In this, our centennial year, the Augustana Campus has taken a confident, distinctive place within the University of Alberta. The long-awaited Student Forum and Library – spectacular buildings for a new century – are now open. Our grounds reflect the beauty of our location above Stoney Creek in Camrose. We have experienced steady year-to-year growth in enrolment, including top academic, international and aboriginal applicants. Our students are leaders. They come from across Alberta, the North, neighbouring provinces and around the world.
With a new common curriculum for the next generation, we have renewed our inheritance from the earliest days of Camrose Lutheran College: a commitment to holistic, life-changing education. Our professors, both experienced and new, integrate teaching, research and artistic activity in ways that create rare opportunities for undergraduate students and shatter the old stereotypes of the ivory tower. Their efforts have positioned our campus as an innovator in experiential education. Impressive numbers of our students take advantage of international and community service learning opportunities. Our educational aspirations are high. Our graduates in all walks of life inspire and reassure us of the importance of what we do.
We have also renewed our commitment to Camrose and east-central Alberta. Our partnerships with the City, County, school and health authorities make us all stronger. Our two research centres – the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities – bring together thinkers, practitioners and public audiences. Our campus is now home to University of Alberta nursing and physiotherapy students.
We invite you to invest in the work of our campus in this special anniversary year. We have identified and described briefly some of our priority projects, and ask if you might consider a centenary gift in support of one of them as we build opportunity for our second century.
If you would like additional information on any of these projects or would like to explore your own aspirations with us and make Augustana’s centennial legacy your own, our Director of Development, Bonita Anderson (780-679-1183) would be pleased to answer your questions.
At Augustana, we are celebrating our centenary with pride and optimism. We look forward to welcoming back alumni and friends to a special homecoming June 3-5, 2011. More than ever in our history, we have been able to meet our basic needs and look far beyond them. The best centennial legacy we can imagine is a campus appreciative of its heritage and equipped to realize our boldest aspirations – for the benefit of our students, our region, our province and the world.
Dr. Roger Epp, Dean