It’s time once again to register for the biggest alumni event of the summer … the 12th annual Auggie Night at the Races, happening August 12 at Canterbury Park. Last year, more than 1,000 Auggies attended this event and donated hundreds of pounds of supplies for Health Commons.
Register today for this FREE and fun family event that includes admission into the park and a complimentary picnic buffet. This event is open to all alumni and friends and is hosted by the Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council. We would love to see you there!
What: August 12, 2016
Where: Canterbury Park, Shakopee (map)
When: 5-7 p.m, Auggie social hour and dinner buffet
Races start at 6:30 p.m.
When you come to Canterbury, please consider bringing a donation for the Augsburg Central Health Commons. The Health Commons is a nursing-led free drop-in center dedicated to serving those in need. Items in strong demand include socks, diapers, and hygiene supplies. For almost 25 years, the Augsburg College Department of Nursing has operated a free health center for homeless or marginally placed individuals at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. Basic supplies are needed to continue to serve the 1,500 people each year.
A full list of items includes: new white or black tube socks, diapers, diaper wipes, soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, razors, or other hygiene-related items. Your donation allows students to continue this important service-learning experience. Thank you for your strong support of this event each year!
Mark your calendars for the next great alumni event! On August 6, Auggies Get Fit is a great chance to shape up and explore a new fitness routine, or just get together for a good time with fellow alumni on Nelson Field.
The Young Alumni Council is calling all Auggies to get fit with Augsburg alumni on Saturday, August 6, on campus. If you have not yet registered for Auggies Get Fit, it’s not too late! The first 15 to register get an Auggie collapsible water bottle.
We will be taking over Edor Nelson Field with a morning of yoga followed by a CrossFit-inspired boot camp. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and will be led by Auggie alumna Jill Watson ’10 MBA. Boot camp begins at 10:30 a.m., led by Auggie grads Tyler Reiter ’10 and Dane Bates ’11. Come to one or both sessions. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome!
What: Auggies … Get Fit!
When: Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Where: Edor Nelson Field, Augsburg campus
Cost: $15, all proceeds support the Augsburg Athletic Fund
Register now at the Alumni Events page.
Homecoming planning is underway for a full weekend of activities on Sept. 22-24, 2016. The Alumni Association looks forward to hosting reunions for the classes of 1966, 1976, 1991, and 2006. If you’re a member of a reunion class, and you’d like to be involved as a reunion leader, you can help coordinate plans and activities for your class. Join your reunion committee by contacting alumni director Katie Koch ’01 at email@example.com.
New events this year increase the fun for everyone, including a host of themed Auggie Talks. Join us for 30-45 minute insightful sessions presented by professors and fellow alumni on topics spearheaded by class reunion groups. Check out the full schedule of events.
In addition, look forward to celebrating the awesome Auggies being honored at Homecoming this year:
• Karim El-Hibri and Kyle Loven ’06 will receive the First Decade Award.
• Norm & Evangeline Hagfors and Dr. Robert (Bob) Stacke ‘71 will receive the The Spirit of Augsburg Award.
• Ron Nelson ’68, Lee Roper-Batker ‘88, and Dr. Ray Yip ’72 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Fall 2016 billing statements were electronically sent to all registered students on July 7. To ensure that all financial aid has been applied for, and correct amounts are owed, please make sure your student has turned in all necessary documents to the Student Financial Services Office. Students can see what documents are missing, and their financial aid award letter once it is finalized, by logging into their Augnet account and clicking on ‘Records and Registration’ and then ‘Track My Financial Aid.’
Students are encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view their billing statements. Students must log in to augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ and select ‘Make a Payment/Account Activity’ on the right hand menu. Click ‘View your online student account’ and follow the instructions under ‘Parent/Third Party Access Instructions – Make a Payment.’
All students are eligible to enroll in Augsburg’s Online Payment Plan; enrollment opened on July 7. Students must log in to augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ and select ‘Make a Payment/Account Activity’ on the right hand menu. Click ‘Payment Plans and Discounts’ and follow the instructions under ‘Augsburg Online Payment Plan.’ To ensure 5 monthly payments, the application must be completed by July 26.
Students must have completed the online ‘Information Release’ form in order for our office to communicate with anyone besides themselves. The student must log into their Augnet Account at augnet.augsburg.edu or inside.augsburg.edu and click on ‘Records and Registration.’ Under ‘Information Release’ they need to ‘Add an Authorization.’ They will enter the full name and email address of the party/parties they are giving permission for future communication. Next, select ‘Financial Aid/Finances Release’ and then click ‘Save.’ Please note that we will be unable to speak with any parent/guardian that has not been authorized by the student.
Frank Grazzini ’96.
Growing up with an entrepreneurial father planted the seed in his mind that running his own business could make a lot of sense—and was doable. But the idea really took root in his adult life, when Frank Grazzini ’96 realized, after 12 years of working for larger corporations, that this work wasn’t a very good fit for him. He’d much rather create something new than fine-tune an existing structure. So he switched gears. In fact, starting a new business seems to have become a way of life for him, and he sees himself as a serial entrepreneur of sorts. He is now involved in his fourth early-stage business (his third technology start-up), with the potential to scale into a much larger business. The down side? He’d much rather start a new remodeling project than mow the grass!
At Prevent Biometrics, his latest venture, Grazzini is working with two other co-founders and the Cleveland Clinic to commercialize a groundbreaking technology to monitor and measure the force of head impacts to athletes (both male and female) in sports such as football, lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. He says that if a concussion is treated early, it usually results in a full recovery; if not, there is a much greater risk the athlete will suffer permanent neurological damage, even CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) or Second Impact Syndrome, which can cause death.
In spite of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s estimate that over half of all sports-related concussions in the U.S. (approximately 3.8 million each year) are never identified, response has been slow. But now, there finally seems to be a growing awareness that the problem must be taken seriously, as indicated by laws in all 50 states, as well as recent statements by professional sports league representatives. Though some would make the case for ending football altogether (most notably, Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose exposure of the widespread consequences of NFL injuries was dramatized in the recent film, Concussion), Grazzini believes that better monitoring of injuries, plus a few changes to the rules, would likely be sufficient to keep football a healthy sport for kids.
Prevent’s head-impact monitor, currently being tested by athletes, has been in development for six years and is expected to be officially released for sale in December 2016, though various inquiries to the company have already been made by researchers in the military and the NCAA for earlier sales. Continue reading