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Mike Newman Receives the Augsburg College Golden Bow Tie Award

Bow TieIn April, President Pribbenow invited Mike Newman, Vice President of Community Relations at Travelers Insurance, to celebrate five years as a partner institution with the Travelers EDGE® program, Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment. The cocktail hour and focused program on campus highlighted key aspects of the EDGE program:

  • Increase the pipeline of underrepresented students to Augsburg
  • Help underrepresented students graduate from Augsburg
  • Build awareness of careers in the Insurance and Financial Services industries

Newman is a true champion of education, and advocates strongly for access to higher education for all students. As a surprise to Mr. Newman, President Pribbenow presented Mike Newman with the Golden Bow Tie Award, which is bestowed upon a leader within the Augsburg Community who exemplifies outstanding contributions, embodies the core values of an Augsburg education, and inspires great pride for all Auggies. The award was named, playfully, after Paul Pribbenow’s daily ritual of wearing a bow tie, a tradition he started to initiate conversation with students. Along with a certificate, Newman also received bow tie cufflinks.

Augsburg is grateful for the strong institutional partnership with Travelers Insurance and the Travelers EDGE program. Sixteen Augsburg EDGE scholars have completed eleven traditional summer/academic year internships and five short-term summer internships. Travelers EDGE scholars leave these experiences prepared with the soft-skills necessary for success in the workforce.

Attendees at the celebration event in April included representatives from Fairview Health Services, Wallin Partners, Upturnships, Wells Fargo, Strommen Center staff, Travelers EDGE alumni, and current students.

During the event, Mike Newman shared, “Augsburg is a meaningful partner for Travelers Insurance: the students are engaged and motivated, and the staff and faculty work hard to consistently support all students.”

Thank you to all who attended, including four Travelers EDGE scholar alumni, two current EDGE scholars, and Janet Morales, the College Access Partnership manager.

For more information please contact Amanda Scherer, Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Augsburg College at 612-330-1720 or