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A personal perspective on Haiti

Haitian man plays a drumFor eight summers, Bob Stacke has directed the band and taught percussion at the Ecole Musique Ste Trinite in Port-au-Prince and Leogane, Haiti. In addition, he spent time last summer working with percussionists at the Centre Vocationel Cite Soleil Non-Violence where they were giving music classes. Stacke is the Augsburg College music department chair and director of the Augsburg Concert Band as well as the Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Praise.

Stacke shares his thoughts about the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes and photos of the people he has met while teaching in Haiti. Included in this collage are Stacke’s photos of life at Holy Trinity School in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Cite Soleil. He will also share reflections in daily chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 11:20 a.m. All are welcome to chapel. Continue reading “A personal perspective on Haiti”

Community response to tragedy — meeting today at noon

Tuesday, we gathered in the chapel to remember our student Ahmednur Ali, who was tragically killed on Monday night as he was leaving the Brian Coyle Center. Later in the afternoon, we held a special community time during which we shared information with faculty, staff and students about the incident and the ongoing investigation. We heard from the Somali community police liaison, Ahmed Hassan, and Augsburg director of public safety, John Pack. We continue to express our deep sympathy to the Ali family and friends and to attend to the needs of the Augsburg community.

I want to reiterate the many resources that are available to all of you on campus: Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, Campus Ministry, student activities and services staff, residence life staff–any of us who can be a conversation partner. Please take advantage of these services. Continue reading “Community response to tragedy — meeting today at noon”