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Augsburg College Get out and vote! Happy Halloween! The College's Student-Produced Newspapei Friday, October 31, 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota Volume CXV, Issue 5 McNeff Royalty to Augsburg: Beyo n d Pa rty Lines The Gift that Keeps on Giving Kristin Daniels Staff Writer The McNeff name is known and respected on the Augsburg campus, and for good reason. Marie McNeff, Professor Emeritus and retired Dean of Augsburg College, her husband Larry, and son Clayton McNeff Ph.D. (Augsburg class of'91) are known not only for their strong ties to Augsburg, but for their exceedingly generous gifts to the campus. Larry McNeff is the founder and president of SarTec Corporation which manufactures specialty agriculture products. With the help of Augsburg student. Brian Krohn, an algae- based formula was produced into a type of biodiesel and deemed the Mcgyan Biodiesel Process (named alter McNeff, Gyberg and Yan who discovered the method). Following the discovery, EverCat Fuels was born and is now located in Isanti. Minn. The McNeff family has made a commitment to give $.05 for every gallon of biodiesel produced at the EverCat Fuels plant to the construction of the Center for Science, Business and Religion for the next ten years. Jeremy Wells, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, gave three solid reasons why their gift, in particular is noteworthy. "I think there are many reasons this gift is significant," Wells said. "It is the first 7-figure gift of the campaign, which is always an important milestone. This type of a gift, early in a campaign such as this, provides momentum both internally and externally, and we have already begun talking about this gift with others and encouraging them to do likewise." "This gift is also significant because of the family who gave it," Wells said. "When those who are the closest to an organization choose to support its efforts and support them generously, this makes a powerful statement for others who are contemplating their own philanthropy. A third reason that this gift is so significant is because there is a gTeat possibility that the gift will grow from the initial commitment of $ 1.5 million as the production of bio-diesel from the EverCat Fuels plant increases." The donation will begin just after the New Year and will continue until 2019. Due to the current fuel crisis, the McNeff family hopes that the new biodiesel fuel will be in high demand as it is revolutionary and cost effective. Initially they hope to produce 3 million gallons per year. This would give the college roughly $ 150,000 annually. As the capacity and production increase, the yearly gift will grow. Not only is it important to note the impact, but it is also necessary for students to realize the magni- See MCNEFF, page 2 Phillip Kaup Staff Writer What is the function of a legislator? Represent the majority of its constituents? Serve as a proxy for a party's agenda? Or is it to work towards a vision of the common good? This past Wednesday. Oct. 29, Minnesota State Representatives Steve Simon (DFL) and Pat Garofalo (R) held a bi-partisan discussion on the recent transportation legislation in Minnesota's Congress. The scheduled topic of the evening was transportation and gas taxes. After giving one another a friendly introduction, they presented their conception of the proper role of a legislative body, and the proceeded with an extended question and answer session. "Conflict is not the problem," Simon said. "We're going to disagree a lot, that's what we do. The problem is not conflict, but distrust. Distrust is more corrosive than any disagreement." The representatives professed a message of party based politics as only one dimension of a legislative body, seeing the primary goal of individual legislators and the assembly as working towards an end of common good or common benefit. "The problem does not lie in having partisan opinions, but in letting these take over and losing sight of the common good," Garofalo said. The candidates did not talk in great depth about what this common view might be, but it was obvious that they both suggested a unifying goal of legislators that lay outside of current ideological boundaries. The introduction was followed with commentary from both representatives on the opposing party's presidential candidate. Both men agreed before-hand to speak on the positive qualities of the opposition's candidates. They both felt fortunate that there were positive qualities to identify, and mentioned that this suggested that there was good reason to feel See BEYOND, page 2 Author Sue Silverman Mentors Augsburg Writers Dave Mott Staff Writer Augsburg's aspiring writers were allowed a unique opportunity this week. For the week of October 26 author Sue William Silverman was on campus working one on iinc with students, offering a rare chance for undergraduate writers to have their pieces appraised by a professional in the field. In an interv lew in the Chns- tensen coffee lounge, Silverman glowed w ith excitement about her time with our community. "1 just have to say that 1 love Augsburg College," Silverman said "It's really friendly, every- Kk1> 's been incredibly welcoming. The students I've met are amazing writers. l'\e rally enjoyed being able tO read then