4:30 p.m. SATURDAY UPDATE: Band Egyptian Tour Status

At 3:45 p.m. CST Augustana officials communicated with Band leadership in Cairo, Egypt, who reported that all students and Tour travelers remain safe and secure. The "King Tut" and "Sphinx" groups are scheduled to depart at 2:25 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30 (6:25 a.m. CST Sunday).

Thought Leader Forum to Discuss 'Why Art Matters'

If dictionaries define ‘cowboy’ as someone with intense qualities – think independence, think aggressiveness – then meet Bob Booker, class of ’77, Lone Ranger for the arts. His discussion on "Why Art Matters" will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24. 

'St. Mark Passion' Cantata Set for March 9-10 at Augustana

The Augustana Chamber Choir, area musicians and student actors will present the “St. Mark Passion,” a cantata based on the suffering of the Messiah, according to the Gospel of Mark, at 7:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 10, in Augustana’s Chapel of Reconciliation.

Former VP for Student Affairs Dr. Jorgen Thompson Dies at 89

During his 39-year tenure, Dr. Thompson served Augustana in a variety of roles, including: dean of men, professor of psychology, vice president for student affairs and director of the Learning Support Center. He retired in 1986.

First-Ever TEDxSiouxFalls to Feature 'Extra [Ordinary] Lives'

Themed, “Extra[Ordinary] Lives," the first-ever TEDxSiouxFalls will feature eight speakers with South Dakota ties sharing their stories of triumph, tragedy and endurance. The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at Augustana’s Edith Mortensen Center Theatre.

Alumnus Robert Wagner, Former President of SDSU, Dies at 78

The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Wagner, class of 1954 and a 1988 Alumni Achievement Award winner, is hailed among many as one of South Dakota’s most earnest advocates for higher education. He was president of South Dakota State University from 1985 to 1997.