Augsburg Faculty Invite You to Attend a Leadership Summit


You are invited for an evening of inquiry and fellowship hosted by members of the Augsburg College Faculty.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
4:30-8 p.m

Valet Parking provided

This dinner event for the Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion will include student research presentations; a faculty panel presentation; featured speakers President Paul Pribbenow and Chief Academic Officer and Provost Karen Kaivola; and special music by Augsburg students.

Space is limited and this event may reach our maximum capacity.  Please RSVP by Friday, August 1 by contacting Sonja Casperson at 612-330-1171 or

Leadership Summit Hosts

Paul Pribbenow, President

Karen Kaivola, Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Amy Gort, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Arts and Sciences

Lori Peterson, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Bruce Batten, Director Master’s of Business Administration

Jacqueline  deVries, History Professor & Director of General Education

Suzanne Dorée, Mathematics Professor

Rebekah Dupont, Director STEM Programs

Darcey Engen ’88, Theater Arts Associate Professor & Chair

Vivian Feng, Chemistry Associate Professor

Bob Groven, Communication Studies Professor & Director of the Honors Program

Stella Hofrenning, Economics Associate Professor

Russell Kleckley, Religion Associate Professor & Chair

David Matz, Psychology Professor

Marc McIntosh, Business-MIS Assistant Professor

Tom Morgan, Leadership Studies Professor

David Murr ’92, Physics Associate Professor

Dale Pederson ’70, Biology Associate Professor

Noel Petit, Computer Science Professor & Chair

Deborah Redmond, Communication Studies Assistant Professor & Chair

John Schmit, English Professor & Chair

Dixie Shafer, Director Undergraduate Research & Graduate Opportunities

Jody Sorensen, Mathematics Associate Professor

Ben Stottrup, Physics Associate Professor & Chair

Kathy Swanson, English Professor

Joseph Underhill, Political Science Associate Professor

Shana Watters, Computer Science Associate Professor

John Zobitz, Mathematics Associate Professor & Chair

McNeff Legacy at Augsburg Remains Strong

McNeff FamilyTwo Generations in One Family Work Together to Make $650,000 Gift for CSBR

Augsburg College has been part of life for Clayton McNeff ’91 further back than he can remember. He has walked the college halls since he was old enough to walk. His mother, Marie Olive McNeff, taught for almost three decades in the Education Department and later was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

His spouse Denise Sideen McNeff ’94 also has lifelong memories of Augsburg. “I grew up going to games and spaghetti dinners on campus with my dad, Wes Sideen ’58, who served on the Alumni Board for years. My uncle, Neil Sideen ’65, is an Auggie too.”

The two generations of the McNeff family—Clayton and Denise along with Clayton’s parents, Larry and Marie—gave $650,000 to sponsor a chemistry suite in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Clayton says the gift is not purely financial. “Mom gave her whole self to Augsburg College. She worked with people to allow them to reach their potential. That lives on with Augsburg College, and it is something we honor.” His mother died last year.

CSBR will help different departments collaborate
on solving the world’s problems

Clayton, who majored in chemistry at Augsburg, received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He predicts far-reaching results from bringing science, business, and religion together. “Augsburg always has had great faculty. Extraordinary interactions between faculty and students have led to great accomplishments like graduates winning the Nobel Prize and Rhodes Scholarship. The CSBR will bring these conversations into a top-notch physical space.”

Large universities tend to isolate research within discreet departments. “The strength of Augsburg is that as a small liberal arts college we can encourage interdisciplinary work. We can break the walls down between silos and solve bigger problems. The CSBR will actively bring disciplines together and help engender conversation that our society deeply needs to solve the world’s problems.”

Striving to protect the very future of the human race

Clayton’s business, Ever Cat Fuels, has a mission to preserve the future of the human race through the development of clean-burning biodiesel fuel. One of Clayton’s colleagues in the work is an Auggie and Rhodes Scholar. While still an undergraduate, Brian Krohn ’09 did research aimed at producing biodiesel in a cleaner, more environmentally friendly way. McNeff, upon hearing of Krohn’s initial research, invited him to work with veteran scientists on developing the process for market.

5 cents a gallon adds up fast

Ever Cat Fuels was launched in 2008. A production facility in Isanti, Minn., produces 3 million gallons a year of this clean-burning fuel. Even as Ever Cat Fuels was founded, the McNeffs envisioned Augsburg benefitting from the company’s success. “We pledged to give a nickel to Augsburg College for every gallon we sold over our first four years,” Clayton says.

Clayton’s father Larry is a biochemist with an entrepreneurial bent. Larry founded SarTec Corp., working on the uses of algae and sarsasaponin, a yucca plant component that promotes health and growth in animals. After receiving his Ph.D., Clayton joined his father in business at SarTec and later launched Ever Cat Fuels.

Meeting over a chem lab experiment

Clayton and Denise met when Clayton subbed as a proctor in her General Chemistry Lab. Little did the professor know she was igniting a relationship that would lead to marriage.

Denise majored in history and education with a minor in religion. She has been a public, charter and private school teacher. Currently, she oversees the education of their three children who study online through the Minnesota Virtual Academy. From her perspective as an educator, she says: “The CSBR will be wonderful. It will provide technological aspects that Augsburg needs, and the building’s aesthetics will help students learn.”

“It has been gratifying for our family to see progress toward creating the CSBR,” Clayton says. “My mom and dad instilled the values in me that it is important to support the things related to what you are doing and what you care about. We care deeply about helping Augsburg succeed for the sake of the larger world.”

Our Most Productive Feat. The President’s Perspective

paul on riverside September 2013Spring is “scholarship time”—a time when we celebrate scholarships and academics at our annual Scholarship and Donor Brunch and a time when we award the President’s, Fine Arts and other scholarships to first-year students who will join Augsburg next fall.

The competition for these prestigious awards is part of our annual Scholarship Weekend, which was held at the beginning of March this year. During the weekend, we welcomed nearly 150 highly qualified prospective first-year students, providing them an opportunity to immerse themselves in getting to know what Augsburg is about and to picture themselves a part of the Augsburg community.

Over the course of the weekend, we can see their excitement about Augsburg grow as they spend time on campus and with each other. At the same time, I can’t help but be struck by the impact that these students will make—that every one of our students makes—on the character, the mission, and the success of Augsburg College. Their educational experiences here shape them, yes, but at the same time, they shape who and what Augsburg is.

Our students are not a “product” of Augsburg College. The College is the product of the ambition, abilities, and agency of our students.

And you certainly don’t need to look far to find great examples of Augsburg students who are shaping what it means to be an Auggie. Let me tell you about just three of them:

Dan Kornbaum ’14, a physics student from Little Falls, Minn., is a leader on and off the basketball court. He earned a coveted spot this spring in the 2014 Reese’s Division III College All-Star game, which was played just before the NCAA Division III championship game. Dan also was named as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy, which is awarded each year to an outstanding Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom, and in the community. As evidence of his accomplishments in those latter two areas, Dan last year participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he worked with high-altitude ballooning and also takes time to stay involved with his home church in Little Falls and its mission trips to Costa Rica.

Yemi Melka ’15, an international student from Ethiopia, is studying chemistry and international relations. As early as her freshman year, Yemi conducted undergraduate research—a rare achievement for a first-year student. In her sophomore year, she joined the Model United Nations program and, last summer, earned a spot as a Peace Scholar in Norway, where she studied the ways science can contribute to peace and international security. A Sundquist Scholar, an Interfaith Scholar, and a member of the Augsburg Honors Program, Yemi was also named a Spring Lobby Weekend Fellow this year and traveled to Washington, D.C., to research policy and inform others on how to make change and repeal policies that prevent peace.

Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 was a high school exchange student from Yemen who returned to Minnesota to pursue studies in international relations and international business at Augsburg College. Ibrahim is a member of student government, active in interfaith scholarship, and a Kemper Scholar. Last year, he served as a Nobel Peace Prize Forum student attaché to Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman. Recently, Ibrahim won the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship, established by the Foundation to encourage students who have demonstrated a commitment to strive for peace and justice both in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives.

It’s because of students like these that we need to remain committed to making an Augsburg education accessible and affordable to a diverse body of students. This requires that we are vigilant in managing the costs of college as well as in providing support needed to students and their families in paying for their education. To that end, this spring, the Augsburg Board of Regents approved the lowest tuition increase in 10 years for the traditional day undergraduate program.

In addition, through the generosity of donors and continued institutional investment by the College, Augsburg is able to narrow the gap for most students between the cost of tuition and the expected family contribution set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. More than 95 percent of incoming full-time day students receive some amount of institutional financial aid from the College.

