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.

Help Us Top the List Once Again – Give to the Max Day 2014


heart-photoVolunteer to help make Give to the Max Day a success!

Give to the Max Day is back on November 13, 2014, and Augsburg is once again vying to finish in first place among all Minnesota colleges and universities. Last year on Give to the Max Day, more than 830 Augsburg donors gave more than $313,000 for programs across campus from Campus Kitchen to Volleyball. It was the largest single day of giving in Augsburg history!

We are back at it again starting even earlier this year to make sure we soar over our competition and fund vital programs across campus! 

Are you interested in helping to make this year’s Give to the Max Day a success? Contact the Annual Giving office at 612-330-1179 or krousega@augsburg.edu. We are looking for volunteers to help reach out to alumni and friends of the College, be active on social media, help strategize for one of the projects, and plan the day’s events. If you have some passion and some Auggie Pride, we want your help!

Thanks in advance for your help on Give to the Max Day 2014!

Ben Krouse-Gagne and Martha Truax
Office of Annual Giving


Support for Augsburg Fund Increased by 18% in 2014


Donor gifts to The Augsburg Fund increased by 18% in fiscal year 2014

Augsburg’s fiscal year ended on May 31, 2014, with a strong show of donor support to the College’s annual fund, The Augsburg Fund.

More than 2,260 Augsburg alumni, parents and friends gave more than $1,125,000 to The Augsburg Fund in Fiscal Year 2014—and donors gave 18% more than in the previous fiscal year. Thank you to these many generous donors—take a look at what they made possible:

Thank you to all of the members of the Augsburg community who gave generously to The Augsburg Fund last year!

Support of The Augsburg Fund is vital to the success of the College and our students since donations are unrestricted and can be used wherever the need is greatest. The Augsburg Fund supports each academic department and each student, every day. Gifts to The Augsburg Fund allow Augsburg students to become informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.

To learn more about The Augsburg Fund or to make a gift, visit www.augsburg.edu/giving.

Get involved with Campus Kitchen and connect with Cedar-Riverside

Community garden smallStepping outside is a distinct reminder that summer is here, as Minnesotans flock to the lakes and rivers, and the temperature and humidity spike.  Campus Kitchen is actively preparing for its summer programming, planting vegetables in the community garden, prepping for summer meal distribution, collaborating with local farmers to facilitate two farmer’s markets, and getting ready for youth workshops at the Brian Coyle Community Center.

Campus Kitchen at Augsburg is a unique partnership between Augsburg College, The Campus Kitchens Project, A’viands Augsburg Dining Services, and local community agencies. It is a key component of the SABO Center for Citizenship and Learning, which works to strengthen and expand service learning, civic engagement, and experiential education on and around campus. There are several volunteer opportunities for alumni, which are found here.

We welcome alumni participation with preparing, serving, and sharing meals with our Cedar-Riverside neighbors at local agencies, and look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.

Want to Volunteer?
Group opportunities, contact Jay Peterson at petersj4@augsburg.edu
For alumni volunteering, please email volunteer@augsburg.edu

For questions about Campus Kitchens, email Elena Eselage, eselage@augsburg.edu  or Brittney Westgard, westgard@augsburg.edu

Support Minnesota Urban Debate League – Volunteer to Judge

UDLThe Minnesota Urban Debate League serves young people in Minneapolis and St. Paul through academic competitive debate. The Mission of MNUDL is 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. Students deeply engage with the annual topic through in-depth research, analyzing data, and defending different policy options.  This process increases their critical thinking, reading comprehension and public speaking skills exponentially. MNUDL currently serves 600 students at 30 high school and middle school sites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  Participating in debate has a great impact on students’ long-term goals. Ninety-nine percent of MNUDL debaters attend college, and Augsburg College is welcoming the second cohort of MNUDL program graduates this fall.

As a Greeter, Judge, Lounge Staffer, Assistant Coach, Team Volunteer, or Ballot Runner, you’ll help to diversify the pipeline of future leaders in business, law and the community, and meet other leaders in the field who are committed to their community! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: Mai Yer Vang, Community Outreach Coordinator, at vangmy@augsburg.edu, or 612-330-1730.

Groups interested in getting involved with Minnesota Urban Debate League, please contact Amanda Scherer at corporate and foundation relations at 612-330-1720, or scherera@augsburg.edu.

Be an Early Bird — Become a Sustaining Donor!

Happy New Year! Augsburg’s fiscal year began June 1, and you can kick off the New Year right by becoming a sustaining donor to The Augsburg Fund! Click here to make a monthly recurring gift. Sustaining donors help us plan and project for our fiscal year so we can continue to provide an amazing educational experience for Augsburg students. Sustaining donors also help us to save money on processing fees and mailing costs. Your donation is automatically deducted from your payroll, credit card, or bank account. It’s automatic and easy! Make your sustaining donation online here.

