Honors, Rankings, and Distinctions
Augsburg is the only college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in the heart of a large urban area, and we consider this city our metropolitan classroom. We engage with the city—with our neighbors, with arts and culture, with Fortune 500 companies, and with all it can teach us about our diverse, urban environment.
For our students, the Twin Cities provide boundless opportunities for service-learning, internships, research, jobs, and more. An Augsburg education prepares students in many ways for leadership and service in our global society.
2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—with Distinction
Augsburg College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Augsburg was one of only three in Minnesota to earn this distinction. This is the fourth time the College has earned this honor. The award, presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes the work of colleges and universities in overall community service.
In 2010, Augsburg won the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service, the highest honor possible for service work. At the time, Augsburg was the only Minnesota college or university to have received this honor.
Throughout the United States, college and university students contributed $2.5 billion in value in community service.
National Society for Experiential Education Award
Augsburg College’s commitment to experiential education was recognized for the third time in as many years on October 5 when the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) presented President Paul C. Pribbenow with the 2012 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education.
The award, presented by the NSEE and funded by The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars, celebrates the dedication of a sitting college or university president who has made significant contributions to experiential education on campus and in the community.
Pribbenow was nominated for the award by Garry Hesser, sociologoy professor and Sabo Professor for Citizenship and Learning; Orval Gingerich, assistant vice president for international programs; and Lois Olson, former director of the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.
The Burke Award, a testament to the fact that hands-on learning is a core part of the College’s curriculum, includes a $2,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving Auggie who is involved in experiential learning.
2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—Presidential Awardee
Augsburg is one of six higher education institutions in the nation to receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the highest award given that recognizes institutions for their commitment to and achievement in community service, and Augsburg is the only Minnesota school to receive this honor. In three previous years, the College has been named to the President’s Honor Roll with the additional designation of “With Distinction.”
During the 2009-10 school year, Auggies contributed nearly 200,000 hours of community service to programs including course-based service-learning, Campus Kitchen, Bonner Leaders, Urban Scrubs Camp, Community Gardens, GEMS/GISE/STEM summer programs, and much, much more. More than 1,700 students more than 200 faculty and staff participated in academic service-learning last year.
2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—with Distinction
Augsburg was named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for the third time in 2009 and was the only college in Minnesota named this year “with distinction.” The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
In 2008-09, 900 Augsburg students participated in service-learning, and 1,200 students participated in more than 20 hours of community service per semester. In addition, students who are Bonner Leaders are paired with nonprofit community organizations and contributed nearly 5,000 hours of service, while students involved in Campus Kitchen volunteered more than 3,000 hours of their time.
Best Colleges for Service-Learning
U.S.News & World Report named Augsburg College as one of the “Best Colleges 2009 for Service-Learning,” which includes 31 schools across the country where volunteering in the community is both an instructional strategy and a requirement of a student’s coursework.
The Princeton Review “Best in the Midwest”
Augsburg College once again is named as one of 158 “Best in the Midwest” colleges on The Princeton Review’s website, “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The annual ranking considers institutional data collected by The Princeton Review, their visits to schools, the opinions of high-school counselors, as well as the opinions of Augsburg students.
2009 Rhodes Scholar
Brian Krohn ’08, BA Chemistry, Environmental Change and Management
Fulbright Scholars for 2010-11
Bethany Hellerich ’09, English Teaching Assistantship, Indonesia
Heidi Le ’10, English Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam
Jens Olsen ’10, English Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam
Colin Irvine, Associate Professor of English, Fulbright Roving Scholar, Norway
Center for Global Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Project Award, Namibia
Goldwater Award (for 2009-10)
Alex Garver ’10, Mathematics
Rossing Physics Scholarship, ELCA (for 2009-10)
Nate Johnson ’10
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Stipend 2010
Dallas Liddle, Associate Professor of English
2009 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award
Martha Spriggs ’96, Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis, Minn.
Outstanding Youth Award 2009, Association of Fundraising Professionals
Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College
ASCAP award, Concert Music Division, 2009-10
Carol Barnett, Studio Artist, music composition
2009 NCAA Division III national championship
Augsburg wrestling team (11th title in 20 years)
2009 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year
Mark Matzek ’05, Head Football Coach
Rose and Jay Phillips Scholars, Minnesota Private College Fund
2009-2011, PaDao Yang ’11—Helping Hmong refugee youth to combine traditional Hmong art with modern art to express themselves
2010-2012, Marisol Campusano ’12—Project to empower Latina women by educating them about family structure and family planning
Award of Excellence 2009, American Music Therapy Association
Music Therapy Department, for 35 years of excellence; with lifetime membership awarded to Roberta Kagin, associate professor and program director
“25 on the Rise”
The Minnesota Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Hector Matascastillo ’10 MSW as one of the “25 on the Rise in 2010.”
Gilman Awards—for study abroad, fall 2010
Claire Bergren (Namibia)
Kong Lee (China)
Katherine Martinson (Morocco)
Maizoua Vang (South Korea)
Mai Sia Yang (Thailand)
Outstanding Student Paper Awards
Randy Krug 10, chemistry, Beta Beta Beta, 2nd place
National Certifying Examination, Physician Assistant master’s degree graduates
Class of 2009—placed in 85th percentile (Augsburg mean score, 596; national score, 535)
Going Green Production Award, University and College Designers Association (UCDA)
Augsburg Now magazine, Spring 2009 issue
Serve 2.0 Star Community Partner Profile Award, Bonner Summer Leadership Institute
Mallory Carstens and Kate Lewis, Bonner Scholars, for the video introducing Augsburg