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Sesquicentennial: An Oral History of Augsburg’s Nursing Department

Please help us celebrate the history of the Department of Nursing at Augsburg University! The department has a long history of commitment to social justice, human rights, and care for marginalized communities in both local and global settings since its inception.

In preparation for the University’s Sesquicentennial, the Nursing Department wanted to capture what they do in a narrative history that would reveal their unique vision, identity, and philosophy. Over the last few years, oral histories were recorded from current and retired nursing faculty, directors of the Health Commons, and key informants from the community.

Enjoy watching this video that captures our exploration of themes: The People, The History, and The Practice. This project was not only valuable, but insightful and inspiring for those who continue with this work. We had hoped to share this video at a celebration luncheon in April, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

See the oral histories of the Nursing Department:

The Augsburg All-School Reunion Postponed Until Homecoming 2021

Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of care and concern for the health and safety of the entire Augsburg University community, we are postponing the university’s first All-School Reunion that had been planned for Sept. 26, 2020.

The reunion will be rescheduled to coincide with Homecoming 2021. Those dates are still being finalized.

If you’ve already purchased tickets to the event, you have three options. First, you can do nothing—we will honor your registration for the new date in the fall of 2021. Second, you can request a refund by emailing Kristen Cooper at Finally, you can ask that Kristen convert your registration into a donation to the Student Emergency Fund to support current Auggies facing hardships during this challenging time.

The reunion will be an occasion to draw together alumni; current students; and past and present faculty, staff, and friends of the university to celebrate more than 150 years of Augsburg history and—most importantly—the relationships that have shaped the lives of generations of Auggies. We are also discussing ways to incorporate some of the Sesquicentennial projects by faculty and staff that were canceled or curtailed because of the pandemic.

We are grateful to the many volunteers working to make the All-School Reunion a reality, and while we know this postponement is disappointing, we promise: in the end, it will be an event worth waiting for!

Heather Riddle
Vice President for Advancement

Interviews with Reinaldo Moya and Diane Jacobson about “Tienda,” A Chamber Opera

The Augsburg University Music Department had a unique opportunity to produce and now perform “Tienda,” a new chamber opera by Augsburg faculty member Reinaldo Moya and Caitlin Vincent, which premieres February 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel.

Hear from co-creator of “Tienda,” Reinaldo Moya:

This performance, presented as a part of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial celebration, features a partially staged opera in Foss Center’s Hoversten Chapel and includes a cast of student singers, the Augsburg Choir, and the Augsburg Orchestra. The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minnesotan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled on the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. “Tienda” explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home.

Support for this chamber opera is due in large part to the generosity of regent Diane Jacobson. Hear more from Diane about her involvement with “Tienda”:


February 21 and 22, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg University
Ticket reservations available by December 1 on University Tickets

A Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour: From Snoose Boulevard to Little Somalia

Cedar-Riverside, a neighborhood just east of downtown Minneapolis, has been a major entry-point for newcomers to Minnesota for over 160 years. This area was once part of Mni Sota Makoce, the historic homeland of the Dakota people who moved through to hunt, fish and tap the maple trees that once grew along the Mississippi River. Since its origins, Cedar-Riverside has long been one of the city’s most densely populated and diverse neighborhoods playing host to an extraordinary flow of migrants, immigrants, refugees, students, activists, and other newcomers. This history of diversity is what makes the neighborhood a unique place to live, work, and learn. This tour will introduce you to some of the people, places, and institutions that shaped the history of immigration, urban change, and diversity in Cedar-Riverside. See the digital version of this tour available online.

Watch Darcey Engen interview Bob Harnagel about his work with Jacqueline deVries on the Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour:

Augmented Augsburg: An App for Visualizing Augsburg’s History

Led by Erik Steinmetz, a group at Augsburg recently created an app that allows users to learn about Augsburg’s history and location. Stand in the quad and see the history of Augsburg buildings on your iPhone or iPad via augmented reality. You can see historic and current Augsburg buildings projected in their locations on your screen as you move around and hear about their history. Check out the Augmented Augsburg app.

“Art at Augsburg: Works by Faculty, Past and Present” Show Opens January 13

From January 13 through February 18, Gage Family Art Gallery and Christensen Center Gallery will display works by Augsburg art faculty, dating back to the origin of the department in the 1950s. The exhibit will include works by early faculty like Ivan Doseff and Hans Berg. We will also highlight art by longtime department stalwarts Phil Thompson and Norm Holen, along with featured art by our current art professors Robert Tom, Lyz Wendland, Chris Houltberg, and Dan Ibarra, among others. See more about the project here.

Video: Campus Ministry’s Sonja Hagander Describes Advent Vespers

What is Advent Vespers? That’s what Sesquicentennial Co-Chair Darcey Engen asks Sonja Hagander to describe in this video.

For four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and culminating in the joyful celebration of the Incarnation.

Watch the video:

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Hold Fast to What is Good is a history of Augsburg University told through objects—the material culture left behind by the “Auggies” themselves. This history includes tales of teachers and students, but also of whale bones and ceremonial pipes, of missionaries and prohibitionists, of sex scandals, racism, kidnapping, murder, and, of course, money. It is a story about ideas, and how those ideas evolved over time; a story of how one school both reasserted and reinvented its vocation. Hold Fast to What is Good has been nominated for the Hognander Minnesota History Award.

“In this fine and provocative history of Augsburg University … Phil Adamo crafts a story of an institution at once resilient and fragile, innovative and stuck, open and closed, faithful and relevant.” —President Paul C. Pribbenow

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Order the Paperback of “Hold Fast to What is Good”

Hold Fast coverAugsburg’s Sesquicentennial history book “Hold Fast to What is Good” is now available in paperback for purchase online.

“The history of Augsburg is the history of America, in microcosm. That’s my take away after reading the remarkably fast-paced, entertaining and deeply meaningful ‘Hold Fast to What is Good: A History of Augsburg University in 10 Objects.’ Augsburg’s history, like that of America, includes the struggles of generations of immigrants, the industrial revolution, the civil rights movement, modern feminism, and the broader for equity and inclusion.

“Featuring fascinating and largely unknown stories from Augsburg’s past, including tales of murder, world explorers, major land deals gone awry, the ancient city of Troy, and protest marches at the height of the Vietnam war, this book is that rare history that transcends the past.” — Bob Groven, associate professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Film and New Media, the Director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League

Preview images of these objects found inside “Hold Fast to What is Good” on our Facebook album.

The book will also be available in the Augsburg bookstore.