Edor Nelson ’38 was presented a special jersey in honor of his 100th birthday.
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:
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.
Augsburg College alumnus Michael Howard ’05, who currently serves as communications director for the Minnesota House DFL caucus, will run for a position on the Richfield City Council, according to a Sun Current news brief. Read “Race for at-large Richfield City Council seat shapes up.”
In 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.
At 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.