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

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.

Because You Believed in Me

Anne Thompson Heller with her family at Augsburg College graduation

Anne Thompson Heller with her family at Augsburg College graduation

Before Anne Thompson Heller ’08 began her studies at Augsburg, she hadn’t even visited the College. But she knew Augsburg was where she needed to be, because of the StepUP® Program on campus. Honestly, she says, she’s not sure she would have been able to go to college when she did without the support of StepUP, Augsburg’s residential recovery program.

Now, while completing a doctoral program at the University of Connecticut, Thompson Heller helps other young people in recovery to achieve academically and thrive. With two master’s degrees (one in educational leadership, higher education, and student affairs; the other in marriage and family therapy), she works tirelessly to support youth recovery. Though she hadn’t intended to pursue multiple advanced degrees, she did so when she discovered an undeniable passion for helping others facing addiction issues, just as she had been helped in her StepUP experience.

When she moved back to Connecticut, she served CTYF (Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families) as a board member, and eventually as its vice president, advocating for youth services with several state and other influential agencies, and attempting to raise awareness of the problem. Her involvement with CTYF led to her current work on the board of directors for Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR).

In 2010, after speaking at the National Education Recovery Summit, Thompson Heller was invited to join the board of the Association of Recovery Schools (a “phenomenal” organization, she says), where she led the advocacy committee and worked to enhance youth leadership in recovery schools. In that role, she was able to support the development of YPR (Young People in Recovery), a national advocacy organization, as one of the organization’s founding members. YPR now has chapters across the country, which emanated from several national conferences that sought to address addiction recovery and related issues such as leadership training and organizational development. Continue reading

Planting Seeds for an Urban Arboretum • October 14

Campus quadAre you curious how the Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion will impact campus green space? Do you have questions or ideas for how Augsburg could maximize our green space in our urban neighborhood? Do you really love trees? Join us October 14th for a special chapel service featuring Professor Larry Crockett who will share insights and philosophies related to stewarding green space.

Following chapel, join us from 11am-12pm in Oren Gateway Center Room 100 for a panel with Q&A moderated by Regent Matt Entenza. The panel will feature partners helping in planning Augsburg’s campus transformation into an Urban Arboretum. Learn how we will maximize green space to improve experiences for students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors!

Panelists include:
Tom Oslund Principal, Oslund & Associates, Landscape Architect
Dale Pederson ’70, Associate Professor, Biology
Ralph Sievert, Director of Forestry & Certified Arborist, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Augsburg College.

Catch up with the Augsburg Centennial Singers

The Augsburg Centennial Singers have announced their fall appearance schedule, which includes the Homecoming Chapel service on Saturday, October 10. Be sure to catch them on the road at a church or service close to you!

  • Friday, September 25. First Lutheran Church, 505 Holdt St. W., Battle Lake, MN, 7:00 p.m.*
  • Saturday, September 26, Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas St., Alexandria, MN, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 27, Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main St. Cambridge, MN, 4:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, October 4, King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN, 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, Augsburg College, Homecoming Chapel Service, 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 11, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 7625 Chicago Ave. So., Richfield, MN, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, Oct 25, St. Philips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th Street W., Hastings, MN, 3:00 p.m
  • Sunday, November 1, St. Phillip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Saturday, November 7, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. So., Bloomington, MN, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 8, Fort Snelling Chapel Veterans Day Service, 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 8, Lutheran Church of the Master, 1200 69th Ave. No. Brooklyn Center, MN, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 15, First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights, 1555 40th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN, 4:00 p.m.*

* Designates ticket sale concert