The Augsburg Fund Infographic


With just a few more days left before the end of Fiscal Year 2014, many alumni, parents, and friends are making their gift to The Augsburg Fund, which supports every student, every day. To learn more about how gifts to The Augsburg Fund are used, check out this infographic and click here to make your gift!

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A Life of Friendliness, Honesty, and Love: Mr. John Norris, Sexton


St. John’s Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis is connected to Augsburg’s Music Program in a very special way. Each year a music major and student of color is chosen to receive the John Norris Scholarship Award, which honors the church’s beloved sexton.

Mandy and JoyceThe new John Norris Award winner, Mandy Isaacson ‘15, a viola player from Bloomington, met church representative, Joyce Larson, a couple of weeks ago at Augsburg’s annual Chamber Music Recital and High Tea, where she learned the story of this very special man. This event brings scholarship donors and recipients together with the community to recognize scholarship winners for more than 45 endowed and annual scholarship funds given to music students annually.

Mr. John Norris came to St. John’s sometime in the mid 1930’s when the nation was in a major economic depression. He needed a good solid job because he had a family to support. Moreover, he was concerned about the lifestyle and long and late hours required by his job playing drums with a local band. When he came to the congregation there was some controversy about him being a black man; this upset come people. However he made an impact in this all-white congregation because of his friendship  and love; that special Christ-centered quality.

John spent almost fifty years of his career at St. John’s and was a friend of all there. In fact, many thought the church was named for him! He knew all the children and followed their process of growing up. As Sexton, he spent his working days, keeping the church building clean, making minor equipment and facility repairs, mowing the lawn in the summer and shoveling the walks in the winter. “He helped raise our kids, plan our events at Church, understand the needs of the church, keep track of the Minnesota Twins, and bury our dead.” He opened and closed the church for many special services, weddings, baptisms an funerals. However he is honored by this scholarship not so much for what he did, but how he did it.

He is honored for his achievement of a life of friendliness, honesty and love. “John Norris was not a pastor, but he certainly ministered to all. John was not a preacher, but, but he delivered a solid message throughout his life every day. John was not great and accomplished musician, but might have been with some help. John was never a student, but he would have liked to have been. John Norris was very special man and made this world a better place to live. St. John’s Lutheran Church is grateful for his life and for his service.”

-The John Norris Scholarship Award was established in 1986 by money from friends of John Norris to honor his life and perpetuate is exceptional loving spirit. The fund is the result of many contributions given in genuine love by people who felt a need to respond to the life of a special person. St. John’s Lutheran Church is on Nicollet Avenue at 49th street in Minneapolis.

Give to the Max Day is back


Save the date for Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Once again, Augsburg College is participating in Give to the Max Day, a one-day online giving event where donors around the world can support their favorite Minnesota nonprofits.

Give to the Max Day is also a contest—and last year, Augsburg raised more money than any other Minnesota college or university! A total of 837 donors gave more than $313,000 to Augsburg in just 24 hours. Augsburg also placed fourth among all nonprofits overall. Many alumni, parents, and friends took to social media throughout the day to share Augsburg’s rankings and keep up-to-date on the College’s progress. Read the Storify recap here.

Watch for more updates on Give to the Max Day in the coming months!

For more information or questions, please contact Martha Truax at 612-330-1652 or truaxm@augsburg.edu.


AUGPOST, A Call to Action


Dear alumni and friends,

This fall, I reached out to my fellow Auggies to ask that you support our alma mater on Give to the Max Day by donating to one of 25 different Augsburg fundraising projects. I am grateful to the 837 donors who helped us raise $313,639 in one day and achieve our goals of coming in first place among colleges and universities and fourth place among all Minnesota non-profits! This proves that when Auggies pull together, we can accomplish any goal.

I am often asked, “How, in addition to supporting Augsburg with gifts, can I help the College and the current students?” Here’s an answer: draw upon your experience, expertise, and networks to help students who are looking for jobs and internships.

Our students are bright, ardent, and ambitious. They represent our best hope for the future. Their most immediate challenge in moving on to life after Augsburg is aligning their liberal arts degree with a career path that will be personally rewarding and provide them with financial independence.

I encourage all Augsburg alumni and parents to post internship, job, or volunteer opportunities—for free—on AUGPOST through Augsburg’s Clair and Gladys Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. AUGPOST is an online job posting board used as a resource by alumni and students, and it features posts specifically for Auggies from local and national employers. The next time you or your employer are hiring, consider employing a fellow Auggie.

We have already seen what can happen when Auggies work together—we accomplish great things. I would like to set another goal. Currently, approximately 1,000 alumni are posting jobs on AUGPOST. I would like that to increase to 5,000 alumni submitting internship, job, and volunteer opportunities. Imagine the influence we can make on the current Augsburg students and their future opportunities. Learn more at augsburg.edu/strommen.