It’s a busy time of year on the Augsburg campus. Performances, competitions, final presentations, preparations for graduation.
Just the other day I attended a favorite such celebration: the annual scholarship and donor recognition brunch. You may know, my family endowed a scholarship fund to honor my late husband, Jim ’51.
This year I joined the table with Congressman Martin Sabo ’59 and a Sabo scholar, Taylor Kuramoto ’15. She grew up in Rochester, Minn., and her freshman year attended a college she knew from summer swimming camps. However, she discovered that she really wanted more diversity in her academic experience, believing she would be better prepared professionally to enter a global workforce.
She decided to transfer to Augsburg, where she became a math major and joined the soccer team that went to nationals this past autumn. Last year, Taylor spent the summer in Tennessee as part of the NIMBIOS program: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. She was one of only18 undergraduates from across the country chosen for this fully funded 8-week research program.
Her sights are set on doing statistical analysis for government in areas of public policy. Upon graduation she will pursue a graduate degree in statistics, epidemiology, or public health. All I can say is, “WOW!”
Like her peers, Taylor already has a grasp of world issues that matter. She, and so many others like her, are headed out to serve in ways that are complex and challenging. It’s where they want to be. And I’m so impressed.
At the same event, our president Paul Pribbenow remarked, “In the news we read everywhere about students who are not ‘college ready.’ Augsburg sees it differently. We believe a college needs to be student ready.” Continue reading