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The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.

Season 3, Episode 6 – Barclay Bates: Lessons in Leadership

Barclay Bates '18

Barclay Bates ’18, Augsburg alum and former intern (now employee) at Midco, has learned what separates leaders from managers. His years as captain of the Augsburg football team as well as intern and career positions at Midco have given him deep insight into what it takes to do great work with a happy, fulfilled, motivated team (be they athletic, academic, or corporate). His mentors in athletics, Augsburg economics, and Midco’s upper leadership have taught him many critical lessons that he pays forward every day.

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Season 3, Episode 5 – Hannah Dyson: Putting the “Story” in “History”

Hannah Dyson

Hannah Dyson discovered a remarkable overlap in her theatre and history interests when interning at the MN Historical Society. Writing stories for MNopedia about fraudulent towns and journalistic assassinations, Hannah developed a passion for storytelling that connects past and present – and her Augsburg and historical society mentors have helped her focus her ambitions. Her storytelling explores justice and freedom of press both historically and in our own future.

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Season 3, Episode 4 – Bjorn Melin: Discoveries in Data

Bjorn Melin

Bjorn Melin, intern at Cteq Data Consultants and 3M, is proof that drive and work ethic really do make a difference. Not about to allow his Edina upbringing to afford him any opportunities he didn’t earn, Bjorn tackled a challenging double major in Computer Science and Math and forged his own opportunities in data science at Cteq and 3M by personally undertaking 50 plus informational interviews (over five times his advisor’s recommendation) and networking vigorously in the Twin Cities’ analytics field before acquiring internships in both small and large business environments. Bjorn’s is a story spanning math faculty all the way up to corporate CEOs. He credits his education to both.

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Season 3, Episode 3 – Miracle Adebanjo: The Gift of Giving

Miracle Adebanjo

Miracle Adebanjo weathered a challenging transition from his international upbringing moving from London to New Jersey and Minnesota that was punctuated with homelessness, culture clash, and lack of structure. But business, social work, and internship opportunities introduced Miracle to friends and mentors at Augsburg and beyond who ignited his passionate drive to build a better tomorrow through activism, community engagement, and entrepreneurship.

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Season 3, Episode 2 – Oliva House: The Art of Activism

Olivia House presenting at her art show

Olivia House, intern at Wingnut Advertising (via Brand Lab), uses design to advance the causes of justice and activism. Through her work, she strives to elevate underrepresented voices, share stories that aren’t told, and promote history that has been erased. Mentors in Augsburg arts and athletics as well as key players in Twin Cities advertising and design have supported her on her journey and helped her crystalize her ambitions to build a brighter future through the power of activist art.

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Season 3, Episode 1 – Ethan Quezada: A Calling to Service

Ethan Quezada, 1st-year class president and intern with Senator Tina Smith, tells a story of purpose and belonging. He grew up in an environment where Ethan struggled to make his dreams of public service a reality. At Augsburg, his rapid rise through student government encounters with meaningful faculty and professional mentors, and internships with Senator Smith led him on a path of self-actualization culminating in discoveries of self-confidence, hope, and service to his community.

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Season 2, Episode 15 – Lamont Slater: Decolonizing the Mind

Lamont Slater

Lamont Slater, instructor and program coordinator for the Center for Global Education and Experience, remotely joins the Augsburg Podcast from Windhoek, Namibia to discuss the perspective-altering value of study abroad programming — and how it changed his own life as well as the lives of current students studying abroad with him in Namibia.


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Season 2, Episode 13 – Sarah Degner Riveros: Language for Life

Sarah Degner Riveros

Language is so much more than vocabulary and grammar. For Sarah Degner Riveros, Lecturer in Spanish, languages are inseparable from their history, community, and culture. In this discussion, we explore many ways the teaching and learning of Spanish opens doorways to a wider world and into the deeper self.


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