Legacy Family Open House

Are you an Auggie graduate with a current Auggie? Do you have a prospective Auggie—even entering in the fall of 2020 or 2030? The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Parent and Family Relations would like to welcome you to stop by the Admissions Suite to celebrate your legacy family.

When: Saturday, September 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Admissions Suite, Christensen Center

Register Today!

Music Therapy 40th Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, September 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Augsburg College Music Therapy program will be honoring the achievements of many of our Music Therapy alumni, welcoming Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., as the director of our new Master of Music Therapy program, and celebrating the beginnings of the “Ode to Joy” Music Garden on the Augsburg College campus. Register today.

Roberta Kagin, Ph.D., and Jana Skrien Koppula will co-host the event, and Karen Reed ’90 will provide gospel music on her saxophone. Doug Schmitt, vice-president of Schmitt Music Co., will be our emcee for the event. Other student musicians and alumni will also be featured.

Support for this anniversary weekend is provided by the Schmitt Music Company.

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In collaboration with the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, the anniversary celebration will continue on September 27 with a daylong workshop featuring Alan Turry as guest clinician.

Auggie Author Reading with Stephan Eirik Clark

StephanStephenAugsburg College Assistant Professor Stephan Eirik Clark will be the featured author at this year’s Auggie Author Reading. In July, Clark’s book, Sweetness #9, was recommended on the Comedy Central TV show, The Colbert Report. Since the show, Clark has garnered significant media attention by both local and national outlets. 

The Auggie Author Reading will be held in the Lindell Library on September 26 at 4:30 p.m. Register today to hear from Clark.

Cross Country Alumni 5K

Calling all Cross Country and Track Alumni! The Cross Country and Track teams will be hosting the First Annual Auggie Alumni 5K on August 30th at Riverside Park. The event is hostedMCC in conjunction with the first cross country home meet of the season. Come out for a great morning of athletic competition and enjoy free food and beverages following the races. The alumni 5K race is free to enter – please RSVP to peyton@augsburg.edu to enter the alumni race.



WCCAugsburg Auggie Triangular vs. St. Olaf and Bethel
When: Aug. 30, 2014
Where: Riverside Park
9am — Women’s Collegiate Race 5K
9:45am — Men’s Collegiate Race 5K
10:15am — Auggie Alumni 5K



Auggies Show Their Auggie Pride at Twin Cities Pride Festival

The 42nd Annual Pride Festival was held this past weekend, June 28-29, 2014. This year, Augsburg College hosted a booth at the festival, current students, alumni, parents, and friends of the College were all encouraged to stop by the table to learn about Augsburg College and life in the city. Those who stopped by the booth received a pair of Augsburg College sunglasses in addition to other Auggie “swag”.


50th Annual Clair Strommen A-Club Golf Tournament

Yesterday, the Augsburg College A-Club hosted the 50th annual Clair Strommen A-Club golf tournament at the Oak Glen Country Club located in Stillwater, Minnesota. Over 125 Auggies showed up in support of Augsburg College student athletes and the A-Club.

Alumnae Gather to Address Life’s Gripping Expectations

For the first time – Augsburg Associates and Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) came together to launch an intergenerational event for Auggie women – alumnae and friends!

251252_10150231431818361_1447867_nAuthor, speaker and former KARE 11 and HGTV personality Joan Steffend spoke with more than 100 Auggie women on campus on Saturday, May 17 to explore how women handle life’s many gripping expectations.

During Steffend’s keynote address she said she spent her first 50 years of life trying to measure up to the expectations of others at the expense of inner peace.

As a young child, the red-headed, Cambridge, Minn.-native enjoyed reading, imagining and performing, but felt guilty for not being like others. She often felt lonely and looked for ways to capture the love and attention of even those closest to her.

She studied with Warner Brothers, got married, had children, was a local- and cable-TV personality, and bought a cabin, but still didn’t feel like she was measuring up. She felt an unsettling lack of joy.

Steffend finally had a paradigm shift at age 50 after her only sister passed away from cancer. The gut-wrenching loss helped Steffend put her own life in perspective. She realized she had spent her whole life ignoring her true self and that she was ultimately responsible for her inner peace.

Steffend, now a 58-year-old author and speaker, said she doesn’t spend time apologizing for who she is anymore.

“I have my own ruler,” she said, “and I am measuring up!”

Steffend’s keynote address was accompanied by inspirational musical performances from alumnae Laura Schmidt ’11 and Becky Shaheen ’11 and thought-provoking comedy performances from the writers and actresses of “2 Sugars, Room for Cream,” Carolyn Pool ’91 and Shanan Custer.

Steffend’s story was used to kick off the table conversations where participants answered specific questions about their life’s journey so far. Attendees engaged in multi-generational small-group discussions, facilitated by alumnae table hosts, about the challenges and victories of measuring up to their own expectations and those of others.

“It was a great event to reflect on whether I am internalizing social expectations or I am living and being myself,” said one attendee.

Other attendees raved about the wonderful variety of women with whom they had a chance to ineract.

“[It was] so great to speak with other women from different walks of life,” said another attendee.

The inspirational morning was rounded out by an alumnae panel involving author, teacher and social worker Lee Furman ’61; Minnesota’s first Native American lesbian legislator Susan Allen ’92; and Vietnamese immigrant Tina Nguyen ’08. The three panelists spoke about building their faith and confidence to defy the odds of succeeding in cultures very different from their own. It concluded with meaningful reflection from Abigail Crampton Pribbenow who shared her own perspective of how she feels she is measuring up.

The “Am I Measuring Up?” event was a collaboration between the AWE Advisory Board, the Augsburg Associates Board and more than two dozen Auggie volunteers. The two boards look forward to collaborating more to provide Auggie women the opportunity to connect, learn and give.

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.