2020 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY - University of Alberta

2020 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY - University of Alberta
2020 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY - University of Alberta
Table of Contents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Message from the Dean

                                                                                                                               To members of the Augustana and Camrose Communities,                                                 opportunities for recreation and intermural sports; taking important steps toward fulfilling
                                                                                                                               It is a great pleasure to share the 2020 Report to the Community with those of you who are           our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; and responding with determination and
                                                                                                                               not only interested in our institution’s success but also work enthusiastically in supporting        responsibility to the Calls for Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of
                                                                                                                               us in our often challenging but always rewarding efforts to sustain, improve and advance             Canada.
                                                                                                                               our mission in providing an excellent education for our students. I commenced my tenure as           These initiatives, of course, and the entirety of this report, were planned before the COVID-19
                                                                                                                               Augustana’s Dean & Executive Officer on July 1, 2019 after having spent 31 years working at          pandemic changed the daily operations of Augustana, the University of Alberta and the
                                                                                                                               four Universities in Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba, with the last five years devoted to        world. These unprecedented times have naturally given rise to many questions and much
                                                                                                                               serving as Dean of Arts at Brandon University.                                                       anxiety about how we will continue, and especially how Fall 2020 will look on our campus.
                                                                                                                               I would like to acknowledge two important objectives that are likely to mark my time                 We have been hard at work in that planning, alongside University leadership groups, and are
                                                                                                                               here: first, Augustana’s ambition to become a leading liberal arts and science faculty and,          committed to making the right decisions to protect our communities, while continuing to
                                                                                                                               specifically in terms of its relationship to the U of A, “a living laboratory for teaching and       offer a world-class education to our students who will surely have to enter an employment
                                                                                                                               learning innovation, to the benefit of the entire university” (For the Public Good); and second,     post-COVID-19 reality that shall be quite changed and challenging. I would like to offer a
                                                                                                                               the importance of, and the value I place in, the culture of a strong town-gown affiliation.          note of thanks to all those administrators, faculty and staff who are working round the
                                                                                                                               Beginning, then, in the Fall of 2019, I spent “100 days of listening” to anyone in the community     clock to ensure that, under challenging circumstances, we are doing the best we can for our
                                                                                                                               (both the campus and the wider Camrose community) who took the time to write to me; and              students. Some of our decisions are made in “real time,” in a context that is ever-changing
                                                                                                                               I also met, in the process, a large number of friends, supporters, donors and even “critics”         and unforgiving. And while we may now be focused on more urgent decision-making, the
                                                                                                                               of this wonderful institution. I have come, therefore, to develop a genuine enthusiasm for           important work in sustaining and improving our campus will continue. I am poised for us to
                                                                                                                               Augustana, to appreciate the meaningful connection that students, alumni and community               succeed in this fight against COVID-19 and am certain that we shall prevail.
                                                                                                                               members feel for this institution and to feel a great sense of pride and excitement as I look        In these especially challenging times, it is increasingly crucial that we persist and persevere
                                                                                                                               toward our future and envisage the considerable contributions to “the public good” that,             in thinking about the future, discovering efficiencies and new ways of doing things, growing
                                                                                                                               collectively, we’ll make.                                                                            in student population and confidence and creating opportunities for our students so that they
                                                                                                                               In previous Reports to the Community you have been informed about some of the challenges             continue to receive a world-class education that makes a difference in their own lives but
                                                                                                                               faced by the Alberta post-secondary system. The province’s dependence on imported                    also in the lives of the communities in which they will eventually establish themselves.
                                                                                                                               skilled labour has been a major concern since it is the result of the fact that Alberta has the      Much has been accomplished at Augustana over the past sixteen years. Nonetheless, we
                                                                                                                               distinction of having the lowest post-secondary attendance rate in Canada. Added to this             continue to look backward with pride to the institution’s history and traditions but also to a
                                                                                                                               already substantial challenge is a new one to our financial health and our ability to achieve        future that brings to this campus a new residence; improved social spaces and facilities; up
                                                        Augustana and COVID-19                                                 our vision: the implementation of recently announced budget cuts as well as a performance-           to date classrooms, studios and labs; and improved learning opportunities for students, staff
Table of Contents                                                                                                              based budget model. Though not unfamiliar to budget cuts per say, I do wish to emphasize             and faculty. We are also excited to begin work with President-elect Bill Flanagan, who will
                                    We know that things look different this year than they did last year,
                                     which is why we’ve incorporated a special COVID-19 section in the                         the draconian nature of the current cuts and to state unequivocally that we have worked hard         replace outgoing President David Turpin (under whose leadership the U of A has continued to
                                    2020 Report to the Community. This section gives a much-deserved                           (and will continue to do so for the next three years) in order to find efficiencies and discover     be one of the best Universities not only in Canada but worldwide) to support more growth and
                                  shout out to just a few of our many frontline and essential alumni who                       avenues for maintaining our wellbeing and progress.                                                  an enhancing of our world-class reputation.
Message from the Dean			     03    have continued working, helping and providing guidance through this
                                   crisis, including Augustana and University of Alberta graduate/local
                                                                                                                               And yet—and despite the gravity of our fiscal situation—when I look around Augustana and             Sincerely,
Programming Update     			   04                                                                                                discover the enormous goodwill and the sense of institutional identity, promise and pride as
                                  celebrity Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
                                                                                                                               well as the thirst for renewal, I am reminded of why I made the decision to join Augustana.          Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos
Three-Week Courses				       06      We also included one example of the work some of our faculty and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dean & Executive Officer
                                  academic staff are doing to spread helpful tips and information around                       Besides all the wonderful achievements of our faculty, staff and students about some of
Augustana Tree Ring Lab			   08              the pandemic. If you’d like to see more, you can visit                            which you can read in this edition of the 2020 Report to the Community, we continue to work
                                       ualberta.ca/augustana. We hope that this year’s Report to the                           on (i) an exciting new curriculum, which includes the 3-11 calendar; (ii) the new project-based
Alumni Awards				            09    Community will give you some good news to hold on to, and a chance                          core, which will allow our students to work collaboratively to tackle real-world issues; (iii) the
                                                                                                                               crafting of a completely revised, interdisciplinary, experiential curricular program which will
Augustana Achievements			    10     to remember that though much has changed in our community, the
                                                                                                                               replace the old disciplinary majors with twelve interdisciplinary majors and is designed to be
                                     spirit and wherewithal of Augustana remains the same. Stay well.
Faculty Achievements				     13                                                                                                current and attractive to our traditional rural based students but also, increasingly, to urban
                                         Statement of Acknowledgement of the                                                   and international students; and (iv) the development—at this crucial period of Augustana’s
Augustana @ a Glance				     14                  Traditional Territory                                                         history—of a new Academic Strategic Plan for the next five years. Additionally, new and
                                  We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, traditionally known as asiniskaw            exciting initiatives we are in the process of undertaking or bringing to completion include the
Augustana Giving				         15   sipisis   (Stoney Creek), is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for         Hesje Observatory at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station in Miquelon Provincial
Life @ Augustana				         18
                                  many Indigenous peoples.     The land on which the Augustana Campus of the University        Park, a dark sky preserve, ideal for an astronomical observatory. We are also working on
                                  of   Alberta is located provided a travelling route and home to the Maskwacis                introducing a so-called access program for welcoming and accommodating the needs of our
Alumni Spotlight				         20   Nêhiyawak, Niitsitapi, Nakoda, and Tsuut'ina Nations, the Métis and other Indigenous         first-year Indigenous students; envisioning and redesigning several of our classroom spaces;
                                  peoples.    Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage   strengthening the delivery of our Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services; adding to and
Expert Corner					           23   for our learning and our life as a community.                                                improving social spaces for students; making available on campus an increased number of
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Programming Update                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Programming Update

