Auggie named to leadership post for Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Catherine Colsrud ’14 recently was named commissioner of administration for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, Colsrud, who holds a degree in business administration, will provide oversight of the commissioners of community development, health and human services, natural resources and environment. Read “Colsrud named commissioner of administration.”

David Murr ’92 discusses space weather with Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

David Murr ’92, Augsburg College associate professor of physics, was quoted in a recent Star Tribune science brief on advances in solar storm detection. Murr discussed researchers’ efforts to help governments and industry develop better assessments of the risks solar storms pose to the world’s technological infrastructure. Read the brief on the Star Tribune website.

Alums bring Chekhov to rural Minnesota

cherryorchard2012This summer, alumni Darcey Engen ’88 [left] and her husband, Luverne Siefert ’83, will bring a site-specific production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard to the Minnesota communities of Blue Earth, Kenyon, Little Falls, Taylors Falls, and Worthington.

Engen and Siefert will share the stage—actually historic Minnesota homes and the surrounding grounds—with four performers known for their work with Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, and Theatre de la Jeune Leune. The production will also feature local actors and musicians in each community. Continue reading

Berglund returns to campus to talk about social entrepreneurship

berglundNext week, Finnegans CEO and co-founder Jacquie Berglund ’87 will return to Augsburg to tell the story of her success to prospective Weekend/Evening College and graduate program students as well as alumni.

This presentation, part of Augsburg’s “In the City” admissions events for prospective students, will be held Wednesday, June 27 in Christensen Center with social hour beginning at 5 p.m.

Berglund, who started Finnegans in 2000, said she loves discovering ways to create community wealth, and she never passes on an opportunity to advise others about how to become social entrepreneurs. She attributes her success to a sound business plan, a lot of hard work, and a little Irish luck. Read more of her story, “Connecting the Dots for Good,” in the Spring 2009 issue of the Augsburg NOW magazine. Continue reading

Class of 2015 feeds the pig

feedthepigDuring this spring’s student philanthropy week, Augsburg students saved their pennies—and maybe a few 1 and 5 dollar bills—to support The Augsburg Fund and to learn about the importance of giving back.

This year, the Class of 2015 had the most donors in the Feed the Pig campaign. On April 10, members of the winning class celebrated their victory by enjoying a party at Augsburg House with President Pribbenow and his family, courtesy of The Augsburg Fund. Continue reading

Thrivent sponsors Eye-Opener Breakfast Series

thrivent_breakfastThrivent Financial for Lutherans will be the lead corporate sponsor of the Augsburg College 2011-12 Eye-Opener Breakfast Series. The series, which is managed by Corporate and Foundation Relations and Alumni and Constituent Relations, provides networking and professional development opportunities for Augsburg alumni.

The 2011-12 series resumes on October 18 with featured speaker Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent Financial, as the series-opening speaker.

To read about the most recent Eye-Opener Breakfast, see the May 9 Inside Augsburg story featuring

Clayton McNeff ’91, chief science officer and chief financial officer for Ever Cat Fuels.)

 

2010 alumni awardees

alumni_awards10Every year Augsburg honors alumni and friends of the College who have contributed to Augsburg or who have made significant accomplishments since their graduation. This year we honor the following (L to R, top row to bottom row):

First Decade Award

Nicolas Thomley, ’06 MBA

Passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, Nicolas Thomley founded Pinnacle Services in 1999 at the age of 19 to provide housing services to people with developmental disabilities. His remarkable energy, creativity, entrepreneurial instinct, and deep-seated desire to serve others have led to his recognition as an industry leader, with his companies serving more than 1,000 disabled individuals and seniors and employing more than 400 people. Continue reading

Augsburg honors alumni

alumni_awardsEvery year Augsburg honors alumni and friends of the College who have contributed to Augsburg or who have made significant accomplishments since their graduation. This year we honor the following:

First Decade Award – Brenda Talarico

The First Decade Award is presented to Augsburg graduates of the past 10 years who have made significant progress in their professional achievements and contributions to the community, and in so doing exemplify the mission of the College: to prepare future leaders in service to the world. Graduates from the day, weekend, and graduate programs are eligible. Continue reading

Augsburg honors alumni

alumni_awardsAugsburg honored several alumni during last week’s Homecoming festivities including the men’s soccer MIAC championship team from 1973 (pictured with current men’s soccer coach Greg Holker, athletic director Jeff Swenson, and President Pribbenow), nine new inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame, two first decade awardees, and two distinguished alumni. Congratulations to all!

2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Greg Chmelik ’87 Wrestling, Football

Mike Colehour ’78 Hockey

Julie Hanson ’93 Basketball, Softball Continue reading

Alumni-Student Networking Event on Jan. 29

On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m., Alumni Relations; the Center for Service, Work, and Learning; and the Augsburg Business Organization will host a networking event for Augsburg alumni and students. It will provide an opportunity for alumni to connect and network with each other as well as connect with our current students and help them with questions they may have regarding life after Augsburg.

The event is being held in the Marshall Room of the Christensen Center and will start with informal networking and refreshments. At 6 p.m., a speed-networking program will begin, where participants will exchange business cards and information for 45 minutes. After the program, informal networking and refreshments will resume. Continue reading