Feiern Sie Ihr lutherisches Erbe y die Reformation

Feiern Sie Ihr lutherisches Erbe y die Reformation translates to Celebrating Lutheran Heritage and the Reformation.

Augsburg College is designing a custom travel program for October 2016 that will celebrate the Reformation and the upcoming 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther in 1517 nailed the 95 Theses to the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. A highlight of the trip itinerary will be a visit to Wittenberg over October 31–a time when the town annually celebrates Reformation Day with a parade, medieval fair, special church service, and evening concert. In addition to visiting Wittenberg, the itinerary includes stops in the German cities of Berlin, Dresden, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Led by Augsburg Department of Religion faculty members Mark Tranvik and Hans Wiersma, program participants will explore the lives and ministries of Martin and Katie Luther and the legacies of influential Lutheran musicians Johann Sebastian Bach and Paul Gerhardt. They will learn about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a 20th Century German theologian and martyr, and Jan Hus, a church reformer of 15th Century Prague–100 years before Luther. Participants also will hear about the church’s role in the Peaceful Revolution that brought down the Berlin Wall and remember the sobering days of WWII at the Buchenwald concentration camp. This travel program is an opportunity to explore the connections between people, cultures, and historical events while examining the Reformation as an ongoing influence in the 21st Century.

To receive updates about this alumni tour as plans are finalized, email alumni@augsburg.edu, or call 612-330-1085 to be included on a mailing list.

Summer Camps at Augsburg College

summercampsSummer camps at Augsburg provide an exciting opportunity for regional students to experience life on a small college campus and to learn from the College’s outstanding faculty and staff. Augsburg’s unique location in the heart of Minneapolis gives students perfect access to all there is to see and do in our vibrant, diverse city. Learn more about the various camps offered at Augsburg College.


Golfing with Auggies

rp_primary_golf-augsburg-2If you’re a golfer, there are several opportunities to support Augsburg College athletics this summer, with numerous fundraising golf tournaments at courses throughout the Twin Cities area. In addition to golfing opportunities, there are also options for businesses and individuals to sponsor holes or donate prizes for raffle drawings.

Learn more and register.

StepUP to host National Collegiate Recovery Conference


Augsburg College’s StepUP program has been selected to host the 5th annual National Collegiate Recovery Conference, taking place on campus June 5-7, 2014. The theme of the conference is “From Research to Policy to Practice: Creating Environments for Academic Success and Sustained Recovery” and is expected to attract several hundred professionals working in the field of collegiate recovery across the US. More than 700 Augsburg alumni have been served by the StepUP program, and many are expected to attend.

Augsburg has been a pioneer in the field of collegiate recovery, having started the StepUP program 17 years ago and provided guidance to 30 other collegiate recovery programs across the country, including programs at St. Cloud State University, the College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Approximately 85 students were served by StepUP in the 2013-2014 academic year and the program is expected to grow to 95 students in the coming academic year.

The conference will feature nationally-recognized speakers in the field of recovery, including David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Peter Gaumond, Chief of the Recovery Branch at Office of National Drug Control Policy; and more.

Augsburg alumni are invited to attend the conference as well. Open meetings will take place each day and former StepUP program participants and Augsburg alumni will be in attendance.

For more information on the conference, or to register, please visit the website.

Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Peabody Award-winning Radio Broadcaster 

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Saturday May 3

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. After establishing several local and national organizations to carry on that work, Carter built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

Carter’s long list of awards and honorary degrees includes accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first six videos to launch their groundbreaking website.

Lois Quam, Executive Director of Global Health Initiative, U. S. State Department

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Saturday May 3

Ms. Lois Quam serves as the Chief Operating Officer at The Nature Conservancy. She was the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), reporting directly to former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The GHI was created by President Obama to “save lives today, and strengthen health systems to build stronger nations tomorrow.” Appointed by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989 to chair the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, later passed, providing health care to tens of thousands of Minnesotans, and the nation’s lowest uninsured rate at that time. She went on to serve as senior advisor to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s task force on health care reform.

Quam served as president and CEO of the Public and Senior Markets segment at UnitedHealth Group, a $30 billion division overseeing Medicare and Medicaid-based businesses.  In 2009, she was co-founder and president of Tysvar, LLC, a Minnesota-based New Green Economy (NGE) and health care reform incubator dedicated to universal health care and bringing scale to the NGE. She also served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Prior to founding Tysvar, Quam was Head of Strategic Investments, Green Economy & Health at Piper Jaffray, a leading international Minneapolis-based investment bank.

In 2006 Quam was named by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Powerful Women.”  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College. As a Rhodes Scholar she went on to complete her master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in England.

David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Sunday May 4

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is also the executive director of the Oberlin Project: an all-encompassing joint venture by the town and College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community in Oberlin.

Orr has been involved in environmental issues for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards, including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, and a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.” He has been a scholar in residence at Ball State University, the University of Washington, and other universities, and has served as a trustee for many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers.

Alumni Campaign Leaders Hosted Summit


You are invited for an evening of inquiry and fellowship hosted by Augsburg College Alumni Campaign Leaders and Campaign Action Team

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
4:30-8 p.m.

The evening will include student research presentations; a faculty panel discussion; featured speakers President Paul C. Pribbenow and Alumni Class Challenge Chair Wayne Jorgenson ’71; and special music by Augsburg students. Dinner will be served.

