We like to think of Velkommen Jul at Augsburg College as the largest gathering of Norwegian sweaters in Minnesota. This traditional festival to usher in the Christmas season brings campus together around a lovely, historic tradition that features Scandinavian yuletide music, tasty treats including krumkake and lefse, Norwegian bunads, a bake sale of holiday goodies, and a visit from St. Nicholas during chapel. Donations are accepted and welcomed in support of student scholarships.
We love gathering together each year for this event that welcomes students from all backgrounds and faiths into long-cherished Augsburg traditions. But as we all know, these beautiful, long-wearing sweaters are not inexpensive.
Here is where you can help! Please consider donating any older or unworn Norwegian sweaters for our students to wear for this wonderful event and throughout the Christmas season. Sweaters must be clean and in reasonably good condition. No matter who you are or your background, let’s share the wealth of Norwegian sweaters that is so proudly displayed here in Minnesota winters.
Please make your sweater donations by Wednesday, November 26 at noon. Please call 612-330-1085 with any questions. Sweater donations may be mailed or delivered to the Alumni and Advancement office at:
Oren Gateway Center
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55454
Following the Augsburg Board of Regents’ October meeting, Board Chair Paul Mueller ’84 shared a meeting summary outlining the topics addressed and actions taken during the meeting. This report is available online and is the first of what will become an ongoing communication following each of the Board’s three annual meetings. In addition to the actions outlined in the summary, the Board also voted unanimously to renew President Paul C. Pribbenow’s contract through 2021. Read more about that announcement on the Augsburg College News and Media site.
Join us on October 29 at 3:15 p.m.
Medieval history professor Phil Adamo will sign copies of his book, and discuss scholarship and vocation.
Called to Scholarship with Phil Adamo
Book-signing, Reading, Refreshments
Wednesday, October 29, 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Oren Gateway Room 100
Celebrate medieval history professor Phil Adamo’s recent publication of two books:
- The Medieval Church: A Brief History (2013)
- New Monks in Old Habits: The Formation of the Caulite Monastic Order (2014)
Adamo will sign books, which will be available for purchase.
He will also read “Hanging Little Joe on the Suburban Ponderosa, Or, What has the Middle Ages to do with the Old West?” an essay soon-to-be-published in a special edition of the Journal of the West. This essay looks at Adamo’s childhood, growing up on the edge of a Texas suburb, and how that experience with the imagined Old West led to his vocation as a medievalist.
Phil Adamo directs Augsburg’s nationally recognized program in Medieval Studies. He has published articles and books on medieval monasticism and church history, for which he received Augsburg’s award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship in 2014. He is also an award-winning teacher, most recently the recipient of the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching, given by the Medieval Academy of America, the oldest and largest association of medievalists in the world.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Department of History.
Refreshments will be served.
The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is a terrific resource for students on campus. If you haven’t looked into its work in helping students develop the skills, habits of mind, and values that are the foundation for life choices, career success, and active citizenship, please do so. There are so many ways that alumni can support our students on their vocational journey.
Alumni are a critical way that students can connect with internships, learn about employment opportunities and how to navigate the hiring process. Ultimately, the Strommen Center works to help students find their own meaningful work. Be sure to check out the upcoming event’s on the Strommen Center’s website, or contact programming coordinator Sandy Tilton (612-330-1472; firstname.lastname@example.org) or DJ Hamm (612-330-1329; email@example.com) to find out more.
As an Augsburg alum, how can I help?
Meeting of the Presidents: President Paul C. Pribbenow and Day Student Body President Banna Kidane ’15.
Homecoming Week kicked off with the third annual Maroon & Silver Society reception on Tuesday, September 23, in the Arnold Atrium of Hoversten Chapel. The Maroon & Silver Society recognizes donors who give generously to the College’s annual fund, The Augsburg Fund, with gifts of $1,000 or more each year.
November 13 marks Give to the Max Day, a one-day online giving competition among Minnesota nonprofits. Last year, Augsburg came in first place among all Minnesota colleges and universities as a record- breaking 837 Auggies gave more than $313,000 in just 24 hours.
This year, Auggies are setting the bar even higher with a goal to raise $350,000 from 1,001 alumni, parents and friends.
With more than 35 Augsburg fundraising projects to choose from, from Biology to the Master of Arts in Leadership program, there are many ways to show your support for Augsburg!
