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Celebrating In-Person Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021

On A collage of three photos. The upper left photos consist of graduates walking in their caps and gowns outside, one of them is waving. The upper right photo shows a man with his diploma holder and balloons. He is smiling with a woman to his right. The bottom photo shows a row of graduates standing in front of their seats, all of them are masked.June 8, 2021, Augsburg held an in-person commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. After a difficult year of virtual learning and social distancing, the community was able to come together and celebrate the achievements of our Auggie grads!

The event recognized 857 graduates from our undergrad, graduate, and doctoral programs. 4,000+ attendees watched as their loved ones crossed the stage and received their diplomas. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar also had a special message to share with the graduates. You can watch it on our Facebook page.

To all of the new alumni, congratulations and we hope you stay connected with us!

“A Breath for George” – Augsburg University and Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) Host Virtual Screening

Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Free of charge 

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Photo by Regina Marie Williams

Join AWE, a council of alumnae, and other valued Augsburg and community partners for a virtual viewing of “A Breath for George”, a Twin Cities film honoring the life and death of George Floyd. A panel discussion will immediately follow the film screening. 

This online event will bring together Augsburg alumni, students, faculty, staff and the larger Twin Cities community to reflect on and remember the life and death of George Floyd, as well as explore the larger issues of police brutality, systemic racism, and anti-Black racism which continue to impact the Augsburg community, Minnesota, the nation, and the world. The film uplifts the voices of Minnesotan artists, scholars, and community members who have been historically and negatively impacted by these injustices, through a collection of interviews, music, and poetry. The film also acts as a form of resistance against the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color

This past summer, “A Breath for George” premiered outdoors throughout the Twin Cities at venues such as the History Theater, the Guthrie, and Penumbra Theatre. This revised version runs approximately 75 minutes and is composed of three short features. The film is available only for viewing during this event. It will not be recorded. 

Post viewing, there will be a 30-minute discussion with the following esteemed guests:

Austene Van, the filmmaker and Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre

Joanne K. Reeck, M.A., Augsburg Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Dr.  Terrance Kwame-Ross, Augsburg Associate Professor & Chair of Education  

Dr.  Michael Lansing, Augsburg Associate Professor & Chair of History

Please take care when watching this film as there are explicit narratives and imagery put forward by the artists and scholars in their truths. This could be triggering or traumatic for some viewers. Also, this film has not yet been rated, and does have some explicit language. The language and scenes may be too intense for children or minors. Parental Discretion is Advised.

Event co-hosted by: 

Augsburg Pan-Afrikan Center

Augsburg Theater Arts Department

Augsburg Master of Arts in Leadership

Augsburg Alumni Board

Equity Innovation Center of Excellence/YMCA of the North

Growth & Justice  

OneMN.org 

Watch the 41st Augsburg University Advent Vespers

For more than 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.

This year has changed how we celebrate Advent Vespers, but in November the Augsburg community found a way to safely create a a video that premiered on December 4 as the first Virtual Augsburg University Advent Vespers. The service was watched by more than 8,600 people.

These services (virtual or in-person) continue to be completely funded by generous individual contributions and your donation today will directly support this majestic tradition!

Support Advent Vespers

Augsburg Athletics Facebook Live Discussion with Athletic Director Jeff Swenson ’79 and Head Football Coach Derrin Lamker ’97

Imagine getting your dream job as head football coach at your alma mater just months before the start of a global pandemic. What are your new priorities? How do you serve your students and the University?

On Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time all Augsburg alumni, faculty, staff, donors, friends, and students are invited to join a Facebook Live discussion with Athletic Director Jeff Swenson ’79 and Head Football Coach Derrin Lamker ’97 as they share updates on Augsburg athletics in 2020 and what they envision for the future. Click here to join the Auggie Connections Facebook Group where this discussion will be shared.

Jeff Swenson has been a member of the Augsburg community for more than 30 years — as a student, athlete, coach and administrator. A national champion wrestler at Augsburg in his senior year of 1979 with a career record of 102-17. Thanks to Swenson’s leadership, Augsburg produced 98 NWCA Scholar All-Americans, the most of any college in any division in the nation. Augsburg has had at least two Scholar All-Americans every year since 1993. Augsburg has also had eight ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in wrestling, as awarded by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Swenson, whose teams also won 20 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team titles, was named MIAC Coach of the Year 13 times and NWCA National Coach of the Year six times (1983, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2007). Swenson was inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association/David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000-01, Swenson was named Lutheran College National Coach of the Year (all sports) from Lutheran Brotherhood, and in 2002, he earned National College Coach of the Year honors (all divisions) from Wrestling USA Magazine.

