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Winter Break safety and department hours

Augsburg College will observe the Christmas and New Year holidays on three dates—Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25; and Tuesday, January 1. Many campus offices and buildings will be closed.

In addition, some offices and departments will observe Augsburg President’s Holidays from December 26 through December 31. Departments such as Academic Affairs, Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs, and Student Financial Services will be open December 26 through December 28.

Please be mindful of the following information from the Department of Public Safety and review the Winter Break hours of operation supplied by the following departments or services. Continue reading “Winter Break safety and department hours”

Abenth is seventh Auggie teacher to receive Milken Educator Award

abenth_milkenHe teaches fourth grade and directs choirs at Highland Park Elementary in St. Paul, Minn. He also plays guitar and drums, sings in a band, and makes furniture and woodcarvings in the summer. But ask him why he was selected to receive a prestigious educator award, and this outstanding teacher blushes.

“I’m still trying to figure that out,” said Steve Abenth ’04. “I could make a list of hundreds of teachers who deserve this award, but I’m very honored to have received it.”

On November 9, 2012, Abenth became the newest recipient of the Milken Educator Award for the state of Minnesota. The award, established in 1985 by the Milken Family Foundation, recognizes excellence in early- to mid-career educators. A committee appointed by each state’s department of education selects the recipients. Abenth is the seventh Augsburg alum to receive the award since 2004. Continue reading “Abenth is seventh Auggie teacher to receive Milken Educator Award”

Augsburg College is open today

green_snowflakeOn Monday, December 10, Augsburg College is open and all classes and activities will be held as scheduled. Faculty, staff, and students must make their own decision about whether to travel. Campus sidewalks and parking lots (primarily Lot L) will be plowed for access to campus.

For students and faculty who missed class due to weather conditions on Sunday, December 9:

Faculty should send messages to students via Moodle if they are unable to travel to campus to hold class. If faculty determine that a class session will not be held, they must provide a timely alternative to students for completing course requirements. Continue reading “Augsburg College is open today”

Tips for graduating seniors

tips_for_seniorsAs finals week for the fall semester approaches, the end is in sight for seniors who are planning to graduate in the spring.

This is a time when many students may be wondering about the future, searching for jobs or internships, creating a career network, finding a mentor, and figuring out how student loan repayment works. The staff in Augsburg’s Strommen Center and the office of Academic Advising want to let seniors know that the winter break is a perfect time to do some planning and to schedule appointments with staff members who can help students plan for the next stage of their lives.

Below are some tips for finding a job and taking care of business on campus. Continue reading “Tips for graduating seniors”

Graphic design students’ exhibit features Augsburg Health Commons

Bee Vang ’15 and Vince Undis ’14 hang the prints, which were created by the Graphic Design I and II students, in the exhibit. Photo by Stephen Geffre.

In addition to learning about the Pantone system and font rendering, students in Augsburg’s fall semester graphic design classes gained knowledge about three things: the Augsburg Health Commons, socks, and what it’s like to work in a professional design situation.

“We learned how to work together and to take criticism,” said Vince Undis ’14, a mass communications major. “And that deadlines are no joke,” added Patrick Werle ’13, a creative writing major.

Students in Graphic Design I and II spent the fall semester researching the history, philosophy, and practice of the Augsburg Central Health Commons and the Health Commons at Dar Ul-Quba. Continue reading “Graphic design students’ exhibit features Augsburg Health Commons”

Augsburg holiday traditions focus on heritage, sharing our gifts

Kransekake (ring tree cake) is a Danish and Norwegian dessert traditionally eaten on special occasions.
Kransekake (ring tree cake) is a Danish and Norwegian dessert traditionally eaten on special occasions.

This week, as students begin working on final papers, projects, and exams, many at Augsburg are looking forward to two holiday traditions that highlight the College’s Scandinavian heritage and share the gifts and talents of the Augsburg community with others. These two annual events are the traditional Scandinavian Velkommen Jul celebration hosted by the Augsburg Associates on November 30, and Advent Vespers, a service of music and liturgy which features the musical talents of Augsburg’s instrumental and choral ensembles on November 30 and December 1.

Velkommen Jul begins with chapel service at 10:20 a.m. and moves to the Christensen Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, rumored to be one of the largest gatherings of Norwegian sweaters in the country, includes Scandinavian music and foods such as krumkake (a Norwegian waffle cookie) and lutefisk (dried whitefish prepared with lye and butter), handcrafted items, and a visit from St. Nicholas. Continue reading “Augsburg holiday traditions focus on heritage, sharing our gifts”

The power of a playday: Sports Extravaganza 2012

Augsburg students plays with a elementary school aged student
An Augsburg College student plays scoop ball with a Sports Extravaganza participant.

Augsburg College health and physical education (HPE) and exercise science students used knowledge gained in the classroom to deliver smiles to more than 200 children in grades 3-6 at Sports Extravaganza, an annual one-day event through which children with mental or physical disabilities exercise and play on campus.

The success of Sports Extravaganza, held November 14, hinged upon the participation of Augsburg students, as well as additional student volunteers from North Hennepin Community College. Together, students and faculty members created activity stations in the Augsburg Athletics dome and then assisted children with each activity, according to Carol Enke, Sports Extravaganza director and Augsburg College HPE instructor.

“Augsburg students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and then go out and do this event,” Enke said. “The young students come to campus, and they help [Augsburg] students grow.” Continue reading “The power of a playday: Sports Extravaganza 2012”

Augsburg College celebrates philanthropy

Augsburg College campus
Augsburg College campus

This week Augsburg students, friends, faculty, and staff members celebrate the vital role philanthropy plays in the College’s culture with multiple on- and off-campus opportunities.

The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community and philanthropic initiatives make the institution’s distinct education possible.

Give to the Max Day

GiveMn, an online resource that helps Minnesotans donate to the state’s non-profit community, will host its annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 15. Augsburg College is pleased to participate in Give to the Max Day, and a $10 donation has the possibility of turning into $1,000. Continue reading “Augsburg College celebrates philanthropy”

Backstage names Augsburg 1 of 5 Top College Theater

Augsburg College theater production
Augsburg College theater production

Backstage magazine’s 2012 Fall College Guide listed Augsburg College among the top five U.S. institutions for theater majors who wish to continue their studies professionally.

“In our Theater Department, students connect with professional artists in the city while they delve into their theater courses,” said Darcey Engen, Augsburg College associate professor and chair of Theater Arts.

“We find that the combination of the department’s rigorous curriculum, exposure to outstanding professionals in the field, and mentorship with theater faculty prepare our students to graduate as complex, deeply committed artists who can apply their insights and skills to any occupation.”

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Augsburg College student, alumni films presented at festival

Augsburg College filmmaker
Augsburg College filmmaker

The cinematic creations of nine Augsburg College filmmakers will be featured at the 2012 ACTC Student Film Festival on Wednesday, November 14.

The festival will take place at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis and begin at 7 p.m.

The ACTC Student Film Festival, now entering its second year, features a selection of works by students and recent graduates from the five Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) member institutions: Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University, and the University of St. Thomas. Continue reading “Augsburg College student, alumni films presented at festival”