Muslim Student Association celebrates Eid-al-Adha

eidThis Friday, the Augsburg Muslim Student Association will celebrate Eid-al-Adha, or the “Festival of Sacrifice,” with a dinner and program. The Augsburg community is invited to attend to learn about this important festival and to celebrate with Augsburg Muslim students.

Eid-al-Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God. Continue reading “Muslim Student Association celebrates Eid-al-Adha”

Founders Day lectures: Martin Luther goes to school

foundersdayWondering how a college with Lutheran roots can be great place for people of diverse beliefs to cooperate in the learning enterprise? This year’s Founder’s Day theme, “Brother Martin Goes to School: Luther and the Modern University,” will be sure to enlighten.

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

“Theology of the Cross and Higher Education”

Thursday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.

“Martin Luther and Interfaith Connections on Campus”

Note: Thursday is not a “convocation schedule” day; the second lecture takes place during second hour classes. Continue reading “Founders Day lectures: Martin Luther goes to school”

Women's Resource Center honors courageous women

courageous_womenAt the Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center Koryne Horbal lecture, two women were recognized for their courage and tenacity with the first annual Courageous Woman Awards. These awards acknowledge and recognize women who see injustice or need, act on it, take risks in order to “do the right thing,” and raise their voices to champion women. Founded in 2011 by Friends of the Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center at Augsburg College, the awards program recognizes women who courageously strive for social justice and peace on campus or in the wider community and whose efforts, be they small or large, make a difference to women. The 2011 awards are given in memory of Jessica Nathanson whose life exemplified what it means to be a courageous woman. Continue reading “Women's Resource Center honors courageous women”

A late-blooming artist brings his work to Augsburg

ocotilloBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

By his own admission, David Wilson was not born an artist. In fact, it was only after failing at college and going out into the working world that he began to discover a love of creating art. “I didn’t come to art early or naturally,” the artist and professor now says. “Everybody has a different timer connecting to what they really want to do in life.”

Wilson, an associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee, is the creator of  “Ocotillo,” the newest installation in the Christensen Center gallery. Continue reading “A late-blooming artist brings his work to Augsburg”

Admissions staff co-locates in Christensen lower level

admissionsBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

The occupants of one of Augsburg’s newest construction projects have claimed their cubicles and moved files and personal effects. As of October 31, the Office of Admissions—home to the staff of undergraduate and graduate admissions—is open for business on the lower level of Christensen Center.

Julie Edstrom, vice president of enrollment management, said the admissions staff has been talking for a few years about co-locating undergraduate and graduate operations. The first step in the process came when undergraduate transfer counselors began working together. Continue reading “Admissions staff co-locates in Christensen lower level”

Bone marrow donor registry drive will be aided by Auggie baseball team

bethematchBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

Be The Match, the national bone marrow donor registry, will be on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for a bone marrow donor registry drive. This year, Be the Match will be aided by the Auggie baseball team, including assistant coach Troy Deden ’07, a transplant recipient.

Deden [pictured here] was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, after he had graduated and had joined the Augsburg coaching staff. He went through treatment for eight months, missing an entire baseball season, and was in remission for nine months following chemotherapy. Then, the leukemia returned. Continue reading “Bone marrow donor registry drive will be aided by Auggie baseball team”

Horbal lecture features professor Mark Anthony Neal

nealThe 2011 Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center Koryne Horbal lecture features Duke University professor and author Mark Anthony Neal speaking on the topic: “What the Hell is a Male Feminist?” The lecture is Thursday, November 3, at 11 a.m. in the Hoversten chapel.

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of Black popular culture in the department of African and African American studies at Duke University, author of Blues Nation (2003) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is engaged in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American, cultural, and gender studies that draws upon modes of inquiry informed by the fields of literary theory, urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most notably popular culture. Continue reading “Horbal lecture features professor Mark Anthony Neal”

Actors experience revolution through Marat/Sade and OccupyMN

maratsadeThe first mainstage production of the Augsburg theater season begins this week with The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, a play by Peter Weiss. Through their roles in the play and their participation in a growing U.S. protest movement, the Augsburg cast members have experienced the power and complexity of a peoples’ revolution.

Set in the historical Charenton Asylum, Marat/Sade is a “play within a play” performed by the Charenton inmates. The main story takes place on July 13, 1808, after the French Revolution; the play in the play, directed by the Marquis de Sade, takes place during the Revolution in 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat. Continue reading “Actors experience revolution through Marat/Sade and OccupyMN”

Meet David Carlyon and the most famous man you’ve never heard of

carlyon_convoLike Stephen Colbert? Love “The Daily Show”? The precursor to these politically minded comics was the 19th-century clown Dan Rice. He was a friend to Abraham Lincoln, influenced Mark Twain, and was a favorite of Walt Whitman. His character served as the model for “Uncle Sam.” Dan Rice was so famous in his day, he even ran for President!

The Humanities & Fine Arts Convocation speaker David Carlyon is the author of Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of. Carlyon examines the life of Dan Rice, the 19th-century icon who lived at the intersections of art and politics, pop culture and celebrity, with revealing points of comparison for our own times.

The convocation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10am in Hoversten Chapel. Admission is free. A book signing will follow. Continue reading “Meet David Carlyon and the most famous man you’ve never heard of”

2011 Homecoming Awards

homecoming_awardsThis morning at the 2011 Homecoming Convocation, Augsburg recognized the achievements and dedication of four alumni and two Augsburg faculty members. Congratulations to Adam Seed ’01, Norma Noonan, Arlin Gyberg, Wayne Jorgenson ’71, Corky Hall ’71, and Judith Schaubach ’68.

First Decade Award

Adam Seed ’01 [top left]

Adam has been called a man of honor, compassion, and service who lives the mission of Augsburg. After graduating from the Augsburg StepUP® program, Adam completed his bachelor’s degree at Brown University. Over and over again, he has given back to the Augsburg community where he once worked on the grounds crew not just financially but also personally and professionally. Continue reading “2011 Homecoming Awards”