This is Truly Great News

Mike Good 5115 announcement for webGreetings Augsburg alumni and friends,

Today I send you this special edition of Good News because we have truly Great News to share with you.

This morning, the Augsburg Board of Regents gathered on campus, along with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to hear us announce:

We’ve met—indeed, we’ve exceeded— our capital campaign goal to raise $50 million for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion!

You can read President Paul Pribbenow’s message to the entire Augsburg community announcing this marvelous news here

The journey of this campaign began years ago with a big vision for the future of Augsburg College. Along the way we’ve relied on the faith and belief of so many. You’ve heard me say many times “all things are possible for them who BELIEVE!” We have stayed true to our belief and have reached our target!

We set out, unwavering, in our intention to secure the financial support that would assure the completion of this distinctive new facility, creating a place where students and faculty will come together in cross-disciplinary inquiry and prepare to meet the future, inspired and committed to serve their neighbor in a changing world.

With the most recent gifts, our total secured for the campaign now exceeds $50 million. A truly magnificent accomplishment!

Sally celebrating for webThis campaign has become the most broadly supported fundraising effort in the College’s history, with contributions coming from almost 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College. This truly has been an all-out Auggie effort!

Along the way we asked God to use his great power to work through us in sharing this compelling Augsburg story with others. We asked Him to open people’s hearts to a special calling to support this transformational campaign with their prayers, support, and financial resources.

John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, has said, “It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” This is true of all who contributed their time, talent, and treasure to this campaign … it was a great team effort.

I thank you all:
•    Board of RegentsRegents1
•    Alumni
•    Faculty and Staff
•    Students
•    Parents and Friends of the College
•    Campaign Action Team and Development Staff
•    President Pribbenow and Cabinet Members

However, it would be contrary to the very foundation of our belief system for us to simply claim this victory as our own. This week, reading in my Daily Bible, I revisited Psalm 115, whose opening words ring loud and true today as they did in ages past:

“Not to us, oh Lord, not to us. But to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

These words remind us to rejoice in what we have accomplished together … but above all to give God the glory and thanks for the success of this campaign.

Now we have the opportunity to keep it going! Even as we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we invite everyone who cares for Augsburg to add your support to this special campaign. Wouldn’t it be great if every Auggie could say that they helped build this transformational facility?

We have more to do. The costs for construction have risen. Your gifts, added now, will help us meet this challenge. In the tradition of good stewardship, we want to take on as little debt as possible, and your additional gifts will assure as small a debt load as feasible.

We offer many ways to make your gifts: checks, pledges over years, appreciated securities, paid-up insurance policies, estate giving with documented gifts through your will. You can buy a brick and honor someone special to you.

Today my heart is full of gratitude for all that has led us to this great moment … this celebration of the power of belief. Thanks to all who have walked with us. Thanks to all who continue to believe in the spirit that is uniquely Augsburg.

I look forward to the celebrations yet to come, when we break ground, start construction, open the doors, and walk into this beautiful new facility and into an even brighter future for Augsburg!

Mike Good ’71

CSBR National Campaign Chair

An Exciting Announcement from the CSBR Campaign

President Paul C. Pribbenow shared the following message with the Augsburg College community this morning in celebration of an impressive milestone for the history of the College.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

CSBR announcementThis morning, with a contingent of students, faculty, and staff present, Mike Good ’71, national campaign chair for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion, announced to the Board of Regents that we have reached the $50 million goal for the CSBR campaign!

Since the campaign passed the $45 million mark in late March, numerous donors have made gifts to the CSBR, building on the generosity of our two $10 million donors and allowing us to raise the final $5 million in a relatively short time. So many people were involved in getting us to this successful milestone that it’s not possible to fully express my gratitude for this amazing effort. I’m grateful for the more than 900 donors—including alumni, staff, faculty, regents, and parents–who have made gifts in support of this project. I’m grateful for the Board of Regents, whose leadership and commitment were the foundation of this campaign. I’m grateful for faculty and staff members whose advocacy energized the campaign, and for the Institutional Advancement team, whose work with our generous donors built the campaign’s momentum. And I’m grateful for Mike Good’s generous leadership as our volunteer campaign chair. Mike’s faith in this effort was matched only by his vision and tireless work in making it a success.

I’m profoundly grateful because the CSBR exemplifies the unique type of education Augsburg offers—where academic work at the intersections of today’s most important ideas and challenges is combined with hands-on learning experiences in labs, across campus, and in the communities we serve. As our signature academic building, the CSBR represents our commitment to be faithful to our mission and Lutheran identity and, at the same time, highly relevant to today’s students, who are a more diverse group of learners than ever before. It is a key element in our Augsburg2019 strategic plan and embodies our vision to be small to our students and big for the world.

With the $50 million campaign fundraising milestone achieved, the Board will vote this afternoon on a resolution to proceed to the next stage of architectural design. This stage involves the selection of an architect to work with our builder, McGough Construction, to develop detailed construction documents. This engineering and design work is needed in order to establish a guaranteed maximum price and a financing model for the project, which will be presented to the Board next year prior to approval of groundbreaking. More information about the Board’s action will be included in the summary from Board Chair, Dr. Paul Mueller ’84, in early May.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate this landmark milestone for Augsburg College! What a terrific addition to our commencement weekend, as we recognize our students’ accomplishments and anticipate the great things they will achieve next.

Yours faithfully,

Paul C. Pribbenow

President

CSBR Campaign: Fundraising at $50 million+

May 1, 2015

Dear Augsburg Community:

This morning, with a contingent of students, faculty, and staff present, Mike Good ’71, national campaign chair for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion, announced to the Board of Regents that we have reached the $50 million goal for the CSBR campaign!

