Whether they are learning about lobbying, speaking to a committee, or presenting their research, Auggies in many disciplines are making time to talk to lawmakers about issues and policies that affect students. By telling their stories to advocate for support for Minnesota’s private colleges and for programs that make a private college education possible for students, Augsburg students are living the College’s mission to be engaged citizens.
This spring, the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) and Augsburg Day Student Government will provide an opportunity for Auggies to engage with legislators at Augsburg Day at the Capitol. And at events held earlier this year, Ben Yawakie ’13, Charlie Olson ’13, and Rosie Benser ’13 talked with legislators about the value of their experiences at Augsburg. Continue reading “Auggies advocate for private education support at the Capitol”
On September 26, alumni Martin Sabo ’59 and Jim Pederson ’56 will lead a conversation among state legislators and others who played a critical role in reforming and transforming Minnesota’s political and governmental landscape during the 1970s. Sabo and Pederson will be joined by Lyall Schwarzkopf, former Republican state legislator and former chief of staff to Governor Arne Carlson, as well as former Democratic state legislators Ray Faricy and Bill Kelly. The panel will be moderated by Gene LaHammer, former Associated Press reporter.
The panel will discuss Minnesota legislative changes from 1971 to 1978 instituted in part by Governors Wendell Anderson and Rudy Perpich. Discussion will also focus on local and national events and how Republican legislators in the 1960s influenced the changes that would take place in Minnesota in the 70s. Continue reading “Augsburg alumni who shaped Minnesota politics”