Auggie fall sports wrap-up

fall_sportsThe Augsburg fall sports season has come to an end, with several teams showing strong improvement in both overall records and individual accomplishments.

The Auggie football team, under third-year head coach Frank Haege, finished 5-5 overall (3-5 MIAC), marking the first time Augsburg had reached the .500 mark since 2003 (5-5 overall, 4-4 MIAC). With its five victories this season, Augsburg also eclipsed its number of wins from the previous three seasons combined (4-26). Along the way, the Auggies claimed several huge victories, including a 14-13 triumph at No. 10-ranked Wartburg (Iowa) on Oct. 6, and a 44-38 win over Gustavus on Oct. 27, breaking a nine-game losing streak to the Gusties. Continue reading “Auggie fall sports wrap-up”

Two productions — this weekend only

sopranoThe Theatre Arts Department presents two shows back-to-back over the weekend of Nov. 16.

The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco
, is a “strikingly original, zany, savage satire of English language and society.” In it, two married couples, a maid, and a fire chief view — through funhouse mirror lenses — this epic slapstick joke we call life. The production is directed by Augsburg senior Cole Walsh.

The Bald Soprano will perform at 7 p.m. on the Nov. 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Foss Studio Theater.

Force/Matter is a work-in-progress, co‑created by Shawn McConneloug and Kira Obolensky with the support of The Playwrights’ Center’s New Plays on Campus Program. The program puts the best new plays in America into the hands of college and university theaters and connects today’s students and faculty with living playwrights and the professional playwriting world. Continue reading “Two productions — this weekend only”

Augsburg mourns Leland Sateren

saterenThe campus community mourns the death of one of Augsburg’s music giants, composer and conductor Leland Sateren ‘35, who died on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the age of 94.

His work includes more than 400 choral pieces he composed, which are sung in churches around the county. Sateren was passionate about Scandinavian choral music and introduced the work of many Scandinavian composers to American choral directors.

Sateren graduated from Augsburg in 1935, and for the next 10 years, he attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, was music director at the university’s KUOM radio station, and served in public service during World War II. In 1946, he returned to Augsburg; 4 years later, he became chair of the Music Department and director of the Augsburg Choir, which he led until his retirement in 1979. Continue reading “Augsburg mourns Leland Sateren”

Advent Vespers and Velkommen Jul

vespersFor over a quarter century, Augsburg College has observed the beginning of the Christmas season with Advent Vespers, a joyous celebration of the holidays. On Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 the College will mark this 28th annual event with services highlighting the theme “That All May Have Light.”

This event takes place in the remarkable neo-Gothic sanctuary of Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, with a ceiling that soars 65 feet and large stained glass windows similar to those of London’s Westminster Abbey. More than 350 musicians, liturgists and banner carriers will participate in this dramatic and uplifting event. Continue reading “Advent Vespers and Velkommen Jul”

Augsburg Welcomes Kids for a "Sports Extravaganza"

sports_daySince 1999, Augsburg Students from the Health and Physical Education Department (HPE) hold an annual one-day event for children with disabilities called “Sports Extravaganza.”  Children with both mental and physical disabilities get the unique chance to use Augsburg’s dome to participate in activities and games, including: parachute, cage ball, soccer, beach ball volleyball, relay races jump rope, and dance.

Augsburg students in the HPE 254 (Introduction to Development and Adapted Physical Education) class both organize and participate with elementary children in Grades 3-6 from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and other nearby suburban schools.  In this way, Augsburg students give back to their community, gain valuable experience working with children with disabilities, and everyone has fun in the process. Not only do the HPE students teach and interact with these young children, they also share encouraging messages and cheer the children to do their best. Continue reading “Augsburg Welcomes Kids for a "Sports Extravaganza"”

New Art Gallery Exhibits and Events

galleryThe two most recent exhibitions in the Augsburg Art Galleries opened in the beginning of November and will be here until Dec. 16. The Gage Family Art Gallery in the Oren Gateway Center is showing “Journey Toward Healing,” collages by Janette Haley and photographs by Arthur Hand. The Christensen Center Art Gallery is showing “Threads of Community/Dunta Bulshada iskuxirta.”

The Christensen Center exhibition, “Threads of Community,” which in Somali is translated “Dunta Bulshada iskuxirta,” features colorful yarn weavings made by Somali elder women.  These weavers, who are refugees from the war in Somalia, are re-creating an art they learned from their mothers and grandmothers as teenagers. The women were not able to weave during the years spent in camps because they did not have materials. Continue reading “New Art Gallery Exhibits and Events”

Spotlight on Weight Loss Success: Sheila Anderson

sheila_200Sheila Anderson is one member of our community who joined Weight Watchers at Work, and has truly been an inspiration for other members with her determination and amazing progress. Here she discusses how being a part of a supportive network of people to  encourage her has been integral to the process.

“I came to Weight Watchers because of a need to, well, lose weight. I knew that we needed 20 people to keep the at work meeting going and thought I’d give it a shot. Even if I failed miserably at least it could be my contribution to others at Augsburg. I don’t know if I actually believed that I would succeed, but doing nothing hadn’t proved successful, so what the heck. Continue reading “Spotlight on Weight Loss Success: Sheila Anderson”

Spotlight on Weight Loss Success: Dianne Detloff

dianne_200Dianne Detloff, Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, has lost 37.8 pounds on Weight Watchers at Work and was willing to share her weight-loss journey with our community in her own words.

“I came to Weight Watchers because I wanted something convenient to help with an intentional decision I made about wanting to lose weight. I heard a lot of good things about Weight Watchers but never tried it as a dieting tool. I also had some family events coming up when I started last March that I wanted to look and feel better about myself for.

“I keep coming because it has worked for me, and because the leader is awesome and the people in the group are incredibly supportive each and every week. I also get ideas and information and feel myself becoming more confident as the weeks continue. And it works wells with my schedule and an on campus meeting location is very convenient. Continue reading “Spotlight on Weight Loss Success: Dianne Detloff”

Spotlight on Weight Loss Success

dianne_200Few could argue that affecting positive change in yourself leads to a happier and more rewarding work and home life. The Augsburg College Wellness Program, formed last fall, gives faculty and staff a healthy “shot in the arm” by  promoting initiatives to help increase physical and spiritual wellness among its workforce.

One of those initiatives, a Weight Watchers at Work program, has proven to be successful for faculty, staff, and students alike. Since the series began last spring,  approximately 20 members have lost nearly 340 pounds. Continue reading “Spotlight on Weight Loss Success”

President Pribbenow Speaks in China

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President Paul Pribbenow delivers the second of two inaugural lectures by MPCC presidents at the MPCC/UIC Presidential Lecture Series. Seated behind him is Hong Kong Baptist university president and vice chancellor C. F. Ng, who also delivered an address

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, President Pribbenow delivered a lecture, “Joining a College: Liberal Arts as Civic Education,” at United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China. He traveled to China with College of St. Scholastica president Larry Goodwin and Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) president David Laird. The purpose of this MPCC-sponsored visit was to attend and speak at the inaugural MPCC/UIC Presidential Lecture Series.

Hosting the MPCC group in Zhuhai was Edmund Kwok, UIC vice chancellor, and Hong Kong Baptist University president and vice chancellor C. F. Ng, who also delivered an address. Last year, an educational partnership was launched between MPCC and UIC, the first fully-sanctioned liberal arts college to be created in China in more than 50 years. UIC itself is a partnership between Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University. Continue reading “President Pribbenow Speaks in China”