In Mentorship, the Journey Never Ends

Dani Bonilla

Dani Bonilla on graduation day, 2013

When Dani Bonilla ’13 was a sophomore at Augsburg, TRIO/Student Support Services led her to discover Scholastic Connections, a scholarship and mentorship program for high-achieving undergraduate students of color.

She realized that she met most of the requirements, and could be matched with a mentor who would provide extra support and guidance during her college years. Five new recipients are selected for the program each year. Each receives a $5000 scholarship and is paired with a mentor who is a successful Augsburg graduate of color.

After Bonilla was selected to participate, Cindy Peterson, director of Scholastic Connections, searched to connect her with a professional living the life and career that would be a perfect match. Bonilla was looking for a mentor she could relate to—someone who had overcome obstacles, whom she could trust and turn to for guidance. She was eager to learn how to achieve her academic goals and find her career path.

Martha Quick MSW '10

Martha Quick MSW ’10

She found Martha Quick MSW ’10,  who was excited to offer mentoring to someone interested in social work. Once she and Quick connected, they worked together over the next three years before Bonilla graduated with a psychology major in 2013.

As Martha’s mentee, Bonilla was responsible for setting personal and academic goals each semester. They met twice a month, for coffee or sometimes dinner, and Quick met with other mentors monthly. They shared stories with each other. “I truly enjoyed spending time with Dani, and we were able to exchange meaningful experiences,” Quick says. “I continue to watch Dani grow in her life as I did when she was in college. Being able to witness a young lady transform professionally gives me great pleasure.”

“Martha made me feel as part of her family—there were times she even invited me to family outings,” Bonilla says. Between their monthly visits, Bonilla checked in with Martha by phone at least once a week. “As I got closer to graduating, my schedule got busier with classes, work, and internships, but Martha and I made it work, even if our meeting was short.” Continue reading

Auggie Wants You … On the Alumni Board

auggie in suiteThe Augsburg Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to serve on the board of directors. All alumni are welcomed and encourage to apply. The Alumni board is a governing body of the Alumni Association. 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 alumni with the college and each other through consistent communication, inclusive programming, and intentional relationship building. To apply or find out more, contact Sara Schlipp-Riedel ’06 at schlipp@augsburg.edu.

State Grant Advocacy Day at the Capitol

capitolAugsburg College had 1,054 State Grant recipients on campus this past academic year — more than 34 percent of all Augsburg undergraduates. In total, the college received more than $3.4 million in State Grant awards made to Augsburg students.

The impact of those funds on students, a high percentage of whom come from low-income households or are first-generation college students, cannot be overstated.

Yeng Vang ’14 says the state grant program helped him attend Augsburg. “I wouldn’t be here if not for grants and scholarships. Things like the State Grant allow you the opportunity to go to college, opening the door to future possibilities.”

This spring, students are heading to the Capitol again to advocate for the State Grant program and meet with their respective representatives.  STEP-UP, EAST, financial aid, Multicultural Students Services and Athletics are partnering to recruit and train students before the big day.  Students will embark to the Capitol on February 25 for a day that begins with grassroots organizing training, led by members of the Minnesota Private College Council, and ends with a reception at Augsburg College with affiliated representatives and student leaders.

Students – Please register here for Day at the Capitol, February 25, 2015.

Help us advocate for the State Grant program!  Sign up for alerts at http://mnstudentaid.org/.  If you are interested in volunteering as a Advocacy Champion, e-mail Amanda Scherer, assistant director of corporate and government relations, at scherera@augsburg.edu.

Meet a Super Velkommen Jul Volunteer

Lee FurmanYou 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

Student & Alumni Networking Event

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 Student & Alumni Networking Event

A reception for Augsburg students to connect

with Auggie alumni representing many careers.

Connect with fellow Auggies, support student success, and build your Auggie network!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 • 5:30−8 p.m.

Remarks by President Paul Pribbenow

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center (map)
Augsburg College
Minneapolis

Learn more about the Strommen Center’s Alumni Resources

and Augsburg Builds Connections mentorship program

auggie RSVP bar Registration is required.

Students register here

Students with questions, contact Sandy Tilton at the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work:

 612-330-1472 ~ tilton@augsburg.edu.

Alumni with questions, contact Becky Waggoner: 612-330-1085 ~ waggoner@augsburg.edu.

alumni bar

David “DJ” Hamm ’08
Augsburg College

Sally Daniels Herron ’79
Augsburg College

Sara Schlipp-Riedel ’06
Augsburg College

MNUDL Needs YOU as a Volunteer Middle School Debate Judge

Urban Debate League
Minnesota Urban Debate League, a nonprofit affiliated with Augsburg’s Sabo Center, is looking for volunteers to serve as Middle School Debate Judges for their upcoming December Tournament. No experience in debate is needed! We provide all the training needed to be a great judge. This is a great experience to directly serve Twin Cities youth and support their educational development.

 

We have over 500 Middle School students from the Twin Cities involved in our program. Judges serve as active listeners and educators for the student. As a judge you will listen to debates, determine a winner, and most importantly give student feedback on their speeches, helping them to grow in confidence.

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Volunteer for Velkommen Jul

Velkommen Jul volunteersThe 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!

Volunteers Needed for Vespers

vespers servicePlan 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 leahy@augsburg.edu.

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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