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1 AUGSBURG NOW INSIDE FALL 2015 | VOL. 78, NO. 1 Sideline support SCHOLARSHIP Beyond fjords and freeways Boom or bust Homecoming 2015 IN ACTION

2 Vice President of Marketing and Communication Rebecca John 13 MBA [email protected] Director of News and Media Services Stephanie Weiss [email protected] NOTES FROM PRESIDENT PRIBBENOW Director of Marketing Communication On being faculty-guided Stephen Jendraszak [email protected] Communication Copywriter In recent issues of Augsburg Now (apparently still politics of the Mississippi River over three and and Editorial Coordinator the name of this fine publicationsee page 7!), a half months. Makes you want to go back to Laura Swanson 15 MBA Ive written about our Augsburg2019 vision to be college! [email protected] a new kind of student-centered urban university, Stories of relevant and timely research, such as the project undertaken by Associate Professor Creative Associate small to our students and big for the world. Denielle Johnson 11 Ive also turned cultural myths on their heads, of Sociology Tim Pippert to explore the impact [email protected] arguing that colleges should be student-ready of the oil boom in North Dakota, seeking to and not the other way around. understand the various social implications for Marketing Copywriter As compelling as our vision is, the student- the communities at the center of the dramatic Christina Haller centered and student-ready Augsburg still has at change. Its the Gold Rush all over again, but [email protected] its heart a distinguished and dedicated faculty with 21st century challenges to the well-being of whose commitment to our students and their individuals and communities. Production Manager education is as it always has beenunparalleled, Stories of faithful service, which has been Mark Chamberlain hard-working, and full of imagination and resolve. recognized by President Obama in naming [email protected] In other words, as we aspire to be student- Augsburg one of five finalists (for the second year Photographer centered, we will always be faculty-guided. in a row) for the Presidents Award for Interfaith Stephen Geffre In all of my travels to visit alumni on behalf Dialogue and Service. Our robust interfaith work [email protected] of Augsburg, the conversation inevitably turns with students and our neighbors is led by faculty to the faculty member who asked the right members Martha Stortz and Matt Maruggi from Advancement Communication question, introduced a new way of thinking, the Religion Department, along with College Specialist became a mentor, stayed in touch, changed my Pastor Sonja Hagander and Distinguished Fellow Jen Lowman Day [email protected] life. The values and commitments of the legends Mark Hanson 68. And dont miss the fun of Augsburgs facultyChristensen, Chrislock, interview with Nancy Fischer, associate professor Contributor Torstenson, Quanbeck, Peterson, Nelson, Colacci, of sociology and urban studies, who ties her Kate H. Elliott Sateren, Mitchell, Hesser, Shackelford, Gus, research about secondhand clothes to serving the Gabeare now alive in the Augsburg faculty of needs of our neighbors. augsburg.edu the 21st century. For almost 150 years, it has been Augsburgs And some of their stories are in the pages faculty who have guided our work as a college Augsburg Now is published by Augsburg College that follow. and whose wisdom and experience have 2211 Riverside Ave. Stories of creative and groundbreaking equipped our students to change the world. May Minneapolis, MN 55454 teaching, such as the work of Associate Professor it always be so. of Political Science Joe Underhill, whose 15-year Opinions expressed in Augsburg dream to spend a semester with students on the Faithfully yours, Now do not necessarily reflect official College policy. Mississippi River is now a reality with this falls River Semester. Imagine a dozen students, ISSN 1058-1545 two faculty members, and a river guide or two traveling almost 1,800 miles from St. Paul to Send address corrections to: New Orleans in canoes, engaging the biology and PAUL C. PRIBBENOW, PRESIDENT [email protected] Email: [email protected]

3 AUGSBURG NOW Fall 2015 02 Around the quad 08 Annual report to donors 10 Uncorking the mysteries of wine 13 Sideline support 18 Beyond fjords and freeways 20 Boom or bust 26 Homecoming 2015 28 Auggies connect 32 Class notes 40 In memoriam On the cover: A pump jack extracts oil from the Bakken shale formation that lies miles below a field of grain outside Williston, North Dakota. Learn about the states new oil landscape: pages 20-25. 26 Correction: In the Summer 2015 issue of Augsburg Now, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota mistakenly was identified as a U.S. senator in the article Making their mark, which described a research experience that drew a student-faculty duo to East Africa and Capitol Hill. All photos by Stephen Geffre unless otherwise indicated. Andrew Held 05 celebrates his 10-year class reunion and totes his daughter, Mabel, through the Taste of Augsburg at Homecoming 2015. Learn more about Homecoming events and honorees on pages 26 and 32.

4 A scene from the River Semester launch event held September 1. AUGGIES MAKE A SPLASH AUGGIE PLAN WITH HANDS-ON LEARNING OFFERS PATHWAY The first-ever Augsburg College River Semestera three-and-a-half month to four-year degree program in which a dozen students as well as faculty members will travel almost 2,000 miles of the 2,350-mile Mississippi River from St. Paul to This past spring, officials from New Orleans while studying the arts, humanities, and sciencesdeparted Augsburg College and Minneapolis from St. Pauls Harriet Island on September 1. As part of the kickoff, the Community and Technical College River Semester class, created and led by Associate Professor of Political launched the Auggie Plan, an efficient Science Joe Underhill, was and affordable track to a four-year joined by a group of nearly degree for students whose academic This is my ideal form of higher education. achievement at MCTC prepares them 100 community members Its experiential, engaged with the community, for upper-level coursework at Augsburg. who paddled in canoes from St. Paul to South St. interdisciplinary, physical, and mental. This partnership was a natural fit for Paul. Many media outlets Joe Underhill, lead River Semester professor the colleges as both are located in the Winona Daily News, September 15 heart of Minneapolis, provide student covered the launch, and Minnesota Gov. Mark support services, value intentional Dayton proclaimed September 1 Follow the crew on their journey at diversity, and are committed to Augsburg College River Semester Day. augsburg.edu/river/blog. developing future leaders. 2 Augsburg Now

5 COLLEGE AWARDS 2015 Augsburg College is nationally recognized for its commitment to intentional diversity in its life and work. This years accolades include: The 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the Colleges commitment to intentional diversity and student engagement and activism. Placing No. 6 on the UCLA Higher Education Research Institutes 2015 Rankings of the Best Christian Colleges and Universities published based on academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates Augsburg College physician assistant students gather outside their new in the job market. classrooms in Northwestern Hall at Luther Seminary. The American Indian Science and Engineering Societys Winds of Change magazines Top 200 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Schools for Native Americansthe second time since 2013 Augsburg earned this recognition relocates to Luther Seminary campus for its American Indian support community and graduation rates. Augsburg Colleges Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Ranking No. 5 on College Magazines Most program recently relocated to a leased space on the Luther Seminary Transgender-Friendly College list for working campus in St. Paul. The new location provides improved educational and to make campus welcoming for transgender office space for the program and makes room on Augsburgs main campus students and offering comfort, safety, and for other groups whose current space doesnt fully support their needs. freedom to all students. The agreement with Luther Seminary models the type of collaborative Recognition as one of five U.S. finalists for the partnership that Augsburg, as a new kind of urban university, seeks. 2015 Presidents Higher Education Community Augsburgs signature PA program will have effective space to remain Service Honor Roll with Distinction in interfaith competitive, and Luther Seminary will be able to better optimize the use and community servicethe only institution of its own facilities. In addition, since Luther Seminary primarily serves named a finalist in both 2014 and 2015. graduate-level students, the Augsburg PA program aligns with the campuss Being named a 2016 Military Friendly School commitment to graduate academic achievement and contributes to its for extraordinary work in providing transitioning vibrant higher education experience. veterans the best possible experience in higher education. GRANT OF NEARLY $450,000 FUNDS INTERNSHIPS FOR 200 AUGGIES An Augsburg College education plays an efforts in these areas garnered a boost first-generation students interested in integral role in preparing our worlds future when the nonprofit Great Lakes Higher the opportunities available at for-profit leaders to make meaningful contributions Education Guaranty Corporation extended corporations and nonprofit organizations. to their communities, businesses, for an additional three years the Career Moreover, this grant supports the Colleges governments, and families. At the same Ready Internship grant first awarded to Clair and Gladys Strommen Center for time, Augsburg offers opportunities for Augsburg in 2014-15. In all, the College Meaningful Worka highly visible anchor students to gain on-the-job and internship will receive nearly $450,000 through the of the Colleges commitment to students experience so that they can focus on new grant, which will be used to create experiential education and vocational their vocational exploration. The Colleges 200 paid internships for low-income and discernment. Fall 2015 3

