Message from Dean Demetres Tryphonopoulos

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On behalf of my colleagues at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, I wish to welcome you to our Faculty and the innovative, interdisciplinary, and novel range of programs we offer. As an undergraduate liberal arts and science campus, Augustana is as singular as it is distinct-and over its long history it has come to enjoy a place of pride and innovation in Camrose and the surrounding community as well as within the University of Alberta.

Established in 1910 by Norwegian settlers, Camrose Lutheran College became a university degree granting institution in 1985. Its current name dates from 1991, Augustana being a reference to Confessio Augustana, the Lutheran Confession of Faith. Indeed, Augustana reflects a tradition of excellence that goes back to its very founding: while valuing diversity, inclusiveness, and freedom of expression, Augustana also maintains a close connection to its origins by championing the ideals of liberal education, including the goal of achieving personal wholeness, being of service to others as an act of leadership, and promoting a spirit of cooperation among all students, faculty, and staff.

Augustana became part of the University of Alberta on July 1, 2004 and now holds an inimitable place within the university, which is defined in For the Public Good, UAlberta's strategic plan, as "a living laboratory for teaching and learning innovation to the benefit of the entire university." Our academic calendar is, undeniably, a living, evolving, innovative laboratory for teaching and learning that includes 3-11 and a first-year seminar program (both introduced in 2017); incoming interdisciplinary programs of study such as Law, Crime, and Justice Studies, Ethics and Global Studies, and Creativity and Culture; and a revised Core program that allows students the opportunity to work together to tackle real world issues.

Indeed, this is a very exciting and auspicious period in Augustana's history and development: Our innovative learning environment is designed to provide students with the skills-critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication, complex-problem solving, and the ability to collaborate effectively-which employers continue to identify and value as crucial to success in the workplace. Our students, then, are encouraged to be curious and willing to explore new ways of thinking, learning, and knowing, to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.

Augustana's curriculum emphasizes innovation, interdisciplinarity, and the cultivation of students' curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Our world-class faculty members are excellent teachers and active researchers, writers, performers, and artists. Their commitment to innovative pedagogy and their successes in their individual disciplines translate into unique and lively classroom experiences. Besides being excellent academics, my colleagues are also truly committed to student success.

Augustana's mission calls for students, faculty, and staff to work together so that students may have an opportunity to discover their calling and build the foundation for a successful life, a satisfying career, and engaged citizenship. Here at Augustana we are intent on helping students become well equipped for the challenges of the 21st century-and, moreover, become influential voices and leaders in their chosen fields and communities. I'm thrilled to be working at one of the top Universities in Canada and to have the opportunity to collaborate with an excellent and dedicated group of colleagues in undertaking a series of curricular exercises that promise to transform Augustana and make its programs more competitive and better designed-all in the interest of serving our students' educational needs and aspirations.

Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos
Dean, Augustana Faculty & Executive Officer, Augustana Campus