Dave Conrad: Listen to employees’ ideas

PostBulletinIn his latest Rochester Post-Bulletin column, Dave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, responded to a reader’s question on how managers should respond to employees’ ideas. Conrad suggested that businesses need more skeptics involved in planning and that constructive criticism should be welcomed. To review his comments, read “Managers should listen to employees and their ideas” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Star Tribune list of books includes Stephan Clark’s Sweetness No. 9

Minneapolis Star TribuneA recent listing of upcoming books to be published appeared in the Star Tribune. Augsburg College’s Stephan Eirik Clark’s book, Sweetness No. 9, was included in the column. Clark, assistant professor for the Master of Fine Arts program and for English, was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award for his collection of stories titled “Vladimir’s Mustache.” See the full list of upcoming books in “Chris Monroe picture book to be published in fall.”

Dave Conrad talks about shared purpose in Post-Bulletin

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, talked in his most recent Rochester Post-Bulletin column a response to a question about fostering shared purpose and collaboration in the workplace. Conrad outlined steps toward building cohesion, including the need to identify with employees the goals, path, roles, and rewards of a project. Read “Dave Conrad: Shared purpose drives collaboration” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Adjunct faculty member speaks about legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer


MatthewsThe Rev. John Matthews, an adjunct professor of religion in the Rochester undergraduate program, spoke May 8 in Muskegon, Mich., about the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a fervent resister during World War II of the Nazi movement. Matthews, past president of the International Bonhoeffer Society, delivered the 33rd Annual Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities and that was sponsored by the Friends of the Hackley Library. Matthews is a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. Read “Teachings of Nazi Resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer subject of Hackley Distinguished Lecture.”

Former nursing faculty member talks with Pioneer Press

PioneerPressLucie Ferrell, who taught nursing at Augsburg College, spoke with the Pioneer Press’ Ruben Rosario about her visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Ferrell was among the first wave of first responders from Minnesota who went to New York City to respond to the attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Ferrell n ow lives with chronic health conditions that may be due to exposure to toxins in the air at ground zero. Read “Ruben Rosario: Sept. 11 museum ensures we will never forget.”

Adjunct faculty member receives prestigious award

Augsburg College’s Rev. John Matthews, an adjunct faculty member on the Rochester campus, was awarded the prestigious Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture Award on May 8. Matthews is a founding member of the ELCA Consultative Panel for Lutheran-Jewish Relations whose work is part of a permanent display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read “Local pastor receives award” in Sun ThisWeek.

Limerick Leader features The Augsburg Choir

choir2During May, The Augsburg Choir will travel throughout Ireland as part of its triennial international tour. The Limerick Leader newspaper recently announced the group’s collaborative concert featuring the award-winning Limerick chamber choir Ancór at a historic cathedral. Read, “Acclaimed choirs join up for choral concert in St. Mary’s” on the Limerick Leader website.

Joyce P. Miller talks with OR Today about Augsburg nursing programs, path from operating room to classroom

spotlight-coverJoyce P. Miller, an assistant professor of nursing, was profiled in OR Today about her nearly 40-year career as a nurse, transition to the classroom, and work in diverse communities through the Health Commons projects. Miller, DNP, RN, shares in the story her perspective on transcultural nursing, actively listening to the needs of patients, the complexity of healthcare, and the importance of establishing rapport and trust with patients. Read “Spotlight On: Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN” in the online edition of OR Today.

Dave Conrad responds to work-life balance question

PostBulletinIn his latest Post-Bulletin column, Dave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, responded to a reader’s question on work-life balance. Conrad offered six suggestions for how employees can achieve better harmony during the work week. To review his comments, read “Find the right work-life balance” on the Post-Bulletin website.