Greetings! My name is O’Quba Duressa, and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I just finished my first year at Augsburg University, studying International Business with a minor in International Relations.
Personally, my favorite thing about Augsburg is the community and engagement it has. A few of my future career goals include running a small business of my own or perhaps working with youth from different backgrounds. As a mentor at the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute I am excited to see the oneness and fellowship we will be having!
Hello! My name is Ian Heseltine. I’m a first year at Augsburg University and am majoring in Music Business with a minor in Religion. I’m from Alexandria, Minnesota which is two hours west of Minneapolis. My favorite thing about Augsburg is our incredible Religion Department and our amazing Campus Ministry Staff. They are so welcoming and have helped me dive further into my faith this year. When I graduate, I would like to get a job working as an agent/manager for Popular Music Artists. I know one side of the AYTI story but I haven’t actually experienced it, so I’m super excited to go along this incredible journey with our students this summer!
Hi, My name is Fidelina Xinico. I am an international student from Guatemala. After this summer I will be a senior double majoring in international business and economics with a minor in management information system.
My favorite thing about Augsburg is that there are so many opportunities for you to get involved in what you are interested and passionate about. As an Augsburg student, I have participated in different student organizations and also have this amazing opportunity to be a mentor for the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute in 2017 and 2018. I have also been one of the AYTI Ambassadors for the academic year. These experiences have taught me that it is important to have a balance in your life. And AYTI has been helping me to do so by strengthening me mentally and spiritually.
I am excited about AYTI 2018; I will see you soon!
Hi! I’m Destyn Land, and I’m from Saint Paul (Rondo/Frogtown Neighborhood). I’m currently a Junior here at Augsburg and I’m majoring in Communication Arts and Literature (Secondary Education Teaching Licensure). Augsburg is a place where everyone feels connected. It’s the kind of school where you will see your Dean of Students casually walking around campus, and sometimes even the President of the institution. Due to being at a smaller school, you get to build so many meaningful relationships with a diverse group of people. After graduating from Augsburg (2019), I hope to be a junior high or high school English teacher. After teaching for awhile I would like to go back to school and work with programs that are dear to my heart like Genesys Works, TRiO, Act Six, and College Possible. I’m so excited to learn, to be challenged, and to grow with you all as we explore our faith this summer!
Each year, members of Lutheran colleges gather to explore the distinctive roles we play in higher education.
As the 2018 theme is Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-Religious Society, the conference will explore:
a) civility in politically fragmented society;
b) case studies on difficult conversations
c) challenges on campus; and
d) civil discourse in multi-religious society.
The conference is open to all from ELCA colleges and universities, but persons should attend who have a particular interest or campus responsibility in the vocation of Lutheran higher education to help students and others speak across difference and address political, cultural and intra- and inter-religious understanding. Each college or university is urged to send a campus delegation, composed of a mix of administrators and faculty.
ELCA colleges and universities are invited to send delegations of up to five persons at a subsidized rate of $150 per person. More information about registration was sent to school representatives through the ELCA. Contact Melinda Valverde at email@example.com for more information if your college or university has questions.
Hi! My name is Lidiya Ahmed, and I’m from Ethiopia. I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Space physics and Mathematics. Augsburg has given me the opportunity to learn more about vocation through multiple experiences. I couldn’t think of a place better than Augsburg to do my undergraduate degrees as I aspire to interact with people, work on community-based projects and learn about what’s outside of my research lab in order to impact people’s’ lives. I believe that scientists should serve their communities through science and service and I am glad that I get to do what I believe in as an Auggie. I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in space physics after graduation from Augsburg, and I see myself as a research scientist actively involved in community work while conducting research at national laboratories.
I’m excited to be a mentor for AYTI this year and to share with high school youth what I have learned about being a light in the world. I am hopeful that it will be a time for all of us at AYTI to be equipped in every dimension so that we can continue being change agents and light in the world!
Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
East Commons, Christensen Center
More about our speaker:
robert k. tom has been teaching three-dimensional studio art and design at Augsburg University since 2002. His interdisciplinary creative process and teaching methodology have been influenced by his Hawaiian/Chinese heritage combined with a fusion of Eastern, Western, and Pacific Island thought and aesthetics. He creates interactive works that asks the viewer to contemplate disparate perspectives and acceptance of divergent possibilities. robert pursues a multi-media approach in seeking solutions to his questions.
A Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaborative grant and a Forecast Public Arts grant pairs the Augsburg University community with students from Cedar-Riverside Elementary School. This project promotes a deeper level of understanding and commitment to sustaining a more cohesive community. One of the CR/AU collaborations is a bas-relief ceramic mural set to be installed in the new HCSBR.
Prior to working at Augsburg University, Robert taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and from 1995-98 was visiting faculty at Minnesota State University campus in Akita, Japan. He then followed his heart to Brisbane, Australia, to pursue studio work, and back to Minnesota in 2000 where he has since taken root.
Please stop by the table in Christensen Center from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PMto learn about opportunities for you to serve through LIFE in Service programs.
Daily Chapel on November 7 will be led by Lutheran Volunteer Corps at 11:30am in Foss Center.
More information about LIFE in Service:
Each year, more than 200 LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world! LIFE in Service programs include: Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.
Leaders from each LIFE in Service Organizations work together to provide opportunities for people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to live, learn, and serve in their setting. Based in accompaniment, international community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ-affirming, and social and racial justice-centered.
The Christensen Interns will be selected based on strong interest in exploring vocation, call, and career interests in faith-based or service organizations, as well as potential match with the internship site’s needs.
Meet Fidelina, one of our 2017-2018 Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) year-round ambassadors.
Hi, my name is Fidelina Xinico. I am an international student from Guatemala. My major is International Business, and I am a Junior. At Augsburg, I try to have a variety of experiences. For example: In my first year, I attended two organizations ISO (International Students Organization) and ALAS (Augsburg Latin American Students). These organizations helped me to adapt myself to a new environment. In my second year, I participated in the Christensen Vocation Internship Program, which gave me the opportunity to not only be in a professional place but also to learn about myself. I like that Augsburg has a small and diverse campus so you get to know a lot of people from many different backgrounds. I am excited to be an Ambassador for the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute and get to know more people.
More about the AYTI Ambassadors
Fidelina and Ian are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with AYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org