Building Toward Belief

Greetings and thanks for taking time for some Good News!

As Augsburg welcomes its largest freshman class in its history, I am remembering what helped me decide to become a student at Augsburg and the ways my experiences on campus turned me in a direction that shaped the rest of my life. It’s a decision I know was right for me.

Now, these many years later, I have had a chance to embrace my student experiences, understand how they led me to a career that took me to places I had only imagined, and offered me the opportunity to come full circle so I can give back to the place that gave me so much.

I invite you to take a few minutes to hear a bit more of that story by watching a short video. It will show you what happens when you focus on a goal, let yourself detach from the outcome, and believe. You will see, while some things are not always clear, when you allow yourself to listen and connect to what really matters to you, the answers are right there all along.

After you hear my story, please remember my ever present request—that you join me in the great work of bringing the Center for Science, Business and Religion to the heart of the Augsburg campus. Join me and help move Augsburg forward.


Mike Good ’71

CSBR Paul Terrio ’87 and Maureen Reed believe the CSBR will strengthen Augsburg’s liberal arts education.

Senior Director of Student Financial Services Paul Terrio ’87 and Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Maureen Reed discuss the call to enhance the breadth of the academic experience necessary for today’s students to excel after college. As a part of their liberal arts education, Augsburg students take classes in all content areas, positioning them for professional and personal success.

CSBR Gary Hesser and Phil Adamo believe in the interdisciplinary model of learning.

Professor and Martin Sabo Chair for Citizenship and Learning Gary Hesser and Professor and Chair of the History Department and Director of Medieval Studies Phillip Adamo believe in the interdisciplinary model of learning. Interdisciplinary learning is a centuries-old practice which has yielded countless accomplishments and advances. For decades, Augsburg has been integrating subject areas like science, business, and religion as a means to carry out its mission to prepare global citizens.

CSBR Suzanne Doree and Dale Pederson ’70 believe the CSBR will create synergy across campus

Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Science Division Suzanne Doree and Chair of the Biology Department Dale Pederson ’70 believe the CSBR will offer countless opportunities for faculty and students from all disciplines — not limited to science, business, and religion — to collaborate, create and prepare for future endeavors.


CSBR Chris Ascher ’81 and Wendi Wheeler ’06 believe in the power of alumni giving

Alumni Board member Chris Ascher ’81 and Alumni of Weekend College and Augsburg staff member Wendi Wheeler ’06 discuss why alumni should join them in supporting the CSBR and give back to Augsburg. Alumni are grateful for the influential relationships with Augsburg faculty and want to ensure that future students have similar relationships, all within an interdisciplinary educational environment in the CSBR.

Seeing is Believing–Student Researcher Pictures it Fully Formed

Find out what student Lance Kifer can do with weather balloons as part of his summer research stipend, funded through the McNair Scholars Program.

The McNair Scholars Program includes a 10 week-long summer research program. McNair Scholars conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor, and have opportunities to publish and present their work at a professional conference. For this work, Scholars receive both a research and room and board stipend and acquire the research tools needed for graduate study.

The office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) provides summer research grants for students interested in graduate or professional study.