6 BOARD OF REGENTS welcomes new member At its annual meeting in September, the Augsburg Corporation elected a new member to the Board of Regents and reelected Courtesy Photo several board members. Vicki Turnquist [pictured] was elected to her first, four-year term. She has more than 30 years of banking experience and serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Independent Bank in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Unhealthy trees are safely removed from campus. Turnquist was the founder and CEO of Private Bank Minnesota, which sold in June 2014. EMBRACING GREEN HORIZONS Regents elected to a second, four-year term include: In late summer, two of the three remaining elm trees in Augsburgs quad Karen (Miller) Durant 81, vice president an alumni gift from more than 50 years agowere removed because of and controller of Tennant Company; Dutch Elm disease. While it was sad to lose the trees, the College reserved Matthew Entenza, an attorney in private some of the wood to be transformed into pieces of art, partnering with Tom practice at the Entenza Law Firm; and Peter, a local certified arborist and woodturning artist. Jeffrey Nodland 77, president and CEO of The elms created wonderful character of space in the quad for decades KIK Custom Products. and have helped inspire a longer-term vision of the central campus as a larger green space that, over time, will become an even more significant Those elected to third, four-year terms include: component of campus life. The design for an expanded quad is one of the Andra Adolfson, business development principal ideas resulting from work done in 2011 to develop a campus director for Adolfson & Peterson master plan and has inspired new thinking around a special campaign Construction; and effort to support the creation of an urban arboretuma multi-functional Rolf Jacobson, pastor, writer, speaker, green space that deepens the student, faculty, staff, and community and professor of Old Testament at Luther experience through hands-on education, research, and recreation. Seminary. LEADING FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATIONS SUPPORT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN A recent $1 million grant from the of the Hagfors Center, including the Bush through the Hagfors Center received Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has helped Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates generous funding from the Margaret the campaign to build the Norman and Foundation, and the Eli Lilly and Company A. Cargill Foundation, said Heather Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Foundation. The campaign also received Riddle, vice president for Institutional Business, and Religion to surpass its goal. support from 3M, Ameriprise Financial, Advancement. The Hagfors Center will During the fundraising campaign, General Mills, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. support Augsburg in expanding research several large philanthropic foundations We are honored that the Colleges opportunities and will help shape student and corporations joined forces in support work to promote interdisciplinary studies learning for 21st century realities. 4 Augsburg Now

7 AROUND THE QUAD This fall, the Student Lounge in the Christensen Center reopened following a renovation designed to offer improved spaces for student organization meetings, community events, study sessions, andof coursefun. CONVOCATION SERIES 2015-16 SAVE THE DATE Now in its 25th year, the Convocation Series offers the Augsburg Join us on Monday, January 18, for community an opportunity to share in enlightening conversation the annual Martin Luther King Jr. with outstanding leaders and visionaries. Convocation, and on Tuesday, February 16, In September, the series kicked off with the joint Bernhard M. for the Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics Christensen Symposium and Fine Arts and Humanities Convocation featuring Donald Warne, a member of the featuring renowned author, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and PBS Oglala Lakota Tribe and director of the NewsHour contributor Richard Rodriguez and his presentation Master of Public Health Program at North Living Religion. Rodriguez is recognized for writing about Dakota State University. provocative topics such as education, race, politics, the AIDS epidemic, and religious violence. All events are free, public, and held in the Courtesy Photos In November, the Center for Wellness and Counseling Convocation Foss Center. For detailed information, go welcomed Antony Stately, director of the Behavioral Health to augsburg.edu/convo. Program for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and his presentation, Running into the Storm: Renewal of the Spirit. Fall 2015 5

8 ON THE SPOT Nancy Fischer discusses The Social Life of Secondhand Clothes Photos taken at Succotash 781 Raymond Ave., St. Paul REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE. a rebellion against post-war consumerism, an appreciation of craftsmanship, and eco- where in some cases it has undermined traditional garment-making industries. For decades this adage has prescribed an consciousness (as a political statement Vintage clothingas a subset of approach for improving individuals personal against a wasteful society). In the late secondhandis advantageous because it impact on the environment, and today the once 1960sfirst in London, then in New York tends to retain its value. Vintage clothes underrated middle R is among the chicest ways Cityfashionable youth started visiting thrift also reveal our own industrial history. to go green. stores, purchasing Edwardian coats and We see those Made in the USA labels, Augsburg College Associate Professor Victorian petticoats, and vintage dressing and sometimes more specifically Made Nancy Fischer teaches courses in sociology; began to move into the mainstream. in Minneapolis. Theres value in that environmental studies; urban studies; and The emergence of the vintage trend historical glimpse at the past. gender, sexuality, and womens studies. Her accompanied a global expansion and current project, The Social Life of Secondhand Clothes, is a sociological analysis of the standardization of the international garment industry. People who buy vintage usually buy new clothing as well, but vintage shopping Q: Whats your favorite vintage piece to wear? A: secondhand and vintage clothing industry. I have a favorite for every season. For provides a different experience; you never Fischer is exploring the emergence of secondhand winter in Minnesota, my favorite is know what you might find. clothing as a trend in pop culture, the places and a 1950s plaid swing coat. It was made in urban spaces that sell these clothes, and the Q: How is purchasing secondhand Dallas(!) from boiled wool, which is thick many reasons people buy them. Here is a glimpse clothing advantageous for society? and super warm. Its custom-made, and I into an area of the fashion world where some always picture the Texan coat-maker taking looks are truly timeless. A: Buying secondhand clothing generally is a form of reuse and keeps clothing on this garment as a rare challenge. Go to augsburg.edu/now to learn more about the Q: What factors have contributed to the out of landfills. Ideally, clothing should social life of secondhand clothing. emergence of vintage clothing as a never go into landfills. Torn and dirty popular fashion trend? clothing can be reused as insulation and Nancy Fischer is collaborating with other as paper. But that doesnt mean we should secondhand clothing lovers on a new book. A: Wearing old, out-of-style clothing was first a subcultural fashion statement think beatniks, hippies, and punks. It was buy clothes with abandon and then donate them. Most secondhand clothing winds If you wear vintage and are interested in discussing your role as a consumer as part up being shipped to developing countries of her research, email [email protected] 6 Augsburg Now

9 AROUND THE QUAD AUGSBURG HOSTS FIRST-EVER AUGSBURG NOW CAREER EXPLORATION SERIES to remain name of College magazine Augsburg College this autumn hosted an on-campus career and internship fair along with its first five-week This summer, members of the career exploration series. The students who attended Augsburg College community the fair met with organizations seeking individuals were invited to consider whether trained in disciplines including accounting, biology, the Colleges magazine name, chemistry, communications, computer science, Augsburg Now, aligned with and marketing, religion, and more. supported the publications The major and career exploration series, purpose and key roles. A organized by staff of the Clair and Gladys survey allowed people Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and to share feedback Institutional Advancement, provided nearly on the magazines 175 students opportunities to explore existing name and majors and careers by disciplines. to consider whether The series included programming two options, Augsburg on professional studies, fine arts Experience and Augsburg and humanities, natural and social Spirit, would be better. sciences, pre-health sciences, and the The results from the needs of students still exploring several degree survey point us toward programs. This series was made successful in part retaining the name due to nearly two dozen Augsburg College alumni Augsburg Now. There More than 25 companies and organizations who served as panelists and who shared details about clearly is an established resonance participated in an on-campus career and internship fair. their career paths since graduation. with the current name, which uplifts the publications ability to: Foster inspiration and pride. SIGNS OF CHANGE Provide intellectual stimulation Excitement for the future Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and ongoing education. and Religion grew on campus after its construction site was marked. This multidisciplinary Bridge the Augsburg of today building will house, among other departments, many of the programs currently residing in with peoples past experiences. Science Halla building that had its own site marker as pictured [below on right] during the 1947-48 academic year. Define and illustrate what it means to be an Auggie. Help the Augsburg community learn how to talk about itself and equip individuals to advocate for the College. We appreciate the opportunity for conversation on the magazine name and are grateful to all those who took time to participate in this process. Archive Photo Fall 2015 7

10 AUGSBURG COLLEGE G enerous donors have come together to make this the 2014-2015 most successful fundraising year in Augsburg College ANNUAL REPORT history. Driven largely by contributions to the campaign for the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, TO DONORS Business, and Religion, alumni and friends gave $35,404,222 during fiscal year 2014-15. This is the fourth year in a row in which donors have contributed more than $10 million to the College and more than doubled last years total of $14.6 million. In addition Aybike Bakan 11, 15 MPA Dahlberg and Peterson Family Scholarship Hometown: Istanbul Studying: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Favorite thing about Augsburg: I appreciate its focus on community service and social justice. It also allowed me to grow as an open-minded individual and encouraged me to seek meaning in the work that I want to do in the future. Joseph David J.D. Mechelke 16 David Huglen Strommen Endowment, the Glen and Marilyn Person Scholarship, and the Joel and Mary Ann Elftmann Scholarship Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota Studying: Youth and Family Ministry Augsburg Colleges influence: I have become vocation-centered, concerned with social justice, and I am learning to connect faith to social issues. 8 Augsburg Now

