SPRING 2017 – BILL GREEN
The Spring Vocation Lunch was held on March 30, 2017.
More 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.
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
Hometown: Karagwe, Kagera, Tanzania
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.
Hometown: Bloomington, Minn.
My favorite thing about Augsburg is the community of students and professors who are active and engaged in their communities.
KAYLA GROVER ’18
Hometown: Blanding, Utah
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.
Hometown: New Hope, Minn.
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.
Hometown: Arden Hills, Minn.
Major: Youth and Family Ministry
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.
Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisc.
Major: Religion and Sociology
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.
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.
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.
Hometown: Stanchfield, Minn.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
YOUSIF AL-HAJIBY ‘17
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 ’17
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 ’17
Hometown: Burnsville, Minnesota
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 ’18
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 ’17
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 ’18
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 ’17
Hometown: Staples, Minnesota
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 ’17
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 ’17
Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
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.
As Augsburg approaches its 150th Anniversary (in 2019), we continue to explore how our Lutheran heritage informs our callings.
November 3, 2016 –REFORMATION REMIX
Augsburg College celebrated Heritage Day 2016 by creative engagement with contemporary issues of race and faith. The Reformation continues and the Augsburg community joined creative artists Agape* and Joe Davis in deepening our conversation on race and faith.
Schedule for 2016 Heritage Day
12:15am-1:15pm Lunch discussion
AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) has inspired hundreds of thousands of people from Brooklyn to Bosnia with his relational ministry “Hip Hop Outreach.” Combining rapping, dancing, storytelling and his fluency in Spanish, AGAPE* connects with his listeners in a way that they really “get it”. He has recorded 10 albums and recently published a book entitled “Agap-ology”. His ministry was also featured in a ABC documentary about people tackling food insecurity in America. These days you can find him at Luther Seminary where he works part-time as the Christian Public Leader coordinator. He is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Joe Davis is a multi-media spoken word poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Engaging wildly diverse audiences— from hundreds of interfaith and intergenerational marchers at the Selma to MN 50th Anniversary March to over 35,000 youth at the Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan—Joe Davis has a gift for bringing people together around honest poems, stories, and songs. One of six recipients of the 2015 Intermedia Verve Spoken Word Artist Grant, he founded a music collective, The Poetic Diaspora, while developing a classroom curriculum and producing a documentary film exploring the history of the Minneapolis-St.Paul spoken word scene. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.
ABOUT OUR ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY
Augsburg was founded in 1869 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants seeking to educate leaders for church and society. Augsburg’s Lutheran heritage — its “faith and values” — continues to shape its mission in the midst of a religiously diverse campus and neighborhood. Since 2005, Augsburg College has celebrated its founding by inviting notable guests to speak on subjects related to Augsburg’s roots in the 16th Century Reformation of the Christian Church. Heritage Day themes are aligned with the themes of the Luther Decade initiative. The Augsburg College Heritage Day (also known as “Founders Day”) is a joint venture of the Augsburg College Christensen Center for Vocation, the Augsburg College Religion Department, and the Augsburg College Office of the President.
ON OCTOBER 27, EXPLORE THEOLOGICAL GRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS AND QUESTIONS WITH OTHERS.
Representatives from the following seminary and divinity schools will be on campus from 9:30am-3:30pm:
Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Chicago, Divinity School, Chicago, IL
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago,
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Berkeley, CA
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
Truett Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, TX
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
FALL 2016 – LEIF ANDERSON
EQUIPPING THE SAINTS (ENTERPRISE EDITION)
The Vocation Lunch with Leif Anderson took place on November 16, 2016.
As vice president and chief strategy officer, Leif Anderson leads institutional planning and effectiveness at Augsburg, working to realize the college’s vision through implementation of the Augsburg2019 strategic plan. Leif’s role includes special support for the president and the staffing of key committees including the University Council, the President’s Leadership Team, and the Regents Committee of the Board.
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