People magazine covers Olivia Maccoux’s triumphs over adversity

people - logoPeople magazine recently published an article about Olivia Maccoux ’18, an Augsburg College student who has endured 120 brain surgeries due to a condition called hydrocephalus, which causes excess fluid to accumulate in the brain. Despite this, Maccoux has found success and solace by participating in a number of sports.

“I don’t know if it’s sports that distract me or if it’s just because I love playing them, but for whatever reason, when I’m on the field, in the pool or on the rink, I let my pain wash over me,” she said. “It’s like it doesn’t exist.”

Maccoux’s mother, Cathy, said that her daughter is known for her courage and strength.

The article concludes by stating that Maccoux has made the Dean’s List every semester that she has attended Augsburg. She is majoring in communication studies, with plans for a career in nonprofit fundraising in the health care industry.

Read: College Athlete Won’t Let 120 Brain Surgeries Stand in Her Way: I Don’t Want to Be the ‘Sick Girl’ on the People site.

The Lutheran magazine features Augsburg College’s River Semester

The Lutheran - logoThe magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran, recently featured an article covering Augsburg College’s River Semester. The River Semester program found a dozen students, two professors, and two wilderness guides using the Mississippi River as a classroom as they traveled its length by canoe and bus. The article includes statements from a number of students about their experience and from Joe Underhill, the political science professor who worked for 15 years to make the trip a reality.

The article quotes student Noah Cameron ’17 as saying of the trip’s appeal, “We could be learning about these places and things in a classroom, but out here makes it much more memorable.”

Ricky Taylor ’17, who documented the trip through photography and video, spoke about the difficulty of balancing his coursework with canoeing and filming the trip. “It wasn’t easy, but through it came some of my most exciting moments from the trip,” he said. “In those split seconds, I got to capture something beautiful, amazing or just down-right fun.”

In addition to studying the ecology, history, and political importance of the river, the experience brought the group together and offered lessons in self-awareness. Hannah Arvold ’18 explains in the article, “We had such a variety of people — students with majors from political science, to film, to biology. We had a blast learning about each other, which in turn helped us learn a lot about ourselves.”

Read: Class on the current on the Lutheran magazine’s site. For more information about the trip see the River Semester site or  Augsburg College’s News and Media blog.

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 “Class of 2015 feeds the pig”

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 “Alumni-Student Networking Event on Jan. 29”