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.
To learn more about Augsburg’s Muslim Student Association and similar organizations at other campuses, visit the Star Tribune news site.
In his latest Huffington Post article, Harry Boyte, Augsburg’s Sabo Senior Fellow, discussed special education and how it has become part of a “new” civil rights movement.
In the article, Boyte says that Augsburg College is a school that has gotten it right.
“The Augsburg special education program, dedicated to changing the entire special education profession from an approach which seeks to fix “problem kids” to an empowering pedagogy called Public Achievement which develops their public skills, is an outstanding example,” Boyte wrote in the article.
Read “The march is not over yet: a different education for the 21st century,” on the Huffington Post news site.
Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14, an international student and alumnus of Augsburg College, discussed his advocacy for his home country of Yemen in a recent Star Tribune article.
In the story, Al-Hajiby discussed his “mission to upgrade the image of Yemen, which is synonymous with terrorism and political upheaval in some Western minds.” According to the article, which also quoted President Paul Pribbenow, “Al-Hajiby instead plays up the country’s ancient culture and a young generation yearning for democracy.”
Read, “Augsburg honors student who shows there’s more to Yemen than terrorism,” on the Star Tribune website, or hear Al-Hajiby speak about Yemen and his activism in a recent Public Radio International story.
Harry Boyte, senior fellow in the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, in his latest Huffington Post article talked about the importance of civic studies within schools.
In 1991, Boyte helped start Public Achievement, an “interdisciplinary action-oriented field focused on agency and citizens as co-creators,” to encourage the practice of self-organized civic action among students.
Read “Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation” on the Huffington Post site.
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:
Augsburg faculty applaud at the announcement that the College received a $10 million cash gift for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. From left are Bridget Robinson-Riegler, professor of psychology; Mike Wentzel, assistant professor of chemistry; and Matt Beckman, assistant professor of biology.
(MINNEAPOLIS) – Augsburg College is honored to announce that it has received a $10 million philanthropic gift to name a new, signature building on campus. This is the second gift of this size in the College’s history.
The donor’s generous cash contribution – which also is a naming-level gift – will support a new academic building that will house a number of the College’s academic programs including biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion.
“Succeeding in today’s world requires an ability to thrive in a world that no longer has fixed boundaries,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “That is why Augsburg College is building the Center for Science, Business, and Religion – a place that will support every student in their journey of vocational discernment and pursuit of careers in teaching, civic leadership, service to the church, scientific research, law, medicine, privately owned startup companies, and large corporations.”
Harry Boyte, senior fellow of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, in his latest Huffington Post article spoke about a national live-streamed conversation titled, “The Changing World of Work – What Should We Ask of Higher Education?”
The conversation, which was organized by Augsburg College and drew support from the American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life, the Service Employees International Union, and other organizations, was focused on how to increase and improve citizenship among college students.
Read “Educating for the work of democracy – the Freedom Spirit then and now,” on the Huffington Post.
Augsburg College has received its second Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Institutions are recognized based on evidence of their collaboration with the larger community, which:
- enriches scholarship, research, and creative activity;
- enhances curriculum, teaching, and learning;
- prepares educated, engaged citizens;
- strengthens democratic values and civic responsibility;
- addresses critical societal issues; and
- contributes to the public good.
The Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification. Institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required material as part of an extensive application process. Those materials include but are not limited to a description of the nature and extent of the university’s engagement with the community — local or beyond — plus institutional commitment, its impact on students, staff, and faculty, and an assessment of initiatives geared toward community engagement.
About 8 percent of U.S. degree-granting institutions have earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification to date, and Augsburg was one of only eight Minnesota colleges or universities recognized in 2015. Augsburg previously received the Community Engagement Classification in 2008.
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education serves as Carnegie’s administrative partner, and additional information regarding the classification process is available on the NERCHE website.
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.
Grewe, 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.