Speaker event provides opportunity for community engagement, civic dialogue

Augsburg CampusAs an academic institution, Augsburg College seeks to provide students an open platform to learn, listen, and engage through civil dialogue on a wide range of topics and with speakers from many backgrounds.

Stanley Hubbard, the chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, will speak to a sold-out event at Augsburg College at 5 p.m., November 13, in Sateren Auditorium.

The event is part of an ongoing executive speaker series that provides an open platform for students to hear about the vocational path of Minnesota executives and to have the chance to ask questions that sometimes are difficult or that may come at times that are difficult based upon current events or for other reasons. This series typically is open to alumni and the general public.

Hosting a speaker on campus is not an endorsement of a speaker’s comments or business practices. The November 13 event is a unique learning opportunity for our community to engage with a topic that is in the news right now and wrestle – first-hand – with very important ideas and issues relevant to today’s world. This topic has engaged people throughout the nation in talking about issues related to race, power, and ethics. It is a unique opportunity for our community to ask questions about the situation and to practice civil dialogue.

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Pioneer Press deems Howling Bird ‘ready to take off’

PioneerPressHowling Bird, a student-run press at Augsburg College, is Minnesota’s newest small publisher. Howling Bird will take flight December 1 with the announcement of the winner of the press’ first National Poetry Prize, according to the Pioneer Press.

The honored poet will receive $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird in a trade paperback. That book will be guided through the publication process, from editing and design to marketing and distribution, by three students in the newly established publishing concentration in Augsburg’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. To learn more about the MFA program and its students, read “Augsburg’s Howling Bird press ready to take off” on the Pioneer Press website.

Dave Conrad: Learn what stress is trying to tell you

PostBulletinStress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization, and Dave Conrad offers suggestions for dealing with stress in his latest column for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Conrad, Augsburg College’s assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, notes that finding ways to alleviate stress can be as beneficial for employers as it is for employees. Read, “Learn what stress is trying to tell you” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Augsburg draws media coverage as host of debate

Augsburg College and the League of Women Voters Minnesota hosted a Secretary of State debate on Oct. 28.

Candidates Bob Hellend, Bob Odden, Dan Severson, and Steve Simon faced off on such issues as voter identification and improved Secretary of State business services. Augsburg received several media mentions as the venue for the occasion.

For a video recap of the Secretary of State debate visit the Kare 11 news site. To learn more on the debate, visit the following links:

Phil Adamo shares origins of Halloween on KARE 11

Phil Adamo on set with Diana Pierce at KARE 11Phil Adamo, associate professor of history and director of Medieval Studies at Augsburg College, was a guest on KARE 11 on Halloween to talk about the origins of the holiday. Adamo shared with Diana Pierce and viewers how Halloween started as a Celtic festival that celebrated the final harvest and eventually was incorporated into Christian traditions to lure non-Christians into the Church. He also discussed the origins of the bonfire, jack-o-lanterns, and Halloween candy. Watch the segment “Halloween History 101” on KARE 11.

Augsburg named one of five finalists for national interfaith award

HigherEdHonorRollAugsburg College was one of five finalists named to the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in the interfaith and community service category.

This is the fifth time that the College has been named to the top tier of recognition—the honor roll with distinction—for this prominent national award. More than 500 schools vied for the 2014 award that celebrates outstanding achievements in and commitment to interfaith and community service work.

See the list of Honor Roll Finalists on the President’s Campus Challenge website.

In 2010, Augsburg took top honors from among a field of 850 applicants. Read about this campus accomplishment in the story “Augsburg College earns Presidential Award for service learning and community service.”

To learn more about the Honor Roll and its work to annually highlight the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement, visit the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships website.

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 College Media Experts: Halloween, Elections

Phil Adamo Origins of Halloween: Phil Adamo, associate professor of Medieval History

Phil Adamo, an associate professor of Medieval History at Augsburg College, is available to address by phone and/or on camera the:

  • Origins of Halloween as a pagan harvest festival
  • Historic reasons people wore Halloween costumes and had bonfires
  • Myth-busting whether Halloween was/is Satanic, a belief held by some Christian groups at various times throughout history

More about Adamo is at http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/adamo/

Elections: Andy Aoki, professor of political science

Andy Aoki regularly provides commentary to members of print and broadcast media on issues related to elections. Aoki is available this election week to offer comment on stories that include perspective on minority politics including:

  • Asian-American politics
  • Inter-racial coalitions
  • Multiculturalism

Learn more about Aoki at http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/aoki/

Interviews

To arrange interviews with Adamo or Aoki, please contact Stephanie Weiss, director of news and media services, at 612.330.1476 or by email at weisss@augsburg.edu.

About Augsburg College

Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to nearly 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

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.