New Uniquely Augsburg Travel Info Sessions Added

Berlin-WebAugsburg alumni, parents, and friends of the College are all welcomed to be a part of the Uniquely Augsburg Travel programs in 2016 and beyond, including a celebration of Lutheran heritage in Germany and Prague that coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Curious to learn more? A special information session will answer all your questions. Join Sally Daniels Herron ’79 and religion professors Mark Tranvik and Hans Wiersma on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center (OGC) 100. This is your chance to get on board for this historic trip happening October 27-November 6, 2016. Find cost information, registration details, and a full itinerary here.

In January, 2017, English Professor Kathy Swanson and her husband, Jack, will lead an educational trip through Thailand and Cambodia, visiting Bankok, Chiang Mai, and Siem Riep along the way. Learn more at the information session scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center (OGC) 100. Don’t miss these thoughtful and educational tours customized specifically for Augsburg alumni, parents, and friends!

To RSVP for either information session and secure your parking pass, contact Sally Daniels Herron ’79 at herron@augsburg.edu.  For more information, visit the Uniquely Augsburg Travel page or contact Sally via email or phone at 612-330-1525.

Financial Aid Update for Parents

All fall tuition and fee charges are due September 1. Any remaining balance after that date is subject to finance charges. Students will have reminders sent to their Augsburg email account during the first week of each month reminding them to view their online monthly bill. All students are encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view these statements. Students must log in to augsburg.edu/studentfinancial and select “Make a Payment/Account Activity” on the right hand menu. Click “View your online student account” and follow the instructions under “Parent/Third Party Access Instructions – Make a Payment”.

Students must have completed the online “Information Release” form in order for our office to communicate with anyone besides themselves. The student must log into their Augnet Account at augnet.augsburg.edu or inside.augsburg.edu  and click on “Records and Registration”.  Under “Information Release” they need to “Add an Authorization”. They will enter the full name and email address of the party/parties they are giving permission for us to communicate with. Next, select “Financial Aid/Finances Release” and then click “Save”.  Please note that we will be unable to speak with any parent/guardian that has not been authorized by the student.

StepUP® Program Gala Recognizes Jill and Robert Thomas

Gala Web Banner_2Two leaders in the addiction recovery community will be recognized for their commitment and generosity to Augsburg College’s StepUP® program for students in addiction recovery.

Jill and Robert Thomas, residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will receive the Toby Piper LaBelle Award at the Augsburg College StepUP Program Gala on October 24.

Thomas familyStepUP program alumni and families are invited to a special program, brunch, and open house to begin the Day of Gratitude at 9:30 a.m.

Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to an evening of inspiration, entertainment, and fellowship at the StepUP Program Gala celebration in Si Melby Hall on the Augsburg College campus at 5:30 p.m.

Married more than 30 years, Jill and Robert Thomas are the proud parents of two daughters: Allie, age 28, and a 2014 graduate of Augsburg College and the StepUP program, and Olivia Jordan, age 26, currently serving as Miss USA 2015.

Robert Thomas co-owns Senior Star, a company that owns and operates senior living retirement communities throughout the Midwest. Jill and Robert are both graduates of the University of Tulsa, Robert with a BS degree in 1974, and Jill with a BS degree in 1977 and a JD degree in 1986.

They have both been actively involved in Alzheimer’s advocacy through the Alzheimer’s Association. Robert has served on the National Board and been the recipient of the Maureen Reagan award for outstanding Alzheimer’s advocacy in 2010. They are actively involved in several community organizations including the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Tulsa Area United Way, to name a few.

The Thomas family has given significant time and resources to the College’s program, which is a leader and award-winning model for residential addiction recovery communities at campuses across the nation.

The Toby Piper LaBelle Award is given to a person or family that has consistently supported young people in recovery. It is named in honor of the first recipient, Toby Piper LaBelle ’96, for his insight and ability to advocate for the needs of recovering college students on a college campus. LaBelle was a lead advocate for students in recovery while he was a student at Augsburg College.

