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From the South Pole to Augsburg

NOVEMBER 28, 2007

Picture of Katy Jansen, courtesy of the Antarctic Sun newsletter (USAP).November and December in Minnesota bring with them cold, short days. However, they are tropical in comparison to the days at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Katy Jensen, who now lives in St. Paul, was the Station Manager there from 1992 - 2002. She shared her polar experience on Dec. 5 in the Hoversten Chapel as part of Augsburg's Vocatio Series.

Jensen earned her degree from Colorado College and later joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Commissioned Officer's Corps. After serving 2 years aboard research vessels conducting oceanographic mapping and surveying missions, she was assigned to the U.S. Antarctic Program. That turned into a 10-year-long adventure of days with endless sun and others of perpetual night.

Jensen's speech in chapel was part of the "Science as Vocation" Vocatio Series, which is supported by Exploring Our Gifts: The Lilly Grant at Augsburg.

Photo and information courtesy of the U.S. Antarctic Program's "The Antarctic Sun."