Susan Grove, a 1970 graduate of St. Cloud State University, moved to Austin in 1975 to teach English, Speech, French and English as a second language at what was then Austin Area Vocational-Technical Institute and known today as Riverland Community College. She was an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, an Honor Society for many years and continues to mentor students develop leadership skills and foster lifelong friends in this organization for two year colleges.
While teaching English as a Second Language as a faculty member at Riverland Community College, she co-founded “Amis Austin” which simply means Austin Friends, a volunteer group dedicated to refugee resettlement. She continues to work as a French Interpreter with the Austin Public School system working with new immigrants from West Africa.
Commitment to Austin Community
- Austin Planning Commission – 10 years
- Blandin Leadership Group – 1993
- Chair of Apex Austin Committee during the 1990s
- AAUW Member from 1976 to present serving as President, Vice President, Membership Chair, Program Chair and House Tour Chair
- Mower County Historical Society Board Member- 2013 to present
- Austin Symphony Board Member – 2011 to present
- Friends of the Austin Library – 2008 to present
- Science Fair Mentoring at Sumner & Neveln Elementary School – 2013 to present
Awards & Recognition
- First Annual Human Rights Award – 1999
- Emeritus Faculty, Riverland Community College – 2009
- Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar – 2014
- Phi Theta Kappa Emeritus Advisor – 2015
Sue Grove is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Austin. She served as a Senior Warden for 8 years from 2008 to 2016 and currently serves as an Administrative Team Lead for the congregation.
As an educator and expert at networking, Grove encouraged others to develop stronger relationships in order to support equity in all areas of society.
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