RSVP by Friday, May 16, by contacting Sonja Casperson at 612-330-1171 or casperso@augsburg.edu. Space is limited.

Valet Parking provided.

Class Challenge Summit Hosts

George Lanes ’50, Paul Almquist ’59, Dale Hanka ’60, Leola (Dyrud) Furman ’61, Dean Larson ’62,
Barbara (Beglinger) Larson ’63, Bob Tufford ’63, Dan Anderson ’65,
Lee Anne (Hansen) Lack ’67, John Selstad ’67, Karolynn Lestrud ’68, Dale Pederson ’70,
Mike Good ’71, Corky Hall ’71, Doug Johnson ’71, Wayne Jorgenson ’71, Bruce Nelson ’71,
Nancy (Olson) Hrdlicka ’72, Kris (Parbst) Rohde ’72, Pat Marcy ’72, Jonathan Nye ’72,
Carol (Pederson) Jorgenson ’72, Inez (Schey) Bergquist ’77, Beverly (Ranum) Meyer ’78,
Dennis Meyer ’78, Sally (Hough) Daniels Herron ’79, Jeff Swenson ’79, Chris Ascher ’81,
Bob Wick ’81, Kristin Dragseth Wiersma ’91, David Murr ’92, Laura Delavie ’92, Andy Sackreiter ’94,
Lisa Sackreiter ’95, Rachel Engebretson ’98

“The First Minnesota in the American Civil War”

Wayne B. Jorgenson ’71
Author and Augsburg College Regent
April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Marshall Room
Presentation: “The First Minnesota in the American Civil War”

Hosted by Michael Lansing, Department of History, and John Cerrito, Department of Business

This is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The Civil War defined our country and helped to shape the country that we are still becoming. The War raged on from 1861 into Spring of 1865 with over 600,000 casualties.

President Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion of the Confederate States. Minnesota was the first state to respond and promised to send to Washington an infantry regiment. Wayne Jorgenson has authored an excellent book on the complete history of the life and death of the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment.

Wayne Jorgenson’s lecture on April 7 will be interesting, informative and thought provoking. The Augsburg community is invited to attend Wayne’s lecture.

May Auggie Eye-opener

Featured Speaker, ELCA Bishop Ann Svennungsen

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Featured Speaker, ELCA Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Bishop Ann Svennungsen was elected February 2012 as the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Area Synod. Bishop Svennungsen deeply values the ELCA commitment to social justice action and serves as the director of The Presidents’ Pledge Against Global Poverty. She has had a variety of experiences, including pastoring four very different congregations in vastly different circumstances, serving as CEO of the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta, and serving as president of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

We look forward to learning more from Bishop Ann Svennungsen on May 8th, at our spring Auggie Eye-opener. If you have attended an Eye-Opener in the past, you know it is a great time of networking among Auggies and friends. If you haven’t come before, give it a try ($5 for the breakfast is worth it alone!)

Date:  May 8, 2014
Breakfast and Networking:  7:00am
Speaker Presentation:  7:30am—8:30am
Location:  Town & Country, 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Register at www.augsburg.edu/alumni/events. The cost for the breakfast is $5.



Finding Vocation in Corporate Philanthropy, Jon Campbell

Next week we are looking forward to welcoming Jon Campbell to campus for the third program this year sponsored by the Clair and Gladys Strommen Executive Series.

Date:  Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Location:  Kennedy Center, rooms 303-305

Jon Campbell, Executive Vice President and Director of Community Relations at Wells Fargo, will present about the connections between the nonprofit and corporate fields, and how values of community sustainability and giving back to his community are embedded in his career path..

Mr. Campbell serves on many regional boards including the National Urban League Board of Trustees, the University of Minnesota Foundation, University of Minnesota Carlson School, Board of Overseers, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and United Way U.S. National Board of Trustees. Wells Fargo has a strong history of giving back to the community; their team members accrued over 1.5 million volunteer hours and invested over $315.8 million in 19,500 nonprofits and schools nationwide in 2012.

Please join us in giving him an Auggie welcome, and for what will be a lively conversation about vocation, community engagement, and corporate philanthropy.

Register at www.augsburg.edu/alumni/events, and plan to join us for a networking event immediately following the presentation.


Highlights featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, a strong advocate of eliminating capital punishment, were the featured presenters the first day of the 26thNobel Peace Prize Forum, “Crossing Boundaries to Create Common Ground”, hosted by Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

A week prior to March 1st the event had already sold out, at 3400 tickets. Upon arrival at 7:00am, the atrium of the Minneapolis Convention center was packed with streams of people waiting in line to hear the Dalai Lama. Participants arrived from all over the world, experienced the only event that celebrates Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and inspires peacemaking. In addition to many sponsorships that made this event possible, Google + is also sponsoring the event and live streaming all the workshops and speakers online. To connect digitally the Forum can be found on Google +, Facebook, and Twitter. Audience engagement whether near or far is what makes the Forum successful and meaningful for all involved. Thank you for your support!

There are still tickets available for Law & Business Day, Health & Science Day, and Global Day. Please consider joining us for the following Forum days, March 7, 8, & 9th www.nobelpeaceprizeforum.org.