    Augustana responds to the needs of                                                            instrumental in planning and recommending these changes.
    students with curricular changes and                                                          “Students' wants, interests and preferences change, too, so we
    program innovation                                                                            need to make sure we’re offering an updated and interesting
                                                                                                  curriculum that’s going to meet the needs of current students.”
    Starting in Fall 2020, students at the University of Alberta’s
    Augustana Campus will have the opportunity to pursue three                                    After an environmental scan of other liberal arts and smaller
    unique multidisciplinary majors and a new core developed                                      sized campuses, various workshops and presentations on
    around project-based learning, followed by an updated music                                   curricular reform, taking a close look Augustana’s own
    program in Fall 2021.                                                                         Mission and Identity and its place within the wider institution
                                                                                                  and countless meetings between Augustana faculty members,
    “We want to offer a distinct learning experience,” said Brandon                               the campus arrived at three new programs, a new project-
    Alakas, English professor and member of the initial curricular                                based core and substantial changes to the music program.
    reform committee that led these changes, “while maintaining
    the spirit of Augustana as a liberal arts institution, and a                                  These majors include Ethics & Global Studies; Creativity and
    campus that is built on teaching and learning innovation.”                                    Culture; and Law, Crime & Justice Studies. Each includes a
                                                                                                  blend of more traditional disciplines—for example, Law, Crime
    A curriculum to address student need                                                          & Justice Studies will include elements of sociology, history,
                                                                                                  political studies and psychology; but these majors are much
    Following a change to Augustana’s academic calendar                                           more than that.
    where students now have the chance to take an immersive
    and experiential three-week course (3-11) and embark on                                       “What excites me about these programs is that they will allow
    university studies by starting with an interdisciplinary seminar                              students to tailor their degree to their own interests,” said
    based on an interesting and timely topic (First Year Seminar),                                professor Alakas. “They’re also designed with marketability
    the next logical step was to take a look at our curriculum.                                   and work after graduation in mind. Students who take these
                                                                                                  programs will foster a nimble set of critical thinking skills and
    “With ongoing social and political culture dynamic shifts,                                    a number of other tools that have a broader application in the                                                                          Students at Augustana are already often pursuing collaborative group work or working on
    it’s important to make sure our programming is updated                                        real world.”                                                                                                                           projects that benefit external stakeholders (see page 6 to learn about some of the courses
    and responsive to these changes,” said professor Rebecca                                                                                                          More than that, the newly designed music program also offers                                    that make up our 3-11 calendar).
    Purc-Stephenson, who teaches psychology and was also                                          Augustana’s approach to internships and                             a broader range of classes for students who aren’t necessarily
                                                                                                  co-ops                                                              enrolled in the program or set on a future in music. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The goal is for everyone to become a multidisciplinary major
                                                                                                                                                                      program aligns with professor Ries’ beliefs about music in
                                                                                                  The project-based core will also equip students with a set of       general.                                                         in some way. We’re a community that is okay with blending
                                                                                                  skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and                                                                           disciplines, and because of our size we’re more malleable
                                                                                                  creativity—that will help them excel in any industry. Students      “I want to equip my students with the tools to be                and resilient,” said professor Purc-Stephenson. “Although
                                                                                                  will benefit from working on real-world issues, or “wicked          passionate about the fundamental notion that music is for        this particular process is new, I’ve never gone a year without
                                                                                                  problems”, with local businesses and organizations.                 absolutely everyone,” says professor Ries, who also runs an      creating a new course (and I’ve been at Augustana for 11
                                                                                                                                                                      intergenerational community choir, SingAble, which promotes      years). Change is normal here.”
                                                                                                  “The project-based core is kind of our approach to internships      music as therapy and, in the past, has employed student
                                                                                                  and co-op placements,” said professor Purc-Stephenson. “By          researchers from psychology.                                     Augustana is excited to continue to create programming that
                                                                                                  the time they graduate, our students will have worked with                                                                           is of value to our students and that offers a unique experience,
                                                                                                  community stakeholders and will have applied what they’ve           Ultimately, these changes have been made to meet students        not just within the University of Alberta, but within the province.
                                                                                                  learned in class to complex, real-world problems.”                  where they are at, and help equip them with the tools needed
                                                                                                                                                                      for success wherever they choose to go.                          “Given all the current fiscal, structural and COVID-19-related
                                                                                                  Listening to our students’ futures                                                                                                   challenges we have been called to face, our development of
                                                                                                                                                                      “We are making very deliberate changes to our curriculum         a new vision and of new programming are nothing short of
                                                                                                  Even the changes to the music program have career in mind.          to add value to the student,” concludes professor Purc-          remarkable," says Augustana Dean Demetres Tryphonopoulos.
                                                                                                                                                                      Stephenson.                                                      "I am very proud of the efforts of our faculty members
                                                                                                  “Our program will now provide students with really clear                                                                             who have demonstrated exemplary professionalism, an
                                                                                                  pathways,” explained Ardelle Ries, vocal professor and director     Not stopping there                                               imaginative way of responding to our students’ current needs
                                                                                                  of music at Augustana. “Whether students want to open their                                                                          and the resilience and commitment required in ensuring that
     Augustana will be offering three new multidisciplinary programs in the Fall of 2020. These   own private studio, become a choral conductor, teach music or       Although some of these programming changes will begin this       Augustana continues to thrive as a leading, forward looking
      programs combine traditional disciplines—like our Creativity and Culture program which
     blends English, visual art, drama and music—to allow students more flexibility in pursuing   practice music therapy after graduation, it will no longer be a     Fall, Augustana faculty members are already hard at work in      liberal arts and science institution.”
                                           their interests.                                       case of ‘study music, and then what?’”                              creating additional multidisciplinary programs.
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Three-Week Courses                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Three-Week Courses

    A look at our 3-11 calendar
    Step inside (or outside, as is often the case!) the classroom
    with a look at some of the photos taken in three-week block
    courses this past year. Students explored everything from
    app design to luge and learned how to work in small groups
    and engage in class experiences, honing communication and
    critical thinking skills along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                         Rosanna Heise taught a three-week computing science course in the Winter 2020 term. In        Augustana’s innovative "Science Laboratory Experience" class allows non-science majors
                                                                                                                                                                          this course, students worked with local organizations to develop phone apps. One group       to get experience with biology, chemistry and physics in a lab setting. For their chemistry
                                                                                                                                                                        worked with the Camrose Open Door to develop an app for visitors to the Open Door offices     project, students created solar cells using pigments from various berries and tested them
                                                                                                                                                                        to check-in, including a mental health check so that teenage visitors would be comfortable    to determine which berries worked best, all the while learning about the scientific method
                                                                                                                                                                           sharing the information privately. Pictured (from left to right): Benjamin Wilson, Alvee                         and how to properly conduct a lab experiment.
                                                                                                                                                                           Hassan Akash, Jessica Hutton (Executive Director, Camrose Open Door), Wayne Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                                (Program Director, Camrose Open Door), Alexander Taylor and Arnold Gihozo.

