Augsburg College receives grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

greatlakeslogoThe nonprofit Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has awarded Augsburg College $150,000 to fund paid internships during the 2014-15 school year.

As one of 10 Minnesota colleges to receive a grant award from Great Lakes, Augsburg will use newly available funds to convert previously unpaid internships into paid placements that support learning on and off campus.

The grant award garnered media coverage in the Star Tribune article, “Giving beat: Great Lakes Higher Ed gives $5.2 million for internship grants,” and the Inside Philanthropy story, “Graduating Is Not Enough: How This Funder Is Backing Student Career Readiness.”

Augsburg named among most LGBT-friendly colleges in U.S.

indexAugsburg College was named to Campus Pride’s 2014 list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges. Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization aimed at creating more LGBT-friendly colleges, compiled the list from schools that achieved the highest ratings in categories such as LGBT academic life, LGBT student life, LGBT housing, and more. The accolade was featured by The Washington Blade, The Huffington Post, and Advocate.

In 2013, Campus Pride awarded Augsburg College a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

‘Sweetness #9′ garners attention of The Huffington Post, USA Today

“Sweetness #9,” the debut novel by Stephan Eirik Clark, Augsburg College assistant professor, continues to gain attention in advance of its August 19 release. The Huffington Post featured the novel in its weekly book review section, What We’re Talking About.

USA Today also published an overview of the book that included comments from Clark. He describes the inspiration behind “Sweetness #9″ and the book’s mention on The Colbert Report — a television show that catalyzed the novel’s rapid rise on bestseller lists. Read, “The Book We’re Talking About: ‘Sweetness #9′ By Stephan Eirik Clark” on The Huffington Post and “New Voices: Stephan Eirik Clark and ‘Sweetness #9′” on USA Today.

St. Paul Pioneer Press features Stephan Eirik Clark

ows_1408055796179Augsburg Assistant Professor Stephan Eirik Clark spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the surge of attention accompanying his new novel, “Sweetness #9,” and, in particular, its promotion on The Colbert Report television show.

The Pioneer Press article offers an overview of Clark’s debut novel and candid remarks regarding its writing and release. Read “St. Paul author finds sweet success after Colbert commendation” to learn more about “Sweetness #9.”

Dave Conrad: Communication strategies and change management

PostBulletinAugsburg College’s Dave Conrad, director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his most recent column for the Rochester Post-Bulletin about how communication strategies can help facilitate organizational transitions. Read “Communication is vital for change” for insight into how good leaders can communicate well and ease employees’ anxieties.

Albert Lea Tribune features recent Augsburg graduate

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 1.29.28 PMIn a recent column for the Albert Lea Tribune, Matt Knutson highlighted his wife Sera’s graduation from Augsburg College as “an investment worth celebrating.” He noted how an education shapes people, prompting personal and professional growth. Read the article on the Albert Lea Tribune website.

Limerick Leader features The Augsburg Choir

choir2During May, The Augsburg Choir will travel throughout Ireland as part of its triennial international tour. The Limerick Leader newspaper recently announced the group’s collaborative concert featuring the award-winning Limerick chamber choir Ancór at a historic cathedral. Read, “Acclaimed choirs join up for choral concert in St. Mary’s” on the Limerick Leader website.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

commencement4newsAt Commencement ceremonies on May 3-4, Augsburg College will honor more than 800 graduation candidates who intend to complete their undergraduate or graduate degree requirements before the end of the 2014 calendar year. The list of honorees includes students studying in one of nine graduate degree programs or specializing in one of more than 50 undergraduate majors offered at Augsburg. Visit the College’s Commencement website for event details and distinguished guest information.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement may do so at their discretion using Augsburg College’s official hometown news announcement.

Dave Conrad responds to work-life balance question

PostBulletinIn his latest Post-Bulletin column, Dave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, responded to a reader’s question on work-life balance. Conrad offered six suggestions for how employees can achieve better harmony during the work week. To review his comments, read “Find the right work-life balance” on the Post-Bulletin website.