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News Archives - 1999

First-year Augsburg College students start college by serving others

Sept. 06, 1999

Before setting foot in their first college class, nearly 350 Augsburg College first-year students will spend Tuesday afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. volunteering at 16 Twin Cities service organizations and schools. Augsburg classes start Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the students will perform a wide variety of volunteer activities ranging from working on a construction site at a Habitat for Humanity house to painting the lobby at the Heart of the Beast Theatre (a complete list is attached).

It will be the ninth year in a row that Augsburg first-year students will start their college careers by serving others. Augsburg's First Year Experience-City Service Projects program is run jointly by the academic and student life divisions of the college and includes, in addition to community service, related seminars and reading for the students.

Students work in groups of 15-20 and are led by student orientation leaders and faculty advisors. They will walk or bus to their service destinations from the Augsburg campus.

The First Year Experience program is just one of many community partnerships that Augsburg has established. Throughout their college careers, Augsburg students get an opportunity to live up to the college's motto, "Education for Service," through experiential education. This program includes internships, community service-learning and cooperative education. In all, over 900 Augsburg students annually participate in service-learning activities.

Most events will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. (exceptions noted)

Helping with back to school supply fair
Site: Brian Coyle Community Center
Contact: James Tucker
Address: 420 15th Avenue South
Phone: 612-338-5282

Work on community garden
Site: Seward Neighborhood Group
Contact: Christina Grimm
Address: 2412 28th Avenue South
Phone: 612-338-6205

Deliver flyers to the neighborhood
Site: Way to Grow
Contact: Tom Fitzpatrick
Address: 2000 S. 5th Street (20th and Riverside)
Phone: 612-305-1284

Help teachers with projects in their classrooms
Site: Seward Montessori School
Contact: Mary Delander
Address: 28th Avenue and 24th Street
Phone: 612-627-2447

Play kickball with children. Note: Start time is 3 p.m.
Site: Children's Home Society-Child Care Center
Contact: Julie Murphy
Address: 1525 South 4th Street
Phone: 612-338-2066

Paint lobby of In the Heart of the Beast theatre Site: In the Heart of the Beast
Contact: Carol North
Address: 1500 E. Lake Street
Phone: 612-721-2535

Work on a construction site Site: Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Stephen Devereux
Address: 2121 13th Avenue South
Phone: 612-330-4090 (ext.683)

Clean-up projects in the office, concert hall and grounds Site: Cedar Cultural Center
Contact: Jay McHale
Address: 416 Cedar Avenue South
Phone: 338-2674

Some painting and playing with kids Site: Phillips Community Initiatives for Children
Contact: Erika Salgos
Address: 2413 Elliott Avenue South
Phone: 612-871-0662

Cleaning projects in the center Site: Riverside Plaza Resource Center
Contact: Michael Melgaard
Address: 1515 South 4th Street (in Riverside Plaza Apts.)
Phone: 612-338-4192

Help clean and renovate the headquarters for this ministry Site: Streetlight Ministries
Contact: Marybeth Gray
Address: 627 Queen Avenue North
Phone: 612-522-0455

Put packets together for the organization Site: Open Arms
Contact: Rachel Stockman
Address: 1414 East Franklin Avenue
Phone: 612-872-1152

Painting project and help organize the record library Site: KFAI Community Radio
Contact: Jackie Johnson
Address: 1808 Riverside Avenue
Phone: 612-341-3144

Yard work and cleaning projects Site: Our Saviour's Shelter
Contact: Diana Valentine
Address: 2122 Chicago Avenue South
Phone: 872-4193

Sorting clothes Site: Clothing Connection
Contact: Joe Bielawa
Address: 607 Washington Ave.
Phone: 612-341-9134

Painting project at the Edison School Site: Project for Pride in Living
Contact: Jim Fournier
Address: Lake and Hiawatha
Phone: 612-874-8511