Connect with a Current Auggie

strommenThe Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is a terrific resource for students on campus. If you haven’t looked into its work in helping students develop the skills, habits of mind, and values that are the foundation for life choices, career success, and active citizenship, please do so. There are so many ways that alumni can support our students on their vocational journey.

Alumni are a critical way that students can connect with internships, learn about employment opportunities and how to navigate the hiring process. Ultimately, the Strommen Center works to help students find their own meaningful work. Be sure to check out the upcoming event’s on the Strommen Center’s website, or contact programming coordinator Sandy Tilton (612-330-1472; tilton@augsburg.edu) or DJ Hamm (612-330-1329; hammd@augsburg.edu) to find out more.

As an Augsburg alum, how can I help?

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Augsburg Alumni City Service Day, September 2nd

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.

Register for Augsburg Alumni City Service Day

Want to add a project to the Day of Service? Contact us at alumni@augsburg.edu for more information.

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Support Minnesota Urban Debate League – Tournament Volunteers

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.

Urban DebateAs 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 vangmy@augsburg.edu, 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 scherera@augsburg.edu.

Volunteer at The Great Minnesota Get-Together

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 volunteer@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1525.

 

Help Us Top the List Once Again – Give to the Max Day 2014

 

heart-photoVolunteer to help make Give to the Max Day a success!

Give to the Max Day is back on November 13, 2014, and Augsburg is once again vying to finish in first place among all Minnesota colleges and universities. Last year on Give to the Max Day, more than 830 Augsburg donors gave more than $313,000 for programs across campus from Campus Kitchen to Volleyball. It was the largest single day of giving in Augsburg history!

We are back at it again starting even earlier this year to make sure we soar over our competition and fund vital programs across campus! 

Are you interested in helping to make this year’s Give to the Max Day a success? Contact the Annual Giving office at 612-330-1179 or krousega@augsburg.edu. We are looking for volunteers to help reach out to alumni and friends of the College, be active on social media, help strategize for one of the projects, and plan the day’s events. If you have some passion and some Auggie Pride, we want your help!

Thanks in advance for your help on Give to the Max Day 2014!

Ben Krouse-Gagne and Martha Truax
Office of Annual Giving

 

Get involved with Campus Kitchen and connect with Cedar-Riverside

Community garden smallStepping outside is a distinct reminder that summer is here, as Minnesotans flock to the lakes and rivers, and the temperature and humidity spike.  Campus Kitchen is actively preparing for its summer programming, planting vegetables in the community garden, prepping for summer meal distribution, collaborating with local farmers to facilitate two farmer’s markets, and getting ready for youth workshops at the Brian Coyle Community Center.

Campus Kitchen at Augsburg is a unique partnership between Augsburg College, The Campus Kitchens Project, A’viands Augsburg Dining Services, and local community agencies. It is a key component of the SABO Center for Citizenship and Learning, which works to strengthen and expand service learning, civic engagement, and experiential education on and around campus. There are several volunteer opportunities for alumni, which are found here.

We welcome alumni participation with preparing, serving, and sharing meals with our Cedar-Riverside neighbors at local agencies, and look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.

Want to Volunteer?
Group opportunities, contact Jay Peterson at petersj4@augsburg.edu
For alumni volunteering, please email volunteer@augsburg.edu

For questions about Campus Kitchens, email Elena Eselage, eselage@augsburg.edu  or Brittney Westgard, westgard@augsburg.edu

Support Minnesota Urban Debate League – Volunteer to Judge

UDLThe 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 defending 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 vangmy@augsburg.edu, 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 scherera@augsburg.edu.

Volunteering at Commencement

There are dozens of ways alumni can get involved at Augsburg-from serving on a board or committee, to volunteering at Homecoming, or supporting current Auggies with career advice. Parents of Auggies often find joy volunteering at Commencement. The Matyi’s have taken time out of their weekend to volunteer at Commencement for 5 years. When asked why they volunteer, Elaine and Tim both exclaimed, “We enjoy seeing happy family and friends as they arrive to watch their graduate complete the Augsburg experience.”

If you would like to learn about ways to get involved, send us an email: volunteer@augsburg.edu

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Auggies Ride, Tour de Cure

 

A message from Alumni Board Member Jill Watson ’10:

At the spring Alumni Board meeting in 2013, Janeece Oatman ’05, Tour de Cure Twin Cities Ride Director, was our guest speaker.  At this meeting, I learned about the Tour de Cure, a fundraising event held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  Immediately, I knew I wanted to ride.  My mom has type II diabetes, a childhood friend has type I diabetes, and oddly enough, my small department of seven people has three type I diabetics, and this is probably just a small group of people in my life living with diabetes that I know about.

In 2013, I rode the 27-mile route, though I was hesitant at first because it was by far the farthest I’ve ever gone on a bike, but it was wonderful!  I met some amazing people along the way, and two of the ladies I met while chatting before the ride remembered me (and my name!) when I saw them at another bike ride in the fall!  The scenery was gorgeous throughout Minneapolis and I found trails I never knew existed.  The riders with diabetes stand out, on purpose, in their red jerseys, and everyone there is cheering for them, and they know it as you ride by and yell “go red rider!”  The atmosphere was electric as everyone there was there for a cause.

Jill Watson ’10

I ride in honor of my family, friends, and coworkers; I ride to help put an end to diabetes; and I ride to support fellow Auggie Janeece and her amazing work with the American Diabetes Association. Out of all the events I participated in throughout 2013, Tour de Cure was by far my favorite and I can’t wait for the 2014 ride when I plan to tackle the 43-mile route!  I hope you’ll consider joining Team Auggie Accelerators where you’ll see the sights of Minneapolis and St. Paul, while supporting all those with diabetes.

Auggie students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, and family are all welcome on team Auggie Accelerators!

To join our team, donate to the cause, or find more information, please see our team page at http://goo.gl/e1Ik7L.

Jill Watson ’10 MBA

The Alumni Board Is Looking for New Leaders!

The board exists to guide the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations of Augsburg College in serving the valued alumni, parents and friends of the College by providing resources and opportunities to engage with the College and each other through consistent communication, inclusive programming and intentional relationship building.

To request more information about becoming a member of this dynamic group, please contact Kim Stone at stonek@augsburg.edu.