Augsburg’s Board of Regents honored for leadership

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Augsburg’s Board of Regents was awarded the 2017 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership for efforts including initiating an inclusive, five-year strategic planning effort and leading the institution’s largest-ever capital campaign. The formal recognition is to come in April at the Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges National Conference on Trusteeship held in San Francisco. This year’s honorees were chosen from about 40 nominations nationwide.

“Traditionally, governing boards have stayed out of the public eye except when something goes wrong,” said Richard Legon, president of the association’s board of directors. “But it is important that we honor the best of us, and inspire good governance practices in others. These boards’ stories represent some of the sharpest and most innovative thinking in the sector.”

Now in its third year, the award is named for higher education leader John W. Nason, recognizing his work as chair of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council in helping more than 4,000 interned students continue their college studies across the U.S. during World War II.

Learn more about the award on the Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges website.

President Paul C. Pribbenow appointed to Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board logoMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Augsburg University President Paul C. Pribbenow to a three-year term on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. The board represents key leaders from business, education, labor, community-based organizations, and government to advise the governor on Minnesota’s workforce system.

“I’m proud to represent the state’s private higher education sector as a member of this board,” said Pribbenow, “and to have Augsburg engaged in an integrated effort linking government, employers, education, workforce centers, and employees to sustain a vibrant and equitable Minnesota economy.”

The board, which meets quarterly, analyzes and recommends workforce development policies to the governor and the Minnesota legislature to ensure a globally competitive labor pool for the state.

Learn more about the Governor’s Workforce Development Board on their website.


Augsburg named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

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This February, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs included Augsburg University on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. students, ranking No. 9 among 22 master’s institutions. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 2007, Augsburg University has had 21 Fulbright students selected for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Visit the The Chronicle of Higher Education website to see full list of top producers.

MinnPost features “African-Americans and the Commonwealth of Freedom” by Augsburg’s Harry Boyte

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In a recent MinnPost article, Harry Boyte said that commonwealth was a way for ordinary citizens to develop authority for their claims to equality. The commonwealth vision of civic construction made possible the creation of churches, schools and colleges, women’s organizations like the Council of Negro Women and labor groups like the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Boyte said.

“In a time of eroding faith in democracy and looming threats to the commons, from schools, colleges, and libraries to water resources, coastal areas, and public parks, remembering the commonwealth and the tasks of civic repair can generate the hope we need,” said Boyte, in the article. “The commonwealth vision makes democracy a way of life, not simply a trip to the ballot box, and puts citizens back in as its agents and architects.”

Boyte is a Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg University. He is the architect of the center’s public work approach to civic engagement and democracy, and the creator of Public Achievement.

In the 1960s, he worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Civil Rights Movement, where he learned about the commonwealth and the claims from civic construction.

Read full article on the MinnPost website

Interfaith Touchdown: The Super Bowl Host Committee shoots video at Augsburg University to help end homelessness, featuring 30 religious leaders

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Clergy leaders from around Minneapolis gathered at the Augsburg University athletic field to film a football-themed video hosted by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. The purpose is to raise funds and awareness to end homelessness through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and to promote unity across faiths, races and politics.

“With the world’s gaze on Minneapolis because of the upcoming Super Bowl, it was important for leaders to take a strong stand” said Pastor David Shinn

Former Vikings star was present to give orders to the team of interfaith clergy leaders. “Today is a little different… One heart. One mind. One spirit,” explained Greg Coleman.

“And do a line of scrimmage with the Catholics and the Protestants and the Rabbis and Imams and the Hindus and the Unitarians all on the same team, pulling in the same direction, working on the same goal – all working to prevent homelessness. Something is happening in the interfaith community here that is pretty unique in our nation and it will be something our country and world needs – how we bridge these differences and our traditions. We had a common cause and football and the image of the field and diverse team really clicked with everybody all these traditions on the same team.” said Tim Hart-Andersen of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Downtown Minneapolis.

