Augustana Celebrates #OliverDay

As we mark the retirement of Augustana University President Rob Oliver and First Lady Angie Oliver, we invited students, faculty, staff and alumni to join in the celebration of Oliver Day on Friday, May 12.

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  1. Part of the festivities: Flat Rob. We distributed postcards with Rob's photo for fans to cut out and chronicle with their adventures using #OliverDay.
  2. You already know Flat Ole. Now meet Flat Rob, created to celebrate #OliverDay, May 12, in honor of President Rob Oliver's retirement. Take Flat Rob with you and tag us in your pics! Get details and your own Flat Rob at augie.edu/oliverday. #beaviking #alwaysaviking
    You already know Flat Ole. Now meet Flat Rob, created to celebrate #OliverDay, May 12, in honor of President Rob Oliver's retirement. Take Flat Rob with you and tag us in your pics! Get details and your own Flat Rob at augie.edu/oliverday. #beaviking #alwaysaviking
  3. Campus Life staffer Whitney Brown took Flat Rob to Chicago, where Augustana was founded in 1860.
  4. President Oliver made it to Chicago's Cloudgate, aka The Bean, today. #oliverday
    President Oliver made it to Chicago's Cloudgate, aka The Bean, today. #oliverday
  5. Flat Rob found another South Dakota native at the Field Museum #oliverday
    Flat Rob found another South Dakota native at the Field Museum #oliverday
  6. That wasn't the farthest Flat Rob traveled, however. That distinction goes to Nigeria, where Mike Spillum posted a photo.
  7. Rachel Damhof '18 posted a series of photos with Flat Rob on a virtual world tour, with stops including the African plains (the campus green), Machu Picchu (steps of the library) and Wimbledon (AU tennis courts).
  8. The first stop Flat Rob and I made on our "world tour" was the St. Peter's Basilica (the chapel) #oliverday
    The first stop Flat Rob and I made on our "world tour" was the St. Peter's Basilica (the chapel) #oliverday
  9. Students and alumni alike shared their favorite photos with Rob, paper and real.
  10. 4 years ago I took the long walk across the Augustana stage to receive my undergrad diploma from one of the greatest college presidents. Rob Oliver has been a staple at Augie and will be missed, but his great words will still echo through campus, "It is always a great day to be an Augustana Viking!". Happy #oliverday! Enjoy retirement!
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    4 years ago I took the long walk across the Augustana stage to receive my undergrad diploma from one of the greatest college presidents. Rob Oliver has been a staple at Augie and will be missed, but his great words will still echo through campus, "It is always a great day to be an Augustana Viking!". Happy #oliverday! Enjoy retirement! . . #retirement #augustanauniversity #augustanacollege #augrad #siouxfalls #aualum #classof2013 #govikings #oliverday #goaugie #gobigblue #alumni #augustanaviking #alwaysaviking
  11. Yes, our president is a biker.
  12. Time for Flat Rob to check in at work.
  13. Congratulations to Rob and Angie Oliver for your service to Augustana and the surrounding community. Have a restful, well-earned retirement and enjoy time spent with your family. It was an honor to write an arrangement of "Take My Life That I May Be" for your chapel service.  Congratulations!! #oliverday @augustanasd #itsagreatdaytobeanaugustanaviking #augustanauniversity #jazz #takemylife #flatrob
    Congratulations to Rob and Angie Oliver for your service to Augustana and the surrounding community. Have a restful, well-earned retirement and enjoy time spent with your family. It was an honor to write an arrangement of "Take My Life That I May Be" for your chapel service. Congratulations!! #oliverday @augustanasd #itsagreatdaytobeanaugustanaviking #augustanauniversity #jazz #takemylife #flatrob
  14. Augustana President Rob Oliver kisses his grandson, Ivan, in the middle of the Chapel of Reconciliation as the campus community surrounds the Oliver family for a blessing. In honor of Rob's retirement, today's sermon by Campus Pastor Paul Rhode centered on one of Rob's favorite Bible passages: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." — Proverbs 29:18. #OliverDay
    Augustana President Rob Oliver kisses his grandson, Ivan, in the middle of the Chapel of Reconciliation as the campus community surrounds the Oliver family for a blessing. In honor of Rob's retirement, today's sermon by Campus Pastor Paul Rhode centered on one of Rob's favorite Bible passages: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." — Proverbs 29:18. #OliverDay
  15. The Oliver Day worship service included the reading of a proclamation by Bishop David Zellmer of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA. Proclamations of Oliver Day also came from city, state and federal government officials.
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