Help Augsburg clinch a first-place spot once again:
- Spread the word in social media with the hashtag #auggiesgive
- Starting November 1, sign up online to make a gift to The Augsburg Fund to support every student, every day + another Auggie project like Women’s Hockey, StepUP, Biology and more!
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a one-hour volunteer shift on Thursday, November 13.
Between laughs and conversation at a 2005 gathering of five Auggie friends, one of them suggested that they really ought to plan to meet once a year. They readily agreed, and Christian Shada ’03 says that he and his friends have gathered annually since then—sometimes for weddings, but most often for camping or weekends of simply hanging out together, catching up on news, and playing games.
Brad and Sarah Motl (class of ’04), Grant and Karin Jordahl, Andy and Kara Zetzman, Ryan and Kellen (Bredison) Lambeau, and Christian and Andrea Shada. Class of 2003 in Wisconsin.
Over the years, the size of the group has expanded to include an additional Auggie (Laura Wade Machacek ‘04) and her spouse Joe Machacek, as well as the group’s nine children (with one on the way). Geographically, they are fairly close to each other (Minneapolis area, Rochester, and southern Wisconsin), so travel is relatively easy. The task of planning their events is shared so that one person doesn’t get burned out, and everyone keeps their antennae out for central locations that would work well. Usually, all it takes is a couple of phone calls and a few e-mails to get things organized, says Shada. Camping in tents—sometimes in state parks—can be a great way to start the tradition at a reasonable price, and provide fodder for some great storytelling in future years.
Some activities the group has enjoyed include badminton, Trivial Pursuit, pontoon rides, museum visits, and plenty of options for the kids (swings, climbing, merry-go-rounds, blowing bubbles—you get the idea). And at day’s end, what could be better than roasting marshmallows and sharing conversation with good friends around a nice fire? They even set up their own version of the Olympics, which provided a favorite memory, the egg toss. Continue reading
Stanley Hubbard, the chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting will headline the fifth annual Clair and Gladys Strommen Executive Speaker Series for 2014-2015. The purpose of the series is to bring local business leaders to the Augsburg campus to share their insights and expertise with students, alumni, and the general public. The Series is offered three times annually, and has featured Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab; Richard Davis, CEO of US Bancorp; Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O’Lakes, Mary Brainerd, CEO of HealthPartners and many others. The program begins at 5 p.m., November 13, 2014 in the Sateren Auditorium. All are welcome to a networking reception immediately following Hubbard’s presentation, hosted in the Christensen Center.
Hubbard will speak about his vision for broadcasting and expand on his lifetime of success in broadcasting: “Success from any angle: lessons learned from a lifetime in broadcasting.” For more than 80 years, Hubbard Broadcasting has stayed on the industry’s cutting edge, pioneering innovations in radio, television, and satellite broadcasting. Hubbard Broadcasting owns 13 television stations serving Minnesota, New Mexico, and New York, and 30 radio stations in Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Phoenix, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Mr. Hubbard is also active in community and broadcasting affairs. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, the Board of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Register for this event by calling, 612-330-1720, email email@example.com, or register online at our Events page.
Urban High School Scrubs Camp 2014 celebrated its 5th year with 89 students, a 39% increase from 2013. Students learned about many different careers in the health sciences.
Scrubs Camp is hosted at Augsburg College, giving students the opportunity to experience daily campus life and learn about the college application process. More than 70% of the students attended camp on a scholarship. Camp costs $430 for a 5-day, day camp experience. Funding from Boston Scientific provided full scholarships for 22 students.
Campers chose from over twenty different offered workshop sessions, attended four field trips, and actively participated in hands-on medical scenarios on the simulation bus. Courses included concepts of engineering, physical therapy, physician assistants, mental health speakers, biomedical technology, herbal medicine and more.
Support from Boston Scientific has greatly influenced the growth and impact of Urban Scrubs Camp. More than 300 students have participated in Scrubs Camp since its pilot year at Augsburg College. Students consistently reflect that it facilitates a greater understanding of the college application process and provides effective health care profession career readiness. Ninety-eight percent of students who attended camp this year reported that spending time on campus helped them better understand and visualize themselves at college and 99 percent reported overall satisfaction with their camp experience.