11 to providing crucial funding for the transformative Hagfors Center, the philanthropy of more than 5,600 donors this year REVENUE BY SOURCE helps Augsburg attract talented students and the dedicated 67% Tuition faculty and staff who teach and guide them. The gifts 11% Room and board provide financial aid, building maintenance and support, and instructional and other resources that allow Augsburg 11% Private gifts and grants to educate informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical 4% Government grants thinkers, and responsible leaders. 7% Other sources EXPENSES BY CATEGORY 43% Salary and benefits 28% Financial aid 19% Operating expenses* 3% Debt service 3% Utilities and insurance 2% Capital improvements 2% Student salaries *Expenses in this category include: facility repairs and maintenance, information technology expenditures, marketing expenditures, membership dues and fees, outside consultants, supplies, and travel and business meetings. ENDOWMENT MARKET VALUE $40.5 May 31, 2015$40,463,556 $38.3 $34.6 $33.3 $32.4 $31.5 $29.8 $28.2 $27.2 $27.8 $24.5 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (IN MILLIONS) Aisha Mohamed 16 As of May 31, 2015, Augsburg had annual realized and General Memorial Scholarship unrealized gains of 10.7 percent on the Augsburg College endowment. The five-year average annual return on the Hometown: Minneapolis endowment is 7.12 percent, and the 10-year average Studying: Biology annual return is 4.47 percent. The College is committed to Proudest academic achievement: Being able to say maintaining the value of the principal in order to provide Im a biology major and feeling at home in a lab. support to the College in perpetuity. Fall 2015 9

12 sales guy for the company. Once again her inquisitiveness pulled through for her. It just so happened that he, in fact, was the winemaker and CEO of Napa Wine Company. Their friendship blossomed, and his knowledge helped hers to grow. So I always joke BY CHRISTINA HALLER that I got into the wine business by working out, said Chou. Soon after that serendipitous encounter, Childrens Jennifer Chou 99 has never been afraid to ask deep and Home Society, for whom Chou volunteered, asked if she probing questionsa quality that helped her to make would request wine donations from distributors for their the most of her time at Augsburg, where students are annual winemakers dinner. encouraged to explore their talents and learn through I said, Yeah, Im fearless, Im not afraid to ask! hands-on experiences in order to find their callings. Her Chou recalled. So I went and asked four different thirst for inquiry, as well as her ambition, helped get her to distributors for wine donations, and they said, Wow, you where she is todaya successful entrepreneur who made a really know quite a bit about wine and seem to enjoy it. career out of her great interest in and passion for vino. Have you ever thought about selling it? So Chou took a job selling wines for a distributor, Craving knowledge traveling to California, Oregon, France, Italy, and South Chous curiosity sparked her fascination with wine. During Africa to gain a deeper understanding of each suppliers her childhood, she noticed her grandmother would always wine so she could better sell it. serve wine at holidays. What does wine taste like? Why is wine only for grownups? Why is wine enjoyed on special Learning over a glass of wine occasions? Because of her extensive wine savvy, friends started asking Chous enthusiasm grew into a passion. While an her for wine etiquette advice. Augsburg College student, she further explored her I would get asked questions like, How am I interest by joining a monthly wine club where she supposed to hold a glass of wine, under the bowl or the attended tasting events to learn morefrom how to stem? Are you supposed to swirl the glass? In a restaurant, identify main flavor and scent components to the basic why does the server present the bottle? said Chou. This characteristics of all the varietal grapes to the histories of was stuff my friends realized they needed to know in order the worlds best wine-producing regions. to stay relevant in the business worldhosting clients at a restaurant or thanking someone with a bottle of wine. Seizing key opportunities As a way to share her knowledge and enlighten others, As a communication studies major and business minor, she founded The Savvy Grape, a business dedicated Chou found work as a financial advisor shortly after to educating people about wine through fun, hands-on graduation. While attending job-training courses in experiences. To be an authority on the subject, Chou Dallas, she made friends with a man in the hotel gym who became a Certified Wine Specialist. This certification recommended a very specific wine to her. She bluntly told required rigorous examinations by the Society of Wine him that shed never heard of it, and asked if he was a Educators, testing Chous expertise and mastery of 10 Augsburg Now

13 viticulture and wine production. Chou quickly found a niche with professional organizations and was able to start out by connecting with fellow Auggies who were also business owners. Being an Augsburg alumna helped because one thing I always find is that Auggies like to help other Auggies! said Chou. For employers, such as finance and law firms, Chou educates people about wine etiquette while providing a fun and entertaining wine-tasting activity at events such as member drives, holiday parties, employee development conferences, and client appreciation events. At these events, Chou teaches people how to taste wine like a professional, offers tips on food and wine pairings, and answers attendees questions about wine. Fighting for what you believe in In order for Chou to legally pour wine in a corporate event space, she had to work hard lobbying to change the law, making it legal for a licensed wine educator like herself to hold wine education events in commercial spaces. With determination and grit, Chou hit the pavement, reaching out to her local senators and representatives to see who would be willing to assist. She found Minnesota Sen. Dan Hall 74 who helped her to navigate the system at the Capitol and get the Wine Educator License signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012. Making a living out of wine Chous unquenchable curiosity for the world, unstoppable work ethic, liberal arts education, and strong Auggie connections helped to make her dream of making a living out of wine a reality.

14 Chou has authored Wine Savvy, a chapter in the book, Socially Smart & Savvy. Below are some of her favorite tips featured in the book. Tips for the wine lover Put red wines in the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before serving, and take white wines out of the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before serving. This will help your red wines be less acidic and allow you to taste more flavor in your whites. Dont know what to give as a hostess gift? When in doubt, choose a sparkling wine, or bubbly, as Chou likes to call it. You can spend as little or as much as your budget allows, and its festive for most occasions. Not sure which wine to order in a restaurant? Ask the server for a sample to see if you like it. A restaurant would prefer that you like a wine and order more rather than not like it and order water. This works especially well if you are trying to order a bottle for the table. 12 Augsburg Now

15 Student Sports Medicine Assistant Kayla Fuechtmann 16 T Augsburg athletic trainers he score was tied at 2-2 in the fourth inning as a University of I am forever in debt to Missy for all she did for me, said Bambenek, collaborate across campus Wisconsin-Stout slugger knocked a who today is co-owner of the Great and within the community to foul ball down the right field line. Lakes Baseball Academy in Woodbury, Auggie outfielder Brian Bambenek 07 Minnesota. She is an incredible trainer achieve a holistic approach sailed through the airglove extended. who truly loves Augsburg College, and we to the safety and wellness of The ball landed in the pocket, then still find time to catch up a few times a popped out as his body slammed into an year. And her cutting-edge research in arm student-athletes BY KATE H. ELLIOTT unprotected portion of fence at the Hubert care continues to influence my work with H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. athletes. After minutes of darkness, the These types of bonds with athletic then-seniors eyes blinked opened to see training staff are the norm at Augsburg. Augsburg Colleges Head Athletic Trainer During her 18-year tenure, Strauch Missy Strauch hovering over him. She has built an expert, dynamic team monitored numbness in his fingers and of professional trainers and student toes, held his hand in the ambulance, assistants who collaborate across campus and called his parents, Nancy and Mike, and within the community to achieve to report that their son had injured three a holistic approach to the safety and disks in his neck. wellness of Augsburgs more than 500 During the days and weeks that student-athletes. followed, Strauch went well beyond her Its fast-paced, passionate work. job description to get Bambenek back in Strauch and her staff know players action. names. They generate daily injury reports Fall 2015 13

16 part-time enterprise to a comprehensive team that features four certified athletic trainers, one athletic training intern, one physician assistant fellow, 11 student sports medicine assistants, two physicians, one chiropractor, and two physical therapists. As students at Augsburg in the late 50s and early 60s, we didnt have athletic trainers. Coaches took care of taping, injury rehab, and other training situations. The technology, knowledge, equipment, facilities, communication, and pre-season conditioning available to coaches and student-athletes now is remarkable, said Osberg, who served Student Sports Medicine Assistants Jack Duffy 16 (left) and Alison Ranum 17 (right) aid Auggie as head coach for 14 years and as an running back Michael Busch 16. assistant coach from 2007-10. I respect and conduct pre- and post-season would stack our programs continuity Missy and her staff having observed their screenings, and a member of the of care against any of them. And you mentoring of student assistants, poise medical staff travels with every team to wont find stronger bonds. I should show when handling serious injuries, and focus most away contests. Strauch demands you our stack of Christmas cards and on the latest training techniques. best practices and has championed wedding invitations from former student- Womens hockey player Claire increased data collection and the athletes. Those personal connections Cripps 16 is one such student who adoption of many advancements, make all the difference. can testify to the programs expert including the computerized concussion Baseball head coach Keith Bateman attention and nurturing approach. Days evaluation system, IMPACT. She and agrees. before midterms last year, the forward her staff connect with professors to First-year and transfer student- sustained a concussion on the ice, formulate accommodations for injured athletes are often a little hesitant to leaving her with headaches, dizziness, student-athletes. disclose an injury because they are sensitivity to light, and an inability to At its core, our role is about afraid of not playing. And coaches like focus for almost two weeks. relationshipsbuilding trust with being in charge, so I would say many Missy sent an email to the dean and coaches and student-athletes and athletic trainers run into walls with team each of my professors explaining what developing supportive partnerships leadership. But not here, not with Missy. happened, which led to postponing my throughout campus and with She wont let them or us get away with exams until I had the ability to study and professionals in the community. We work that, said Bateman, who is in his 13th focus again, said the exercise science to become part of the team. Assistant year at Augsburg. She and her staff major who plans to pursue a doctorate Mitch Deets, for instance, camped for a become such a part of our teams that they of physical therapy. There were no week in northern Minnesota for a cross know when players are having a bad day issues with any of my professors, and country team training trip. Assistant by the way they carry themselves. They they all wished me well, which made me Athletic Trainer Kassi Nordmeyer will want student-athletes to play, to be tough, really feel that sense of community that be traveling to Boston with volleyball but not to be stupid. convinced me to come to Augsburg after this fall and then wrestling and softball my first visit to campus. throughout the year, said Strauch, who A thoughtful evolution works specifically with football, mens and womens hockey, and baseball. Former head football coach Jack Advancements in prevention We dont have all the bells and Osberg 62 worked closely with Strauch Although the most common injuries are whistles of Division I schools, but I for more than 10 years, watching the routine sprains and bruises, concussions sports medicine program grow from a and other serious traumas are a growing 14 Augsburg Now

