Financial Aid Update for Parents

financial-services-update-800x500Registration for the spring term is now open. Students who have unpaid fall charges or are not up-to-date on their payment plans will be unable to register.

All spring tuition and fee charges are due by January 9, 2017; any remaining balance after that date is subject to finance charges. Spring 2017 billing statements will be electronically sent to all registered students on December 8. Students will have reminders sent to their Augsburg email account during the first week of each month reminding them to view their online monthly bill.  All students are encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view these statements.

All students are eligible to enroll in Augsburg’s Online Payment Plan; enrollment opens December 8. Go to augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/payment-plans-and-discounts/ to sign up for the payment plan. To ensure five monthly payments, the application must be completed by December 26.

Students can make payments online by going to  augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/payments/. Please see the Parent Information tab at  augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ for instructions on making a payment, signing up for a payment plan, and obtaining access to discuss your student’s financial information. Please note that we will be unable to speak with any parent/guardian that has not been authorized by the student.

Velkommen Jul is December 2

 

Velkommen Jul 2015Velkommen Jul is an annual celebration at Augsburg, presented by the Augsburg Associates, to welcome the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Join us in the chapel for our annual Velkommen Jul service –  A Scandinavian Christmas Celebration – on Friday, December 2, at 10:40am, in Hoversten Chapel. We welcome Nordic musicians Erik Rydvall and Olav Luksengård Mjelva, who play traditional Scandinavian instruments in new ways. We will also sing Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian carols together. Wear your Norwegian sweater and join the fun!

At 11 a.m., join a festive celebration in the Commons with Scandinavian treats, including lefse, krumkake, and coffee, prepared by the Augsburg Associates. Shop the boutique in the Christensen Center lobby for unique gifts and goodies. All proceeds benefit student scholarships, and donations are accepted at the buffet by Augsburg Associates holding gift baskets.

Continue the celebration by attending the Advent Vespers worship service on Friday evening at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m., or one of three services on Saturday, December 3. See more information about Advent Vespers and reserve your seating envelope.

 

16 Ways Your Give to the Max Day Gifts make Augsburg (and the World) a Better Place

With so many amazing things are happening at Augsburg, it may be helpful to have a little guidance about just how much is happening this year for the 35 Augsburg groups raising funds this year.

How can you support these initiatives? Read on! We’ve collected some examples of how your gifts this Thursday can make a huge impact in the lives of Augsburg students, faculty, and community members. Thanks for your support!

You can see all of Augsburg’s Give to the Max Day projects, and make your gifts now.

  1. Your gift to the Augsburg Fund helps ensure that Augsburg continues to provide financial aid and scholarships for more than 95% of our student body, keeping access to education for all a priority on campus. 

2. Your gift to the Augsburg Health Commons means members of our Cedar-Riverside community who are struggling to provide for their families don’t have to worry about the cold winter ahead.

3. Your gift to Augsburg Campus Kitchens helps expand and improve our campus gardens, where students and community members work together to grow healthy food and integrate green practices into our cities. Watch the video here.

4. Your gift to Augsburg’s Biology Department supports cutting-edge research on issues affecting Minnesota’s agricultural sector, including the health of soybeans. Watch the video here.

5. Your gift to Augsburg’s Chemistry Department gives students like Zach Swingen ‘16 the chance to work closely with Minnesota schools to build new curriculum that gets kids excited about science. Watch the video here.

6. Your gift to Augsburg’s Baseball and Softball teams gives our student-athletes a chance to train in Tucson, Arizona. It also gives Auggie Eagle a little break from the cold weather… watch the video here!

7. Your gift to Augsburg’s SMART group will help raise awareness and advocate for issues related to sexual violence and recovery in the Augsburg community.

8. Your gift to the Augsburg Theater Department’s Production Fellowship helps fund students of color who are exploring a career in artistic production, making the industry more representative and giving future generations of creative people new role models.

9. Your gift to Augsburg’s Peace Scholars Fund helps support the motivated, global-minded group of students who are Augsburg Peace Scholars. Watch the video here.

10. Your gift to Augsburg’s StepUP® Program creates opportunities for students in recovery to spread their message of hope and acceptance throughout the Twin Cities in speaking engagements, activities, and community events. 

11. Your gift to the Sabo Center’s Sabo Scholars continues that work that Augsburg alumnus Martin Olav Sabo ‘59 believed in and spent his life achieving—equipping young leaders to move beyond the classroom to listen, value, and support democracy in every facet of community life. 

