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 givemn.org/auggiesgive. 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 goodm@augsburg.edu.


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 riddle@augsburg.edu 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.

CSBR David Murr ’92, Amy Gort, Leif Anderson, and Lori Peterson believe in the strength of Augsburg’s student experience.

Associate Professor of Physics David Murr ’92, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, Vice President and Chief Information Officer Leif Anderson, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Lori Peterson believe student experience is at the heart of Augsburg’s mission. The CSBR will allow Augsburg to live into its dreams and take student experience to the next level.

Paulson Family Honored for $1 Million Gift to CSBR Campaign

Paul Pribbenow speaks at the Regent hosted dinner on October 3 to honor the Paulson family’s generosity.

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 members of Augsburg’s Board of Regents, Regents Emeriti, donors to the Center for Science, Business, and Religion joined faculty and student representatives in thanking the family of John Paulson for a leadership gift that was made in early stages of the campaign for the CSBR.

President Paul Pribbnow shared the following with over 140 attendees:

“You have all played a vital role in the rich history and present success of Augsburg College. The Center for Science, Business, and Religion is the future of the College! Many of you have supported this project financially and given generously of your time and resources. Early donors like the John and Norma Paulson whose lifetime gifts and commitments to Augsburg exceed $2 million. This includes the Atrium-Link between Sverdrup Hall and Lindell Library, and the new link between the library and the Center for Science, Business, and Religion.

Faculty members shared with guests their perspectives on the need for a new Center for Science, Business, and Religion.

On behalf of the entire Augsburg community I want to thank you all. Without your support we could not be where we are today – more than halfway to our goal to creating this transformative building that will engage future leaders in collaborative inquiry and, through them, shape our world.”

This gift from the Paulsons was previously announced in the Spring 2006 Augsburg Now. A .pdf of the article is available online and the text is also included here. Since this gift announcement John Paulson has passed away. His wife Norma and many members of his family were able to attend the event on campus to celebrate and be honored for their generosity.

“Paulson family makes major gift to the Science Center”

This is the Paulson family’s second major capital gift to Augsburg. In 2001, the family provided major funding to complete the enclosed skyway link from Lindell Library to the two-story atrium between Memorial and Sverdrup Halls. “One does not have to be on campus long to see what an important need was met by the Paulson Link,” said Stephen Preus, director of development. “This new, special gift by the Paulsons will provide for an equally important and highly attractive space.”

While Paulson is not an Augsburg alumnus, three of his children and a son-in-law graduated from the College — Mary Jo (Paulson) Peterson ’80, Laurie (Paulson) Dahl ’76, David Dahl ’75, and Lisa Paulson ’80. The motivation behind the Science Center gift, however, may date back much farther than his family’s education.

Paulson served in the Second Infantry Division during World War II and was part of the Allied invasion landing on D+1 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, in June 1944. He was a frontline soldier until July 28, 1944, when he was wounded during the St.-Lo breakthrough. Among the awards Paulson received were the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

In June 2004, Paulson and his wife, Norma, traveled to France to take part in the 60th anniversary commemoration of the event that proved to be the turning point of the war. The festivities brought together thousands of people—war veterans, military officials, local people and tourists, as well as Hollywood celebrities whose acting roles had recreated the battles on movie screens. Standing in his Army uniform, wearing medals depicting D-Day service, Paulson enjoyed the commemoration.

Following the ceremony, however, he noticed lines of French citizens forming to shake hands and request autographs from the U.S. veterans. Puzzled, Paulson finally asked someone why he wanted a soldier’s autograph. “Don’t you understand,” the
Frenchman told him, “you saved our country.”

Paulson recounted how vivid an impression these words made. When he thought about the statistics—the staggering numbers of soldiers who were killed or wounded during the invasion— he realized that he was, in fact, a survivor. And with that realization also came the insight that he had been blessed with many gifts in his life that should be shared with others. “I believe it is important to leave this world in better condition than it was when we arrived,” Paulson said, “so contributing to Augsburg and other worthwhile organizations is part of this process.”

The Science Center gift is provided in memory of Lois V. Paulson, Rose E. Paulson, and Johnny E. Paulson, by the Paulson family—John R., Sr., and Norma Paulson, John Reid Paulson, Mary Jo Peterson ’80, Deborah Stansbury, Laurie Dahl ’76, and Lisa Paulson ’80.

