Kelli (Meier) Rogotzke — Junior Achievement Education Manager

Kelli (Meier) Rogotzke and her husband, Dan.

Kelli (Meier) Rogotzke, Covenant Award for Community Recipient, 2008-09 Academic Year

Kelli (Meier) Rogotzke '09 majored in religion and philosophy. She received the Covenant Award for Community for the 2008-09 academic year. 

Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana  your career path (what are you doing now), family, education (graduate school), travel, etc.

A.  After graduation I attended South Dakota State University and earned a Master of Education with an emphasis in student affairs. I also worked at Augie as a hall director during that time. I spent three more years working in higher education before flipping over to the nonprofit world. I have been at Junior Achievement for more than four years working with educators and community members. I married my husband, Dan, in October 2015 and we are expecting our first child in June!

Q. What were you involved in that prepared you for the present and future?

A. Being a part of Residence Life and being a peer advisor was one of my favorite parts of college.  This experience taught me a lot about community building, which has played a huge role in all my positions after graduation!  

Q. Favorite class or favorite professor at Augustana, and why?

A. Every class I took with Dr. O’Hara!  His classes were always extremely engaging and pushed me to work harder and excel much further than I thought I could.

Q. Best Augie Memory?

A. Homecoming week was always a blast!  It was so fun to see the campus decorated, all the activities, float building, the parade, football game, Vikings Varieties, and seeing alumni on campus.

Q. If you could offer an Augustana student some advice, what would you say?

A. Live on campus and get involved! Find the organizations/clubs that fit your passions.  Your time at Augie will go way to fast, make the most of it!

Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values – Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?

A. Augustana’s five core values played a daily role in my time there as a student and have continued to be a significate part of my life. My favorite part about being a student at Augie was the community.  I met so many amazing people, who I am lucky enough to call life-long friends. I love being connected within the Sioux Falls community and having the opportunity to run into so many Augie friends, professors, and staff.  It is a constant reminder of how lucky I was to be part of a close-knit community.  Because of my experiences at Augie, I continue to strive to be a part of the Sioux Falls community and serve in as many volunteer opportunities as a I can.