Augsburg College had 1,054 State Grant recipients on campus this past academic year—that was 34 percent of all Augsburg undergraduates. In total, Augsburg students received more than $3.4 million in State Grant awards. In support of this program, which bridges the gap between loans, scholarships and other aid, 12 students attended the Day at the Capitol for State Grant advocacy. These students met with Representative Phyllis Kahn and Senator Greg Clausen ’74 for a networking breakfast in the morning, and spoke with over 24 legislators throughout the day.
Yeng Vang ’14 describes how the state grant program helped him attend Augsburg, “I wouldn’t be here if not for grants and scholarships. Things like the State Grant allow you the opportunity to go to college, opening the door to future possibilities.”
If you are interested in showing your support of the state grant program, sign up to receive occasional email updates, newsletters and action alerts on important issues facing state and federal financial aid in Minnesota.
Are you interested in contributing to research on healthy aging? The Psychology Department’s aging lab is looking for participants, aged 60 – 80, to take part in paid, on-campus research on a variety of psychological issues such as memory, attention, and decision making.
Our research lab was created three years ago with the goal of investigating normal, age-related changes in thinking and behavior. Given the demographic changes in our country due to increases in longevity, studies on the cognitive abilities of older adults are becoming a vital part of psychological research. Our primary goals in researching cognitive changes in older adulthood is to help shape public policy, dispel stereotypes, and identify ways to make our “golden years” the very best they can be.
Besides contributing to the larger scientific research community, we also focus on training the next generation of student researchers. Our undergraduate student researchers collaborate closely with faculty to address unanswered questions in the field. Our students have presented their findings at local conferences, and some have already gone on to work in the field after graduation. Students frequently say that meeting with participants is one of the most enjoyable experiences of their time on campus!
To produce quality research and positive learning experiences for our undergraduates we need people who are interested in contributing their time and effort to a worthwhile cause. Most of our experiments take less than an hour to complete. You are paid for your time, and parking on campus is free to our participants. The results of your participation are always kept in strict confidence, and we have detailed procedures for ethical and responsible conduct in experimental research. Before you agree to participate in any individual study, we make sure to inform you of the nature of the tasks you would be doing, and any potential benefits or risks to participating. You are always free to cease participating at any time.
If you, or anyone else you know, is interested in finding out more information, please contact Dr. Ben Denkinger at email@example.com, 612/330-1172, or our lab e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond with answers to any of your questions, as well as details about how to get signed up for experiments starting this fall.
Feiern Sie Ihr lutherisches Erbe y die Reformation translates to Celebrating Lutheran Heritage and the Reformation.
Augsburg College is designing a custom travel program for October 2016 that will celebrate the Reformation and the upcoming 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther in 1517 nailed the 95 Theses to the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. A highlight of the trip itinerary will be a visit to Wittenberg over October 31–a time when the town annually celebrates Reformation Day with a parade, medieval fair, special church service, and evening concert. In addition to visiting Wittenberg, the itinerary includes stops in the German cities of Berlin, Dresden, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Prague, Czech Republic.
Led by Augsburg Department of Religion faculty members Mark Tranvik and Hans Wiersma, program participants will explore the lives and ministries of Martin and Katie Luther and the legacies of influential Lutheran musicians Johann Sebastian Bach and Paul Gerhardt. They will learn about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a 20th Century German theologian and martyr, and Jan Hus, a church reformer of 15th Century Prague–100 years before Luther. Participants also will hear about the church’s role in the Peaceful Revolution that brought down the Berlin Wall and remember the sobering days of WWII at the Buchenwald concentration camp. This travel program is an opportunity to explore the connections between people, cultures, and historical events while examining the Reformation as an ongoing influence in the 21st Century.
To receive updates about this alumni tour as plans are finalized, email email@example.com, or call 612-330-1085 to be included on a mailing list.
Whether you were a physics major in college, work in the sciences now, or are in general interested in these topics, this newsletter will make you proud of your fellow Auggies! The Spring 2014 issue of the Micelle features student research, a new course, and ways for you to get involed!
