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Augustana College choir cuts short Egypt tour, LTSP creates Augustana Room and more …

When anti-government protests in Egypt intensified in January, the Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., band cut short a five concert, 20-day tour of the country. College officials canceled a final concert at Cairo's Mubarak Hall and moved the students — along with 19 faculty, staff and friends — to a hotel away from the protests. By Jan. 31, all were evacuated from Cairo. "Our students have experienced the culture and history of Egypt and have participated in four amazing concerts during their time in the country. [This] won't diminish the experience they've had," said Rob Oliver, Augustana's president. Band members played in the 3,500-seat hall where President Barack Obama gave his 2009 "address to the Muslim world," cruised the Nile River and met with students at Assiut University.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is establishing an Augustana Room and Archives to honor the life, witness and ministry of the Augustana Lutheran Church (a predecessor of the former Lutheran Church in America). Seminary leaders will use the room for seminars and to exhibit the archival collection. Former Augustana congregations in the East that would like to contribute archival documents, photos or other resources to the collection may contact Ellen Anderson, LTSP director for alumni and church relations, at 215-248-7301 or by email. Learn more at the LTSP website.

Three out of four students at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, study abroad during their undergraduate years. That works out to a steady 450 Luther students each year, compared to overall numbers of U.S. students studying abroad, which declined in 2008-09 for the first time in 25 years to 260,327 (down 0.8 percent from the previous year). Those figures are from the Open Doors 2010 report on International Educational Exchange, which reports that Luther and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., are among 29 U.S. institutions where more than 70 percent of students study abroad.


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