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.
Augsburg College alumna Jenni Lilledahl ’87 helped co-found Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a new space where people living with cancer and their families can find social, emotional, and psychological support. Lilledahl serves as chair of the organization’s Board of Directors and also is the owner of Brave New Workshop, a Twin Cities-based comedy theater. Watch Lilledahl discuss Gilda’s Club on KARE 11 News.
Augsburg alumna Jacquie Berglund ’87, CEO of Finnegans charitable beer company, was quoted in a Star Tribune story on the business’s latest endeavor: a reverse food truck. According to the Star Tribune, Finnegans’ will drive its new vehicle to locations around the Twin Cities to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations. All donations go back to Finnegans’ community fund, which channels the food to local food shelves and uses monetary donations to buy fresh produce from local farms. Learn more in “Finnegans’ food truck collects food, money for local food shelves.”
Augsburg alumnus and former Auggie football player Scott Cooper ’13 was a special guest at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s “You Can Play” video unveiling event. “You Can Play” is a movement where athletic organizations pledge to provide a safe, respectful experience to all student athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation. According to Northland News Center, nearly 200 people heard Cooper describe his positive experience as an openly gay athlete at Augsburg College. Visit the Northland News Center or UW-Superior websites to learn more about Cooper.
Minnesota Public Radio’s On Campus blog featured the Augsburg College “Happy” video, which was inspired by musician Pharrell Williams’ “24 Hours of Happy” project. Visit the MPR website to read “Something from Augsburg to hum the rest of the day” and to watch the video.