Lars Dyrud ’97, CEO of OmniEarth — a data analytics and imaging company — was featured by Forbes magazine for a collaboration with Ball Aerospace, a similar company.
OmniEarth partnered with Ball Aerospace to create a collection of 18 imaging satellites which are scheduled to be in space by 2018. The satellites, Dyrud said, are significantly different than earlier models.
“We’re focused on small, low-cost satellites. Something that wasn’t even conceivable 5 or 10 years ago,” he said.
Herb Chilstrom ’54 was highlighted in Arizona’s Green Valley News thanks to his newest book, “My friend Jonah and other dogs I’ve loved.”
Chilstrom, who was the first Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, captured the heart of a Green Valley News editor – Dan Sheare – after he reviewed the book for the news site. The book, Sheare said, “…relates stories that provide plenty of evidence that dogs can be great teachers — if you’re paying attention.”
Dave Conrad, Augsburg College’s assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his latest Post-Bulletin column that employees’ trust of their managers is essential for a successful business.
Conrad said employees should feel a sense of camaraderie toward their managers — camaraderie that needs to be obtained over time.
“…managers can’t demand respect and loyalty; they have to earn it,” he said. “In the long run, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to be an exceptional manager without employee trust.”
‘The Science Guy’ talks Feb. 14 on how science can save the world
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will share his love for science when he speaks Feb. 14 at Augsburg College in an address that is open to the general public. Nye, who will be on campus for the College’s Scholarship Weekend, will speak with academic depth and humor about planetary science, climate change, evolution, environmental awareness and more in his address “How Science Can Save the World.”
Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer who wants the world to know and appreciate the passion, beauty, and joy (the P, B & J) of science. Nye’s show, “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” has garnered 18 Emmy awards. Nye won seven of those Emmy awards as host and head writer of the show. These days, Nye travels the globe exhorting audiences to change the world. He has a day job as the CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-governmental space interest organization. Nye’s newest book, “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation,” was released in November.
Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center, located in Si Melby Gymnasium (715 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454)
Doors open at 10 a.m., Feb. 14
Presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 14
Sale begins at 10 a.m., Dec. 8
General Public/Adults: $28
A $3 service charge will be applied to each ticket at the time of checkout.
Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to nearly 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.
Rod Greder, Augsburg College business instructor and founder of Awear Technologies, was mentioned in the Twin Cities Star Tribune after Awear was named one of 12 companies to receive recognition at the 15th annual Tekne Awards.
The yearly award ceremony, held by the Minnesota High Technology Association, honors individuals and companies that have made significant advancements in technology.
Greder’s company, with help from the University of Minnesota and other partners, develops specialized eyewear for students with learning disabilities.
Stanford Nelson ’43 was honored by the Minnesota Vikings football team for his faithful military service and accomplished coaching and teaching career.
The Vikings hosted Nelson and his family as part of their annual Salute to Service game.
Nelson, who was recently inducted into the MN Football Coaches Hall of Fame, said learning accountability was possibly his greatest life lesson-not only as a coach, but as a soldier as well. “I think the biggest thing I learned was that if you were given a responsibility, that you better carry it through because your life and the lives of many others was connected to carrying out that mission,” he said.
Olivia Muyres ’15 was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.
Muyres, who helped Augsburg win its first MIAC championship, was featured in the Rochester Post-Bulletin for her accomplishments in the Nov. 22 NCAA Division III Tournament. Muyres scored the winning goal in overtime during the first game.
Delissa Hernandez ’14 was profiled in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.
Hernandez, who was the first of her family to enroll in college, was interviewed about the pros and cons associated with paying for a college education.
Although she received financial aid as a first generation student, she will have student debt after graduation. Hernandez said she isn’t worried about the debt as she believes the benefits of gaining a college education far outweigh the costs. “I already see how worth it this investment truly is,” she said.
Kevin and Polly Hart, mentors for Augsburg’s StepUP Program, were honored at the annual StepUP Gala for their avid support of the program.
The Harts, who have volunteered with StepUP for several years and are in recovery from addiction, were presented the Toby Piper LaBelle Award for their dedication to serving students in recovery.
Kevin, who is also a StepUP advisory board member, said working with the program has been inspiring. “Being a fellow addict and knowing firsthand what these kids have come through, to hear their stories and see them succeeding in college was very uplifting,” he said.