17 area of concern as student-athletes of excellence in class, so when she turned activity, we need flawless posture and speed, size, and strength has increased. in a below-average lab assignment, I movement, and this restorative approach But, Strauch says, the diagnosis, called Missy right away, said Enke, who helps us achieve just that, Rasmussen treatment, and rehabilitation also served as Augsburgs head softball coach said. Having a team of people who have improved. In collaboration with for 21 seasons. I knew the student are concerned with the health of our Twin Cities Orthopedics, Augsburgs had experienced a concussion weeks athletes is hugely important. We recently implementation of IMPACT (Immediate prior because Missy called me after the collaborated on rehab for a hockey player Post-Concussion Assessment and incident. [When] we realized that the with a torn ACL. She is returning to play Cognitive Testing) establishes a baseline injury affected the student-athletes this year and was the top performing for each student-athlete so that health ability to analyze ... the entire campus woman among the five teams reviewed care professionals can quickly and community came together in support. during our conditioning test. accurately measure changes and Thats what we do at Augsburg. potential damage in the aftermath of a concussion. The teams cutting- And, while Augsburg Athletics employs progressive protocols to safely Inspiring mindful student- edge equipment and data collection, assess and treat injuries, the College athletes paired with the Colleges longstanding is equally focused on prevention. In Mental health and nutrition also are relationships with area doctors, ensure June, Ryan Rasmussen came on board as pillars of wellness that the Athletics that concussions are addressed promptly Augsburgs head strength and conditioning staff is committed to addressing in a and thoroughly. coach and has since worked closely with collective, proactive manner. Sports Dr. B.J. Anderson, who serves as athletic trainers to keep student-athletes medicine professionals advise student- Augsburgs director of general medicine, in optimum condition. He is the first athletes about the latest in nutrition and said the Colleges sports medicine collegiate strength and conditioning coach collaborate regularly with Augsburgs program offers a gold standard of certified in a novel restorative movement Center for Wellness and Counseling to care, particularly when it comes to approach called RESET. Rasmussen ensure student-athletes are aware of addressing serious injuries. says the system pinpoints and eliminates the centers resources and community Ive worked with athletic trainers compensation patterns, empowering support. Center Director Nancy Guilbeault across the globe, and Augsburgs team Augsburg student-athletes to return to said anxiety and stress are increasingly is second to none, said Anderson, play faster and achieve better performance present in student-athletes lives, but who is a primary care provider for the through optimal movement. Augsburg is committed to helping all University of Minnesota Boynton Health To reap the full benefits of physical students have healthy, happy college days. Service. The Colleges neurocognitive testing is state of the art, and the staffs relationship with me and other doctors results in continuity of care. We get them in early, address the problem, and get them back in action. Its collaboration and conversation among Augsburg faculty and staff that make all the difference in ensuring student-athletes perform their best in competition and in the classroom. When Carol Enke, instructor for Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, noticed that a typically advanced student turned in puzzlingly poor work, she reached out to her colleagues. Earlier in the semester, I had used the student-athletes work as an example Head Athletic Trainer Missy Strauch assists offensive lineman Andrew Konieczny 15 during Augsburgs Homecoming football game.

18 This fall, we worked with Athletics to develop four sessions for incoming student-athletes to address alcohol consumption, mindfulness, body image, and healthy relationships. Athletics, more than many, knows the importance of working as a team to confront the challenges our students face, so they are wonderful partners, said Guilbeault, who has worked at Augsburg for 36 years. Coaches and athletic training staff are 13 often the first to notice when a student-athlete might need to talk with us, and they stick with them throughout the processoften walking them over to the Center or attending a session with them. Guilbeault says mental health is often tied with injuries, as student-athletes feel stress associated with letting the team down or experience mental health 12 issues because of certain physical traumas. Her team of counselors and the Centers collaboration with a psychiatrist and community resources ensure students receive optimum care. Our students receive up to 10 counseling sessions each academic year, and if they need additional support beyond that, we refer them to one of our community partners and keep up with their care, Guilbeault said. Mindfulness meditation techniques are particularly important for student-athletes because the approach encourages student-athletes to be aware of their bodies and present moments, becoming more resilient to stress. Building on a strong foundation Like any strong foundation, the sports medicine teams roster of professionals and holistic, collaborative approach took years to build; but behind the staff hires, the new technology, and personal bonds is Strauch driving herself and her staff to become more than just trainers who wrap ankles. They are a passionate team of professionals who will do whatever it takesfrom stirring the Crock-Pot at potlucks to calling professors to ensure student-athletes have the tools and support they need to succeed and achieve their life goals. Our profession has changed dramatically in the past TRAINING CENTER BUSTLES WITH ENERGY decade. Many of my mentors were focused solely on the injury, and we now take a much broader view, a much more involved role, Strauch said. And the best part about it is that we will continue to grow and continue to In this photo illustration, the Augsburg College training center is a adapt to the demands of the future. hive of activity. Student-athletes buzz in and out to get care before Augsburg is a community dedicated to finding new and after practices and games while athletic training staff assess and better ways to support our students in every aspect of injuries. After professional staff determine the appropriate care for their lives. And Athletics is a family of student-athletes, a student-athlete, the Colleges student sports medicine assistants parents, coaches, and trainersall striving to do better, implement treatment and get hands-on practice in their field of work harder, and represent the best of Augsburg. I love study. The training center always is humming with action and this school. Go Auggies! support meant to help Auggies do their best in competition and in the classroom. 16 Augsburg Now

19 2 4 1 6 3 5 7 8 14 11 10 9 Assistant Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer Missy Strauch Carter Denison 17, Marta Anderson 17, Logan Hortop 17, a sports 1 Assistant Softball Coach Melissa 4 completes a knee evaluation on and Ashley Waalen 17. 12 medicine assistant, tapes the Lee 04 and Assistant Athletic Trainer soccer player Mohamed Sankoh 16. ankle of Sean Adams 17, a member of Mitchell Deets work at the electronic Jorden Gannon 18 gets post- the cross country and track teams. record check-in station. Jerrome Martin 17 is treated 8 football practice hydrotherapy. 5 with a cold compress before Sports Medicine Assistant Assistant Athletic Trainer Kassi football practice. R.J. Cervenka 16, a football player, 13 Kristopher Woods 17 delivers 2 Nordmeyer administers a 9 ices his shoulder after practice. wound care to football player Tyler Sis 16. pre-practice ultrasound on Jessica Kayla Fuechtmann 16, a sports Lillquist 16, a member of the volleyball 6 medicine assistant and hockey Sports Medicine Assistant Beth Silvia Cha 19, member of the and basketball teams. player, hauls a hydration cooler back 10 Zook 17 tapes the ankle of 14 cross country team, does ankle from practice. soccer player Ngochinyan Ollor 15. rehabilitation. Courtney Lemke 17, volleyball, 3 is treated with hot packs and Soccer players receive Student Medicine Assistant Aden electric stimulation. 7 hydrotherapy. The players are, 11 Lehman 17 tapes the ankle of from left, sports medicine assistant football player Mac Kittelson 16. Fall 2015 17

20 Caitlin Crowley 16, left, and Associate Professor Phil Adamo peruse documents in the archive area of Lindell Library. Professors team with The new book, to be published closely with the Red Cross, Minneapolis during 2019, will include previously Emergency Preparedness Team, and the students to research and untold stories from the early years of Minneapolis Police Department to set share College history the College. For example, the story up the Family Assistance Center, a place of Augsburgs first president, August where family members of missing victims BY STEPHEN JENDRASZAK Weenaas, and the sacrifices he made to gathered to receive news updates, talk found Augsburg is told in From Fjord with grief counselors, and more. I f youre interested in the history of to Freeway. But largely unremarked Perhaps most importantly, this Augsburg College, youre probably upon is the story of Valborg Weenaas, new look at Augsburgs past will strive familiar with From Fjord to Freeway, his wife, who followed him from Norway to address the history of ideas that a book published by long-time professor to Marshall, Wisconsin. She eventually have shaped and been shaped by the of history Carl Chrislock 37 in 1969. housed 10-20 students in their home, community. The publication, which tells the story moved to Minneapolis when Augsburg What Im interested in, which of the first 100 years of the College, is did the same, and passed away in the is not done very often, is a history of receiving renewed interest and attention Twin Cities at only 37. ideas, Adamo said. Those ideas are as we approach the institutions Of course, the book also will wide-rangingfrom theological issues sesquicentennial in 2019. address the events of the 50 years early on to evolution, which was a But no history is complete. that have elapsed since the earlier controversial subject in religious circles. Phil Adamo, associate professor of works publication, such as Augsburgs This was new stuff when the College was history and director of the honors program, response to the 2007 collapse of the founded. is authoring a new book with students to Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis The book is a deeply collaborative bring further aspects of the impact and and its aftermath. The College offered effort, giving students opportunities to personality of the College to life. its campus facilities to and worked hone their skills in research and writing 18 Augsburg Now