Regent Paul S. Mueller ’84 and Spouse Nancy Mackey Mueller ’85 Give Study Area in CSBR

Chemistry and physics majors delight in helping Augsburg’s future science students

Paul S. Mueller ’84 and Nancy Mackey Mueller ’85 met during physics tutoring sessions that Nancy led as a student. Science plays a major role in their lives, and now they are giving both current and estate plan gifts to support the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Through their gift, which includes 25% of their estate, they will name a study area in the new building.

Augsburg prepared the family well for scientific careers

Paul has served as an Augsburg College regent since 2005. He is a staff consultant and division chair in General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He is a Professor of Medicine and of Biomedical Ethics in Mayo Clinic’s medical school. Nancy teaches physics at Mayo High School in Rochester, and earlier taught chemistry and physical science. She has a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. Early in her career, she helped design submarines. They have three children. Their eldest son Luke graduated from Augsburg last spring and will pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics.

Prospect of the new center excites the Muellers

Nancy says: “We feel that the new CSBR is a long time in coming. The departments are so strong academically, but they don’t have the facility to match that quality. We are missing a lot of potential students because of facilities. We are very excited that this new center will be built.”

2002 Alumnus Makes Leadership Gift

Greetings and thanks for taking time for some Good News!

When the world offers distractions and difficulty, what do you do to renew your focus, energy and optimism?

In last month’s Good News I shared my personal story about my experience of turning doubt toward belief and my decision to lead Augsburg’s campaign for the new Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR) and the positive ripple effects of that commitment.

Recently I found myself in the company of an Auggie whose genuine enthusiasm and sense of purpose reminded me again how one person can renew our excitement!

2002 Alumnus Makes Leadership Gift

In my role as campaign chair, I spend much of my time with alumni and friends of Augsburg who have been out of college for more than 20 years. They’ve had time to establish their lives making a home, career and family. Less often I get to spend time with loyal Augsburg people who are younger, more on the upswing in their lives.

Nick Slack ’02 is one of those people you feel fortunate to get to know. Nick shares my background in two ways, as a wrestler (Nick wrestled and has coached for Augsburg) and as a business man (Nick founded and runs his own sales and marketing company—Nick Slack Sales). Just last week I spoke with Nick at the Regents Leadership Summit where we celebrated donors to the CSBR and discussed ways to encourage more people to add their support to the effort.

Nick has converted his enthusiasm for Augsburg into a leadership gift of $25,000. Plus he won’t stop there. He is also sharing his belief in the college with others, inviting them to join him with their own gifts to bring this vitally important facility from plans to reality.

Next week you will read more about Nick when we profile him in the upcoming Class Challenge Newsletter. I am sure you will find his story exciting and motivating.

Asking You to Do Three Things

So many people inspire me to keep my faith and optimism and to know that with the support of many, with everyone adding what they are inspired and able to do, our goal comes closer to completion and fulfillment.

And, as you are filled with that inspiration, I invite you to remember the three things I ask each of you to do:

  • Prayerfully consider becoming a significant donor to the campaign.
  • Think about who you know who needs to hear the story of this special place.
  • Become a class leader and join the effort to raise $1 million or more per class.

Thanks for your continued interest in Augsburg and its commitment to its students, to prepare them for a life of leadership and service. With your support, we can keep transforming lives for good.


Mike Good ’71

CSBR Believe – Print Your Own

Augsburg’s Capital Campaign Chair Mike Good ’71 has shared with many people his personal story of transforming his belief in the importance of the CSBR Campaign into commitment and action. The Office of Institutional Advancement has received many requests for copies of the CSBR Believe sign. Download and print your own from this link to a .pdf file. Watch this short video to learn more about the inspiration for this image.

Augburg Faculty Awarded Over $695,000 In National Science Foundation Grants

As we kick off Homecoming week I want to take a moment to share some exciting news regarding faculty research and applaud the ongoing scholarly and creative activities of faculty and staff that are vital to our vision to be “small to our students, big for the world.”

Three Augsburg faculty, Mark Engebretson, David Hanson, and Ann Impullitti, have been awarded competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants, totaling $695,087, will support discrete research projects in physics, chemistry, and biology, and provide opportunities for undergraduate student learning and engagement in research..

