux Falls, president; Thad Titze, Watertown, vice president; Derek True, Fairmont, Minn., treasurer; and Adam Jorde, Cando, N.D., secretary.

During the ceremony, Bury and Titze spoke to the senators, delivering a message modeled after Acts 2: 

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

"September 7, 2011, the student body of Augustana assembled in one place for a nice, concise convocation."

And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

"And suddenly from across the Elmen there came a deafening ring – that from the Eidsvaag bell, and the sound filled the entire multi-purpose recreation center where they were sitting."

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.

"Divided interests, majors, plans, and goals appeared among them, and a specific, personalized Augie path laid out for each of them."

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

"French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Latin, Mathematics, Political theories, economic thought, physical chemistry, (RS)-2-(4-(2-methylpropyl)phenyl)propanoic acid (Ibprofen), Marxist historiography, citric acid cycle, doremefasollatido, viral coefficients, the West (what is the West?), the classics, modernism, post-modernism, post-post modernism, e= mc2."

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.

"Now there were passionate students from over thirty nations around the globe living at Augustana."

And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

"And at this sound the crowd of students gathered together and were struck by what they heard. Even though they were engaged in their own subjects, they had an understanding of each, rooted firmly in a liberal, communal education."

Amazed and astonished they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

"Amazed and astonished they asked, 'Are not all these who are speaking true Augustana Vikings?'"

And how is it that we hear each of us in our own native languages? Parthians, Medes, Elamities and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of LIbya belonging to Cyrene and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.

"And how is it that we can come together and understand one another given our various cultural differences? South Dakota, North Dakota, East River, West River, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Midwest nice, the grain belt, the rust belt, the Bible belt, farm kids, city slickers, Norwegians, Central Americans, Eastern Europeans, West Africans, central Asians, middle-easterners, and the rest of our global community – in our own languages we hear each student contributing to the ongoing dialogue of faith, excellence, and community that helps to make Augustana so unique."

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another: What does this mean? But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

"Insert joke about Homecoming weekend here."

"So what does this story tell us, and what does it say about the role of our ASA? We are a diverse campus. As the Senate of the Augustana Student Association it is our charge to serve the whole community and strengthen the curricular and co-curricular interest of students," Titze said.

"The Pentecost story is about speaking as well as listening. As leaders on this campus we must always listen – to students, to each other, to faculty, and to administrators. But we must also speak and be an active Senate working to support student groups and address student’s concerns. The reason we come to chapel for inauguration is to ask for God’s help in all of this. We all have a role to play, and we come here recognizing that we are endowed with a responsibility, granted by the student body, to do our work with God’s help."

"On this campus, we are all given the tools to march ahead, to live out our lives speaking, doing and pursuing our own goals, but we do so having been endowed with the gift of listening, the ability to understand different perspectives, and the beauty of a liberal arts education. So go forward Senators, proposing new legislation, allocating funds, possibly doing something about the awkward stairs from the commons to the library, but do so with constant consideration and a careful ear for the many diverse tongues that make Augustana such a wonderful place to call home," Bury said.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations