Posted on August 10, 2010 by Christopher Thrall

We hope that you find ways to reconnect with your alma mater during the next year. We will be honoured to welcome you back.

Looking back, it is a wonder that the place that was Camrose Lutheran College for most of its first century, the place that became the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in 2004, should still exist. Each generation of its history has been marked by perilous financial times, sacrifices and the push-pull turmoil that comes with change. I have lived through some of it in my two decades at Augustana.

The miracle of our campus, however, as we mark 100 years, is not about mere survival. It is about the enduring impact of a school committed to a life-changing education: wholistic, personal, oriented to service in the world.

In my time as Dean, I have been privileged to meet with former students in communities from Hong Kong to Oslo, Victoria to Ottawa to Yellowknife. They represent every era of our history. When they mix at an alumni event, they do not always know what they will have in common, save the coincidence of time spent on the same 47-acre campus dominated by Old Main. But I have learned that there is a remarkably consistent quality to our alumni.

They – you – are good people. The stories you tell, the lifelong friendships you forged here, the purposeful lives you lead, have taught me much about the deep culture that continues to distinguish Augustana.

Our centennial will be a time to celebrate this wonderful legacy, a time to return, to remember, to reflect on the meaning of this place. But a centennial is also about the future. September will mark the arrival of a new class of students and the opening of a spectacular new building at the heart of the campus. Looking ahead to our second century, it will be a time to declare that our aspirations to be a recognized leader in liberal arts, undergraduate education are, indeed, well-founded. As alumni, you give us the confidence to be bold.

We hope that you find ways to reconnect with your alma mater during the next year. We will be honoured to welcome you back.

Dr. Roger Epp,
Dean of Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta

As published in Augustana’s Circle Alumni magazine. Contact Trina Harrison to subscribe!



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