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iTerm gets attention

Tayo Johnson, a student in the Integrated Term, "Fate of the Earth 101," with other Augsburg students at the State Capitol, during the 350 Day of Action.
Tayo Johnson, a student in the Integrated Term, “Fate of the Earth 101,” with other Augsburg students at the State Capitol, during the 350 Day of Action.

What happens when you combine 50 first-year students, five professors, a gigantic problem, and no traditional grades? In the case of Augsburg’s Integrated Term, you get a pretty interesting story.

Here’s a quick primer on the iTerm.

For the students in the iTerm and the five faculty members teaching it—Phil Adamo, Lars Christiansen, Robert Cowgill, Lori Brandt Hale and Colin Irvine—this is their entire load of courses for the semester. The focus of the iTerm is on the Fate of the Earth: Food, Fuel and Consumption. Continue reading “iTerm gets attention”

Coming to "The Table"

the_tableThis week one of Augsburg’s neighbors, St. Martin’s Table, celebrates 25 years of serving the community. From the beginning, Augsburg faculty, staff, and students have been involved with “The Table,” and it continues to be a favorite lunch and meeting spot for the campus community.

St. Martin’s Table was started in 1984 as the first visible outward ministry of the Community of St. Martin, a worship community that meets now in the Trinity Lutheran Congregation space at the corner of Riverside and 22nd Avenues. Continue reading “Coming to "The Table"”

Augsburg receives grant for teacher education

bush_grantAugsburg College is among 14 colleges and universities in Minnesota and the Dakotas that received funding from the Bush Foundation as part of a program that will transform teacher preparation programs and improve teacher effectiveness over the next decade.

The $40 million initiative was formally announced Thursday at a press conference at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Bush Foundation says that through improving how teachers are taught and trained—especially at a time in which a large number of current K-12 teachers are nearing retirement—the achievement gap between white students and students of color will close. Continue reading “Augsburg receives grant for teacher education”

A summer in Paris

ipc_andersonMatt Anderson is a senior majoring in international business and business administration with a minor in philosophy. He is originally from Plainview, Minn. Matt’s photo, “Soccer at Le Sacré-Coeur,” won first place in the Portrait category in Augsburg’s International Photo Contest. Thanks, Matt for the story about your experience and this photo!


This past summer, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, France. Through the Knowledge Exchange Institute, I enrolled in two classes that challenged me in the areas of European business and French society. Along with the classes, I had the experience of understanding French culture via walking tours of the city led by my professor. Continue reading “A summer in Paris”

Rink to be named for Saugestad in 2010

saugestadNext fall, Augsburg College will rename the main competition rink at the Augsburg Ice Arena as “Ed Saugestad Rink” in honor of the coach who led the Auggies to national prominence in men’s ice hockey during his storied career.

At a special celebration to honor Ed Saugestad ’59 on Saturday (11/21), Augsburg officials unveiled a plan to raise $250,000 for renovations to the Augsburg Ice Arena, with the naming ceremony for Ed Saugestad Rink to take place on Sept. 25, 2010, during Augsburg’s Homecoming weekend. Continue reading “Rink to be named for Saugestad in 2010”

Advent Vespers keeps growing at 30 years

vespersIn 1980, Augsburg Choir director Larry Fleming’s vision for the first Advent Vespers was unlike any other. Among many holiday performances, Augsburg’s program would offer a spiritual experience—a service with both music and liturgy—and the focus would be on Advent, preparing and waiting for Christ’s presence.

From this first service, Advent Vespers grew to four services. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended, making this Augsburg’s largest event of the year.

This year, as Advent Vespers celebrates its 30th anniversary, a fifth service has been added, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, offering a daytime service to more easily accommodate larger groups of visitors. Continue reading “Advent Vespers keeps growing at 30 years”

Campus Kitchen wins youth philanthropy award

campus_kitchenAugsburg’s Campus Kitchen program was recently honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Outstanding Youth Award for 2009 at National Philanthropy Day in Minneapolis. Augsburg students were recognized that serves more than 1,700 meals each month to low-income and homeless persons and communities in need in the Cedar-Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods.

The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College was established in October 2003 and is one of only 15 Campus Kitchen organizations around the country. The program, which is largely run by Augsburg students, brings together the college dining service, local community groups, and individuals to plan, prepare, deliver, and serve meals. Continue reading “Campus Kitchen wins youth philanthropy award”

Augsburg to offer first doctorate program

dnpAt its October meeting The Higher Learning Commission approved Augsburg College to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Approved by the Augsburg Board of Regents last January, this approval is the culminating work of the Department of Nursing over the past two years.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was designed to respond to the rapidly changing environments in both nursing higher education and practice, requiring increased education for nursing practitioners. This professional practice doctorate will build on the strengths of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program Continue reading “Augsburg to offer first doctorate program”

Theatre season opens with Chekhov's innovative drama

three_sistersLast weekend the Augsburg Theatre Department opened its 09-10 season with Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, a drama that expresses Chekhov’s longing for Moscow (he was in Yalta at the time) and for his wife, Olga, who he left behind.

Here Kat Lutze [right], a sophomore majoring in arts administration with a specialization in theatre, discusses her experience playing Olga, the oldest of the three sisters. Lutze is joined by junior Shannon O’Brien [left] who plays Maria and sophomore Abbey Ehling [center] who plays Irina. Continue reading “Theatre season opens with Chekhov's innovative drama”

Líderes Latina/os: Hector Matascastillo is one of "25 on the Rise"

matascastilloArticle by Juventino Meza Rodriguez

I met Hector R. Matascastillo, a MSW student at Augsburg, over the summer. We had no idea either of us existed. I had been told I should meet with him, so I emailed him and asked to go for coffee, a random offer I thought. He responded saying randomness had been part of his life for some time now, so sure, we would have coffee some time.

After our first meeting, I understood to some degree what he meant by the “randomness” comment. He then told me about his experiences with the military, genocide, and not long ago with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), the police, and the judicial system. Continue reading “Líderes Latina/os: Hector Matascastillo is one of "25 on the Rise"”