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Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE)

Augsburg Women Engaged. Connecting. Learning. Giving.

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AWE (AUGSBURG WOMEN ENGAGED) CONNECTING, LEARNING, GIVING

Auggie Women are AWEsome

The secret to changing the world is hidden in plain sight. In fact, it’s half the population. Women vote more, women volunteer more, and women give more to charities than men do. Did you know that women control more than half of the total wealth in America?

Ask us—why are we in AWE?

We’re in AWE because 57% of Augsburg alumni are women. We’re in AWE because 59% of Augsburg students are women. Within the Augsburg community, women are more than half the population and that means we have a powerful force to make a difference at our University.

AWE-inspiring History

In late 2009, a group of Auggie women gathered to respond to a challenge. How can we effectively engage more women in the life of the college?

Together we articulated what we believe: women have knowledge, experience, and wisdom to bring to the University. A relationship with Augsburg enriches our lives as alumnae. We created an initiative—beneficial to both alumnae and the University—that would be a catalyst for tapping women’s potential to connect, learn, and give. We were encouraged and excited to launch an initiative to lift up women as important members of the Augsburg community in new ways.

Events

Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) Present: Women’s History Month: 100 Years of Coeducation

March 31, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Central Time

Join a free, online event with Augsburg faculty Dr. Kristin Anderson and Dr. Jacqueline deVries. Dr. Anderson will open the program with a presentation on the history of women at Augsburg, followed by Dr. deVries who will discuss more contemporary issues. After their presentations, Dr. Anderson and Dr. deVries are planning to field questions from attendees about their presentations and other related issues.

To sign up for the event, please visit our registration page. The program will be approximately one hour in length.

Board Members

Shelby Andress headshotShelby (Gimse) Andress ’56

Shelby was an English major and Speech minor at Augsburg. She served on the staff of Search Institute, a national youth development research organization from 1964-2000. Shelby developed the Institute’s consulting services and worked in more than 450 sites in 45 states and Canada as a consultant, facilitator, speaker, trainer, and evaluator. She authored or co-authored 16 research-based publications and directed numerous research and evaluation projects for Search Institute. She also founded I. Shelby Andress, Inc, a national consulting firm specializing in social sector planning, evaluation, and community-based youth development.  

As a graduate of the 1950s, and founding member of AWE, Shelby is privileged to serve now, when a majority of Augsburg’s students are students of color.  She is an eager learner as we expand membership and bring a new reality to our purpose of “connecting, learning, and giving.”

 

Deborah Crowley headshotDebby Fredrickson Crowley ’76

Debby graduated from Augsburg with a major in History, and 1982 graduated from William Mitchell College of Law. She has been with the McCollum Crowley law firm since 1989. The firm currently has 26 attorneys with offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Debby’s father Jerry Fredrickson went to Augsburg, as did her daughter Caitlin Crowley. Debby valued the education she received at Augsburg with the small classes and outstanding professors. Her daughter Caitlin had a similar experience with internships and other opportunities that would not have been available elsewhere. For Debby and her family, Augsburg’s motto “small to our students and big for the world” could not be more true. Through her work with AWE she hopes to contribute to the success of future Augsburg students.

 

Joni Marti headshotJoni Marti ’05 MAL

Joni Marti retired from Tennant Company after working 48+ years in a variety of management roles and departments. The North American team awarded Joni the Legacy Award for her lifelong service and focus on making Tennant and her coworkers as successful as possible. Joni was nominated for and received several awards during her long career at Tennant. She continues to serve as President of the Tennant Foundation.

After obtaining her Augsburg MAL degree she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and an Adult Education Graduate Certificate from the University of Minnesota, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Dakota. 

Joni plans to continue using her business knowledge and education to serve nonprofits through leadership roles and volunteering. In addition to the Tennant Foundation, AWE, PRISM, Second Harvest Heartland, the City of Plymouth, and her church are current organizations experiencing her involvement.  Joni and her husband, Steve, focus their time on family, staying physically active, and volunteering in the community.  Joni tries to live by the motto, “Leave everything a little bit better than you found it.”

