To his students and colleagues, Dr. Daniel Swets was much more than just a teacher – he was a skilled scientist and a talented researcher with a passion for helping young people discover the wonder of science. Students and colleagues shared their memories of Dr. Swets with KELO-TV and KDLT-TV.
At a memorial on Wednesday, Kevin Anderson, Augustana class of 1987, was remembered for serving students, colleagues and his church "with a servant's heart." A programmer analyst for the Sioux Falls School District, Anderson was killed in a plane crash on Friday along with Dr. Daniel Swets, Joshua Lambrecht and Brian Blake.
At a memorial service on Wednesday, Dr. Daniel Swets, longtime associate professor and chair of computer science and mathematics, was remembered as a talented scientist and revered teacher who cared deeply about his students, his colleagues and, most of all, his family.
Richard "Dick" English, professor emeritus of Business Administration and Accounting, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Arizona. He was 67. English joined Augustana in 1974 and served the College for 35 years before retiring in 2009. Visitation is set for Sunday, Dec. 18. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 19.
"Thank you to our students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members for their generous support," said Billy Thomas, director of Volunteer Programs for Augustana. “We’re excited to help provide happy Christmas memories for children, families and individuals in need right here in Sioux Falls.”
“They are the underdogs and they are motivated. From the opening tip, it’s obvious they didn’t come here as a courtesy call – they came to make a mark, to win a basketball game.” In a recent WCCO-TV “Life to the Max” segment, sports personality Mike Max chronicled the Vikings’ Nov. 7 exhibition game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Delegates to the Augustana Association have elected Dr. Pamela Homan, class of 1981 and superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, and Kathy Walsh, civic volunteer and co-owner of Dakota King, to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.
Works by five Augustana student-artists known for their artistic talent and for their leadership on campus are featured in the "University Invitational 2011," a new exhibit now on display inside the Everist Gallery at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center.
"Our students understand that in order to compete in a global economy, they must experience different parts of the globe firsthand," says President Rob Oliver. In January, 93 Augustana students will spend the month immersed in 14 countries for an intense, first-hand study of history, language and culture.
Augustana's Dr. Adrien Hannus and his anthropology majors know British archaeologist Dr. Alan Outram, head of Archaeology at the U.K.'s University of Exeter, well – he is a long-time research colleague and a teacher through the exchange program the two institutions share. Outram's work on horse history is featured in National Geographic's newest publication, Exploring History.