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.


Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Peabody Award-winning Radio Broadcaster 

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Saturday May 3

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. After establishing several local and national organizations to carry on that work, Carter built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

Carter’s long list of awards and honorary degrees includes accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first six videos to launch their groundbreaking website.

Lois Quam, Executive Director of Global Health Initiative, U. S. State Department

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Saturday May 3

Ms. Lois Quam serves as the Chief Operating Officer at The Nature Conservancy. She was the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), reporting directly to former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The GHI was created by President Obama to “save lives today, and strengthen health systems to build stronger nations tomorrow.” Appointed by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989 to chair the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, later passed, providing health care to tens of thousands of Minnesotans, and the nation’s lowest uninsured rate at that time. She went on to serve as senior advisor to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s task force on health care reform.

Quam served as president and CEO of the Public and Senior Markets segment at UnitedHealth Group, a $30 billion division overseeing Medicare and Medicaid-based businesses.  In 2009, she was co-founder and president of Tysvar, LLC, a Minnesota-based New Green Economy (NGE) and health care reform incubator dedicated to universal health care and bringing scale to the NGE. She also served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Prior to founding Tysvar, Quam was Head of Strategic Investments, Green Economy & Health at Piper Jaffray, a leading international Minneapolis-based investment bank.

In 2006 Quam was named by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Powerful Women.”  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College. As a Rhodes Scholar she went on to complete her master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in England.

David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient, Sunday May 4

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is also the executive director of the Oberlin Project: an all-encompassing joint venture by the town and College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community in Oberlin.

Orr has been involved in environmental issues for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards, including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, and a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.” He has been a scholar in residence at Ball State University, the University of Washington, and other universities, and has served as a trustee for many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers.

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.










Dance with Auggie Eagle!

We are putting together a video of Augsburg students, faculty, staff, and alumni dancing to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. If you wish to participate, please submit a short, 15-second video (horizontal), of Auggies dancing to the song (alone or in a group). Submit videos to alumni@augsburg.edu.

Auggie Eagle made an example to show you what we are thinking—as you can see, it’s pretty simple, all you need to do is dance to the song!

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Support for Augsburg Students Honored

At our Pow Wow last Saturday, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) was honored for recently contributing $250,000 to endowed scholarships for American Indian students at the college.

The SMSC’s gift to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarship provides the College with a permanent asset from which American Indian students can receive support. An endowed scholarship fund provides scholarship awards based upon the annual earnings of the fund’s principal. Due to the generosity of SMSC towards students of all American Indian nations, the scholarship has provided 58 awards to more than 40 students since its establishment in 1991. This new gift means the College will be able to award an additional $10,000 per year in scholarships to enrolled American Indian students at Augsburg College.

This event, hosted by the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association and American Indian Student Services, was Augsburg’s 6th annual Pow Wow.  This year’s American Indian graduates were honored and Regent Bonnie Wallace thanked the SMSC on behalf of the College.

KSTP Coverage of the Pow Wow

Loveland Rotary Club honors Earl Sethre ’68

In February, the Loveland Rotary Club honored Earl Sethre ’68 with the Citizen of the Year Award. Marvin Morganti explained that the award “is to honor someone in the community, a non-Rotarian, who demonstrates the four-way test and … who’s got the community in mind.” Mary McCambridge, who presented the award, said this about Earl, “the person we are honoring today is a very humble person, tall in stature and does much for the community but in a very quiet way.” Upon receving the award Earl said, “I think it’s important to give back… a person who gives something feels good about it.”

Earl Sethre '68