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

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.

 

Giving Back to a Transformative Education

Shelby Andress ’56 has believed in the transformative power of an Augsburg education since she was a student. She has stayed engaged with the College by continuing to connect with students, and she hoped to support them in the future. Augsburg was life-changing for her husband, Jim Andress ’51, as a student who came to campus after service in the World War II.

Early in their lives, Shelby ‘56 and Jim ‘51 Andress made a commitment to give back. At age 12, Shelby began to tithe as a young member of the Luther League, and she and Jim continued to give away 10% of their earnings during their lives. After Jim passed away, Shelby established a scholarship in his memory.