                                                                                                                                   Students in Keith Harder’s
                                                                                                                             painting class got more than what
                                                                                                                             they may have bargained for when
                                                                                                                                they signed up for a beginners
                                                                                                                                 art class. It included theory,
                                                        James Kariuki connected with an alumna, Kierstin Heiberg (top           essays, group projects and, of
                                                        photo, right), to bring students out to their family farm to learn   course, painting. A lot of painting.
                                                         about ethical beef farming and sustainability for his First Year      Students in this course painted
                                                           Seminar "Food for Thought". The students picked different          several pieces over the course of
                                                         species of vegetation on the property to learn about the level        only three-weeks, and although
                                                          of diversity on the farm as well as the impact cattle have on      each admitted to the course being
                                                                               certain grass growth.                          a lot of work, everyone attested
                                                                                                                                that they loved the immersive
         Students in Andrea Korda’s "Horizons of
         Landscape" First Year Seminar examined
         varying representations of historical and
          contemporary landscapes. For Alyssia
      Mattman’s final project, she decided to draw
     the Burrad Inlet in Vancouver (pictured, right),
        choosing to colour the freighter ships that
       have become part of the landscape though
      they are not part of nature. In her final paper
        she writes “The emphasis of an otherwise
       unobtrusive aspect of the picture activates                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Students had the opportunity to take a three-week luge course that began with classroom
       a counter-visuality, and thereby reforms the                                                                                                                                                                                                                   learning (technique, history) and ended…where else? On the luge track! The group learned
     geographical imagination of those that regard                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the ins and outs of the sport, and included a beginner and senior level class so that the
                            it".                                                                                                                                    4                                                                                                   senior students could learn how to mentor and support the one-hundred level students.
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Augustana Tree Ring Lab                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Alumni Awards

    Augustana tree ring lab brings students                                                                                                                                          2004 Board of Regents                                                                           Berta Briggs
    into the community                                                                                                                                                               2019 Lois Aspenes Award                                                                         2019 Alumni Citation Award
    In the summer of 2019, professor Greg King wanted to use his                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In 2008, Augustana Campus’ commitment to sustainability
    research in dendrochronology—the scientific method of dating                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was significantly strengthened by Berta Briggs, the 2019
    tree rings—to begin a project in Camrose. Four months, three
    research assistants, 16 city blocks and over 2,800 trees later,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alumni Citation Award Recipient. Given her growing interest
    the Augustana Tree Ring Lab was in full swing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in sustainable food practices, Berta decided to establish the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sustainable Food Endowment in order to support practical
    “I started thinking about how we interact with nature, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                       research and educational programming around food choices
    realized that a lot of it is through the city,” said professor King.
    “But the trees in our backyards and on our streets are there                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and sources at the campus.
    for more than just aesthetics. What do we know about them?
    What kind of benefits do they provide? Those are the questions                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Since its creation, the Sustainable Food Endowment has
    we wanted to address.”                                                                                                                                                               2004 Board of Regents members accepted the 2019 Lois Aspenes Award at Augustana’s           transformed Augustana’s approach to sustainable food
                                                                                                                                                                                         annual Community Awards Banquet in February. (Left to right: Craig Lee, Luther Haave,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Stanley Gooch, Sandra Anderson, Verlyn Olson).                            initiatives—from sourcing a portion of cafeteria food from local
    Professor King, along with his research assistants Julia
    Kappler, Wei Hua and Carter Rolston, spent the summer                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suppliers to funding various faculty-led research projects
                                                                                                                                 Research assistant Wei Hua was excited at the       2004 was a milestone year in Augustana’s history. Previous
    measuring every single tree in the Augustana neighbourhood.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and community presentations, to creating opportunities for
    They recorded things like height, canopy width and trunk                                                                   prospect of getting a detailed understanding of the   years saw the campus experience financial struggles that
                                                                                                                                         urban environment in Camrose.                                                                                                               undergraduate research and Community Service-Learning
    dimension and also performed health assessments. From                                                                                                                            touched every area of campus operation, with little reason
    these numbers, they calculated reports and handed them out                                                                                                                       to believe the situation would improve. It was clear to many                                    courses. This past year, the fund supported faculty research
                                                                                                   Along with investigating the trees, the research assistants                                                                                                                       on a) local food forests and ecology and b) analyzing the
    to homeowners up and down each street, from 44th to 50th.                                                                                                                        that things could not be left the way they were. Something
                                                                                                   also had the opportunity to pursue side projects. Julia looked
    These reports included the benefits of having a tree in your                                                                                                                     needed to happen. In response, Augustana University College                                     demand for organic and locally sourced food in Camrose.
                                                                                                   at pollinator diversity in the area by setting up pollinator traps
    yard, including estimates on air pollution removal (of which the
                                                                                                   at fruit trees, while Wei looked at something called the “Urban                   President Richard Husfloen tasked the Board of Regents with
    trees in one backyard averaged $1,200 in savings per year), as                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Berta’s generosity has allowed Augustana to deepen its
                                                                                                   Heat Island Effect” and discovered that areas with a mature                       finding a solution.
    well as notes on the species of the tree, wildlife habitat and                                                                                                                                                                                                                   commitment to sustainability in ways that affect both the
                                                                                                   urban forest were cooler in temperature than those that did not
    even the impact the tree could have on the energy bill.
                                                                                                   have them. Carter had always been interested in working with                      Many options were debated and discussed, but there was one                                      campus and Camrose community. It is her commitment to
    “This project was a very rare opportunity for a foreign student                                children, so he set out to lead a presentation and workshop                                                                                                                       how we can live and learn sustainably that has made her the
                                                                                                   with the Discovery Kids Summer Camp, which became one of                          the group kept returning to—a merger with the University of
    who wanted to have an in-depth understanding of the local                                                                                                                        Alberta.                                                                                        deserving recipient of the Alumni Citation Award.
    ecological environment,” said Wei, who had the opportunity to                                  his favourite parts of the research.
    supplement her studies in geographic information science at                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “With student wellness at the
                                                                                                   “The summer camp included kids from eight to 12-years old,                        Following the decision, the Board of Regents worked closely
    the Southwest University of Chongqing in China with work at
                                                                                                   and I created some activities to introduce them to the idea of                    with officials from the U of A, the Alberta Government, the                                     forefront of the goals we have
    the Augustana Tree Ring Lab.
                                                                                                   an urban forest,” said Carter. “Camrose is such a tight-knit                      Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Camrose                                              set in terms of enhancing
                                                                                                   community, and it was nice to engage with individuals and
                                                                                                   share our expertise...both with kids through the workshop and                     community and many, many more people along the way.                                             student experience at
                                                                                                   homeowners through the reports we provided.”                                      These individuals dedicated hundreds of hours to ensure                                         Augustana, the lasting
                                                                                                                                                                                     the merger’s fiscal success while preserving Augustana’s                                        impact of Ms.
                                                                                                   Besides sharing valuable information with individual                              traditions and values as a liberal arts and science institution.
                                                                                                   homeowners, professor King sees this data as being useful to                                                                                                                      Briggs’s generosity
                                                                                                   the City of Camrose, who helped fund the lab.                                                                                                                                     is significant,
                                                                                                                                                                                     It would be fair to say that, together, this group helped shape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     meaningful and
                                                                                                   “We can use this data for future city planning,” said King. “Tree                 what the life of Augustana Campus has become today. This is
                                                                                                   rings allow you to see how well certain species of trees are                      why the 2004 Board of Regents are more than deserving of the
                                                                                                   growing with changes to weather, temperature and soil."                           2019 Lois Aspenes Award.                                                                        said Dean
                                                                                                   King hopes to continue to run the lab as long as people are                       2004 Board of Regents:           Jackie Dojack                     Verlyn Olson
                                                                                                   benefitting from the knowledge it produces.                                       Sandra Anderson                  Stanley Gooch (Chair)             Kevin Riemer (Secretary)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Margaret Bateman                 Luther Haave                      Ralph Thrall
                                                                                                   “It’s been great to bring my expertise to the community,” says
                                                                                                   King, “but even more, we’ve discovered how the university                         Andrew Church                    Gordon Jensen                     Lorne Tyrrell
     Carter, a research assistant with the Augustana Tree Lab, got to pursue his own interest in                                                                                     Lisa Davis                       Craig Lee                                                      The Alumni Citation Award
                                                                                                   and our research assistants can learn about what the                                                                                                                              recognizes the contributions of a non-
         teaching children by offering urban forest activities during a local summer camp.         neighbourhood needs as well.”
8                                                                                                                                                                                    The Lois Aspenes Award recognizes the contributions of an alumnus/a to the life of Augustana.   alumnus/a to the life of Augustana.                                9
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Augustana Achievements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Augustana Achievements

