On April 29, 2016, the Augsburg College community celebrated the launch of the transformational project to build the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. See highlights from the groundbreaking ceremony in this video.
Early on, Augsburg Regent Matt Entenza was told that college might not be an option, and that he should probably settle for a minimum wage job. Teachers played an instrumental role in letting him know that he should aim higher and could count on their support. Entenza says that Augsburg, in the true words of Luther, reaches out to show all students that they have an opportunity here. His early setbacks make him grateful to see Augsburg’s outreach to first-generation college students, students in recovery, and students of all cultures and abilities. “I think of myself, and I think how important it is that Augsburg is here,” he says.
All Auggies are invited to share in the excitement of this milestone announcement on the Augsburg campus — we’ve reached our goal in the campaign to build the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. More than 900 generous donors have given more than $50 million to make this building a reality for the future of Augsburg!
At Augsburg College, Russell Kleckley, in the religion department, and Larry Crockett, in computer science, developed a keystone course for students to explore the intersections between science, business, and religion. Illustrator Timothy Foss visited the class and saw Augsburg College students making connections between disciplines and finding vocation at the core of their real-world implications.
We hold the key to Augsburg’s future. Help open the door to endless opportunities for future Auggies with the Center for Science, Business, and Religion.
A new video made its debut at the Campaign Summit for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion on January 29. This video, Believing is Seeing, articulated the vision that Mike Good has shared since he began in the role of volunteer Campaign Chair for the CSBR: all things are possible for them that believe. Thank you to all the many participants and students who made this video possible!
It was a coffee shop connection that led Shelby Andress ’56 to meet Alaa Baqer ’13, but the impact of that initial meeting goes far beyond Einstein’s. That first hello led to a friendship that continues today. Although these two amazing women met by chance, their connection is much stronger than mere happenstance. When the story of their meeting was first shared at the faculty-hosted CSBR Summit on September 11, 2014, the emotion generated by this story was palpable. It is thanks to Augsburg College that we can connect across cultures, generations, and disciplines around a common goal: small for our students and big for the world. Watch the video.
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.
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.
Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement Mary Laurel True and Board of Regents member Wayne Jorgenson ’71 believe Augsburg fosters a spirit of service by encouraging students to engage and serve in the local community. Likewise, Augsburg alumni recognize the generosity that made their educational experience possible and give back in order to allow future students to experience the same quality education at Augsburg.