Grub that's good for you and the environment

food_classIt will be a meal planned with the environment in mind.

This semester, students in SBS 100: Environmental Connections have studied how food fits into both our socio-economic and ecological systems. This Wednesday, they will put that knowledge into action as the class members will serve a meal that they helped the A’viands staff prepare. The entire Augsburg community is invited to share this “grub” with the class. The menu was chosen based on how the food was produced and transported.

Some of the ingredients were grown on campus. Almost all of the items were produced locally. Special consideration was placed on supporting suppliers that use environmentally friendly practices and pay employees a fair wage. Continue reading “Grub that's good for you and the environment”

Key Legislators to discuss Minnesota budget deficit Monday

saboIn recent weeks, one of the biggest questions in Minnesota politics was just how big would the state’s budget deficit be when Legislators returned to St. Paul in January?

On Thursday, the grim news was delivered: Minnesota is facing a budget deficit of $5.2 billion over the next 30 months because of falling tax revenue from struggling businesses and workers.

That, in turn, leads to another question: how exactly is the state going to deal with it?

The Augsburg College community will be given some insight into this topic on Monday afternoon. That’s because the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning will host a pair of key Minnesota Legislative leaders for what is expected to be an interesting forum. Continue reading “Key Legislators to discuss Minnesota budget deficit Monday”

Vocatio Chapel Series

vocatio_decArt has always been a part of personal faith lives. From religious icons, to hymns of praise, worshippers have used art as a tool to pray and praise. Songs and hymns give praise to God. Paintings and sculptures depict stories from scripture to let the worshipper understand the story in a new way. Dramas have brought sacred stories to life.

The 2008-2009 Vocatio Chapel Series, “Faith and the Imagination: The Call to the Arts” continues Wednesday, Dec. 10 with organist and Central Lutheran Church music director, Mark Sedio. Vocatio Chapel begins at 10:20 a.m. in Foss Center.

Mark may be well known to the Augsburg community, not only as an alumnus (1976) but also as the organist at Central Lutheran. After completing his bachelor’s at Augsburg, Sedio attended the University of Iowa, St. John’s University, and Luther Seminary. Continue reading “Vocatio Chapel Series”

Let's calculate our carbon footprint

mpirgAugsburg’s student-organized Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), has been very progressive around campus this semester — from organizing food banks, holding debate watching events, getting out the vote with the recent election, and working with students to make our campus green friendly. This year, MPRIG’s Environmental Task Force and Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee are working together on issues such as energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, food composting, and transportation.

MPIRG and the Environmental Stewardship Committee are currently focusing on renewable energy, or energy obtained from sources that are naturally and continually replenished, and campus sustainability, which involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Last academic year, Augsburg was successful in organizing Focus the Nation and passed the wind-energy referendum that uses student fees to purchase wind-generated energy for the campus. Continue reading “Let's calculate our carbon footprint”

Velkommen Jul ushers in Christmas season

velkommenAugsburg’s strong Norwegian heritage shows, especially during the holiday season. Once again, it is time for the traditional Scandinavian Velkommen Jul celebration hosted by the Augsburg Associates on Dec. 5, starting with Chapel service at 10:20 a.m. and moving to the Christensen Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Velkommen Jul is an annual Christmas celebration you don’t want to miss. The event will feature Scandinavian Yuletide music, tasty treats including krumkake and the ever-popular yet odious lutefisk, handcrafted items, Norwegian bunads, and a visit from St. Nicholas during chapel.

The Augsburg College Associates, who number around 100, are a service auxiliary of volunteers whose mission includes fundraising for special projects and scholarships in support of Augsburg College. In the nearly 20 years since their founding, the Associates have given to Augsburg more than a half million dollars from their fundraising. They host Velkommen Jul as a service to the Augsburg community and as a way to celebrate its Norwegian heritage.

Advent Vespers

vespersFor more than a quarter century, Augsburg College has observed the beginning of the Christmas season with Advent Vespers, a joyous celebration of the holidays. On Dec. 5 and 6 the College will mark this 29th annual event with services highlighting the theme “In the Name of Jesus.”

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”

Auggies join SOA Watch

SOA3On the weekend before Thanksgiving, 36 Augsburg students and two staff members boarded a charter bus bound for Columbus, Georgia. The group was headed south to join SOA Watch, an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas at Ft. Benning. The trip was sponsored by the Coalition for Student Activism (CSA) at Augsburg.

Wielding signs made for them by school children at Southside Elementary, the group joined more than 20,000 protestors, including students from other colleges in Minneapolis and St. Paul at the gates of the school. Travis Skoog, one of the CSA organizers, said many ACTC schools sent students but Augsburg was the only college to finance the trip through student government funds. “That shows how supportive Augsburg was toward this mission,” Skoog said. Continue reading “Auggies join SOA Watch”

"School of the Americas Lament"

SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS LAMENT

by Rebecca Reilly

Western Hemisphere Institute:

perhaps the west has the best

divisive world-wise

ways to instruct the enforcers of lies

in devices of domination:

they call it the Institute for Security Cooperation.

But for its students, for their victims in central and South American nations,

it’s still the School of Assassins,

an American abomination. Continue reading “"School of the Americas Lament"”

Auggie wants you to be his friend

auggieHey Auggies! I’m Auggie Eagle. You might have seen me hanging around at Augsburg, usually I show up at football games and other athletic events. I think the last time I was around was for the Homecoming pep rally. I know…it’s been a while.

Lately I’m spending a lot of time in the nest because I’ve got a serious case of the bird flu. The last couple weeks I have been watching and listening to the Auggie men’s soccer team and keeping up with all the teams on the AugBlog.

Oh, and the last couple of days I’ve been reading about Rhodes Scholar, Brian Krohn. I hear you are having “Brian Krohn Day” next Thursday? I might just show up sporting a lab coat! Continue reading “Auggie wants you to be his friend”

Sports Extravaganza promotes learning through play

sports_extraLast week Augsburg health and physical education students welcomed elementary children with disabilities to the Augsburg dome for a day of exercise and play.

Since 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. Continue reading “Sports Extravaganza promotes learning through play”