Christensen Interfaith Fellows, 2017-18

The following three individuals have been appointed as Augsburg’s inaugural Christensen Interfaith Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year: Abdisalam Adam, Wendy Goldberg, and Chris Stedman ’08.

The Interfaith Fellows are charged with deepening and extending Augsburg’s calling to inter-religious engagement, preparing students to live and serve in contexts of religious pluralism. Their work will be coordinated by the Christensen Center for Vocation and includes participating in classroom and campus discussions and events; working with students named as Interfaith, Christensen, and Sabo scholars; and engaging with Augsburg’s Interfaith Coordinating Committee and various religious groups on campus. Continue reading “Christensen Interfaith Fellows, 2017-18”

Christensen Center for Vocation’s Riverside Innovation Hub Begins Research on Ministry with Young Adults

The Riverside Innovation Hub is embarking on a 5-year journey to learn more about the relationships between congregations and young adults (ages 22-29). The first step of this journey is a research phase, and we need your help.

We are looking for Christian faith communities in the metro area (congregations, etc.) who are currently effective at engaging young adults in meaningful ways. Ministry with young adults is complicated and varied. We are open to visiting and learning from different examples – from congregations of any size, in any context and of any denomination. Our only expectation at this point is that these faith communities are currently active with young adults in significant ways.

 

Study congregations must commit to the following . . .

  1. A visit from an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Augsburg University.
  2. Completion of a survey by your staff and participants of your young adult ministry.
  3. Interviews and/or focus groups with staff and participants of your young adult ministry.

All of these will happen during September, October or November of 2017.

Congregations must be located within a 90 minute drive of Minneapolis, MN.

 

Please nominate your own faith community or one you know is particularly effective in its work with young adults. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2017. Congregations selected to participate as Study Congregations will be notified by August 15, 2017.

We are eager to learn. Please help us discover from whom we should be learning.

Nominate a faith community we should study.

 

For more information contact Riverside Innovation Hub Program Manager, Kristina Fruge at frugek@augsburg.edu.

2017 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference: Vocation For Life

THE 23RD ANNUAL VOCATION OF A LUTHERAN COLLEGE CONFERENCE

Eboo Patel addressed the 2016 conference participants
Eboo Patel addressed the 2016 conference participants

July 17 – 19, 2017

Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Each year, members of Lutheran colleges gather to explore the distinctive roles we play in higher education.

The 2017 Theme is Vocation for Life, and the conference will explore:
a) vocational reflection as a lifelong process and journey for the individual;
b) the particular factors, and their implications for vocational reflection, in the development of persons during their undergraduate years; and,
c) the implications of “educating for vocation” beyond undergraduate education.

Each college or university is urged to send a campus delegation, composed ideally of vice presidents or directors for alumni affairs, vocation and career center directors, faculty and academic office personnel related to vocational discernment in the curriculum, continuing education or non-degree programs personnel, and graduate program leadership. The make-up of delegations, however, is the decision of each college or university. A mix of administrators and faculty is encouraged.

View the 2017 Conference Agenda Draft

REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration has passed.

Questions may be also be directed to 612-330-1403 or voalc@augsburg.edu.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT FOR ELCA COLLEGES

ELCA colleges and universities have typically been invited to send delegations of up to five persons at a subsidized rate of $150 per person. More information about registration is available through the ELCA. Contact Melinda Valverde at melinda.valverde@elca.org for more information if your college or university has questions.

The Vocation of a Lutheran College conference is supported by the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities.

Christensen Vocation Lunch with Bill Green

SPRING 2017 – BILL GREEN

The Spring Vocation Lunch was held on March 30, 2017.

Bill Green headshotMore about our speaker:

Bill Green began working at Augsburg in 1991 as a Professor of History. Over the years, he has held several different teaching positions, including working as both an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at St. John’s University and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy, and Organization at Vanderbilt University. From 2006-2010, he served as the Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Since 2013, he has been back at Augsburg serving as a Professor of History. He regularly teaches Minnesota History, American Legal History, History of Civil Rights, History of African American Religion, 19th Century U.S. History, and History of African American Education.

 

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Christensen Vocation Intern Overview

20160329_150324Christensen Vocation Interns intentionally explore how the concept We are called to Service in the World applies in a work setting. 

Each spring, Augsburg students serve at faith-based nonprofit organizations for 100 hours during the semester. They also participate in a bi-weekly seminar where they reflect on vocation readings, assessments, and work site experiences together.

The 2017 Christensen Vocation Interns served at:
– Restoration Center at Central Lutheran Church, Downtown Minneapolis
– Trinity Lutheran Church/Safe Place, South Minneapolis
– Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis

The Christensen Interns are 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.

Questions? Contact Lonna Field at 612-330-1467 or ccv@augsburg.edu

2017 Alternative Spring Break to West Virginia

This Spring Break, join with other Auggies to travel to West Virginia!

Over spring break this year, several Augsburg students will travel to West Virginia to work on building projects with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. While working as a team, students will not only serve the community but think about how the experience connects to their own education and neighborhood. Auggies will explore vocational interests while their skills grow. You can be one of these students!

4 Augsburg students working together on a Habitat project

Registration for 2017 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is open until February 3 on a first-come, first-served basis (with $100 deposit required).

The trip will take place March 11-18, 2017; and the cost is $250—includes transportation, lodging, equipment, and most meals.

To register visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/spring-break-2017/ to download the registration form. The forms and $100 deposit should be turned into Campus Ministry in Foss 104.

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Sponsored By: Campus Ministry and Christensen Center for Vocation

Since 2006, Augsburg College’s Campus Ministry has committed to spring break service. These experiences have led students into unfamiliar territory to serve in a different area, reflect on the impact of the experience (both of their work and of what they learned through the people they encounter), and continue to imagine their own lifelong commitment to service. Past trips include New Orleans, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi, and Laredo, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama.

 

2016-17 Christensen Scholar Profiles

VISION BAGONZA ’17Vision Bagonza

Hometown: Karagwe, Kagera, Tanzania
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Religion

My proudest academic achievement is excelling in classes and then being able to provide academic support for new students by tutoring and mentoring incoming first-year students.


NOAH BROWN ’17Noah Brown

Hometown: Bloomington, Minn.
Major: Biology

My favorite thing about Augsburg is the community of students and professors who are active and engaged in their communities.


KAYLA GROVER ’18kayla-grover

Hometown: Blanding, Utah
Major: Sociology
Minor: Religion

Augsburg has shaped me by encouraging me to open my mind and pursue a wide variety of interests. After graduation, I plan to work with AmeriCorps for one year.


OWEN HARRISON ’18Owen Harrison

Hometown: New Hope, Minn.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Studio Art

My proudest academic achievement is making the Dean’s List every semester. I am also involved with the StepUP Leadership Team and the Mindfulness Club.


LEAH MCDOUGALL ’17Leah McDougall

Hometown: Arden Hills, Minn.
Major: Youth and Family Ministry
Minor: Spanish

Augsburg has made me more aware of the world I live in. My proudest academic achievement was studying abroad in Central America and after graduation I plan to work with youth at a camp, church, or other organization.


HANNAH SCHMIT ’17Hannah Schmit

Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisc.
Major: Religion and Sociology
Minor: Biology

Augsburg has helped me to become a critical thinker and engaged both in my community and on a global platform. My proudest academic achievement is publishing research on Sustainable Human Development in Nepal.


REBECCA SCHROEDER ’18Rebecca Schroeder

Hometown: Giddings, Texas
Major: Management; Social and Artistic Entrepreneurship

My favorite thing about Augsburg is how diverse and well-rounded the curriculum is. I’ve been able to tailor my college experience to what I feel I’ve been called to do after college and to my future career.


BLAIR STEWIG ’18Blair Stewig

Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Minor: Environmental Studies, Physics, and Religion

I love Augsburg’s welcoming community and value Augsburg’s diversity. My proudest academic achievement is completing the River Semester and learning about the connectivity of the river.


HANNAH THIRY ’17Hannah Thiry

Hometown: Stanchfield, Minn.
Major: Biology
Minor: Religion and Psychology

Through various experiences, debates, discussions, and philosophical thought, I’ve come to find a home in the ‘grayness’ of life—there’s no distinct ‘black and white’ side to anything. People, opinions, feelings, and passions are fluid, flexible, and unique.

Apply to be a 2017 Christensen Vocation Intern

EXPLORE VOCATION WHILE SERVING AT A FAITH-BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Current Augsburg College Sophomores and Juniors:

  • Are you curious about the idea of being called to serve your neighbors in a work-setting?
  • Wondering about how your talents, skills, and passions can inform your career decision making?
  • Interested in exploring purpose, meaning, and vocation in a practical way?
  • Looking for a paid work/internship experience for Spring Semester 2017?

If yes to all of these, we invite you to apply to be a Christensen Vocation Intern.

Some benefits and responsibilities include:

  • Direct work experience at a faith-based non-profit organization.
  • Students of any major and any faith background can participate.
  • Participate in a bi-weekly seminar with other interns–read, reflect, and share about vocational discernment.
  • Duration: 10-12 weeks, 8-10 hours/week; PAID internship for 100 hours during Spring 2017 semester.
  • Completed Christensen internships can be eligible for the Augsburg Experience.

There are four potential placement sites for these internships. View the site-specific internship positions on the Strommen Center’s AUGPOST website (Search for “Christensen Vocation Intern”) or contact ccv@augsburg.edu to receive a packet of the job positions.

Deadline: November 28

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.

Questions? Contact Lonna Field at 612-330-1467 or ccv@augsburg.edu

Meet Our ACYTI Ambassadors – Hannah

Meet Hannah- One of our 2016-17 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Year-Round Ambassadors

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My name is Hannah Schmit, and I am a senior at Augsburg College. I am double majoring in Sociology and Religion with a minor in Biology.  I am originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin, so I like to take full advantage of all the things that life in the cities has to offer!  In my free-time I enjoy making music, hiking, exploring, reading, and crafting.  I am excited to be working with ACYTI because I believe in the program, and I cannot wait to share it with others!