21 while producing a work for publication This is the third summer Adamo of tools Chrislock could only have and being credited as contributors. has worked with a group of student imagined in 1969smartphone apps Students this past summer worked researchers on the project. Students and the Internetto share the broader in the College archives with Adamo in the first two summers each wrote history of Augsburgs Cedar-Riverside every weekday morning, and donated a single, extensive chapter, but this neighborhood. Jacqui deVries, professor a portion of their hours to cataloging summers group focused on a series of of history and director of general documents for the College archives. shorter vignettes. Students explored education, and Kirsten Delegard, scholar Caitlin Crowley16, a transfer student leaders including former College in residence in the history department and history major, documented letters presidents George Sverdrup, class of and creator of the Historyapolis Project from Augsburgs fifth president, 1898, and Oscar Anderson38; Dean of (historyapolis.com)an endeavor Bernhard Christensen22, to Auggies Women Gerda Mortensen; coaches and to share the first narrative history of serving in World War II. athletes like Edor Nelson38 and Devean Minneapolis in more than 40 yearsare He was the president of the George99; and events such as the working with Anduin Wilhide, a doctoral College; he mustve had a million things admission of women in the 1920s. student at the University of Minnesota, to do, Crowley said. And yet, there It almost felt like being a to develop a digital history tour of the are just folders and folders of personal journalist, Crowley said. We were given area. The project will provide both letters he wrote. [Soldiers] would two topics a week. We also had to write a website and apps for iPhones and respond; he would write back. He would about what was happening outside the Android devices. tell them what was happening at the College during the same time. It was The team is now seeking funding College. It made me really like the guy. a great way to learn about this variety to complete the digital upload Crowleys own family history, in of topics that I previously didnt know process and to engage students in the fact, is entwined with Augsburgs. anything about. researching and writing of additional Her mother, Deborah (Frederickson) Each Friday, the students and tours. The project initially was intended Crowley 76, married her father on Adamo met to read their sections aloud to introduce new students to the campus in the building that bears and critique one anothers work. Phil neighborhood and its rich history, Christensens name. And her maternal could be kind of brutal, which was though, as it grew, it became clear that grandfather, Jerrol Frederickson 43, good, Crowley said. Even after just a it will now serve a broader audience. attended the College for two years few weeks, all of us were getting to be The goal is to have the app available before joining the air force just before much better writers. as the incoming class arrives in fall Pearl Harbor. However, Crowley has yet In addition to Adamo and the 2016, offering a window into the past to find a letter from Christensen to her students working on the book, another just as new students join the Augsburg grandfather. group of historians is making use community, ready to shape its future. President Christensen writes to WWII soldiers BY CAITLIN CROWLEY 16 the story of the school during the hours of dictation and typing. He war. There are Christmas cards from included his personal thoughts in During World War II, Augsburg College Army bases and training camps, most all of these letters. In a letter President Bernhard Christensen22 tales of life during war and life back to Arthur Molvik40, a student who diligently wrote to students and home, well wishes and letters of later died in the war, Christensen faculty stationed around the world to recommendation for military positions wrote, We can only hope that the keep them up-to-date on happenings and promotions, and sympathy notes clouds of war will not hang over us at home and on campus. Today in the to families grieving the loss of their too long and that when peace does College librarys basement, hundreds loved ones. Christensen was deeply return it will be built upon a more of letters between Christensen invested in corresponding with all secure basis than formerly. Only in and these Auggies are archived in the men involved in the war, a job a faith of this kind, I believe, can boxes. The correspondence tells that must have taken countless we have courage to carry on. Fall 2015 19

22 AUGSBURG COLLEGE SOCIOLOGIST EXAMINES NORTH DAKOTAS NEW OIL LANDSCAPE 20 Augsburg Now

23 BY LAURA SWANSON 15 MBA I n the summer of 2012, Tim Pippert lifted a couple of duffel bags into the back of his car and headed northwest on Interstate 94, beginning an almost 700-mile journey that drew him out of Minneapolisbeyond the steel and glass towers, the hectic grid of side streets and signs, and the flurry of Fortune 500 companies and all those who inhabit their cubicles and corner offices. Soon, the fields of western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota lined Pipperts roadside. He rolled past patches of flax and sunflowers, wheat, alfalfa, and canola to a place where tilled acreage melted into an even more expansive landscape of ranches and natural prairie grasses. For decadesmake that centuriesany description of western North Dakota seemed amiss without mentioning this places sheer vastness of space, the way gently rolling hills and rugged badlands disappear into broad horizons hugging big, bluish-gray skies. BUT NOW THE STORY WAS DIFFERENT. THIS AREA WAS IN THE MIDST OF A TRANSFORMATION. Fall 2015 21

24 Pippert was headed to Williston landscape stemmed from in-class but Pipperts research takes an the North Dakota city viewed as the discussions with his students. Pippert approach thats different than the one epicenter of the latest North American asked his Introduction to Sociology most popular news media follow. oil boom. This isolated community was class to bring in newspaper clippings Using a combination of quantitative among a handful of towns and small related to current events as an and qualitative research methods cities dotting the map in four counties assignment so that, together, the over the course of his career, Pippert that together emitted a nearly magnetic students could practice analyzing has examined subject areas such pull for job seekers of all kinds. information using a sociological as the family ties of homelessness, Its likely that the route Pippert perspective. One article on North the transition to parenthood, and followed to Williston began in a Dakota oil came in, then another. the accuracy of photographic similar fashion as the path truck Thats when things were in the representation of diversity within drivers, frack hands, pipe fitters, very early stages of the boom, and university recruitment materials. As hair stylists, and people working there were sensational stories about the next phase of his research, Pippert within numerous other industries folks making money hand over fist recognized that theres certainly a story took to North Dakota. Thats because and people moving out there with related to the development in North Pipperts curiosity with Williston was nowhere to live, Pippert said. Im Dakota, but its not one that canor piqued by news stories describing from Nebraska, and there was only necessarily shouldbe summarized the remarkable growth happening one stoplight in my entire county. Im in a 500-word, front-page expos or in this once stagnant community. used to seeing all of these tiny towns in a 2-minute piece on the 6 oclock What was unique about Pipperts decline in population or be relatively news. Pippert is working to construct desire to work in the Roughrider State, stable, certainly not growing. As a a longer narrative that is grounded in though, was that he didnt plan to sociologist, I was just fascinated by a sociological understanding of rapid fill a position in the oil industry or to what happens when a small town population growth, allowing for an hold a job supporting its employees explodes in population overnight. analysis of how the perceptions of local at all. Instead, he sought to study the For years, North Dakotans residents change over time. Of course societal change underway in Williston were concerned about their states history shows that peoples opinions and its surrounding areas along with population decline, but the oil boom shift as the state of the oil industry individuals perceptions of it. Thus, in the late 2000s dramatically fluctuates, which it typically does. he became one of the first scholars to changed the socioeconomic explore what local residents perceive to landscape in the region. NORTH DAKOTA HAS be the costs and benefits of the boom. In 2013, journalist Chip Brown BOOMED BEFORE wrote a New York Times Magazine A NEW RESEARCH PHASE article that said, Its hard to think North Dakota has had oil booms of what oil hasnt done to life in before but never one so big, never one As an associate professor in the small communities of western North that rivaled the land rush precipitated Augsburg College Department of Dakota, good and bad. It has minted more than a century ago by the Sociology, Pippert blends teaching, millionaires, paid off mortgages, created transcontinental railroads, never one scholarship, and mentorship into his businesses; it has raised rents, stressed that so radically changed the subtext of work each year, with an emphasis on roads, vexed planners and overwhelmed the Dakota frontier from the Bitter Past each aspect varying in accordance schools; it has polluted streams, That Was to the Better Future That May with the academic calendar cycle. spoiled fields and boosted crime. Yet Be, Brown wrote. His interest in North Dakotas This article is among thousands Since the beginning, the American changing cultural and physical penned since the start of the boom, oil industrys history in north central 22 Augsburg Now

