Bill Nye Tickets On Sale to Alumni and General Public on 12/8

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Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will share his love for science when he speaks at Si Melby Hall on February 14 during Augsburg College’s Scholarship Weekend. In the talk “How Science Can Save the World,” Nye will share his love for science, and speak with depth and humor about planetary science, climate change, evolution, environmental awareness, and more.

This Scholarship Weekend event, which is sponsored by Admissions and in partnership with Institutional Advancement, is designed to raise awareness of the College among prospective students, their families, and high school counselors. Alumni, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring high school-aged children and grandchildren to campus.

The event builds upon the success the College experienced during the 2014 Scholarship Weekend when nearly 100 prospective Auggies were challenged by deep questions of compassion and humanity posed in a talk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Presale tickets are available to Augsburg College students, faculty, and staff beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, November 24 and running through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 7. An Augnet login is required to access the presale.

The cost is $12 for Augsburg College students and $28 for Augsburg College faculty and staff. A $3 service charge will be applied to each ticket at checkout. All tickets are general seating.

Full information about ticket pricing, purchase, and more is available in the ticketing area of the Augsburg College website at www.augsburg.edu/tickets.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Si Melby Hall on February 14!

Auggies Rally for Give to the Max Day

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?

Students, Staff, Faculty, & Alumni Help Dedicate New Campus Veterans’ Lounge

Student, Staff, Faculty, Alums Help Dedicate New Veterans' Lounge

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.

Student, Staff, Faculty, Alumni Gather to Dedicate Vets' Lounge

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.

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Campus Kitchen Reaps New Grants

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 collage

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.

Foundation support:  

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.
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15 Give to the Max Secrets You Can’t Give Without

Give to the Max logo 2014November 13 is nearly here, and it’s already time to schedule your gift for Give to the Max Day. Let’s repeat last year’s outstanding effort, in which 837 Auggies gave $313,639 in just 24 hours—more than any other Minnesota college and university. We’re going to see this success again.

In honor of what’s going to be another great day in Auggie history, we are counting down the 15 Reasons to Give to the Max on November 13. We’re looking to reach 1,001 Auggies this year. Every gift counts! Why are you Giving to the Max for Augsburg?

  1. Give … in honor of an Auggie you love … an Auggie who was there for you,Student Support
  2. A professor who saw a little something more,5892309503_0242efc5f9_z
  1. A team that made you believe.volleyball
  1. The school that was there for you is there for 3,500+ students today. It is part of their work here on campus to give back.Bonner

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StepUP Gala is a Success

StepUP galaThe 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

Board of Regents engages in strategic leadership conversation, renews President Pribbenow’s contract

Augsburg SealFollowing 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.

Maroon & Silver Society Reception Celebrates Record Growth

Meeting of the Presidents: President Paul C. Pribbenow and Day Student Body President Banna Kidane '15:

Meeting of the Presidents: President Paul C. Pribbenow and Day Student Body President Banna Kidane ’15.

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.

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We ❤ Scrubs

Urban High School Scrubs Camp 2014 celebrated its 5th year with 89 students, a 39% increase from 2013. Students learned about many different careers in the health sciences.

Scrubs Camp is hosted at Augsburg College, giving students the opportunity to experience daily campus life and learn about the college application process. More than 70% of the students attended camp on a scholarship.   Camp costs $430 for a 5-day, day camp experience. Funding from Boston Scientific provided full scholarships for 22 students.

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Campers chose from over twenty different offered workshop sessions, attended four field trips, and actively participated in hands-on medical scenarios on the simulation bus. Courses included concepts of engineering, physical therapy, physician assistants, mental health speakers, biomedical technology, herbal medicine and more.

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Support from Boston Scientific has greatly influenced the growth and impact of Urban Scrubs Camp. More than 300 students have participated in Scrubs Camp since its pilot year at Augsburg College. Students consistently reflect that it facilitates a greater understanding of the college application process and provides effective health care profession career readiness. Ninety-eight percent of students who attended camp this year reported that spending time on campus helped them better understand and visualize themselves at college and 99 percent reported overall satisfaction with their camp experience.

 

Augsburg Associates Celebrate 30 Years

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Marty Stortz, Augsburg Professor of Religion & Vocation, will speak on “Women Who Serve.”

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.

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Current president of the Augsburg Associates, Lennore Bevis ’66

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.