Augsburg celebrates 40 years of women's athletics

The passage of Title IX, enacted as part of the U.S. Education Amendment of 1972, mandated equal opportunities in education, allowing women to participate on high school and college athletic teams. But the tradition of women’s athletics at Augsburg actually dates back to the earliest days of Auggie athletics in the 1920s.

On November 10, Augsburg will celebrate 40 years of varsity women’s athletics and the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Continue reading “Augsburg celebrates 40 years of women's athletics”

Wehrenberg named to Augsburg College Board of Regents

Steve_WehrenbergMINNEAPOLIS — Steve Wehrenberg, chief executive officer of Campbell Mithun, was elected this fall to serve a four-year term as a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents.

Wehrenberg ’78 holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augsburg College and is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. He became Campbell Mithun’s CEO in 2007 and since has provided expert leadership for many of the company’s most successful and award-winning campaigns. Continue reading “Wehrenberg named to Augsburg College Board of Regents”

Moksnes named to Augsburg College Board of Regents

Pam_MoksnesMINNEAPOLIS — Pam (Hanson) Moksnes, an independent management consultant, was elected this fall to serve a four-year term as a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents.

Moksnes ’79 holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augsburg College and formerly was a partner at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

“Augsburg has made a tremendous impact on me personally and professionally,” Moksnes said. “Connecting an excellent education to leadership, service, and stewardship is a hallmark of Augsburg, which makes a top education relevant in our world. Serving on the Augsburg Board of Regents is an honor as we work together to carry out this legacy.” Continue reading “Moksnes named to Augsburg College Board of Regents”

New Augsburg College Regents named

This fall the Augsburg Corporation named four new members to the Board of Regents. Newly elected members include Jennie Carlson, Pam Moksnes ’79, Curt Sampson, and Steve Wehrenberg ’78. Each person was elected to serve a four-year term.

In addition to new member appointments, this year the Board of Regents welcomed Jodi Harpstead, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, as its new chair. Harpstead was named chair after serving on the Board of Regents since 2005. She will play a key leadership role in Augsburg’s planning and fundraising initiatives. Continue reading “New Augsburg College Regents named”

Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation features Dan Phillips

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Dan Phillips, founder of the Phoenix Commotion, will speak at Augsburg College.

Dan Phillips has found that uncommon materials, unimpeded creativity, and a unique approach to environmentalism can form a solid footing on which to build a house—and a business.

As this year’s Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation speaker, Phillips will describe his role as a designer, a homebuilder, and the founder of the Phoenix Commotion, a company that constructs beautiful, whimsical houses out of reused or recycled materials.

His presentation, “Recycled Housing: Adventures in Human Sensibilities,” will take place Wednesday, November 7, at 10 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

The Phoenix Commotion

Phillips and the Phoenix Commotion have built houses for low-income families out of 90 percent repurposed supplies for more than a decade. In these homes, non-traditional materials marry aesthetic appeal with essential utility: license plates can replace shingles for roof tiles and wine corks can form a mosaic floor covering. Continue reading “Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation features Dan Phillips”

Strommen speaker series features Sally Smith of Buffalo Wild Wings

Sally Smith is the CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings.
Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, will speak at Augsburg College on November 15. To add to the conversation on Twitter, please use the hashtag #AugStrom.

The Clair and Gladys Strommen Executive Speaker Series at Augsburg College will host a free presentation by Sally Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, in Hoversten Chapel.

The Strommen Executive Speaker Series brings local business leaders to Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus to share their insights and expertise.

The series is offered quarterly, and Smith’s presentation will feature an exciting twist. Her lecture, “The Buffalo Wild Wings Story: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Two Hungry Guys Helped Launch a Restaurant Brand,” will be followed by a dinner for presentation attendees to sample wings from the restaurant chain. Continue reading “Strommen speaker series features Sally Smith of Buffalo Wild Wings”

Non-traditional theater production explores topic of student debt

debtIt’s not traditional theater. And it’s not very common to see students on campus with tape over their mouths and rope wrapped around their bodies. But that is exactly what students in Augsburg’s upcoming theater performance did last week to promote their work.

Debt, a student-led production exploring the topic of student debt, began last week with a series of site-specific performances. The production continues Nov. 1-4 with town-hall style meetings that use popular theater techniques and facilitation methods to generate dialogue among audience and cast members. Continue reading “Non-traditional theater production explores topic of student debt”

Serving as polling location is honor that comes with responsibility

2012ElectionAugsburg College will serve as an official polling place for the November 6 General Election.

Residents of Minneapolis Ward 2, Precinct 7—who include some Augsburg students, staff, and faculty—may vote in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

While making the Marshall Room available to the Cedar-Riverside community as a polling place is convenient for eligible voters, it does come with special responsibilities.

“It’s an honor to serve as a polling location for the Presidential, Congressional, state, and local races,” said Ann Garvey, vice president of Student Affairs. “But it will create a different feel in Christensen Center on Election Day.” Continue reading “Serving as polling location is honor that comes with responsibility”

Augsburg College to launch new website this week

Website_relaunchThis Friday, October 26, Augsburg College will launch its new website powered by WordPress, an open-source website content management system that, according to, is used by nearly 17 percent of the world’s top 1 million websites, including The New York Times, CNN, and the Library of Congress.

The website project was launched in fall 2011 when Information Technology and Marketing and Communication tested several content management software options and confirmed WordPress as the platform for the new site. Design and prototyping were completed during the spring 2012 term, and content conversion began early this past summer. Continue reading “Augsburg College to launch new website this week”

Augsburg College hosts parliamentarian Marianne Aasen

AasenAugsburg College on October 16 and 17 will host Norwegian parliamentarian Marianne Aasen as she makes her first trip to Minnesota aimed at identifying opportunities for research, business, and educational exchange between Norway and the Upper Midwest.

Augsburg President Paul C. Pribbenow invited Aasen to visit the College to further her understanding of U.S. higher education and to explore topics central to her vocation. During the trip, Aasen—who chairs a parliamentary committee on research and education—will meet U.S. scholars who collaborate with Norwegian researchers and will discuss educational issues with faculty members in the College’s Education and Social Work departments. Continue reading “Augsburg College hosts parliamentarian Marianne Aasen”