We also pay close attention to metrics such as our federal student loan default rate—which, according to the Department of Education’s College Scorecard, is 3.6 percent, compared with the national average of 13.4 percent. Achieving a lower-than-average student loan default rate is especially compelling given that more than one-third of the students we serve come from lower-income households. And we are committed to maintaining this track record by helping families make informed decisions about student loan debt (including understanding the differences between federal and private loans) and ensuring that they are aware of newer financial aid options such as income-based loan repayment programs and public service or other loan forgiveness programs.

We recognize that students and families make significant investments in paying for college—investments that have long-term implications both in terms of debt loads and, on the plus side, in greater potential earning power. It’s a complex task to strike the right balance of institutional scholarship support, government aid, and family contributions—especially given the socioeconomic diversity our student body represents. But the goal of placing a high-quality education within reach of all who are willing to work for it is unequivocally worth it.

Augsburg is blessed to have donors and partners who join with us in this effort. The College and the entire Augsburg community are fortunate to support and serve these students—students who bring their gifts to Augsburg and whose dedication and accomplishments make us, and our world, better and stronger.

Best wishes for a blessed and joyful Easter,

Paul C. Pribbenow, President

Nodland Family Sponsors CSBR Classroom

To meet and know Jeff Nodland ’77 and Becky Bjella Nodland ’79 is to experience enthusiasm and positive energy along with a passion for Augsburg. Both currently volunteer for the College—Jeff, CEO of KIK Custom Products, also serves as a member of the Board of Regents and Becky as an active alum who appreciates the work of the Music Department. They are even more engaged now because their daughter, Emily, transferred to Augsburg this fall and is a sophomore studying early childhood and elementary education.

Now, through a pledge toward the Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion, the Nodlands are committed to offering their generous financial support, with a goal of strengthening Augsburg’s academic programs. Jeff describes his career as a business leader as being “all about science,” which makes this gift especially meaningful.

Youth Group Weekend Leads to Love and Marriage

In the late 1970s, when many college students were taking to the streets in protest, Augsburg students (including Jeff and Becky) spent some college weekends traveling in station wagons to area churches. They spent their time singing songs, sharing their passion for faith and dedicating themselves to service to others and the church. Jeff and Becky met on one of these weekends and formed a partnership that has lasted for over 30 years. To this day, their eagerness and enthusiasm for Augsburg shine through. “It was life altering to attend Augsburg,” said Becky.

Giving Where It Is Needed Most

When asked what led them to make their leadership investment in the CSBR, Jeff replied, “If this is what is needed, we want to meet the need. We want to offer our resources where the College needs it most.”

Becky said, “We both had positive, encouraging, and supportive experiences at Augsburg. The music, and the academic and spiritual life at Augsburg made a huge difference in our lives and we are so grateful.”

Augsburg’s Strategic Vision for 2019. The President’s Perspective

With only a few weeks left in 2013, our campus is busy with preparations for final exams, final papers, and the holidays. Our 34th annual Advent Vespers services were a beautiful and profound way to usher in the Christmas season; it was terrific to see so many of you there again this year and to share the good news of Advent. Despite the bustle of activity that the holidays typically bring, I have always found the closing weeks of the year to be one of the best times for reflection. This year, my reflections focus on the unique role that Augsburg plays in the world.

This topic was at the core of the strategy discussions launched by the Board of Regents last January. And, as you may have read in the fall issue of Augsburg Now, one outcome of that strategic planning work is a vision statement that looks out to 2019, our sesquicentennial year: In 2019, Augsburg will be a new kind of student-centered, urban university that is small to our students and big for the world.

How will Augsburg achieve this 2019 vision?

1) First, we will focus on educating for lives of purpose. This is our academic distinction, the core of our work.

The statement in our 2019 vision that we are “small to our students” captures the student experience that so many of our alumni tell us made a difference in their lives. Augsburg is fundamentally student-centered. Our students work with faculty, coaches, and advisors who get to know them individually. In doing so, our faculty and staff are able to recognize each individual’s strengths and help them develop their gifts and talents in ways that provide each student with a pathway for success to graduation and beyond.

Of course, our most significant initiative in this area is the plan for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR), which, as far as we know, is the only academic building of its kind to co-locate these three disciplines. The Center will allow us to expand our science and research programs, welcoming more students into programs that have opened doors to prestigious off-campus research and graduate school opportunities. The Center will also create a signature learning environment for our business program, which comprises the largest number of undergraduates on campus. By its nature, business is an interdisciplinary field—focused on planning, execution, and management in a vast number of industries. Co-locating business with science and religion enriches the learning experience for students in all three of those areas of study. Finally, by housing our religion department, the CSBR will welcome students from every single major on campus, as each of them participates in two required religion courses as part of the core curriculum, and will equip them to understand how faith and values are central to all aspects of human experience.

