Augsburg partakes in national conversation on higher education

The Chronicle of Higher EducationAugsburg College, along with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute, organized a panel of government, business, and higher education leaders to discuss student preparedness.

The main issue on the agenda was the need for integrated learning in higher education – broadened skills such as critical thinking and problem solving – combined with career-specific training.

Read “In an evolving career landscape, how should colleges prepare students?” on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s site to learn more about the panel.

Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 discusses activism with PRI

2eda4c6Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 was featured by Public Radio International, a global nonprofit media company, and discussed social activism and his role in raising awareness of the condition of his homeland, Yemen.

Al-Hajiby, who came to Minnesota in 2007 as a high school exchange student, found himself drawn back to the state to attend college.

After hearing about protests in Yemen’s capital to overthrow dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, Al-Hajiby organized his own 24-hour protest on the Augsburg campus.

“I felt like I was disconnected from historymaking, so I wanted to do something here in the United States, especially in my college,” Al-Hajiby said.

Today, Al-Hajiby keeps a close watch on what’s happening in Yemen which made him a good source for context on the conflict, prompting the PRI interview.

Read “A Yemeni watches from afar-again-as his country erupts in chaos” on the PRI news site.

Al-Hajiby’s comments also aired through media outlets including:

Al Jazeera America interviews Augsburg faculty member

AlJazeeraEric Buffalohead, associate professor and chair of American Indian Studies at Augsburg College, was interviewed by Al Jazeera America for an article that was included as part of a series on Native American gangs. Buffalohead said that the role of gangs isn’t that different than the work of the American Indian Movement because both are about “protecting yourself in a culture of violence.” He also reflected on the interactions between gangs from different cultures.

Read, “A Cross to Bear,” on the Al Jazeera America website.

Augsburg College hosts youth wrestling club

Augsburg was featured on a WCCO-TV newscast in the Twin Cities market because the College is the location for the Minneapolis Wrestling Club, a group serving area youth.

Organizer Justin Benjamin said he wanted to establish a worthwhile club that less-fortunate kids could easily join without the worry of fees. Augsburg offered to the group its wrestling venue, which features motivational icons for young wrestlers, including plaques and awards.

Watch the report, “Mpls youth wrestling club drops fees to the mat,” on the WCCO news site to see Augsburg’s facilities.

Joshua Groll ’10 finds success after Augsburg

Minneapolis Star TribuneJoshua Groll ’10 spoke with the Minneapolis Star Tribune about life in the workforce as a recent graduate.

Groll was working for Best Buy when he was recruited by Boston Scientific via LinkedIn, a networking site. Accepting the new position, which Groll said included a higher salary and better benefits, was an easy decision to make.

To read “Minnesota’s economy finally gaining momentum,” visit the Star Tribune site.

Pinther and Grewe speak with MinnPost about gender transition

In a recent MinnPost story, Jens Pinther ’15 and Michael Grewe ’12 MSW described ways in which Augsburg College lives out its commitment to intentional diversity in its life and work.

MinnPostGrewe, the College’s director of LGBTQIA Support Services and assistant director of Campus Activities and Orientation, described some of the ways in which he provides support to the LGBTQIA population on campus. Pinther described his experiences with gender transition and the ways his life has changed during his time at Augsburg — and place where he has found support and acceptance. Read, “Jens’ gender: A college senior works through his transformation” to learn more.

Tim Pippert shares expertise from study of community change in North Dakota

FargoForumTim Pippert, associate professor of sociology, was among the first sociologists to visit the Bakken oilfield region in western North Dakota and to research the social effects of the area’s rapid growth. Pippert contributed his expertise to a series of stories by the Forum News Service about sex trafficking in the Bakken, and the articles have been republished by media ranging from the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn., to the Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D.

Star Tribune features Tom Driscoll ’07 MBA

Minneapolis Star TribuneTom Driscoll ’07 MBA was featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as one of the construction industry’s “Movers and Shakers” for his work as partner and vice president of business development at the Minneapolis office of the Utah-based Big-D Construction. Visit the Star Tribune website to learn more about Driscoll’s vocation and motivation for bringing Big-D to the Twin Cities.

Star Tribune columnist catches up with Maximino Garcia-Marin ’14

Minneapolis Star TribuneCollege alumnus and artist Maximino Garcia-Marin ’14 was featured in a year-end recap column by the Star Tribune’s Gail Rosenblum, who first met Garcia-Marin as a result of his senior art exhibition. Rosenblum noted that Garcia-Marin’s senior project was “personal” and “powerful” featuring a wall of 4,900 stenciled blindfolded faces, each representing 3,000 undocumented immigrants. Read, “Rosenblum: Catching up with folks we met in 2014” to learn more.

Mike Good ’71 featured by Echo Press

Mike-Good-headshotMike Good ’71, was featured by Echo Press, a newspaper based in Alexandria, Minn., as the speaker for the Unity Foundation’s monthly Faith at Work Lunch.

Good, who was the former chair of the Board of Regents, is the current chair for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion campaign at Augsburg College.

To read “Faith at work event features Mike Good,” visit the Echo Press news site.