2018-19 Academic Year Opens, Sophomore Honors Recognized

2018-19 Opening Convocation

Together with their professors, Augustana's newest Vikings — the Class of 2022 — witnessed the official opening of the 2018-19 academic year on Tuesday at the Opening Convocation ceremony. The event marked the beginning of the University's 158th academic year and was held on campus in the Elmen Center.

In addition to featured addresses by Dr. Libby King, associate professor of biology and the 2017-18 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award recipient, and Anna Stritecky, president of ASA, the ceremony also recognized the 2017 Sophomore Honors Award recipients.

The Sophomore Honors Award recognizes representatives of the preceding sophomore class who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at an early stage of their college career. Sophomore Honors are awarded to students who have earned a GPA of 3.9 or higher by the end of their sophomore year and are on their way to achieving summa cum laude status.

The 2018 Sophomore Honors Award recipients are:

  • Corey Albrecht, Fairfax, Minnesota
  • Erica Bien, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Heidi Bien, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Garrett Brooks, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Alexa Bruick, Seward, Nebraska
  • Jared Campbell, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Shannon Dancler, Tea, South Dakota
  • Claire Fanta, Creighton, Nebraska
  • Ashley Glanzer, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Jonathan Gubbrud, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jocelyn Guenther, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Hannah Hankinson, Edina, Minnesota
  • Brianne Haskell, Lyons, Nebraska
  • Abby Hora, Irene, South Dakota
  • Maegan Hunt, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Amy Hurley, Canton, South Dakota
  • Challie Jones, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Benjamin Kelvington, Jordan, Minnesota
  • Makayla Kuhn, Randolph, Minnesota
  • Joseph Larson, Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Dana LeVan, Tea, South Dakota
  • Tiegen Lindner, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Madigan Moore, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Jacob Morarend, Waseca, Minnesota
  • Thai-Son Nguyen, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Coleman Peterson, Tea, South Dakota
  • Destiny Pinder-Buckley, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Matthew Pohlmann, Harrisburg, South Dakota
  • McKayla Poppens, Tea, South Dakota
  • Rebekah Rairdon, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Kristina Ritschard, Loveland, Colorado
  • Brad Rokusek, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Morgan Rothschadl, Tabor, South Dakota
  • Jacie Rueter, Lake Park, Iowa
  • Peter Sanchez, Fort Pierre, South Dakota
  • Reid Sawatzke, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Charles Schwartz, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Alana Sesow, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Molly Sittig, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Ryan Solberg, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Anna Steinwand, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Emily Stjernholm, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Rebekah Tuchscherer, Milbank, South Dakota
  • James Uthe, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Kayla Van Meeteren, Sheldon, Iowa
  • Tyler Van Voorst, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Trey Waldrop, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Sydney Weber, Parkston, South Dakota
  • Megan Wilson, Rapid City, South Dakota