2014 Mayor’s Challenge.
Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL), a program of Augsburg College, is charged with the mission to empower students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.
Under the leadership of Executive Director, Amy Cram Helwich, and with the support of faculty advisor, Robert Groven, MNUDL currently serves more than 750 students at 39 partner schools and has seen sustained growth in student participation and academic growth since its inception in 2004.
This year, Urban Debate League has expanded their programming to include Spanish and Somali debate. May 27, 2015, Urban Debate league will pilot a Somali Debate Initative with a Community Forum including Representative Keith Ellison and other community leaders. The topic is facilitating remittances from the United States to Somalia. This legislation affects many of our current Somali students—the debaters will engage in a high-level conversation to determine possible solutions for this community challenge.
Several alumni are also involved in the Mayor’s Challenge: The Great Water Debate, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the program begins at 8 a.m. This year’s national high school policy debate topic is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the earth’s oceans.” Students at the breakfast will present an informative debate specific to Minnesota lakes and rivers.
Alumni are invited to attend! If you are interested, please sign up here to attend the May 13 fundraising event for Urban Debate League.
- The Urban Debate League currently has sites at 39 schools serves 700 students.
- 100% of debaters graduate on time and 99% have been accepted to college.
- In the Twin Cities, debaters are 40% more likely to graduate than non-debaters.
To learn more visit the: Minnesota Urban Debate League home page.
Come back to campus for a great rate on a GRE prep course, offered through the URGO office.
Graduate programs often require applicants to take the Graduate Records Exam, referred to as the GRE. URGO offers an eight week GRE prep course each summer for students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers. This course is taught by Augsburg faculty and staff and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students complete sample test questions and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.
Tuesdays, May 12th-June 30th
5-7pm @ Sverdrup 206
Register at http://www.augsburg.edu/urgo/
If you have any questions about the course, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at email@example.com or 612-330-1446.
Alumni are also invited to take part in the Pre-Health Application Boot Camp 2015
May 7, 14, and 21
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Application Bootcamp is a guided workshop where participants will receive instruction and guidance on centralized applications to health science programs, personal statements, and secondary applications in an environment where they can immediately utilize the material presented by working on the applications and statements.
Augsburg women of all generations are invited to a morning of engaging conversation, laughter, and inspiration.
Saturday, May 9
9-9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Program
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center at Augsburg College
Cost: $25 per attendee
Add $25 to your registration to sponsor a student
Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) and the Augsburg Associates are teaming up again this year to continue the conversation. Attendees will get a glimpse into the life stories of Augsburg women through music, art, drama, writing and the spoken word. Together, we will come to a better understanding of how we can find peace and confidence in measuring up amid life’s challenges and rewards.
Auggie women of all ages are invited to attend! Register today.
Hear stories from: Kari (Eklund) Logan ’82, Kristin Eggerling ’89, Tara Sweeney, & Becky Shaheen ’11
For more information:
612-330-1085 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Auggies are everywhere! Beginning in February, alumni gatherings in Arizona coincided with Centennial Singers performances at eight churches. An alumni reception, dinner, and luncheon were hosted by Arizona Auggies and attended by President Pribbenow.
Alumni, parents, and friends in the Washington, D.C. area gathered for a reception held at OmniEarth Inc., a sci-tech start-up launched by alumnus Lars Dyrud ’97, who serves as President and CEO. While we enjoyed food and fun conversation, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Karen Kaivola discussed how Augsburg is educating students for a life of meaning and purpose in the 21st century.
An alumni reception at Scandinavia House, in New York City, helped celebrate what was the opportunity of a lifetime for Auggies who performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Peter Hendrickson ’76. He directed The Augsburg Choir in a mass chorale with members of the Masterworks Chorale and Choir alumni, who loved the chance to connect with classmates on a dream trip!
Auggies, wherever you go, bring Traveling Auggie with you on your travels and share pics of Auggie gatherings with us via Facebook or Twitter. Are you interested in hosting an Auggie reception in your city? Let us know at email@example.com.
Keith Stout and Kim Stone hanging out with Auggie Beth Opgrand ’45 in Arizona in February. Her candle says, “All things are possible for those that believe.”
