New Board Members, Faculty Promotions Announced
Following meetings by the Augustana College Association and the Augustana Board of Trustees earlier this month, new Board members have been elected and faculty members have been approved for tenure and/or promotions.
The Augustana College Association consists of all congregations in the South Dakota, Western Iowa, Southwestern Minnesota, and Nebraska synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Association is responsible for electing members to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Joining the Board for three-year terms beginning in January 2013 are:
Jordan Dalton (Young Trustee)
As a 2010 graduate of Augustana majoring in Accounting and Sport Management, Dalton was a member of the men’s basketball team from 2006-2010 where he was a three-time member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate All-Academic team. He also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the chairman of the Enrichment Committee, a position in which he organized numerous events to encourage involvement in the community by Augustana student-athletes. During his time at Augustana, Dalton was able to complete internships with the Sioux Falls Storm, the Sioux Falls Pheasants and the Augustana Athletic Department. After graduation, he spent one year working for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats in ticket sales. He moved back to Sioux Falls in 2010 and currently serves as a financial advisor representative and Princor registered representative for The Dakotas Business Center. He also volunteers for South Dakota Make-A-Wish, the Sioux Empire Boys & Girls Club, and serves as vice president for Augustana’s GOLD committee (Graduates Of the Last Decade).
Patrick J. McAdaragh
A 1981 graduate of Augustana, McAdaragh majored in Accounting and has served Midcontinent Communications for more than three decades. In 2007, he was named president and CEO of Midcontinent Media and Midcontinent Communications. During his time with the company, McAdaragh has been involved in all of Midcontinent's various holdings, and has been instrumental in transforming more than 340 stand-alone cable systems into an interconnected fiber optic network spanning nearly 6,000 miles and serving more than 295,000 homes and businesses. He also serves as director on the boards of CableLabs and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. McAdaragh and his wife, Patti, live in Burnsville, Minn., and have three children.
Ronald M. Moquist
A member of the Sioux Falls business community for nearly four decades, Moquist served as chief executive officer and president of Raven Industries from 2000 to August 2010. He joined Raven in 1975 as Sales & Marketing manager and served as the executive vice president from 1985 to 2000. He has served as a trustee of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences and Sanford Health System, where he served as Board chair from 2009-2011. Moquist also served as a director of the National Association of Manufacturers, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, South Dakota Junior Achievement, and as a director of Xcel Energy, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. His wife, Joanne, is a 1996 graduate of Augustana College. They have one adult son, Ian, and three grandchildren.
An active civic volunteer, Debby VanderWoude was appointed to complete the term of her late husband, Dr. John VanderWoude Jr., Augustana class of 1974 and a member of the Board since 2002, who passed away in July following a recurring battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The following faculty members have been granted tenure and have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective September 1, 2013:
Dr. Stephen Minister (Religion/Philosphy/Classics)
Dr. Minister teaches courses in ethics, continental philosophy, modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion, as well as study-abroad courses on global poverty and the ethics of development. His research engages the continental tradition, especially the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, and focuses on the relationship between reason and responsibility, the role of commitment in ethics and religion, and practical issues such as human rights and global poverty. He received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and mathematics at Seattle Pacific University and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University. He is also the advisor for the Augustana chapter of the philosophy honor society Phi Sigma Tau.
Dr. Darcie Rives-East (English/Journalism)
Dr. Rives-East teaches the survey course in American literature as well as upper-level seminars on early American literature and modern American literature. She also teaches literary criticism and theory, in addition to foundational composition and literature courses. Further, she has taught the Civitas course “Race and Justice in America: 1600-Present,” and is faculty advisor to the Augustana Women's Association. Her interests include women’s and ethnic studies and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on speculative and Gothic literature and film. Dr. Rives-East earned her B.A. from Grinnell College, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Lindsay Twa (Art, director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery)
Dr. Twa teaches the Introduction to World Art History courses, an Art-after-1945 seminar, and a capstone class on race and representation with Dr. Mark Larson of the Biology department. She also leads art history travel courses to London and New York City during the spring breaks. Her research focuses on the black diaspora and exchanges between African-American artists and the Caribbean, particularly Haiti. Dr. Twa also directs the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, where she organizes and curates seven exhibitions each year and oversees a permanent art collection of more than 3,500 art objects. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art and music from Concordia College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Anne Zell (Psychology)
Dr. Zell has a variety of research interests that include social comparison and appeasement, humility and self control. She has established a history of publications, conference talks, posters and invited talks. She teaches courses in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology and Psychology & Christianity, and General Psychology. Dr. Zell earned her B.A. from Gordon College, her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and her Ph.D. from Florida State University.
The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective September 1, 2013:
Dr. Steven Matzner (Biology)
Dr. Matzner teaches Introductory Biology, Environmental Science, Plant Ecology and Plant Physiology, and an interdisciplinary capstone class entitled "Is Globalization Sustainable?." His research is focused on the ability of plants to adjust their water-conducting systems in response to the environment (termed hydraulic acclimation). He is the faculty advisor to GREEN, the Augustana student environmental awareness group, and he is the pre-optometry advisor. He received his B.A. from Augustana College and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Matzner worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Dr. Jeffrey Miller (English/Journalism, director of Civitas)
Dr. Miller teaches courses in journalism as well as foundational courses in composition and literature. He also teaches American film and the capstone course “Cinema, Character and Culture,” in addition to the “Reading Augustana” course in the Civitas program. His areas of interest include transnational television and film, and American media history. He is the author of "Something Completely Different: British Television and American Culture" (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). Dr. Miller earned his B.A. from Grinnell College, his M.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University.
Dr. Reynold Nesiba (Economics)
An award-winning teacher, textbook author, published scholar, and experienced leader of study abroad courses. Dr. Nesiba received his B.A. in economics from the University of Denver in 1989, and his M.A. (1991) and a Ph.D. (1995) in economics from the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of both the Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award and the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award for his teaching. His two co-authored textbooks, "An Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions," and "Economics: An Introduction to Traditional and Progressive Views," are published by and available from M.E. Sharpe. Reynold’s individual and collaborative academic research has been published in a variety of journals including Social Problems, the Journal of Economic Issues, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Cityscape, the Review of Radical Political Economics and other edited volumes. His current research interests include mortgage foreclosures, the history of money, and evaluating undergraduate political economy curricula. Over the last decade, Reynold has led or co-led three spring break travel seminars to Nicaragua and five January-term courses to Australia. He looks forward to leading a Political Economy of Thailand course in January of 2013. At Augustana College Dr. Nesiba regularly teaches Principles of Economics I & II, and Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions.