Graduates and their families gather during Augustana's Centenary Celebration in 2012.
Before merger, Augustana Campus was already reaching out around the world. Since merger, a longstanding relationship with Cuba’s Universidad de Oriente in Santiago has been formalized, deeper ties with Norwegian universities have been forged, a new musical connection with the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Hungary has been formed, and new faculty and student exchange partnerships have been established with two liberal arts institutions in China.
In 2007, the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus was accepted as the only Canadian member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, previously a U.S.-based organization.
3M Fellowship recipient Dr. Kim Misfeldt.
Supported by the reputation and research focus of the University of Alberta, Augustana professors have been awarded more multi-year NSERC and SSHRC national research grants. Various individuals have been recognized with McCalla Professorships, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grants, undergraduate teaching awards, and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
In tandem with this increase in faculty research output, Augustana’s emphasis on undergraduate research has grown. The result has been fully funded multi-year summer research projects, rural research placements, student publications in academic journals, and the popular Student Academic Conference, where over ten per cent of the student population present their research every semester.
Over the past decade, annual donations to the Augustana Campus have grown significantly, surpassing the $1M mark for the first time in 2009. Community, alumni, and corporate support have augmented the ambitious student awards program, the endowment, and resources for academic programs.
Solar panel array on the roof of the Convocation Centre.
In order to emphasize its commitment to green practices and the environment, Augustana appointed a sustainability coordinator and created a Sustainability Committee. Projects since merger have included a bike sharing program, the purchase of hybrid cars for the Augustana fleet, local lunches based on sustainable/local food sources, the installation of solar panels, new recycling multi-sort bins, energy-saving lighting retrofits, a campus composter, and the certification of buildings to international environmental standards.
Besides the previously mentioned library, Performing Arts Centre, and Founders’ Hall renovations, Augustana’s infrastructure has benefited significantly. The Student Forum opened in September 2010, becoming the centre of campus life with a café, bookstore and office space. The Faith & Life parking lot was paved, a new land crossing now connects campus buildings with the senior residences, and aesthetic touches were lent with a water feature, centennial sculpture and gazebo overlooking the ravine.
See how both Augustana and the University of Alberta have sustained the heritage of the Camrose Lutheran College after the merger.
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