Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14, an international student and alumnus of Augsburg College, discussed his advocacy for his home country of Yemen in a recent Star Tribune article.
In the story, Al-Hajiby discussed his “mission to upgrade the image of Yemen, which is synonymous with terrorism and political upheaval in some Western minds.” According to the article, which also quoted President Paul Pribbenow, “Al-Hajiby instead plays up the country’s ancient culture and a young generation yearning for democracy.”
Read, “Augsburg honors student who shows there’s more to Yemen than terrorism,” on the Star Tribune website, or hear Al-Hajiby speak about Yemen and his activism in a recent Public Radio International story.
The Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership, organizers of the Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day, recognized inspiring and influential leaders on February 4. Carol Enke, an Augsburg College health-physical education instructor, was honored at the event with the Marie Berg Award for Excellence in Education and later appeared on KSTP-TV in a story about the event. Visit the KSTP-TV website to watch, “Minn. Student Athletes, Coaches Recognized on Sports Day.”
Augsburg College alumna Caitlin (McDonald) Lietzau ’14 MSW was featured in the Lakeshore Weekly News as she joined the staff of Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) in the role of food program coordinator. Lietzau is a licensed graduate social worker who received a master’s in social work with an emphasis on program development, policy, and administration. Learn more about her role in the story, “WeCAN has new addition.”
Professor Bridget Robinson-Riegler spoke with WCCO-TV about how humans recall their memories for the news station’s Good Question segment. Robinson-Riegler, who teaches in the College’s psychology department, explained to television viewers that its common for individuals to have mismemories. She commented that memories are not like tape recorders in that people replay them exactly as they happened. Instead, memories are reconstructed, so when the brain encodes memories, it encodes different pieces of different events.
“When we go to recall it, we piece together different aspects of events,” Robinson-Riegler said. “It’s not just the event that happened we’re trying to remember but other events similar to it.”
Watch “Good Question: How Do Our Memories Work?” to learn more.
Augsburg College has received its second Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Institutions are recognized based on evidence of their collaboration with the larger community, which:
- enriches scholarship, research, and creative activity;
- enhances curriculum, teaching, and learning;
- prepares educated, engaged citizens;
- strengthens democratic values and civic responsibility;
- addresses critical societal issues; and
- contributes to the public good.
The Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification. Institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required material as part of an extensive application process. Those materials include but are not limited to a description of the nature and extent of the university’s engagement with the community — local or beyond — plus institutional commitment, its impact on students, staff, and faculty, and an assessment of initiatives geared toward community engagement.
About 8 percent of U.S. degree-granting institutions have earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification to date, and Augsburg was one of only eight Minnesota colleges or universities recognized in 2015. Augsburg previously received the Community Engagement Classification in 2008.
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education serves as Carnegie’s administrative partner, and additional information regarding the classification process is available on the NERCHE website.
In a recent MinnPost story, Jens Pinther ’15 and Michael Grewe ’12 MSW described ways in which Augsburg College lives out its commitment to intentional diversity in its life and work.
Grewe, the College’s director of LGBTQIA Support Services and assistant director of Campus Activities and Orientation, described some of the ways in which he provides support to the LGBTQIA population on campus. Pinther described his experiences with gender transition and the ways his life has changed during his time at Augsburg — and place where he has found support and acceptance. Read, “Jens’ gender: A college senior works through his transformation” to learn more.
Tim Pippert, associate professor of sociology, was among the first sociologists to visit the Bakken oilfield region in western North Dakota and to research the social effects of the area’s rapid growth. Pippert contributed his expertise to a series of stories by the Forum News Service about sex trafficking in the Bakken, and the articles have been republished by media ranging from the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn., to the Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D.
Tom Driscoll ’07 MBA was featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as one of the construction industry’s “Movers and Shakers” for his work as partner and vice president of business development at the Minneapolis office of the Utah-based Big-D Construction. Visit the Star Tribune website to learn more about Driscoll’s vocation and motivation for bringing Big-D to the Twin Cities.
Olivia Muyres ’15 has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Division III All-North Region.
Earlier Muyres had been named first-team all-conference in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She was also named the league’s Player of the Year.
To read more about her achievements, visit the Post-Bulletin news site.
Augsburg College alumnus Michael Howard ’05 is celebrating a busy January complete with the potential to become a city council member and a father on the same day. This month, Howard will be sworn in as the replacement for a Richfield (Minn.) City Council member, and this event coincides with the due date for his first child. Learn more about Howard on the Sun Current website.