Fifth powwow to celebrate cultures, traditions of Native American students

PowwowA powwow to celebrate the traditions and cultures of Augsburg Native American students and the Twin Cities community will be held March 23 in the College’s Si Melby gymnasium.

The powwow—now in its fifth year—is an opportunity for Augsburg’s indigenous students to share their traditions and culture with the community, according to Jennifer Simon, event organizer and director of Augsburg’s American Indian Student Services.

“Each year, nearly a dozen students help me organize the powwow and learn all the details involved in planning a large cultural event for both the campus and the surrounding community,” Simon said. Continue reading “Fifth powwow to celebrate cultures, traditions of Native American students”

Sabo Symposium focuses on the nexus of school districts, communities, state government

Sabo_SymposiumThe spring 2013 Martin Olav Sabo Symposium will feature Minnesota public figures who will model civil dialogue in a discussion on the relationship between government, school districts, and the communities they serve.

Augsburg College will host “Funding Minnesota’s Future: State Government and its Partnership with School Districts and Communities,” the 10th Sabo Symposium, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 13, in Hoversten Chapel.

The event will feature Myron Frans, the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue. Continue reading “Sabo Symposium focuses on the nexus of school districts, communities, state government”

Nobel Peace Prize Forum welcomes Brother Ali, Tawakkol Karman, others

NPPF_RegistrationThe 2013 Forum features the theme “The Power of Ideas: People and Peace” and offers tracks related to business, arts and music, science and health, education, and global studies.

“One of the clear highlights of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place on Saturday, March 9, as a special evening is planned featuring presentations and performances by the acclaimed Minneapolis MC Brother Ali [pictured], as well as Syrian-American rapper/activist Omar Offendum,” according to City Pages writer Erik Thompson.

“Ali and Offendum will present TED-style talks on the topic of ‘Hip-Hop and Peace’ and give short performances at Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center,” music reporter Andrea Swensson added.

Swensson, a journalist at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) station 89.3 The Current will moderate the hip-hop discussion, and Tom Weber, co-host of MPR’s The Daily Circuit, will moderate elements of Forum programming on Business Day, March 8; Health and Science Day, March 9; and Global Day, March 10. Continue reading “Nobel Peace Prize Forum welcomes Brother Ali, Tawakkol Karman, others”

Augsburg recognizes staff achievements

Staff_RecognitionLast week, the Augsburg community celebrated the accomplishments of its staff at the annual staff recognition event. In addition to naming those who have served at the College for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years, the community also recognized those selected for outstanding contribution awards.

Staff are nominated by their colleagues for this award and recognized for their professional accomplishments as well as their dedication to their work and to serving the students, faculty, and staff.

Congratulations to all staff who were recognized.

Pictured here are: [from left] President Paul C. Pribbenow, Seth Lienard, event and conference planning; Joanne Reeck-Irby, campus activities and orientation; Sandra Fevig, physician assistant program; Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, academic advising; Aregash Shokiyo, custodial services; and Judy Johnson, undergraduate admissions.


Bonner Leaders Program prepares students for life after Augsburg

Bonner_LeadersAlisha Esselstein ’15 knew she wanted to go to college in a city – any city for that matter.

“I’m from a small town in southwest Wisconsin where the cows outnumber the people,” Esselstein quipped, describing her hometown of Argyle. “I always thought that I wanted to go to a big school, so I applied to UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and the U of M.”

But, Esselstein said she visited Augsburg College for Scholarship Weekend and “just fell in love” with its small feel within a large urban setting. Today she’s a second-year student at Augsburg who has found a balance between her academic pursuits on campus and her desire to grow and learn in the greater Minneapolis community, and she has done so—in large part—through the Bonner Leaders Program. Continue reading “Bonner Leaders Program prepares students for life after Augsburg”

Kyle Koele: An Auggie with true grit


Kyle Koele ’13 knows how to move – fast

During a typical day on the Augsburg campus, this fourth-year physics student from Prescott, Wis., races from an early morning shift with the College’s Facilities crew to a class in Science Hall—then on to a band rehearsal, a homework meeting, a workout session in the fitness center—and, finally, a keystone course.

Studying at Augsburg has been an opportunity for Koele to take on distinct challenges related to his education, his athleticism, and his goals for the future.

“I don’t like to miss out on anything,” Koele said of his demanding schedule. “I go from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and it’s wearing down on me. I like being active but sometimes it catches up with me, and I have to reevaluate.”

Often times when Koele “reevaluates,” he simply redirects to a new forward course or an additional opportunity. He’s just not the type of guy who can take a step backward. Continue reading “Kyle Koele: An Auggie with true grit”

Batalden Seminar explores civic engagement, global citizenship

batalden_pickExploring how people throughout the globe have improved their lives through civic engagement is the focus of the Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics. Susan E. Pick, professor of psychology at the National University of Mexico, will speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 20 in Hoversten Chapel.

Pick’s lecture, “I want to, I can: Development Programs Step-by-Step Using the Human Capabilities Approach,” will focus on the Yo quiero, yo puedo (I want to, I can) development programs, which have reached more than 19 million people in Mexico and another 14 countries, most of them in Latin America.

She was chosen as the Batalden Seminar speaker based upon her insight as an academic and an activist. Continue reading “Batalden Seminar explores civic engagement, global citizenship”

Experiencing the world: Engage with a community as a Fulbright Scholar

fulbright_spanierLiving and working abroad can be a life-changing experience that reveals new opportunities and enlightens your perspective through engagement with new people and places. For Adam Spanier ’12, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program provided the challenges and delights of living in a different part of the world.

In the last year, three Auggie alumni have been working abroad through the Fulbright program. One taught English in Ecuador, another is conducting research in Norway, and Spanier is an ETA in Uničov, Czech Republic. He is one of 12 Augsburg alumni who have been awarded Fulbright grants, and Augsburg College is recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. Continue reading “Experiencing the world: Engage with a community as a Fulbright Scholar”

Sweet Maladies represents theater program’s new focus

sweet_maladiesThe opening this week of Sweet Maladies by Zakiyyah Alexander represents four years of work by the Augsburg College Theater Department to diversify its program and to attract more diverse and often underrepresented voices to the theater.

The department has made changes to its curriculum, welcomed local directors and new faculty, and undertaken projects as “a way to welcome more students with different kinds of cultural backgrounds to participate,” said Department Chair Darcey Engen.

One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the Department’s commitment to excellence. Continue reading “Sweet Maladies represents theater program’s new focus”

Student Spotlight: DeVante Jackson finds the Twin Cities a ‘sweet spot’ for jazz

Augsburg College student DeVante Jackson ’17
Augsburg College student DeVante Jackson ’17

DeVante Jackson ’17 performed jazz around campus and across town during his first semester at Augsburg College.

Jackson—a saxophone player and pianist—regularly joined the Augsburg Jazz Band on stage in Hoversten Chapel, and had experiences only available to students who study in an urban location. Jackson amplified his formal music education by accompanying professional groups and amateur artists at theaters, jazz clubs, and cultural centers throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“The Twin Cities are a vibrant area for jazz musicians,” according to Andrea Canter, the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s chair of education. When compared to other U.S. cities including New York and Los Angeles, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is “…smaller in terms of population, but we have an awful lot going on. We have long been considered one of the top jazz centers in the country.” Continue reading “Student Spotlight: DeVante Jackson finds the Twin Cities a ‘sweet spot’ for jazz”