     Teaching Awards                                             Augustana Campus is proud to                    Stephenson. Carmen also won the Fall                     245 Augustana students                                             Augustana’s         honours      Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural
                                                                 announce that James Kariuki and                 Outstanding Undergraduate Research                       in 25 classes participated                                         standing,      which     also    Communities
     Last year, Kim Misfeldt was named                           Mélanie Méthot have been promoted               Award for her work on this project.                      in      302     Community                                          awarded       them     either
     Augustana's first Vargo Teaching Chair.                     to the rank of full professor for the           Congratulations, Carmen!                                 Service-Learning        (CSL)                                      a Canadian Collegiate            The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural
     Named after professor Jim Vargo, a University               quality of their teaching, research                                                                      opportunities in over 57                                           Athletic Association (CCAA)      Communities has been busy this past year
     of Alberta alumnus and former professor in                  and service. Watch our website,                 Thaovy Nguyen received this year’s                       groups, including on-                                               National Scholar Award,         celebrating our 10th anniversary! Our
     the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vargo               www.ualberta.ca/augustana          for                  Right Honourable Don                             campus        departments,        Harshil, Jared and Joseph         or an Alberta Colleges          10-year achievement report is available
     Teaching Chairs are innovative, excellent                   announcements on their upcoming                             Mazankowski Entrance                         local organizations and            received an outstanding          Athletic        Conference      in print and online at aug.ualberta.ca/
     teachers, who have shown leadership and                     Distinguished Professorial Lectures.                          Citation Scholarship.                      the regional business           communications award at the         (ACAC) Academic Athletic        acsrc10years. In 2019/2020, we had nine
     mentorship of colleagues. This program is                                                                                                                            community. With eight           University of Alberta’s Festival    Award (and in most cases,       active research projects with partnerships
     committed to supporting individuals who                     Last year’s medal winners for                                                                            new partners this year, of Undergraduate Research and both). Augustana led with                     across the country. Of these projects, two
     have a history of educational leadership,                   highest academic achievement                                                                             our students completed               Creative Activities.           the most scholar-               are complete and seven remain active.
                                                                 in their respective departments                                            Thaovy Nguyen, winner of      6,970 hours of service!                                             athletes in the
     teaching innovation and commitment to                                                                                                  the Right Honourable Don                                                                                                           Some of these projects include:
     enhancing the learning experience of                        included Jason Chu in Fine                                                                               CSL encourages students                                             entirety of the
                                                                 Arts, Hyun-Joo (Lina) Lim in                                                Manzankowski Entrance        to get out of the traditional university ACAC.
     students at all levels. Vargo Chair recipients                                                                                         Citation Scholarship, with                                                                                                              - Emerging Technologies Economic
                                                                 Humanities, Benjamin Schmidt                                                                             classroom and engage with the world                                                                        Impact Assessment
     receive $20,000 per year for three years, with                                                                                           Dean Tryphonopoulos.        in order to make connections between In                          June        2019,
     potential for two more years for a teaching                 in Science and Larissa Wilhelm in
                                                                 Social Sciences. The Augustana medal                                                                     theory and practice.                              Augustana—along with                                     - Non-wage household workers on
     research project. Kim's project will focus on                                                                                                                                                                          the Camrose Association                                  Alberta farms: Risks, attitudes and
     enhancing study abroad learning. If you’d
                                                                 for highest overall Graduating Grade
                                                                 Point Average in our faculty went to            Congratulations                                          On March 11, 2020, three Augustana for Community Living—                                                   policy
     like to read more about professor Misfeldt                  Jamie Grunwald. Congratulations to              to Augustana student Omotayo (Tayo)                      students were awarded for outstanding was awarded a provincial
     from our Teacher of the Term feature, visit                                                                 Segun-Omosehin who received a 2019                       communication in poster presentations Innovation Award from the                                      - Building Inclusive Communities in
                                                                 all!                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rural Alberta
     aug.ualberta.ca/misfeldt.                                                                                   University of Alberta Equity, Diversity                  as part of the annual University of Alberta Council of Disability
                                                                                                                 and Inclusion award for her work                         Alberta Festival of Undergraduate Services for our work in creating
     Neil Haave also became Augustana's                                                                                                                                   Research and Creative Activities. SingAble,                          our     multigenerational      - Building Mental Health Resiliency for
                                                                                                                 with the Augustana Diversity Working                                                                                                                         a Sustainable Campus Community
     second recipient of the Rutherford Award                                                                    Group.                                                   Students Harshil Vyas, Jared Matson inclusion choir. Pictured from left
     for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching                                                                                                                             and Joseph Menezes created an app to right: Dan Jensen and Esther                                   - The ECHO Network (Environment,
     (Kim Misfeldt was the first). Instituted in                                                                 Mark Fulton and Hutch the Library Dog                    in professor Rosanna Heise’s three- McDonald                          from     the    Camrose       Community, Health Observatory):
     1982, the Rutherford Award for Excellence in                                                                received two awards this year! Both                      week Software Engineering course Association for Community Living, with                             Strengthening Intersectoral Capacity
     Undergraduate Teaching is the University's                                                                  were recognized with Augustana’s                         to help with sustainability efforts at Augustana professor and director of                          to Understand and Respond to Health
     premier teaching award. Its purpose is to                        Jason Chu (right) was presented the 2019   Betty Ostenrud Award,                          which     Augustana. The app, called “URecycle” music, Ardelle Ries.                                          Impacts of Resource Development
     recognize teaching excellence publicly, to                       Augustana Fine Arts medal by Dean Allen    celebrates those                                         incorporates a sorting game to allow
     encourage the pursuit of such excellence and                                   Berger (left).               “who have given                                          students to get competitive and have                                         In the 2019/20         To learn about these projects, and
     to promote informed discussion of teaching                                                                  t h e m s e lve s                                        fun, all the while providing useful                                          year,       Reese      more, visit the ACSRC website at
                                                                                                                                                                          information about what belongs in the                                        B e n d i ks e n       ualberta.ca/augustana/research/centres/acsrc
     and its improvement at the University of                    The 2019 Mark Chytracek Leadership              tirelessly to
     Alberta.                                                                                                    the benefit                                              landfill, in organics and in recycling.                                      was       awarded
                                                                 Award, which was created in 2016 in                                                                      Congratulations on the project and the                                       the        Alberta
                                                                 honour of Mark Chytracek, former                of students
     Congratulations to both Kim and Neil!                                                                       and             the                                      award!                                                                       Colleges Athletic
                                                                 director of student and resident                                                                                                                                                      Conferences
                                                                 services and dear, lifelong friend of           i n st i t u t i o n
                                                                                                                 as a whole.”                                             In December of 2019, the men’s and                                           (ACAC)      cross-
                                                                 Augustana, was given to Melissa Wilk.                                                                    women’s soccer teams got together to                                         country running
                                                                 This award pays homage to Mark’s                Both           were                                      create Christmas Shoeboxes to send                                           Rookie of the Year!
                                                                 long service to Augustana and his               also named                                               gifts to children all over the world. Last She is pictured here with Michio Green,
                                                                 unwavering support for students, and            University             Mark Fulton and Hutch the         year, they put together 79 boxes.                 as both were also ACAC All Conference
                                                                 is awarded based on demonstrated                of         Alberta             Library Dog.                                                                Athletes as well as Canadian Collegiate
                                                                 leadership, service and overall                 Wellness                  Photo courtesy of John Ulan.                                                     Athletic Association (CCAA) National
                                                                 investment in the life of Augustana             Champions—                                                                                                 All Canadians. Also pictured: Gerhard
                                                                 and/or the broader civic community,             people             (or                                                                                     Lotz, Cross Country Running coach
                                                                 as well as academic standing.                   dogs, I suppose!) “who make the U                                                                          and Augustana physics professor.
                                                                                                                 of A an amazing place to learn, work
                                                                 The Student Award for Library                   and grow.” When congratulated for the                                                                     In late March, Augustana planned to
                                                                 Research was awarded to Carmen                  awards, Mark said “Hutch and I are                                                                        host our annual Student Life Awards
                                                                 Tessier, based on library research              very glad to be part of the Augustana                                                                                                                             A sample from one of the Building Mental Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Celebration. While we were not able                 Resiliency project workshops, which include art therapy
                                                                 conducted for her paper "It's Time to           community and are pleased that                                                                            to hold the celebration in person (we
                                                                                                                 our presence has meant so much                                                                                                                                  sessions with high school and university students in
                                                                 Have a Tick Talk: A Study Exploring                                                                                                                       plan on hosting it at a later date), you             Camrose. The long-term goal of this project is to find
                                                                 Knowledge and the Diagnosis Process             to so many. Thank you!”. Augustana                                                                        can still check out the names of the                 innovative ways to decrease the prevalence of stress,
            Neil Haave (left) and Kim Misfeldt celebrate their   of Lyme Disease," written for a directed        computing science professor Rosanna                      Over the 2018/19 academic year, 64               many award winners—in leadership, in
         prestigious teaching awards with Dean Tryphonopoulos.                                                                                                                                                                                                               anxiety and depression in undergraduate students, including
                                                                 reading course with Augustana                   Heise also received the Betty Ostenrud                   Augustana student-athletes achieved              academics and in athletics—by visiting                the upstream factors that precede moving into post-
                                                                 psychology professor Rebecca Purc-              Award!                                                   a GPA of 3.5 or higher, meeting                  aug.ualberta.ca/studentlifeawards20.                                 secondary education.
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Augustana Achievements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Faculty Achievements

     Certificates in Sustainability                               MAJOR PUBLICATIONS                          The Teaching Professor; The       Heart and Stroke Foundation      & Education Paper                for Support for Scholarly       Educational Resources
                                                                                                                     UAlberta Quad; Teaching    of Canada; “Parkinson’s          Development Workshops,           Editing Fund,                      Award, University of
     This year, seven Augustana students                          Marina Endicott                                       Plus Podcast; The       Revolution” Fundraiser,          organizer; Editor of Academy     University of                          Alberta; Marilène
     graduated with an embedded Certificate in
                                                                  The Difference                                         Teaching Professor     organizer, Camrose               of Management Learning           Alberta;                                 Oliver Bodies of
     Sustainability. One of these students, Jennifer
     Lenherr ('20), worked with classmates                                                                                Conference (with                                       and Education; Editorial         Jeunesse:                                 Data Exhibit,
     to create a sustainability audit report                      Mélanie Méthot                                                                AWARDS, EDITORSHIPS AND
                                                                                                                          former research                                        Board Member of Academy          Young                                      organizer,
     for FIKA coffeehouse owner and former                        Canada's Legal Pasts:                                                         OTHER HONOURS
                                                                                                                          assistant and                                          of Management Review,            People,                                     Augustana
     Augustana student, Jen Lindstrand (’02).                     Looking Forward,
     The group used qualitative and quantitative                                                                          Augustana             Roger Admiral                    Business History, Journal        Texts,                                      Campus;
                                                                  Looking Back
     assessment approaches for the audit, which                                                                           student Kelly         Living Treasure of Battle        of Management Education,         Culture;                                   Victorian Network;
     included creating innovative ideas on how                    JOURNAL ARTICLES,                                      Keus); 63rd annual                                      Journal of Management            Beyond the                                Journal of Victorian
     FIKA can become more environmentally,                                                                                                      River Country Award,
                                                                  OTHER WRITTEN                                       meeting of the            Association of Lifewide Living   Studies, Organization Studies    Blockbusters:                           Culture
     economically and socially sustainable. The                   WORK AND
     project also highlighted where the business                                                                  Association of College        in Alberta                                                        Themes
     is already excelling in their commitment to
                                                                  PRESTIGIOUS                                      and University Biology                                        Lars Hallström                   and Trends in
                                                                  PERFORMANCES                                                                                                   BRAED Grant; Government
     sustainability.                                                                                                Educators (ACUBE);          Diego Coriaola                                                    Contemporary Young Adult
                                                                  OR EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                 of Alberta Anti-Racism
                                                                                                                    International Society       AMLE Outstanding Reviewer                                         Literature
     Another student, Lauren Van Dyke ('20), was                                                                                                                                 Community Grant; Alberta
     inspired by the success of naturalization seen               Brandon Alakas                                    for the Scholarship of      Award from the Academy of
     in the City of Edmonton and developed the                                                                      Teaching and Learning       Management Learning and          School Councils Conference,      Glen Hvenegaard
                                                                  postmedieval: A
     research question, “How does tree abundance                                                                  (ISSOTL) Annual Meeting;      Education Award; Journal of      speaker, Edmonton; Alberta       Appointed Associate Editor
                                                                  Journal of Medieval
     and diversity in residents’ yards relate to their                                                         Ilinniaqatigiinginnaujarniq!     Business Ethics; Management      Rural Education Symposium,       of the Humans Dimensions
     views on naturalization?” in Camrose. For                    Cultural Studies
                                                                                                             Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit;   Learning; Strategic              speaker, Edmonton; Elk           of Wildlife; Beaver Hills
     her integrative project, Lauren conducted a                  (with former research
     preliminary study that included a literature                                                        Rutherford Award for Excellence in     Management Journal               Island Public Schools            Biosphere and Mitacs
                                                                  assistant and Augustana
     review and consultations with community                                                             Undergraduate Teaching                                                  Board of Trustees, speaker,      Accelerate grant; University
                                                                  student Day Bulger)
     members. Moving forward, Lauren says, "My                                                                                                  Bill Foster                      Sherwood Park; Journal           of Alberta UARE Internship
     biggest hope for the project is for there to
                                                                  Morten Asfeldt                         Paula Marentette                       Social Sciences and              of Rural and Community           grant; Applied Environmental    Students enjoying the Bodies of Data Exhibit
     be a full circle effect inspiring participants                                                                                                                              Development; Journal of          Education & Communication;               at the Augustana Library.
                                                                  Encyclopedia of Teacher Education;     Language Learning                      Humanities Research
     to tune into city initiatives with regards to
     naturalization and to become more mindful                    Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary                                              Council of Canada Insight        Organizational Change            Journal of Rural and
     themselves of what they can do in their own                  Journal of Study Abroad
                                                                                                         Anne McIntosh                          Development Grant (2);           Management; Challenges           Community Development;
     yards."                                                                                             Ecological Engineering; Functional     Management Learning;             Special Edition; Oppression: A   Human Dimensions of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ardelle Ries
                                                                  Peter Berg                             Ecology; Ecological Indicators;                                                                                                          Living Treasure of Battle
                                                                                                                                                Strategic Management             social determinant of health     Wildlife; Journal of Park and
                                                                  University of Alberta Senior           MethodsX                                                                                                                                 River Country Award,
                                                                                                                                                Journal; Journal of Industry-                                     Recreation Administration;
                                                                  Research Fellowship, RWTH Aachen                                              University Collaboration;        Roxanne Harde                    Journal of Rural and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Association of Lifewide
                                                                  University, Germany; The European
                                                                                                         Tim Parker                                                              Social Sciences and                                              Living in Alberta; Individual
                                                                                                                                                Human Relations;                                                  Community Development;
                                                                                                         “Why Did I Start? Why Can’t I                                           Humanities Research                                              Champion Award, Camrose
                                                                  Physical Journal; Invited speaker,                                            Handbook of Research on                                           Bluebird; Nature Alberta
                                                                                                         Stop?: Brain Changes in Addiction”                                      Council of Canada Insight                                        Association for Community
                                                                  The Fields Institute, Toronto                                                 Organizational History;
                                                                                                         Distinguished Professorial Lecture,                                     Development Grant; Winner        Feisal Kirumira                 Living
                                                                                                                                                Perspectives on Process
                                                                  Geoffrey Dipple                        Augustana Campus
                                                                                                                                                Organization Studies;            of the International Research    Appointed to Anti-Racism
                                                                  Sister Reformations III                                                                                        for Studies in Children’s        Advisory Council,                    John Wiebe
                                                                                                         Jane Yardley                           European Group for                                                                                            Richard S. Eaton
                                                                                                                                                Organizational Studies,          Literature Edited Book           City of Edmonton
                                                                  Neil Haave                             BMJ Open Diabetes Research
                                                                                                                                                                                 Award for The Embodied                                                         Award for
                                                                  Canadian Journal for the Scholarship   and Care; Scientific Reports;          speaker, Scotland; European                                       Andrea                                          Distinguished
                                                                                                                                                Academy of Management            Child (2019); Outstanding
                                                                  of Teaching and Learning (with         Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Mentorship in Undergraduate      Korda                                           Service to
                                                                  former research assistant and          Metabolism; The Canadian Journal       Conference, speaker,                                              University                                       Choral Music in
                                                                                                                                                Portugal; Administrative         Research Faculty Award,
                      One student group worked with FIKA          Augustana student Kelly Keus);         of Diabetes; Open Access Journal                                                                         of Alberta                                       the Province of
                  coffeehouse to highlight how the business                                                                                     Sciences Association             University of Alberta;
                                                                  Bioscene: Journal of College Biology   of Sports Medicine; The Journal                                                                          Killam                                          Alberta
                  is already excelling in their commitment to                                                                                   of Canada Conference,            Appointed Senior Editor of
                 sustainability, as well as provide more ideas.   Teaching (with former research         of Clinical Endocrinology and                                                                            Cornerstone
                                                                                                                                                speaker, Ontario; Academy        International Research in
                        Photo courtesy of Britt Anderson.         assistants and Augustana students      Metabolism; Acta Diabetologica;                                                                          Grant; Open
12                                                                                                                                              of Management Learning           Children’s Literature; funding                                                                                  13
                                                                  Kelly Keus and Jamie Grunwald);        Alberta New Investigator Award,
2020 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY - University of Alberta
Augustana @ a Glance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Augustana Giving

