Augustana Weekly: It's all inside- January 23, 2019

Happy Wednesday, and happy last day of the three-week term! Today at lunch, join professor Ardelle Ries for a Lunch & Learn on SingAble, a new multigenerational community inclusivity choir, in the Mayer Family Community Hall at the Performing Arts Centre (and if you'd like to learn more about SingAble and Ardelle's research, check out …

Tia Lalani - 21 January 2019

Happy Wednesday, and happy last day of the three-week term! Today at lunch, join professor Ardelle Ries for a Lunch & Learn on SingAble, a new multigenerational community inclusivity choir, in the Mayer Family Community Hall at the Performing Arts Centre (and if you'd like to learn more about SingAble and Ardelle's research, check out her column here). This Sunday is Rocky Road, so come out to the Augustana Gym to enjoy some ice cream and fun activities for kids (bring $5 and a food bank donation)! And check out the rest of the newsletter for information on volunteer/job opportunities, great events, an exciting new library service, and more! Also, the Augustana Weekly Instagram contest is still running-submit your photos for a chance to win a twenty-cup coffee card to Monica's!

  • Today is the last day of the three-week term! Enjoy the next couple of days off, and get ready for the start of the 11-week next Monday (Jan 28). To help ease you into it, stop for some free hot chocolate in the forum from 9 am to 1 pm, courtesy of the alumni office.
  • From January 21 to April 30 (inclusive) we are piloting smudging without notice in the Aboriginal Students' Office. The purpose of this pilot is to balance the needs of our Indigenous students (including having smudging as a daily practice within their community space) with the needs of our greater campus. As part of the pilot, we would like to hear from campus members if the change in smudging practice affects them - please fill out this short Google form if you notice smoke or scents from smudging, or would like to offer your feedback.
  • A Vikings update: as of last weekend (when all of our teams went undefeated), women's basketball is in first place in the conference, men's basketball and volleyball are in second place, and women's volleyball and hockey are in third (with hockey only two points out of first place). In addition, our athletes continue to earn academic recognition as a result of their GPAs at the highest rates in the conference. Come out to cheer for the Vikings! This Friday, the men's and women's volleyball teams will be playing Concordia, while on Friday, men and women's basketball will be playing Concordia and men's hockey will be playing NAIT.
  • The office of advancement is looking for volunteers for the annual Community Awards Banquet, which will take place Tuesday, Feb 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. If you're interested in volunteering at this huge campus event that brings together our donors and students in celebration, let Bree Urkow ( know! There are a variety of roles to fill with a variety of time commitments.
  • We're pleased to introduce the soft launch of the Augustana Nordic Ski Library! Twenty full sets of classic technique Cross Country skis are now available to Augustana students, staff, and faculty who have completed a one-time orientation session (which will take place in the library and focus on gear fitting, care expectations, and trail etiquette and safety). Everyone must attend an orientation session once (upon completion, you'll receive a certificate that will allow you to enjoy Ski Library borrowing privileges) before borrowing. Campus rec and the Nordic Sports Club will also be hosting drop-in Learn-to-Ski sessions and drop-in Ski Meet-ups (open to all students, staff, and faculty) where you can learn technique or just join a group for some time on the trails! Orientation times and Learn-to-Ski sessions are listed below. Stay tuned for more!
    • Orientation
      • Wednesday, Jan 23 - 1 pm
      • Thursday, Jan 24 - 12:15 pm
      • Monday, January 28 - 4 pm
      • Tuesday, January 29 - 12:15 pm
      • Wednesday, January 30 - 4 pm (an earlier version of this issue listed a time slot for a table at the club fair, but there will no longer be a table at the club fair)
      • Thursday, January 31 - 12:15 pm
      • Wednesday, February 6 - 4 pm
    • Learn-to-Ski
      • Monday, January 28 - 4:30 pm
      • Wednesday, January 30 - 4:30 pm
      • Wednesday, February 6 - 4:30 pm (for I-Week points)
      • Wednesday, February 13 - 4 pm

Every year, alumni and external relations highlight 12 to 14 former students who are doing interesting work in their fields (or not in their fields!) of study. The Augustana Works project is built around sharing the career journies and stories of our former students who are 10-15 years post-graduation. The stories are placed online, in our newsletters, magazine publications and on an alumni wall on campus (at the north end of the forum) as well as in other promotional materials. We invite you to share names and professions of "young" alumni who are doing great things in our community and beyond! In addition to the Augustana Works project, we hope to release an additional 4 to 8 stories this year focusing on alumni that are further into their career journeys. Please also share names and professions of alumni that completed their undergraduate degree more than 15 years ago. Send all suggestions to Trina Harrison (

  • Are you a current Augustana student interested in gaining some valuable career advice and practicing some networking technique? Attend the Augustana Works Community Career Mixer on January 31! Check out the bios of the professionals attending to see if there's anyone you'd be interested in hearing from.

In the standing position, pigs cannot look up into the sky. It is physically impossible. To see the sky, they have to lie down.

Katherine Koch is delighted to be Interim head, Augustana Library for 2019 while Nancy Goebel is on professional leave. Katherine comes from the Coutts Library at North Campus serving the Faculties of Education, Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation and the School of Library and Information Studies. Before coming to the University of Alberta Library in 2011, Katherine worked for 12 years at MacEwan University Library and is very much enjoying meeting the library staff, students, staff, and faculty at Augustana and spending time in Camrose.

Are you a new face around campus? Email a short blurb introducing yourself and a photo to to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Augustana Weekly!

  • Check out the SINEWS project, a grant and mentorship initiative to support pairs of female students (one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous) at the university or college level in areas relevant to Natural Resource Canada's research mandates.

We'd like to see you show off our campus! Take a photo of anything Augustana on Instagram, tag @UofA_Augustana and hashtag #AugustanaWeekly for a chance to win a 20 coffee cup card from the Café! The contest will run until February 13th, when a winner will be randomly chosen and announced. Open to all students, staff, and faculty! Only one entry per person.

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