Star Tribune features Augsburg professor, winner of Tekne award

Minneapolis Star TribuneRod Greder, Augsburg College business instructor and founder of Awear Technologies, was mentioned in the Twin Cities Star Tribune after Awear was named one of 12 companies to receive recognition at the 15th annual Tekne Awards.

The yearly award ceremony, held by the Minnesota High Technology Association, honors individuals and companies that have made significant advancements in technology.

Greder’s company, with help from the University of Minnesota and other partners, develops specialized eyewear for students with learning disabilities.

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

To learn more about Awear Technologies and other award recipients, visit the Tekne Awards site.

 

Vikings commend alumnus and WWII vet Stanford Nelson ’43

Stanford Nelson ’43 was honored by the Minnesota Vikings football team for his faithful military service and accomplished coaching and teaching career.

The Vikings hosted Nelson and his family as part of their annual Salute to Service game.

Nelson, who was recently inducted into the MN Football Coaches Hall of Fame, said learning accountability was possibly his greatest life lesson-not only as a coach, but as a soldier as well. “I think the biggest thing I learned was that if you were given a responsibility, that you better carry it through because your life and the lives of many others was connected to carrying out that mission,” he said.

To read more about Nelson, visit the Vikings site.

Olivia Muyres ’15 named Player of the Year

PostBulletinOlivia Muyres ’15 was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.

Muyres, who helped Augsburg win its first MIAC championship, was featured in the Rochester Post-Bulletin for her accomplishments in the Nov. 22 NCAA Division III Tournament. Muyres scored the winning goal in overtime during the first game.

To read more about her achievements, visit the Post-Bulletin news site.

Delissa Hernandez ’14 discusses student debt with MPCC

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Photo courtesy of MPCC

Delissa Hernandez ’14 was profiled in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.

Hernandez, who was the first of her family to enroll in college, was interviewed about the pros and cons associated with paying for a college education.

Although she received financial aid as a first generation student, she will have student debt after graduation. Hernandez said she isn’t worried about the debt as she believes the benefits of gaining a college education far outweigh the costs. “I already see how worth it this investment truly is,” she said.

Visit the Minnesota Private College Council site to read the article.

Veterans’ Lounge receives MPCC nod

Vets-Lounge-US-Bank-and-Augsburg-College-3-1024x680Augsburg’s new Veterans’ Lounge was featured in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.

The lounge, which opened recently as a gathering place for veterans on campus, has become a sanctuary–of sorts–for some student vets and offers a place to escape, relax, talk, and study.

To read the Veterans’ Lounge article, visit the Minnesota Private College Council site.

Learn more about the dedication of the lounge, which was made possible through contributions from U.S. Bank, on the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations blog.

MinnPost features StepUP Gala honorees

KevinKevin and Polly Hart and Polly Hart, mentors for Augsburg’s StepUP Program, were honored at the annual StepUP Gala for their avid support of the program.

The Harts, who have volunteered with StepUP for several years and are in recovery from addiction, were presented the Toby Piper LaBelle Award for their dedication to serving students in recovery.

Kevin, who is also a StepUP advisory board member, said working with the program has been inspiring. “Being a fellow addict and knowing firsthand what these kids have come through, to hear their stories and see them succeeding in college was very uplifting,” he said.

To read the Harts’ article, visit the MinnPost news site.

John Zobitz discusses weather patterns with International Business Times

ibtimes_100dpi300x75pxlAssociate Professor of Mathematics and environmental science researcher John Zobitz helped to answer the question posed by many in the wake of a recent record-setting snowfall in the Buffalo, N.Y., area — Why is it so cold and snowy in November?

The reason is global warming, according to Zobitz and other scientists studying the Earth’s climate. Changes in the overall temperature of the planet have affected the jet stream, thereby causing unusual weather. “Yes, the globe is warming in temperature, but that means some places are warm a lot more, and some places are sometimes colder,” Zobitz said. “We happen to be on the cold side of that right now, and no matter how you want to slice and dice it, that’s the reality.”

Read more about how changes in the Earth’s temperature influence weather patterns on the International Business Times website.

Bill Nye ticket presale for Augsburg community opens Nov. 24

Bill Nye Ticket InformationBill Nye “The Science Guy” will share his love for science when he speaks Feb. 14 at Augsburg College’s Scholarship Weekend in an address that is open to the general public. Nye, who will talk about “How Science Can Save the World,” will speak with academic depth and humor about planetary science, climate change, evolution, environmental awareness, and more.

“We’re excited to host Bill Nye during our Scholarship Weekend when bright students from across the United States visit campus to compete for our top academic scholarships,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “We want to give these scholarly, prospective Auggies the chance to grapple with some of the world’s deepest questions so they can experience what Auggies are called to do each and every day.”

During the 2014 Scholarship Weekend, nearly 100 students and the public had the opportunity to be challenged by questions of compassion and humanity posed in a talk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Nye, a mechanical engineer and seven-time Emmy Award winner as host and head writer of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 14, in Augsburg College’s Si Melby Gymnasium (715 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454). Doors will open at 10 a.m. Continue reading

Dave Conrad: The most important leadership skills

PostBulletinA number of leadership skills are important, but which one is truly key? That’s hard to say, according to a new column by Dave Conrad in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Conrad, Augsburg College’s assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, notes that leadership skills vary in relevance depending on individuals’ roles within the workforce. To learn why conceptual, relationship-building, and technical skills each play an important role, read “The most important leadership skills” on the Post-Bulletin website.