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.

Micelle, the Augsburg Biophysics Newsletter

Whether you were a physics major in college, work in the sciences now, or are in general interested in these topics, this newsletter will make you proud of your fellow Auggies! The Spring 2014 issue of the Micelle features student research, a new course, and ways for you to get involed!

Spring 14 Issue - Biophysics Newsletter (page 1)

Spring 14 Issue - Biophysics Newsletter (page 2)


Mina Halling ’12 Publishes

Mina Halling ’12 sent the English Department the following news and testimonial:

“First off, (a very abridged version of) my Departmental Honors project, ‘Adventures in Time, Space and Community College: Narrative Structure and Thematic Depth,’ has been featured in A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and Its Fandom. Colin [Irvine] helped put me in contact with the editor of the collection over a year ago, and the book is finally ready to go. (And my essay is first! Exciting.) Here’s a link: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7590-2

“I also have a personal narrative piece, ‘Trivia Weekend: The Less Cool (but no less great) Minnesota Get-Together,’ that is about to be included in an e-book called Bright Lights, Twin Cities: A Collection of Stories from Real Minnesotans. Here’s a link for that one: http://thetangential.com/bright-lights-twin-cities/

“… I’m sharing this stuff with you as a delayed part of Thank A Teacher Day. I’d like to say a huge thank you to each of you for making me a better writer, editor, thinker and person. I feel like I’m making steps on the long path to Making A Living By Writing, which is pretty awesome, and it wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for your influence.”

Have you recently published? Received a promotion? Won an award? Started a business? Got married or had a child? If so, share your exciting news with us and submit an Auggie class note.

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.


Golfing with Auggies

rp_primary_golf-augsburg-2If you’re a golfer, there are several opportunities to support Augsburg College athletics this summer, with numerous fundraising golf tournaments at courses throughout the Twin Cities area. In addition to golfing opportunities, there are also options for businesses and individuals to sponsor holes or donate prizes for raffle drawings.

Learn more and register.

A Message from Pres. Pribbenow about Erwin Mickelberg ’54

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I send news that our long-time colleague, Professor Emeritus Erwin Mickelberg, passed away last Friday. Professor Mickelberg was an Augsburg alumnus (class of 1954), a member of the Augsburg Faculty and the Department of Biology.

Professor Mickelberg began his teaching career at Augsburg College in 1956 and retired in 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Erwin taught classes in anatomy and physiology, human biology, nutrition, and botany in both the Day program and the Weekend College program. He also volunteered in the Minneapolis Public Schools, teaching elementary school children about the human body, and was active in his church.

An avid supporter for a new science building throughout his teaching career at Augsburg, a manuscript of Erwin’s was recently published, and all proceeds will be donated to the College’s campaign for the new Center for Science, Business and Religion.

A funeral is planned for this Friday, May 9, 11:00 a.m.(reviewal at 10:00) at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. An obituary will appear in the Star Tribune on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Erwin’s family has requested memorials be made directly to the CSBR campaign, where a fund will be established in his name.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D.
Augsburg College

StepUP to host National Collegiate Recovery Conference


Augsburg College’s StepUP program has been selected to host the 5th annual National Collegiate Recovery Conference, taking place on campus June 5-7, 2014. The theme of the conference is “From Research to Policy to Practice: Creating Environments for Academic Success and Sustained Recovery” and is expected to attract several hundred professionals working in the field of collegiate recovery across the US. More than 700 Augsburg alumni have been served by the StepUP program, and many are expected to attend.

Augsburg has been a pioneer in the field of collegiate recovery, having started the StepUP program 17 years ago and provided guidance to 30 other collegiate recovery programs across the country, including programs at St. Cloud State University, the College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Approximately 85 students were served by StepUP in the 2013-2014 academic year and the program is expected to grow to 95 students in the coming academic year.

The conference will feature nationally-recognized speakers in the field of recovery, including David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Peter Gaumond, Chief of the Recovery Branch at Office of National Drug Control Policy; and more.

Augsburg alumni are invited to attend the conference as well. Open meetings will take place each day and former StepUP program participants and Augsburg alumni will be in attendance.

For more information on the conference, or to register, please visit the website.

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.