Read the full article on the Kare 11 website Related articles: Star Tribune

See photos from the video shoot on the Star Tribune website

Adjunct Faculty, Leah Phifer, Appears on the Cover of TIME Magazine Among Other Women Running For Office

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Photo-illustration by Sean McCabe for TIME. Photos courtesy of the subjects or shot for TIME.

“The Avengers: First They Marched, Now They’re Running,” reads the headline across the cover. This year, a record number of women are running for office, and among them is Leah Phifer, adjunct faculty at Augsburg University, where she teaches Politics and Policy of Immigration, Introduction to American Government and Political Methodology.

Pifer is running for the DFL nomination for the 8th district seat of the U.S. House. Leah has served Minnesotans through her work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security and has also worked for the FBI, enforcing laws written in the name of national security.

“Of course, electing more women in Congress would not necessarily lead to an instant federal paid-family-leave plan or national child care. Female lawmakers of both parties tend to elevate issues that men ignore.” states Charlotte Altar, the author of the TIME magazine article. “Women have a long way to go to get to parity in American politics. They hold less than 20% of seats in Congress, just 25% of those in state legislatures and only six of the nation’s 50 governorships.” adds Altar.

Leah’s picture is just below the “T” in “The Avengers.” Part of the word “First” is directly over her hair. This appears in the January 29, 2018 issue of TIME.

Read full article on the TIME website

Political Science Professor, Andrew Aoki, tells Fox 9 the Government Shutdown has Minimal Impact in Minnesota

Fox 9 logoThousands of federal employees were furloughed across the country due to the government shutdown that began on Friday, January 19. Fortunately, things do not look so bad for the state of Minnesota.

“We have fewer things that are funded by the federal government, in fact we tend to send in more than we get back from the federal government.” Andrew Aoki, political science professor at Augsburg University explains. However, the shutdown has affected both the Mississippi National River Visitors Center and the Science Museum, as both had to close.

Read full article on the Fox 9 website

Congratulations to Auggies named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List

Augsburg University seal with the text Through Truth to Freedom 1869More than 900 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2017 Fall Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2017 Fall Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.



College Recovery Programs, such as StepUP®, Multiply Amid Opioid Crisis

pill bottle of OxyContin Amid the opioid crisis, recovery programs on college campuses are quickly multiplying, with over 100 campuses across the country. Augsburg University is one of them.

Students like Neil King, who is addicted to painkillers, now wants to recover and keep his life on track. King heard about Augsburg University’s StepUP® program from his hospital roommate during recovery and decided to apply.

“When King first moved in to StepUP®, he was in a perpetual state of crisis. He stabilized, got used to being back in school and worked through the initial difficulties of recovery with the help of his counselor. The staff also helped him get necessities; he had shown up to school with only a duffel bag and two trash bags filled with clothes.” Explains Sanchez on the article.

King will be graduating in just a few months with a degree in clinical psychology. He thanks his recovery to the community he was able to find at StepUP®.

Read the full article on the Politico website

Emily Reinert, Strommen Center’s Assistant Director, Helps Students Find Meaningful Work

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Emily Reinert, assistant director of Augsburg’s Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, spoke with Star Tribune’s Lee Schafer about the approach Augsburg takes when helping students find meaningful work. “Vocation” is a word that students at Augsburg hear often. Career counselors value the importance of helping students find jobs that match the student’s vocation, that is, jobs that are meaningful to the student and are bigger than just a paycheck.

Although many college seniors seem to have a clear vision of their future, others are still stuck and wonder what is next for them.  “I see the need to prod them a little to get them to go talk to people about work and careers. Their first choice for information is going to be a computer or smartphone. Google is clearly useful in a career search. Finding a way into a meaningful job is a process. It’s not like there’s a quick career research boot camp, and you’re ready to go now.” Reinert explains.

Augsburg’s Strommen Center for Meaningful Work works closely with students to help them create meaningful connections with working professionals and guide them to find jobs internships in their chosen field.

Read full Star Tribune article here.