Catherine Olson ’92 opens rural counseling practice

logoCatherine Olson ’92 was featured in an article by the New Richmond News about her newly opened counseling practice.

Olson, who has worked in the behavioral and mental health industry for more than 20 years, chose to open her practice in Hammond, Wis., to fill the unmet needs of such a rural locale.

Olson received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg College and her master’s in social work from St. Thomas and St. Catherine universities.

To learn more about Olson’s counseling practice, visit the New Richmond News site.

Alex Beeby ’11 involved in history-making merger

Minneapolis Star TribuneAlex Beeby ’11 was mentioned in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article about the merging of the Hamline University and William Mitchell law schools.

Beeby, who is the president of the Hamline University bar association and holds a history degree from Augsburg, will join other leaders from both organizations in the new Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. The combining of the rival schools came as a result of significant declines in first-year enrollment in Minnesota law schools.

To read the article and learn more about the law school merger visit the Star Tribune news site.

World leaders meet March 6-8 in Minneapolis for
Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Global leaders, top U.N. experts to address inclusive, sustainable peace building

2015 NPPF (MINNEAPOLIS) – The 27th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will explore the world’s most pressing peacemaking issues faced by people across the globe. The March 6-8 event, at the Radisson Blu Downtown, will explore different aspects of peace building including human rights and democracy, disarmament, sustainability and inclusivity. Speaker highlights include:

  • March 6 – Human Rights and Democracy
    • Honored Laureate U.S. President Jimmy Carter in a moderated discussion, “Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”
    • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Former Prime Minister of Norway, will discuss human rights and democracy.
    • Monica McWilliams, former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and signatory to the Good Friday Agreement.
  • March 7 Disarmament and Sustainability
    • Honored Laureate the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons represented by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü will discuss disarmament and peace.
    • Adama Dieng, the United Nation’s special adviser on prevention of genocide, will discuss the murder, torture, looting, and destruction of property that likely is a war crime and ethnic cleansing.
    • Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye of Kaduna, Nigeria, work to resolve conflicts between warring religious youth militias, but a decade ago the two men were mortal enemies.
    • Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of our Nature, will talk about four human motivations that can turn us away from violence and toward cooperation and altruism.

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Professor Jeanne Boeh shares expertise in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneJeanne Boeh, economics professor at Augsburg College, was mentioned in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about employee layoffs at Target headquarters in Minneapolis.

In light of the layoffs – a result of the closing of all Canadian Target stores – Boeh said there is hope for the close to 550 out-of-work employees.

“If you’re going to be laid off, now is a good time because jobs are picking back up,” she said.

To read the story, visit the Star Tribune news site.

Augsburg alumnus pens historical article

MinnPostKevin Ehrman-Solberg ’14 wrote an article for MinnPost about historical relics leftover from Minneapolis’ old mill system.

Ehrman-Solberg works for the Historyapolis Project, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to bringing the history of Minneapolis to life, in hopes that his work will build a sense of community.

The Historyapolis Project is housed in the history department at Augsburg College. The organization was made possible by a Historical and Cultural Heritage grant through the Minnesota Historical Society.

To read the article and learn more about the Historyapolis Project, visit the MinnPost site.

Brittany Kuehn ’15 MPA takes position with St. Luke’s

BUZZ_BrittanyKuehn0209_120pxBrittany Kuehn ’15 MPA was mentioned in the Duluth News Tribune due to her new position with St. Luke’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.

Kuehn joined the organization – which is based in Bethlehem, Pa. –  as a physician assistant. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and earned a master’s in physician assistant studies at Augsburg, which was the first college in Minnesota to offer a program of this type.

To read the article, visit the Duluth News Tribune site.

Carol Enke receives Marie Berg Award, appears on KSTP

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 1.39.40 PMThe Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership, organizers of the Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day, recognized inspiring and influential leaders on February 4. Carol Enke, an Augsburg College health-physical education instructor, was honored at the event with the Marie Berg Award for Excellence in Education and later appeared on KSTP-TV in a story about the event. Visit the KSTP-TV website to watch, “Minn. Student Athletes, Coaches Recognized on Sports Day.”

Caitlin Lietzau ’14 MSW joins WeCAN

Augsburg College alumna Caitlin (McDonald) Lietzau ’14 MSW was featured in the Lakeshore Weekly News as she joined the staff of Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) in the role of food program coordinator. Lietzau is a licensed graduate social worker who received a master’s in social work with an emphasis on program development, policy, and administration. Learn more about her role in the story, “WeCAN has new addition.”

Bridget Robinson-Riegler answers WCCO ‘Good Question’

Professor Bridget Robinson-Riegler spoke with WCCO-TV about how humans recall their memories for the news station’s Good Question segment. Robinson-Riegler, who teaches in the College’s psychology department, explained to television viewers that its common for individuals to have mismemories. She commented that memories are not like tape recorders in that people replay them exactly as they happened. Instead, memories are reconstructed, so when the brain encodes memories, it encodes different pieces of different events.

“When we go to recall it, we piece together different aspects of events,” Robinson-Riegler said. “It’s not just the event that happened we’re trying to remember but other events similar to it.”

Watch “Good Question: How Do Our Memories Work?” to learn more.

CSBR donation garners media attention

CSBR2Augsburg College received an array of media coverage due to a $10 million donation made to the Center for Science, Business and Religion.

The donation will go toward naming a new building that will be used for the College’s biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion programs.

Media coverage on the donation included the following:

Visit the CSBR site to learn more about the campaign.