Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14, President Pribbenow speak with Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneIbrahim 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.

Augsburg alumnus discusses racial identity with City Pages

citylogoFarrington Llewellyn ’12 was featured in a City Pages article about the Black Identity Series, a sequence of public conversations he designs and facilitates.

Llewellyn, who holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Augsburg College, started the Black Identity Series as an alternative to Black History Month. The idea, he said, is to provide further understanding of African American and black identity issues through the use of conversation and sharing.

“As you get older, you start to realize the things you were going through when you were younger,” Llewellyn said. “I realized that most of these problems come out of issues with identity.”

To read the article and learn more, visit the City Pages site.

Bill Nye presentation garners media attention

Bill Nye addressed 1,800 people at Augsburg College on Valentine’s Day 2015 and shared his love for science. The sold-out event, titled “How Science Can Save the World,” was part of Augsburg’s annual Scholarship Weekend.

Scholarship Weekend happens every spring and gives prospective students the chance to meet with future classmates and professors, and to interview or audition for the President’s Scholarship and for Fine Arts Scholarships.

Local media outlets that covered Bill Nye’s appearance include:

Catherine Olson ’92 opens rural counseling practice

logoCatherine Olson ’92 was featured in an article by the New Richmond News about her newly opened counseling practice.

Olson, who has worked in the behavioral and mental health industry for more than 20 years, chose to open her practice in Hammond, Wis., to fill the unmet needs of such a rural locale.

Olson received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg College and her master’s in social work from St. Thomas and St. Catherine universities.

To learn more about Olson’s counseling practice, visit the New Richmond News site.

Alex Beeby ’11 involved in history-making merger

Minneapolis Star TribuneAlex Beeby ’11 was mentioned in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article about the merging of the Hamline University and William Mitchell law schools.

Beeby, who is the president of the Hamline University bar association and holds a history degree from Augsburg, will join other leaders from both organizations in the new Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. The combining of the rival schools came as a result of significant declines in first-year enrollment in Minnesota law schools.

To read the article and learn more about the law school merger visit the Star Tribune news site.

Augsburg alumnus pens historical article

MinnPostKevin Ehrman-Solberg ’14 wrote an article for MinnPost about historical relics leftover from Minneapolis’ old mill system.

Ehrman-Solberg works for the Historyapolis Project, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to bringing the history of Minneapolis to life, in hopes that his work will build a sense of community.

The Historyapolis Project is housed in the history department at Augsburg College. The organization was made possible by a Historical and Cultural Heritage grant through the Minnesota Historical Society.

To read the article and learn more about the Historyapolis Project, visit the MinnPost site.

Brittany Kuehn ’15 MPA takes position with St. Luke’s

BUZZ_BrittanyKuehn0209_120pxBrittany Kuehn ’15 MPA was mentioned in the Duluth News Tribune due to her new position with St. Luke’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.

Kuehn joined the organization – which is based in Bethlehem, Pa. –  as a physician assistant. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and earned a master’s in physician assistant studies at Augsburg, which was the first college in Minnesota to offer a program of this type.

To read the article, visit the Duluth News Tribune site.

Caitlin Lietzau ’14 MSW joins WeCAN

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.”

Augsburg College receives $10 million cash gift to name
Center for Science, Business, and Religion

Faculty at CSBR Announcement

Augsburg faculty applaud at the announcement that the College received a $10 million cash gift for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. From left are Bridget Robinson-Riegler, professor of psychology; Mike Wentzel, assistant professor of chemistry; and Matt Beckman, assistant professor of biology.

(MINNEAPOLIS) – Augsburg College is honored to announce that it has received a $10 million philanthropic gift to name a new, signature building on campus. This is the second gift of this size in the College’s history.

The donor’s generous cash contribution – which also is a naming-level gift – will support a new academic building that will house a number of the College’s academic programs including biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion.

“Succeeding in today’s world requires an ability to thrive in a world that no longer has fixed boundaries,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “That is why Augsburg College is building the Center for Science, Business, and Religion – a place that will support every student in their journey of vocational discernment and pursuit of careers in teaching, civic leadership, service to the church, scientific research, law, medicine, privately owned startup companies, and large corporations.”

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Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 discusses activism with PRI

2eda4c6Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 was featured by Public Radio International, a global nonprofit media company, and discussed social activism and his role in raising awareness of the condition of his homeland, Yemen.

Al-Hajiby, who came to Minnesota in 2007 as a high school exchange student, found himself drawn back to the state to attend college.

After hearing about protests in Yemen’s capital to overthrow dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, Al-Hajiby organized his own 24-hour protest on the Augsburg campus.

“I felt like I was disconnected from historymaking, so I wanted to do something here in the United States, especially in my college,” Al-Hajiby said.

Today, Al-Hajiby keeps a close watch on what’s happening in Yemen which made him a good source for context on the conflict, prompting the PRI interview.

Read “A Yemeni watches from afar-again-as his country erupts in chaos” on the PRI news site.

Al-Hajiby’s comments also aired through media outlets including: