Vikings commend alumnus and WWII vet Stanford Nelson ’43

Stanford Nelson ’43 was honored by the Minnesota Vikings football team for his faithful military service and accomplished coaching and teaching career.

The Vikings hosted Nelson and his family as part of their annual Salute to Service game.

Nelson, who was recently inducted into the MN Football Coaches Hall of Fame, said learning accountability was possibly his greatest life lesson-not only as a coach, but as a soldier as well. “I think the biggest thing I learned was that if you were given a responsibility, that you better carry it through because your life and the lives of many others was connected to carrying out that mission,” he said.

To read more about Nelson, visit the Vikings site.

Olivia Muyres ’15 named Player of the Year

PostBulletinOlivia Muyres ’15 was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.

Muyres, who helped Augsburg win its first MIAC championship, was featured in the Rochester Post-Bulletin for her accomplishments in the Nov. 22 NCAA Division III Tournament. Muyres scored the winning goal in overtime during the first game.

To read more about her achievements, visit the Post-Bulletin news site.

Delissa Hernandez ’14 discusses student debt with MPCC

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Delissa Hernandez ’14 was profiled in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.

Hernandez, who was the first of her family to enroll in college, was interviewed about the pros and cons associated with paying for a college education.

Although she received financial aid as a first generation student, she will have student debt after graduation. Hernandez said she isn’t worried about the debt as she believes the benefits of gaining a college education far outweigh the costs. “I already see how worth it this investment truly is,” she said.

Visit the Minnesota Private College Council site to read the article.

Veterans’ Lounge receives MPCC nod

Vets-Lounge-US-Bank-and-Augsburg-College-3-1024x680Augsburg’s new Veterans’ Lounge was featured in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.

The lounge, which opened recently as a gathering place for veterans on campus, has become a sanctuary–of sorts–for some student vets and offers a place to escape, relax, talk, and study.

To read the Veterans’ Lounge article, visit the Minnesota Private College Council site.

Learn more about the dedication of the lounge, which was made possible through contributions from U.S. Bank, on the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations blog.

Dave Conrad says to take criticism with a grain of salt

PostBulletinDave Conrad, Augsburg College’s assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his most recent Rochester Post-Bulletin column about the tendency to be over-defensive and why it’s sometimes hard to accept criticism, positive or negative, from others. “…we must be sensitive to our emotions and realize how our emotions affect our thinking,” Conrad said.

Read “Before you get defensive, take breath” for more tips on how to be more open to feedback.

Augsburg hosts Oct. 28 debate for office of Secretary of State

WHO and WHAT: A debate between all four candidates for the Minnesota Secretary of State will be held at Augsburg College. Candidates include: Bob Helland (Independence), Bob Odden (Libertarian), Dan Severson (Republican), and State Rep. Steve Simon (DFL). Moderator will be Judy Duffy of the Minnesota League of Women Voters.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Oct. 28

WHERE: Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

DIRECTIONS: Hoversten Chapel is located between 22nd Ave. S. and 23rd Ave. S. on Riverside Ave. A map of campus is available here.

LIVESTREAM: Video of the forum will be livestreamed on TheUptake.org during the event. After the event, video will be available on the League of Women Voters Minnesota YouTube page.

BACKGROUND: The debate is a partnership  between Augsburg College’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Minnesota League of Women voters.

The event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters. Minnesota Public Radio’s The Uptake wrote about “17 Debates that Could Determine Minnesota’s Future” in a recent online article. Read more on The UpTake website.

Augsburg named to list of top colleges for older students

bestcolleges1The college planning website BestColleges.com has named Augsburg to its list of the top colleges for older students. Augsburg is ranked No. 9, making it the highest listed Minnesota institution.

In order to create the rankings, BestColleges.com examined all schools with a nontraditional student body of 25 percent or more and then narrowed its list to only those schools that provide a high quality education. The site examined each school’s academics, student engagement, percentage of students above age 25, and programs geared toward nontraditional students. The site trimmed its list to 50 schools by examining institutions’ range of degree programs at the baccalaureate level or higher. View the list on the BestColleges.com website.

Augsburg College community celebrates alumna’s film debut

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Kuoth Wiel ’13 visits Twin Cities for advance screening of ‘The Good Lie’

Augsburg alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13 finished the final semester of her undergraduate education from afar, trading the College’s Minneapolis campus for film sets in Georgia and South Africa. Wiel is featured in a supporting role in “The Good Lie,” a drama about refugees from Sudan learning to navigate life in the United States with the help of a character played by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.

Wiel, a psychology major with Sudanese heritage, has been touring to promote “The Good Lie” since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. She will introduce the Twin Cities’ first screening of “The Good Lie” on October 14, and the Augsburg College community has been invited to take part in the event. Auggies also can acquire free tickets to an advance screening on October 16.

Ticket information is posted in the October 10 edition of Augsburg’s Daily A-mail.

To learn more about the film, visit thegoodliemovie.com/.

Atlese Robinson ’15 awarded Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship

Atlese Robinson headshotThe Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice has awarded Augsburg student Atlese Robinson ’15 the 2014 Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship was created by the Foundation to encourage students who have already demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice to strive for those values in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives.

Robinson is majoring in theater at Augsburg. Her artistic background includes the Penumbra Theatre’s Summer Institute and the St. Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theatre. When she was attending Central, Robinson wrote a poem highlighting racial inequalities within the school system. She then went on to perform the poem, with others, for groups of teachers and administration in the St. Paul Public Schools.

Robinson has served as editor of The Echo newspaper, a student publication at Augsburg College. She also has performed her original spoken word as part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation celebration. Read more on the Hawkinson Foundation Website.

Augsburg College Campus a Top Spot for Fall Colors

PioneerPressThe Pioneer Press provided a round up of top spots in the Twin Cities area to take in the fall colors. The row of Maple trees on the south side of the Lindell Library made the list. To learn of other places to see peak fall colors from Oct. 5-21, read “Fall colors in the Twin Cities: where to find them.”