Mike Matson ’06 launches community meal initiative

Minneapolis Star TribuneFive days a week, Minneapolis community members convene at Bethany Lutheran Church to dine on gourmet fare prepared as part of the The Soup for You Cafe — a program recognized by the Star Tribune for its ability to “redefine the soup kitchen.”

Augsburg College alumnus, Chaplain to Student Athletes, and linebacker coach Rev. Mike Matson ’06 is the pastor at Bethany Lutheran and the driver behind this community meal. Supported by volunteers and one talented chef, Soup for You is a chance for people of varying backgrounds to come together in an environment that focuses on dignity. In the article “Church program offers hot soup, warm welcome,” Matson underscored that the program focuses on bringing people together.

“Our model is mutuality, and what better way is there to show mutuality than to gather at the same table together?” he said.

Augsburg hosts Native American powwow

3_powwowAugsburg College was mentioned by the Twin Cities Daily Planet as a result of the traditional powwow held annually by the college.

The event, which was sponsored by the Augsburg American Indian Student Association and American Indian Student Services, featured traditional Native American dancers, drummers, singers, and food.

To learn more about Augsburg’s annual powwow, visit the Twin Cities Daily Planet news site.

Todd Lange ’92 named teacher of the year

0326.toy_.1Todd Lange ’92 was mentioned in the Albert Lea Tribune as a result of receiving the Albert Lea High School 2015 Teacher of the Year Award.

Lange, who has taught English in the southern-Minnesota school district for 18 years, also heads the English department at Riverland Community College.

Lange holds a master’s degree in teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato, a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, and a teaching license from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota.

To read more on Lange’s Teacher of the Year Award, visit the Albert Lea Tribune news site.

Augsburg wrestling’s record win draws media attention

In mid-March, Augsburg College won its 12th NCAA Division III wrestling championship and took home a number of awards from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Head coach Jim Moulsoff was named Division III National Coach of the Year and Division III Rookie Coach of the Year. Tony Valek ’12 was named Assistant Coach of the Year, and Mike Fuenffinger ’15 won his second national title and the Outstanding Wrestler honor. Eric Hensel ’16 won Most Falls in Least Time, and Donny Longendyke ’15 earned his first national title.

Media coverage of Augsburg’s NCAA Championship win includes the following:

Whitney Restemayer ’10 wins one for the record books

logo-2Whitney Restemayer ’10 was featured in the Bemidji Pioneer – a northern-Minnesota newspaper – due to her achievement as the first woman to coach a state hockey champion team in Minnesota.

As head coach, Restemayer led the Thief River Falls Prowlers to the state High School Girls Hockey Tournament Class A Championship and to defeat Blake high school 3-1. The accomplishment, Restemayer affirms, will be the first of many to come.

“I know I’m the first to win, but I enjoy knowing that I won’t be the last,” Restemayer said in an interview.

Restemayer holds a bachelor’s degree in health education from Augsburg College. To learn more about Restemayer and her team, visit the Bemidji Pioneer news site.

Curt Rice ’84 named rector of prestigious Norwegian university college

Photo courtesy of Sonja Balci

Curt Rice ’84 was appointed the new rector of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, the largest institution of its kind in Norway.

“I’ll work to assure that our institution makes its mark both nationally and internationally. And together we will achieve our goal of becoming a university,” Rice said in an interview.

Rice, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg and a PhD in general linguistics from the University of Texas, currently leads the Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research and is the Board Head of Current Research Information System in Norway.

To read the article, visit the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences’ site.

Kuoth Wiel ’14 continues ‘The Good Lie’ benevolence

ANCLogoKuoth Wiel ’14 appeared in an article by aNewsCafe – a California-based online news magazine – about a screening of the film “The Good Lie” sponsored by Genocide No More-Save Darfur, an organization aimed at bringing awareness of genocide in Sudan and aiding Sudanese refugees.

Wiel, who was a star in the film and continues her own humanitarian efforts, will make an appearance at the screening and partake in a question and answer session after the viewing.

To read about Wiel and learn more about Genocide No More-Save Darfur, visit the aNewsCafe news site.

Augsburg grad joins distinguished medical practice

logo-3Bruce Cunningham ’77 was featured by the Pine and Lakes Echo Journal after joining the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Minn., as a family physician.

Cunningham, who is a longtime Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree form Augsburg College and earned his Doctor of Osteopathy at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Iowa.

To read the article, visit the Pine and Lakes Echo Journal site.

Janelle Holte ’14 joins Peace Corps

holte-janelleJanelle Holte ’14 has been accepted into the Midwest Peace Corps, according to the Aitkin Age.

Through volunteering, Holte will work to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. She will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

Holte, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and communications, will join 202 Minnesota residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. She will serve in Jamaica.

“As I traveled more, studied abroad in college and volunteered, I realized that I thrive off of new experiences, meeting new people, and giving back to others any way I am able to,” Holte said in an interview.

Read “Aitkin’s Holte accepted into Peace Corps.” To learn more about the Peace Corps, visit the Peace Corps site.

Jim Miles ’14 MBA writes first book, starts publishing company

54f5e8514c92e.imageJim Miles ’14 MBA was featured by the Hibbing Daily Tribune for publishing his first book and launching a digital publishing company.

Miles’ book, “Hero,” is based on a comic book superhero-type but is written in novel form. In the Daily Tribune article, he describes it as a “genre-breaking novel for middle readers.”

Wrobel Street Publishing, Miles’ new company through which he published his novel, was named after his family members.

Miles holds a master’s degree from Augsburg College.

To read the article and learn more about Wrobel Street Publishing, visit the Hibbing Daily Tribune news site.