Matt Beckman adviser to award-winning high-school researcher at Breck School

AmInEngSocAssistant Professor of  Biology Matt Beckman spoke with the Star Tribune about the work he is doing as an adviser to a Breck School senior doing research on 200-year-old pollen samples.

Grant Two Bulls, a member of the Oglala-Lakota tribe, won the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s competition through his work and which is providing a look at the lives of his ancestors when they lived near Lake Calhoun.

“Here’s a high school senior doing pretty high-level research and then taking that data and speaking to national audiences about it in a really impressive way,” Beckman said to Kim McGuire, a reporter at the Star Tribune.

Read about the partnership between Beckman and Breck School in “Breck student’s science project is an award-winning mix of American Indian history and science.”

Learn about another Breck School student, Taylor McCanna, who was coached by David Murr, physics professor. McCanna took second place in one of the most prestigious international science fairs for her work with Murr.

Janelle Holte ’14 joins Peace Corps

holte-janelleJanelle Holte ’14 has been accepted into the Midwest Peace Corps, according to the Aitkin Age.

Through volunteering, Holte will work to identify resources and agriculture projects that can be developed and implemented to generate income. She will also facilitate training in farm management and work with schools to enhance and expand environmental education.

Holte, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and communications, will join 202 Minnesota residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. She will serve in Jamaica.

“As I traveled more, studied abroad in college and volunteered, I realized that I thrive off of new experiences, meeting new people, and giving back to others any way I am able to,” Holte said in an interview.

Read “Aitkin’s Holte accepted into Peace Corps.” To learn more about the Peace Corps, visit the Peace Corps site.

Harry Boyte talks special education and civil rights

Huffington-PostIn his latest Huffington Post article, Harry Boyte, Augsburg’s Sabo Senior Fellow, discussed special education and how it has become part of a “new” civil rights movement.

In the article, Boyte says that Augsburg College is a school that has gotten it right.

“The Augsburg special education program, dedicated to changing the entire special education profession from an approach which seeks to fix “problem kids” to an empowering pedagogy called Public Achievement which develops their public skills, is an outstanding example,” Boyte wrote in the article.

Read “The march is not over yet: a different education for the 21st century,” on the Huffington Post news site.

Regional spelling bee March 21 at Augsburg College

Winner will advance to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

SpellingBee(MINNEAPOLIS) – Fifty middle- and junior-high school students from throughout the seven-county Metro area will compete at Augsburg College in the 2015 regional spelling bee on March 21 at Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg College.

The winner of the regional spelling bee will be sent by Augsburg College with a parent or guardian to the Scripps National Spelling Bee (http://spellingbee.com/) scheduled from May 24-29 in Washington, D.C.

Event Details

  • Schedule
    • 11 a.m. – Registration
    • 12:30 p.m. – Competition begins
    • Event ends when all but one speller is eliminated, typically within 4-6 hours from the start of competition.
  • Head Judge: Dennis Bluhm has served as the Head Judge for the State Spelling Bee for the past 12 years. He has served during the past 45 years as an elementary school principal and teacher. Currently, he teaches 6th grade in St. Paul.
  • Pronouncer: David Talarico has been an official spelling bee pronouncer since 2006. He lives in Minneapolis, and works for Shapco Printing.

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 more than 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 that is 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.

Jim Miles ’14 MBA writes first book, starts publishing company

54f5e8514c92e.imageJim Miles ’14 MBA was featured by the Hibbing Daily Tribune for publishing his first book and launching a digital publishing company.

Miles’ book, “Hero,” is based on a comic book superhero-type but is written in novel form. In the Daily Tribune article, he describes it as a “genre-breaking novel for middle readers.”

Wrobel Street Publishing, Miles’ new company through which he published his novel, was named after his family members.

Miles holds a master’s degree from Augsburg College.

To read the article and learn more about Wrobel Street Publishing, visit the Hibbing Daily Tribune news site.

Brent Peroutka ’02 appears in Faribault Daily News

54fdccabcd876.imageBrent Peroutka ’02 was featured in the Faribault Daily News due to his career in finance and community achievements.

Peroutka, who is a financial advisor at Comprehensive Wealth Solutions in Faribault, says the best part of his day is helping his clients achieve their goals.

“We can make a difference each and every day, whether it’s at home, at work, or in the community,” Peroutka said.

Peroutka holds a business administration/finance degree from Augsburg College and a master of business administration from St. Thomas University.

To read the article, visit the Faribault Daily News site.

Mai Vang ’14 interviewed by Pioneer Press

logo-smallMai Vang ’14 appeared in a Pioneer Press article about the increase in socio-economic achievements for those in the Hmong community in the Twin Cities.

Vang, who’s family settled here in the 1970s, said hard work and determination has brought increased success for herself and others in the Hmong community in recent years.

Her parents, Vang said, motivated her to “…go to school and be successful.”

Vang holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Augsburg College.

To read the article, visit the Pioneer Press news site.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter talks with MPR before presentation to sold-out crowd at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

U.S. President Jimmy Carter, an honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on March 6.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter, an honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on March 6.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who was an honored Laureate featured at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio prior to his presentation to a sold-out crowd of 650 delegates to the Forum. Carter spoke with MPR’s Tom Crann about the lack of world leaders who are peacemakers. “We don’t have a global champion of peace like Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi now,” he told Crann. “None of the government leaders who represent the five permanent members of the UN Security Council are notable for promoting peace.” Listen to “President Jimmy Carter: There’s a lack of peacemakers among world leaders.”

Imam, Pastor share story about transition from enemies to friends

Rev. Mark Hanson, left, moderates a panel at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum with Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye.

Rev. Mark Hanson, left, moderates a panel at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum with Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye.

Minnesota Public Radio last week interviewed Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye about their journey from mortal enemies to dear friends. The two men, each who headed religious militia in Nigeria, shared their story of reconciliation and forgiveness at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. “The same energy that we use to promote division we are using it now constructively,” Wuye said in the interview with MPR’s Tom Crann. Listen to the interview, “Enemies to Peacemakers.”