In mid-March, Augsburg College won its 12th NCAA Division III wrestling championship and took home a number of awards from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Head coach Jim Moulsoff was named Division III National Coach of the Year and Division III Rookie Coach of the Year. Tony Valek ’12 was named Assistant Coach of the Year, and Mike Fuenffinger ’15 won his second national title and the Outstanding Wrestler honor. Eric Hensel ’16 won Most Falls in Least Time, and Donny Longendyke ’15 earned his first national title.
Media coverage of Augsburg’s NCAA Championship win includes the following:
Augsburg College was mentioned in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as part of an article about Muslim student associations that boast women in leadership roles.
Augsburg’s Muslim Student Association, led by Muna Mohamed ’16, aims to promote unity among Muslim students and to raise awareness within the Augsburg community about the culture, history, and language of the Muslim community.
Curt Rice ’84 was appointed the new rector of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, the largest institution of its kind in Norway.
“I’ll work to assure that our institution makes its mark both nationally and internationally. And together we will achieve our goal of becoming a university,” Rice said in an interview.
Rice, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg and a PhD in general linguistics from the University of Texas, currently leads the Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research and is the Board Head of Current Research Information System in Norway.
Augsburg College was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article on new data that shows a rise in employment rates for recent college graduates.
With more than 67,000 participants in the nationwide First Destination Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, results show that more than half of 2014 graduates found employment within six months of graduation.
Yemi 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 honored laureate speaker. On the docket for President Carter is a moderated discussion titled, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”
AchieveMpls, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit supporting high schoolers, featured Gabriela Monge Lagunes ’15 in an article about her success as a student and an advocate.
Monge Lagunes, who is a first generation college student, says she has teachers to thank for catapulting her into college and supporting her once admitted.
AchieveMpls is a nonprofit organization started in 2002 by Twin Cities education, business, government, and civic leaders. The organization aims to bridge the gap between high school and college, better preparing students for success.
Bill Nye addressed 1,800 people at Augsburg College on Valentine’s Day 2015 and shared his love for science. The sold-out event, titled “How Science Can Save the World,” was part of Augsburg’s annual Scholarship Weekend.
Scholarship Weekend happens every spring and gives prospective students the chance to meet with future classmates and professors, and to interview or audition for the President’s Scholarship and for Fine Arts Scholarships.
Local media outlets that covered Bill Nye’s appearance include: