King, Queen of Norway hosted Oct. 16 by Augsburg College

kingqueennorwayAugsburg College will host King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway on October 16 when Their Majesties attend a student worship service, peace pole dedication, and reception with Norwegian students from Augsburg and throughout the region.

“We are honored to have Their Majesties visit Augsburg College, given our Norwegian heritage and our deep commitment to peacemaking and global citizenship,” said College President Paul C. Pribbenow.

Nearly 300 Norwegian students from Augsburg, sister colleges and state universities will attend the invitation-only student worship service with Their Majesties at 11 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel. Rev. Anne Loyning of Norwegian Seamen’s Church will preside. Continue reading “King, Queen of Norway hosted Oct. 16 by Augsburg College”

Meet your student body presidents

student_presidentsAugsburg’s weekend and day student body presidents have a lot on their plates. In addition to taking classes and maintaining a personal life, they each have the added responsibility of representing hundreds of students.

Christine Smith is the weekend college student body president. She is a communication studies major from St. Paul. Houa Lor is the day college student body president. He’s a sociology major with a minor in political science, and he is also from St. Paul.

We talked with Christine and Houa about their responsibilities, challenges, and ideas. While their constituencies have some differences, it seems they also have a lot in common. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the presidents’ advice to the students they represent is very similar.

Congratulations and good luck to both Christine and Houa! Continue reading “Meet your student body presidents”

Augsburg is welcoming

This week Augsburg College celebrates coming out week in connection with Coming Out For Equality Day on Oct. 11, an international event Ever to raise awareness of the LGBTQI community and rights movement.

Colors of the Week

To honor the tradition started during Stand Up Again Hate week last year, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear similar colors every day during Augsburg Coming Out Week. The colors are:

* Red on Monday, October 10

* Orange on Tuesday, October 11

* Yellow on Wednesday, October 12

* Green on Thursday, October 13

* Blue, Purple, or Rainbow on Friday, October 14 Continue reading “Augsburg is welcoming”

Standing for human rights

humanrightsBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

People passing through the Augsburg Quad today may see a group of students holding glittery peace signs with the message “Auggies Care: No More War.” These Auggies are with Ibrahim Al-Hajiby, a first-year student who is literally taking a stand for human rights.

Al-Hajiby came to Augsburg last spring to study international relations, but his thoughts are often with friends and family in Yemen. “In my country, all over the world, and even on Wall Street, young people are being arrested, humiliated, and sometimes killed for protesting for their rights,” he said. He organized this 24-hour peaceful protest as a way to show solidarity with youth around the world, especially his friends who have been killed or injured while protesting. Continue reading “Standing for human rights”

Tickets required for 10/8 football game

footballticketsIf you’re an Auggie football fan and you’d like to see the Auggies take on the Tommies this Saturday, you’ll need a ticket. Augsburg will be pre-selling tickets at the athletic office in Si Melby Hall, and EVERYONE will need a ticket in order to be admitted to the game.

Read more here.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. All Augsburg students, faculty and staff receive free admission (with Augsburg ID) to all Augsburg home regular-season events, but must have a ticket to enter the stadium.

Tickets can be purchased or picked up in person at the Augsburg athletic office in Si Melby Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday (10/7). St. Thomas fans can purchase tickets at the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex ticket office beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Tickets must be purchased or picked up in person; no phone or online sales will be permitted.


Contest: who will win the Nobel Prize?

nobelcontestIt’s more important than American Idol voting!

And you could win a photograph with Geir Lundestad!

The Nobel Committee will announce the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner this Friday, October 7 (9 a.m. GMT, 4 a.m. CST), which means you only have two days to guess who you think should win.

The Nobel Peace Prize forum has set up a Facebook discussion thread, so post your guess and you might win a signed photograph of you shaking hands with Dr. Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, during the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum (March 1-4 in Minneapolis)!

Pictured here is Noble Peace Prize Laureate, Martti Ahtisaari, who spoke at the 2009 forum held in Minneapolis.

Vote, and tell your friends!

Festival of the Commons slated October 7-8 at Augsburg College

thecommonsEvery day we use and benefit from resources we all share—elements of “the commons” such as water, land, technology, public parks, and even culture. How society creates, uses, and manages the commons will be the theme of The Festival of the Commons, held October 7-8 at Augsburg College.

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics, will be the keynote speaker. This professor of political science at Indiana University won the 2009 Nobel for research that demonstrates the worldwide importance of the commons.

She found that—counter to conventional wisdom—people could collaborate to use and manage natural resources, intellectual property, and other shared resources. Her work runs counter to current ideas about common property management, regulation, and privatization. Continue reading “Festival of the Commons slated October 7-8 at Augsburg College”

What is the commons?

thecommonsThis week Augsburg will host the Festival of the Commons featuring Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom on “Constructing Common Property Regimes.”

What is the Commons (Really)?

It’s an old idea—the chief organizing principle for human society for most of history—that’s now being rediscovered and reinvigorated all around the world.

The commons means things and practices—often created, governed, and sustained by communities themselves—that people share among themselves and protect for future generations. Continue reading “What is the commons?”

Back on campus to connect with students

ministry_internsBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

Jeanette Clark ’07 and Antonio Spargo ’07 don’t know a lot of the current Day students. That’s because most of them were in high school when Clark and Spargo last attended Augsburg. So now that they are back on campus as campus ministry interns, they believe their most important job responsibility is getting to know students.

Both Clark and Spargo have been studying at Luther Seminary, and each has completed at least one internship already. Dave Wold, who knew Clark and Spargo because of their involvement with campus ministry as undergraduates, contacted the seminarians this summer and asked if they would like to work at Augsburg this fall.

“It’s like an internship but not,” Clark said. Though it is early in the school year, Clark sees her role as supporting students and helping campus ministry groups “get off the ground for the year.” Continue reading “Back on campus to connect with students”