Derrin Lamker, an Augsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame member who has become one of the top high school football coaches in Minnesota, is the 15th head coach in Augsburg football history. Lamker began his coaching career at his alma mater, where he spent four seasons (1999-2002) as an assistant coach, his final two seasons as offensive coordinator. He then moved to Robbinsdale Armstrong, his high school alma mater, where he was an assistant coach in football, boys’ basketball and baseball, and served as head coach for the girls’ basketball team in 2003-04.In 2005, Lamker was named head coach for the Osseo High School football team. In 11 seasons there, he led the Orioles to three conference championships, two section titles and the Minnesota Class 6A state title in 2015. He had a 74-39 record at Osseo, part of his 94-50 high school career coaching record. He earned Northwest Suburban Conference Coach of the Year honors three times, was named section coach of the year twice and was named Minnesota Class 6A State Coach of the Year in 2015. He also served on the coaching staff for the Minnesota High School All-Star Game twice, including as head coach in 2015. For the past three seasons, Lamker served as head coach at Edina High School, where he led the Hornets to the Minnesota Class 6A state tournament quarterfinals in 2017 — only the team’s third state tournament appearance in school history — and a 20-11 record. He served as offensive coordinator at Edina in the 2016 season before being named head coach in 2017. He earned section coach of the year honors in 2017.

 

Post-Election Facebook Live Discussion with Political Science Professor Andy Aoki

All members of the Augsburg community are invited to join a post-election Facebook Live discussion on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Click here to join the Auggie Connections Facebook Group to hear Professor Aoki’s reflections on election 2020 and to participate by asking questions during the Q & A.

Professor Aoki joined the Augsburg faculty in 1988 where he now specializes in racial and ethnic politics and American political thought, and teaches courses in political theory and American politics. He started out in high school wanting to be a physicist, lawyer or musician, but his interest in public affairs led him to political science. He holds a B.A. University of Oregon, a M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison. His publications include Asian American Politics (Polity Press, with Okiyoshi Takeda) and Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-First Century (University of Michigan Press, with Ronald Schmidt, Sr., Yvette Alex-Assensoh, and Rodney E. Hero), as well as a number of other works on the politics of race and ethnicity, Asian American politics, and the politics of immigration.

Video Playback: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way with Rachel Engebretson ’98 and Alex Gonzalez ’90

Simple advice from Auggies. Make a will and make a difference.

If you missed our “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” series this summer, you now have the opportunity to watch a replay the virtual conversation with host alumna Rachel Engebretson ‘98 and alumnus Alex Gonzalez ’90. As a financial consultant at Stonebridge Group of Thrivent, Alex shared his expertise in financial and estate planning and answered questions about wills, why everyone needs one, where to start, and how you can create your own will for free.

We get it…times are uncertain right now. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, and raising questions about what if? These discussions can be overwhelming, but making end-of-life plans now will give you more control and ease the burden on family if the worst should happen.

Listen to Online Alumni Event “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”

A new series of online alumni events launched last week. Each is led by Augsburg alumni with expertise in constructing a will and financial planning. Listen online to Cody Tresselt-Warren ’09, Vice-President, Senior Wealth Planner at Wells Fargo Private Bank and Lewis Nelson ’00, Sales Manager at Fluke Corporation discuss wills and why it’s important to plan now instead of leaving decisions for others to make in the future.

 

Make a Donation of Household Supplies on August 4 to Support the Cedar Riverside Community

The weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, amplified by high unemployment rates and the closing of local stores during the unrest following the killing of George Floyd, has left our Cedar Riverside neighbors in need of support now more than ever.  As media coverage and attention to the situation has slowed, donations to aid sites in South Minneapolis have dropped significantly.  As a result, many of our neighbors are struggling to meet their basic needs.  Augsburg has a special relationship with the nearby Brian Coyle Center so we would like to continue our support by collecting household supplies and personal care items to supplement food shelf distributions.  The generosity shown by the Augsburg community in early June was amazing and we plan to express our care for our neighbors by again hosting another successful effort on August 4th.

In partnership with M Health Fairview, Pillsbury United Communities, and the Brian Coyle Center, we invite you to join us for a Supply Drive for the Cedar Riverside Community.

