Alumni Campaign Leaders Hosted Summit


You are invited for an evening of inquiry and fellowship hosted by Augsburg College Alumni Campaign Leaders and Campaign Action Team

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
4:30-8 p.m.

The evening will include student research presentations; a faculty panel discussion; featured speakers President Paul C. Pribbenow and Alumni Class Challenge Chair Wayne Jorgenson ’71; and special music by Augsburg students. Dinner will be served.

RSVP by Friday, May 16, by contacting Sonja Casperson at 612-330-1171 or Space is limited.

Valet Parking provided.

Class Challenge Summit Hosts

George Lanes ’50, Paul Almquist ’59, Dale Hanka ’60, Leola (Dyrud) Furman ’61, Dean Larson ’62,
Barbara (Beglinger) Larson ’63, Bob Tufford ’63, Dan Anderson ’65,
Lee Anne (Hansen) Lack ’67, John Selstad ’67, Karolynn Lestrud ’68, Dale Pederson ’70,
Mike Good ’71, Corky Hall ’71, Doug Johnson ’71, Wayne Jorgenson ’71, Bruce Nelson ’71,
Nancy (Olson) Hrdlicka ’72, Kris (Parbst) Rohde ’72, Pat Marcy ’72, Jonathan Nye ’72,
Carol (Pederson) Jorgenson ’72, Inez (Schey) Bergquist ’77, Beverly (Ranum) Meyer ’78,
Dennis Meyer ’78, Sally (Hough) Daniels Herron ’79, Jeff Swenson ’79, Chris Ascher ’81,
Bob Wick ’81, Kristin Dragseth Wiersma ’91, David Murr ’92, Laura Delavie ’92, Andy Sackreiter ’94,
Lisa Sackreiter ’95, Rachel Engebretson ’98

Sverdrup Visiting Lecture Series and Alumni Reception

Monday, April 7, 2014
Hoversten Chapel
5 p.m. – Alumni reception to celebrate the careers of retiring physics faculty Mark Engebretson and Jeff Johnson

7 p.m. – 2014 Sverdrup Visiting Lecture Series featuring Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD,
professor in molecular biology, Princeton University, who will discuss Tiny Conspiracies: Cell to Cell Communication in Bacteria.

The Sverdrup visiting scientist lecture is part of the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program at Augsburg. There are two goals of the Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program. First, to provide an opportunity for Augsburg students and faculty to interact on a personal basis with scientists of national stature. Second, the program provides an annual forum where Augsburg and the wider scientific community can expand their knowledge on a scientific topic of national significance.

RSVP for the alumni reception online at

Am I Measuring Up?

“Am I measuring up?” This is a question that many women in our culture today ask themselves. The leaders of AWE (Augsburg Women Engaged) and the Augsburg Associates are teaming up to tackle this question in an inspirational event for Auggie women of all ages. Join alumnae and friends for brunch on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an interactive and engaging conversation, along with a panel discussion among Augsburg alumnae from across the decades, who will share what they have learned about being daughters, mothers, and grandmothers–and women in public leadership, in business, and as involved community members.

The cost is $25 and includes brunch. RSVP at For more information call 612-330-1085 or email

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Cheer on the Auggies in Tucson, AZ

Augsburg head baseball coach Keith Bateman and head softball coach Tim Gormley are excited to invite you to an Augsburg gathering in Tucson, AZ!

The Augsburg baseball and softball teams will be down in Tucson for their Spring Break trips from Friday, March 14, to Friday, March 21.

The baseball games in Tucson will be played at the Kino Sports Complex. After their double-header on Monday, March 17, there will be a picnic with the team at 4:00 p.m., at Gene Reid Park in Tucson. This is an annual event that has traditionally been attended by the players, parents and alumni. This year A-Club President Bruce Nelson ’71 will be at the picnic, as well as Augsburg alumnus and NCAA coaching great Lute Olson ’56.

We would be honored if you would join us to meet the teams and spend some time in fellowship. RSVP to or call 612-330-1085.

Kino Sports Complex – 2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

Gene Reid Park – 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716

Augsburg College Mourns the Loss of Dr Megan Shroat

Dr. Megan Shroat, a long-time adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department, passed away unexpectedly late last week.

Megan was a dedicated and talented teacher and an accomplished research psychologist in the area of drug and alcohol dependence. She was a strong advocate of Augsburg’s StepUP® program for students in recovery and shared the College’s commitment to making higher education accessible to diverse groups of students. Megan always took time to give extra support to students who needed it and was passionate about helping her students grow personally as well as academically.

Megan has served as a member of Augsburg’s adjunct faculty since 2005, teaching a variety of courses, including a topics course focused on drugs and behavior. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s in psychology at Hamline University. She also completed coursework in the Augsburg MBA program during her time at Augsburg.

