‘Colbert Bump’ creates media frenzy for Stephan Eirik Clark

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Stephan Eirik Clark, left, is juggling lots of media since his book, Sweetness #9, garnered a “Colbert Bump” from Stephen Colbert, right. Photo courtesy of Salon.com

Augsburg Assistant Professor Stephan Eirik Clark has faced a slew of media since his debut novel, Sweetness #9, received the “Colbert Bump” on The Colbert Report. Edan Lepucki, also a debut novelist, mentioned Clark’s book during her interview by Stephen Colbert on his television show. The “Colbert Bump” is part of Colbert’s effort to raise awareness of and interest in new novels as part of Colbert’s frustration with Amazon. Since receiving the bump, Clark has garnered significant media attention for his reaction to garnering the bump and Clark also has been referenced in many other articles about the episode. In many instances, Augsburg College also has been mentioned since Clark is a faculty member for the Master of Fine Arts program. A small sampling of the coverage includes:

Stephan Eirik Clark gets ‘Colbert Bump’ on The Colbert Report

Augsburg Assistant Professor Stephan Eirik Clark’s book Sweetness #9 was mentioned on The Colbert Report as a debut novel that must be read. Stephen Colbert recently began a campaign to raise awareness of works by first-time novelists and that are published by independent booksellers. Clark’s book was singled out by author Edan Lepucki who was a guest on Colbert’s show. Clark teaches in Augsburg’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts program. Watch this segment of The Colbert Report to see Clark’s novel mentioned.

Andy Aoki answers WCCO ‘Good Question’

WCCOPolitical Science Professor Andy Aoki spoke to WCCO’s John Lauritsen about whether economic sanctions are a strategy that governments can use to change behavior by others. Aoki told the “Good Question” reporter that actions by the United States to freeze assets of some Russian defense companies and to block financing of that country’s banks and energy companies could create enough pain over the long run that Russia will change its behavior. Watch the WCCO “Good Question” interview to hear more of Aoki’s perspective on sanctions against Russia and other countries.

Somali women open boutique with support of Augsburg

kareThe Sisterhood Boutique, a second-hand clothing store founded and operated by young Somali women in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and supported by Augsburg College, recently relocated to the old Smiley’s Clinic. Watch “Young Somali women open boutique,” a KARE 11 story to learn about involvement in this community-based project by Augsburg and about the women’s vision for the store.

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.”

Mark Muhich ’89 re-elected to Range Mental Health Center Board

Mark Muhich ’89 was re-elected to continue service on the Board of Directors for the Range Mental Health Center. Muhich, who has served on the Board since 2006, graduated from Augsburg College with a bachelor of arts in English and political science. He lives and practices law in Virginia, Minn. Read “RHMC re-elects executive officers for 2014-15” online in the Hometown Focus.

Auggie Cris Gears ’73 retires from Three Rivers Park District

Augsburg College alumnus Cris Gears ’73 will retire from a life of service to the public, most recently as superintendent of Three Rivers Park District. Gears has served the cities of St. Louis Park and Excelsior, and many more communities and organizations. Read “Three Rivers Park District loses key contributor” on the Sun Current website.

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.