David Lapakko wins Great American Think-Off

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 12.07.06 PMDavid Lapakko, associate professor of communication studies, was crowned “America’s Greatest Thinker” at the 23rd annual Great American Think-Off held in New York Mills, Minnesota, in mid-June.

This year’s debate question was, “Does Technology Free Us or Trap Us?” and Lapakko argued for the liberating qualities of technology as he took home the prize.

Learn more about the competition in the Sun Current newspaper article “Richfield professor wins title, ‘America’s Greatest Thinker.’”

 

Harry Boyte discusses higher education’s role in expanding democracy

Huffington-PostIn his latest Huffington Post article, Harry Boyte, Augsburg’s Sabo Senior Fellow, discusses the ways in which higher education can help people develop the skills of a democratic way of life. Boyte’s article used examples from the Augsburg College community to show how programming can prepare students to serve as “citizen professionals” and change agents.

Visit The Huffington Post website to read, “Regrowing Democracy — The Role of Higher Education.”

 

Congratulations to Auggies named to Spring Semester Dean’s List

Dean's ListMore than 850 Augsburg College undergraduate students were named to the 2015 Spring Semester Dean’s List.

The Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

2015 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.

Muna Mohamed ’16 and Jennifer Weber ’11 support girls in sports, appear in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneAuggies Muna Mohamed ’16 and Jennifer Weber ’11 each play an important role in supporting Minneapolis girls’ efforts to stay fit and active. The two women coach basketball teams that play as part of the Girls Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sports program at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Augsburg College’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

The Star Tribune recently featured the work of Mohamed and Weber in a story on how the GIRLS program worked with community members and University of Minnesota employees to design and sew culturally sensitive activewear for Muslim girls to use during their practices and games.

Read “New uniforms score points for modesty for Muslim girls” on the Star Tribune website.

BringMeTheNews names David Lapakko among Great Thinkers

David Lapakko, associate professor of communication studies, has been named a finalist in the Great American Think-Off, an annual competition in which hundreds of thinkers from across the United States and around the world submit essay answers to a question posed by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, according to BringMeTheNews. Lapakko is a veteran of the competition and this year responded to the prompt, “Does Technology Free Us or Trap Us?”

Visit the BringMeTheNews website to read the article, There’s a good chance a Minnesotan will be crowned America’s next Great Thinker.

Anderson and Grewe add to conversation on gender equity

MinnPostAugsburg College staff members Margaret Anderson, program coordinator for the Center for Global Education and Experience, and Michael Grewe ’12 MSW, director of LGBTQIA support services, spoke with MinnPost media issues reporter Brian Lambert to discuss what Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover means for transgender people in Minnesota.

Grewe noted that media frenzy resulting from Jenner’s gender transition could provide “a way to talk about important issues like access to affordable health care, housing and equal employment” for all people.

Read the article, What does Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘Vanity Fair’ cover mean for the transgender kid in rural Minnesota? on the MinnPost website.

Tommy Redae ’09 MBA shines in Star Tribune article

Minneapolis Star TribuneAugsburg College alumnus Tommy Redae ’09 MBA was featured in a recent Star Tribune story on Wells Fargo’s successful practices in the area of diversity in hiring. Redae described how mentors and networking meetings with business leaders have influenced his career positively.

Visit the Star Tribune website to read, “Wells Fargo clicks when it comes to diversity in hiring.”

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin ’03 discusses ‘agripreneur’
program in MinnPost

MinnPostIn a recent special report examining the prospects and challenges for non-metro counties in Minnesota, Augsburg College alumnus Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin ’03 discussed economic shifts and new opportunities for agriculture in southeastern Minnesota.

In the report, which was commissioned by The McKnight Foundation and republished by MinnPost, Haslett-Marroquin explained the ways in which Latino immigrant families are reinventing the notion of the family farm in Rice and Dakota counties.

Haslett-Marroquin co-founded the successful Peace Coffee company and today leads the Main Street Project, an initiative seeking to develop “a prototype for agriculture that will chart a course toward prosperity for Latino immigrant families, boost local economies and provide healthier, tastier food that people of all incomes can afford,” according to the article Reinvigorating the agricultural economy in Southeast Minnesota.

MPR talks with Dean Gort about Auggie Plan

MPRLogoIn late May, officials from Augsburg College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College launched the Auggie Plan, a guaranteed pathway to a four-year degree for MCTC students who earn a certain GPA and who follow a particular path at MCTC. Students in the program can take a range of liberal arts courses with the knowledge the courses will be accepted by Augsburg. Listen to Minnesota Public Radio’s story, “MCTC students receive clear ticket to Augsburg College,” which included an interview with Amy Strohmeier Gort, dean of arts and sciences.

KARE 11 features Urban Debate’s Somali Debate Initiative

kareMinnesota’s first-ever Somali Debate Initiative got underway on May 27 when middle- and high-school students from Minneapolis and St. Paul schools discussed the topic of remittances to Somalia. The initiative, part of the College’s successful Minnesota Urban Debate League, was developed in partnership with members of the Somali community. Learn more about the program in the KARE 11 story, Augsburg hosts first debate tournament for Somali students, and that features MnUDL staff members Amy Cram-Helwich, executive director of MNUDL, Awale Osman ’15, community outreach intern, and students.