Devean George ’99 redevelopment project featured in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneA redevelopment project by Auggie Devean George ’99, a former professional basketball player, was the focus of a Star Tribune business article by Neal St. Anthony. The story explores George’s childhood growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, the inspiration for his commitment to his community, and also includes quotes from Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. Read “Developer Devean George is a player in North Side redevelopment.”

Augsburg College earns Presidential Award for service learning and community service

honor_rollAugsburg College is one of six higher education institutions in the nation to receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service, the highest honor in the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is Augsburg’s first time receiving the top award in this program, making Augsburg the only Minnesota college or university to receive this honor. The College has been named to the Honor Roll with Distinction three times in the past.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. Continue reading

An Auggie to watch Kay Adam receives Point Foundation Scholarship

adam_pointKay Adam is an Auggie you might want to get to know. In the future, this determined young man could be influencing public policy decisions locally—perhaps even nationally or internationally. In fact, he’s already had experience testifying in front of the Minnesota Legislature.

Adam came to the U.S. from Kenya as a refugee in 2004. At the age of 16, he was hired to work as a janitor at a youth drop-in center. “Close to half of the youth had compromised housing,” he says. “Many were African Americans, GLBT, and living below the poverty line.” In a short time, Adam found himself taking on more and more responsibility, helping youth find more permanent housing. Continue reading

Not your typical first day of college

city_serviceOn the day before fall semester classes began, incoming first-year and transfer students participated in service projects in the neighborhoods that surround Augsburg’s campus.

City Service Day has become an Augsburg tradition that not only helps students learn about the community but also introduces them to organizations where they can continue to serve and learn throughout their education.

The StarTribune’s Jenna Ross followed AugSem X to Matthews Community Center and talked with Auggies including our own President Pribbenow. Read the front-page story: Starting out and giving back. Continue reading

Auggie staffers serving others

staff_serviceIt’s safe to say that many Auggie staff and faculty serve others, both in their work at Augsburg and outside of campus. Because of the College’s commitment to serving the community, the Staff Senate opted this year to include service projects in the days leading up to the annual staff picnic.

This week, staff and students volunteered their time in four different projects in the community. Thanks to everyone who helped make these community service days a success! Continue reading

Augsburg College receives national recognition for community service

honor_rollAt Augsburg, there is little question that Auggies give back to their community. In the 2008-09 school year, it was estimated that Augsburg students performed 67,000 hours of community service, most of which took place within a mile of campus.

That total is the equivalent of 2,791 24-hour days or 8,375 eight-hour work days, a staggering total for a college with 2,000 Day College undergraduates and 4,000 total students. Continue reading

Coming to "The Table"

the_tableThis week one of Augsburg’s neighbors, St. Martin’s Table, celebrates 25 years of serving the community. From the beginning, Augsburg faculty, staff, and students have been involved with “The Table,” and it continues to be a favorite lunch and meeting spot for the campus community.

St. Martin’s Table was started in 1984 as the first visible outward ministry of the Community of St. Martin, a worship community that meets now in the Trinity Lutheran Congregation space at the corner of Riverside and 22nd Avenues. Continue reading

Augsburg named to President's Honor Roll for community service

honors_listFor the second year in a row, Augsburg was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs.

Factors considered include the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student who participate and the extent to which service-learning courses are offered.

Of the 528 colleges named, Augsburg was among 127 that were specially honored “with distinction.” In addition, nine colleges received special awards for extraordinary service and special achievement.

At Augsburg, for example, even before starting classes, all first-year students participate in City Service Projects Day. In September, more than 400 students volunteered 1,340 hours at varied locations in the College’s neighborhood and in the city on that day. Continue reading