In recognition of Augsburg College’s leadership in closing the higher education disparity gap for students of color in Minnesota, Wells Fargo has made a gift of $100,000 to the campaign to build the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR).
Wells Fargo joins several other corporations (including U.S. Bank, 3M, and General Mills) in supporting the CSBR.
In a statement, Dave Kvamme, CEO of Wells Fargo Minnesota, expressed admiration for Augsburg’s commitment to partnering with College Access programs like College Possible to help recruit, support, and retain first-generation and low-income students. Continue reading
Give to the Max Day was Nov. 13, and we’re still beaming with pride. We came in #1 for giving among all MN colleges and universities again this year, but we’re even more proud to say that 1,300 Auggies near and far—including students, alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff—donated more than $432,000 to support The Augsburg Fund and 34 excellent Auggie projects. If you supported Augsburg on Give to the Max Day this year, we thank you for your generosity. Please enjoy our sincere, campus-wide appreciation for the good work we all did together.
You know some exceptional alums—now tell us how great your classmates are! The Augsburg Alumni office is now accepting nominations for the First Decade Award, Spirit of Augsburg Award, and Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Homecoming 2015. Read on for more important details for all award nominations. Send the nomination form to the Augsburg College office of Alumni and Constituent Relations by Dec. 31.
THE AUGSBURG COLLEGE ALUMNI AWARDS PROGRAM
Augsburg College wishes to acknowledge and honor those alumni and friends whose outstanding achievements and commitment to service exemplify the ideals and mission of the College.
The mission of Augsburg College is:
To nurture future leaders in service to the world by providing high quality educational opportunities which are based in the liberal arts, and shaped by the faith and values of the Christian Church, the context of a vital metropolitan region, and an intentionally diverse campus community.
The following awards are selected each year:
Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded to Augsburg College alumni in recognition for significant achievement in vocation, for outstanding contribution to church and community, and for a life that exemplifies the ideals and mission of Augsburg College. Augsburg alumni (graduates and non graduates) are eligible.
First Decade Alumni Award
Awarded to Augsburg College graduates of the last ten years who have made significant progress in their professional achievements and contributions to the community, and in so doing exemplify the mission of the College: to prepare future leaders in service to the world. Graduates from the day, weekend, and graduate programs are eligible.
Spirit of Augsburg Award
Honors Augsburg alumni or friends of the College who have given exceptional service that contributes substantially to the well being of the College by furthering its purposes and programs. Alumni, friends, faculty and staff, and groups who have served the College are eligible.
Excitement is in the air, and Auggies are gearing up to Give to the Max. You may schedule your gift online now at givemn.org/organization/Auggiesgive or on Thursday, November 13.
Support 34 Auggie projects and every student every day with The Augsburg Fund.
We’re looking for 1,001 Auggies to say We Give to the Max! Will you join us?
John Pacheco, Director, U.S. Bank Foundation; Deborah Burke, Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations, U.S. Bank; Rebekah Fawcett, Vice President of Employee Communications, U.S. Bank; Jennie Carlson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, U.S. Bank; Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College; Lori York, Associate Registrar, Augsburg College; Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs, Augsburg College.
Augsburg College and U.S. Bank celebrated the opening of a new campus Veterans’ Lounge with a dedication ceremony on November 10. The newly renovated Veterans’ Lounge, located in Room 110 of Oren Gateway Center, honors the contributions that student veterans have made to their country. The lounge will host meetings with veteran support staff and features a veteran recognition wall, a computer workstation, a study area, and other resources and materials.
U.S. Bank’s Paul Peel and Jennie Carlson appear with Augsburg President Paul C. Pribbenow, Augsburg’s VA Certifying Officials Shannon Kasperson and Lori York, and student vets from Augsburg College
Speaking on behalf of Augsburg were Student Veteran Representative Eric Olson (Army), Keenan O’Neill (Marine Corps), and Josh Pauer (Army). Several other student, staff, and faculty veterans were also on hand for the ceremony. Representing U.S. Bank was Paul Peel, an Army veteran and a 2012 graduate of Augsburg’s Master’s in Business Administration program. Peel now works in U.S. Bank’s Corporate Trust division.
Augsburg College Campus Kitchen was founded in 2002, and is now the most comprehensive Campus Kitchen organization in the United States, and is one of only two colleges in Minnesota offering the program. Augsburg Campus Kitchen provides 18,000 meals annually to the surrounding neighborhoods, mostly derived from overages in Augsburg’s student food service—food that would otherwise go to waste.
Campus Kitchen provides free meals and healthy food through three different activities: meals created from the overages of the on-campus dining facility and served at neighborhood non-profits, produce gathered as donations from local farmers at area farmers markets and brought to local food shelves, and an on-campus food shelf that students in need can access from a student-run food shelf.
The success and growth of Campus Kitchen is strongly supported by local corporations, who value the opportunity for their employees to engage more deeply with their communities, and live their values as corporations. Ameriprise Financial awarded Augsburg College Campus Kitchen a $5,000 grant in September 2014. Ameriprise understands that small nonprofits require consistent streams of general operating support, and has supported Augsburg College Campus Kitchen since 2009.
Land O’Lakes also awarded Campus Kitchen a $10,000 grant in October 2014. Land O’Lakes supports programs that alleviate food insecurity, and this is the first grant award from Land O’Lakes for Campus Kitchen. Thank you!
Interested in learning how to get involved? Check out the Augsburg College Campus Kitchen’s website and Facebook page. Don’t forget to support Campus Kitchen on Give to the Max Day! Give or schedule your gift here.
The annual StepUP® Gala was held Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. More than 350 attendees, including 100 StepUP alumni and current students, participated in the evening that included keynote speaker, author, and StepUP parent Sarah Nielsen; emcee, comedian Bill Arnold; and alumni speaker, Samuel O. Spafford ’09. A live auction featured a private party with dinner prepared by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, tropical getaways, a golf package and more.
Generous attendees brought in $290,000 in donations for the occasion, which is the primary fundraiser for all StepUP activities. This year, StepUP serves more students than ever before as it helps students navigate their way toward a bachelor’s degree while maintaining a 93% sobriety rate. Continue reading
Following the Augsburg Board of Regents’ October meeting, Board Chair Paul Mueller ’84 shared a meeting summary outlining the topics addressed and actions taken during the meeting. This report is available online and is the first of what will become an ongoing communication following each of the Board’s three annual meetings. In addition to the actions outlined in the summary, the Board also voted unanimously to renew President Paul C. Pribbenow’s contract through 2021. Read more about that announcement on the Augsburg College News and Media site.