Head football coach Mike Aldrich has been named the Region 5 Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II, as voted on by members of the American Football Coaches Association. Aldrich's first year as head coach of the Vikings will go down as the most successful season in school history.
Jim Luce, ’61, the infamous Viking quarterback who led Augustana to the North Central Conference football championship in 1959, has been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
In their first-ever NCAA quarterfinal appearance, the No. 2 seed Vikings (11-1) will battle the No. 1 seed Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (12-0) for a spot in the NCAA Division II semifinals at Noon on Saturday, Dec. 4, at James A. Malosky Stadium. Watch live streaming video of the game at goaugie.com.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Center for Western Studies will host its annual Members and Friends Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, Dec.11. Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, will present “Harvesting Words, (re)Defining Borders and the Making of a Book.”
The “40th Anniversary Exhibition: Art from the CWS Collection” displays a wide range of artists, media, styles and genres, including a rare painting by Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Center for Western Studies.
With shaved heads, Steely Dan covers and a passion for making good music, brothers Jeremy Hegg, '94 and Jon Hegg, '99, are making a mark on the local live music scene. Next up, they'll debut their "Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers" at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., in honor of the Sesquicentennial.
"Vikings of the South," a recent feature on Lifetouch Media's Life to the Max program, chronicles the Augustana football team's visit to Shriners Hospital for Children and includes vintage footage and interviews with present and former players and coaches.
In honor of Augustana's Sesquicentennial, Christmas Vespers will return to campus for the first time in decades. The musical worship services, featuring the Augustana Choir, faculty and members of the South Dakota Symphony, and Cyprian Consiglio, will be held Dec. 3-4 in the Chapel of Reconciliation.
Oracles and Divination: Segue to the Supernatural features sculptures and masks from the West African coast and the Congo River region and a re-created African hut. The exhibit was curated by students in the Museum Studies course and Dr. L. Adrien Hannus.
Thomas Alexander, a senior communications and physics major from Belview, Minn., was honored with the Augustana Covenant Award for Liberal Arts. The award was presented at the 2010 Boe Forum on Public Affairs, featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.