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This section of the News and Media Services department site tracks stories in print and broadcast media that feature Auggie faculty, students, and staff. The area also is home to material developed for University-related programs, events, and more.

Billboards by Augsburg Alumni Featured in Pioneer Press

Augsburg alumni Olivia House ’20 and Silent Fox ’18 were featured in the Pioneer Press story “Billboards across Twin Cities by Augsburg alums promote call for racial justice” on July 1. House and Fox are creators of billboards that memorialize George Floyd and other Black people murdered due to police violence. The billboards will be on display in 30 Twin Cities-area locations through mid-July.

House and Fox worked in partnership with copywriter Jalen Cannon. The project was made possible by a grant from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

The Sun Current also ran a story, “After growing up in Richfield, artist collaborates on racial justice billboards,” which focused on House’s work on the billboard campaign.

Augsburg University Anticipates Another Large, Diverse Incoming Class for Fall 2021

Kare 11 logoAugsburg University is once again set to welcome one of its largest and most diverse classes this fall. Augsburg’s largest incoming class was in Fall 2019, when 636 first-year students enrolled. In 2020, it welcomed its second-largest class. This year’s incoming class is on track to be approximately the same size as the previous two years. 

In addition, the percentage of BIPOC students at Augsburg has increased significantly since 2008. That year, 18% of incoming students identified as BIPOC. More recently, approximately 65% of first-year students have identified as BIPOC.

A recent KARE-11 News report on fall 2021 enrollment at local universities included a brief interview with Robert Gould, Augsburg’s vice president for strategic enrollment management.

Congratulations to Auggies named to the 2021 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Augsburg University SealMore than 1,000 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2021 Spring Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2021 Spring Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.

American Indian OIC Receives $10,000 for Youth Programming from Augsburg University

Augsburg University contributed $10,000 to American Indian OIC to support its youth education programming. AIOIC was founded in 1979 as a practical resource and response to the considerable education and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in and around south Minneapolis. 

President Paul Pribbenow said the gift is the result of conversations between Augsburg and AIOIC about finding ways to work together to overcome educational disparities and encourage Native youth and others to pursue their academic journeys. The two organizations also are discussing ways to strengthen ties through shared research, teaching, and community engagement.

More details are available in the press release from AIOIC.

About Augsburg

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.

Augsburg University Celebrates Juneteenth as an Official University Holiday for the First Time

Augsburg University added Juneteenth (June 19) to its list of official university holidays. For the first time, the university will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 18. The holiday is a time of mixed emotions, both celebrating the end of legal slavery in the United States and offering time to reflect on continued racism since then. 

Juneteenth originated in 1865 as Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Learn more about this celebration and its history in this New York Times article.

Jenn Luong, pastoral intern in Augsburg’s Campus Ministry, has composed this reflection and prayer to mark this year’s celebration.

About Augsburg

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.

Monitor Story Features President Pribbenow and Diverse, Record-Breaking Classes

Paul PribbenowThe Monitor published “Diverse, record breaking classes at Augsburg,” covering a May 19 speech by President Paul Pribbenow to the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit. In addition to mentioning three leadership lessons that Pribbenow shared with his audience, the story described Augsburg’s growth, both in terms of diversity and overall numbers, and its community engagement. 

Augsburg had 636 first-year students in fall 2019, its largest entering class. That first year class also reflected more diversity than the decade before; in 2019, 65% of new students identified as BIPOC as compared to 18% in 2008. The university had its second-largest entering class in 2020 and is on track to enroll one of its largest classes again this fall. 

Augsburg University Joins the COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge

Augsburg University has signed up to be a part of the COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge, which has been organized by the White House and U.S. Department of Education. The challenge is part of President Biden’s effort to make sure that 70% or more of Americans have at least one vaccine dose by July 4.

Schools that join this challenge make three commitments:

  1. Engage every student, faculty, and staff member: Make sure every member of the campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.
  2. Organize the college community: Lead the way by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of the campus community vaccinated as possible.
  3. Deliver vaccine access to all. Meet the campus community where it is: bring vaccines on-site, and make it easy for students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated at sites nearby this summer. 

By participating in this challenge, Augsburg is doing its part to protect our students, faculty, and staff; their families; and our community.

Augsburg is offering walk-in vaccine clinics on campus in Oren Gateway Center this summer starting June 14 during new student orientation. In addition, the university is right across the street from the People’s Center Cedar Riverside Clinic, which also offers vaccines. You can find more information about COVID-19 vaccines at our COVID-19 Planning website.

About Augsburg
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at Augsburg.edu.

Professor William Green Interviewed by PBS about Police Reform and Violent Crime in Minneapolis

On May 25, PBS NewsHour featured William Green, M. Anita Gay Hawthorne professor of critical race and ethnic studies, in the story “Examining efforts toward police reform in Minneapolis amid crime spike.” Green addressed barriers to police reform efforts in Minneapolis, including the fact that not much can be accomplished at the city level. “The power of the police federation, for example, really comes from the state, for all intents and purposes,” he said.

President Paul Pribbenow on “Equity-Mindedness” in CASE Currents Magazine Article

Paul PribbenowPresident Paul Pribbenow was featured in the article, “What Is Equity?” in the May/June 2021 issue of Currents, the magazine for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He spoke about Augsburg’s work toward “equity-mindedness,” the role that advancement professionals can play in this work, and what it’s like to lead a private university in pursuing equity. Speaking of his experience as Augsburg’s president, he said, “I recognized that it was not good enough to say we had that commitment, and that we were doing good things in the community. We had to do the internal work of a community that truly aspired to be inclusive and anti-racist.”