College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, has recognized Augsburg University in its survey of the 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019. Intentional gender neutral language, explicit non-discrimination policies, and gender neutral dorms and restrooms were some of the factors taken into account.
Augsburg Wrestling Coach Jim Moulsoff spoke with KSTP about the tradition. “It’s a great rivalry. It’s been Augsburg or Wartburg that’s won the last 26 national titles in Division III wrestling. It’s always an honor to compete against those guys,” he said. “It’s real. It’s a real rivalry.”
The reporter also spoke with Augsburg star wrestlers Lucas Jeske and Ryan Epps, who won individual national titles last year.
“It’s really inspiring and just being able to be a part of that is really big. I just want keep adding to [the wall of trophies] and making the past generations of wrestlers proud,” Epps told KSTP about what it is like to be part of this annual tradition.
The “Battle of the Burgs” will take place at Augsburg University on Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. at Si Melby Hall.
Augsburg University recently became one of 1,000 accredited four-year colleges and universities that have adopted the test-optional admissions policy, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. International applicants should still be aware that the policy doesn’t always apply to students who attended high school outside of the U.S. At Augsburg, international applicants must submit minimum scores for one standardized test in order to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission. “The only difference is related to English proficiency,” said Devon Ross, Augsburg Director of Undergraduate Admissions, in the article.
Abbey Ulrich of Wayzata spoke with Kare 11’s Pat Evans about her journey to sobriety during high school. Ulrich and her parents credit P.E.A.S.E. Academy for the support she received and for encouraging her to apply to Augsburg University to continue recovery post high school. “It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you are and where you’re going, and where you’re going is good. You’re in a good place right now. You’re at Augsburg which has a great program for people in recovery” the broadcaster told Ulrich.
“I didn’t plan on going to college until StepUp at Augsburg was an option” Ulrich responded.
The Star Tribune showcased Augsburg’s work to build an inclusive learning community as the student body has become increasingly diverse.
There is much challenging work underway, and we are grateful for the many student voices and perspectives helping shape Augsburg’s response to the very real issues of discrimination in our world.
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder highlighted Augsburg University students Arianna Jones, Camille McCoy, Tamara McLenore, Camryn Speese, and Kaezha Wubben, who at their Nov. 19 game against University of Wisconsin-Superior made history after becoming the first five African-American starters at a college basketball game in Minnesota, the story said. The writer described the twelve women of color on the team of 19 as the “diverse dozen.”
“In the MIAC there’s not many of us out there playing. A lot of them are sitting on the bench.” said starter Speese, in the article. “I’ve been here since the beginning…making it a point of getting people of color at our school, which is the most diverse school in the MIAC.”
Green has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has previously published books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history. He also has served as a past president of the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Forecast Public Art connected Augsburg with a network of diverse artists, then helped create a selection process that would knit together the different disciplines taught at Augsburg.
“That was important to us because, at this point, Augsburg’s undergraduate population is almost 50 percent students of color, and so we want to reflect the communities they come from,” Pribbenow said.
During the interview with Combs, Pribbenow also pointed to the art across the glass windows, depicting Martin Luther’s handwritten version of ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God.’
Augsburg University students spent November 17 handing out jackets, blankets, children’s toys, and hot lunch to families in need at a homeless encampment near Augsburg. “It’s basically in our backyard for our school and I think that helping the community is a really big thing for me,” student Tyler Johnson told a reporter. This day of service was initiated by Augsburg student Inam Al-Hammouri, then other students quickly joined, including many members of the men’s soccer team.
“Cooking a hot lunch and serving it to hungry families out in the cold is not something most college kids would do on a Saturday, but these youth at Augsburg University are not just your average students,” said Fox 9 reporter Christina Palladino. “The students believe it is their responsibility to take action and empower their generation to build bridges to those less fortunate.” The students said they plan to organize more days of service, especially now that temperatures are dropping.
WCCO also covered the story. See full report at the WCCO website.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice and Vikings player Alan Page was one of seven to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Page’s charitable work through the Page Education Foundation has helped many students of color like Robert Harper ’16 succeed in their careers. Harper spoke with Kare 11 about how the work of Alan Page impacted his life.
“He has made me want to stay true to my passion and stay grounded in social justice work. When I came out of college I was applying to less meaningful jobs. I am a second-year graduate student at Humphrey School of Public Affairs studying public policy. That is a decision I did make with Alan,” Harper said. “He always says, ‘Make sure you hold the door open for the person behind you. Make sure you send the elevator back down.’ ”