Mina Halling ’12 sent the English Department the following news and testimonial:
“First off, (a very abridged version of) my Departmental Honors project, ‘Adventures in Time, Space and Community College: Narrative Structure and Thematic Depth,’ has been featured in A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and Its Fandom. Colin [Irvine] helped put me in contact with the editor of the collection over a year ago, and the book is finally ready to go. (And my essay is first! Exciting.) Here’s a link: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7590-2
“I also have a personal narrative piece, ‘Trivia Weekend: The Less Cool (but no less great) Minnesota Get-Together,’ that is about to be included in an e-book called Bright Lights, Twin Cities: A Collection of Stories from Real Minnesotans. Here’s a link for that one: http://thetangential.com/bright-lights-twin-cities/
“… I’m sharing this stuff with you as a delayed part of Thank A Teacher Day. I’d like to say a huge thank you to each of you for making me a better writer, editor, thinker and person. I feel like I’m making steps on the long path to Making A Living By Writing, which is pretty awesome, and it wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for your influence.”
Have you recently published? Received a promotion? Won an award? Started a business? Got married or had a child? If so, share your exciting news with us and submit an Auggie class note.
Summer camps at Augsburg provide an exciting opportunity for regional students to experience life on a small college campus and to learn from the College’s outstanding faculty and staff. Augsburg’s unique location in the heart of Minneapolis gives students perfect access to all there is to see and do in our vibrant, diverse city. Learn more about the various camps offered at Augsburg College.
If you’re a golfer, there are several opportunities to support Augsburg College athletics this summer, with numerous fundraising golf tournaments at courses throughout the Twin Cities area. In addition to golfing opportunities, there are also options for businesses and individuals to sponsor holes or donate prizes for raffle drawings.
Learn more and register.
Augsburg College alumnus Lars Dyrud ’97 has recently been featured in a number of articles, including MarketWatch of The Wall Street Journal and SpaceNews.com, regarding his company’s announcement of a small-sat imagery venture.
Do you have news of an alum featured in the news? Let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is with great sadness that I send news that our long-time colleague, Professor Emeritus Erwin Mickelberg, passed away last Friday. Professor Mickelberg was an Augsburg alumnus (class of 1954), a member of the Augsburg Faculty and the Department of Biology.
Professor Mickelberg began his teaching career at Augsburg College in 1956 and retired in 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Erwin taught classes in anatomy and physiology, human biology, nutrition, and botany in both the Day program and the Weekend College program. He also volunteered in the Minneapolis Public Schools, teaching elementary school children about the human body, and was active in his church.
An avid supporter for a new science building throughout his teaching career at Augsburg, a manuscript of Erwin’s was recently published, and all proceeds will be donated to the College’s campaign for the new Center for Science, Business and Religion.
A funeral is planned for this Friday, May 9, 11:00 a.m.(reviewal at 10:00) at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. An obituary will appear in the Star Tribune on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Erwin’s family has requested memorials be made directly to the CSBR campaign, where a fund will be established in his name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D.
Augsburg College’s StepUP program has been selected to host the 5th annual National Collegiate Recovery Conference, taking place on campus June 5-7, 2014. The theme of the conference is “From Research to Policy to Practice: Creating Environments for Academic Success and Sustained Recovery” and is expected to attract several hundred professionals working in the field of collegiate recovery across the US. More than 700 Augsburg alumni have been served by the StepUP program, and many are expected to attend.
Augsburg has been a pioneer in the field of collegiate recovery, having started the StepUP program 17 years ago and provided guidance to 30 other collegiate recovery programs across the country, including programs at St. Cloud State University, the College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Approximately 85 students were served by StepUP in the 2013-2014 academic year and the program is expected to grow to 95 students in the coming academic year.
The conference will feature nationally-recognized speakers in the field of recovery, including David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Peter Gaumond, Chief of the Recovery Branch at Office of National Drug Control Policy; and more.
Augsburg alumni are invited to attend the conference as well. Open meetings will take place each day and former StepUP program participants and Augsburg alumni will be in attendance.
For more information on the conference, or to register, please visit the website.