Michael Wentzel talks with KSTP TV about BBQ, beer, cancer

KSTP LogoMike Wentzel, assistant professor of chemistry at Augsburg College, spoke with KSTP TV about a new study that shows marinating meat in dark beer reduces the cancer-causing carcinogens that form when grilling. Wentzel said that a chemical in beer is shown to lessen the formation of harmful molecules during the grilling process and, therefore, can help lower the harm to people who eat grilled meats. Watch the KSTP story “Augsburg chemist: Marinating meat in beer reduces cancer-causing chemicals.”

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Christian Science Monitor talks to Hans Wiersma

The Christian Science MonitorHans Wiersma, associate professor of religion, spoke with the Christian Science Monitor about whether a Baptist church in Kansas could continue after the passing of its charismatic founder. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, which is best known for picketing military funerals to show its opposition to homosexuality, recently was admitted to hospice care. Read Wiersma’s comments in the article “Could Westboro Baptist survive without founder Fred Phelps.”

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MinnPost arts round-up includes Augsburg’s ‘Peer Gynt’

MinnPostA first-ever collaboration between the theater departments of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota on a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” received news coverage in MinnPost. The ground-breaking production will take theatergoers on a fantastic voyage that includes oversized birds and trolls, original music and simultaneous scenes, all while attendees and performers travel a quarter-mile portion of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Read the full column on the MinnPost website.

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Advisory: Augsburg’s 6th traditional powwow is March 29

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to be honored for donation to endowed scholarship fund

Augsburg College will host a traditional powwow March 29 in the Si Melby Hall Gymnasium. The event, hosted by the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association and American Indian Student Services, includes two Grand Entries and an Honoring Ceremony to recognize graduating American Indian students.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) also will be honored for recently contributing $250,000 to endowed scholarships* for American Indian students at the College. The gift means the College will award an additional $10,000 per year to enrolled American Indian students. Read more ›

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Augsburg-hosted spelling bee garners coverage on WCCO

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The Scripps Regional Spelling Bee organized and hosted by Augsburg College on March 15 was the focus of a WCCO news story. Mark Kivimaki, of Valley View Middle School in Edina, was the winner of the bee and will be sent by the College to Washington, D.C., to take part in the national competition. Watch “5 students set to represent Minnesota in national spelling be” and learn what word Kivimaki spelled to win the regional competition.

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Valley View Middle School student wins Regional Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee ChampionMark Kivimaki, 12, of Valley View Middle School in Edina, was named champion of the 7-County Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee held March 15 at Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg College. He correctly spelled “thorium” and “serenity” to win the spelling bee. He is the son of Mary and Bruce Kivimaki.

Abraham Teuber, 13, of South St. Paul High School, won second place. He was eliminated during round 15 for misspelling “chaldron.” Teuber is the son of Becca and Tim Teuber. Read more ›

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Site-Specific Staging of ‘Peer Gynt’ Breaks Rules, Boundaries

Production is first-ever collaboration between Augsburg, University of Minnesota

A ground-breaking production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” will take theater goers on a fantastic voyage that includes oversized birds and trolls, original music and simultaneous scenes, all while attendees and performers travel a quarter-mile portion of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The play, a 1.5-hour production condensed from Robert Bly’s 3-hour script of 2008, represents a first-time collaboration between theater departments at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota. It’s also probably a first for site-specific theater of this scale for theatergoers in the Twin Cities. Read more ›

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Augsburg student talks to The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher EducationYemissrach “Yemi” Melka ’15, a chemistry and international relations student, recently spoke with Beckie Supiano of The Chronicle of Higher Education about Melka’s participation in the Model United Nations. Melka, a Peace Scholar, is interested in exploring how scientists can use their expertise to promote international peacemaking. Listen to “A Science Student Talks Her Way onto the Model UN Team.”

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March 15 Regional Spelling Bee covered in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribunePaul Walsh of the Star Tribune writes about the upcoming Regional Spelling Bee to be at Augsburg College on March 15. This is the second year that Augsburg will host 50 middle- and junior-high school students who will compete for a chance to go to Washington, D.C., for the national event. Read “Minnesota’s field of 5 for National Spelling Bee nearly complete.”

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Peace Prize Forum garners range of media attention

NPPFThe 26th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum held March 1 and March 7-9 garnered a wide range of media attention throughout the conference. Here are highlights of stories that appeared in traditional and social media about the Forum and its programming. Many stories listed below also were shared Read more ›

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