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Our ‘Uniquely Augsburg’ faculty add a special touch to alumni events

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Phil AdamoHave you ever wondered if those costumes at the Renaissance Festival are really accurate? Did you have any idea how the government’s stimulus bill would affect you? Ever considered what it would be like to see the Italian countryside through the eyes of an art historian? These and many more are the opportunities you have when Augsburg faculty join you in the Uniquely Augsburg alumni events and programs. While not everyone is able to come to Augsburg’s campus, a number of professors are bringing the Augsburg experience to areas around the Twin Cities, sharing their expertise and passions, answering questions, and helping interpret policies and issues into news you can use.

Michael Lansing, assistant professor of history and director of environmental studies, talked about the value of hands-on learning in Augsburg’s new environmental studies program. He led the Lake Minnetonka eco-tour cruise in June, describing environmental issues of the large lake and answering questions about its ecology.

Phillip Adamo (pictured above), associate professor and chair of the History Department and director of medieval studies, hosted lunch in Augsburg’s tent at the Renaissance Festival and answered questions about what’s real and what’s not. He also led a tour around the grounds, stopping at a 16th-century Irish cottage replica to give a glimpse of what life was like then.

When Auggies gathered in August for “Auggie Night at the Races” in Shakopee, accounting professor Stu Stoller kicked off the night with a presentation on “The Odds of Winning.”

The quarterly Eye-Opener Breakfast Series provides alumni professionals an opportunity to start the day with networking and a talk by an Augsburg academic. In April, Economics Department chair Jeanne Boeh spoke about the stimulus package, how it affected the economy, and what it meant for most people.

The Uniquely Augsburg concept also extends to travel opportunities. The November tour to Italy was led by art professor Kristin Anderson, whose passions include the art, architecture, history, and culture of this region.

Uniquely Augsburg alumni events have succeeded in engaging alumni in great ways to experience an Augsburg education without coming to campus. Watch for upcoming events in your area; the next one may be just around the corner.

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