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 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

“Faith Active in Love”
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 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, 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

Auggies Ride, Tour de Cure


A message from Alumni Board Member Jill Watson ’10:

At the spring Alumni Board meeting in 2013, Janeece Oatman ’05, Tour de Cure Twin Cities Ride Director, was our guest speaker.  At this meeting, I learned about the Tour de Cure, a fundraising event held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  Immediately, I knew I wanted to ride.  My mom has type II diabetes, a childhood friend has type I diabetes, and oddly enough, my small department of seven people has three type I diabetics, and this is probably just a small group of people in my life living with diabetes that I know about.

In 2013, I rode the 27-mile route, though I was hesitant at first because it was by far the farthest I’ve ever gone on a bike, but it was wonderful!  I met some amazing people along the way, and two of the ladies I met while chatting before the ride remembered me (and my name!) when I saw them at another bike ride in the fall!  The scenery was gorgeous throughout Minneapolis and I found trails I never knew existed.  The riders with diabetes stand out, on purpose, in their red jerseys, and everyone there is cheering for them, and they know it as you ride by and yell “go red rider!”  The atmosphere was electric as everyone there was there for a cause.

Jill Watson ’10

I ride in honor of my family, friends, and coworkers; I ride to help put an end to diabetes; and I ride to support fellow Auggie Janeece and her amazing work with the American Diabetes Association. Out of all the events I participated in throughout 2013, Tour de Cure was by far my favorite and I can’t wait for the 2014 ride when I plan to tackle the 43-mile route!  I hope you’ll consider joining Team Auggie Accelerators where you’ll see the sights of Minneapolis and St. Paul, while supporting all those with diabetes.

Auggie students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, and family are all welcome on team Auggie Accelerators!

To join our team, donate to the cause, or find more information, please see our team page at

Jill Watson ’10 MBA

Nursing and P.A. Alumni Invited to Science & Health Day

The Augsburg Alumni Association, in partnership with the Nursing and Physician Assistant programs, invites all nursing and P.A. alumni to Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s Health & Science Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Health and Science Day will feature Honored Laureate Doctors Without Borders and Dr. William Foege, in addition to breakout sessions on topics such as Native American health disparities, infectious disease and its impact on peace, Doctors Without Borders fieldwork, and the role of nursing in international relief.

Register Now!

Nobel Peace Prize Forum website
Health & Science Day flyer

Event Recap: Dave St. Peter, Strommen Executive Series Speaker

Left to Right: Dave St. Peter, Prof. Kristen Anderson, and Bob Strommen ’74

Last month we welcomed Dave St. Peter to speak at Augsburg College about the “Business of Baseball”.  90 Augsburg students and alumni attended this engaging presentation.  If you were unable to join us for this event, please check out the video here. St. Peter delved into the history of Twins Baseball, the process of developing Target Field, and his core strategies for managing and leading a major Baseball League.  He had the audience laughing and engaged.  Many audience members had questions about Twins team specifics, such as how to support certain players, and the necessity for improving pitching for overall winning records.

Thank you to the Strommen family for sponsoring the Strommen Executive Speaker Series.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event, April 3rd at 5:00pm featuring Jon Campbell Executive Vice President, Director of Government and Community Relations Wells Fargo.  All are welcome, but please register at

Sverdrup Visiting Lecture Series and Alumni Reception

Monday, April 7, 2014
Hoversten Chapel
5 p.m. – Alumni reception to celebrate the careers of retiring physics faculty Mark Engebretson and Jeff Johnson

7 p.m. – 2014 Sverdrup Visiting Lecture Series featuring Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD,
professor in molecular biology, Princeton University, who will discuss Tiny Conspiracies: Cell to Cell Communication in Bacteria.

The Sverdrup visiting scientist lecture is part of the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program at Augsburg. There are two goals of the Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program. First, to provide an opportunity for Augsburg students and faculty to interact on a personal basis with scientists of national stature. Second, the program provides an annual forum where Augsburg and the wider scientific community can expand their knowledge on a scientific topic of national significance.

RSVP for the alumni reception online at

Am I Measuring Up?

“Am I measuring up?” This is a question that many women in our culture today ask themselves. The leaders of AWE (Augsburg Women Engaged) and the Augsburg Associates are teaming up to tackle this question in an inspirational event for Auggie women of all ages. Join alumnae and friends for brunch on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an interactive and engaging conversation, along with a panel discussion among Augsburg alumnae from across the decades, who will share what they have learned about being daughters, mothers, and grandmothers–and women in public leadership, in business, and as involved community members.

The cost is $25 and includes brunch. RSVP at For more information call 612-330-1085 or email

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