Posted on December 18, 2012 by Tia Lalani

Take a look at some of the major stories that swept across campus this year!

Many of the below stories were features in news articles over the year… If you want to know more, comment below and we’ll send you the link!


Founders’ Hall – the original Camrose Lutheran College building – was one of 40 buildings chosen to be part of the city’s Camrose Heritage inventory.

27 – Feb 3 International Week: This year’s International Week included Lion Dance, a cultural fashion show and different ethnic fare every day at the cafeteria.

27 – 28 Vikings Hockey Alumni Weekend: Celebrated 40 years in the ACAC and the ten-year anniversary of the 2002 Vikings Cup Championship

28 – Vikings Rock the Gym: Following the men’s basketball game during Super Weekend (multiple games in multiple sports all weekend), Red Cup Productions, Dawn in the City and Feast of Famine rocked the gym in a live concert starting at 11 pm.

29-31 Human Library: The seventh Augustana Human Library included “Just Put Your Paws Up”, an art exhibition by Shane Golby


5 – Rocky Road Ice Cream Festival: The 20th anniversary of Rocky Road had a Deep Sea Adventure theme and raised funds for Brigantia Place.

7 – Classics for Kids Concert: Augustana hosted 700 students from the Battle River School District for the latest Classics for Kids.

29 – Community Awards Banquet: As well as connecting students with the community members and alumni who sponsored their awards, this year’s banquet recognized Distinguished Alumnus Kelly Graves (’77), Dean’s Citation Award recipient for 2011/12 Katrina Lexvold and Outstanding Independent Award winner Samantha Christenson – whose research would go on to be published in COPLAC’s undergraduate publication Metamorphosis.


5 – 9 REDress Art Installation: Artist Jaime Black’s installation aimed to draw people’s attention to the more than 600 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

12-15 UAlberta Festival of Teaching: Two Augustana faculty and two students held a panel discussion on “Taking Off: Putting international experience onto the syllabus”, which was streamed live on the Festival of Teaching website.

15-17/21-24: “Bonjour, Là, Bonjour” Spring Drama Presentation

20 – 22 Creatures of Wonderland exhibit

19 – 22 After U: SA and Alumni Association presented interview skills, resume writing, info sessions during this series designed to prepare students and young alumni for the transition from the academic environment of University to their life after undergraduate studies.

23 – In hard-fought double-overtime, the Vikings Men’s Hockey team won their first ACAC Hockey Championship in 36 years against the NAIT Ooks.

30 – Red & Black Day: Not only did our team win the ACAC Hockey Championship for the first time in over three decades, but we celebrated 14 ACAC All-Conference Team Athletes, 1 CCAA All-Conference Athlete, 2 All-Canadians, 5 ACAC Medals, 5 Cross-Country Skiing Medals, 3 Biathlon Medals, a CCAA Men’s Cross-Country Running Champion, and the ACAC Mixed Team Curling Champions.

30-31 Student Grant Art Exhibition: Augustana students applying for visual art scholarships present their work in a student exhibition.


7 – Alumni Easter Eggs-travaganza:

10 – Student Academic Conference

14 – Colour Night Athletic Awards Banquet

24 – Spring Soiree/A Report to the Community: Included recognizing Judge Harry Gaede with the 2012 Alumni Citation Award, for significant contributions of a non-alumnus/a to Augustana.


2-14 Augustana Choir Hungary Tour: The Augustana Choir toured Hungary to perform representative works of Canadian and Hungarian composers. The Choir concluded the study and performance tour with a concert in the spectacular cathedral of St. Stephen’s in Budapest.


3 – Convocation and Centennial Sculpture Dedication: After convocating the 130 students of Augustana’s Class of 2012, the campus community dedicated Royden Mills’ massive, 18,000-pound sculpture “Augustana: Beyond a Certain Phrase” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Augustana Campus.

7 – Performing Arts Centre Groundbreaking: Following VIP greetings, several local dance groups entertained the 300+ crowd who had gathered in honour of the city’s new arts centre.

23 – Dean Allen Berger elected president of COPLAC for a two-year term


1-9 Hong Kong Student Visit: More than 20 high school students from Hong Kong stayed on the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus and checked out the Canada Day celebrations, the Stoney Creek Centre, Camrose Composite High School and First Nations events put on for them.

3-27 Fourth annual Reading University


In the last two weeks of August, Seventeen students – seven from Augustana and ten from Waseda University in Japan –worked in mixed groups on their canoeing, camping, backpacking and navigation skills with outdoor education professor Morten Asfeldt and Dr. Takako Takano. During long, twilit evenings, they learned the history of outdoor education in Japan and Canada.


2-12 Welcome Week: From O-Team (and our Dean!) welcoming new students into residence – and moving them in – to a dodgeball tournament, First Class Bash, Human Foosball, Bigger & Better scavenger hunt and Mission: Impossible, students were treated to several fun events during their first two weeks to welcome them to campus.

8 – Inaugural Vikings Wall of Fame Dinner and Silent Auction: Held in conjunction with the annual Vikings Golf Tournament which attracted a full roster of 144 golfers, the first Wall of Fame celebration inducted the 1974-75 National Champion Hockey Team, Yvonne Visser, Clarence Servold, Irvin Servold, Dr. Garry Gibson and Karel Lunde. Guest speakers included Global Edmonton’s Kevin Karius and Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Sale, as well as NHL stars Craig Simpson, Sheldon Kennedy and Bryan Trottier.

17-18 Augustana Human Library

30 – Golden Alumni Brunch & Worship Service: Classes of 1952 and 1962 held reunions, and the Lois Aspenes Award was given to Doris Anderson (’45), recognizing the contributions of an alumnus/a to the life of Augustana.


3 – Coins for Kenya: In advance of her second trip to Africa to teach information literacy within the AgaKhan University system, Augustana librarian Nancy Goebel helped raise funds for a library in Ndwara, Kenya. Coins for Kenya featured staff, faculty and students lining the floor of the Forum in an Amazing Race for distance and funds raised. The winner was the Ndwara library, which received over $2000 from Nancy’s fundraising efforts.

26 – After a whirlwind of campus support to raise the $6,000 eBay bid and three long weeks of waiting, Urania sloanus – a gorgeously jewel-toned, day-flying Jamaican moth last recorded alive in 1895 – landed at Augustana. Developmental biologist, eBay aficionado and avid collector Dr. Tom Terzin introduced the securely mounted specimen to its new home.


Two recent graduates, Alanna Lindsay (BA Psychology ’12) and Chloe Wall (BA Philosophy and Religion ’12), had their research published in COPLAC’s undergraduate publication.

1 – Third Score! Freecycling Community Marketplace

2-3 Conversations on Fracking Conference: The conference intended to promote dialogue across traditional barriers and facilitate responsible stewardship of our land, water and air for future generations to come.

16 – Festival of Ideas: Boston’s Either/Orchestra, with vocal soloist Mahmoud Ahmed, performed a free concert at Augustana.

15-17/22-24: “Haroun & the Sea of Stories” Fall Drama Production

30 – Google introduced a StreetView tour of the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus.


3 – Student Academic Conference

4 – 1st Annual Staff vs Student Benefit Road Hockey Game in the Edgeworth Centre parking lot.

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