By Chantelle Olson –
It will be a week to remember.
February 1-5 is International Week at Augustana. Thanks to campus-wide coordination from the ASA, the Chaplaincy, Student Services office and various clubs, Danielle Hachey and Ryan Mason in the Learning and Beyond office have cooked up a stellar roster of events celebrating diversity on our campus.
The week actually kicks off on Friday, January 29, when the U of A North campus and the Aboriginal Student Services Centre in Edmonton host a Round Dance. Augustana students are encouraged to attend and experience this unique cultural tradition. A vehicle will leave Augustana at 3:45 pm on Friday to transport those who wish to attend, to return to Camrose immediately after the Round Dance. Please see Petra in room F213 or email email@example.com if you’re interested joining the trip!
On Monday, February 1, the festivities begin in earnest. Throughout the week, chapel will be replaced by special services on topics surrounding the larger theme of international diversity. For example, Monday’s chapel will be Songs and Prayers for Peace. The Asian Club will set up in the Faith & Life Lounge all day with food, games, Kung Fu and tea. At 5:30pm, Carol Breitkreutz will lead a drumming circle in the chapel, and at 7pm, the Norsk Club will show Kautokeino Opproet (Rebellion). The film is based on the 1852 Sami rebellion against the taverns in one town in Finnmark county, Norway.
Ryan and Danielle had trouble choosing a highlight in this week packed with interesting activities and cool speakers, but they agreed that the International EXPO & Fair Trade Sale was certainly near the top of the list. From 9:30 to 4:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Faith & Life Lounge will be bursting with cool stuff to buy and see. The vendors you saw in the Fall semester are back, along with a few additions. Olive oil and spices from Palestine will be available, as well as merchandise that current international students have brought from home. The ASA has brought back the wildly popular “Roger is my homeboy” t-shirts, and our beloved dean now sports bling as well as fabulous facial hair. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to funding the newly-established Augustana Student Association International Student Scholarships. Donations will also be welcomed.
There will be a Salsa class in the Gym on Wednesday morning: not the tomato kind, the dance! All are welcome, but please wear appropriate, non-marking footwear. Thursday will feature an Aboriginal Hand Games tournament, which Danielle tells me will be much more fun than it might sound. These aren’t grade school games: they are tests of cunning and skill for which there are international tournaments. The Dean will be in attendance, and it promises to be two hours of fun and friendly competition. Any five-man (or -woman) team is welcome to participate, no prior experience required. The sign-up sheet is in the Faith & Life Lounge.
There are so many other exciting events, including some fabulous speakers and a square dancing session, that you had better just check out the website for more info. Download the schedule of events, the EXPO poster, and a pamphlet with all the pertinent information. Don’t miss it!
Hope to see you there.