Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Strommen_Center2In today’s economy, prospective students and their families are searching for clear evidence that a college education is a worthwhile investment. Thanks to the dedication of a generous donor and the good work of members of the Augsburg community, the College is able to demonstrate the real-world value of liberal arts and professional education in ways not before possible. Continue reading

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

Grab a bagel and go

einsteinsBy the time you read this article, you will likely have already noticed a somewhat significant change in Christensen Center. The coffee shop formerly known as Cooper’s has been replaced by what is sure to become an Augsburg favorite—Einstein Bros Bagels.

Last spring, Augsburg administration began asking students, faculty, and staff for their input on dining options on campus. They wanted more options and extended hours, particularly service for students attending class in the evenings and on the weekends. Continue reading

Veterans exhibit in Christensen Center

vet_exhibit The multimedia exhibit, “Warrior To Citizen: Stories of Minnesota’s Most Recent Veterans,” will be on Augsburg’s campus through Friday, Feb. 13. The exhibit is on display in the glass room next to the Student Art Gallery in the Christensen Center. This exhibit was designed by Kristin Farrell of the Center for Service, Work, and Learning at Augsburg.

The “Warrior To Citizen” exhibit features personal stories and artifacts gathered from 30 service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit captures an important piece of Minnesota history and offers a public space for thinking and talking about the ways military service impacts individuals and communities, and what veterans have to contribute. Continue reading

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.

Change is afoot in the Commons

aviands If you travel up to the Commons in Christensen Center these days, it’s

hard to miss the sheets of plastic, rumblings of drills, and workers

in hard hats.

All of the construction is part of the changes that Augsburg’s new

dining services provider, A’viands, is working on this summer. Part of that work is a redesign of the main service area. The updates incorporate feedback received from the Augsburg community in the request-for-proposals process.

Most of the area will have a completely new look. The wall that

separated the service area and the seating area will be removed to

allow for better traffic flow and new cooking exhibition stations.

The space will get new tile and counter tops to help freshen up the

space. There also will be a new salad bar and condiment station. Continue reading

Christensen Center student lounge opens

loungeOn your way to the ATM or the Urness/Mort towers, you may have noticed some strange new furniture in the former bookstore space. Starting this Friday, the new Christensen Center student lounge will be open for students to relax between classes or after a long day of study and work.

A grand opening celebration will be held Friday, March 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The lounge will be blessed at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The lounge includes two pool tables, a ping pong table, and two televisions — one for playing games on an Xbox 360, while the other is an HDTV with a Blu-ray player. It will be open all year long during Christensen Center operating hours, but pool and ping pong equipment will be available only when the lounge is staffed. Continue reading

Auggies really do get their hands dirty

trashYou’ve done it — thrown your perfectly recyclable plastic water bottle into the garbage can. Perhaps there wasn’t a recycling bin nearby, or you just didn’t care. Whatever the case, chances are you’ve been one of many Americans, and Auggies, to throw your recyclables into the trash.

Recently, a group of Augsburg students and facilities supervisor Tom Ruffaner got down and dirty and dug through two-days’ worth of our garbage. Their purpose? To get to the bottom of Augsburg’s well-intentioned recycling program. Continue reading

Commencement, senior gift honor class of 2008

commenceAugsburg is getting ready to celebrate the accomplishments of its 860 students in the Class of 2008 who are eligible to graduate this year at two Commencement Ceremonies — Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, June 29.

On May 3, 364 Day College students and 26 physician assistant studies students

cross campus for the last time as Augsburg students, marching to Melby

Hall through two long lines of faculty, who are cheering them on and

giving out well-deserved high-fives and hugs. For the weekday students

it’s a different scene than the one they remember on that day in September

when they marched as a class for the first time, to the Opening Ceremony,

timidly, through faculty welcoming them to college.  Continue reading

Chrislock lecture to feature Annette Atkins

chrislock2The 2008 Carl H. Chrislock Memorial Lecture, “The State We’re In: Thinking about Ourselves in Place and Time,” will be presented by Annette Atkins, professor of history and Flynn Professor in the Humanities, at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center. A booksigning follows the lecture.

Atkins has recently published “Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out.” She also published “Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-78″ (1984), and “We Grew Up Together: Brothers and Sisters in 19th-Century America” (2001). Continue reading