                                                                                                                                                                        For generations, Augustana donors have supported our campus and students
                                                                         Student by                                                                                     for different reasons. We hope you will enjoy learning about two of our valued
                                                                                                                                                                        community members and what inspires their generosity to Augustana.
         British Columbia
                                           734          Saskatchewan       location


                                                                              North West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       DARRYL                    MARION WANDIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marion Wandio is no stranger to adventure. From biking over
                                                                                                            196 Augustana                                                                                                                        1,000 kilometres across Europe in her early 20s to living in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For Darryl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Germany to winning contests with her crochet angels, Marion
                                                                                                              Graduates                                                                                                       Schultz it’s all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has seen, done and accomplished many things.
                                                                                            International                                                                                                                     about the team.
                       Nova Scotia                                   Yukon                       176
                            4                Quebec                    2                                                                                                                                                                         Today, Marion’s still looking for adventure. And now she’s also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           As a child,
                                               2                                                                                                                                                                                                 helping others on their way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Darryl’s father
                                                                                                              Incoming High School Average                                                                                became his             Marion has recently decided to create a legacy for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         first teammate,         campus through a bequest in her will. However, her support of
                                                                                                                    for Fall 2019 Admission                                                                             asking questions         the campus’ students began eight years ago when she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that would keep

                                                                                                                             81.8 %
                                                                              Self-Identified                                                                                                                                                    established the Michael Wandio Augustana Bursary in memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Darryl focused on
              64                                                              Indigenous Students                                                                                                                 his goals of a career
                                                                                                                                                                                                               in health and what he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of her late husband. A matching pair, education was equally as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 important to Mike. Even so, he had to start working immediately
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 after finishing the eighth grade: “He was never able to get as
                                                                                                                                                                                                           wanted to achieve. When the           much education as he wanted,” said Marion. “There are so many
                                                                                                                                                                        time came for Darryl to pursue these goals through a post-

