Someone asked me recently: “What have you learned from your many visits with alumni and friends who are considering making their gift to Augsburg for this transformative campaign to build the Center for Science, Business, and Religion?”
One thing that stands out is that Auggies truly believe in the mission of this College. Many alums reflect on the impact that their experience at Augsburg has had on their lives. Some speak to what it meant to be engaged in learning in our urban environment. Many reflect on our deep roots in the Lutheran tradition and on our ongoing commitment to be a beacon of light reflecting our faith, values and commitment to serve our neighbor. All realize the importance of Augsburg’s passionate focus on the vital role of preparing tomorrow’s leaders for our communities, country, and world.
All About Relationships
Another thing that I have learned is that Auggies are forever! Relationships that people developed during their years on campus have turned into lifelong, deep friendships. Augsburg is a place that brings people together and forms relationships that grow richer over the years. That is certainly my personal experience. My closest and deepest friendships are with my Auggie friends.
Thirdly, almost everyone talks about at least one major relationship with a teacher, athletic coach, music or drama director, or other Augsburg mentor who impacted their lives forever! Those mentors instilled in them the confidence that they had what it takes to succeed. They gave them the confidence to believe in themselves, which became transformative … even if they may not have fully understood the transformation until later in their lives.
Ultimately, each person I meet with speaks with a voice of gratitude and thankfulness for what they experienced and what they grew into … whether it was professional success, financial success, or personal development and fulfillment. This gratitude leads them to say, “I want to give back because I have received so much and have been blessed.”
Lastly, I am witnessing a growing tidal wave of pride and excitement in our Alumni and friends of Augsburg! (I am hoping for a tsunami.) People are believing that this is Augsburg’s time to boldly elevate the visibility of our mission and the powerful impact of an Augsburg educational experience. They believe that the College is well-positioned for greatness. They are proud of the extraordinary work being done by our students as guided by passionate, gifted and committed faculty and staff.
Positioned for Greatness
These generous donors feel called to become a partner in the exciting journey of Augsburg College. They also sense that it will take a strong and deep commitment on the part of many Auggies to make the CSBR a reality. They believe it is our time! And they believe their contribution will make a difference.
Thanks to all of the hundreds of individuals and families who have already joined us in this campaign! Your support continues to energize me!
We have momentum and the wave of support continues to build. Let’s create our own transformational tsunami that will help Augsburg develop the next generation of enlightened leaders for our churches, communities, country, and the world!
Will you join us in this movement? I am eager to hear from you.
Mike Good ’71