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 cyndy@spiritinthedesert.org

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 http://www.spiritinthedesert.org/ 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, gradinfo@augsburg.edu or call 612-330-1101. For more information and to register online, go to http://www.augsburg.edu/inthecity/.

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 http://web.augsburg.edu/stepup/gala2013/.

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…

Maroon & Silver Society Donor Reception: Tuesday, September 17

On Tuesday, September 17, President Paul Pribbenow and Abigail Crampton Pribbenow will host a reception honoring Maroon & Silver Society donors. The College is grateful to these generous donors who support The Augsburg Fund with $84 or more monthly, or $1,000 or more annually. It’s thanks to donors like these who help provide more than 90% of Augsburg students with financial aid, unique class offerings, and student research opportunities. Membership in the Maroon & Silver Society has grown by 11% since fiscal year 2008.

Maroon & Silver Society donors will receive an invitation to the reception in the coming weeks. For more information about joining the Maroon & Silver Society, or questions about the event, please contact Martha Truax, Director of Annual Giving, at 612-330-1652 or truaxm@augsburg.edu.