Augustana Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Association

The Augustana University Alumni Association celebrates the leadership, service and accomplishments of our alumni. Thank you for the meaningful contributions you make every day in big and small ways. You inspire us all to strive each day to make our world a better place.

In addition to our alumni, we celebrate those who leave a lasting mark on our alumni and campus community. From professors who inspire, to staff who offer extra care and kindness, hearts and minds are impacted in unforgettable ways at this very special place called AU.

Click the links below to read the stories of Viking near and far.

‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve’: 100-Year-Old Alumnus Still Lives by Augustana Motto Nearly 80 Years After Graduation

One-hundred-year-old Pastor Rev. Richard “Dick” Nelson '42 has practiced Augustana's motto "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve" all of his adult life.

Augustana Alumni Share Stories of Call to Service

The story of two alumni who were called to serve in the United States Armed Forces. We honor and give thanks for their service and the service of all of our students, alumni and families who lead and sacrifice for our freedom.

Hospital Patients Discover Opportunity to Vote Thanks to Augustana Alumni, Students

Augustana Alumna Dr. Kelly Wong has recruited hundreds of healthcare systems, workers and students across the nation to help increase turnout among registered voters who find themselves unexpectedly hospitalized in the days and weeks prior to November 3, 2020.

The 2020 Augustana Alumni Achievement Award and Horizon Award Recipients

During Viking Days, Augustana University announced the recipients of the 2020 Alumni Achievement and Horizon Awards. These alumni are celebrated for their outstanding achievements in their fields and for exemplifying the core values of Augustana University.

Celebrating the Woman Behind Augustana’s Sharon Lust School of Education

On September 1, 2020, the Augustana community gathered in dedicating the Sharon Lust School of Education outside of the Madsen Social Science Center on the university’s campus.

Augustana University Receives $1 Million Pledge for Athletic Scholarships

Augustana University announced today a $1 million endowed gift for student-athlete scholarships. This generous commitment comes from Bob ‘61 and Trish Swanhorst of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This pledge will support all athletes, and help further many goals of Augustana’s strategic plan — Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030.

Love of the Arts: Alumnus Credits Augustana With Helping Live Out Dream of Working in Music

Augustana alumnus Logan Enze '13, New York Metropolitan Opera production assistant, talks about his love for the arts and living out his dream in New York City. 


Love of the Arts: Harpist Harmonizes Music with Lessons for a Life Well-Lived

Augustana alumna Callie (Berg) Stadem ‘13, a freelance harpist and instructor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, tries to teach her students how to play the harp, as well as the deeper lessons on how to live a good life. 

Augustana Means Business: The Liberal Arts Helps Alumnus Draw the Eye of Apple and The New York Times

Augustana alumnus Kiel Mutschelknaus ’07 says the liberal arts education he received from Augustana University has helped him draw the eye of Apples and The New York Times.

Augustana Means Business: Lifetime of Learning, Agility Leads Alumna to Career in Marketing

Augustana Means Business: Lifetime of Learning, Agility Leads Alumna to Career in Marketing. Read more about Michelle (Kamrath) Fields ‘95!


Augustana Means Business: Internship at Raven Industries Launches Fulfilling and Successful Career for Alumnus

Steven Tims ‘11 is the director of operations at Raven Industries, but his career began at the company more than 10 years ago as an intern during his sophomore year at Augustana. 

Augustana Means Business: Alumnus Finds Calling at the Intersection of Faith and Finance

Fred Johnson ‘84 is a CPA, who oversees Church & Institutional Financing at Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves as senior portfolio manager for the Thrivent Church Loan and Income Fund. After 34 years with Thrivent, he is still passionate about his work and its impact. 

When Calling Met Compassion: How One Augustana Alumnus is Making an Impact

Augustana alumnus Dayle Olson '74 shares how the university community was there for him when he needed it most, and how AU prepared him for his career in education.