Augsburg College is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in the October 28 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Three students from Augsburg won Fulbright awards for 2013-2014. As a result, Augsburg was ranked number 11 among Master’s institutions nationwide receiving Fulbright Awards for 2013-2014. Since 2007, the College has produced 17 Fulbright award winners.

Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at:

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  In the past 67 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.  The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates, and approves candidates nominated for awards.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas.  In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

Luncheon for Wells Fargo Auggies

Did you know that more than 100 Augsburg alumni work for Wells Fargo? On November 20, the department of graduate admissions is hosting a complimentary luncheon at The Local for employees of Wells Fargo who are Auggie grads and their co-workers who might be interested in an Augsburg MAL or MBA degree.

Guests will receive information about Augsburg graduate programs, have networking and professional development opportunities, and have the option of speaking with an admissions counselor.

For more information, contact Nancy Shaeffer at 612-330-1520 or

Call for Nominations

The Alumni Board seeks your assistance in identifying members of the Augsburg community to be considered for recognition.

Please take a few moments to consider those who might be honored for these awards. Your nominations and suggestions are critical in helping to build these important programs to celebrate the accomplishments of the Augsburg community.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded to Augsburg College alumni in recognition for significant achievement in vocation, for outstanding contribution to church and community, and for a life that exemplifies the ideals and mission of Augsburg College. Augsburg alumni (graduates and non-graduates) are eligible.

First Decade Alumni Award
Awarded to Augsburg College graduates of the last ten years who have made significant progress in their professional achievements and contributions to the community, and in so doing exemplify the mission of the College: to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.

Spirit of Augsburg Award
Honors Augsburg alumni or friends of the College who have given exceptional service that contributes substantially to the well-being of the College by furthering its purposes and programs. Alumni, friends, faculty and staff, and groups who have served the College are eligible.

To make a nomination, contact the Alumni & Constituent Relations Office and a nomination packet will be sent to you. Phone (612) 330-1085. E-mail:

The deadline for nominations is Decemeber 20, 2013.

Dedication of the Charles S. Anderson Music Hall

On Friday, September 27,  the Augsburg community gathered to dedicate the Charles S. Anderson Music Hall in honor of Augsburg’s 8th president, Charles Anderson, who served as president for 17 years, from 1980 to 1997. 

 President Pribbenow welcomed the guests and stated that “the legacy of Charles Anderson is very much the foundation for the College’s work today and in the future. We are honored to recognize him by naming the Charles S. Anderson Music Hall.”

College Pastor Sonja Hagander and Associate Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres led family, colleagues, alumni and friends in the blessing of the building.  Members of the Augsburg choir and band joined the celebration. 

Roz Nordaune ’77, Regent Emerita, and Jeff Swenson ’79, Athletic Director, paid tribute to Chuck.  Jeff described Chuck as a “student-first decision maker and a competitor, who was a confident and compassionate leader.”

Roz, who knew Chuck both as a student and a Regent, said, “His qualities of accessibility, inclusion of Augsburg’s constituencies, always open to discussion and debate and a wonderful sense of humor were always evident to me as my involvement with my alma mater evolved over many years.” 

Kathy Tunheim, Regent Emerita Chair during the tenure of President Anderson, sent a letter and shared, “Chuck was so proud of Augsburg.  He believed in the importance of the College’s work–for its students and for the world they will serve.  He had such confidence in the people who were committed to Augsburg’s future.  He was truly a willing servant leader.” 

Kristin Anderson, Augsburg Art Professor and daughter of Charles Anderson, remarked that the naming of the Music Hall in honor of her father is especially fitting as music was important to him throughout his life. “He understood the many important roles this space could play – not just for music majors, but for people like him, who were deeply committed to music but who pursued other gifts and professions,” said Kristin.

Explore Your Life's Calling… Examine Big Questions!

This retreat taking place November 17-19, at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ, is for graduates of colleges and universities of the ELCA who are either nearing or currently living in their 3rd Chapter of Life. It is a retreat to explore personal life callings, passions, meaning, and purpose. Vocation!

Grounded in the truths of your own stories and questions, and guided by the Circles of Trust® model based on the work of author and educator, Parker Palmer, this retreat invites you to step with intention into examination of the big questions of life – your identity, meaning, purpose, and calling. “Given my abilities and my (changing or changed) circumstances, how can I make a difference?”

The format is discussion oriented. DO NOT EXPECT LECTURES!

This retreat is part of the Vocation for Life initiative, a collaborative venture of several colleges/universities related to the ELCA. Facilitated by faculty and staff leadership of colleges of the ELCA and Portico Benefit Services, hosted by Spirit in the Desert.

*If you’d like to retreat a bit longer and add a day before or after, please contact Cyndy Warnier at Spirit in the Desert for availability at: (480) 488-5218 or at

Packages include program, meals and lodging.
$180 per person double occupancy
$215 per person private room
(limited availability)
$120 per person for commuters (meals & program)

Register online at or by calling 480-488-5218 by Tuesday, October 10, 2013.