Since the campaign passed the $45 million mark in late March, numerous donors have made gifts to the CSBR, building on the generosity of our two $10 million donors and allowing us to raise the final $5 million in a relatively short time. So many people were involved in getting us to this successful milestone that it’s not possible to fully express my gratitude for this amazing effort. I’m grateful for the more than 900 donors–including alumni, staff, faculty, regents, and parents–who have made gifts in support of this project. I’m grateful for the Board of Regents, whose leadership and commitment were the foundation of this campaign. I’m grateful for faculty and staff members whose advocacy energized the campaign, and for the Institutional Advancement team, whose work with our generous donors built the campaign’s momentum. And I’m grateful for Mike Good’s generous leadership as our volunteer campaign chair. Mike’s faith in this effort was matched only by his vision and tireless work in making it a success.

I’m profoundly grateful because the CSBR exemplifies the unique type of education Augsburg offers–where academic work at the intersections of today’s most important ideas and challenges is combined with hands-on learning experiences in labs, across campus, and in the communities we serve. As our signature academic building, the CSBR represents our commitment to be faithful to our mission and Lutheran identity and, at the same time, highly relevant to today’s students, who are a more diverse group of learners than ever before. It is a key element in our Augsburg2019 strategic plan and embodies our vision to be small to our students and big for the world.

With the $50 million campaign fundraising milestone achieved, the Board will vote this afternoon on a resolution to proceed to the next stage of architectural design. This stage involves the selection of an architect to work with our builder, McGough Construction, to develop detailed construction documents. This engineering and design work is needed in order to establish a guaranteed maximum price and a financing model for the project, which will be presented to the Board next year prior to approval of groundbreaking. More information about the Board’s action will be included in the summary from Board Chair, Dr. Paul Mueller ’84, in early May.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate this landmark milestone for Augsburg College! What a terrific addition to our commencement weekend, as we recognize our students’ accomplishments and anticipate the great things they will achieve next.

Yours faithfully,

Paul C. Pribbenow
President

Serving a Student-Ready College

Shelby AndressGreetings fellow Auggies!

It’s a busy time of year on the Augsburg campus. Performances, competitions, final presentations, preparations for graduation.

And celebrations!

Just the other day I attended a favorite such celebration: the annual scholarship and donor recognition brunch. You may know, my family endowed a scholarship fund to honor my late husband, Jim ’51.

This year I joined the table with Congressman Martin Sabo ’59 and a Sabo scholar, Taylor Kuramoto ’15. She grew up in Rochester, Minn., and her freshman year attended a college she knew from summer swimming camps. However, she discovered that she really wanted more diversity in her academic experience, believing she would be better prepared professionally to enter a global workforce.

She decided to transfer to Augsburg, where she became a math major and joined the soccer team that went to nationals this past autumn. Last year, Taylor spent the summer in Tennessee as part of the NIMBIOS program: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. She was one of only18 undergraduates from across the country chosen for this fully funded 8-week research program.

Her sights are set on doing statistical analysis for government in areas of public policy. Upon graduation she will pursue a graduate degree in statistics, epidemiology, or public health. All I can say is, “WOW!”

Like her peers, Taylor already has a grasp of world issues that matter. She, and so many others like her, are headed out to serve in ways that are complex and challenging. It’s where they want to be. And I’m so impressed.

At the same event, our president Paul Pribbenow remarked, “In the news we read everywhere about students who are not ‘college ready.’ Augsburg sees it differently. We believe a college needs to be student ready.” Continue reading

The Band Plays On

Earl and Joyce Hauge '63In 1960, the 50-member Augsburg Concert Band, led by Director Mayo Savold, went on a six-week, 10,000-mile tour of Canada and Alaska that culminated at the Alaska Music Festival. The intrepid musicians traveled by bus, plane, and ship, and even made a vinyl record that was marketed nationally by Schmitt Music Company. Percussionist Joyce (Gustafson) Hauge ’63 celebrated her 20th birthday on the trip. Fifty-five years later, she remains friends with her former band mates, and she and her husband Earl are loyal Augsburg donors. Their gifts have supported the Center for Science, Business, and Religion, scholarships, and more. “It’s wonderful to give back to a college that has given me so much,” says Hauge, referring to the lifelong friends and career preparation she gained at Augsburg. “We’re happy that we are able to do it.”

A Close Community

Hauge grew up near Hanley Falls in southwestern Minnesota. With a high school graduating class of 12, she was attracted to Augsburg’s small size, its Christian foundation, and the fact that it was in Minneapolis, where there would be more career opportunities in her chosen field of elementary education “The city was a real calling card with me,” she explains.

Hauge had known she wanted to be a teacher since the first grade. “In the summer we would spend hours on our porch playing ‘school,’ whether my sisters wanted to or not,” she laughs. At Augsburg she became part of the first graduating class in elementary education. “Martha Mattson started the program at Augsburg while I was there, and she did a wonderful job preparing us to start our careers.” Hauge went on to spend the majority of her 28-year teaching career educating first graders, mostly in Glenwood, Minn., where she and husband Earl still live. “I love working with children,” she says.

Making Friends and Music

unnamed(1)“You kind of felt you were family at Augsburg. It was a really good feeling, coming from a small community where you knew everybody.” Hauge says she has wonderful memories of going to games, performing in the band, and singing in the Cantorians women’s group. “Music was a big part of my college life.” She worked as a switchboard operator and senior counselor in the girls’ dormitory, a secretary to Mayo Savold, and a cashier in the dining hall. “Everyone has to eat, and I saw all the kids going in and out of the dining hall,” she remembers fondly. After graduation she worked in the office of Gerda Mortensen, dean of women, before starting her first teaching job. Hauge married Earl in 1963, and they have lived in Glenwood for the past 40 years. Continue reading