When:

Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Where:

Parking Lot L at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and 25th Ave S which is immediately east of the Edor Nelson Field and Dome; Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Note – if you are not able to drop items at Augsburg on August 4th, M Health Fairview is collecting donations from August 3-14, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at two locations: Smiley’s Clinic (2020 E. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407) and their Midway Campus (1700 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104).

Donate:

We are collecting new, unopened household supplies and personal care items.  We encourage you to purchase items from locally owned businesses, if possible.  Donations will be transported to the Brian Coyle Center, one of the Pillsbury United Communities sites, for distribution.

These are the most needed supplies:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Bar soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Facemasks (homemade face coverings welcome)
  • Bottled water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tote bags and paper bags with handles

We reserve the right to decline donated items if they are not needed or if we are unable to distribute them. We will not be accepting donations of clothing, furniture, or food.

Thank you for considering a donation of items or an online donation to Pillsbury United Communities to help our neighbors in need get through this most challenging time. Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen program continues to deliver meals to the Brian Coyle Community Center, People’s Center, West Bank CDC, and the Ebenezer Tower Apartments. If you would like to support this critical meal deliver service please make an online donation here.

Augsburg Women Engaged Sponsors a Campus Cupboard Drive

With no safe housing alternatives for many Augsburg students during COVID-19, they remain on campus this summer. It’s also anticipated that many students will have similar issues in the fall as they return to school. Currently, many nearby stores are temporarily closed and transportation outside of the area isn’t always reliable. As a result, Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) is sponsoring a drive for the Campus Cupboard and ShareShop to support these students now as well as in the future.

Items can be dropped off June 25 from 3 to 6 p.m., in Lot D at Augsburg. You can also make an online donation which Augsburg will use to purchase small appliances, household items, tools, food in bulk, and gift cards to local businesses such as Seward Coop so our students can be supported with the goods and services they need. Please use the designation: Other and in the “Other” field, enter Campus Cupboard.

A recommended list of items to donate is below.

Campus Cupboard Donation List:

Non-perishable food such as

  • Mac & cheese
  • Ramen
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Canned soup (Preferred: more complex soups, i.e., not ‘cream of’ or tomato )
  • Rice
  • Protein supplements (chia, flax, veg protein, whey)
  • High quality granola bars
  • Canned beans

Hygiene and cleaning supplies such as

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Menstrual products
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Band-Aids
  • Laundry Detergent (Preferred brands: Seventh Generation, Meyers, Method, Biokleen)
  • Dish Soap (Preferred brands: Seventh Generation, Ecover, Method, Dr Bronner’s)

ShareShop Donation List:

  • Empty spray bottles for homemade non-toxic cleaning solutions
  • Tea Kettles/water heaters
  • Sewing machine – Fully functional, up to 2 machines total – we will turn away donations if necessary
  • Power strips
  • School supplies (bulk packages are welcome):
    • Notebooks (look for recycled paper and companies with sustainability/ethical/fair trade commitments if possible)
    • Folders
    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Baking sheets
    • Multiple sizes, including smaller sizes
    • Prefer naturally non-stick like Nordic Ware® brand rather than Teflon™-coated
  • New Twin XL bedding
  • Reusable water bottles – durable and clean (can be used)
  • Thermos (portable coffee containers) – durable and clean (can be used)
  • Small fans for dorm rooms

Thank you for considering a donation!

AWE

Upcoming Facebook Live Events: Author Chris Stedman ’08, Musician Dua Saleh ’17, and a Panel for Augsburg Parents

Over the next two weeks, Augsburg will be featuring two alumni and a panel of Augsburg staff in Facebook live events.

On Tuesday, May 19, author and alumnus Chris Stedman ’08 will be joining us at 3 p.m. for a conversation about his new book “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives.” Then on Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m., recording artist Dua Saleh ’17 will be sharing some music from their new EP, ROSETTA. Both of these live events will be streamed on the Augsburg University Alumni Association page.

For parents of future and current Auggies, there will be a special Facebook live event on the Augsburg University Facebook page Wednesday, May 27 at 5 p.m. to answer questions about the fall semester and the new Augsburg Bold plan. Panelist include Director of Campus Life Mike Grewe, Director of the Center for Wellness & Counseling Nancy Guilbeault, and Financial Aid Counselor Uriah Ward.