With a new year come new intentions. Some of us use resolutions. Others look toward shifting habits and self-improvement. For me, this early January afforded me some special time with my children. It may surprise you that one thing we did together was to review my “Honoring Choices” advanced care directive statement with them.
Now that I am in my 80s, I realize time spent together is more precious than ever. I want my children to know my wishes for when something changes for me and my well-being.
Those of you who know me and my passion for Augsburg and its students won’t be surprised to hear one aspect of my directive to them. Even if my life gets smaller and smaller, I don’t want to give up relating to students at Augsburg. Somehow I need them in my life. I laughingly tell my family . . . “If the time comes that my world becomes smaller because of health issues, get me to Augsburg for my energy boost!” I always want to spend time there on campus, learning from its students, faculty, staff and alums. I NEED to be there!
My passion for this campus and its students grows each time I am there. I see the world in the faces who greet me. I also experience the same deeply held values that welcomed me and my classmates on our arrival as freshmen so many years ago.
Just the other day I spoke with a student as we walked out of the music building. I asked him about his experience: what does he find here?
He spoke of the dedication of faculty, and how stimulating the campus is to him. He finds his faculty seek to discover what is distinctive in each student and to draw more of that out in them. That the standards of excellence remain a baseline for all.
What I see at Augsburg today is that it is no stretch to believe we will exceed our ambitious goals for fundraising, especially the $50 million target to secure for the remarkable building of a new Center for Science, Business, and Religion. I am seeing already the interaction of students from multiple cultures moving out of the boundaries of disciplines to collaborate and find new paths forward. I see interrelationship and understanding between technical fields and the cultures of the world.
I see a building that was new 63 years ago when I arrived on campus ready for replacement. How can I not invest my financial and moral support for the promise of an even better Augsburg?
Please join me at the upcoming Summit where you can learn more about today’s Augsburg and the planned new building. See the full invitation here, and you may RSVP to Sonja Casperson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-330-1171.
Join me as a believer of Augsburg’s brightest future. Join me in your support of our Class Challenge initiative. You’ll be glad you did.
Shelby Andress ’56