                                                                                            1028 Enrolments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 intelligent and motivated people who want to continue their
                                                                                                                                                                        secondary education, Darryl knew this support would continue.            education but who don’t have the resources.”
                      Bachelor of Arts         Bachelor of Science
                                                  472 students                                                                                                          Unfortunately, shortly before coming to Augustana his father’s
                       402 students
                                                                                                                                                                        health took a turn for the worse, and this support was no longer         Through her bursary, Marion is able to support students in
                                                                                                                                                                        possible.                                                                situations like Mike. With her planned gift, Marion will further
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 support Augustana students, helping their education and
      Bachelor of Management
                                                                                                                           Students by year of program                  Now needing to put himself through school, Darryl would                  opportunities for adventure flourish,
           116 students            Programs               Bachelor of Music
                                                            12 students
                                                                                                                                                                        attend class during the day before leaving to drive a taxi at night      even after she’s gone. “I’m
                                                                                                                1st Year     2nd Year   3rd Year   4th Year   No year   and completing his schoolwork between customers.                         fortunate that I am able to
                                                                                                                Students     Students   Students   Students   status                                                                             help people, and it
                                                                                                                                                                        In spite of financing his own education, Darryl still views his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 makes me feel
        Bachelor of Science /Education                Other
                                                   10 students
                                                                                                                 379          259        185        195        10       education as a team effort. “I am who I am today because of
                                                                                                                                                                        Augustana professors,” said Darryl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 especially good to
                 16 students                                                                                                                                                                                                                     support students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in need of a help-
                                                                                                                                                                        When Darryl later began his practice at the Camrose Dental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing hand,” said
                                                                                                                                                                        Health Centre, he decided to lend his support to the centre’s
                                                                                                                                                                        existing scholarship, joining a team to help ensure fewer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "Education gives
                                                                                                                                                                        students would have to study in a taxi like he did.

                                                                        International Students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you everything. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 opens the world
                                                                                                                                                                        What is clear to Darryl is that his accomplishments were not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to you.”
                                                                        Bangladesh - China - Ghana - Hong Kong                                                          achieved alone. His academic success was part of a team effort
                                                                                                                                                                        with his professors, and his support of Augustana students was
                                                                        India - Indonesia - Iran - Japan - Kenya - Republic of Korea                                    not a solitary act—he was one of many dentists who supported
                                                                                                                                                                        one of many Augustana awards. And that’s what matters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Read Marion’s full story at
                                                                        Mongolia - Nigeria - Norway - Pakistan - Senegal                                                                                                                         aug.ualberta.ca/marion
                                                                        South Africa - Sri Lanka - Tanzania - United Arab Emirates                                      Read Darryl’s full story at aug.ualberta.ca/darryl
                                                                        United Kingdom - United States - Viet Nam - Zimbabwe

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Augustana Giving                                                                                                                                                                          Augustana Giving

                                                                                                          CH                                                        IE S
                                                                                                        R                                                        IT
       $1,272,857 RAISED


                        CH                 IT IE S               R A MS           D S
                                         L                     G                R

                                                                                        “If someone with Type 1 diabetes is afraid of low blood   Thanks to the contributions of Augustana donors,


                                                                                        glucose—which is the case with 80 to 90 per cent of       Stewart Steinhauer’s Treaty Bear has a permanent
                                                                                        people with Type 1 diabetes—the research I conducted      home at Augustana, signifying the campus’
                                                                                        shows morning exercise might be a safer option.”          commitment to reconciliation.

                                                                                        - Jane Yardley, Assistant Professor of Phys. Ed.

           $116,446                    $281,197            $525,310         $349,904
                                                                                                        A MS                                                     D S
                                                                                                      R                                                        R
                                     1,046 donors gave a gift to Augustana

        This past year,

                                                                                        The Augustana Pathways Program saw three student          “This award is a reminder that leadership is worth
                                                                                        internships this past summer. These students worked       pursuing, especially in different areas of campus life.”

              with      281 giving for the first time!                                  together with rural community partners to meet both
                                                                                        their and the partner organizations’ goals.               - Matthew Caffaro, fourth-year BSc student and
                                                                                        Visit aug.ualberta.ca/pathways for more information.      student award recipient

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Life at Augustana                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Life at Augustana

                                                                                                                                                                                      The      Augustana     Vikings      We also had the pleasure of hosting numerous events through
                                                                                                                                                                                      once again organized a very         the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and
                                                                                                                             This year’s science                                      successful gift and giving          Public Life. One of those events was an engaging talk with
                                                                                                                             fair, during which                                       campaign, Vikes for Tykes.          professor Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community
                                                                                                                             we hosted over                                           In 2019, the campaign               Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at Western
                                                                                                                             200 grade seven                                          collected just over 500 toys,       University. Professor Mattson presented on “Engaging with the
                                                                                                                            students from Our                                         raised $5,500 and received          Living Tradition of Islam”.
                                                                                                                          Lady of Mount Pleasant                                      a matching donation of
                                                                                                                      School and École Charlie                                        $3,000 from the Battle River
                                                                                                             Killam in Camrose, included an                                           Community         Foundation.
                                                                                                             up-close-and-personal-look       at                                      To     learn    more,     visit
                                                                                                             professor Tom Terzin’s incredible                                        aug.ualberta.ca/vikesfortykes.
                                                                                                             insect collection.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Augustana students, staff
                                                                    Over the 2019/20 year, the Augustana athletics department                                                         and faculty joined to pose for
     Dean Demetres Tryphonopoulos welcomed students in              underwent a comprehensive review. The committee performing                                                        the annual Rainbow Photo to
     their first—and his first!—opening convocation ceremony in     the review recommended a number of changes to benefit the                                                         show support for members of
     September by ringing our centenary bell sculpture.             entire student body, while also achieving savings through cuts.                                                   the LGBTQ community during
                                                                    Administration is working through the recommendations with                                                        Pride Week.
                                                                    various stakeholders, and creating a campus-wide strategy to
                                                                    support student health and wellness through recreation.                                                           A little rain didn’t stop us
                               Returning students helped new                                                                                                                          from celebrating National
                                students move in at the beginning                                                                                                                     Indigenous Peoples Day last
                                of the year. Who needs to worry                                                        What’s the best kind                                           June! Augustana welcomed
                                about making friends when you                                                          of study break?                                                2,400     schoolchildren       to
                                have a bunch waiting to help you                                                       Dog walking, of course!                                        campus to for dancing and
                                move as soon as you step foot on                                                                                                                      storytelling for the celebration,   In early March, the University of Alberta promptly switched
                               campus?                                                                                                                                                which has become a multi-           courses to remote delivery in order to help stop the spread of
                                                                                                                                                                                      year collaboration with the         COVID-19. Although we had to postpone or cancel a number of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Camrose Arts Society and the        events, our community rallied together and found alternative
                                                                    Augustana played host to a                                                                                        Battle River School Division.       forms of digital delivery, ending the year strong. At the time
     Augustana celebrated World                                     number of speakers and
     Mental Health Day in October                                                                                                                                                                                         of publication, the University of Alberta and Augustana are
                                                                    special events throughout                                                                                                                             busy working to ensure that the Fall 2020 semester, which
     by offering a variety of mental                                the        year,     including                                                 Starting in Fall 2020, Augustana will offer three new
     health resources to our students,                                                                                                             multidisciplinary programs and an updated core. Read more              will be delivered mostly remotely, still provides our students
                                                                    performing artist Tsēmā                                                                                                                               with the high quality education and university experience
     including games and tea times                                  Igharas      who     presented                                                 about these changes in our feature story on page 4, and/or visit
     with our Alumni Student Support                                                                                                               ualberta.ca/augustana/about-us/advantage.                              that we always have. Be sure to keep an eye on our website,
                                                                    konts̱ets̱’i eł na’eneslus̱: An                                                                                                                       ualberta.ca/augustana, for details regarding Fall 2020.
     and Engagement Team (ASSET).                                   echo, I am sewing.
                                                                    Photo (right) courtesy of Taylor Buryn                                         Augustana             celebrated                                       Sign up for our eCircle newsletter to stay up to date on campus
                                                                                                                                                   International Week under the                                           happenings! Visit aug.ualberta.ca/stayconnected. You can
                                                   Staff, faculty                                                                                  theme “Unity in Diversity”. The                                        subscribe to our eCircle newsletter, and alumni of Camrose
                                                    and students                                                                                   week included international                                            Lutheran College, Augustana University College and the
                                                     (and library                                                                                  flavours in the dining hall,                                           University of Alberta's Augustana Faculty can update contact
                                                     dogs)    got                                                                                  pow wow performers, an                                                 information, sign our guestbook and have a look at alumni
                                                     into     the                                                                                  international expo, performance                                        volunteer opportunities!
                                                     s p o o k y                                                 Last year’s Easter
                                                                                                                                                   art, hair braiding and mehndi/
                                                    Halloween                                                    Eggstravaganza was a
                                                                                                                                                   henna art and conversations
                                                   spirit!                                                       great success!                                                                                            We'd also love to hear what you thought of the 2020 Report
                                                                                                                                                   with professors on their
                                                                                                                                                   international journeys, just to                                         to the Community! Visit aug.ualberta.ca/report2020survey to
                                                                                                                                                   name a few.                                                             take a quick survey.
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COVID-19 Update Alumni Spotlight                                                                                                                                                                                                                  COVID-19 Update Alumni Spotlight