 

Lori Moline ’82

Lori has enjoyed being involved in various alumni volunteer opportunities since just after graduating with a major in Metro-Urban Studies. She first volunteered as a class agent. From 1986-1992, Lori served on the Alumni Board, two of these years as co-chair. She hosted one of the focus groups of alumnae which led to the creation of Augsburg Women Engaged.

Lori has been traveling the world since a two-month European travel experience during a break in her senior year at Augsburg ignited a vocation in creating international faith-based and educational travel programs, primarily for older adults. This calling has taken her to over 50 countries and developed a specialty in biblical study tours. She has led workshops, lectured and written articles on spiritual and pilgrimage travel and estimates she has assisted over 5,000 make a journey of faith to the Holy Land. Her work now spans 37 years, 18 of these years as co-founder of award-winning CrossingBorders, Inc.

 

Christina Olstad ’00, ’05

Christina Olstad currently serves as the Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position she has held since July of 2019.  Dr. Olstad has twenty two years of experience in higher education administration,Christina Olstad smiles for a studio portrait leadership development, residential life, and social justice education.  She received undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work from Augsburg University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont.  Prior to joining UW-Madison, she served as Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

She’s also held positions at Augsburg University, the University of New England, the University of Vermont, and Semester at Sea.  Christina is a proud Auggie who is committed to serving future generations and supporting student success. She lives in Monona, Wisconsin with her wife, Kirsten Fricke and their two sons.

 

Stephanie Oliver ’19, ’22

Stephanie is a North Minneapolis native. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Stephanie Oliver smiles for a studio portrait in front of a blueish grey background Economics with a minor in International Business attending Augsburg’s Weekend program, she earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Augsburg in 2022.

She has been in banking and finance for roughly 17 years and loves contributing to the world around her by sharing her knowledge of banking, and financial prowess, especially to those in underserved communities. Stephanie is a proud mother of three and when she is not working or supporting their many extracurricular activities, she can be found cooking, listening to music, or simply enjoying nature and its beauty.

Coming from a very diverse ethnic background, she enjoys learning about new cultures especially through their cuisines. Stephanie also volunteers with multiple organizations in the Twin Cities which include: Junior Achievement, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Heartland. She is passionate about helping women find their voice and aiding Augsburg on its mission, and that’s why she is excited to join AWE.

 

Carol Seiler ’90, ’99 MAL

Carol attended the Weekend College Program and later the MAL program while working full-time atCarol Seiler smiles at the camera of a studio photography headshot Honeywell.  After 35 years, she became an Account Manager for a benefit consulting and insurance brokerage company for the next 10 years.  After retiring in 2013, she obtained an AA degree in Interior Design from Century College.

Both the BA and MAL programs have been instrumental in her volunteer work as several years as a vice chair for a non-profit company working with inmates in a medium security men’s prison, leading several councils at Honeywell, being president of her townhome community, and now president of the Board of Directors of a Minnetonka senior cooperative, and most recently appointed to the Minnetonka Senior Advisory Board.

The Augsburg University experience was, and continues to be, a significant influence on her life.

 

 

 

Past events

 

On October 12, 2021, AWE sponsored the virtual event Using History to Better Understand Public Safety. Engaging the history of race and community-police relations in Minneapolis provides context and perspective to consider as citizens weigh options for moving forward. The discussion was led by two Augsburg University Professors. Dr. William Green (https://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/greenb/) presented his article, “An Ever-Present Impulse: The Legacy of Anti-Black Violence and the Paradox of Minnesota Exceptionalism” and Dr. Michael Lansing (https://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/lans…) spoke about his article, “Policing Politics: Labor, Race and the Police Officers Federation in Minneapolis, 1945-1972”. The event was moderated by Augsburg University Pastor Rev. Babette Chatman.

A recording of the event is available:

Want to learn more about AWE?

Formed in 2009, the Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) Philanthropy Council strengthens a culture of philanthropy and engagement through connecting, learning, and giving opportunities for Augsburg women and friends, in order to make a difference in the lives of Augsburg students. AWE provides a platform to engage and connect women with their passion of supporting Augsburg, and particularly women’s education and development. AWE fully supports Augsburg’s commitment to equity and inclusion and seeks to expand alumnae representation on the council, as well as support current and future Auggies from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

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