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:

Holiday Shopping for Your Favorite Auggie: “Hold Fast to What is Good” Now 20% Off

1951 Auggiettes: The winningest Augsburg team you’ve never heard of
1951 Auggiettes: The winningest Augsburg team you’ve never heard of! Learn more in Hold Fast to What is Good, now 20% off!

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.

For more information about “Hold Fast to What is Good” by Professor Phillip Adamo, contact Vice President for Advancement Heather Riddle at 612-330-1177 or

Join Us for the First Reading of Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Musical

historical photo from Augsburg's archives of founders and family in front of a carYou are cordially invited to the first reading of the new Sesquicentennial Musical:

“All That We Carry” written by Aaron Gabriel

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Sateren Auditorium

Admission is free

Stage Director:  Malick Ceesay

Music Director:  Sonja Thompson

“All That We Carry,” tells the rich story of Augsburg University – past, present, and future – through the perspective of unheard voices, forgotten narratives, and points of view both unfamiliar and silenced.  Based on actual archives and true stories from real Auggies, the story weaves back and forth through time, connecting us to events that happened or will happen, decisions that were made or will be made, and outcomes both intended and unintended.

Performances will be held on April 1 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and April 4, 9, 10, and 11 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on Augsburg’s theatre page.

If you have questions, please contact Project Coordinator Sonja Thompson at

Watch Videos from the Augsburg Sesquicentennial Gala

Thank you to everyone who helped us kick-off Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial at the Gala on Friday, September 27! The evening was filled with uniquely-Augsburg moments and our guests made a lasting impact as we raised $1.4 million in support of our mission.

Along with the guest speakers and beautiful performances by the Bob Stacke All-Star Band, The Augsburg Choir and The Sesquicentennial Singers, three videos were shown during the evening that tell the Augsburg story from our origins, to who we are today, to the impact we make for students. Please feel free to watch and share them with friends and family!


What are Augsburg’s origins? Our history has so many layers to it. As we continue to grow in our 150th year, we want to look back and honor everything that has brought us to this point.

We Are Auggies

“We Are Auggies,” written and performed by Donte Collins ’18, is a true embodiment of what it means to be an Auggie.

Inspiring Future Leaders

Meet Chung Lip ’18, Lyle Nyberg ’18, and Blair Stewig ’18, future leaders in public health and the sciences. Their stories were shared at our Sesquicentennial Gala right before we went on to raise $1.4 million during our giving opportunity portion of the evening. Thank you to everyone who helped to invest in our students and in Augsburg last night!

On This Spot: A Historical View of Augsburg Through the Years

Looking through windows—and sometimes full-scale building scrims—throughout campus, we see how our landscape, architecture and people have changed in the last 150 years.

Here’s a guide to what you’ll see around campus:

Locations and content for the window clings:
UrnMort Lobby: All-school photo, 1931
Caribou/Einstein’s: Murphy Square, around 1905 (Minnesota Historical Society)
Sverdrup Atrium, left side: Quad and Christensen Center, 1970s
Sverdrup Atrium, right side: Quad and Christensen Center, 1970s
Sverdrup/Library Skyway, closer to Sverdrup: Original Main Building, 1875
Sverdrup/Library Skyway, closer to Library: Foss Center, 1993
OGC Skyway, left side when leaving library: Campus Aerial, 1992
OGC Skyway, right side when leaving library: Campus Aerial, 1975
Music/Memorial Hall Skyway: Morton Hall, around 1920
Anderson Music Atrium, to the right when facing the doors: Choir tour, 1980
Anderson Music Atrium, to the left when facing the doors: Murphy Square, 1970s
Urness Skyway, closest to Christensen Center: Murphy Square and campus, 1920s
Urness Skyway, middle: Murphy Square, 1950s
Urness Skyway, closest to Urness: Murphy Square, about 1970

Locations and content for the building scrims:
Christensen Center facing Murphy Square
Morton Hall: Built in 1888, this duplex was a faculty residence until the early 1920s, when it became a women’s dorm. It was named Morton Hall in 1932, in honor of Augsburg’s Dean of Women, Gerda Mortensen. Demolished in 1959, the façade’s terracotta face was saved and is now in the Christensen Center entrance.