25 states has followed a cyclical narrative world. Drillers bore vertical shafts and growth in industry spurred a need for of starts and stops, booms and busts. then lateral shafts that extend out as more of nearly everythinglaborers, The subterranean shale that contains far as three miles in order to harvest housing units, highways, railroads, the much talked-about oil covers otherwise unreachable oil. However, power lines, and even patience. western North Dakota and northeastern horizontal drilling alone is often not Ive never seen a more Montana, and stretches into two enough to lure Bakken oil from the hardworking place, Pippert said. Canadian provinces: Saskatchewan tightly clenched grasp that holds it There are always things going on. Im and Manitoba. The Bakken shale was roughly two miles below the earths not sure how exactly to articulate it, discovered in the early 1950s and surface. The majority of the shale but its like theres always construction; named after Henry Bakken, a farmer wont yield its oil unless pressurized theres always truck traffic; who leased his land in North Dakota water containing sand and various theres always activity on Sunday for an early well. At 14,700 square chemicals is pumped down the well afternoons. It just doesnt stop. miles, it is the largest continuous crude to crack open hairline channels The change in Williston and oil accumulation in the United States. within thin layers of oil-and gas- other boomtowns may not stop, but The shale has been in development bearing rock. This procedure has been it does slow. This year, slumping since 1953 with periods of significant environmentally controversial given crude oil prices have led to a decline growth punctuating its more than 50- that the chemicals used in fracking among communities affected by the year timeline. For instance, in the late have been known to be or suspected oil industry. Williston was the fastest- 1970s and early 1980s, activity picked of being carcinogenic or otherwise growing small city in the U.S. from up in the upper Bakken when improved poisonous. Geologists and engineers 2011 to 2013, according to the U.S. extraction technology married political continually fine-tune the assortment Census Bureau. Yet, news outlets and economic conditions that left the of frack fluid recipes required in recently have described harder times. U.S. thirsty for domestic production. varying geological conditions, and they Bakken oil has always been expensive fracture wells in stages, sometimes to produce and ship to refineries. So, THE LATEST BOOM repeating the process dozens of when oil prices started to decrease times at a single location. Waste in autumn 2014, oil producers In the late 2000s, innovative from this process must be carefully tamped down their spending. This engineering and technological handled and monitored to avoid meant fewer rigs actively drilling for refinements also played key roles contaminating groundwater, polluting crude and less work for those who in bringing about a new boom. The surface areas, or injuring workers. service new wells. In extreme cases, key to unlocking more of the often- Since petroleum engineers began layoffs, reduced hours, and smaller segregated oil deposits in the Bakken combining fracking with directional paychecks have led workers into shale is horizontal drilling and hydraulic drilling, thousands of new wells have hard times and even out of town. fracturing, often called fracking. been constructedprimarily in four Lots of things have changed since North Dakota has been described as a North Dakota counties bordering the 2012, admits Pippert. Now I have laboratory for coaxing oil from stingy Missouri River: Dunn, McKenzie, to write a potentially different story. rocks. While petroleum geologists Mountrail, and Williams. And, from Its said that North Dakotas last oil have known for decades that layers of 2006 to 2013, production from the boom, which occurred roughly 30 years the Bakken contain light, sulfur-free Bakken formation increased roughly ago, collapsed so quickly when oil prices oil, it has been much more puzzling 150-fold, moving North Dakota crashed that people declared, If youre how to extract it economically. into second place among domestic the last person in Williston, make sure Today, the Bakken contains some suppliers of oil, behind Texas and you turn off the lights. But what did this of the longest horizontal wells in the ahead of Alaska. This substantial flight mean for the people who continued Fall 2015 23

26 ANALYZING AND WRITING As a sociologist, Im interested in insider versus outsider framing, Over the course of three years, Pippert Pippert added. There seems to be a conducted 87 interviews to gather data, pretty strong sentiment among locals and he is entering the writing phase of his that they were frustrated with oil field researcha time when he will synthesize workers. The saying was, Go back all of this information. Naturally, analyzing homeunless you plan on staying. Pippert mets with Deanette Piesik, CEO of TrainND more than seven-dozen conversations will This phrase, Pippert noticed, be a challenging endeavor. articulates that longtime residents living in that community? For Pippert, its There comes a point, probably grew tired of people simply entering important for sociologists to analyze how before that 87 number, where you their communities for work and then population shifts and the industrialization dont learn anything new, he said with leaving or sending their income to of rural areas strain community ties a laugh, but its so interesting I just families and homes in other areas of the and impact the daily lives of long-term wanted to keep going. country. The locals would have preferred residents. This summer, he took his fifth Augsburg College sociology for the newcomers to contribute to and and likely final trip to North Dakota to see students helped to spur Pipperts make a life in their communities well how the recent slowdown has influenced interest in the North Dakota oil boom, into the future. life in Williston, to conduct follow-up and they continue to play a role as interviews, and to hear from additional this project develops. Students serve THE YEARS AHEAD residents for the first time. as research assistants by transcribing Pippert met with Deanette interviews and coding the information As time unfolds, the challenges and Piesik, CEO of workforce development they contain so that Pippert can opportunities presented in Williston may organization TrainND, to discuss whether examine themes from year to year begin to surface in other communities she had witnessed any signs of an oil and from discussion to discussion. He that are in the midst of their own industry downturn. TrainND serves as plans to work with a research assistant dramatic population growth, and a link between private industry and supported by the 2015 Torstenson Pipperts research could serve as a study Williston State College by facilitating Community Scholars program, and he for navigating complex situations. safety trainings and offering worker has supervised Ashley Johnson 16 as The oil extraction technology certification programs. After the she worked on an independent project pioneered in North Dakota is expected conversation, Piesik said she appreciated on sex trafficking in North Dakota as to have implications around the world, the way Pippert used open-ended part of her participation in the McNair but its not only communities near questions such as, Howd that impact Scholars Program. oil deposits that may benefit from you? and What do you see? rather Overall, Pippert is positioned to this scholars perspective. Ultimately, than asking questions that would induce assess the dramatic and immediate Pippert said, his story is about how a negative response. strain on infrastructure that North the identity of a small town changes I guess I worry about how some of Dakota communities endured during the when significant industrial development the things I say will get cut short or be period of rapid growth occurring during causes a population shift. Its about portrayed the wrong way, said Piesik, the booms first few years. He also will massive industry suddenly entering an whose concern applies to news coverage look at longtime residents perceptions areaany areato utilize its resources. ranging from national broadcasts to the of oil workers and of crime. And when other communities follow local press. Now, I could have been the There are certainly more crimes down a similar path as Williston, its type of person who was totally negative taking place, but whether they are important for them to learn from the and thats what you would have gotten proportional to the population increase road that North Dakota already has but I have faith that [Pippert is] writing a is difficult to tell, Pippert said. traveled. good piece about this oil boom and how It is also complex to articulate how It really is about a boom, Pippert it has changed this community. I think residents felt about an influx of new said. But the source of its spark doesnt thats a positive piece to do. people in their communities. really matter. 24 Augsburg Now

27 A DARK SIDE TO A BOOM scholarship Visit iEmpathize.org to learn how this organization works to in action educate boom communities to recognize and respond to human trafficking issues. A s one of the first sociologists to 2014 at North Dakotas first statewide the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, study the effects of the most summit on human trafficking, which of which Augsburg College is a host recent oil boom in North Dakota, Pippert attended as a featured panelist. sponsor. Tim Pippert has been sought out by He discussed his research in front of Pipperts role in the film helped organizations looking to add context the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, to give a real, authentic, and clear to their coverage of the changes the states attorney general, local and unpacking of whats happening, why its occurring in the city of Williston and federal law enforcement agencies, happening, and where its happening, its surrounding communities. Pippert victims advocates, social service Riley said. contributed to the Forum News providers, tribal officials, and others The film was designed to be a Services reporting series on human whohe saidcame together to ask, catalyst for conversation in communities trafficking and female exploitation, How big of a problem is this? and where human trafficking already had a and he appeared in the documentary What are we going to do about it? foothold or within groups that have an BOOM, which depicted human and sex For Pippert, seeing his scholarship ability to help curtail the offense. In trafficking issues haunting communities. have a life outside of an academic addition, BOOM is a teaching tool for The film tells the story of a recent setting has been personally rewarding the curricula iEmpathize distributes to college graduate who moves to North and publically valuable. law enforcement, schools, health care Dakota to get a job in the oil fields as Brad Riley, founder and president institutions, and other organizations a trucker and who becomes aware of of iEmpathize, visited Augsburg College located in areas that are at risk of criminal activity present in his new in March with Anthony Baldassari, the encountering their own human trafficking surroundings. The nonprofit iEmpathize films protagonist and an engagement issues. created the documentary to raise ambassador for the organizations Boom If we can predict where boom awareness about child exploitation Campaign, which assists communities towns might be in the future, we can and to help industries ranging from across the United States. The two men come in and help set up a little bit oil and gas to trucking and hospitality joined Pippert in screening the film and of infrastructure on the front end, better train employees to recognize and leading an on-campus discussion on the Baldassari said, which helps to give respond to trafficking. issues it portrayed. Baldassari, Pippert, people the opportunity to intervene in a The film was screened in November and Riley also served as presenters at safe and practical way. Fall 2015 25

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29 BURSTING WITH AUGGIE PRIDE A fireworks display over Murphy Square lights up the night during Homecoming weekend. Nearly 600 Auggies representing more than six decades and from as far away as Norway attended the 2015 Augsburg College Homecoming celebration. The class with the most attendees? Alumni from 1965, marking their 50th reunion! If youve never had the chance to see the campus canopied in fireworks, you should plan to attend Homecoming in 2016. The 2015 Homecoming Alumni Award recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are featured in Class Notes: pages 32-39. To view videos recognizing the award recipients, go to augsburg.edu/now. Fall 2015 27

