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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a teacher in the K-12 setting? Want to proclaim your Auggie Pride in your classroom and to the entire school?
The Augsburg College Alumni Association is here to help, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with some information about you, your class, and how you will show off your Auggie Pride. In turn, we will send you an Auggie School Spirit Kit for your classroom.
Save the date for the inaugural, global Augsburg Alumni Day of Service, which will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. This day is one of a number of service opportunities for Augsburg alumni to lead by sharing their time and talents to make a difference.
Many Auggie alumni give back by working in the nonprofit sector, sitting on boards of foundations and organizations, serving at the highest levels of government, becoming elected officials, volunteering for Augsburg, and sharing time, experience and energy with volunteer community projects. And the Day of Service is a chance for alumni around the world to come together on one day to celebrate this tradition of service. On the Augsburg Alumni Day of Service, alumni and their families and friends work side by side to make communities better because Augsburg alumni live there. The Augsburg Day of Service is a wonderful way for members of the Augsburg community to meet and reconnect with alumni who share this commitment to giving back. And for many alumni, the program provides the opportunity to share this value with their children (and grandchildren) through example – and fun! – as they work together on projects where they live.
Want to add a project to the Day of Service? Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
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The 42nd Annual Pride Festival was held this past weekend, June 28-29, 2014. This year, Augsburg College hosted a booth at the festival, current students, alumni, parents, and friends of the College were all encouraged to stop by the table to learn about Augsburg College and life in the city. Those who stopped by the booth received a pair of Augsburg College sunglasses in addition to other Auggie “swag”.
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.
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 defend 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.
Volunteering at Augsburg College’s booth at the Minnesota State Fair is a great way to meet others in the community, and to promote Augsburg College. Past volunteers find the experience rewarding-so much so that teams of Auggies have developed over the years.
All alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to volunteer, and each volunteer will receive one admission ticket.
This year’s fair runs Thursday, Aug. 21, through Labor Day. Shifts at the booth last four hours with each bloc staffed by two volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-330-1525.