Members of the Augsburg College community were featured in a range of print and broadcast media stories that had broad local, state, national and international impact. Faculty, students, and staff shared their expertise on scholarship and pedagogy, experience as Auggies, and insight on current and special events. Here are the top 16 stories from 2013. Why 16? Why not?
The stories listed below – in chronological order – are only a small fraction of the many times Auggies made the news and celebrated accomplishments.
Hans Wiersma, associate professor of religion, was part of a Christian Science Monitor article that discussed devout Muslim Nidal Malik Hasan’s request for a Bible. Read the article online. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, during 2009.
Timothy D. Pippert, associate professor of sociology, was quoted in an NPR story on the manner in which colleges shape their image while marketing to prospective students. Pippert discussed findings from the review of more than 10,000 images and research conducted with Augsburg undergraduate students. Read or listen to the story on the NPR website.
MINNEAPOLIS – Members of the public are invited to sign a “Book of Condolences” Dec. 10-13 to honor the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and to mourn the loss of this world icon.
LaJune Lange, an Augsburg College Board of Regents member and South Africa consul general, spoke about Nelson Mandela on WCCO-TV following the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.View the news story on the WCCO website.
Professor of Economics Jeanne Boeh recently appeared in a WCCO television story about the holiday shopping season, which is shortened this year due to Thanksgiving’s late date. Visit the WCCO website to watch Boeh’s contribution to the story, “Holiday shopping advice: Don’t shop on weekends.”
Heather Riddle, Augsburg’s vice president of Institutional Advancement, was quoted in a recent Star Tribune article on the results of GiveMN’s annual Give the the Max Day. Riddle discussed how Augsburg staff and volunteers responded to technical difficulties with the GiveMN.org website. Visit the Star Tribune website to read, “Minnesotans donated record $17,145,000 on Give to Max Day.”
Augsburg College’s Give to the Max Day campaign also was mentioned in an Associated Press article on GiveMN website difficulties. The story was picked up by media ranging from WRAL radio in North Carolina to KAAL-TV in southern Minnesota and from theSan Francisco Chronicleto The Forumof Fargo-Moorhead.
Andy Aoki, chair of political science, spoke with Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum last week on why voters do and do not turn out at the polls during elections. Read “Did you vote? Thanks. Here’s why you did it” in the Star Tribune.
Aoki also was interviewed for the article, “Election seems to signal the ascension of a new Minneapolis DFL” on the MinnPost website. In this article, Aoki discussed turnout numbers in varying Minneapolis wards.
Augsburg theater arts instructor Dean Seal recently was featured in a Star Tribune article on FORGIVENESS 360, a symposium of theater, spoken word and films. Seal is the executive director of Spirit in the House, a nonprofit organization that uses performing arts to explore spiritual issues.Read how Seal is advancing the “forgiveness movement” on the Star Tribune website.