work 1 think thev're bra\e to show their work to a total stranger." Though writing may not be a profession you see in your future, take note. Silverman's first career path led her to our nation's capital before she found her true calling. "My parents were involved in politics, and so that was sort of their vision of my life," Silvennan said. "Because 1 did not have any idea who I really was or what 1 really wanted to do, 1 really sort of became what they wanted me to. Which isn't to say it was bad. 1 do enjoy politics and I worked on Capitol Hill for a while.. .1 will say though that 1 always had the sense that it wasn't quite me, that there was something else that I really needed and wanted to do. And one day 1 just started writing." With the phenomenal writers of past and present, it can be challenging to see oneself as a writer of the future, but not for Silverman. '1 think the most important thing is to know that you have important stories tell, and to know that they are important," Silverman said. "Believe in your story, believe in your voice, and write it." Silverman's writing is heavily influenced by her experiences as a recovering sex addict. After a dark childhood in which she was the victim of re peated sexual abuse, Silverman grew to become a young adult in a world of hopelessness and pain. She struggled to maintain real relationships and find meaning in her life, ultimately entering an inpatient treatment center for her addiction. "1 grew up feeling like a failure," Silverman said. "I never thought about being a writer or doing much of anything. I'm a real late bloomer. Anybody who's reading this thinking 'oh it's too late for me to become a writer and do something', no it's never too late. We all sort of come into ourselves and find our paths at different times." In her recovery she discovered that she needed to write to exercise the demons of her past, and provide hope to others struggling with dark secrets. Admitting her past to the whole world, she explained, was no easy task. "I started as a fiction writer because I was way too scared to write my truth," she said. "When I switched to creative nonfiction, 1 literally wrote my first memoir in three months. It just fell out of me. Love Sick, my second memoir, actually took five years to write. That's closer to the facts of what it's like to be a real writer." Silvennan delivered a workshop open to all students on Wednesday afternoon and a public reading Thursday evening. Though she leaves today, her impact is sure to be memorable for a generation of Augsburg writers. She offers these words of hope to all who may need them "If you are struggling with something that's dark or scary, there's help out there and there's hope out there. Don't give up; find safe people who can help you." Augsburg Grads receive Milken Awards Michelle Richter News Co-1. KelK W oods and Tracy (. . more m common than just .1 passion for education Both are teachers m the 1\\ in Cities, both won the Milken Familv Foundation Award on Oct 14. and both duated from Augsburg Col- W inners are not only gn en the award, but also recei\ e $25,000 in pn/e faoney Approximately 80 awards are gi\en out each Recipients are chosen based on their educational talents, accomplishments and leadership K.ell> Woods is a teacher at Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary in Minneapolis. Co-workers credit her with improving the performance of students who ha\ e typi- calK been below average grade le\el Woods teaches in the third grade. Woods finished her schooling at Augsburg in 1998. and e\ en then she "saw herself as an urban teacher" Augsburg Professor Gretchen Irvine said. Tracy Cross graduated in 2001 and works as a math coach at Galtier Science and Mathematics magnet school in St. Paul. "She has the ability to make her curriculum come alive." Principal Adrian Pendelton to Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio I.MPR I said "She makes it real for the students, where the students can relate to it and take it back to their world and integrate it." "When you walk into her classroom, the kids are attending to what she's doing, and her passion just comes out," Pendelton said. "You can feel it when you walk into the room." "Total shock." Woods said after winning the award. "I was an unsuspecting victim. I had no idea I was going to be one of the winners." ""I believe knowing the kids, what their background is. what their interests are. I think that's important to knowing how to teach."' Woods told an MPR radio host. Woods and Cross joined fellow former Auggies Jaquylynn Bnckman and Maggie Knutson in winning this award Bnckman won in 2006 while working at Llizabclh Hall International Lleincntary School in Minneapolis. Knutson teaches at the Orono Intermediate School in Long Lake, Minn. The Milken Awards, also known as the "Oscars of leaching" ha\e been given out to outstanding education professionals since 1987.
|Title||Echo, V 115, I 05, October 31, 2008|
|Date||October 31, 2008|
|Frequency||Published on Fridays during the academic year.|
|Coverage||The Echo has been published since 1898.|
|Type||Scans of newspapers|
|Scan Date||March, 2012|
|Creator/Author||Students of Augsburg College|
|Source||Scans of printed and bound editions of the Echo.|
|Rights||No reproduction without permission from Augsburg College.|