30 FROM THE ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT Dear alumni and friends, W elcome to the 2015-16 Augsburg education. As we listen, we will consider how alumni academic year! Thank you to can support the important work of the College. There are three Chris Hallin 88 for serving as dimensions in the Augsburg2019 strategic plan (found at alumni board president last year. Im augsburg.edu/augsburg2019) that are relevant to our work: excited to become board president at Dimension 1: Educating for lives of purposeacross the a time when our group continues to disciplines, beyond the classroom, and around the world. evolve and increase its engagement As alumni, we can help students outside the classroom with alumni in the life of the College. and in a manner that equips them to succeed through As the campus community looks forward to the mentoring, internships, and more. sesquicentennial of Augsburg in 2019, we all have the opportunity to participate in the strategic vision set forth Dimension 2: At the table with our neighbors and institutional by the Augsburg Board of Regents, which states: In 2019, partners, shaping education to address the worlds needs. As Augsburg College will be a new kind of student-centered, alumni, our workplaces and Auggie-owned businesses can urban university, small to our students and big for the world. work with Augsburg to expand internship opportunities There is much work that we as alumni have done and can do that allow students to build their skills, discern their to support this vision. vocations, and open doors to careers. Mark your calendars for the next Student and Alumni Dimension 3: Built for the futurea vital and sustainable Networking Event on February 9, which gives students institution. Alumni can strengthen collaboration and access to one-on-one discussions with alumni professionals financial sustainability through our consistent financial on campus. Alumni can also partner with the Clair and support and by sharing the good news about the College Gladys Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, as we did this among our professional and faith communities, and with September for the first-ever Fall Career and Internship Fair, to our friends and families. provide alumni and students with meaningful connections. As alumni, we have a direct impact on our College in small We also work to make annual traditions, such as and large ways. Our participation is key to the future viability Homecoming and Advent Vespers, special for alumni of all and sustainability of our college and of Auggies. I hope you generations. will join us. Throughout the coming year, your alumni board will hear from Augsburg guest speakers about internships, research, JILL WATSON 10 MBA study abroad, and service work and learning that shape an ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT UNIQUELY AUGSBURG TRAVEL Augsburg College alumni, parents, families, and friends are invited to NOVEMBER 12, 2015 join international tours led by faculty members whose distinction and expertise add to one-of-a-kind Thanks for Giving to the Max! UPCOMING TOURS: travel experiences. If you are Thank you to all those who supported Germany and the Czech Republic interested in participating in Augsburg College on Give to the Max Day. Thailand and Cambodia travel opportunities or attending Your gifts enable great opportunities for an information session, contact students in academics, athletics, and To learn more, go to Sally Daniels Herron 79 at campus programs. See the wide variety of augsburg.edu/alumni/travel. [email protected] or projects supported by this annual day of 612-330-1525. philanthropy at augsburg.edu/now. 28 Augsburg Now

31 AUGGIES CONNECT FROM RIVERSIDE AVE. TO RIVERSIDE, CA A demand for Auggies disease-spreading mosquitoes, also credits Augsburg physics Augsburg is closing the distance between Riverside Avenue in professor David Murr 92 for teaching him research skills and Minneapolis and Riverside, California, through the successful independent thinking. partnership of Augsburg faculty, alumni, college programsand, Even current Augsburg students gain research experience at of coursetalented students. UC-Riverside. Last summer, chemistry student Oscar Martinez 16 The collaboration is proving so effective that faculty worked with Lopez and also traveled to Scripps Research mentors at the University of California-Riverside are calling for Institute in Florida. more Auggies. When Dixie Shafer, director of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO), visited Circle of Support doctoral candidate Tom Lopez 11, she heard in no uncertain Now that these Auggies are studying and terms from Lopezs mentor and department of mechanical researching in Riverside, Dr. Steve Larson 72 engineering faculty member Lorenzo Mangolini: says its his turn to help. Larson, a member of I want more of your students. I want more Augsburg the Augsburg Board of Regents, has been in students. Your students know what theyre doing in the lab California since 1980. from day one. Three years ago, Larson, chief executive officer Over the past six years, several Augsburg graduates have and board chair for Riverside Medical Clinic landed at UC-Riverside with full funding to attend doctoral and a generous supporter of the Norman programs. The students have a team of Auggie advocates and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, supporting them all the way. The team includes staff from Business, and Religion, found out that there TRIO/McNair Scholars; URGO; STEM (science, technology, was not just one, but a group of Auggies in engineering, and mathematics) Programs; and alumni who Riverside, and he invited them to dinner at his have walked a similar path. home. He has had them back every year, and has been joined by Augsburg College President The Riverside pipeline Paul Pribbenow and Shafer. Augsburg sociology alumni Matthew Dunn 08, Jenna Mead 09, We all have something in common, and Zach Sommer 10 were among the first Auggies to blaze a trail Larson said of his dinners with the Augsburg to UC-Riverside. They were later joined by Lopez and doctoral alumni and students. Everyone appreciates candidate Justin Gyllen 11, a computer scientist and physicist what happens at Augsburg College. working on an educational technology project to help first-year Theres a circle of involvement with the engineering students improve their note-taking. College, Larson explained, that begins as a [Top to bottom]: Now those Auggies have been joined by two more alumni student, continues as alumni go out into the Augsburg College from the physics and math departments: Gottlieb Uahengo 13 world, and finally turns back to support student Regent Steve Larson 72 and Amir Rose 14. success and the future of the College. This is supports students like Rose, one of five Augsburg McNair Scholars to attend my turn, he said. Gottlieb Uahengo 13 and UC-Riverside, credits that programs role in his success. The He is excited for how the Hagfors Center Oscar Martinez 16two McNair program is a two-year opportunity that helps prepare will continue to inspire high-caliber students of the Auggies whose low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students and faculty to take their work to the next level. academic pursuits have for graduate school. Rose, whose current research is focused Keep those Auggies coming, Larson said. led to the University of on breeding sterile mosquitoes to eradicate populations of California-Riverside. Fall 2015 29

32 AUGGIES CONNECT THOUGHTFUL GIVING Less effort. More impact. Make a difference at Augsburgthis and every monthwith Thoughtful Giving. Jeroy and A Thoughtful Gift is a monthly sustaining contribution, paid automatically Lorraine Carlson with a deduction from your checking account, credit card, or debit card. Courtesy Photo Your monthly gifts help provide a Atrium Lounge steady, reliable income stream, allowing Augsburg to focus more resources on financial aid and student services. Mr. Augsburg has spent 44 years of his faculty and staff members at Augsburg Think about itmonthly donations lifeso farinspiring Auggies to invest who provided career guidance and make it easy to budgetand it feels great in the life of the College. Whether in his direction, but Jeroy stands out for us, to know you are making a difference every role as a student, parent, grandparent, she said. month of the year. or as alumni director and fundraiser for I admire the connections Jeroy Visit augsburg.edu/giving to start your Augsburg, Jeroy Carlson 48 has inspired developed with alumni and his ability monthly giving today. Auggies through the decades to remain to make things happen, Dennis said, If you have questions or want to connected to their alma mater. noting that Carlson raised millions for become a Thoughtful Giver through the The work, connections, and the College. When he called and asked mail or by telephone, contact Margo inspiration fostered and forged by for something, people gave because Abramson at [email protected] or Carlson led an anonymous donor to make they had great respect for Jeroy, his 612-330-1557. a generous $165,000 lead gift to name love of Augsburg, and the people who Thank you for keeping Augsburg strong a gathering space in the Norman and contributed to its success. and thriving with your financial support. Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Donors are invited to make a gift Business, and Religion in honor of to the Jeroy and Lorraine Carlson Carlson and his wife, Lorraine. Augsburg Atrium Loungea designated space Courtesy Photo College Regent Dennis Meyer 78 and in the Hagfors Center where the Beverly (Ranum) Meyer 78 also were Augsburg community will gather, foster inspired by Carlsons leadership and relationships, and build community. dedication to the College and decided to Great progress already has been make a second gift. The couples most made for this $250,000 initiative, which recent contribution of $25,000 will go will end on December 31. There is just to support the space named in honor of $60,000 left to raise to name the space. the Carlsons. Please join fellow Auggies touched by During his long tenure with the Carlsons spirit of generosity and I believe in Thoughtful Giving. Augsburg, Carlson helped countless belief in Augsburg. Send your gift, Sue and Larry Turner 69 have made an students get their careers off the ground. marked Jeroy Carlson Initiative, to: automatic monthly gift since 2013. He never hesitated to pick up the phone Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside to make a connection, said Dennis. Avenue, CB 142, Minneapolis, MN One of Carlsons introductions 55454. For more information, contact helped Bev make an important Kim Stone at [email protected] or professional connection to launch her 612-330-1173. teaching career. There were many 30 Augsburg Now

