Augustana sums up year at Soiree
Posted on May 15, 2017 by Tia Lalani
A recap of Augustana’s Spring Soiree, held at the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on June 25.
Excerpt Courtesy of Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster
University of Alberta Augustana Campus Dean Allen Berger presented the report to the community to guests during the 2017 Spring Soiree held at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on April 25.
The evening was emceed by third-year political studies student Darrion Letendre, who did a meritorious job of connecting his traditional Indigenous culture, coming from a small community 500 km northeast of Edmonton, to the small community of Augustana.
“It reminds me a lot of home, the way that people here look out for each other,” said Letendre. “In that sense, Augustana has become my home. A place for me to grow amongst like-minded individuals who strive for knowledge and most importantly change.”
Dean Berger reported on both the past year’s accomplishments and future directions of Augustana.
Berger began by recognizing nine employees who have or will be retiring.
“Together these nine employees account for 261 years of service at Augustana.”
In 2016-17, Augustana hired new faculty positions or replacements in English, environmental science, cultural studies, two in management, computing science and religious studies (the new director of the Chester Ronning Centre.)
“This year wasn’t as busy on the bricks and mortar front, but we did move forward with two significant projects,” explained Berger.
The Arlene and Alver Person Pedway was completed and connects Learning Advising and Beyond in Founders Hall to what will become the new Learning Commons in the second floor of the library.
The second project, now three weeks into construction, involves the renovation of three science labs and related support space in the science extension.
“During 2016-17, Augustana Campus also began work, with support from the university architect and other F and O (facility and operations staff) on an update, officially amendment, to our long range development plan.”
In describing some of the accomplishments of Augustana faculty Berger said, “During the past year, Augustana faculty members published three books and a minimum of 32 peer review journal articles, nine book chapters, delivered over 65 papers at professional conferences and they shared their artistic talents in six juried exhibitions, two master classes and multiple concerts. Our faculty also provided editorial leadership for three professional journals.”
Berger also recalled some of the accomplishments of the Augustana students. “Close to 300 students out of a total student body of 1,000, across 39 different courses and 15 disciplines participated in 415 community service learning placements with local organizations and the regional business community.”
Read more in the Camrose Booster, pg. 30.
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