You might know Lee (Dyrud) Furman ’61 from her time teaching in the social work department at Augsburg, or you might recognize her as one of the delightful Augsburg Associates dressed up in a bunad or traditional Norwegian costume at Velkommen Jul each year. She’s also the recipient of an Augsburg Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. Furman is among the many fantastic Associates volunteers you will see if you stop by campus on Friday, Dec. 5. Velkommen Jul begins with chapel service at 10:40 a.m. and moves to the Christensen Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Furman fondly remembers the beautiful singing and enthusiasm of chapel, and the fellow alums she has known through the years. She has been a part of the Augsburg Associates for approximately 12 years, since she moved back to Minneapolis for the first time since college. She still remembers going to Velkommen Jul when she was a student. “It was quite splendid. I was very much in awe,” she says. Continue reading
The Augsburg Associates are looking forward to hosting Velkommen Jul on Friday, December 5th on the Augsburg campus. It’s a busy day for us, preparing and serving our guests. If you are available to volunteer this year, please contact Lennore Bevis ’66 at 612-789-9458. Buttering lefse and breads, setting up the boutique and bake sale, pouring coffee and greeting guests are some of the areas where your help is needed. Thank you for considering this opportunity to not only be of service to the Associates, but to the entire Augsburg community!
Plan to be a part of Advent Vespers this year? If you’re able to lend a hand to this signature Augsburg College event, we’d love to welcome you as a volunteer at any one of five services. We could use many volunteers to usher and work the will-call table.
Vespers services will be held:
Friday, December 5: 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 6: 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Volunteers should plan to arrive at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis (333 S. 12th St.) 60-90 minutes prior to each service. The service lasts approximately 90 minutes.
If you are able to volunteer at Vespers this year, please contact Jenna Leahy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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; email@example.com) or DJ Hamm (612-330-1329; firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more.
As an Augsburg alum, how can I help?
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
Volunteer 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 email@example.com. 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