Media Advisory: Change your brain chemistry to boost happiness

Leading neuropsychologist Rick Hanson speaks Oct. 16

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Each of us has the power to change the ways we think in manners that will increase our happiness, improve our resilience, and promote inner calm. Attendees of “Hardwiring Happiness: Turning Passing Experiences into Lasting Inner Strength and Peace” at Augsburg College will learn practical tips and proven methods from a leading, national neuropsychologist during a one-hour presentation that includes time for audience questions.

Who

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley. He is an author of numerous books, including the 2013 New York Times bestseller, “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.”

When

11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16

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White Bear Lake couple will be honored Oct. 24 for dedication to addiction recovery community

Kevin and Polly HartHarts to be recognized at StepUP® Program Gala

(MINNEAPOLIS) – Two leaders in the addiction recovery community will be recognized for their commitment and generosity to Augsburg College’s StepUP® program for students in addiction recovery. Kevin and Polly Hart of White Bear Lake, Minn., will receive the Toby Piper LaBelle Award at the Augsburg College StepUP Program Gala on Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

“Kevin and Polly have brought so much value to the StepUP program, the students in recovery we serve, and the recovery community as a whole,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “We are blessed to call this dedicated couple our friends and are proud to honor them with this award.”

The Harts have given significant time and resources to the College’s program, which is a leader and award-winning model for residential addiction recovery communities at campuses across the nation. Kevin serves on the advisory board for the StepUP Program where he helps guide and shape the program. He also is a board member of The Retreat, a recovery program in Wayzata, Minn. The Harts volunteer countless hours for these programs and also mentor youth in recovery.

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Augsburg College Campus a Top Spot for Fall Colors

PioneerPressThe Pioneer Press provided a round up of top spots in the Twin Cities area to take in the fall colors. The row of Maple trees on the south side of the Lindell Library made the list. To learn of other places to see peak fall colors from Oct. 5-21, read “Fall colors in the Twin Cities: where to find them.”

Secretary of State Candidates Debate at Augsburg on Oct. 28

The Uptake wrote about “17 Debates that Could Determine Minnesota’s Future” in a recent online article. The Augsburg College-hosted debate between two candidates for position of Minnesota Secretary of State was among the featured debates. Bob Helland, Bob Odden, Dan Severson and State Rep. Steve Simon will square off at 7 p.m., Oct. 28. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters. Read more on The Uptake website.

Information about the debate also was shared by Minnesota Public Radio. Read the blog entry “Debates!

FAQ: Student Organizations at Augsburg College

(Updated at 3:53 p.m., Oct. 3)

Augsburg CollegeAugsburg College is committed to fostering an environment where students of different backgrounds and perspectives can grapple with challenging topics. The College is committed to supporting students in determining their own decisions and actions relative to challenging topics.

On Oct. 2, Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow underscored via email to faculty and staff the College’s commitment to creating an open community that welcomes an intentionally diverse mix of people, calls for civility and fairness on all sides of the discussion, and aims toward increased clarity and understanding, even if it does not lead to agreement. Continue reading

Katie Clark answers readers’ questions for Girls Life magazine

Katie Clark, nursing faculty, talked with Girls Life magazine.Augsburg College’s Katie Clark, a member of the nursing department faculty, spoke in July with Girls’ Life magazine to answer questions posed by the magazine’s readers. The publication, which has a readership of more than 2 million girls ages 10-15, is sold at many major bookstores throughout the nation. Clark, who answered a range of questions, was a featured resource in the August/September 2014 issue of the magazine.

 

 

Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ speaks at Augsburg on Valentine’s Day

Bill Nye the Science Guy speaks at Augsburg College on Valentine's DayBill Nye “The Science Guy” will share his love for science when he speaks February 14 at Augsburg College’s Scholarship Weekend in an address that is open to the general public. Nye, who will talk about “How Science Can Save the World,” will speak with academic depth and humor about planetary science, climate change, evolution, environmental awareness, and more.

“We’re excited to host Bill Nye during our Scholarship Weekend when bright students from across the United States visit campus to compete for our top academic scholarships,” said Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. “We want to give these scholarly, prospective Auggies the chance to grapple with some of the world’s deepest questions so they can experience what Auggies are called to do each and every day.” Continue reading

International leader on peace building, cease-fire joins NPPF

Gina Torry takes helm of global forum on Oct. 1

GinaTorryMINNEAPOLIS – An international peace-building expert with extensive experience in United Nations security-related initiatives and policy development in gender issues, mediation and cease-fires will lead the Nobel Peace Prize Forum beginning Oct. 1. Augsburg College, with its academic partners the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, today announced the appointment of Gina Torry as executive director of the NPPF.

“Gina’s experience, combined with her strong passion for peacemaking, will allow her to build on the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s national and international programming and relationships,” said Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. “Together, we will strive to realize the Forum’s mission to inspire peacemaking by exploring the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and its long-term goals to foster international dialogue on peace and engage students and the wider community in the process of peace building with national and global leaders.” Continue reading

Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg kick off Midnimo on Sept. 15

MidnimoThe Cedar Cultural Center, in partnership with Augsburg College, on Sept. 15 kicks off “Midnimo: Music for Unity, Campus and Community,” a two-year project to build cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Somali culture through music.

Midnimo during this academic year will bring six artists or groups to Minnesota for week-long residency programs that include classroom activities and culminate with a public concert. The schedule includes:

Media Photo Opp: Auggies donate $25,000 in service work Sept. 2 

Minneapolis-based nonprofits will receive $25,647 worth of service work on Sept. 2 from more than 420 Augsburg College students. The students, in partnership with faculty and alumni, will donate 1,055 hours of work to more than 25 organizations as part of the 17th annual Augsburg College City Service Day.

When

  • 12:30 p.m.: Students depart Augsburg College campus to travel by light rail, bus, and foot to site locations
  • 1:15 p.m.: Students arrive at sites
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Students perform volunteer work at sites ranging from making honey, urban farming, and lake clean up to helping teachers prepare their classrooms, conduct recreational activities with youths, and clean and/or move offices and facilities.

Photo Opportunities

Several locations this year are new and offer rich photo opportunities, including:

  • The Beez Kneez, 2204 Minnehaha Ave.: Honey making, clean up (Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow working at this site)
  • Stones Throw Urban Farm, 2820 15th Ave. S.: Farming projects
  • Powderhorn Park (2 groups), 3400 15th Ave. S.: Lake and park clean up
  • Matthew’s Center (2 groups), 2318 29th Ave. S.: Youth recreation activities

(Full list available upon request)

Facts

  • According to Independent Sector, the value of an average hour of volunteer work in Minnesota in 2013 was $24.31. (independentsector.org)
  • City Service Day is in its 17th year and is an annual kick-off of the academic year designed to connect incoming students with one another and within their areas of study, familiarize students with the Cedar-Riverside and neighboring communities, and ask students to live out the College mission.

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 that is 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.