In February, Auggies gathered in Arizona at La Casa De Cristo Church with the Centennial Singers. Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow, Neal ’57 and Judy ’61 Snider, Arne ’49 and Jean ’52 Markland, and Paul ’63 and Linda Stromberg.
Seth Lienard ’11 and Caitlin Hozeny ’09 at Scandinavia House in NYC.
(L-R) Augsburg alumni director Sara Schlipp-Riedel ’06,
Model UN Augsburg students at Scandinavia House in NYC.
Former Auggie roomies reunited! Peter Hendrickson ’76 with George Mathison ’75.
Masterworks singers and alumni!
Emily Jensen, Brian Halaas, Johanna Schmidt and Ben Katz
Auggies at Scandinavia House
We had such a successful Augsburg night in D.C. We met so many wonderful alums who are doing powerful things. We are so grateful for Lars Dyrud ’97 and OmniEarth for hosting us!
Jennifer Carlson, Eric Canny and Brenda Valentine at OmniEarth.
Mark Raabe ’53 and wife Jean Raabe.
Kari Arfstrom’89 & guest Neil Schimmenti.
Celebrate Philanthropy Week March 30-April 2
Did you know that 95% of Augsburg students receive financial aid? Or that student support services like tutoring, the Writing Lab, and the CLASS office are available to all students at no extra cost? Financial aid, student support programs, faculty-student research and more are all made possible thanks to generous donors to Augsburg. Each year, more than 2,400 alumni, parents, and friends give more than $1 million to The Augsburg Fund. Philanthropy Week is an opportunity to teach current students about how their education is supported by donors, and thank current donors for their generosity. Come to the Christensen Center to write a thank you note. Staff will be tabling at the following times: Monday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Want to get involved?
- Share what you love about Augsburg and why you support the College on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #auggiesgive.
- Join us for a special Philanthropy Week lunch on Thursday, April 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in East Commons to help thank donors for their support and encourage them to make a gift this year (RSVP to Ben Krouse-Gagne ’11 at 612-330-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Become a donor to Augsburg! Make your gift online at augsburg.edu/giving.
Augsburg alumni are cordially invited to a reception in New York with President Paul C. Pribbenow, Associate Professors Peter Hendrickson and Joe Underhill, alumni, parents, and friends of the College, as well as current Augsburg students who will be in New York participating in the Model UN and vocalists singing at Carnegie Hall.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
58 Park Avenue, map
New York, NY
RSVP by Tuesday, March 17 here or by calling 612-3430-1085.
Please join us for an Augsburg College gathering of alumni, parents and friends. This uniquely Augsburg reception will be held at OmniEarth Inc., a sci-tech start-up launched by alumnus Lars Dyrud ’97, who serves as President and CEO. While we gather for food and fun conversation, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Karen Kaivola will discuss how Augsburg is educating students for a life of meaning and purpose in the 21st century. This is your opportunity to reconnect with Auggies in D.C., don’t miss it!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
251 18th St. S., Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22202
Located above the Crystal City Metro Stop
Alumni are coming back to campus on March 25 to meet current Latino and Latina students for the first Latin@ Networking and Professional Panel Event, sponsored by Latin@ Student Services, directed by Dulce Monterrubio ’12, Alumni Relations, the Strommen Center.
This event is the result of the self-advocacy skills of current Latin@ students who one year ago voiced their strong interest to connect with Latin@ alumni. The profile of Latin@ students at Augsburg has changed drastically over the last fifteen years. Today, there are 177 self-identified undergraduate and graduate Latin@ students compared to only 29 students in 2000. Most of these students are the first in their family to go to college, identify as Latin@ and Americans, fund their own education, commute from inner-city as well as suburban communities, and are uncertain about what the future holds after graduation.
This first-ever event offers great potential for current students to learn from the personal experiences of other Latina and Latino alumni balancing college, family and other responsibilities as they discover their interests and navigate their path. Alumni and mentors can open doors for many of the students in attendance—from sharing internship and job opportunities, to professional advice, and mentoring. The event will reassure students that it is within their reach to achieve their goals, to give back to their community, to one day serve as role models themselves, and to know they are not alone in their journey. If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer and Alumni Engagement Manager Katie Radford ’12 at email@example.com or 612-330-1329.