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Augustana alumni give college $570,000 gift

SIOUX FALLS -- Augustana announced Tuesday that alumni Jim and Myrna Wylie have made a gift of more than $570,000 to the college, a portion of which will be used to support the new science center project.

Augustana officials have been working to raise funds for the new facility, to be named in honor of longtime Augustana biology professor Dr. Sven Froiland, following a $20 million challenge gift from Sanford Health earlier this fall.

Jim Wylie, Augustana class of 1955 and a native of Sioux Falls, double majored in history and Christianity/philosophy as a student. On campus, he led the effort to create the first-ever Viking Varieties, the student talent show, and helped bring national speakers for the Viking Days worship service.

After graduating, he went on to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He later served at parishes in Albert Lea, Minn., Chicago and New York before joining the management team of Lutheran General Hospital (now known as Advocate Healthcare), the largest healthcare system in metro Chicago.

Myrna, class of 1957, majored in nursing and spent her career working primarily as an operating room nurse.

They are both now retired and live near Chicago.