Auggies in the City: Waitress

The Augsburg University Alumni team are serving up a slice of fun! Come and join us at Tony nominated musical “Waitress” on Wednesday, November 22 at Orpheum Theater. Featuring music and lyrics by 6 time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, the show is guaranteed to be a great time– and at $34 per ticket, this deal is as sweet as pie!

Starting at 6 p.m. we will be hosting a pre-theater reception at the Brave New Workshop with plenty of pie, soft drinks and a cash bar. At this reception we will be hosting a talk by Theater professor, Darcey Engen ’88, on the significance of “Waitress” serving up Broadway’s first all-female creative team.

This is an event you wont want to miss– described by Vanity Fair as “a black-and-white cookie where the comic and tragic edges touch but don’t mix” where “you’re laughing one minute… [and] you’re engaged with the difficult things these characters are going through the next”.

Tickets for this event are unfortunately sold-out but if you’re interested please call Becky Waggoner on 612-330-1085 to be put on the wait list!

Join the Augsburg Alumni team at A Christmas Carol!

A Twin Cities holiday tradition that is not to be missed- the Guthrie Theater continues their holiday tradition for the 43rd year.

On Tuesday December 12, the Augsburg Alumni team will be hosting a special Auggie pre-theater reception before the show, which will take place in the Guthrie Theater Target Lounge at 6 p.m., with yummy appetizers and a chance to celebrate holiday spirit with old friends and new!Guthrie Theater A Christmas Carol Prmo Graphic

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways– Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite.

Tickets are $35 and are available here:
http://www.augsburg.edu/alumni/events/

Don’t be a scrooge and miss out on this great event!

WILD about Augsburg!

Celebrate and respect our veterans and our men and women in service by joining the Augsburg University Alumni Association for the 6th Annual Minnesota Wild Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night at the Xcel Energy Center on Thu, Nov 2 at 7:00 p.m.!

The Wild take on the Montreal Canadiens in a game that shouldn’t be missed… tickets include a new custom designed Grunt Style T-Shirt and entry into a raffle for autographed items.

Ticket collection will take place in the lobby of the Xcel Energy Center at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 2. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at: http://www.augsburg.edu/alumni/events/

 

2017 Auggie Talks

Auggie Talks are back at Homecoming 2017! Please register for all Auggie Talks and any other Homecoming event you want to attend here.

Below is a schedule of the 2017 Auggie Talks:

Friday, October 13

3:30 p.m: Teaching the Bible, Faith and Vocation at Augsburg.

Auggie Talk #1- Hosted by the Class of 1967 @ Sateren Auditorium

This talk will feature Augsburg Legends Phil Quanbeck Sr ’50 and Rev. Dr. Phillip Quanbeck II reflecting on their last 50 years at Augsburg. This talk is sponsored by the class of ’67.

Saturday, October 14:

11:00 a.m: David Murr ’92

Auggie Talk #3 – Hosted by the Class of 1992 @ Lindell 301

Led by David Murr ’92, a journey though the typical progression through an Augsburg Major and an a-typical progression through a life

12:00 p.m: Peace Prize Forum

Auggie Talks #4- Hosted by the Class of 2007 @ Lindell 301

Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Past, Present & Future

Led by Bettine Hoff Hermanson, Managing Director, Nobel Peace Prize ForumAfter a successful return of the Forum back to Augsburg’s Campus learn about this important event and our ties to this Norwegian institution.

12:00 p.m: What’s in a Name

Auggie Talk #5 @ Lindell Lower Level Class room
What’s in a Name?
 Hear the behind-the-scenes story of “Project Montague,” our internal name for all the work required to change Augsburg College to Augsburg University. The project includes everything from designing new logos with alumnus Samuel Gross ’03 to updating signs and graphics all over campus and beyond, from registering a new trademark to restaining the gym floor, from working with MNDOT on highway signs to telling the world why we believe this rose by another name will smell even sweeter. Led by Stephen Jendraszak, Director of Marketing, Augsburg University and Samuel Gross ’03, Principal, 144design

1:00 p.m: Music Theater

Auggie Talk #6  @ Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

Auggies in Music Theater

Featuring presentations by Ivey Award winning composer Aaron Gabriel ’99, and Brian Halaas ’08 Director of Conference Programming at Arts Midwest. Brian, Aaron and Sonja will help to resurrect some of the history of the Music-Theater club and share where their journeys living lives in the arts has led.

