Monthly Archives: July 2009

Focus on faculty: Lori Brandt Hale

by Betsey Norgard To Lori Brandt Hale, what sets Augsburg apart is the way the mission and vision of the College are real, authentic, and lived out every day. This allows students across all disciplines to engage in the big

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Focus on faculty: Kristin Anderson

by Jeff Shelman At first glance, Scandinavian art and the Metrodome might not have a lot in common. But after listening to associate professor Kristin Anderson, maybe altar paintings and baseball really do have some similarities. “They are accessible, they’re

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Focus on faculty: Vivian Feng

by Betsey Norgard The first semester she began college, assistant professor Vivian Feng found herself in a chemistry lab doing research. “That’s what kept me in chemistry,” she says. “I had an excellent mentor who taught me so much—of chemistry

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Focus on faculty: Bill Arden

By Wendi Wheeler ’06 Bill Arden wants Augsburg’s nontraditional students to know he’s been on their side of the desk. The business and MIS professor finished both his master’s degree in physics and his MBA while working full time and

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Focus on faculty: Darcy Engen ’88

by Betsey Norgard “Here at Augsburg, we’re a college that’s open and right in the middle of the world around us, rather than being closed off,” says theatre arts professor and department chair Darcey Engen. “At the heart of our

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Focus on faculty: David Murr ’92

By Jeff Shelman After a journey that included two years in Tanzania with the Peace Corps, graduate studies at Boston University, post-doctoral work at Dartmouth College, and a year-long stint working in space policy with the U.S. State Department, 1992

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The personality of place – Gus’ office

By Stephen Geffre In summer 1974, history professor Don “Gus” Gustafson took a paintbrush and a can of green paint and colored his walls to match his personality. Then the self-proclaimed “pack rat” began to stuff his office with knick-knacks,

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Writing a living faith

By Betsey Norgard Baptisms, confirmation classes, choir pictures, pastor controversies, new buildings—what makes up the history of a congregation? Three Augburg history professors— Jacqueline deVries, Don Gustafson and Michael Lansing—tried to answer that question, spending time outside the classroom over

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Making peace in the community

By Wendi Wheeler, ’06 Imagine if we were to treat one another as sacred beings. Imagine a community where everyone feels welcomed and respected. The Wakanheza project teaches that there are simple actions we can each learn to welcome youth

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Sociology shines – the evolution of a department

By Betsey Norgard During the past academic year, the stars seemed to shine on the Sociology Department as faculty received awards and grants, and the department itself was recognized for excellence. The high point arrived in April, when 15 faculty,

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