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Submit Your Sesquicentennial Question or Idea

Need more information about the upcoming Sesquicentennial celebration? Want to make sure that we know about something key from Augsburg’s history that we might want to celebrate?

The Submit Your Questions form at Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning is where you can ask questions and share feedback.

Please share your ideas, thoughts, and/or questions with us here.

Social work’s rich history at Augsburg

In the early years of the social work major, students from St. Olaf College joined Augsburg students in the 1970s to live in a version of a “Jane Addams house” on campus and concentrate on urban field work.

Similar milestones will be documented in a history of social work timeline, one of the faculty-led projects to celebrate Augsburg’s upcoming 150th anniversary. This visual timeline will examine how social work has impacted Augsburg, the surrounding community, and the profession of social work.

The timeline is researched by Professor Emeriti Anthony Bibus who identified documents, interviewed previous faculty and students, and searched for photos to mark the important milestones.  A student, marketing major Chendamonee Hing, is developing a digital version of the timeline that will become a visual display.  The timeline will be unveiled in the winter of 2020 at an alumni gathering and will be transportable to various events.

The timeline starts in the 1960s when social work begins in the sociology department with the help of Joel Torstensen and Paul Steen.  The major was created in 1974 – and began as a joint program with St. Olaf.  Also documented is the launch of the Master of Social Work program in the 1990s. Highlights include the development of international study options, curriculum developments such as Intergroup Dialogue, and the growth of the program over the years.

Sesquicentennial Key Dates — Subscribe to the Calendar

Augsburg’s community-wide events will include a gala, reunions, convocations, art shows, concerts, book readings, theater performances, and lectures.

Subscribe to the Sesquicentennial calendar for easy access to event details.

Here are some of the signature events so you can start planning for this historic year.

    September 23–28, 2019
    New events along with traditional favorites make Homecoming one of the most festive times on campus all year. The majority of this year’s events will occur Saturday, September 28, and special reunions will honor the classes of 2009, 1979, and 1969.
    September 27, 2019
    Kick off Augsburg’s sesquicentennial at this once-in-a-lifetime event in downtown Minneapolis. This gala will acknowledge Augsburg’s history of pursuing the call to serve the community, and it will rally energetic support for the next 150 years of Augsburg University. Current employees are able to purchase tickets at $75 each (limit two). Limited quantities available. Purchase tickets.
    September 25–26, 2020
    This all-inclusive gathering is for Auggies from every class, every degree program, and every decade—Augsburg athletes, musicians, artists, scientists, student leaders, and everyone in between.

Join the Sesquicentennial Musical Theater Production

Want to be part of a musical theater about the Augsburg University community, past and present?

The new work, to be performed in spring 2020, is one of the faculty-led projects to celebrate the 150th anniversary. Members of the community are invited to take part in every step of the process, from creating material to performing in the production.

Sonja Thompson, assistant professor of music and university organist, is leading the project. Malick Ceesay ’17, company manager at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, has signed on as stage director, and Aaron Gabriel ’99 is composing music and lyrics for the production. Meanwhile, team member/writer Leah Cooper of Wonderlust Productions is busy structuring the play around the stories of real Auggies that were gathered in story circles during fall and winter. The Augsburg Music-Theater Club is also contributing to stage direction, musical direction, and choreography, as well as performing in the cast.

Audition dates have not been set, but alumni and friends of Augsburg interested in performing or otherwise being a part of the production can learn more at

Contact Sonja Thompson, assistant professor of music/university organist at, for questions or comments.

McNair Scholars Success Stories Highlighted in Video Debuting During Sesquicentennial

Magaly Ortiz Aucapipa ’14, is pursuing her doctorate after graduation from Augsburg.

A video celebrating the success of Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars alumni will be released during an event from 3 to 5 p.m. October 23.

More details are to come about the video release event during Augsburg’s sesquicentennial celebration.

The alumni featured are Trevor Rodriguez-Sotelo ’13; Magaly Ortiz Aucapipa ’14, and Diamonique Walker ’16.  Rodriguez-Sotelo went on to complete a Master of Science degree in automotive engineering from Clemson University. Ortiz Aucapipa is pursuing a PhD in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics at the University of Minnesota.  Walker is pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology Quantitative Methods at the University of Minnesota.

Annually, 26 Augsburg students participate in the McNair Scholars Program, a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society; either first-generation college students with financial need, and/or members of a group underrepresented in graduate education.

McNair participants demonstrate strong academic potential and prepare for graduate study through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The McNair Scholars Program was created by the U.S. Congress in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and physicist who was among the first African Americans in the space program. McNair lost his life in the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Seeking 150 Auggie Stories

Augsburg is soliciting at least 150 stories from Auggies for our 150th anniversary next year!

We are hoping for students to share what is means for them to be an Auggie, along with a photo of them on campus (or doing something in the community related to Augsburg).

These stories and photos will be featured at Augsburg’s social media sites throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. To qualify, you must be planning on attending Augsburg at some point next year. Day, AU, and Graduate students are all encouraged to submit stories and photos.

Submissions can be entered through this online form. Submissions are due Friday, May 3.

Learn More about Projects Highlighting Augsburg

Faculty, staff, and students are already planning a series of projects that includes an app, videos, and 10-episode podcast to showcase Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial.

View this Inside Augsburg page for descriptions of projects such as Auggie Political Engagement: A History; the Cedar-Riverside Community Partnership; Auggie Athletic Highlights, and many more.

More information will be shared in the coming months.

Sesquicentennial Gala Set for September 27 — Tickets Available Next Week

2019 marks 150 years since Augsburg’s founding in 1869. Starting in September, the Augsburg community will hold a year-long celebration to lift up our founding principles, honor our history, and look to the future.

The celebration kicks off September 27 with the Sesquicentennial Gala. Information about discounted tickets will be available next week and sold for a limited time to Augsburg employees.

Learn more about the Sesquicentennial Gala at Inside Augsburg

September Focused Conversations Highlights Sesquicentennial Planning — Slides Available

The goal of the September 10 and 11 Focused Conversations is for Augsburg faculty and staff to discuss planning for the sesquicentennial celebration starting next fall.

Co-Chairs Darcey Engen ’88 and Jeff Swenson ’79 as well as Project & Event Manager Jodi Collen and Programming & Content Manager Katie (Koch) Code ’01 all shared information.

More details will be available here in the months to come.  Quarterly meetings will be held to share updates, field questions, and facilitate discussion.

View the September 10 and 11 Focused Conversations slides (Google doc)

Meanwhile, submit ideas and questions here