2) Second, Augsburg will achieve its 2019 vision by being “at the table” in shaping education to address the world’s needs.

Augsburg is widely known as an engaged community partner in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as in Rochester and around the world. Our commitment to preparing students for lives beyond college calls us to build on that foundation and be “big for the world.” This dimension of the plan recognizes that our academic program will be distinctive because it is relevant to the needs of our community, our region, and the world.

One recent example of our work in this area is the fast-track (three-year) bachelor’s in nursing program launched this fall in partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). The program allows students to complete a single application and be admitted to both schools—finishing their first two years at MCTC, then transferring seamlessly to complete their bachelor’s degree at Augsburg. This partnership helps us to meet the growing marketplace demand in the field of nursing and, at the same time, provides nursing students an outstanding, high-value educational experience. It is a terrific example of the kind of collaborative, innovative thinking that helps us meet the needs of our region.

3) Finally, achieving our 2019 vision means that Augsburg will be “built for the future.”

Ensuring that Augsburg will thrive now and in the future requires that we maintain a welcoming and sustainable campus; organizational structures that foster collaboration, efficiency, and effectiveness; and a sound and sustainable financial footing.

An important differentiation Augsburg has in this area is our urban location. Few colleges—including those located in other parts of the Twin Cities metro area—are positioned to influence and to benefit from their location as Augsburg is. When the Central Corridor Green Line begins operation in 2014, Augsburg will be in the only neighborhood in the metropolitan area with access to both Light Rail lines, providing easy access to both downtowns and to the businesses, arts organizations, religious institutions, and civic life found there.

Our location in the city has a profound effect on student opportunities. Following are examples of just a few of our recent alumni who were actively engaged in internships during their time at Augsburg—opportunities that have served them well in their early careers:

  • Dan Brandt ’11, a marketing major, landed a public affairs and community relations internship with the Minnesota Twins during his senior year. He went on to serve in community and public relations positions with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Wild before transitioning to a leading public relations firm in Minneapolis. Today, he is an assistant account manager at Karwoski & Courage, one of the top 10 public relations firms in the Twin Cities.
  • Kristi Vinkemeier ’11 majored in chemistry and minored in biology. Her internship, a joint project between Aveda and SarTec Corporation, involved synthesizing new surfactants (which are used in shampoos and soaps). Kristi discovered her love of research from this experience and joined SarTec as an R&D scientist following her internship. Today, she works as an environmental health and safety coordinator at Integrated Recycling Technology, a privately held, global company specializing in the recycling of catalytic converters and high-grade circuit boards.
  • After graduating with a sociology major, Tom Thao ’11 served as an AmericCorps fellow for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, working with a north-metro public charter school to support academic achievement in its elementary school programs. Following that, he has worked as a community organizing and public relations assistant at Cycles for Change, coordinating programs to make biking accessible to under-served communities. Tom’s interest in urban planning and sustainable transportation was ignited during his internship with the Local Initiative Support Corporation, where he conducted housing and zoning research along the Central Corridor Light Rail line.

A distinctive academic program. A commitment to being at the table. And a focus on ensuring we are built for the future. That is the framework provided by our 2019 vision. I couldn’t be more excited about this strategic plan or more optimistic about the future of Augsburg College. The support you have shown in the past year—moving the CSBR campaign past the $25 million fundraising mark and making Augsburg the top fundraising college or university on Minnesota’s online Give to the Max Day last month—has provided important momentum in making sure Augsburg can continue to offer the unique education experiences we all value so deeply.

Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Paul C. Pribbenow

Leroy Nyhus ’52 Supports the Campaign with a Charitable Gift Annuity

Creating Charitable Gift Annuities: One Way Leroy Nyhus ’52 Demonstrates his Appreciation for Augsburg College

If you attend football, basketball, hockey, or baseball games at Augsburg College, you likely will see Leroy Nyhus ’52 in the stands, supporting the team. Living in suburban Minneapolis gives him easy access to home games and some away games.

Supporting the team is one way he demonstrates his appreciation for Augsburg. Another important way is supporting the educational mission financially. He gives annually and also has established charitable gift annuities (CGAs), providing him with fixed income for life. Learn more about CGAs by clicking here.

