Harvest is one of my favorite times of the year. Many of you know I have a farm and spend as much time as I can working in my garden. The cycle of planning, seeding, planting, cultivating, weeding, ripening and harvesting keeps me connected to nature and its astonishing cycles.
Each year something I plant exceeds my expectations, and each year something does not grow as I might hope. Last year was not a great year for my beets. This year, it’s been a great year for cabbage, cucumbers, and squash.
More importantly, this year, my expectations have been exceeded by the remarkable harvest for Augsburg and our campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. A full year ahead of schedule, we have pushed past our goal and now are looking to complete the campaign over our original $50 million target. This month we’re talking with a few of you about adding your gift to the campaign so that we will be in an even stronger position as we move forward with final architectural designs and then groundbreaking.
I am gratified with your responses to our call to assure Augsburg this distinctive and exceptional facility—a place where students and faculty will explore the intersections of three major fields of study. Just think of all the creative and innovative work that will flow from these collaborations!
Be sure you take a look at the latest issue of the Augsburg Now magazine; it should have already arrived in your mailbox. The cover illustration shows what the campus will look like once the building is completed—a new gateway to the campus perched right on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. The central spread also gives a glimpse into the way the building fits into the campus map and what it may look like from a classroom perspective. I can’t wait for the ribbon cutting and the day faculty move into the facility.
Thanks to each of you for your gifts and pledges … your investments made for a stronger Augsburg. The true spirit of Augsburg is alive and well. We’re THRIVING!
The confidence each new investment made in this campaign shows in the work of the college as it explores new opportunities. As the Board of Regents accepted the great news of the campaign’s success, the StepUP® board also set it’s sights on a significant goal for increased endowment. Other new projects designed to improve the campus and expand our impact with students have already emerged. We have much still to do and so many exciting avenues to pursue.
Your steadfast encouragement and actions in support of Augsburg’s future deserve our celebration! I’m an optimistic gardener … and also a grateful harvester. We give thanks to God, who gives us all good things!
Let’s keep planting the seeds to grow the greatest Augsburg, true to our purpose, always stretching toward our clear vision.
Mike Good ’71