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Olympian Billy Mills comes to Augsburg for Native Youth Visit Day

billymillsOlympic athlete Billy Mills will speak to 250 Native American students from grades 6-12 at Augsburg on Friday, Jan. 13 as part of Native Youth Visit Day.

“Native youth will have the chance to step foot on a college campus, something that many of these students have never done before,” said Jennifer Simon, event organizer and director of Augsburg’s American Indian Student Services.

“Students will get a feel for what college is like, and interact with current Native college students with the hope that they will see college is an option for them. We want to implant the idea in their minds that they, too, can and should be college students in the future.” Continue reading “Olympian Billy Mills comes to Augsburg for Native Youth Visit Day”

Connecting the college with the community

steve_peacockSteve Peacock’s education about the connections between colleges and communities started early. When he was a young man, Peacock’s father, who was a campus minister at the University of Illinois, would talk with his family around the dinner table about what the church and the university could do to improve lives of people in the Champaign-Urbana community.

These conversations influenced Peacock’s decision to pursue urban studies in college and ultimately steered him toward a career in community development. Last fall, he joined the Augsburg institutional development staff as the director of community relations. Continue reading “Connecting the college with the community”