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July Program Highlights

It’s been a busy summer for the Augsburg PA program! Many notable events and updates occurred in the month of July.

Yesterday we welcomed new program manager Conrad Carlozzi! Conrad previously worked for Project for Pride in Living in various roles. The department is excited to have him join our team. Stay tuned for more about Conrad and what brought him to Augsburg PA.

We are excited to announce that Eric Van Hecke, PA-C has moved into a full-time faculty position. When he initially joined the team earlier this year, he expressed his commitment to assisting students to develop into dynamic, professional and competent medical providers in a constantly changing clinical environment.

Augsburg University hosted the Urban Scrubs camp at the beginning of July. This week-long day camp allowed high school students to be exposed to 25 different careers in healthcare. The PA program closed out the last day with hands-on demonstrations of splinting. Current PA students, staff and faculty helped students learn exam skills and how to splint an arm.

participant applying splintPA student modeling how to splintparticipants doing exam after splinting

 

As second-year students transition into the clinical phase, they are diligently working on master’s projects. During their second summer in the program, students have the opportunity to conduct independent research to answer a specific question. Students may also elect to complete a course within Augsburg University’s Master of Arts in Leadership, Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Music Therapy departments. Our PA students also have the chance to participate in a range of experiential learning courses within local and international communities.group photo of participants at heme camp playing dinosaur break

For yet another consecutive year, a student accompanied adjunct faculty member and Augsburg PA alumna, Skye Peltier, PA-C to Children’s Minnesota and the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas pediatric camp for patients that have hemophilia and other chronic bleeding disorders. Chelsea Johnson, PA-S2 is seen on the right as a captured dinosaur while playing dinosaur break with camp attendees.

A group of 19 made their way down to Costa Rica with Medical Director Holly Levine. Students are encouraged to develop their own perspective on what universal responsibility means to them and how they integrate it into their career. Throughout the course of 12 days, students visited important sites relevant to government, healthcare, and social services. The group immersed themselves into local communities and participated in cultural experiential learning. A highlight of the trip was hearing personal stories and experiences of Nicaraguan and Venezuelan immigrants.

group photo of students with immigrants and chlidren rainforst trek and group photostudents participating in soccer, mask making, coffee roasting

Summer 2019 – 5K Recap

The annual Run for Your Life 5K was held on June 8th at Roseville’s Central Park. Eighty-five participants showed up for pre-race warm-ups and a few laps around Bennett Lake. The first female to cross the finish line was Brooke Schramm, Augsburg PA-S2. Eric Kluznik, who is Professor Kluznik’s husband, was the first male to complete the 5K.

Group Photo Start of Race

For the 13th annual run, funds were raised for the PA Student Society and Project for Pride in Living. Project for Pride in Living (PPL) is an organization that provides transformative affordable housing and career readiness services to individuals and families who have lower incomes. In addition to the fundraiser for this organization, participants were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen Cupboard. After a weigh-in of all the goods, the Campus Cupboard will receive 92 pounds of food.

A special shout out is necessary for all our sponsors and donors as we so appreciate your support:

Alamo Draft House
Bole Ethiopian Restaurant
Breadsmith
Bryce Jermain Salon
Dangerous Man Brewing
Headflyer Brewing
Kowalski’s Market
Marcus Theaters
Punch Pizza
Red Cow Restaurant
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul Saints
Starbucks
Surly Brewing
Thayer Orthodontics
Theater in the Round Player
Tin Whiskers Brewing
Wild Mountain
Brandon Running with Dog  Group Finishing RaceTommie and Dog

Highlights from Annual 5K

Every year the Augsburg PA Program hosts an annual 5K run benefiting local organizations around the community. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations in order to earn raffle tickets. It was a very successful year as 78 participants turned out for the event. A wide variety of companies donated prizes to be raffled off at the end of the race!

The non-perishable food items gathered this year were donated to Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard. Campus Cupboard is a food shelf run by and for Augsburg students. The Cupboard is run by volunteers and hours are often variable in the summer; however, during the academic school year, it is open 5 days a week. The free food shelf was founded 5 years ago as a joint venture between the Fighting Poverty at Augsburg special interest group and the Creating an Inclusive Campus conference. Donations from the 5K totaled 130 lbs! Janet Nguyen, of the Campus Cupboard, noted this will keep the cupboard fully stocked for the summer months as well as into the fall semester!

A special thank you to all the donors that partnered with us this year:

Tin Whiskers Brewery
Guthrie Theatre
R.F. Moeller Jeweler
Surly Brewery
Minnesota Twins
Theatre in the Round
Minnesota Lynx
St. Paul Saints
Kwik Trip
Aveda Body & Sol Salon and Spa
Commodore Restaurant
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Three Rivers Park District
TRUCE Juice Shop
Wild Mountain Taylors Falls Recreation Area
The LOOK Salon