Leading In The State of Minnesota

These awards demonstrate our strength in scholarship and build on the momentum of our past successes in securing grant funding. As I mentioned in last week’s State of the College address, Augsburg ranked third in Minnesota for the total dollar amount awarded by NSF in 2012. This positioned us as the leader in NSF funding among every private college in the state!

As we celebrate this great achievement, I want to also recognize the hard work and dedication of all faculty and staff. Your efforts have built and sustained the programs, supported the students, and established the relationships that make these awards possible.

To those of you who have taken the time to engage in research, scholarship or creative activities–Thank You. To those who have engaged or facilitated student participation in research, scholarship, or creative activities–Thank You. To those of you who have written proposals, received grants, mentored students, or mentored faculty–Thank You. You create the vibrant, inquiry driven environment that supports our students and the community. You make Augsburg small to our students and big for the world.

Award Details

Dr. Mark Engebretson, Professor of Physics, was granted a three year, $185,940 award from NSF’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences for his project, “Collaborative research: Continued study of ultra low frequency (ULF) waves at cusp latitudes on Svalbard to probe earth’s space environment.” This project builds on a longstanding partnership between Augsburg and the University of New Hampshire (Dr. Marc Lessard) in an effort to better understand the dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF).

Svalbard, Norway is the only place in the northern hemisphere where polar cusp field lines can be observed for extended periods in darkness at noon, making it an ideal location to carry out observations of ionospheric phenomena (including dayside aurora) on magnetic field lines that map to the outer boundary of the Earth’s magnetosphere. Funding will support the continued operation of an array of four search coil magnetometers (induction antennas) located in Svalbard and the analysis of magnetometer data for studies of ULF waves and associated phenomena in Earth’s space environment.

The data from the magnetometers are valuable for a number of space physics studies, and will be made available to the scientific community through the NASA Virtual Observatories. Additionally, this project will provide undergraduate student researchers with education and training opportunities in space physics and data analysis.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AGS-1202267.

Dr. David Hanson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was awarded $386,163 from NSF’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. The three year project, “Nucleation studies with sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and Nitrogenous Bases,” will test models for nucleation rates that can be incorporated into global climate models.

Nucleation is the driving force for new particle formation in the atmosphere. Newly formed particles affect clouds that greatly influence climate. The investigation of nucleation with the atmospherically important species sulfuric acid, water and amines is the focus of this project. The project will: 1) provide measured nucleation rates over a wide range of experimental conditions and 2) develop computation fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations of the experiments. The comparison of laboratory results to CFD simulations will yield the free energies of formation of small molecular clusters, which are the smallest of the small particles.

The results of this project will improve the representation of particle formation processes in climate models and increase understanding of the sources of particulate matter dangerous to human health. Additionally, eight undergraduate research students will be supported over the life of the project, providing opportunities to develop technical expertise, critical thinking skills, and confidence, in addition to supporting NSF’s goal to develop a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AGS-1338706.

Dr. Ann Impulitti, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $122,684 Major Research Instrumentation Grant from NSF’s Division of Biological Infrastructure, and a $52,400 from the LiCor Environmental Education Fund (LEEF). The funds will be used to purchase a suite of instruments for plant ecophysiology research. Dr. Impulitti and her Co-Principal Investigators, Dr. John Zobitz, Associate Professor of Mathmatics, and Dr. Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota, will use the instrumentation to investigate the physiology of economically important plants infected by fungi and study mathematical modeling of ecophysiological processes. Research activities will explore: 1) the physiology and productivity of economically important plants colonized by pathogens that do not cause symptoms of disease; 2) the functional role of endophytes in plants; 3) the impact of sublethal infections by soil-borne pathogens of roots on plant productivity; and 4) the measurement of leaf-level physiological processes to parameterize ecosystem models of carbon cycling.

The instruments will be used for faculty research and undergraduate research in plant biology, environmental science, and mathematics. Students interested in research will have opportunities to be involved in quantitative data analysis in biology and mathematics, and research in a field and/or lab. The instrument will also improve collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects with faculty at the University of Minnesota. Results from these collaborations will improve our understanding of plant-fungal interactions, and will be applied to improving soybean yield and productivity, an important model plant due to its economic importance and growth throughout the U.S.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DBI-1337582.

If you are interested in learning more about securing grants for your research, scholarship, or creative activities, please visit http://inside.augsburg.edu/grants/ or contact Erica Swift at swift@augsburg.edu.