On Tuesday, April 26, Augustana threw its doors open to over 150 attendees at its annual Spring Soiree. Augustana’s Dean Allen Berger takes this opportunity every year to offer his Report to the Community and share stories about the achievements and milestones of the past year.
Beginning with a touching homage to dearly departed Director of Student Services Mark Chytracek, Dean Berger went on to celebrate the series of opening ceremonies we held: beginning with the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Centre, the renovated Founders’ Hall, the Augustana tipi, and our brand new Wahkohtowin Lodge. He mentioned the renewal of his position for another five years, and then began to speak about the future.
Dean Berger described changes to the Augustana Calendar beginning in 2017, plus the “First Year Seminar” which will be mandatory for all new students from that point on. He invited Pastor Craig Wentland and Dr. Roxanne Harde to speak about course ideas they are exploring for these unique seminar experiences. Dean Berger finished with a description of the MAP (“My Academic Plan”) and Pathways initiatives he plans to introduce during his second term.
The final phase of the evening was spent in celebrating our Lois Aspenes Award recipient, Bruce Cutknife (’97). The Lois Aspenes Award is granted to an alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to the life of Augustana, and Bruce certainly qualifies.
The evening ended in an open house in the new Wahkohtowin Lodge.
You can find details about many of the topics in Dean Berger’s Report to the Community in our 2016 Report to the Community publication.