Auggie Cris Gears ’73 retires from Three Rivers Park District

Augsburg College alumnus Cris Gears ’73 will retire from a life of service to the public, most recently as superintendent of Three Rivers Park District. Gears has served the cities of St. Louis Park and Excelsior, and many more communities and organizations. Read “Three Rivers Park District loses key contributor” on the Sun Current website.

Congratulations to Auggies named to Spring Semester Dean’s List

More than 700 Augsburg College undergraduate students were named to the 2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List. Students named to the list achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List PDF

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion.

View the hometown news announcement.

Dave Conrad talks about shared purpose in Post-Bulletin

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, talked in his most recent Rochester Post-Bulletin column a response to a question about fostering shared purpose and collaboration in the workplace. Conrad outlined steps toward building cohesion, including the need to identify with employees the goals, path, roles, and rewards of a project. Read “Dave Conrad: Shared purpose drives collaboration” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Minnesota Public Radio reports on first Spanish-language debate hosted by Minnesota Urban Debate League

MPRLogoMinnesota Urban Debate League’s (MNUDL) first Spanish-language debate  was the subject of a story by Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post. The story provided a brief overview of  why MNUDL, a program that serves more than 500 students at 33 public schools, added such a competition to its program, how the new event allows the program to introduce more bilingual students to debate, and more. Read “Augsburg College reaches bilingual students through Spanish debates.”

Star Tribune writes about hiring of new Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Minneapolis Star TribuneThe Star Tribune included the hiring of Beth Reissenweber, Augsburg College’s new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration, in its weekly Business People column. The column chronicles new hires and promotions at leading Minnesota organizations.

Adjunct faculty member speaks about legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer


MatthewsThe Rev. John Matthews, an adjunct professor of religion in the Rochester undergraduate program, spoke May 8 in Muskegon, Mich., about the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a fervent resister during World War II of the Nazi movement. Matthews, past president of the International Bonhoeffer Society, delivered the 33rd Annual Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities and that was sponsored by the Friends of the Hackley Library. Matthews is a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. Read “Teachings of Nazi Resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer subject of Hackley Distinguished Lecture.”

Augsburg College names Beth Reissenweber Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Beth ReissenweberAugsburg College today announced the appointment of Beth Reissenweber as the College’s Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Reissenweber will lead Augsburg’s finance, accounting, purchasing, facilities, and human resources functions. She will officially start at Augsburg in July.

“Maintaining a sound and sustainable financial footing is a core dimension of our long-range strategic plan,” said Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. “We are pleased to have Beth join Augsburg and – building on the strong foundation created by prior CFOs of the College – lead the ongoing development of a sustainable financial model that supports our core academic mission and strategic priorities.” Continue reading

Auggie profiled by WCCO for finishing college 35 years after start

Janice Gladden '14, left, graduated with honors in communications.

Janice Gladden ’14, left, graduated with honors in communications.

WCCO profiled the graduation from Augsburg College of Janice Gladden ’14, who left college 35 years ago. Gladden put on hold the education her father urged her to pursue while her husband developed his baseball-playing career, going from an amateur free agent to major league star. Her husband would become a champion left- and center-fielder for the Minnesota Twins and go on to play in two World Series. She shares the story of returning to pursue her college education, of finishing what she started at the urging of her daughter (also an Auggie), and of her early years working to support her husband. Dan Gladden shares his pride in seeing his wife graduate. Watch the WCCO story, “35 years later, woman who put school on hold for former Twins player graduates.”

Former campus ministry staff named bishop of St. Paul Area Synod

Minneapolis Star TribuneRev. Patricia Lull was elected the first female bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lull, who served as staff for Augsburg’s campus ministry, was elected on the fifth ballot. Previously, Lull was executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches. Read “ELCA’s east metro synod selects its first woman as bishop” in the Star Tribune.