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Augustana University has promoted six faculty members.
Paul Egland, who has a doctorate in microbiology, was promoted to professor of biology. Egland is the chair of the natural science division and serves as the chief health professions adviser and as the contact person for pre-medical and pre-dental student advising.
Mark Larson, who has a doctorate in pharmacology, was promoted to professor of biology. He coordinates Augustana’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network grant and is the chair of the department of biology.
David O’Hara, who has a doctorate in philosophy, was promoted to professor of philosophy. He is beginning his second term as chair of the religion, philosophy and classics department and his first year as Augustana’s director of sustainability.
Karla Abbott, who has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, was promoted to associate professor of nursing and granted tenure. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Abbott is involved in research that preserves the health of Native Americans and increases their participation in STEM fields. She is the faculty adviser to the Augustana Nursing Student Association.
Shane Scholten, who has a doctorate in nutrition and exercise science, was promoted to associate professor of exercise and sport sciences and granted tenure. He serves as an elected member of the Co-Curriculum Council.
Daniel Workman was promoted to associate professor of theater and granted tenure. Workman is also the artistic director of the Black Hills Playhouse.
Augustana University has hired four staff members.
Shannan Nelson is the vice president for finance and administration. He has more than 20 years of experience in developing, leading and implementing sustainable growth programs for private business and higher education. He joins Augustana from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he served as associate vice chancellor of business and financial planning.
Nikki Troxclair is the vice president of strategic communications and marketing. She is an award-winning marketing communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of higher education, health care and engineering. Troxclair most recently served as associate vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Jay Kahl, who has a doctorate in education, is the director of assessment and institutional research. With more than a decade of higher education experience, Kahl has held positions at Dakota State University, Glendale Community College, Western International University and Maricopa Community Colleges.
Galen Smidt is the director of campus safety. With 25 years of service as a police officer with the city of Sioux Falls, Smidt most recently served as assistant chief of police.
Brent Impecoven has been named a Rising Star at Eide Bailly LLP. The award recognizes top performers who demonstrate behaviors beyond what is expected of them in their position and who uphold Eide Bailly culture. Impecoven is an audit manager and Certified Public Accountant with more than five years of experience providing assurance services in a variety of industries. Impecoven’s primary focus includes conducting audits, reviews and compilations, as well as performing audits of employee pension plans.
Jeff Aegerter has been named president of the consumer lending division at MetaBank. Aegerter has more than 35 years of experience in consumer lending payments. He spent 10 years at Citi before moving to First Premier Bank, where he oversaw the expansion of its card issuing business. He later founded two financial services companies, including Capital Services Inc, a portfolio and card service organization where he spent 12 years as president and CEO.
Sheila Amrhien of Artistic Nails by Sheila has been invited to be part of the judging team at the 2019 Nailympia USA at The Best Lil’ Nail Show in April in Texas. Nail artists will compete in categories such as sculpture, reality, bling, fantasy, stiletto, salon, and gel polish techniques. While Amrhien, who has been doing nails for almost three decades, has been on the competition side before, this will be her first time serving as a judge.
Jessica Hutchinson has been promoted to chief operating officer at Blend Interactive. She has worked at Blend since 2009 as both a project manager and production director. She became a partner in 2017.
Blend Interactive has appointed three staff members as directors.
Bob Davidson, director of development, has been with Blend since 2012. He will be responsible for leading front- and back-end development for all Blend projects, as well as developing improvements to better streamline and standardize Blend’s development process.
Stephanie Krumvieda, director of project management, has been with Blend since 2014 and has led some of Blend’s largest client relationships. She is now responsible for overseeing all aspects of project management, from new clients to existing projects, as well as implementing project management process improvements.
Corey Vilhauer, director of strategy, has been with Blend since 2010, and helped create and build the company’s content strategy practice. A longtime public speaker and writer, he is now responsible for management of client and internal strategy, as well as brand governance.
Julie Bruflat has joined Hegg Realtors after working at another Sioux Falls real estate agency. Before becoming a Realtor five years ago, Bruflat worked in the legal field in litigation and real estate law.
J&L Harley-Davidson and Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson in Watertown have earned the Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement Award from Harley-Davidson Motor Co. The award is given to dealers based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction. It’s the second consecutive year that the dealerships owned by the Entenman family have received the award.
Josh Pauli has joined the LifeScape board of directors. Pauli is the vice president for research at Dakota State University.
Jolene Loetscher has been chosen to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Loetscher, the co-founder of Mud Mile Communications and DooGooders, is one of 60 scholars chosen for the program’s fifth annual class. Over the course of several months, scholars will travel to the presidential centers of Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to learn about different approaches to leadership. The goal is to strengthen the participants’ impact in their communities.
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