Dave Conrad says to take criticism with a grain of salt

PostBulletinDave Conrad, Augsburg College’s assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his most recent Rochester Post-Bulletin column about the tendency to be over-defensive and why it’s sometimes hard to accept criticism, positive or negative, from others. “…we must be sensitive to our emotions and realize how our emotions affect our thinking,” Conrad said.

Read “Before you get defensive, take breath” for more tips on how to be more open to feedback.

Board of Regents unanimously renews President Pribbenow’s contract through 2021

Paul C. PribbenowThe Augsburg College Board of Regents, in its October meeting, unanimously voted to renew the contract of President Paul C. Pribbenow for another six-year term.

“In these volatile times in higher education, we are blessed to have Paul Pribbenow as our president,” said Paul S. Mueller, M.D., ’84 and chair of the Board of Regents. “We agree with the comprehensive review that shows that Paul brings exceptional intelligence, commitment, energy, and integrity to his work, and he continues to grow in effectiveness.”

In a letter to the Augsburg College community, Mueller also said that Pribbenow’s renewal was based upon multiple factors, including a comprehensive review that included input from more than 120 faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, partners, and community leaders, as well as Pribbenow’s response to the review and his accomplishments over the past several years.

Since joining Augsburg in 2006, Pribbenow has enhanced the College’s role as an active community partner in its urban setting. In that time, the College has achieved national recognition for its excellence in service learning, experiential education, and interfaith service. Pribbenow also has become a leader among the 26 colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), helping to articulate the gifts shaping and supporting Lutheran higher education in the 21st century. Pribbenow has led Augsburg College in the development of new mission and strategic vision statements that anchor the institution’s priorities and initiatives, shaping the College’s strategic plan, Augsburg 2019. He has advanced the College’s top priority—a state-of-the-art education center housing academic programs in science, business, and religion, among others—and has played key roles in cultivating donor relationships and in attaining the largest philanthropic gift in Augsburg College history.

The contract between the Augsburg College and Pribbenow runs through 2021. Pribbenow is the 10th president of Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college associated with the ELCA and located in Minneapolis, and is recognized as one of the country’s most engaging commentators and teachers on ethics, philanthropy, and American public life. Learn more about his work and presidency.

Augsburg’s StepUP program receives media mention

MinnPostScott Washburn, assistant director for Augsburg College’s StepUP program was mentioned on Minnpost.com.

The StepUP program, which aims to help students with histories of addiction thrive on campus, was mentioned as part of an article about P.E.A.S.E. Academy, which is a similar local program at the high school level.

Washburn, who is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, said that the biggest threat for students dealing with addiction is being around their nearest and dearest on campus. “We know from research as well as experience that the No. 1 relapse trigger is the influence of peers,” Washburn said. 

Visit the MinnPost website to read the article. Learn more about StepUP on its program site.

Star Tribune features Midnimo partnership

Minneapolis Star TribuneThe Cedar Cultural Center will host a free concert by Taleex Band on October 31 as part of the Midnimo series, a two-year partnership with Augsburg College to build cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Somali culture through music. The Star Tribune recently promoted the show and Midnimo programming in the article, “Twin Cities band Taleex raises voices for Somali pride.” As noted in the article, the Taleex performance also will include sets by non-Somali groups. Bob’s Band, a brass jazz group led by long-time Augsburg College Music Department faculty member Bob Stacke ’71 and comprised of several Augsburg alumni and current students, will augment Taleex Band’s sets.

MinnPost features Augsburg, other anchor institutions

MinnPostAugsburg College was one of several Twin Cities anchor institutions named in a recent MinnPost article on the roles these institutions play in strengthening Minnesota neighborhoods.

President Paul C. Pribbenow, who is chair of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, was quoted in the article. He described how anchor institutions view the benefits in their partnership work. “This is not just what we give to the community, it’s about our shared interests and mutual benefits,” Pribbenow said.

Fellow member of the Augsburg community Josh Ahrens, food service director for A’viands, also was quoted in the article. Read, “Anchor initiatives: Local food means business for local neighborhoods” to learn how health care, higher education, and other nonprofits are working together to improve the economic vitality of their communities.

Augsburg named a top school by Military Advanced Education

image001Military Advanced Education has selected Augsburg as a top school in its 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. A record number of schools responded to an extensive survey, and MAE staff evaluated each submission using strict criteria. Schools were evaluated by their achievement in military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

The full Guide to Colleges & Universities will be published in a forthcoming issue of Military Advanced Education.

Augsburg named to list of top colleges for older students

bestcolleges1The college planning website BestColleges.com has named Augsburg to its list of the top colleges for older students. Augsburg is ranked No. 9, making it the highest listed Minnesota institution.

In order to create the rankings, BestColleges.com examined all schools with a nontraditional student body of 25 percent or more and then narrowed its list to only those schools that provide a high quality education. The site examined each school’s academics, student engagement, percentage of students above age 25, and programs geared toward nontraditional students. The site trimmed its list to 50 schools by examining institutions’ range of degree programs at the baccalaureate level or higher. View the list on the BestColleges.com website.

Harry Boyte writes for Huffington Post

Huffington-PostHarry Boyte, co-director of Augsburg College’s Center for Democracy Citizenship and Sabo Center, recently published the article “Civic Science — Renewing the link between science and democracy” on The Huffington Post. In the article, Boyte discusses work to strengthen the connection between science and democracy. Read the story online.

Augsburg named to list of top colleges for Native Americans

College-Cover-Image-Homepage-AISES.org-(125w)_0The American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Winds of Change magazine has selected Augsburg as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The list features colleges and universities “where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs, and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation,” according to Winds of Change. Likewise, this year the list includes data measuring undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, technology and mathematics-related disciplines for all students and for American Indians.

Augsburg College was one of only five Minnesota institutions to make the Top 200 list, which was published in an annual special college issue designed to inform and inspire college-bound students and their parents, teachers, and counselors.

View the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans.

International leader on peace building, cease-fire joins NPPF

Gina Torry takes helm of global forum on Oct. 1

GinaTorryMINNEAPOLIS – An international peace-building expert with extensive experience in United Nations security-related initiatives and policy development in gender issues, mediation and cease-fires will lead the Nobel Peace Prize Forum beginning Oct. 1. Augsburg College, with its academic partners the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, today announced the appointment of Gina Torry as executive director of the NPPF.

“Gina’s experience, combined with her strong passion for peacemaking, will allow her to build on the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s national and international programming and relationships,” said Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. “Together, we will strive to realize the Forum’s mission to inspire peacemaking by exploring the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and its long-term goals to foster international dialogue on peace and engage students and the wider community in the process of peace building with national and global leaders.” Continue reading