Leroy set up a charitable annuity some years ago at Augsburg. Recently he decided to create another, supporting the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR), a facility that will enhance cross-disciplinary work.

1949 is 64 Years Ago!
“A new facility for science would be a real plus,” Leroy says. “I started Augsburg in January 1949. The current science building opened the next fall and now it is 64 years old. It is outdated. I toured the building recently and learned of the science instructional opportunities offered and the scientific research being done by students and faculty. Augsburg is well known for its quality science department. A new science facility will enhance instruction and research, and attract new students.”

He chose a gift annuity as his way to support the CSBR. “Getting tax benefits and a lifetime fixed-income stream at above-market rates doesn’t hurt. The rate of income I receive is much higher than I could get now through a CD at a bank. But the reason I give is my appreciation for Augsburg,” he explains. “Augsburg College gave me my teaching career, my beloved wife, and a circle of friends for life. I want to give something back for all that Augsburg has done for me.”

Badminton Was the Start of a Beautiful Relationship
Leroy met Betty Lee Munson, now deceased, one day when she was playing badminton her sophomore year at Augsburg. He later asked her to join him at an Augsburg football game. It was the start of a beautiful relationship. They married in 1953 and had three daughters, one of whom, Ruth, also graduated from Augsburg in 1981. Betty Lee attended Augsburg for two years, later finishing her B.A. at the University of Minnesota after raising their daughters.

Leroy majored in mathematics and minored in chemistry. After graduating, he taught 9th and 10th grade math plus a science class in Perham, Minn. for one year. Then he attained a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Afterward, Leroy signed on with the Mounds View School District, teaching and later counseling students for a total of 31 years.

From Homemaker to National Church Leader
Betty Lee, a homemaker for many years, later became Director of Stewardship for American Lutheran Church Women. When the Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed in 1988, Leroy and Betty Lee moved to Chicago. She was named the first Executive Director of Women of the ELCA. Later she was the ELCA Director of Stewardship and Mission Giving.

She also served on the board of directors for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). She traveled to Calcutta in 1987 to meet Mother Teresa, who wanted to thank LWR for a gift of 75,000 quilts. Leroy keeps a photo of Betty Lee’s meeting with Mother Teresa on his bookshelves. He thinks often of his love for her and of their shared Christian values, which included finding ways to be stewards of God’s many gifts.

Betty Lee relished a quote from Mother Teresa: “Rejoice that once more Christ is walking through the world in you and through you, going about doing good.”

Doing More Good!
Leroy ponders this quote each time he considers the good that Augsburg College is doing in the world and the many ways he and each one of us can help further that good.

CSBR Stephanie Weiss and James Trelstad-Porter believe

Director of News and Marketing Services Stephanie Weiss and Director of International Student and Scholar Services James Trelstad-Porter offer thanks to the CSBR’s $10 million anonymous donor and discuss the significance of Augsburg’s mission and the momentum created for the CSBR through generosity. Philanthropy creates excitement and enthusiasm for the CSBR and inspires others to participate and support the campaign. The CSBR will further Augsburg’s vision to prepare global citizens who genuinely understand diverse cultures.

CSBR Campaign Hits New Milestone, Offers New Opportunities

When you fear or doubt, have faith

Early last month I shared my Believe story with 150 guests of the Regents at a Leadership Summit for the Center for Science, Business and Religion. I have told so many of you how I doubted myself and the call from President Pribbenow asking that I lead the Campaign to bring together three disciplines under one crossroads facility in the CSBR. But I turned my fear and self-doubt into faith and belief. Now I am even more clear that our shared belief is turning into a remarkable momentum for Augsburg’s future.

In a mere 30 days since that exciting Summit, alumni and friends have made new gifts and pledges to the campaign exceeding $600,000, enough to put the campaign over $25 million! We are grateful and inspired by the generosity and support coming from all parts of the Augsburg community. Please read this full press release about the campaign’s important milestone, what comes next and how you can join us.

Max out your Giving to Augsburg on November 14

There is so much good news to share and so many ways to join in the fun. In just a few days, all of us can join with other alumni and friends in our effort to expand giving across Minnesota to Augsburg and many special projects.

Thursday, November 14, is Give to the Max Day, and this year, more than 25 Auggie faculty, staff, and alumni from all over campus are creating their own Give to the Max Day fundraising projects to help Augsburg come in 1st place among all Minnesota colleges and universities.