 

More about the ACYTI Ambassadors

Peace and Hannah are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with ACYTI. 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 acyti@augsburg.edu

2016-17 Interfaith Scholars

YOUSIF AL-HAJIBY ‘17Yousif Al-Hajiby

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Majors: Accounting and Finance

Professors, faculty members, mentors, and friends always make me feel like we are a big family that is trying to learn from each other at Augsburg. The strong communication between me and the professors always push me to go the extra mile. Augsburg has opened my eyes to many opportunities such as internships and potential future jobs. Also connected me with mentors that helped me to understand the work environment and how to be more productive. After graduation, I plan to work for the government and start my own company.


grace corbin ’17Grace Corbin

Hometown: Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Major: Youth and Family Ministry
Minor: Peace and Global Studies

I am involved in Campus Ministry, Campus Kitchen, and admissions tour guide. I am also in Student Government, serving as Senior Class President and on the Environmental Action Committee. I worked at the Restoration Center at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis and I studied abroad in Namibia and South Africa. Augsburg has changed me in many ways. I have become more open-minded and politically engaged. Augsburg has taught me how to be an informed, active citizen.


JEHAN ELSAGHER ’17Jehan ELSAGHER

Hometown: Burnsville, Minnesota
Major: Biopsychology

I’m currently a Hospice Volunteer through HealthPartners Hospice and Palliative Care and I volunteer in the kids department at my Church. I’m an Academic Coach at a local high school, helping students learn how to work in small groups to prepare them for college. I’m also a Personal Care Attendant, I’ve been with my client for four years and we do lots of fun activities together! After graduation I plan to go to graduate school to obtain my Masters in Counseling and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I know that my purpose in life is to help those who are struggling with mental illness.


CLAIRE FELKNOR ’18CLAIRE FELKNOR

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Majors: Communications and Sociology

Augsburg has definitely contributed to a more holistic understanding of the world around me and it’s diverse population, all with different circumstances that shape their experiences in society. Understanding these differences is extremely valuable, especially considering my privilege. I have a weekly service commitment at a club off campus that is very near and dear to my heart. Last year, I served on StepUP’s Leadership Team and assisted in the coordination of a host of events for StepUP Students. I’m an advocate for animals and work with SecondHand Hounds as a foster for animals who are waiting to be adopted.


BLAKE A. halvorson ’17Blake Halvorson

Hometown: Faribault, Minnesota
Majors: Management Information Systems and Marketing

Community service and volunteer activities I am involved with include StepUP Leadership Team’s Trusted Servant, StepUP Solutions Board, Contact for multiple treatment center service opportunities, Interfaith Scholar, Augsburg Intramurals, StepUP Tour Guide when needed, StepUP mentor for new students, Daily Miscellaneous Service when presented with the opportunity. My proudest academic achievement was getting Outstanding Junior of the Year.


Imann hodleh ’18Imann Hodleh

Imann Hodleh ‘18

Hometown: Born in The Netherlands, Resident of Plymouth, Minnesota
Major: Political Science
Minor: Management Information Systems

Getting into the Model United Nations program was my proudest academic achievement. Prior to it I didn’t think I’d actually like it but after getting accepted into it I decided to just give it a chance. I ended up loving it and learning so much about international politics. It inspired me to want to work with foreign policy post-graduation. Taking part in the debates and discussions surrounding global affairs taught me a lot and just travelling to New York City, that experience alone opened doors for me as I got to visit the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters. After graduation, I plan to travel for a year, learning the history of the world. When I come back however I’d like to connect back with my supervisor from the International Institute of Minnesota and work there for a couple years, learning more about the way refugee services function on a national level. I hope to then move on to doing foreign policy work overseas regarding refugees. I’d also at some point like to aid in the rebuilding of Somalia’s infrastructure and hope to use my political and historical knowledge in doing so.


blake Miller ’17Blake Miller

Hometown: Staples, Minnesota
Major: Biology
Minor: Religion

My favorite thing about Augsburg is the intimate class setting and the ability to immerse myself in various different environments. Augsburg has taught me to always be questioning and searching for the truth, and to understand when that might not be possible. After I graduate I plan on applying to dental school and work in a biology research lab.


Danny Polaschek ’17Danny Polashek

Hometown: Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Majors: English (Literature, Language, and Theory) and Creative Writing
Minor: Business Administration

My favorite thing about Augsburg is the general inclusivity, coming here has opened my eyes and vastly broadened my horizons. During the fall semester of my junior year, I was an intern at the Ranelagh Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland. This year, I will be working with Bob Cowgill and Doug Green on a short story collection.

 


Casey Regnier ’17Casey Regnier

Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
Major: Biopsychology
Minor: Peace and Global Studies

I regularly teach swimming to a multi-generational group of East African women in my local community through the Health Commons. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year and go to Physician Assistant school.