The White House and U.S. Department of Education today will launch the American Commonwealth Project, a national grassroots effort to reclaim the civic mission of education. Augsburg is at the heart of this effort, and the project’s work will be coordinated by Harry Boyte, director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship.
The ACP is rooted in the recognition that higher education should be—must be—delivered for the common good rather than be allowed to become an individual benefit only for those who an financially afford it. In addition, the project aligns with Augsburg’s mission to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Continue reading “Augsburg to lead nationwide American Commonwealth Project”
Minneapolis-St. Paul enjoys the highest civic health of any metropolitan area in the country, according to a report released on Monday by Augsburg’s Center for Democracy and Citizenship (CDC). People in the Twin Cities are the most engaged in their communities—they are more likely to volunteer, to participate in community activities, to vote, and to engage with their neighbors. This healthy civic behavior correlates with greater economic well-being and individual health and happiness. Continue reading “Spreading the Minnesota Way—civic engagement and democratic hope”
On Sunday, June 27, we celebrate the second of our two commencements for 2010, both highlighting this year’s theme of community and civic engagement. For this commencement, a total of 277 undergraduates and 215 master’s degree students are eligible to graduate. This includes 199 weekend and evening students, 66 Rochester students, and 12 students in the partner hospital program, plus graduate students in five programs—10 in the Master of Arts in Education program, 24 in Master of Arts in Leadership, 18 in Master of Arts in Nursing, 112 in Master of Business Administration, and 51 in Master of Social Work. This year’s student representative who will speak on behalf of the Class of 2010 is MAL student Mary Brown. Continue reading “Commencement focuses on civic engagement and building community”
When hundreds of Augsburg College students don caps and gowns for either the May commencement for Day College and Physician Assistant students or the June commencement for Weekend College and remaining graduate program students, the focus will be on civic engagement.
The Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 1 will be Governor Tim Pawlenty. In addition, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree will be conferred upon Father Fernando Cardenal, a Jesuit priest who has committed his life and work to improving the lives of the poor through education and basic rights. Continue reading “Commencements focus on civic engagement and building community”
For some of us, civic engagement means participating in the democracy by exercising our right to vote. But others might take the charge to be an active member of a community a bit farther. That’s certainly the case for Nou Chang, the 2010 Day commencement student speaker.
In her four years at Augsburg, Chang has participated in the TRiO program and was involved in Scholastic Connections. She’s done research as a McNair Scholar and through the URGO summer program. She’s been a member of the Augsburg Asian Student Association and Link. She also studied abroad, spending a semester in South Korea and teaching English in Thailand with Prof. Kathy Swanson. Continue reading “Being an active citizen — Nou Chang '10”
The Center for Democracy and Citizenship, which came to Augsburg College from the University of Minnesota this summer, provided Minnesotans with one more reason to be proud of their state. When it comes to the combination of voting, volunteering, and working for change in their own neighborhoods, no state in the country has had more engaged citizens over the past few years than Minnesota.
As a result of the Minnesota Civic Health Index that was released by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Minnesota—a state long known for its civic involvement and engagement—can claim the title of the most civically engaged state. Continue reading “Minnesota ranks first in civic engagement”
No, Augsburg is not opening a research facility for the Centers for Disease Control.
Augsburg’s “CDC” is the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, a former affiliate of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The Center moved to Augsburg last July when the partnership was approved the Board of Regents.
The Center for Democracy and Citizenship has two locations: one in the Baker Community Center on St. Paul’s West Side, and the other in the ADC Business Center on the corner of Riverside and 20th Avenues. The Center will host an open house on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 2-5 p.m. at their Riverside offices. Continue reading “Meet Augsburg's CDC”
In a few short weeks, more than 45,000 Republican delegates, party officials, volunteers, and members of the media will be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro for the 2008 Republican National Convention. From September 1-4, the Twin Cities will host the 39th nominating convention for the Republican Party, the second nominating convention to be held in the Twin Cities. The convention will take place in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center and will result in the nomination of the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election.
Minnesota’s participation in this aspect of the democratic process also brings opportunities to our Augsburg campus. Because of its commitment to civic engagement and service learning, Augsburg was chosen by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to host 250 students from across the country for a 2-week seminar in conjunction with the RNC. Continue reading “Auggie interns at the RNC — part 2”
In line with Augsburg College’s mission to foster civic engagement among its students and community, the campus hosted U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and more than 4,000 potential voters on Sunday, Feb. 3.
A capacity crowd at Si Melby Gymnasium listened to the senator from New York talk about her vision for the future. Two hours before the event started at 4 p.m., lines of interested attendees snaked around the Kennedy Center, past the Air Structure, and through Parking Lot L.
An overflow crowd of approximately 400 were seated in the Air Structure (better known as the dome), where they viewed a telecast of the event as it took place in Si Melby. After her speech, Clinton worked her way through the crowd in Si Melby and greeted the overflow crowd in the Air Structure. Continue reading “Augsburg hosts Clinton event to promote civic engagement”