Posted on October 7, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

This year’s Alumni Brunch included several reunions, an Alumni Choir performance, and a feast at the new Performing Arts Centre. See the photos here!

IMG_5609There were many reasons this Brunch was sold out.

On Sunday, October 5, the morning began with our Alumni Worship Service including a performance by the Alumni Choir. Afterwards, Augustana alumni, their families and our friends from around the world gathered at the brand new Performing Arts Centre for brunch and a welcome from Dean Allen Berger – once he was finished cooking pancakes for everyone!

“You are our very first guests at the very first reception in this wonderful room, the Mayer Family Community Hall,” he announced. He welcomed our earliest class attendee, Lillus Leiren (’42), our class of 1954 attendees, and our class of 1964 attendees from both high school and junior college. Also joining us were previous Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Clarence (’46) and Irvin (’52) Servold, and LeRoy Johnson (’61), plus professors Emeriti Garry Gibson, Morley Riske, By Reesor, LeRoy Johnson, David Dahle and Dave “Doc” Larson.

After discussing many of the campus building plans upcoming in the next year – see your Fall 2014 Circle magazine, coming your way in December – Dean Allen Berger also introduced a very special guest.

Congratulations to our 2014 Lois Aspenes Award recipient, Marion Bennett ('90)

Congratulations to our 2014 Lois Aspenes Award recipient, Marion Bennett (BA ’90)

“The 2014 Lois Aspenes Award recipient, Marion Bennett, is a former high school teacher,” Dr. Berger began. “Most importantly, she is an avid and voracious learner.

“Her first degree was a BSc Honours from London University in England in 1944. After settling in Canada, she earned a BEd degree from the University of Alberta in 1951. Marion and her husband David moved to the Camrose area in 1957 as teachers at the Bashaw School.

“While teaching, she listened to annual presentations by representatives of Camrose Lutheran College and became convinced that the opportunity for her students to take university courses close to home would be of great benefit to them. She also valued the small campus setting and the close relationships forged between students and professors.

“Upon retirement, Marion, already an active reader, took her own advice, registered at Augustana, and graduated with a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with great distinction, having majored in Religious Studies, in 1990. Even after receiving her degree she continued to take classes.

“Many much younger alumni and Augustana faculty remember Marion as an energetic participant and a vibrant exemplar of lifelong learning. In my letter to Marion informing her of today’s honour, I wrote: “We believe your zest for life and your commitment to lifelong learning exemplify the kind of student we wish to shape.”

“But Marion is also a role model in other ways. People who have worked at Augustana longer than I can’t remember her missing a Community Awards Banquet, and her ongoing interest in the young people who are the recipients of the generous awards she has funded is inspiring. As an engaged alumna, a generous benefactor, and a friend and exemplar for multiple generations of Augustana students, you are exceptionally worthy of this recognition.”

Enjoy a gallery of photos from the event: please comment to edit captions!


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