We ❤ Scrubs

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Paul Daniels ’79 Takes Design Expertise on a Baltic Cruise

Paul Daniels photoWhen Paul Daniels ’79, archivist at Luther Seminary, learned that “A Prairie Home Companion” would be hosting a cruise on the Baltic Sea in August, it caught his attention. He became even more interested when he discovered that Garrison Keillor and his “list of usual suspects” on the radio show would provide entertainment. There would be music, comedy, lectures, and fine dining—all in a potentially relaxing atmosphere, with stops at some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic settings—Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Dover, and Århus.

Daniels noted, however, that the planned lectures included nothing related to Scandinavian art and design. How can you visit these countries, he wondered, without exploring their rich art and design culture? So he put together a series of lectures and art, submitted a proposal, and pitched it. They liked it! And that’s how Daniels found himself aboard a luxury cruise ship in the Baltic in August, lecturing on Scandinavian design.

In addition to the lectures, the two-week cruise—an annual event that attracts many of the “true believers” who follow the radio show—provides opportunities every night to hear Mr. Keillor and the musicians who perform regularly on his show, plus break-out events in a variety of ship venues (bars, restaurants, etc.). Additional musicians are also invited, and the men’s vocal group, Cantus, was among them this time. Daniels says the cruise is an incredibly rich experience, and a guest could possibly “end up exhausted!”

The czarist palaces in St. Petersburg were extraordinary, he says, and the Russian people took immense pride in showing them to visitors. Stockholm and Helsinki stood out for their beauty and sophistication, and Daniels was impressed by the openness and friendliness of the people they encountered on the trip, most notably in Helsinki. As he encountered the rich pastiche of European art and history, he must have felt like a boy in a candy shop.

Daniels lectureDaniels, archivist and curator for Luther Seminary for more than 25 years, as well as for Region III of the ELCA, became aware of his love for art when he took an art history course at Augsburg, which included modern design. He is particularly grateful for the powerful effect that Professors Phil Quanbeck, Sr., and Carl Crislock had on him and his pursuit of a career that combines history and religion. Since many aspects of his work have changed over the years, he has flexed as well, always thankful for the sense of curiosity and love of learning instilled in him during his Auggie days. He also credits his father (an “artsy engineer”) for having made him conscious of the beauty and function of things.

Daniels stays in touch with many of his Auggie friends, particularly those with whom he sang in the Augsburg Choir. Choir was a major piece of his Augsburg experience, he says, and he was especially struck by the testimony created by that “wall of sound” at the front of the church when former and current choir members presented a concert in October 2013 in honor of the late Leland B. Sateren, composer and former director.

The Tradition Lives On : Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Tradition Lives On. Augsburg College Athletics will honor nine Auggies at this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m., in the Hoversten Chapel. Come together with the Augsburg athletic community as we celebrate the athletic achievements and contributions of these treasured Auggies.

Hall of Fame Inductees
C.J. Beaurline ’94 (Hockey and Baseball)
Nick Fornicoia ’93 (Wrestling and Cross Country)
Joseph R. Hoialmen ’94 (Wrestling and Cross Country)
Tully Kaiser ’00 (Softball)
Julie Christine Roff ’82 (Volleyball)
Taunya Tinsley ’89 (Basketball and Volleyball)
Dan Wenzel ’93 (Baseball)

Excellence in Coaching Awards
Mike Eayrs ’72
Ron Petrich ’69

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2014 Augsburg College Homecoming Convocation

Join the Augsburg College Alumni Association in recognizing this year’s alumni recipients at Homecoming Convocation on Friday, September 26

Victor Acosta ’04 will receive the First Decade Award. The Spirit of Augsburg Award will be given to Jacquie Berglund ’87 and Garry Hesser; and Michael R. Good ’71, Dean Kennedy ’75, and Rev. Mark S. Hanson ’68 will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards. 

Recipients will be presented during the Homecoming Convocation at  10 a.m., in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, followed by a luncheon at  noon in Si Melby Hall.

Register today.

Men’s Soccer Alumni to Name Locker Room for Rolf Eriksen

RolfCalling all Augsburg soccer players! A chance to honor Rolf Eriksen is available to us and this is what we all can do to help recognize Rolf for all he has done for the Augsburg Men’s Soccer Program.

If you keep up with the Augsburg Men’s Soccer Program, you have seen the recent improvements in the locker room. The idea has sprung up that naming this locker room after Rolf Eriksen would be the fitting recognition of a man that started this program, nurtured it through its infancy, and helped bring four conference championships to Augsburg.