Your Future is Brewing at Augsburg: Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Program Preview

Come and experience one of Augsburg’s many perks–an urban location, in the heart of Minneapolis. Our “In the City” events highlight some of the city’s most notable venues. Join us at Indeed Brewing Company’s taproom at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, November 6, and get a taste of seasonal brews and Augsburg’s weekend graduate and undergraduate adult degree programs.

Send questions by email to, or call 612-330-1101. For more information and to register online, go to

Mike & Pam Sime to Receive Toby Piper LaBelle Award at Augsburg College StepUP® Gala

Two key supporters of the addiction recovery community will be recognized for their leadership and philanthropy to Augsburg College’s StepUP Program.  Mike and Pam Sime will receive the Toby Piper LaBelle Award at the Augsburg College StepUP Program Gala on October 11.

“Mike and Pam understand that turning kids away from StepUP could be fatal,” said Toby Piper LaBelle ’96, chair of the StepUP board and a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents. “Their personal commitment to ensuring this does not happen is beyond generous. I couldn’t be more thrilled that they are receiving this award.”

Mike Sime is a leader in the recovery community. In addition to serving as a member of Augsburg’s StepUP board, he has served as chairman of the Johnson Institute, and serves on the Hazelden Foundation Board of Trustees. He is president and co-owner of Rapid Packaging and Berg Bag, a Minneapolis-based national distribution company.

“We are grateful to be able to give back to the recovery community that saved my life, my son’s, as well as many friends and family,” Sime said. “We realize that so many students enroll in the StepUP Program at Augsburg College because it truly is a choice between life and death.”

Pam Sime also is a notable supporter of the recovery community. She chaired the 2012 Minnesota Prayer Breakfast and the 2013 Hazelden Grand Opening Gala for the Center for Youth and Families in Plymouth. She is a certified fitness instructor. The Simes have three grown children and live in Wayzata.

The Toby Piper LaBelle Award is given to a person or family that consistently has supported young people in recovery. It is named in honor of the first recipient, Toby Piper LaBelle, for his insight and ability to advocate for the needs of recovering college students on a college campus. LaBelle was a lead champion for students in recovery while he was a student at Augsburg College. His advocacy supported founder and former director Don Warren in starting the StepUP Program.  The program, one of the first residential collegiate recovery programs in the nation, continues to be a nationally recognized model for student success.

The Gala will take place on October 11, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. For more information and tickets, visit

The Augsburg College StepUP Program serves men and women who are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and are pursuing a college education.  StepUP provides licensed personal counselors, a sober living community, and financial support to students in need. During 2012-13, the average abstinence rate from drugs and alcohol by members of the program was 93 percent. Students who graduated from the program attained an average GPA of 3.53 on a 4.0 scale.

Augsburg College is set in a vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood in the heart of the Twin Cities and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. The trademark of an Augsburg education is its emphasis on direct, personal experience. Guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.

Class of 2017 is One of the Largest in the College's History

The Augsburg community is excited to commence its 145th academic year this week. This year’s incoming first-year undergraduate class is one of the largest in the College’s history. Members of the class of 2017 moved in over the weekend and are full of talent and promise. They join us from 24 different states and 10 different countries from around the globe.

Stephanie, is a Twin Cities native whose high school teacher—an Augsburg alum—encouraged her to apply to the College. Stephanie is planning to major in Special Education and is the first member of her family to attend college. She will navigate the college experience with assistance from AVID, a program dedicated to increasing student learning, completions, and success in and beyond college. Augsburg was one of the first colleges in the U.S. to pilot AVID for Higher Education and it remains the only four-year private liberal arts college in the Upper Midwest with AVID.

Also joining us this fall is Samuel, a Regents Scholarship recipient who plans to play on the Auggie football team. Samuel hails from Northern Minnesota and will be busy in our science classrooms and labs as a pre-med student who will add additional rigor to his degree program by participating in the College’s Honors Program.

Hannah comes to us from rural Wisconsin as one of 11 recipients of the President’s Scholarship, our highest merit-based award. Hannah has a passion for musical and theatrical performance and a record of exceptional academic achievement. At Augsburg, Hannah will hone her talents through our fine arts classes and co-curricular activities. She is the fifth of her family’s five children to attend Augsburg. She is one of 40 other legacy students joining the Augsburg family this year.

Chris Ascher '81 Announces Alumni Class Challenge

Chris Ascher ‘81 and several alumni leaders are joining forces to invite thier peers to become part of the Alumni Class Challenge and help build the Center for Science, Business and Religion at the heart of campus. This building represents the next stage of advancement for Augsburg, a place where great faculty will shape the leaders of the future to innovate and create solutions to issues that confront our communities, our country and our world. It is urgently needed.

The Alumni Class Challenge invites each class to work as a team and raise $1 million or more from their class. If each class achieves this goal, it will mean $50 million for the college. Now that’s a collective impact! Read more…