CCHP convocation features Dr. Henry Emmons on 'The Science of Hope'

Emmons_convoDuring the 2012 Center for Counseling and Health Promotion convocation lectures, Henry Emmons, M.D., will discuss how individuals can restore serenity to their lives and protect themselves from stress.

His first lecture will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 19 in Hoversten Chapel and repeated at noon on Saturday, October 20 in the Chapel.

Emmons’ presentation is titled “The Science of Hope: Blending New Neuroscience and Ancient Wisdom to Sustain a Healthy Mind, Mood, and Heart.” His lecture will outline approaches to cultivating inner calm and joy in a chaotic, contemporary society where stress-related disorders are prevalent. Continue reading “CCHP convocation features Dr. Henry Emmons on 'The Science of Hope'”

Pribbenow receives experiential education award

City Service Day
Each fall incoming first-year and transfer students participate in City Service Day, an occasion through which the students volunteer at organizations matched to their degree programs and experientially learn in the neighborhoods that surround Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus.

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. Continue reading “Pribbenow receives experiential education award”

Chapel chair upholstery project woven into local economy

Tonya DuRoche, owner of All About Upholstery
Tonya DuRoche lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, employs local workers, and sources nearly all her materials from local vendors.

At first glance, the choice to refurbish the chairs in Hoversten Chapel is just good financial management. The move to refresh versus replace the chairs saved the College more than $40,000.

But that’s only the surface of the decision.

What really went on gets to the heart of what it means to be a good steward. It makes exceptional what could be written off as a one-dimensional, mundane decision. It is a concrete example of how the College can live out its mission to be an engaged member of the community, a thoughtful steward, and a responsible leader. Continue reading “Chapel chair upholstery project woven into local economy”

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Strommen_Center2In today’s economy, prospective students and their families are searching for clear evidence that a college education is a worthwhile investment. Thanks to the dedication of a generous donor and the good work of members of the Augsburg community, the College is able to demonstrate the real-world value of liberal arts and professional education in ways not before possible. Continue reading “Strommen Center for Meaningful Work”

Homecoming 2012

Homecoming2012What does Homecoming look like at Augsburg? In a word,


But, Augsburg College Homecoming also looks like current students decorating the Minneapolis campus with signs of Auggie spirit, like alumni reconnecting with classmates and favorite faculty members, and like fans cheering on the football team in its attempt to defeat the Bethel Royals.

The 2012 Homecoming week features events for the entire community from September 23 to 29. Current Augsburg students, faculty, and staff can choose from more than a dozen activities happening around campus.

Visit for additional schedule, registration, and alumni information. Continue reading “Homecoming 2012”

Augsburg names Heather Riddle as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

RiddleAugsburg College is pleased to welcome Heather Riddle as Vice President of Institutional Advancement effective Sept. 18.

Riddle, who most recently served as director of development at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, will lead the advancement of our community’s work on the campaign for the Center for Science, Business and Religion; growth of overall fundraising from all constituencies; the continued expansion of our relationships with alumni, parents, corporations and foundations, and government agencies; and the abiding evolution of our culture of philanthropy among alumni and friends, faculty and staff. Continue reading “Augsburg names Heather Riddle as Vice President of Institutional Advancement”

Christensen Symposium features Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel

Patel_convocationEboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will speak at the 2012 Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium convocation at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Patel, who will speak on the “Holiness of Common Ground,” was named one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009 by U.S.News & World Report.

IFYC is based in Chicago and is devoted to building the interfaith movement on college campuses.

Patel’s visit to Augsburg fits well with the College’s commitment to interfaith dialogue, neighborhood service, and intentional diversity. The visit also will further the work and support Augsburg contributes to President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a project launched during 2010 to engage students in interfaith discussion and community service. Continue reading “Christensen Symposium features Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel”

Augsburg College TRIO McNair Scholars present research at UC Berkeley

McNair_BerkeleyNearly a dozen Augsburg College McNair Scholars presented their summer research findings at the University of California, Berkeley’s 20th Annual McNair Scholars Symposium, held August 2-5. The symposium hosted students from colleges and universities across the United States.

Augsburg students during summer 2012 spent an average of 400 hours exploring their topics, developing theses, collecting and reviewing data, and preparing formal paper presentations.

Scholars were paired with a faculty mentor in their discipline to gain extensive skills and knowledge, learn research methods, and practice writing and public speaking. Continue reading “Augsburg College TRIO McNair Scholars present research at UC Berkeley”

Augsburg College McNair Scholars Program grant renewed

McNair_renewedThe U.S. Department of Education recently renewed grant funding for the Augsburg College McNair Scholars Program; the College from 2012 to 2017 will receive $220,000 on an annual basis, for a total award of $1.1 million.

The TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program—or McNair Scholars Program—is a federal grant-funded graduate school preparatory program with a mission to prepare first-generation, low income, and underrepresented students for doctoral study. The program provides opportunities for participants to develop the advanced academic skills necessary for graduate school admission and successful graduate study. Continue reading “Augsburg College McNair Scholars Program grant renewed”

Auggies are on the move

campus_movesAs part of Augsburg’s Campus Space and Master Plan commitment to make the best use of our existing space, several construction projects were completed during the spring and summer. The 20-year plan, which was established in 2010, is shaped by the College’s urban location and footprint and recognizes that space use is critical to enhancing student service, stewarding resources, and maintaining college affordability.

In support of these goals, the Gage Center for Student Success opened last spring on the link level of Lindell Library, co-locating numerous student services office in a central and highly visible location. Continue reading “Auggies are on the move”