Plant a Tree for Augsburg with the Alumni Board

Yvonne Barrett
Yvonne Barrett

As a new Alumni Board member, I am excited to be part of our giving committee. This year, the board agreed to raise $25,000 by December 2018 to sponsor a tree in Augsburg’s Urban Arboretum. The tree campaign is led by the board’s giving committee, including me, Marie Odenbrett ’01, Janeece Oatman ’05, and our staff lead Amanda Scherer. Achieving this goal will be accomplished by 100% participation from the Alumni Board, partnership with the Young Alumni Board, and by asking alumni and friends of Augsburg like you to help plant a tree together!

The 45 Urban Arboretum trees will circle the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion and will be planted this summer. See more about the arboretum and tree plan.

hagfors landscape plan, skyview
Hagfors Center landscape plan

In my Ojibwe culture, trees (and all of nature) are respected life givers and symbolize our connection to each other and Mother Earth. Please help strengthen our Augsburg connectedness by helping to transform Augsburg into an urban arboretum that serves as an education and community resource in harmony with our environment.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $25,000 and includes care and maintenance of the arboretum. All gift levels are welcome. Please help us reach our goal by December 2018. Gifts can be made online at augsburg.edu/giving by selecting “Urban Arboretum” in the drop-down gift field. For more information, contact: Amanda Scherer, Assistance Director of Leadership Gifts, at scherera@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1720.

Yvonne Barrett ’93 and ’00 MSW

Give & Receive—Augsburg College Key Chain

What if you could make an even greater impact at Augsburg?

You can—this and every month—through Thoughtful Giving. A Thoughtful Gift is a monthly contribution, paid automatically with a deduction from your checking account, credit or debit card. This gift is ongoing, and you may change or cancel at any time.

Your monthly gifts do more for Augsburg with a steady, reliable gift that allows the College to focus more resources on serving the students and programs that need it most.

For a limited time, in thanks for signing up for Thoughtful Giving, you’ll receive a silver, two-part detachable Augsburg College key chain. We have a limited supply of these special key chains, so I hope you’ll sign up for Thoughtful Giving today. You can check back here to see how many of these key chains remain.

19 key chains remain!

Thank you! Financial support from alumni, parents, and friends of the College is essential to all we are able to provide to our students.

Mailing year-end gifts

Thank you for thinking of Augsburg in your end-of-year giving. The Augsburg campus will be closed on December 30 and 31. If you mail a check or make a gift online by December 31, your gift will be processed in 2016. If you intend to mail a credit card gift to Augsburg by the end of the year, your gift will need to be received by the office of Institutional Advancement no later than December 29 in order to be processed for 2016.

 

Augsburg Associates support Christensen Scholars

For more than 30 years, Augsburg Associates have raised funds to support Augsburg University and today’s students. Their hard work and commitment has enabled more than 50 students the opportunity to live out Augsburg’s motto, Education for Service, as they work towards their degrees. Besides sponsoring the Christensen Scholars with annual gifts, they give to capital projects, including sponsoring a space in the Hagfors Center, and have established an endowment for students and committed to service or participating in campus-wide interfaith programs. Thank you to the more than 90 Augsburg Associates!

Vision BagonzaNoah BrownVision Bagonza, Class of 2017
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Karagwe, Kagera, Tanzania
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Religion
My proudest academic achievement is excelling in classes and then being able to provide academic support for new students by tutoring and mentoring incoming first-year students.

Noah Brown, Class of 2017
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Bloomington, Minn.
Major: Biology
My favorite thing about Augsburg is the community of students and professors who are active and engaged in their communities.

Kayla GroverKayla Grover, Class of 2018
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Blanding, Utah
Major: Sociology
Minor: Religion
Augsburg has shaped me by encouraging me to open my mind and pursue a wide variety of interests. After graduation, I plan to work with AmeriCorps for one year.

owen-harrisonOwen Harrison, Class of 2018
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: New Hope, Minn.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Studio Art
My proudest academic achievement is making the Dean’s List every semester. I am also involved with the StepUP Leadership Team and the Mindfulness Club.

Leah McDougallLeah McDougall, Class of 2017
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Arden Hills, Minn.
Major: Youth and Family Ministry
Minor: Spanish
Augsburg has made me more aware of the world I live in. My proudest academic achievement was studying abroad in Central America and after graduation I plan to work with youth at a camp, church, or other organization.

Hannah SchmitHannah Schmit, Class of 2017
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisc.
Major: Religion and Sociology
Minor: Biology
Thank you for your continued support of Augsburg and for your support of my education! You have helped make my experience possible and I cannot thank you enough.

Rebecca SchroederRebecca Schroeder, Class of 2018
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Giddings, Texas
Major: Management, Social and Artistic Entrepreneurship
My favorite thing about Augsburg is how diverse and well-rounded the curriculum is. I’ve been able to tailor my college experience to what I feel I’ve been called to do after college and to my future career.

Blair StewigBlair Stewig, Class of 2018
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Minor: Environmental Studies, Physics, and Religion
Thank you so much for providing me with this engaging experience. I am looking forward to growing both as a person and in my relationship with God.

Hannah ThiryHannah Thiry, Class of 2017
Christensen Scholar

Hometown: Stanchfield, Minn.
Major: Biology
Minor: Religion and Psychology
Through various experiences, debates, discussions, and philosophical thought, I’ve come to find a home in the ‘grayness’ of life—there’s no distinct ‘black and white’ side to anything. People, opinions, feelings, and passions are fluid, flexible, and unique.

Briana EkstromBriana Ekstrom, Class of 2018
Augsburg Associates Endowed Scholarship

Hometown: Chaska, Minn.
Major: Music Performance (vocal emphasis)
Minor: Music Theater
I sang in the Praise Band at my home church of St. Victoria for multiple years before leaving for college. Currently I cantor and sing for Augsburg daily chapel on occasion and am a box office volunteer at Theatre in the Round located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. I am incredibly honored to be receiving this scholarship again this year.