Augsburg College’s StepUP program, a residential program for undergraduate students in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol, was featured in the MinnPost. Program Director Patrice Salmeri was interviewed about StepUP, orientation for students, and the role of StepUP in shaping collegiate recovery programs at other institutions. Read “Sober-living communities make college possible for students in recovery.”
A recent City Pages article reviewed the opening of “On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest” being held at All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis. Augsburg College alumna Alexandra Buffalohead ’13 is among those showing work at the gallery. City Pages describes Buffalohead’s work as “one of the highlights of the show” and describes her sculptures as hanging “like ghosts in front of a turquoise wall.” Read the full review on the City Pages website.
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:
- KMSP Fox 9: Augsburg legend Edor Nelson turns 100
- KSTP 5: Augsburg legend celebrates 100th birthday
- Pioneer Press: Augsburg celebrates 100th birthday of coaching pioneer Edor Nelson
- WCCO 4: Augsburg renames football field for 100-year-old alum
- Bring Me the News: Longtime Augsburg college coach Edor Nelson dies at 100
- Examiner.com: Edor Nelson, founder of Augsburg College wrestling program, dies at 100
- KARE 11: Legendary Augsburg coach Edor Nelson dies
- KMSP Fox 9: Legendary coach, American hero Edor Nelson dies at 100
- Star Tribune: Former Augsburg coach Edor Nelson dies at 100
- WCCO 4: Augsburg community mourns loss of sports legend Edor Nelson
Assistant Professor of English Stephan Eirik Clark spoke with MinnPost about his debut novel, Sweetness #9. In the interview, Clark told reporter Amy Goetzman that his book was 13 years in the making. He addressed the surreal experience of being given a “Colbert Bump” from television’s Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report, how truth is stranger than fiction, and provided insight into his view of the world. Clark also said that while some reviews and critics have labeled his novel “satire,” he thinks of it as an absurdist work. “It’s real and it’s absurd, and that’s pretty much how I see our world,” Clark told Goetzman. Read “Augsburg author find sweetness in light of Colbert Bump.”
Augsburg College was recognized by Twin Cities Daily Planet for being named among the top 50 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation by 2014 CampusPride. Stephanie Weiss, news and media services director, told reporter Cirien Saadah that while Augsburg is grateful for such recognition, the credit belongs to students for leading boldly as individuals and groups. Read “Minnesota schools make ‘most LGBT-friendly‘ list.”
Three Auggies were featured in a story in the Augsburger Allegmeine’s series “We are all Augsburger.” Natalya Brown, Kayla Feuchtmann, and Jens Pinther shared photos of themselves on campus, their areas of study, and comments about Augsburg College’s namesake with the German newspaper’s Nicole Prestle. See the story on the Augsburger Allegmeine website. Click on the photo in the story to go to a gallery of photos of the three students.
Instructor Rod Greder spoke with the Star Tribune’s Neal St. Anthony for a business section story about content marketing, or the practice of promoting sales through storytelling. Greder, who is an instructor in the Business-MIS program, told St. Anthony that content marketing is growing in its use and sophistication. “The basic concept is not new but evolving with technology to work better with search engines,” Greder said in the article which also was picked up by Bloomberg News. “It is being used most to generate leads and initiate conversations with prospects and then used for conversion to customer as the prospect views the company as a credible, knowledgeable source on the topic. Content often is sent to the prospect [via e-mail] and then the [customer] develops enough trust to sample the company’s product or service.” Read “Marketing trends: Selling by storytelling.”
Stephan Eirik Clark’s debut novel, Sweetness #9, was described as a “lively and funny debut novel” by Mark Athitakis in a Star Tribune book review. Athitakis went on to say that while the book’s premise is esoteric, Clark convincingly argues that food may be the last truly mass culture we have. Clark is an assistant professor in the English department and a member of the faculty for the Master of Fine Arts program. Read “Review: ‘Sweetness #9,’ by Stephan Eirik Clark.”
Psychology Prof. Nancy Steblay spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the reliability of eyewitness identification of criminal suspects. Steblay, who is a leading national expert on eyewitness identification, told the paper that the practice of showing a witness one photo at a time is more reliable than having witnesses look at an array of photos at once. Steblay said that a sequential process, “although it’s not perfect, it’s far superior – significantly superior – to the simultaneous procedure” because the witness is forced to compare the memory of the suspect to a single photo. The end result, she said, is a more absolute judgment. Read “New Pittsburgh public safety director spars with district attorney on eyewitness IDs.”
Augsburg College’s Dave Conrad, director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his most recent column for the Rochester Post-Bulletin about how good leaders should focus on results. Read “Good Leaders Focus on Results” for insight into how good leaders can produce engaged employees.