There’s a project for everyone—from Chemistry to Volleyball and Wrestling, Medieval Studies to Campus Kitchens. Check out all the projects at You can even indicate your giving plans and make sure you get it recorded on November 14, Give to the Max Day in Minnesota.

Great Giving to Class Challenges, including the Class of 2015

You have also heard about the Class Challenge effort led by co-chairs Wayne Jorgenson ’71 and Chris Ascher ’81. The goal is for every class to give at least $1 million to the college and the campaign. (As Wayne and Chris point out, with such a comprehensive and successful giving effort, the campaign for the CSBR will be complete!)

This effort is motivating so many great responses. Indeed, Chris and Wayne report that the classes of 1948-2015 have all contributed to the campaign! Of these, 43 classes have contributed at a $25,000 level or greater. This month the class of 1948 has joined the challenge with two $25,000 gifts.

Encouraging action today!

I appreciate the many ways Auggies are stepping forward. By adding their special contributions, in so many different ways, we are all making sure Augsburg students and faculty will experience a remarkable place for learning–a place designed to stimulate ideas and solutions to the challenges of a complex world.

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions, and to help you make your own gift to support Augsburg for a great future. I can be reached at


Mike Good ’71
National Campaign Chair for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion

Joe Hognander: Honoring His Father’s Tenacity and Determination

Joe Hognander Sponsors New Study/Meeting Space

Joe (Orville C. Hognander, Jr.) has pledged $100,000 for a study/meeting space in the business faculty office suite in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. “I want to do this to honor the memory of my father, Orville C. Hognander, Sr. ’36,” Joe said.

Orville, Sr., was a successful businessman who built the Tennant Co’s marketing organization. When he was just 43, he suffered a major stroke. No longer able to use his dominant hand, he relearned how to write, to walk with the aid of a brace, and to speak. After a recovery period, he resumed his work as vice president and director of the company, retiring in 1973. He was married to Gertrude ’36; both are now deceased.

“If I can do it, you can do it”

Joe recalls his father’s determination to resume a normal life, becoming an inspirational role model in the process. On one occasion, a young attorney who had suffered a similar stroke came to visit Orville Sr. “The attorney complained that he felt helpless because he couldn’t even dress himself with only one hand. At that point my father took off his tie and then re-tied it singlehandedly, saying, ‘If I can do it, you can do it.’”

“Though my father and mother made significant gifts to Augsburg during their lifetimes, there was nothing that solely honored him,” Joe says. “I felt it was very fitting that an area in the business department bear his name.”

Joe graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, worked for Black & Decker and was a career naval officer. Now retired, he is a private investor and president of The Hognander Foundation, living in Edina, Minn.

Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion Hits $25 Million Milestone

Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow has announced that the College has passed the $25 million fundraising milestone for the Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR.)

As of November 1, 2013, the Campaign has raised $25,446,753 from approximately 470 donors. Donors have sponsored 100% of the faculty offices in the Chemistry, Biology, and Religion departments. Alumni from every graduating class from 2013 to 1948 have participated in this campaign, demonstrating broad support for this effort. The Alumni Class-by-Class Challenge—a drive to secure $1 million+ in support from every alumni class—now has over 30 classes with totals over $25,000. The Athletic Department, led by Jeff Swenson ’79, boasts 100% participation from every employee. Faculty leaders from a number of departments across campus have worked with Biology Department Chair Dale Pederson ’70 to play a key role in CSBR Campaign “Summits,” resulting in nine major campaign events since 2012 and more than $12 million in new pledges. The success and growing momentum for the CSBR can be attributed to nearly every part of the Augsburg community.

The goal of the CSBR Campaign is to secure $50 million in commitments toward the construction of this new academic building by May 2016. Campaign Chair Mike Good ’71 and the Augsburg Board of Regents are following an ambitious strategic plan for the second half of this campaign. This plan depends on the engagement of leadership-level donors, broad-based support from alumni and parents, as well as the involvement and support of Augsburg’s faculty and staff. Over the next 16 months the Augsburg community will see many small group campaign events, campus tours, and other campaign activities. If you would like to be involved or if you have recommendations to help support campaign efforts, please contact Vice President for Advancement Heather Riddle at or 612-330-1177.

Campaign Chair Mike Good ’71 has shared in this short video why he BELIEVES in the Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. If you would like to print your own CSBR Believe sign for above your door, it is posted as a .pdf here.