The Learned Ladies

learnedladiesThe Augsburg College Theatre Department opens its season on Nov. 5 with Molière’s comedy, The Learned Ladies. In this play, a family is thrown into disarray when the mother becomes fixated on an intellectual charlatan. The play evolves into a hilarious portrayal of the intellectual perversions sometimes seen in academia (and elsewhere) when the quest for knowledge is replaced by pseudo-intellectuality, pretention, inflated self-importance, and power mongering.

Sarah Witte, a junior theatre major, plays Armande, one of the learned ladies. The ladies, Witte says, are very strong characters—”…so strong that they rub it in other people’s faces.” Certainly intellectual superiority, on the part of the ladies as well as other characters, is a theme in the play. Continue reading “The Learned Ladies”

Klobuchar to hold panel on online aggression

klobucharOn Thursday, Oct. 21, Senator Amy Klobuchar will visit Augsburg’s campus to participate in a panel discussion on “online aggression.” The Senator is interested in gathering feedback from those who have dealt with issues such as online bullying, stalking, harassment, or predatory behavior.

With October designated as both National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is convening a public forum at Augsburg College on “Protecting Children and Youth in an Online World.” Continue reading “Klobuchar to hold panel on online aggression”

Augsburg dedicates Ed Saugestad Rink

icearenaAugsburg officially named its main competition rink in honor of Ed Saugestad ’59, the coach who led the Auggies to national prominence in men’s ice hockey during his storied career. At the Oct. 15 ceremony, Auggies were able to see the changes that took place in the arena in preparation for the dedication.

One noticeable change was the addition of three murals depicting the Saugestad legacy as well as the history of men’s and women’s hockey at Augsburg College. Other graphics have been added to the rink including an “Auggie Pride” sign to mark the student seating section.

A special thanks to Stephen Geffre, Augsburg’s staff photographer, who spent many hours compiling the graphics for the murals.

To read more about Saugestad, go to the Augsburg Athletics page.

2010 alumni awardees

alumni_awards10Every year Augsburg honors alumni and friends of the College who have contributed to Augsburg or who have made significant accomplishments since their graduation. This year we honor the following (L to R, top row to bottom row):

First Decade Award

Nicolas Thomley, ’06 MBA

Passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, Nicolas Thomley founded Pinnacle Services in 1999 at the age of 19 to provide housing services to people with developmental disabilities. His remarkable energy, creativity, entrepreneurial instinct, and deep-seated desire to serve others have led to his recognition as an industry leader, with his companies serving more than 1,000 disabled individuals and seniors and employing more than 400 people. Continue reading “2010 alumni awardees”

An Auggie to watch Kay Adam receives Point Foundation Scholarship

adam_pointKay Adam is an Auggie you might want to get to know. In the future, this determined young man could be influencing public policy decisions locally—perhaps even nationally or internationally. In fact, he’s already had experience testifying in front of the Minnesota Legislature.

Adam came to the U.S. from Kenya as a refugee in 2004. At the age of 16, he was hired to work as a janitor at a youth drop-in center. “Close to half of the youth had compromised housing,” he says. “Many were African Americans, GLBT, and living below the poverty line.” In a short time, Adam found himself taking on more and more responsibility, helping youth find more permanent housing. Continue reading “An Auggie to watch Kay Adam receives Point Foundation Scholarship”

Martha E. Stortz to be inaugurated as Christensen Chair

stortzShortly after she settled into her new home in Minneapolis, Martha (she prefers Marty) Stortz did four things: she became a member of the Seward Co-op, she joined the Midtown YWCA, she took her bicycle in for “retooling” at the Hub Bike Shop, and she took herself on walking tours of the Seward, Longfellow, and Downtown East neighborhoods.

And those activities, along with a genuine love for the city and an infectious enthusiasm for Augsburg’s mission, are what make her a true Auggie.

Stortz came to Augsburg this summer as the second Bernhard M. Christensen Professor in Religion and Vocation. She succeeds David Tiede, who has taken an interim position as president of Wartburg Theological Seminary. Continue reading “Martha E. Stortz to be inaugurated as Christensen Chair”

A writer finds hope at Augsburg

macdonald_templeJeffrey MacDonald says he came to Augsburg on a mission seeking hope.

The journalist and UCC minister was working on a book and heard that Augsburg College was an antidote to the problem he’d been exploring. His question is it possible to offer experiences in the religious marketplace that genuinely shape the heart and character of others?

Recently MacDonald returned to Augsburg, published book in hand, to talk about his work. Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul was released in spring 2010. Continue reading “A writer finds hope at Augsburg”

A perfect match

scholastic_connectionsRico Washington ’01 and Michael Orange ’13 have a lot in common. Both are Auggie wrestlers. Both overcame adversity in their youth. Neither had a strong father figure in his life and therefore looked to coaches for support and advice. And both have an interest in business – Washington was a business major and now runs his own companies, and Orange is currently studying business. Continue reading “A perfect match”

Reflection and gratitude — marking national recovery month

recovery_monthAugsburg College is one of the only higher education institutions in the country that offers a residential program for students in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The StepUP® Program provides chemical-free housing, counseling, and a community of support for students.

Since 1997, StepUP has helped students in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs learn similar lessons about themselves. To date, more than 400 students from across the nation have participated and have maintained an 85% abstinence rate while in the program. They are successful in sobriety and in the classroom, earning a collective 3.2 GPA at Augsburg. Continue reading “Reflection and gratitude — marking national recovery month”

Travelers Foundation grant creates Travelers Scholars Program

travelersMichael Newman has spent more than a decade with the Travelers Foundation. In that time, he has spent far more time fielding calls from organizations and institutions looking for funding than he has approaching potential partners.

But that’s what he did when the Travelers Foundation was looking to add another partner to its Travelers EDGE program, an acronym that stands for Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment. Continue reading “Travelers Foundation grant creates Travelers Scholars Program”