     An Augustana alumna leading the charge                             arts education along with her major in chemistry and biology.        Frontline and Essential Alumni
     The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fear, uncertainty and            “It really was a fantastic experience, very formative,” she said.
                                                                        “I had the opportunity to take courses in religion, drama, music     We have always been interested in profiling our amazing alumni who are out there doing great things in contributing to their
     anxiety to many Albertans as they try to grapple with changes                                                                           communities and making a difference in people’s lives. Now, more than ever, work in frontline and essential services like
     to their daily lives and figure out how to best fight the virus.   and sports, and was on their cross-country ski team.
     Although information on the pandemic has been shared from                                                                               healthcare and education are paramount. We asked our alumni to tell us why they love their jobs or why they chose their
     everyone from the World Health Organization and the Centre for     “I made great friends, mentors and teachers who really               profession. Here’s what they said.
     Disease Control and Prevention to your friends and neighbours      emphasized well-roundedness and being a whole person. I
     on Facebook, there has been a shining light and reliable, calm     saw my education as a way of observing the larger population.”
     and reassuring source from the Alberta government in the form
     of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw—a
                                                                        Augustana was also where she started thinking about ways to          Ariane Fielding (‘00 BA)                     always an interesting year as they are       and to give them safe, fun, customizable
                                                                        keep that larger population healthy.                                 Physician (Anesthesiologist),                starting to transition from kids to tiny     experiences that help them learn and
     graduate of Augustana (then Augustana University College)—
     of whom we could not be prouder.                                   “As a young person, I was interested in health care in general,      Misericordia Community                       adults! Even though I’m now teaching         grow. Being the one secure person
                                                                        and thinking about prevention, alternative medicines and             Hospital, Edmonton                               from my living room, I’m finding         that a marginalized child can lean on is
     “Dr. Hinshaw is a special example (though not the only one) of     wellness training . . . that’s what I was always really passionate                                                      new ways to reach out and stay         oftentimes an intense and intimidating
     the kind of exemplary individuals and professionals that the       about.”                                                              “I do a lot of work
     University of Alberta continues to educate and graduate,” says                                                                                                                               connected with the amazing kids      proposition, but always fulfilling, and it
     Dean Tryphonopoulos. “People trained at Augustana and at                                                                                in       simulation,                                  in my class...like leaving giant    is an honour to be able to serve in that
                                                                        “I’m mindful that not everyone comes from that same                  particularly       in
     the University of Alberta make a difference in the life of the     background—just because I have a particular view on                                                                        messages in chalk on their          role.”
     province, nation and indeed, the entire world.”                    something, it doesn’t make it the only view. That’s been a           Interprofessional                                     sidewalks and roads on their
                                                                        real touchstone for me as I’ve taken on this job—feeling             simulation amongst                                    birthdays. I sure am grateful
     Dr. Hinshaw graduated from Augustana in 1996 before going
     on to pursue a medical doctorate as well as a master of public     the responsibility to care for all Albertans no matter what          practicing OR teams.                                 to have a great team to work
                                                                        background they have, no matter where they come from.”               When the pandemic                                  through this crazy time with!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Elizabeth Demers (‘04 BA, ‘11 BScN)
     health, all completed at the University of Alberta.
                                                                                                                                             hit, our simulation                                                                       and Jacqueline Hutchison (‘86 CLC,
     She credits Augustana Campus with giving her a broad liberal       To read more about Dr. Hinshaw on the University of Alberta’s                                                                                                  ‘90 BPE, ‘04 MA)
                                                                        news site, folio, visit aug.ualberta.ca/deena.                       programs became the
                                                                                                                                             focus of much of our preparations for                                                     Firefighter/Nurse and  Firefighter/
                                                                                                                                             COVID-19. We practiced safe donning          Cara Hart                                    Primary Care Paramedic, Town of
                                                                                                                                             and doffing of personal protective           (‘00 BA)                                     Canmore
                                                                                                                                             equipment (PPE), we were able to do          Family Support
                                                                                                                                                                                          Worker,                                      “I think my profession chose me…I
                                                                                                                                             trial runs of patient flow through the                                                    thought about being an EMT when I
                                                                                                                                             operating rooms and worked together          Awasis Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                          of Northern                                  went to Camrose Lutheran College but
                                                                                                                                             with ICU, recovery room, obstetrics, etc.                                                 I didn't know anyone on it at the time so
                                                                                                                                             to prepare our protocols for COVID-19        Manitoba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I went into Outdoor Education as I had
                                                                                                                                             patients. Our staff were initially anxious   “I was educated as a teacher,                heard about the legend (Gibber) from my
                                                                                                                                             about the risks of becoming infected but     but saw the gaps in the system and           brother who also attended the college.”
                                                                                                                                             through practice and clear protocols         how the kids who need intervention           – Jacqueline (pictured right)
                                                                                                                                             they are now feeling confident and           the most are so often the ones who
                                                                                                                                             prepared.”                                   fall through those gaps. So, instead of
                                                                                                                                                                                          teaching in a traditional setting, I chose
                                                                                                                                                                                              to work in family support, providing
                                                                                                                                             Becky Smith (‘13 BA)                                in-home, after-school education
                                                                                                                                             Teacher, Edmonton                                     programming to at-promise
                                                                                                                                             Public Schools                                         Indigenous     youth    through
                                                                                                                                                                                                     social service agencies. It is
                                                                                                                                             “Teaching is all                                        so rewarding to be able to
                                                                                                                                             about      making                                       work in smaller, more flexible
                                                                                                                                             connections    with                                    environments, often one-on-
                                                                                                                                             my students. I teach                                 one, to support kids who have
                                                                                                                                             grade six, which is                                been neglected and traumatized,
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