Velkommen Jul is December 4

Velkommen Jul scholarshipVelkommen Jul is Augsburg’s annual Christmas celebration for all. Attend Chapel featuring Scandinavian Christmas music at 10:40 a.m. At 11, head to the Christensen Center lobby to shop in the boutique for unique gifts and goodies. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. Join us for a festive celebration in the Commons with Scandinavian treats, holiday music, and traditional Norwegian costumes and sweaters. Gift baskets will welcome donations for Augsburg scholarships. Add to the celebration by wearing your Norwegian sweater! 

For Parents Only: Nov. 12

Just a reminder, parents! For Parents Only is happening Nov. 12, Oren Gateway Center, Room 100, 7-8:30 p.m. Chat in small groups with Augsburg’s departmental leaders from Academic Advising, Residence Life, the Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg Abroad, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and others! This is a great way to get to know other parents and spend quality time with some of Augsburg’s leaders! R.S.V.P. to

Julia Blixrud ’76 Honored with Memorial Scholarship and Lecture

JuliaBlixrudAlumna Julia Blixrud ’76 was honored in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2015, with a memorial scholarship and annual lecture by the Association of Research Libraries. A number of family members attended the fall forum in which the inaugural Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship was awarded and the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture was delivered. Blixrud, of Lawrence, Kansas, was a longtime staff member of the Association of Research Libraries, most recently as assistant executive director for scholarly communication. She passed away in October, 2014.

Her mother, Eileen Blixrud, shared that in her role as a research librarian, she promoted access to information to libraries locally and all over the world, visiting Turkey, Malaysia, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Canada, as well as land grant colleges in the United States.

In a post after her passing, her employer noted: “Julia’s greatest professional legacy is likely her work dedicated to opening up access to information for all. Her personal legacy includes the effervescent energy and uncommon kindness that she generously gave to her family, friends, and colleagues with her enduring optimism, resilient character, and contagious smile. These personal and professional legacies are intertwined in many ways, perhaps illustrated most powerfully in an interview Julia gave to NBC News in 2004, discussing the importance of open access to information in the context of her own serious health challenges.”




For Parents—Sophomore Retreat

Sophomore RetreatNew this year, Augsburg will offer a one-day, on-campus Sophomore Retreat to support second-year students on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The retreat is free of charge to students and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The retreat will involve a balance of content, assessments, and reflection time organized around three modules: meaning & purpose, gifts & passions, and community & connection. Students who are searching for a major, looking for support exploring career options, or seeking a deeper sense of connection at Augsburg will all benefit from this retreat. To learn more, visit:
  • Eligibility: Any student who self-identifies as a second-year student is invited to apply via the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work website. Space is limited to 40 students.
  • Apply: Students can apply to be part of the retreat online here:
  • Staff and faculty can also nominate students by submitting names on the same site.
The Sophomore Retreat is brought to you by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, Campus Ministry, Religion Department, Academic Advising, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Christensen Center for Vocation, and Student Affairs.


Nov. 7 Memorial Bench Dedication Honoring Lois Swenson

Lois-and-kids-photoOn Saturday, November 7, the family and friends of Lois Swenson, a resident of north Minneapolis and well-known local peace and justice activist, will be gathering at Augsburg College to remember Lois and give a handcrafted, wooden bench to the college in her memory. Amy Gort, Dean of the College, will be accepting the gift on behalf of the college.

Lois left her estate to Augsburg so that seminary students will be financially supported in their study abroad through the Center for Global Education and Experience. “My experience living in Central America opened my eyes to the real world and changed my life. I would like to provide similar experiences to seminary students who will be in a position to further educate people.”

The entire Augsburg community is invited to attend this brief ceremony and reception. Read more about Lois Swenson here.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
2 pm
Lindell Library, first floor
630 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis

The handcrafted wooden bench, made by Wisconsin artist Edward Wohl will be placed on the first floor of Lindell Library so students will be inspired by and be reminded of Lois’ commitment and work for peace and justice. Inscribed on the bench is one of Lois favorite quotes, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” For more information, call Sherilyn Young, Donor Relations Coordinator at 612-330-1462.

Call for Alumni Award Nominations

120111 auggie 323You can help the Augsburg Alumni Board identify potential recipients for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Use the nomination form to submit nominations by January 4, 2016. The Alumni Board votes on the recipients at their February board meeting.

Award Criteria:
The First Decade Award is presented to Augsburg graduates of the past 10 years who have made significant progress in their professional achievements and contributions to the community, and in so doing exemplify the mission of the College: to prepare future leaders in service to the world. Graduates from the day, weekend, and graduate programs are eligible.

The Spirit of Augsburg Award honors alumni and friends of the College who have given exceptional service that contributes substantially to the well being of Augsburg by furthering its purposes and programs.

The Augsburg Alumni Association bestow the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of significant achievement in vocation, for outstanding contribution to church and community, and for a life that exemplifies the ideals and mission of Augsburg College.

Parent Update from Financial Services

Registration for the spring term begins November 9. 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 logging into and going to Make a Payment/Account Activity on the right-hand menu. Click on Make a Payment and then Make a Payment Online. Students are highly encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view their financial statements. Students must log in to 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.

Please be advised that our office is unable to communicate with anyone other than the student on financial issues unless they have completed the online Information Release form. The student must log into their Augnet Account at or and click on Records and Registration. Under Information Release they need to Add an Authorization. Enter the full name and email address of the party/parties to whom they are giving permission for our communication. Next, select Financial Aid/Finances Release and then click Save.