12. Your gift to Augsburg’s Women’s Volleyball program provides our 2016 MIAC Champions with the chance to take their game abroad, as they challenge themselves against tougher opposition and experience new cultures, all while proudly representing Augsburg..

13. Your gift to Augsburg’s Minnesota Urban Debate League program gives young people across the metro area the chance to build their communication skills and confidence, giving them the tools to be successful leaders in their community.

14. Your gift to Lindell Library support an expanded collection of local, Minnesota authors and a speaker series that honors the many contributions our residents have made to the stories of art, architecture, history, literature, politics, and native and immigrant groups.

15. Your gift to any of four Augsburg projects count double. Donations to AWE for Emergence, the Peace Scholars Program, STEM, Biology, and Chemistry will be matched for every dollar, thanks to generous donors willing to help us all do more, together,

16. Your gifts help Augsburg win the Colleges and Universities category that earns the College a $10,000 prize—and each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour. Additionally, two Super-Sized Golden Tickets of $10,000 each will be awarded randomly.

With 36 Augsburg programs participating in Give to the Max, it’s easy to choose the Auggie causes that speak to your heart. Just don’t expect to be satisfied with just one!

Art & Identity Campaign Kickoff is November 21

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You’re invited to an Art & Identity campaign kickoff to meet the artists and view original artwork available for sponsorship. More than 25 pieces are available for sponsorship, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Each unique work was created for the Hagfors Center by area artists, including alumni, faculty, and staff.

Art & Identity Campaign Kickoff
Monday, November 21
9-11 a.m.
Courtyard Marriott, East Town Ballroom
1500 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454

RSVP to this event

Learn more about this artful articulation of Augsburg’s mission and see some of the first artwork available for sponsorship at the Art & Identity Campaign page.

You’re Invited to the Advent Vespers Brunch on Dec. 3

advent-vespers-brunch3-4048-no-dateYou’re invited to attend a special brunch on the Augsburg College campus before the 2 p.m. Advent Vespers worship service at Central Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 3, 2016. This brunch is an opportunity for the Augsburg community to come together as part of the very special weekend. Enjoy special music, a year-end update from President Pribbenow and a keepsake copy of the Advent Vespers devotional book created by the campus ministry department.

Hoversten Chapel
Augsburg College Foss, Miles, Lobeck Center
625 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis

Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$30 per person

Reserve your ticket now

Join us

Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attire: Business Casual

Brunch Parking: Valet parking available at 22nd Avenue entrance to the Foss, Miles, Lobeck Center

Following the brunch, guests are invited to Central Lutheran Church for the 2 p.m. Advent Vespers worship service to celebrate the Christmas season with music and praise. There is no need to reserve separate seats for the service. Reserved seating on the floor will be provided with your brunch ticket.

Advent Vespers is one of the largest worship services in the Twin Cities with more than 10,000 attendees spanning two days of services. Featuring 300 participants including choirs, instrumentalists, readers, and a full liturgical party, this service is a meaningful way to enter the Advent season.

For more information about the services go to: augsburg.edu/music/vespers

For more information about the brunch, to ask questions about tickets or if you have any issues acquiring tickets, please contact the Augsburg College events department at events@augsburg.edu or 612.330.1104.

MBA Alumni Networking Event is Oct. 25

 

Are you an MBA grad or current student?

The Augsburg Alumni Board and MBA program invite you back to campus for a FREE networking event on Tuesday, October 25, in the Foss Center Atrium, beginning at 5 p.m. Mingle with fellow alumni and hear the latest in alumni opportunities supporting professional development. We share a common bond and we have a chance to influence successful outcomes for the College and fellow Auggies!

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Foss Center Atrium, near Hoversten Chapel
Cost: Free!

If you have additional questions, please contact Kathy Fagen, Academic Coordinator, at 612-330-1774 or fagen@augsburg.edu. I look forward to seeing you on October 25th!

—Josh Krob ’08, ’15 MBA
Augsburg College Alumni Board

Financial Aid Update for Parents

Registration for the spring term begins November 7, 2016. Students who have unpaid fall charges, or are not up-to-date on their payment plans, will be unable to register.

Students can make payments online by going to http://www.augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/payments/. Please see the Parent Information tab at augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ for instructions on making a payment, signing up for a payment plan, obtaining access to discuss your student’s financial information, etc.  Please note that we will be unable to speak with any parent/guardian that has not been authorized by the student.

Alleviating the Unsettled Nature of Resettlement

 

Katia at the State Fair this year with friend and colleague Tar Paw.
Katia at the State Fair this year with friend and colleague Tar Paw.