Megan’s family has scheduled a Service and Celebration for her on Wednesday, February 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis. Another service will be held in Megan’s hometown in western Minnesota this Saturday, February 15, at 10: 30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 106 8th St., Madison, Minn. The Augsburg community will hold Megan’s colleagues and family in our prayers during our daily chapel services this week.

Augsburg is top military-friendly school

Augsburg College has been selected as a top military-friendly school in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The list is featured annually in the December issue. The publication seeks to provide servicemen and servicewomen with information that will help them make decisions about higher education
MAE staff evaluated each submission by our strict criteria. As the first publication to do a military friendly list, MAE has been improving the process every year in order to provide our men and women in uniform information that will help them make the right choices about college.

Augsburg was also ranked among the top 10 Best College for Veterans regionally by U.S. News and World Report in the 2014 edition of the U.S. New Best Colleges. Schools were ranked based on their  participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Augsburg College proudly supports military veterans and those who actively serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our faculty and staff are committed to help veterans succeed in their academic and professional endeavors.

Augsburg College Mourns the Passing of Dr. Annette Gerten, associate professor of Social Work

Annette GertenDr. Annette Gerten, associate professor of Social Work, died this week from an aggressive cancer. Annette was a passionate and valued member of the Social Work faculty and the Augsburg community. Her time with us and our students–cut short too soon–was a blessing that we will long remember and greatly miss.

Below are some words from the Social Work Department faculty that speak to the work that Annette did at Augsburg and the impact she made on her students, her department, and the wider community.

“Courage. Some have suggested that the fullest meaning of this idea is to act with a whole heart, being brave is pursuing life with your whole-heart. Annette lived and she died whole-heartedly.

Professor Annette Gerten began her professional career in social work following her undergraduate years at the College of St. Catherine. She completed her MSW in 1984 at the University of Michigan. She returned to Minnesota in 1986 to work at Wilder Child Guidance Center. She went on to work as a family counselor and school social worker. Annette completed her Ph.D. in Social Work in 1996. A year later she began her career at Augsburg College, beginning as a full-time instructor.

Professor Gerten was a valued and innovative teacher, a tireless collaborator, and an incurable knitter. We can attest that Annette dedicated her whole heart to her students and to her colleagues. When she first entered the hospital in mid-December, she was attended by the hospital social worker, one of Augsburg’s MSW graduates. The social worker recalled that, 16 years earlier, while she was on the verge of dropping out of the MSW program, Annette spent time with her encouraging her to not give up, but to complete her degree. Now, many years later, she is still grateful to Annette for having had faith in her.

Annette was a valued colleague within the wider College, having served as a Fellow with the Center for Teaching and Learning and served on the Committee for Tenure and Promotion. Annette was also the assessment director for the Social Work program. Dedicated to social work field education, Annette coordinated field placements for BSW students. Annette’s publications included guidelines for working with students with conduct disorders, family friendly policies for mothers in the academy, and lessons learned from collaborating with the neighborhood Somali community. Annette did all of this while teaching students from their first year on campus, to their final year in graduate school.

But to focus on her professional career would be only a segment of Annette’s full story. She loved her family. She was devoted to her three children, her husband Jim and supported all their social, academic and sport activities. Annette played volleyball with her husband’s college friends, watched most of her three children’s soccer and basketball games. And just this past August, Annette proudly completed her first triathlon.

‘As she did with yarn so beautifully and creatively, she wove us all together more tightly centered on the important work of serving others…What a good mother, social worker, educator, and human being! May we carry on in her hopes and dreams as her spirit lives in our hearts….’ (Anthony Bibus, 2013).”

Annette’s family has scheduled a Mass of Christian Burial memorial service on Friday, January 10, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick, 3535 72ndSt. E., Inver Grove Heights. Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, from 3 to 8 p.m., also at the Church of St. Patrick.

The Augsburg community will gather this afternoon from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel for a community prayer service.

We hold Annette’s husband, Jim, their three children, her family, and all who knew Annette in our thoughts and prayers.

The Augsburg Symphony Orchestra 2014 Florida Tour

This winter the Augsburg College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Diamond, is heading south. If you too are going to be in Florida in January, be sure to attend one of their many perfomances.

The Augsburg Symphony Orchestra 2014 Florida Tour
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014—4 P.M.*
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Vero Beach, Florida
Ph: 772-567-2253 |

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014—10:30 A.M.
St. John Lutheran School
1915 SE Lake Weir Avenue
Ocala, Florida
Ph: 352-622-7275

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014—7 P.M.*
Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church
6020 Rattlesnake Hammock Road
Naples, Florida
Ph: 239-775-0696

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014—1 P.M.*
Auditorium, Cypress Cove at HealthPark
10200 Cypress Cove Drive
Ft. Myers, Florida

Times Square
Ft. Myers Beach, Florida
(Performance hosted by St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church)

Hope Lutheran Church
14200 Hopewell Avenue
Port Charlotte, Florida
Ph: 941-697-2345

* A freewill offering will be taken at these performances