Sverdrup Hall, facing library and Hagfors
Original Main: Augsburg’s original main building in Minneapolis opened September 15, 1872. Within three years, it was expanded to include a large central section and a smaller wing (identical to this one) at the east end. At first, everything happened in this building: classes, chapel, library, dining, and residence space for students, faculty, and their families. After Old Main opened in 1902, this building became a student residence and dining hall. This oldest section was demolished in 1948 to make room for the Science Hall, and the rest of the building came down in 1949 to create space for Sverdrup Library.

Nordic Music performed by Riverside Winds on Sept. 28

September 28 at 7 p.m.
Augsburg University


North America’s largest collection of Nordic music is coming online at Augsburg University. This performance of woodwind quintets is a kick-off with music from Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Hear contemporary works & arrangements by Ola Gjello and Randall Davidson.

The Augsburg Nordic Collection contains over 1,000 works that include scores and parts with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation in NYC. This project was led by Merilee Klemp as a part of a group of funded sesquicentennial projects.

Order Augsburg Scarves, Ties and Bow Ties Online During the Sesquicentennial

tie, bow tie, scarf designs
Above are the three designs as a tie, bow tie and scarf.

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial in uniquely Augsburg apparel!

You voted for your favorites and now you can wear them. In honor of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial, Senior Creative Associate Denielle Stepka ’11 designed neckties, scarves, and bow ties inspired by Augsburg’s “A” mark, our school colors, and campus art.

We have added an online option for pre-ordering these items. All orders placed before the Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, will be delivered before Thanksgiving. Please go to and select “Sesquicentennial Items” under Available Departments to place your order. Delivery at this time cannot be guaranteed by December 25.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaia Chambers at

Enjoy Fall with a Campus Walking Tour

campus walkingAugsburg’s campus has transformed for the Sesquicentennial year, and we are excited to invite alumni and friends back to check it out! Over the 2019-20 academic year, two different types of walking tours will be led by Kristin Anderson: “Augsburg Nooks and Crannies” and “Augsburg Campus: Past and Present.” Each tour lasts about 60 minutes and is limited to 15-20 people.

The campus tour will start at the site of Augsburg’s original Minneapolis building and move through our indoor and outdoor spaces to learn about the evolution of the campus from 1872 to the present.

The Nooks and Crannies tour will include a visit to the old chapel and gymnasium in Old Main, the Old Main attic, our Art Deco filling station, and other little-known spots of interest around the campus. We’ll end at the Lindell Library to see the Archives Special Collections and storage rooms.

Schedule of Campus Tours

All tours will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, October 1: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, October 2: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, October 8: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Wednesday, October 9: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Tuesday, October 29: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, October 30: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Wednesday, April 8: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, April 22: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, April 29: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, May 5: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, May 6: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies

RSVP required, please register at or by calling 612-330-1104.

Get Your Ticket Now! A Few Spots have Opened Up at the Sesquicentennial Gala

150 sealWe have a small number of tickets now available for the upcoming Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, 2019. Augsburg employees can purchase up to two tickets at $75 each. Additional tickets or tickets purchased by non-employees are $150. We have put a lot of work into creating this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event for all of our alumni and friends to celebrate Augsburg that can now include you! 

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact Ilse Rolf ASAP to secure your spot at or by calling 612-330-1512. 

Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Gala will be held on Friday, September 27 at the Minneapolis Depot. This event includes 1,000 alumni, past and present faculty, and community members who care a lot about the mission of Augsburg. There will be a reception, dinner, and a dance! Hotel information and more is posted on the Gala webpage.