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September 12, 2017 06:05 PM

Augie Students, Alumni Sort Food For Feeding South Dakota

Augie students and alumni filled the Elmen Center Tuesday for a service project benefiting Feeding South Dakota. The food sort event is part of the week-long inauguration celebration for new President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. 

Dozens of students are finding time in between classes at Augustana to volunteer their sorting skills, including senior biology student Katelyn Graber. 

"Everybody here is busy balancing classes and their extracurriculars, but professors are really accommodating and know that you can learn just as much outside of the classroom as you can inside. As long as you manage your schedule well, you can find time for just about anything," Graber said. 

The food sort benefiting Feeding South Dakota is just one of several events this week leading up to the inauguration of Herseth Sandlin this Friday. Augie's incoming President has been a fan of the organization for years. 

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be supporting them and their mission. We've had a number of students transfer meals in support of the backpack program, which we know is very important to students across the Sioux Falls School District as well," Herseth Sandlin said. 

Adrienne McKeown is an Augie alum helping out. She's also the Director of the Alumni Association. McKeown says with enrollment up at Augustana this year, there should be additional support from current students. 

"We'll have extra hands. We're so happy to have our large freshman class here and the whole campus community of over 2,000 people and alumni and friends. We have over 30,000 alumni across the world too. Hopefully get a lot of them here today and helping out," McKeown said.

They'll all be doing their part to feed those in need in South Dakota..

Herseth Sandlin's inauguration ceremony is scheduled for this Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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