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StepUP program featured on higher education site

step_upOn Dec. 18, Augsburg’s StepUP program was featured in a story on Inside Higher Ed, a daily online news site for higher education.

Interviews with StepUP student Anne Thompson and director Patrice Salmeri highlight how Augsburg’s 10-year-old program supports students in recovery from chemical addiction. Setting Augsburg’s program apart from recovery programs in other colleges are the successes of the residential program on campus; the extent of counselor and peer support; and the academic support services available, such as tutoring, that continually provide support to students. Continue reading “StepUP program featured on higher education site”

Augsburg Symphony Orchestra plays in Florida

orch_tourThe Augsburg Symphony Orchestra will travel to Florida over semester break for two concert performances. On Jan. 8, the orchestra will perform in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., at 4 p.m., at Times Square. On Jan. 10, they will perform in Naples, Fla., at 7 p.m., at Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church.

The 50-member orchestra will play a selection of music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johan Halvorsen, Peter Warlock, and Johann Strauss Jr.

For information about the two performances, call the Music Department, at 612-330-1265.

Focus the Nation Teach-in Jan. 31

focusAugsburg College will host a Teach-In on Jan. 31, 2008 targeting a single issue — global warming solutions — as part of a national effort sponsored by Focus the Nation. The primary goal of “Focus the Nation: Augsburg College is to educate the Augsburg community about individual action and build momentum for permanent environmentally conscious practices and institutional actions. These actions include sustainable energy, zero-waste management systems, consumption awareness, and following the President’s Climate Commitment.

Focus the Nation is a national organization that is pushing for global warming solutions in the United States. As their web site says, “In the next few years, we as a nation will make, or fail to make, critical decisions regarding global warming pollution and clean technology investments. These decisions will have far-reaching and irreversible impacts on the lives of today’s students and the lives of their children. At this moment in time, we owe our young people at least a day of focused discussion about global warming solutions for America. Continue reading “Focus the Nation Teach-in Jan. 31”

Congressman Ellison and Augsburg officials travel to Norway

ellisonMinneapolis’ Fifth District U.S. Representative Keith Ellison is part of a four-person delegation leaving Jan. 6 for a 5-day visit to Norway to learn about Norwegian culture and Norwegian leadership in areas of peace negotiation, environmental policy, and healthcare issues.

Other members of the delegation include Frankie Shackelford, Augsburg professor of Norwegian and chair of the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department; Jeremy Wells, Augsburg vice president of Institutional Advancement; and Lois Quam, who recently joined Piper Jaffray in the areas of environmental and healthcare investment. Continue reading “Congressman Ellison and Augsburg officials travel to Norway”

Study abroad this spring semester or summer

study_abdThe deadline for short-term study abroad applications is Feb. 1, 2008. With so many program options available, there is a good fit for every Auggie. Short-term programs offered this year are traveling to Thailand, Germany, Canada, France, Mexico, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

This year, the International Business study abroad program is going to Germany and is designed specifically with WEC students in mind. A significant price drop has been issued as well: $4,000 to $2,825! Students studying English, History, Social Work, Art, and Sociology will find programs that suite their needs as well. Continue reading “Study abroad this spring semester or summer”

Faculty-staff Christmas party on Dec. 20

holiday2Though Dec. 20 marks the last day of final exams for Augsburg’s undergraduate day program, it is also the day for the school’s faculty and staff to celebrate the holiday season together at their annual Christmas party.

This year, the celebration will be held in the Christensen Center Lobby from 3 – 5 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Any faculty or staff with questions about the Christmas party are encouraged to contact Event Services at x1104.

Spotlight: Melissa Lee

mel_leeMelissa “Mel” Lee ’04 — one of the top infielders in the history of Augsburg College softball — is a very busy woman. She serves as an assistant coach for Augsburg’s softball and women’s basketball teams. She also serves as an instructor in the college’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) department, as equipment supervisor for women’s athletics and the HPE department, and as director of academic and support services for the athletic department.

Mel played both softball and basketball during her career at Augsburg. She played as a guard for the Auggie basketball team for 2 seasons and as an infielder for 4 seasons with the softball team. She earned Augsburg Senior Honor Athlete honors in 2004, the highest honor the school awards to student-athletes. An HPE major with a 3.507 GPA, Mel also earned Academic All-MIAC and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athlete honors. Continue reading “Spotlight: Melissa Lee”

Augsburg women’s hockey team to play in Europe

whockeyFor the second time in the 13-year history of the program, the Augsburg College women’s hockey team will be traveling to Europe, this time for a 10-day excursion to Germany, Austria and Italy in early January 2008.

The Auggies will play three games against local club competition during the trip from Jan. 3-12, while also experiencing the beauty and history of Europe. This is the second-ever European trip for the Augsburg women’s hockey program; the team traveled to Italy and Austria in the 2003-04 season (photo from the 2003-04 trip shown).

Twenty members of the team, along with head coach Jill Pohtilla, assistant coach Tom Peart, head athletic trainer Missy Strauch and several family members and friends, will be making this year’s trip. Continue reading “Augsburg women’s hockey team to play in Europe”

Augsburg to host student interns for Republican National Convention

twcBecause of Augsburg’s commitment to service learning, the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars unanimously selected the college as its partner for a 2-week seminar that will run 1 week prior to and during the Republican National Convention, being held in the Twin Cities, Sept. 1 – 4, 2008. Augsburg will host 250 students from across the country who will interact with local and national politicians, journalists and others during the convention.

Twenty Augsburg students will be among those selected to participate in workshops, issue forums and, potentially, convention sessions, in addition to fieldwork assignments. Participants will be required to apply with their school’s approval and pay a fee, which Augsburg has agreed to subsidize. Continue reading “Augsburg to host student interns for Republican National Convention”

John Engman Writing Prize deadline Monday, Dec. 17

engmanThe submission deadline for the John Engman Writing Prize is Monday, Dec. 17.  The Engman Prize is a student literary competition sponsored by Murphy Square and the Augsburg English Department and is open to all undergraduate students.

Writers may enter the contest by submitting fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry, but may win in only one category. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions must be no longer than 15 pages. To enter the poetry competition, writers must submit at least three poems. (Poetry entries with fewer than three poems will not be considered.) Continue reading “John Engman Writing Prize deadline Monday, Dec. 17”