Minnesota Public Radio aired a presentation from the Nobel Peace Prize Forum by Daniel Wordsworth, director of the American Refugee Committee, about the ARC’s humanitarian programs in 11 countries. After Wordsworth’s presentation, he participated in a question and answer session moderated by MPR’s Tom Weber. Listen to “American Refugee Committee director on the future of refugees” on the MPR website.
Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post profiled Augsburg College’s East African Student to Teacher (EAST) program, which works to recruit and train teachers of East African descent in an effort to help close the K-12 achievement gap.
The program, directed by Audrey Lensmire, assistant professor of education, told Post that by “having more teachers of color in our K-12 system, their professional voice will be shared by their colleagues.”
Post spoke with two current EAST scholars, Abdiasis Hirsi and Asma Ibrahim. Hirsi, who teaches at Wellstone International High School, was born in Somalia and raised in Kenya. He shared with Post that when he was only 19, Hirsi helped start a school in Nairobi to teach English to Somali refugees. Ibrahim, who shared with Post that she was born in Pakistan to Somali refugees, said she had a difficult time as a student in connecting with her teachers in Owatonna. She hopes to become a teacher to help students who are like her become comfortable enough to learn.
EAST is funded by the Collaborative Urban Educator Program and received $390,000 for two school years including 2013-14 to 2014-15. Additional funding is now being sought from the Minnesota State Legislature. State Sen. Kari Dziedzic has introduced a bill to nearly double funding over the next two years.
Listen or read “East African teachers connect with younger versions of themselves” on the website of MPR News. Learn more about the EAST program.
To read the article, visit the MPR News site.
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.”
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.”
The new exhibit, which originates from the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, is titled “Nobel Creations” and features couture garments designed to represent the six different Nobel Peace Prizes – physics, chemistry, peace, medicine, economics, and literature.
More than 120 Augsburg College students contributed to a companion show, “Shaping Peace,” which explores the past 128 Nobel Peace Prize laureates and aims to broaden awareness of the Nobel Peace Prize. To learn more about the exhibits, visit the MPR News site.
The Health Commons, which has been open for 22 years and is free to visitors, provides medical and nutritional consultations and services as well as connections to other health care resources.
The focus of care at the Health Commons is communication and hospitality, even though–unfortunately–this approach has become less common in traditional medical settings.
Central Health Commons is funded by Augsburg College, Central Lutheran Church, and other private donations.
To read the article and learn more about the Health Commons, visit the MPR News site.
The story also was picked up by the Associated Press and since has run in:
- The Mankato (Minn) Free Press — Augsburg nurses put hospitality first
- The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. — Augsburg College nurses put hospitality first
- The State of Columbia, S.C. — Nurses at Augsburg College center put hospitality first
The donation will go toward naming a new building that will be used for the College’s biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion programs.
Media coverage on the donation included the following:
- MPR News: “Augsburg gets $10 million donation for new center”
- Mpls/St Paul Business Journal: “Augsburg gets $10M cash to name new Center for Science, Business, and Religion”
- KSTP: “Augsburg gets $10M donation for academic building”
- Star Tribune: “Augsburg gets a second $10M gift for science and religion building“
Visit the CSBR site to learn more about the campaign.
Alex Friedrich, Minnesota Public Radio’s higher education reporter, visited Augsburg College’s campus to experience a day in the life of an Auggie. Friedrich spent Dec. 5 blogging about his experiences and found that Augsburg College has a wide variety of traditions and experiences to offer to its students, faculty, staff and alumni, and also to its neighboring communities, as well.
Read and watch his posts on the “On Campus” blog here:
- A day at Augsburg College – A few noteworthy and newsworthy items about Augsburg
- The man leading a changing Augsburg – Meet President Paul C. Pribbenow and his passion for bow ties, commitment to Augsburg students, and vision for the College’s future
- Augsburg’s greener way to do chemistry – Experiments in the organic chemistry class taught by Assistant Professor Michael Wentzel really shine — or, rather, glow
- Man, the sounds that come out of Augsburg – Beatboxing Auggies Matthew Kukar and Connor Doebbert demonstrate their talents
- What’s all that pastry and wool at Augsburg – Friedrich takes in Velkommen Jul
- My seasonal lunch at Augsburg – An overview of lunchtime in the Commons
- Why they don’t sit still in Augsburg’s chapel – Norwegian traditions abound in special Daily Chapel service
- What an Augsburg apartment looks like – A peak inside Luther Hall
- Nilla wafers and ketchup at Augsburg – The ins and outs of breakfast at Augsburg
Augsburg College and the League of Women Voters Minnesota hosted a Secretary of State debate on Oct. 28.
Candidates Bob Hellend, Bob Odden, Dan Severson, and Steve Simon faced off on such issues as voter identification and improved Secretary of State business services. Augsburg received several media mentions as the venue for the occasion.
For a video recap of the Secretary of State debate visit the Kare 11 news site. To learn more on the debate, visit the following links: