Augustana Weekly: November 20, 2019

Happy Wednesday! Jump back into the semester after a (hopefully) relaxing Fall Break with this week's many campus events (including a teaching seminar and research conversation, a public lecture on building a Cree education system, a professorial lecture on addiction, a pop-up tea party, our annual Fair Trade & Local Made sale, performances by Augustana's voice …

Tia Lalani - 20 November 2019

Happy Wednesday! Jump back into the semester after a (hopefully) relaxing Fall Break with this week's many campus events (including a teaching seminar and research conversation, a public lecture on building a Cree education system, a professorial lecture on addiction, a pop-up tea party, our annual Fair Trade & Local Made sale, performances by Augustana's voice and instrumental students and The Augustana Choir, a humanities cafe, and more).

Also in this week's Weekly: information on campus happenings including upcoming curriculum updates (and an important info session next week for current first-year students to attend), the academic planning committee's work, a visit from Chancellor Doug Stollery, and creating an Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility Working Group. You'll also be able to find the Dining Hall menu, North Campus and community events, and Vikings updates, as always.

Enjoy this frosty November day!

  • Are you an international student who will be staying on campus during the winter break? Enjoy celebrating the season with a host family for a festive holiday dinner! Exchange holiday traditions and share your cultural celebrations with your hosts. Register by December 5!
  • The academic planning committee is busy re-evaluating our brand and identity statements, as well as academic plans going forward. They will be looking for faculty, staff, and student input throughout the process, starting with a meeting on November 29. Keep an eye on your emails and the Weekly for upcoming information.
  • On November 28 at 2 pm please join Chancellor Doug Stollery for a brief presentation and discussion about the University commitment to the United Way Campaign, and how the money makes it's way back to our community.
  • Augustana's Indigenous Engagement Advisory Committee is hosting Florence Glanfield, Vice Provost, on November 28. Stay tuned for more details.
  • The deadline to register for the Student Academic Conference has been extended to November 25! Register now!
  • James Kariuki is organizing some brown bag lunches with an open invitation for staff, faculty, and students that are interested to attend. The discussion will be focused on the formation of an IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility) Working Group. There are currently two sessions scheduled: today at noon in the Learning Commons Conference Room and Tuesday, December 10, in the Roger Epp Conference Room (also at noon). There will be an additional session for students in February.
  • Did you know that students can book individual tea time with a Unitea host to enjoy a free hot beverage and conversation at any time? The aim is to create meaningful conversations that provide opportunities for students to speak with a trained peer about various issues, engage in helpful conversation, foster connection, and build a sense of community. For more information and to register, visit the UniTea webpage.
  • Did you know that Augustana will introduce some curriculum changes (including a new core and three new majors) starting in the Fall of 2020? If you're currently a first-year student, or are on track to complete 45 credits or less by the end of the Winter term, you may be eligible to switch into these programs and are invited to attend a Curriculum Update Info Session next Tuesday, November 26 at 5:30 pm in the Learning Commons. Learn more and ask questions-we'll provide the pizza! Please RSVP.

  • Attend tonight's public lecture on Building a Cree Education System, as part of Augustana's workshops on Building a Capacity for Reconciliation.
  • Tomorrow is the Fair Trade & Local Made Sale in the forum from 9:30 am to 4 pm.
  • Tomorrow is also World Hello Day which seeks to demonstrate the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. Say "hello" to ten people, be it an old friend or someone new, and stop by the pop-up tea party in the forum from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Attend Tim Parker's Professorial Lecture on Brain Changes in Addiction tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7 at the Lougheed Centre.
  • On Friday, faculty are welcome to attend a Research Conversations presentation. This month's topic is Publishing with Undergraduates.
  • Also on Friday: a Humanities Cafe Roundtable Discussion on Leonardo Da Vinci (plus Beyonce's on the poster, so who could resist that?).

Babies' eyes do grow, just not much, compared to the eyes of adults. The dimensions differ by one or two millimeters from babies to adults. Those big eyes make babies so cute!

Do you want to share a fun fact? Send it (and your source) to augcomm@ualberta.ca!

  • Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is celebrated this Friday (November 22). Come and enjoy performances by Augustana's voice and instrumental students as well as The Augustana Choir this Saint Cecilia Feast Day!
  • Joe Nolan will be performing at the Bailey Theatre this Friday.
  • Join professor and pianist Edwin Gnandt for a piano masterclass and public lecture on "The Piano Legacy of Fryderyk Chopin" this Sunday (November 24).

  • Basketball had the weekend off, but men's basketball remains in 13th place nationally. Congrats!
  • Hockey won their Saturday night game against Concordia. Way to go!
  • Our Vikings volleyball teams fought hard against the Lakeland Rustlers but lost both days. You'll get them next time!
  • Keep an eye out for more information on the Vikes for Tykes Toy Drive! Donations will be accepted on November 29 and 30!

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

  • The Grateful Grannies are hosting a Christmas market this Saturday at the Bailey Theatre. Students get in free!
  • The Bailey Theatre is bringing Canadian journalist, broadcaster, columnist, and lecturer Gwynne Dyer to Camrose next Wednesday (November 27) to speak on his latest book, Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and Work). Tickets are $25 and are available through the Bailey Theatre Box Office.


If you are searching for alternative accommodation, the Augustana Students' Association compiles a list of Off-Campus Housing. Visit http://asa.su.ualberta.ca/services/off-campus-housing/ to view the list (if the link isn't working, try using a different browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer)). Contact the ASA (augsa@ualberta.ca) for more information.