To attend the Gala, and to celebrate the contributions of the Thomas family, please register at augsburg.edu/stepup/gala.

Parent News from Student Financial Services

The Fall 2015 billing statements were electronically sent to all registered students on July 9; the due date is August 1. Students can view their statements by logging into inside.augsburg.edu and selecting “Records & Registration.” Click on “Make a Payment/Account Activity/Statement History” and then view or download “Augsburg Bill.” To view a student’s transaction history, follow all previous steps except select “Click here to view transaction history;” this is a more comprehensive and detailed view of a student’s account.

All students are encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view their billing statements. Students must log in to Inside Augsburg and select “Make a Payment/Account Activity” on the right hand menu. Click “View your online student account” and follow the instructions under “Parent/Third Party Access Instructions – Make a Payment.”

All students are still eligible to enroll in Augsburg’s online payment plan; however, the payments will be divided into four monthly payments if the application was not completed by July 30. Students must log in to augsburg.edu/studentfinancial and select “Make a Payment/Account Activity” on the right hand menu. Click “Payment Plans and Discounts” and follow the instructions under “Augsburg Online Payment Plan.” To ensure four monthly payments, the application must be completed by August 26.

To comply with FERPA regulations, students must complete the online Information Release form in order for our office to communicate with anyone besides themselves. The student must log into their Augnet Account at augnet.augsburg.edu or inside.augsburg.edu and click on “Records and Registration.” Under “Information Release” they need to “Add an Authorization.” They will enter the full name and email address of the party/parties they are giving permission for us to communicate with. Next, select “Financial Aid/Finances Release” and then click “Save.” Please note that we will be unable to speak with any parent/guardian that has not been authorized by the student.

Summer Get-Together and Fall 2015 Kick-Off

AugsburgHouseReceptionPresident Paul C. and Abigail C. Pribbenow invite you to Augsburg House for a Parent Open House on Thursday, August 13, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Come celebrate summer and welcome the start of the 2015-16 academic year. You will have a chance to meet other Auggie parents and enjoy refreshments as we prepare for another great year together.

Space is limited! Please R.S.V.P. to herron@augsburg.edu as soon as possible.

Financial Services News for Parents

Fall 2015 billing statements will be electronically sent to all registered students on July 9. To ensure that all financial aid has been applied for, and correct amounts are owed, please make sure your student has turned in all necessary documents to the Student Financial Services Office by July 1. Students can see what documents are missing by logging into their Augnet account and clicking on ‘Records and Registration’ and then ‘Track My Financial Aid.’

All students are encouraged to give parents/guardians access to view their billing statements. Students must log in to www.augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ and select ‘Make a Payment/Account Activity’ on the right hand menu. Click ‘View your online student account’ and follow the instructions under ‘Parent/Third Party Access Instructions – Make a Payment.’

All students are eligible to enroll in Augsburg’s Online Payment Plan; enrollment will open on July 10. Students must log in to www.augsburg.edu/studentfinancial/ and select ‘Make a Payment/Account Activity’ on the right hand menu. Click ‘Payment Plans and Discounts’ and follow the instructions under ‘Augsburg Online Payment Plan.’ To ensure 5 monthly payments, the application must be completed by July 26.

Order a Care Package

carepackageSurprise your son or daughter (or grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.) with something fun. We are pleased to offer in partnership with our Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Care Packages for the Auggie student in your life.

The Birthday Celebration Care Package

Surprise your student with a delicious personalized birthday cake, complete with plates, napkins and forks for them to share with their friends. We will deliver to their residence hall or if they commute they can pick it up at the Information Desk in the Christensen Center. A one-week notice is required for an on-time delivery.

To order this birthday care package contact Sally Daniels Herron, Director of Parent and Family Relations at (612)330-1525 herron@augsburg.edu.