1:00 p.m: Flute Ensemble

Auggie Talk #7 @ Sateren Auditorium

Please join Flute Studio Artist Trudi Anderson ’77 and Augsburg flutists from all eras – including Leah Abdella ’76, Rebecca Hartwig ‘15, Julie Johnson ’98, Kou Lee ‘11, Bonnie (Schwendeman) Maffitt ’78, Sheryl (Lium) Wilhelm ’76, just to name a few! – as they join together to make merry music as a flute ensemble, including alto, bass, and contrabass flutes!

2:00 p.m: Celebrating Torstenson

Auggie Talk #8 @ Oren Gateway Center 100

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Joel Torstenson! Led by Elaine Eschenbacher, Director of the Sabo Center.

2:30 p.m: Walking Tour

Auggie Talk #9 departing from the Oren Gateway Center Lobby

Steve Peacock, Director for Community Relations at Augsburg, leads a walking tour of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood like no other!

 

Revisiting the Magical Splendor of the Ballroom: Hoopla Train

 

Darcey Engen ’88

Sod House Theater, which was founded by Augsburg alumni co-artistic directors Darcey Engen ’88 and Luverne Seifert ’83 who are also husband and wife, presents “Hoopla Train” with Yard Master Yip and his Polkastra starting on September 21 through October 15. “Hoopla Train” is an event performed in old vaudevillian tradition with live music, singing and sketch comedy and is a show that welcomes the whole family. Dancing, with music provided by the Chmielewski Funtime Band, will be encouraged throughout the show, and free dance

Luverne Seifert ’83

lessons are offered one hour prior to the show time. Along with this, there will be a live talent show contest for audience members and prizes will be given out.

“We are interested in bringing the young and old back into the ballroom to revisit its magical splendor and its power in building community,” said Darcey Engen, “We were enthralled with the polka and waltz dancers of greater Minnesota, and witnessed a passionate commitment to this kind of community engagement. We are thrilled to bring “Hoopla Train” to the Twin Cities.” “Hoopla Train” has been performed previously in 14 historic ballrooms and dance halls across Minnesota.

The cast stars Darcey Engen, Elise Langer, Jim Lichtscheidl, Eriq Nelson, Kimberly Richardson, Luverne Seifert, Andrea Wollenberg and the Chmielewski Funtime Band. Tickets for “Hoopla Train” are $20 for adults; $10 for children, students and seniors and can be purchased at www.sodhousetheater.org or 612-414-2032.

Did You Know? Alumni Behind The Science Building- Fridlund

Week 4: Paul and Maxine Fridlund

Paul and his wife Maxine Fridlund were important donors to “Old Science Hall”.Paul graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Chemistry in 1942 and then served four years at sea during World War II as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy. After his service, Paul returned to education and received his Master of Science in 1952 shortly followed by his Doctorate of Philosophy in 1954, both from the University of Minnesota. He achieved distinction throughout his career and research in plant pathology, which included international work and travel to many countries such as South Africa, Australia, and Romania.  He was a long time faculty member at Washington State University and later in life he used his location to his advantage by writing several historical books about Prosser, Washington where he lived  when he sadly passed away in 2000.

As donors to Augsburg College, Paul and Maxine not only started a scholarship endowment for biology majors, but Paul’s financial gift and gift of equipment to the biology department gave students a unique opportunity to pursue and study plant biology at an earlier stage in their academic careers than most other biology students. A plaque honoring this financial contribution to Old Science is still standing and is located near room 214. Paul eventually received Augsburg’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980 in recognition of significant achievement in his vocation, for outstanding contribution to church and community, and for a life that exemplified both the ideals and mission of Augsburg College. While the records don’t show much about Maxine’s accomplishments, we remember them both today for their generosity.

If you are interested in more of Paul Fridlund’s work with plant biology, he also edited a book called “Virus and viruslike diseases of pome fruits and simulating noninfectious disorders” which you can learn more about here.

Did You Know? Alumni Behind the Science Building – Arnold

WEEK 3: LUTHER A. and clarette arnold

Luther A. and Clarette (Jorenby) Arnold were Augsburg graduates from the class of 1929 and donors to the “Old Science” Building. Today, we remember them with a plaque outside Science 108, but they also gave generously to the college, including significant gifts to the Augsburg Fund, the Foss Center (where the atrium is named after them) and the Lindell Library.

We have little information regarding Clarette’s career, but we know her hobbies included reading, writing, travelling and music. After the couple married in 1928, they both graduated from Augsburg in 1929 and started their lives together.  Luther then went on to receive a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later his Doctorate from the University of Florida-Gainesville. His career spanned science teaching and science education from public schools to the university level, where he was a Chemistry professor and instructor of sciences at the University of Florida.

