Janelle Holte ’14 joins Peace Corps

Janelle Holte ’14 has been accepted into the Midwest Peace Corps, according to the Aitkin Age.

Through volunteering, Holte will work to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. She will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

Holte, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and communications, will join 202 Minnesota residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. She will serve in Jamaica.

“As I traveled more, studied abroad in college and volunteered, I realized that I thrive off of new experiences, meeting new people, and giving back to others any way I am able to,” Holte said in an interview.

Read “Aitkin’s Holte accepted into Peace Corps.”

Harry Boyte talks special education and civil rights

Huffington-PostIn his latest Huffington Post article, Harry Boyte, Augsburg’s Sabo Senior Fellow, discussed special education and how it has become part of a “new” civil rights movement.

In the article, Boyte says that Augsburg College is a school that has gotten it right.

“The Augsburg special education program, dedicated to changing the entire special education profession from an approach which seeks to fix “problem kids” to an empowering pedagogy called Public Achievement which develops their public skills, is an outstanding example,” Boyte wrote in the article.

Read “The march is not over yet: a different education for the 21st century,” on the Huffington Post news site.

Jim Miles ’14 MBA writes first book, starts publishing company

54f5e8514c92e.imageJim Miles ’14 MBA was featured by the Hibbing Daily Tribune for publishing his first book and launching a digital publishing company.

Miles’ book, “Hero,” is based on a comic book superhero-type but is written in novel form. In the Daily Tribune article, he describes it as a “genre-breaking novel for middle readers.”

Wrobel Street Publishing, Miles’ new company through which he published his novel, was named after his family members.

Miles holds a master’s degree from Augsburg College.

To read the article and learn more about Wrobel Street Publishing, visit the Hibbing Daily Tribune news site.

Brent Peroutka ’02 appears in Faribault Daily News

54fdccabcd876.imageBrent Peroutka ’02 was featured in the Faribault Daily News due to his career in finance and community achievements.

Peroutka, who is a financial advisor at Comprehensive Wealth Solutions in Faribault, says the best part of his day is helping his clients achieve their goals.

“We can make a difference each and every day, whether it’s at home, at work, or in the community,” Peroutka said.

Peroutka holds a business administration/finance degree from Augsburg College and a master of business administration from St. Thomas University.

To read the article, visit the Faribault Daily News site.

Mai Vang ’14 interviewed by Pioneer Press

logo-smallMai Vang ’14 appeared in a Pioneer Press article about the increase in socio-economic achievements for those in the Hmong community in the Twin Cities.

Vang, who’s family settled here in the 1970s, said hard work and determination has brought increased success for herself and others in the Hmong community in recent years.

Her parents, Vang said, motivated her to “…go to school and be successful.”

Vang holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Augsburg College.

To read the article, visit the Pioneer Press news site.

Sabrina Fiester ’15 takes part in MHTA legislative reception

Sabrina Fiester ’15 was mentioned in a Minnesota High Tech Association article that described her role in a legislative reception held by the Twin Cities-based organization.

Fiester interns through the SciTechsperience Internship Program, which connects college students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with paid internships. She met with others in the science and technology community to discuss scientific innovation at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

To read the article and learn more about the Minnesota High Tech Association, visit the MHTA site.

Augsburg grads part of promising employment statistics

wall-street-journal-logo-vectorAugsburg College was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article on new data that shows a rise in employment rates for recent college graduates.

With more than 67,000 participants in the nationwide First Destination Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, results show that more than half of 2014 graduates found employment within six months of graduation.

To read the article, visit the Wall Street Journal site.

Jared Trost ’00 presents at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Jared Trost ’00 was featured in an article by Isanti County News.

Trost, who is a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Minnesota Water Science Center, will present at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as part of the college’s annual Science Night, “Minnesotans and Water: Insights into This Essential Relationship.”

Trost obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Augsburg College and holds a masters of science degree from the University of Minnesota.

NPPF #PeaceItForward campaign featured by Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneYemi Melka ’15 appeared in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article about the #PeaceItForward campaign linked to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum held a professional photo shoot at Augsburg College as part of the national social media campaign. Students, faculty, and staff stopped by throughout the day to take photos with hand-written signs displaying how they help to build peace. The participants’ photos will be shown as part of a video at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, sponsored by Augsburg College and other organizations, will feature former President Jimmy Carter as an honored laureate speaker. On the docket for President Carter is a moderated discussion titled, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”

To read more on the #PeaceItForward campaign, visit the Star Tribune news site. To learn about the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, visit the NPPF site.