ACSRC Monthly News
May 2016
Upcoming Events
Built in June 2015, the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station (AMLRS) was developed to address a broad spectrum of research questions and learning opportunities. This recent addition to the Augustana Campus is almost complete, and you can help complete some final touches.Join fellow U of A, Augustana, Augustana University College and Camrose Lutheran College alumni as we work to insulate, wrap and drywall the garage; build a workbench; install shelves; landscape the yard; build seating for around the firepit and more!
Saturday June 4th, 2016 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
The University of Alberta's Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Centre
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park


Congratulations to Lars Hallstrom, Glen Hvenegaard, Mary Beckie and Karsten Mundel from the University of Alberta on the launch of their book "Taking the next steps: Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada". Thank you to all who attended!

About the book


First instructed in January 2016, Dr. Glen Hvenegaard's Environmental Sustainability course uses local and regional case studies to ground thinking, test helpful tools, and focus group discussions around how we can achieve environmental sustainability alongside economic, social, cultural, and governance prosperity in our own rural communities.
For the first time ever, Augustana Extended Education is offering 4 courses in 1 month!
Sustainability 101: Environmental Sustainability: June 9,2016
Grant Writing Workshop: June 15, 2016
Rural Planning and Design: June 15, 2016
Sustainability 101: Economics & Sustainability: June 23, 2016

An updated Annual Report has been uploaded to the ACSRC webpage! Please visit the link below to access the updated report. 
Dr. Lars Hallstrom has co-authored an article in the Underneath the Golden Boy Journal entitled "Policy Design in Rural Manitoba: Alternatives and Opportunities in the Midst of Change."
Wilissa Reist
I will be graduating in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies. This summer, I am working to finish a project on regional collaboration in rural Alberta. The project involved traveling to seven rural Alberta municipalities to conduct regional collaboration workshops. At these workshops, we addressed the challenges to collaboration as well as essential values, structures and actions necessary for collaboration. 

Nathanael Skagen
Nathanael has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the U of A.  Having grown up in a rural area is whole life he has experienced firsthand the changing rural landscape.  Currently, Nathanael is working on the Beaver County Youth Engagement Project. Nathanael has worked for the ACSRC since the beginning of 2016 and will be continuing with the ACSRC throughout the summer of 2016. 

Izzy Contreras
Izzy is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science at Augustana and currently working for the ACSRC. This summer, Izzy will be working on editing works done by previous ACSRC research assistants and looking at a holistic level on assessing the impact of youth involvement! This will Izzy's first summer, however this will be her second year working for the ACSRC!

Aubrie Duncan
Aubrie has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the U of A. Aubrie has worked with the ACSRC in previous years and is excited to be here for the summer! Aubrie will be working on numerous tasks the ACSRC brings as well as Rural Capacity Survey. Aubrie is looking forward to what the summer will bring!

Carly Heck
Carly is assisting in two research studies this summer; both consider aspects of rural youth employment. I am working with Dr. Rebecca Purc-Stephenson (Augustana & Nursing Faculty) to assess what career development programs and vocational experiences are offered by high schools in both rural and urban communities across Alberta. I am also working with Dr. Lars K. Hallstrom (ACSRC Director, Augustana Faculty & Faculty of ALE Sciences) to understand the pathways to success for rural youth employment from the perspectives of employers and volunteer leaders across Beaver County. 

Mahsa Pakravan
Mahsa Pakravan is the project manager for the youth engagement project. She works with the team to develop workplans, timelines, deliverables and ensure that we are "on top" of the project. Mahsa works from Edmonton as she is a doctoral candidate at the U of A main campus and is soon to defend her thesis. She has been working on the project for a few months now with Nathanael Skagen on the coding and mapping components of this project.

Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities