Augsburg celebrated the holiday period in true Norweigian style, and nearly fifty Augsburg Associates volunteered at the 2017 Velkommen Jul festivities on December 1. Many volunteers were busy putting in extra days to make special Norwegian treats, and arrived early to help butter bread and lefse, and ensure that the event was a huge success.
There was exceptional student participation, including the Associates scholarship students who served waffles to hungry patrons. The event celebrated long-standing Augsburg friendships, and encouraged guests to create new friendships from our diverse community. Guests expressed their appreciation with kind words and contributions, and the scholarship baskets gathered a superb $1190.
The Augsburg University Alumni team are serving up a slice of fun! Come and join us at Tony nominated musical “Waitress” on Wednesday, November 22 at Orpheum Theater. Featuring music and lyrics by 6 time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, the show is guaranteed to be a great time– and at $34 per ticket, this deal is as sweet as pie!
Starting at 6 p.m. we will be hosting a pre-theater reception at the Brave New Workshop with plenty of pie, soft drinks and a cash bar. At this reception we will be hosting a talk by Theater professor, Darcey Engen ’88, on the significance of “Waitress” serving up Broadway’s first all-female creative team.
This is an event you wont want to miss– described by Vanity Fair as “a black-and-white cookie where the comic and tragic edges touch but don’t mix” where “you’re laughing one minute… [and] you’re engaged with the difficult things these characters are going through the next”.
Tickets for this event are unfortunately sold-out but if you’re interested please call Becky Waggoner on 612-330-1085 to be put on the wait list!
A Twin Cities holiday tradition that is not to be missed- the Guthrie Theater continues their holiday tradition for the 43rd year.
On Tuesday December 12, the Augsburg Alumni team will be hosting a special Auggie pre-theater reception before the show, which will take place in the Guthrie Theater Target Lounge at 6 p.m., with yummy appetizers and a chance to celebrate holiday spirit with old friends and new!
A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways– Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite.
This coming fall and spring, Augsburg University and Luther Seminary will be presenting three series of presentations and conversations surrounding the Reformation and the rewards of living a life centered in Christ.
October 18, 25, & November 2 – The first series, presented by Dr. Hans Wiersma, will explore the breakthroughs brought on by the Reformation regarding justice, freedom, and vocation.
February 21, 28, & November 2 – Dr. Mark Tranvik will host the second series, which will focus on vocation and its continuation into later years and retirement.
April 18, 25, & May 2 – The last series will be an exploration of Biblical characters who had important experiences in their third chapters of life, presented by Dr. Diane Jacobson.
All talks will take place at 12:00 p.m. at Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave, St. Paul 55108 in the Olson room.
These sessions are inspired by the writings of Jack Fortin, Executive Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary. In his book, The Centered Life, Fortin encourages us to forgo attempts to achieve “balance” between the disparate facets of our lives: family, work, personal care, community involvement, and so on. Balance, he claims, is nearly impossible to maintain when there are so many ways our time and effort can be consumed by pressing needs in one area or another. In our attempts at balance, we can find that instead our lives are fragmented and contradictory, and hinder our aims for a life of purpose and alignment with God’s providence and love.
Instead, Fortin urges us to seek a centered life, one characterized by a consistent, daily focus on God. A life centered on God, he writes, can help us understand who we are and our purpose in life, and enable us to live out our vocation in all facets and moments of life.
Join us this coming October, February, and April for this inspiring series inspired by the concept of the Centered Life, each a set of three talks focused on a particular aspect of living in awareness of God’s presence, especially at later stages in life when the sense of vocation can seem unclear.
Register by visiting the alumni event page. Each three-week series is $45 and includes entrance to all three talks. Presentations will take place at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
You’re invited to an Art & Identity campaign kickoff to meet the artists and view original artwork available for sponsorship. More than 25 pieces are available for sponsorship, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Each unique work was created for the Hagfors Center by area artists, including alumni, faculty, and staff.
Art & Identity Campaign Kickoff
Monday, November 21
Courtyard Marriott, East Town Ballroom
1500 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454
The Augsburg Alumni Board and MBA program invite you back to campus for a FREE networking event on Tuesday, October 25, in the Foss Center Atrium, beginning at 5 p.m. Mingle with fellow alumni and hear the latest in alumni opportunities supporting professional development. We share a common bond and we have a chance to influence successful outcomes for the College and fellow Auggies!
Event Details Date:Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Time:5-7 p.m. Location: Foss Center Atrium, near Hoversten Chapel Cost: Free!
If you have additional questions, please contact Kathy Fagen, Academic Coordinator, at 612-330-1774 or email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you on October 25th!
—Josh Krob ’08, ’15 MBA
Augsburg College Alumni Board
Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with fellow Augsburg alumni at the Delta Dental Turkey Day Run Minneapolis! Since 1989, the Turkey Day Run has brought family, friends and now Augsburg alumni together to start this special day in a healthy way. Join us as we run, jog and walk to finish line and celebrate everything we’re thankful for. We are hoping all Auggies can gather in front of the Cowles Center by 7:40 a.m. so we can take a group photo at 7:45 a.m. before the race begins!
Augsburg alumni receive a special promo code to save $5 on race registration, and if you’re a LifeTime Fitness member, you can save another $5 on registration. Make certain you bring a food donation for Second Harvest Heartland!
More details and information on how to sign up below:
On Sunday, July 17, 45 Augsburg alumni and students from all programs gathered at Soldiers Field Park to spend a beautiful summer afternoon at the first-ever alumni event in Rochester. Alumni families were greeted by alumni director, Katie Koch ‘01, volunteer engagement manager, Katie Radford ‘12, Associate Provost James Gross, and Rochester administrative staff.
Alumni from the Minneapolis and Rochester programs who live in the Rochester area met new friends and reconnected with classmates, co-workers, and neighbors. One of the highlights of the family gathering was to watch so many kids playing together and enjoying new Auggie gear won in the raffle, including mugs, t-shirts, padfolios, and sunglasses.
The Alumni Association looks forward to the next alumni event in Rochester, and is thankful to all who spent the afternoon celebrating summer and our connections to Augsburg.
Mark your calendars for the next great alumni event! On August 6, Auggies Get Fit is a great chance to shape up and explore a new fitness routine, or just get together for a good time with fellow alumni on Nelson Field.
The Young Alumni Council is calling all Auggies to get fit with Augsburg alumni on Saturday, August 6, on campus. If you have not yet registered for Auggies Get Fit, it’s not too late! The first 15 to register get an Auggie collapsible water bottle.
We will be taking over Edor Nelson Field with a morning of yoga followed by a CrossFit-inspired boot camp. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and will be led by Auggie alumna Jill Watson ’10 MBA. Boot camp begins at 10:30 a.m., led by Auggie grads Tyler Reiter ’10 and Dane Bates ’11. Come to one or both sessions. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome!
What: Auggies … Get Fit!
When: Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Where: Edor Nelson Field, Augsburg campus
Cost: $15, all proceeds support the Augsburg Athletic Fund
Join Augsburg alumni and the Augsburg Alumni Board for a dessert reception following the MasterworksChorale of Augsburg’s Spring Concert, “Finlandia Meets Earth Day,” onApril 23.
Visit with chorale members, members of the Augsburg Alumni Board,MasterworksDirector Dr. Peter Hendrickson’76, and composers Steve Heitzeg and Olli Kortekangas.
Admission to the concert is free.
RSVP onlineor call the Alumni Association to register at 612-330-1085.
MasterworksChorale of Augsburg Spring Concert – Finlandia Meets Earth Day Date:Saturday, April 23, 2016 Time:2 p.m.Concert 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.Reception Location:Central Lutheran Church,333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Featuring: Litanies for the Livingby Steve Heitzeg
Seven Songs for Planet Earth, byOlli Kortekangas– Midwest Premiere in Minneapolis
Seven Songs for Planet Earth, Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’s symphonic cantata with Earth Day texts by Wendell Berry, will receive its Midwest premiere on the Earth Day weekend, withmezzo-sopranoNicole Warner’01,baritoneAaron Larson, Nancy Grundahl’s children’s choir Angelica Cantanti, and theMasterworks Chorale of Augsburg College, conducted by Peter Hendrickson. The work was first performed in 2011 in Washington D.C., and has since received both American and Finnish performances.