By Laurie Callsen
It’s not everyday a school turns a century old, which is why the University of Alberta Augustana campus will be celebrating all year long.
"It’s not something we have to do in one weekend. There’s a number of things to celebrate," said Trina Harrison, alumni and special events coordinator.
"It takes excitement and knowledge of students, of faculty, of staff to really get excited about the whole year and learn about our history and help bring that into the community."
While the kick-off event is closed to the public, the rest of the events put on through the year are open to alumni, former staff and faculty as well as the community.
One big event that the general public is encouraged to attend is the grand opening of Augustana’s student forum building. During the opening on Sept. 21, there will be a huge timeline, documenting Augustana’s journey from the Camrose Lutheran College in 1910 to the campus it is today. The event will also include an opening ceremony, tours and refreshments.
After the grand opening, the public is still encouraged to tour the campus through self-guided walking tours. Community members can also book tours through Harrison.
"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: holistic, personal, oriented to service in the world," wrote Dr. Roger Epp, Augustana dean in his centenary message in the Augustana’s Circle Alumni magazine.
A similar celebration was planned 50 years ago, marketed by the Camrose Lutheran College as the Jubilee Year. The year-long celebrations concluded with a full-length original pageant.
"(The Jubilee Year) will have as a tangible goal of its observance the erection of an auditorium-gymnasium estimated to cost $350,000," wrote a reporter in the July 13, 1960 edition of the Camrose Canadian.
This celebration, however, will wrap up with a Centenary Homecoming Celebrations in June.
September 9, 2010