Homecoming Week kicked off with the third annual Maroon & Silver Society reception on Tuesday, September 23, in the Arnold Atrium of Hoversten Chapel. The Maroon & Silver Society recognizes donors who give generously to the College’s annual fund, The Augsburg Fund, with gifts of $1,000 or more each year.
Join the Augsburg College Alumni Association in recognizing this year’s alumni recipients at Homecoming Convocation on Friday, September 26.
Victor Acosta ’04 will receive the First Decade Award. The Spirit of Augsburg Award will be given to Jacquie Berglund ’87 and Garry Hesser; and Michael R. Good ’71, Dean Kennedy ’75, and Rev. Mark S. Hanson ’68 will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Recipients will be presented during the Homecoming Convocation at 10 a.m., in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, followed by a luncheon at noon in Si Melby Hall.
If you keep up with the Augsburg Men’s Soccer Program, you have seen the recent improvements in the locker room. The idea has sprung up that naming this locker room after Rolf Eriksen would be the fitting recognition of a man that started this program, nurtured it through its infancy, and helped bring four conference championships to Augsburg.
All of the money raised to get this room named after Rolf goes directly back to the men’s soccer program. This money can be utilized to bring planned improvements to fruition—by purchasing much-needed equipment, such as heart rate monitors, players’ travel bags, updated cold weather jackets, and additional equipment for players and coaches. Continue reading
The Augsburg Associates celebrate 30 years of fundraising and fellowship during Wednesday of Homecoming week with their annual meeting and afternoon tea. Mistress of Ceremonies Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion & Vocation, will speak on the theme of “Women Who Serve.” The event is open to all.
Augsburg Associates, 90 members strong, serve the college and the people they assist by hosting estate sales. For their efforts in organizing, cleaning, pricing, and selling the household items, the Associates receive one-third of the sale proceeds. With three to six sales per year, they generate good will and resources, while raising funds to provide scholarships to Augsburg students.
In addition to the funds raised through estate sales and Associate membership fees, the Associates raise funds by annually hosting the Velkommen Jul brunch and Scandinavian boutique the first weekend in Advent, as well as a tea in the spring.
In 1996, the Associates set up an endowed scholarship fund. Earnings from the endowment provide a scholarship each year, and additional dollars raised throughout the year sponsor the Christensen Scholars.
Associates are graduates and/or friends of the College who may be family members of graduates, faculty, or staff, or who are simply impressed by the spirit of giving and want to be a part of it.
Social time begins on Wednesday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m., followed by the annual business meeting and afternoon tea at 2 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel and Arnold Atrium. Register for this event on the Homecoming Registration page by Sept. 12.
Homecoming is a special time to commemorate Augsburg memories and reconnect with friends and classmates. Many alumni who are celebrating their 50th, 40th, 25th, and 10th reunions also decide to make a special gift to Augsburg in honor of their reunion and the Homecoming celebration.
The class reunion committees of 1964, 1974, 1989 and 2004 have each set goals to increase the number of donors and dollars given from their class in honor of their reunions. If you are a member of one of these classes, please watch for a letter from your reunion committee in the next few weeks highlighting these goals and consider making a gift in honor of your class reunion.
The classes of 1964 and 1974 have also given significantly to the CSBR Class Challenge—a challenge where each class year has set a goal of giving $1,000,000 or more to the campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. The class of 1974 has given more than $686,000 to the campaign, which is the sixth-highest amount of all classes; the class of 1964 has also given more than $161,000 to the campaign.
For more information on the CSBR Class Challenge, or to make a gift in honor of your class reunion, please visit augsburg.edu/csbr.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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
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:
- We welcomed the largest incoming first-year class in Augsburg history—34% of whom are the first generation in their families to pursue a college degree, including Psychology major Cheemoua Vang ’17, named the College’s Emerging Leader of the Year
- More than 100 students participated in faculty-led research across 22 academic disciplines, like Biology major and Sundquist Scholar Michelle Grafelman ‘15, whose research under Biology professor Matt Beckman has prepared her for a summer fellowship in Biomedical Ethics at The Mayo Clinic
- Augsburg was named one of the top 25 schools in the country for service learning by U.S. News and World Report, because of students like Communication Studies major Andrea Batt ’14, a member of the Bonner Leaders program—a service-based, work-study program partnering Augsburg students with nonprofits in the community—and one of six Augsburg students chosen to participate in last year’s Bon Jovi Community Service College Campaign
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.
Stepping 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For alumni volunteering, please email email@example.com
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.