Outside academia he was the first executive secretary emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, served on the board of directors for the International Fair, and was an adviser for the World Science Fair. They were members of Zumbro Lutheran Church and were married for 65 years.

Register Now for the Centered Life Series

This coming fall and spring, Augsburg University and Luther Seminary will be presenting three series of presentations and conversations surrounding the Reformation and the rewards of living a life centered in Christ.

  • October 18, 25, & November 2 – The first series, presented by Dr. Hans Wiersma, will explore the breakthroughs brought on by the Reformation regarding justice, freedom, and vocation.
  • February 21, 28, & November 2 – Dr. Mark Tranvik will host the second series, which will focus on vocation and its continuation into later years and retirement.
  • April 18, 25, & May 2 – The last series will be an exploration of Biblical characters who had important experiences in their third chapters of life, presented by Dr. Diane Jacobson.

All talks will take place at 12:00 p.m. at Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave, St. Paul 55108 in the Olson room.

Jack Fortin
Jack Fortin

These sessions are inspired by the writings of Jack Fortin, Executive Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary. In his book, The Centered Life,  Fortin encourages us to forgo attempts to achieve “balance” between the disparate facets of our lives: family, work, personal care, community involvement, and so on. Balance, he claims, is nearly impossible to maintain when there are so many ways our time and effort can be consumed by pressing needs in one area or another. In our attempts at balance, we can find that instead our lives are fragmented and contradictory, and hinder our aims for a life of purpose and alignment with God’s providence and love.

Instead, Fortin urges us to seek a centered life, one characterized by a consistent, daily focus on God. A life centered on God, he writes, can help us understand who we are and our purpose in life, and enable us to live out our vocation in all facets and moments of life.

Join us this coming October, February, and April for this inspiring series inspired by the concept of the Centered Life, each a set of three talks focused on a particular aspect of living in awareness of God’s presence, especially at later stages in life when the sense of vocation can seem unclear.

Register by visiting the alumni event page. Each three-week series is $45 and includes entrance to all three talks. Presentations will take place at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

We’re Hiring: Temporary Annual Giving Assistant (Give to the Max Day)

Job Description

Institutional Advancement are hiring a Temporary Annual Giving Assistant to help out with Give to the Max Day. This position will be working alongside the Senior Director of Advancement, Advancement Communications Specialist and the Give to the Max Day fundraising project managers to make this Give to the Max Day our best one yet.

The position will involve:

  • Orchestrating one-on-one interviews with Augsburg faculty, staff and student leaders.
  • Serving as lead project coordinator for up to 20 projects.
  • Completing necessary marketing collateral for projects including website registration and design.
  • Editing and sending email and mail copy.
  • Setting fundraising goals for individual projects.
  • Manipulating spreadsheets with donor data.
  • Assisting in the planning and execution of donor recognition events in coordination with various project managers.

Think that you would make a great Annual Giving Assistant? You can apply here.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 1-2 years of administrative assistant or coordinator experience
  • Prior project management experience
  • Experience with website management/maintenance
  • Demonstrated competence in using multiple social media platforms to engage audiences, specifically Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Previous fundraising experience strongly preferred.

 

 

Did You Know? Alumni Behind the Science Building – Sverdrup

Week 2: Leif Johan and Johan N. Sverdrup

Leif Johan Sverdrup posing for a portrait in his uniform.
Leif Johan Sverdrup.

Leif Johan Sverdrup and his son Johan N. Sverdrup left their mark on Augsburg in “Old Science” Hall.  Leif who was also known as Jack, was born on January 11, 1898, in Norway and he emigrated to the U.S. in 1914 to live with relatives. He started attending Augsburg in 1916 and graduated in May 1918 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After his graduation, he served in the army in WWI.

Leif Johan Sverdrup eventually returned to education after  he finished his military service and earned a  civil engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1921. After completing his engineering degree, Leif Johan went into business with his University of Minnesota professor John Ira Parcel, and together founded Sverdrup and Parcel (a civil engineering firm specializing in bridge construction).

His career eventually led him to rejoin the army and eventually (between the years 1942-1958) he led engineering construction projects in Europe.

In the 1990’s his son, Johan N. Sverdrup, gave financially to establish the Johan N. Sverdrup Ozone Photophysics Laboratory, the Sverdrup Advanced Physics Laboratory, and the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program in honor of his father. These plaques are situated in the basement of “Old Science” Hall.

Picture of a plaque situated outside the Johan N. Sverdrup Ozone Photophysics Laboratory
Plaque outside the Johan N. Sverdrup Ozone Photophysics Laboratory.