Jared Trost ’00 presents at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

sc_Trost-300x270Jared Trost ’00 was featured in an article by Isanti County News.

Trost, who is a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Minnesota Water Science Center, will present at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as part of the college’s annual Science Night, “Minnesotans and Water: Insights into This Essential Relationship.”

Trost obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Augsburg College and holds a masters of science degree from the University of Minnesota.

To read the article, visit the Isanti County News site.

NPPF #PeaceItForward campaign featured by Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneYemi Melka ’15 appeared in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article about the #PeaceItForward campaign linked to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum held a professional photo shoot at Augsburg College as part of the national social media campaign. Students, faculty, and staff stopped by throughout the day to take photos with hand-written signs displaying how they help to build peace. The participants’ photos will be shown as part of a video at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, sponsored by Augsburg College and other organizations, will feature former President Jimmy Carter as an honoured laureate speaker. On the docket for President Carter is a moderated discussion titled, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”

To read more on the #PeaceItForward campaign, visit the Star Tribune news site. To learn about the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, visit the NPPF site.

Dave Conrad discusses when to let an employee go

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his latest column for the Rochester Post-Bulletin about the ins and outs of firing an employee.

Conrad suggests a checklist, of sorts, to weigh the options when deciding whether or not to dismiss an employee.

“Because terminating someone is such a big decision, it helps to have an unemotional and objective way to measure the impact of the decision,” Conrad said.

To read the article, visit the Post-Bulletin news site.

Harry Boyte discusses importance of civic agency

Huffington-PostHarry Boyte, senior fellow in the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, in his latest Huffington Post article talked about the importance of civic studies within schools.

In 1991, Boyte helped start Public Achievement, an “interdisciplinary action-oriented field focused on agency and citizens as co-creators,” to encourage the practice of self-organized civic action among students.

Read “Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation” on the Huffington Post site.

MPR features Augsburg’s Central Health Commons

MPRLogoKathleen Clark, Augsburg College instructor and director of the Central Health Commons, spoke with MPR News about her role at the drop-in health care center.

The Health Commons, which has been open for 22 years and is free to visitors, provides medical and nutritional consultations and services as well as connections to other health care resources.

The focus of care at the Health Commons is communication and hospitality, even though–unfortunately–this approach has become less common in traditional medical settings.

Central Health Commons is funded by Augsburg College, Central Lutheran Church, and other private donations.

To read the article and learn more about the Health Commons, visit the MPR News site.

The story also was picked up by the Associated Press and since has run in:

Bob Stacke ’71 mentioned in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneBob Stacke ’71, a long-time Augsburg College faculty member and a retired chair of the music department, was mentioned in a Star Tribune news article about relaxed Cuban travel regulations.

New policies on commerce and travel to Cuba may come with societal change, according to Stacke, who has traveled to the country five times.

“I do think the Cuban people will try to maintain their culture,” he said.

To read the article and learn more about Cuban travel, visit the Star Tribune news site.

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.

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.

World leaders meet March 6-8 in Minneapolis for
Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Global leaders, top U.N. experts to address inclusive, sustainable peace building

2015 NPPF (MINNEAPOLIS) – The 27th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will explore the world’s most pressing peacemaking issues faced by people across the globe. The March 6-8 event, at the Radisson Blu Downtown, will explore different aspects of peace building including human rights and democracy, disarmament, sustainability and inclusivity. Speaker highlights include:

  • March 6 – Human Rights and Democracy
    • Honored Laureate U.S. President Jimmy Carter in a moderated discussion, “Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”
    • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Former Prime Minister of Norway, will discuss human rights and democracy.
    • Monica McWilliams, former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and signatory to the Good Friday Agreement.
  • March 7 Disarmament and Sustainability
    • Honored Laureate the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons represented by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü will discuss disarmament and peace.
    • Adama Dieng, the United Nation’s special adviser on prevention of genocide, will discuss the murder, torture, looting, and destruction of property that likely is a war crime and ethnic cleansing.
    • Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye of Kaduna, Nigeria, work to resolve conflicts between warring religious youth militias, but a decade ago the two men were mortal enemies.
    • Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of our Nature, will talk about four human motivations that can turn us away from violence and toward cooperation and altruism.

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