It takes an Auggie

Class Challenge spurs friendly competition among Auggies to build new academic building

Alumni from throughout the decades have responded to a charge presented by Augsburg College Regent Wayne Jorgenson ’71 and former Alumni Board President Christopher Ascher ’81. The two men established alumni Class Challenges to create a friendly philanthropic-giving competition between their respective classes, and to invite all alumni to give back to the College to help build the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR).

“Early gifts from alumni and friends of the College made it possible for each of us to experience a great Augsburg education,” Ascher said. “We are convinced. Now is our time to make the investment and help open doors for others.”

“No other campus we know has created such an exciting intersection of disciplines—science, business, and religion—to serve students and forge a pathway to a better future for all of us,” Jorgenson said.

Many classes already are involved in Class Challenges, and some have surpassed their goal of donating $1 million to the campaign. As of October 15, 42 classes had contributed more than $25,000 (see chart below).

The Class Challenges, combined with a recent gift of $10 million from a member of the class of 1965, bring the CSBR fund to more than $25 million. The overall goal for the campaign is $50 million.

To see the status of all Class Challenges—and to learn more about the CSBR—visit the blog. To join an existing Class Challenge or to start a new Class Challenge, contact Kim Stone at 612-330-1173 or stonek@augsburg.edu.

CLASS CHALLENGE

As of November 2013

Surpassed the $1 million challenge

1962
1965

Contributed between $500,000-$999,999

1981
1984
1985

Contributed between $250,000-$499,999

1945
1956
1963
1968
1971
1972
1977

Contributed between $100,000-$249,999

1957
1967
1975
1979
1980

Contributed between $50,000-$99,999

1950
1953
1955
1959
1961
1962
1964
1966
1974
1982
1991
1994

Contributed between $25,000-$49,999

1946
1951
1954
1960
1969
1970
1973
1978
1986
1987
1998
2002
2014

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