All of the money raised to get this room named after Rolf goes directly back to the men’s soccer program. This money can be utilized to bring planned improvements to fruition—by purchasing much-needed equipment, such as heart rate monitors, players’ travel bags, updated cold weather jackets, and additional equipment for players and coaches. Continue reading

Augsburg Associates Celebrate 30 Years

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Marty Stortz, Augsburg Professor of Religion & Vocation, will speak on “Women Who Serve.”

The Augsburg Associates celebrate 30 years of fundraising and fellowship during Wednesday of Homecoming week with their annual meeting and afternoon tea. Mistress of Ceremonies Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion & Vocation, will speak on the theme of “Women Who Serve.” The event is open to all.

Augsburg Associates, 90 members strong, serve the college and the people they assist by hosting estate sales. For their efforts in organizing, cleaning, pricing, and selling the household items, the Associates receive one-third of the sale proceeds. With three to six sales per year, they generate good will and resources, while raising funds to provide scholarships to Augsburg students.

In addition to the funds raised through estate sales and Associate membership fees, the Associates raise funds by annually hosting the Velkommen Jul brunch and Scandinavian boutique the first weekend in Advent, as well as a tea in the spring.

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Current president of the Augsburg Associates, Lennore Bevis ’66

In 1996, the Associates set up an endowed scholarship fund. Earnings from the endowment provide a scholarship each year, and additional dollars raised throughout the year sponsor the Christensen Scholars.

Associates are graduates and/or friends of the College who may be family members of graduates, faculty, or staff, or who are simply impressed by the spirit of giving and want to be a part of it.

Social time begins on Wednesday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m., followed by the annual business meeting and afternoon tea at 2 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel and Arnold Atrium. Register for this event on the Homecoming Registration page by Sept. 12.

Send Us Your Homecoming Memories.

When you look back at your years at Augsburg College, Homecoming is certainly a time you will always remember. Do you have some special homecoming memories? You can be sure your classmates will have some great memories of homecoming!

We’d love to hear your favorites and add them to our website and share them on social media.

If you’d like to send us your memories, share that Auggie Pride and send us an email at alumni@augsburg.edu.

Auggies Give Back in Honor of their Reunions

Homecoming is a special time to commemorate Augsburg memories and reconnect with friends and classmates. Many alumni who are celebrating their 50th, 40th, 25th, and 10th reunions also decide to make a special gift to Augsburg in honor of their reunion and the Homecoming celebration.

The class reunion committees of 1964, 1974, 1989 and 2004 have each set goals to increase the number of donors and dollars given from their class in honor of their reunions. If you are a member of one of these classes, please watch for a letter from your reunion committee in the next few weeks highlighting these goals and consider making a gift in honor of your class reunion.

The classes of 1964 and 1974 have also given significantly to the CSBR Class Challenge—a challenge where each class year has set a goal of giving $1,000,000 or more to the campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. The class of 1974 has given more than $686,000 to the campaign, which is the sixth-highest amount of all classes; the class of 1964 has also given more than $161,000 to the campaign.

For more information on the CSBR Class Challenge, or to make a gift in honor of your class reunion, please visit augsburg.edu/csbr.

Auggie Hours and Fireworks!

Join your fellow Auggie alumni on campus the evening of Friday, September 26, for Auggie Hours. This Welcome-back Bash will be a great time for socializing and reuniting in the city where so many of us already live, work, and play. This is a casual social event—a time to catch up with friends, meet new people, and welcome the young alumni (2004-2014) back to Minneapolis as we kick off Augsburg’s Homecoming weekend. This year the class years of 1964, 1974, 1989, and 2004, in addition to Lutheran Youth Encounter alumni, will celebrate their reunions.

The evening will conclude with the Homecoming Fireworks over Murphy Park.

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From Taste of Augsburg to Block Party

Expect a full day of fun on Homecoming Saturday, September 27, beginning with the Taste of Augsburg and continuing on to the big game and the Auggie Block Party. The Taste of Augsburg’s family fun kicks off in Murphy Square at 11 a.m., and features carnival-style booths, local restaurants, games, and inflatable bounce houses. Stay for the Homecoming football game against Gustavus Adolphus College at 1 p.m. Then enjoy live music, a s’mores buffet, Finnegan’s beer and more at the Auggie Block Party in Lot K from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Still hungry for more? The Men’s Soccer game vs. Macalester begins at 7 p.m.

Register today for Homecoming!