Katia Iverson ’12 has come to embrace her not-so-common desire—an inexplicable desire—to be around people unlike herself. Likely related to her curiosity about culture and her passion for service and diversity, this desire has been nurtured since childhood by parents who she says are “faithful givers with incredible hearts for service to others.” They are her strongest encouragers in her chosen field—work with refugee resettlement—which she still sees as her “dream job.”

Drawn to Augsburg by the authenticity of her first campus visit (less than glamorous, she says), and because she perceived “no barriers between the school and the city,” Iverson became immersed in service-oriented thinking early, particularly as part of the first Augsburg group of Bonner Leaders, a national student leadership program.

Katia in Los Angeles visiting friend Adam Spanier, 2012 alumnus of Augsburg and the Honors Program.
Katia in Los Angeles visiting friend Adam Spanier, 2012 alumnus of Augsburg and the Honors Program.

She was amazed at how her Bonner placements (internships with community organizations) informed and reflected the learning in her classes. By the time she was a senior, she knew it would be important that her placement that year look like a job she’d want to do in the “real world.” Grateful for help from advisor Kristin Farrell, Iverson was pleased to be placed at the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) Refugee Services as a bus mentor. In this capacity, she met newly arriving refugees from Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Thailand, and rode the bus with them to the refugee services office, cultural orientation class, their child‘s school, and English classes. Some of the refugees spoke English well, others not so well, so communication ranged from hearing their poignant refugee camp stories to being present in semi-silence and exchanging gestures and occasional giggles as they tried to understand each other.

Another of her Bonner placements was at the East African Women’s Center, where she worked with newly arrived refugee women and their children through cooking together, English classes, childcare, sewing, weaving, and professional development. A key learning for Iverson from the center’s director was that young mothers are the “cornerstone of the family if successful integration is going to occur…and the sad part is they are getting the least focus.” Unfortunately, the Center closed in 2012 due to lack of funding.

Katia with Salma, former colleague's daughter, who asked Katia to wear a hijab for a picture together in Salma's home.
Katia with Salma, former colleague’s daughter, who asked Katia to wear a hijab for a picture together in Salma’s home.

As an Augsburg student, Iverson found a kindred spirit in Professor Frankie Shackelford, whose cross-cultural courses and “next steps” questions were a guiding force. Another deeply influential aspect of her Augsburg education was a semester in Kenya, which got her thinking about how and why migration happens, both on an individual level and among large groups of people. Her time there was a learning experience about what life can be like when one feels “stuck” in his or her own country. Continue reading “Alleviating the Unsettled Nature of Resettlement”

Join Auggie alumni at Turkey Day Run

td5kWarm up your Thanksgiving appetite with fellow Augsburg alumni at the Delta Dental Turkey Day Run Minneapolis! Since 1989, the Turkey Day Run has brought family, friends and now Augsburg alumni together to start this special day in a healthy way. Join us as we run, jog and walk to finish line and celebrate everything we’re thankful for.  We are hoping all Auggies can gather in front of the Cowles Center by 7:40 a.m. so we can take a group photo at 7:45 a.m. before the race begins!

Augsburg alumni receive a special promo code to save $5 on race registration, and if you’re a LifeTime Fitness member, you can save another $5 on registration. Make certain you bring a food donation for Second Harvest Heartland!

More details and information on how to sign up below:

  • Race date: Thursday, November 24th at 8:00 a.m.
  • Promo code: AUGSBURGALUMNI (no spaces)
  • Race registration:

o $35-$39 (Adults timed and non-timed)

o $15 (Youth)

o $5 (Kids care)

  • Cost day of:

o $45-$49 (Adults timed and non-timed)

o $20 (Youth)

o $5 (Kids care)

Feel free to share this with any Auggie alumni, current students, or Auggie family members.  Email Katie Radford on the Alumni Relations staff if you have any questions at radford@augsburg.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Best,

Young Alumni Council

Memorial Service for Doug Diamond

Doug DiamondThe Music Department will host an event in remembrance of Doug Diamond in Murphy Square on Saturday, August 27, from 3-6 p.m. Brisket, prepared to Doug’s specifications, will be served. If you’d like to speak and/or play music in the park you are invited to do so. A time to remember, laugh, grieve, and be grateful for the memories and lessons learned. Please help spread the word!

For more information, contact Jill Dawe at  dawej@augsburg.edu  and/or Tina Brauer at  brauer@augsburg.edu .