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News Archives - 2005

July 15, 2005

"Tina" Marie O'Brien awarded Leadership Fellowship from the Bush Foundation


"Tina" Maria Cristina O'Brien, Academic Advisor for TRIO/Student Support Services at Augsburg College has recently been awarded a Leadership Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation of St. Paul. She is currently TRIO/SSS academic advisor and the non-profit founder and art director of Mira Gallery in Minneapolis. The Leadership fellowship is for accomplished, motivated individuals who are eager to prepare themselves for greater leadership responsibilities within their communities and professions. Her last day at Augsburg College will be Aug. 2.

As part of her fellowship, O'Brien will pursue a master’s degree in public affairs at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. O’Brien will also complete a self-designed component which focuses on museum studies and Mexican/Chicano visual art in order to foster the growing number of local Latino artists, help raise them to national prominence and use their art as a bridge between cultures.

Since 1975 the Foundation has selected about 25 Leadership fellows per year from roughly 200 applicants. Fellows include women and men in such fields as public service, education, government, health, business, engineering, architecture, science, farming, forestry, law, trade unions, law enforcement, journalism and social work.

Thirteen Twin Cities-area residents, four Greater Minnesota residents, two South Dakotans and one Wisconsin resident are among the 20 individuals to receive Bush Leadership Fellowships for 2005. The fellowships support full-time study in academic or self-designed educational programs.