Allen Hoversten ’64 was one of a group of 19 teachers hired in 1964 by the Kenyon (Minn.) School District. Hoversten, who spent his entire working career in that district, landed his job with the help of what was then called the Augsburg Placement Office. Early in his career, Hoversten was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant that helped him earn master’s degrees in math, chemistry, and physics. Read more about Hoversten’s rewarding career in “Part II: A look back at two dedicated teachers.“
Augsburg College alumna Julie Ingleman ’79 was profiled in the Brainerd Dispatch for her remarkable design career. Ingleman’s designs have set the tone for many homes across the country since her work has been the foundation for home goods including dinnerware, clocks, and table linens sold at Walmart, Target, JCPenney, and Sears. Read more about this Auggie leader in “Persistence pays: Julie Ingleman designs remarkable career.”
The Star Tribune featured Augsburg’s annual City Service Day, an opportunity in which members of the College community venture off campus to complete service work in Minneapolis neighborhoods. The publication showed a student working at Stones Throw Urban farm, one of nearly two dozen community sites where Auggies assisted with cleaning, painting, gardening, and more. View the image on the Star Tribune site.
Legendary Auggie coach, athlete and instructor Edor Nelson ’38 died August 27 at the age of 100. Nelson, who led the Auggie football and baseball teams for nearly four decades, died only nine days after a centennial birthday celebration at Augsburg where hundreds of friends and Auggies turned out to honor him. Nelson’s birthday celebration and his death have garnered strong media attention. Coverage of Nelson’s birthday party and incredible life include:
- KMSP Fox 9: Augsburg legend Edor Nelson turns 100
- KSTP 5: Augsburg legend celebrates 100th birthday
- Pioneer Press: Augsburg celebrates 100th birthday of coaching pioneer Edor Nelson
- WCCO 4: Augsburg renames football field for 100-year-old alum
- Bring Me the News: Longtime Augsburg college coach Edor Nelson dies at 100
- Examiner.com: Edor Nelson, founder of Augsburg College wrestling program, dies at 100
- KARE 11: Legendary Augsburg coach Edor Nelson dies
- KMSP Fox 9: Legendary coach, American hero Edor Nelson dies at 100
- Star Tribune: Former Augsburg coach Edor Nelson dies at 100
- WCCO 4: Augsburg community mourns loss of sports legend Edor Nelson
Stop by the Augsburg College booth in the Education Building at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The fair runs through Labor Day.
Augsburg alumna Sarah Jane (Elhardt) Perbix ’06 performed with Minnesota’s rising star Jeremy Messersmith on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Perbix, who majored in music and marketing communication, plays keyboards and sings with Messersmith. Perbix also performs with Cloud Cult, a band described by Rolling Stone as “extremely environmentally conscious.” Watch Perbix on Letterman and read more about her in the Augsburg Now article “Music with a Mission.”
Augsburg 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.
Catherine Colsrud ’14 recently was named commissioner of administration for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, Colsrud, who holds a degree in business administration, will provide oversight of the commissioners of community development, health and human services, natural resources and environment. Read “Colsrud named commissioner of administration.”
Mark Muhich ’89 was re-elected to continue service on the Board of Directors for the Range Mental Health Center. Muhich, who has served on the Board since 2006, graduated from Augsburg College with a bachelor of arts in English and political science. He lives and practices law in Virginia, Minn. Read “RHMC re-elects executive officers for 2014-15” online in the Hometown Focus.
Augsburg College alumnus Cris Gears ’73 will retire from a life of service to the public, most recently as superintendent of Three Rivers Park District. Gears has served the cities of St. Louis Park and Excelsior, and many more communities and organizations. Read “Three Rivers Park District loses key contributor” on the Sun Current website.