33 AUGGIES CONNECT Buy a brick. Honor a legacy. 45 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES A BRICK What started out as a group of first-year Auggies from Washburn High School in Minneapolis commuting to campus for classes led to friendships that have transcended job relocations, marriages, losses of parents, and births of grandchildren. Now those Auggiesdear friends for nearly a half-centuryare celebrating their Courtesy Photo life-long relationships and Augsburgs role in bringing them together by buying a brick to support the Colleges new Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. In the late 1960s, after spending a year commuting to college, the friends decided to live on campus. Although they put their names in the housing lottery, they came up empty. The group learned from facilities staff that there was a house on campus that needed some fixing up and that, if the group was willing to do the work, they could move in. The group cleaned, painted, and got the house ready to live in. John Hjelmeland 70 and Paul Mikelson 70 moved into the house in the fall of 1967. By winter break, more Auggies moved into the house: John Harden 69 and Phil Walen 70 from Washburn High and Terry Nygaard 70 from Columbia Heights. The five roommates spent the remainder of their Top: Augsburg College alumni on their graduation day [L to R]: Phil Walen 70, Paul time at Augsburg in the house located where the Charles Mikelson 70, John Hjelmeland 70, John Harden 69, and Terry Nygaard 70. S. Anderson Music Hall now stands. While the friends Bottom: Four of the men continue to meet monthly for lunch. all pursued different fields of study, their friendship remained as strong then as it does now. After graduation, Mikelson married and left for a U.S. Army position in Germany, and Hjelmeland and THERE IS STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE Walen moved out of state. During that time, the group CAMPAIGN FOR THE HAGFORS CENTER! started to circulate a handwritten chain letter as a way to Buy a brick to honor a family member, stay in touch. Each of the friends lived in a different city, a teacher, a friendship, or a relationship and the group kept the letter in circulation for 10 years. that defines Augsburg for you. Augsburg Eventually, all five Auggies returned to the Twin will inscribe a brick with your name or the Cities and began to meet for monthly lunches. This past name of someone youd like to honor. Each September, Walen passed away, but the remaining four brick will be incorporated into the building of the Hagfors friends continue to meet regularly. Center, creating a lasting legacy for the future of Augsburg. Augsburg was the place where we cemented our friendship and kept it going all these years, Mikelson said. Foundation Brick (40 characters, 3 lines) = $250 While Walen was still alive, the five former Legacy Brick (80 characters, 6 lines) = $500 roommates together bought a brick to commemorate their camaraderie and Augsburgs place in it. The brick, augsburg.edu/csbr | 612-330-1085 which will be displayed as part of the new Hagfors Center, will be inscribed, simply, 2207 S. 7th St. Fall 2015 31

34 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES 1951 Einar Unseth 51 marked his 90th birthday on June 29. After farming with his father, Unseth served in the Harvey Peterson 52, a former member of the Augsburg College 1964 Mike Walgren 64 was recognized with a Spirit occupation army in Japan. He then attended Board of Regents and a of Augsburg Award at Augsburg College and Luther Seminary. He member of the Athletics Homecoming in October. served as a missionary to Japan with the Hall of Fame, received He has been manager of American Lutheran Church (now ELCA), and a Distinguished Alumni the Augsburg Centennial later pastored Lutheran churches in Iowa, Award at Homecoming Singers since 2001. With Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South 2015. He was recognized his wife, Carla (Quanbeck) Dakota. Unseth and his wife, Luella, recently for his distinct level of dedication, leadership, Walgren 64, he lives out his vocation of being moved to Lester Prairie, Minnesota. They and achievement over the span of his career. called to service. In his work with the Centennial have six sons, 22 grandchildren, and seven He and his wife, Joanne (Varner) Peterson 52, Singers, professionally, and with his church, great-grandchildren. are longtime, faithful supporters of the College. he puts his gifts and talents in service of the He was the CEO of CATCO, a truck parts greater gooddoing the difficult work with 1952 Dave Christensen 52 and his brother Duane Christensen 53 meet every morning to grab some coffee, buy copies supply company founded in 1949 by his father, Art Peterson. He has given unselfishly to his business and industry peers and associates, full engagement and without hesitation. He was recognized in 2001 with an Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year award of the Bemidji Pioneer and the Minneapolis mentoring and advising many along the way. by the Minnesota chapter of the Association Star Tribune, and catch up on the latest news. of Fundraising Professionals. He is an active This tradition began in 1990 when Dave moved to Bemidji to retire. Dave taught school in Atwater, Minnesota, for four years and served 1957 Grace (Forss) Herr 57 was recognized with a member of Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he sings in the choir. in the U.S. Army before enrolling in Luther Distinguished Alumni REUNION Seminary in St. Paul. Before retirement, he was a Lutheran minister at Adams, North Dakota; Warren, Minnesota; and Pelican Rapids, Award at Augsburgs Homecoming in October, which also hosted a 1965 Augsburg College Regent Emeritus Dan Minnesota. reunion for majors Anderson 65 was After Duane graduated from Augsburg, in home economics. recognized with a he served in the U.S. Army and then began Her award cited her entrepreneurial spirit, Distinguished Alumni a career in education as a band and choir great generosity in establishing numerous Award at Augsburgs teacher in Danube, Minnesota. He earned scholarships, and longstanding commitment to Homecoming in October, his masters and specialist degrees at the Habitat for Humanity and the Guadalupe Center which also honored the University of Minnesota, and then worked as a in Florida, where she lives with her husband, 1965 mens basketball championship team school principal in several Minnesota districts. Doug. This past spring, the couple received the on which he played. Anderson in 1977 was Duane moved to Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1969 Spirit of Marco Island Award from a Rotary Club, inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of and started the Bemidji Regional Interdistrict which honored them for embodying the spirit of Fame for his accomplishments on the court, Council, an agency that provided special community through service. including leading the basketball team to three education services to 18 area school districts. conference championships, setting records for He headed the council for 18 years before retiring. In 1990, the brothers built Maple Ridge Golf Course south of Bemidji. 1961 Karen (Erickson) McCullough 61 walked Hadrians Wall Path, a nearly 80-mile trek, across northern England from career points (2,052 points), and being named conference player of the year three times. Anderson is chairman of AdvisorNet Financial Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. in Minneapolis. He has served on the board AUGGIE SNAPSHOTS 1952 Glenn Thorpe 60 hosted a celebration for his brother Gordon Thorpe 52, 55 to honor the 60th anniversary of Gordons graduation from Augsburg Seminary and ordination at Trinity Lutheran Church, which was on June 12, 1955. Gordon served in parishes for 41 years. At the celebration, Gordon was joined by his classmates David Rokke 52, Carl Vaagenes 50, 55, and Bill Halverson 51. Also joining them to celebrate were Augsburg seminarians Philip Quanbeck 50, Allan Sortland 53, Morris Vaagenes 54, Jim Almquist 61, Paul Almquist 62, and Thomas Moen 62. 32 Augsburg Now

35 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES of directors for charitable organizations, has from Moorhead State University in 1974 and Sharon (Kunze) Erickson 65 says she took an worked locally for Habitat for Humanity, and is became a Certified Public Accountant. She interest in a certain physics lab assistant and active in his church community. worked in public accounting, was a corporate eventually married himKen Erickson 62, now controller, and taught at a vocational school. retired from the Augsburg physics department. Marilyn (Nielsen) Anderson 65 treasures her She opened an insurance brokerage in 1991 The couple lives in Cambridge, Minnesota, memories of Augsburg band trips to the West after receiving her insurance and brokerage where Sharon taught first grade for 29 years. Coast and the Augsburg Cantorians trips. She licenses, and she retired in 2005. Larry keeps Sharon volunteers at their church and at the taught K-12 choir, band, music, and orchestra busy as chair of Detroit Lakes Community Cambridge Hospital when she isnt spending for 17 years and has written and published 25 and Cultural Center in Minnesota. He serves time with family and friends. childrens books. She taught writing courses on a committee to bring a bike trail to the for the Institute of Childrens Literature for 20 community. He became a city councilman Helen (Friederichs) Griller 65 has lived in years. Anderson also has trained and showed in 1976, and served until he was elected and enjoyed Arizona for the past 28 years, dressage horses at international levels. If she mayor from 1988 to 2008. He likes to but she has so many special memories of could thank anyone at Augsburg, it would be James Johnson, her piano teacher, and Anne Pederson, who taught English. George Johnson 65 spent more than three years in Pakistan teaching science students MaryAnn (Holland) Berg 65 has had a life who ranged from the undergraduate to the filled with music. She taught elementary doctoral levels. He and his wife, Leslye, both music and piano for 20 years, and directed a hold doctorate degrees in biochemistry, championship barbershop chorus in Fargo, and, with support from the Bradley Hills North Dakota, that took her to international Presbyterian congregation in Bethesda, competitions in London, Minneapolis, Maryland, worked with Forman Christian Philadelphia, Seattle, and St. Louis. She College University in Lahore, Pakistan. The currently sings with the Fargo Moorhead Choral Johnsons view this school as an oasis of Artists, a group shes been with for 28 years. tolerance, and they served people who are Her fondest memories of Augsburg include Muslim and Christian, rich and poor, male and female. The Johnsons time in Pakistan choir tours (especially the Norway tour in 1965) convinced them how valuable it is for students and alumni to visit other countries to and serving as a student secretary for Leland experience life and cultures. Before this teaching opportunity, George had a robust career Sateren 35. She and husband, Arvid Berg 65, in research science, often working in drug discovery and development. cherish the memory of the Augsburg Choir singing at their wedding on November 21, 1964. From the [email protected] blog. Arvid has no doubt that Sateren inspired Visit augsburg.edu/alumni/blog to read more. him to become a choral director and to strive for the highest performance standards he could achieve. Arvids fondest Augsburg memories exercise, travel, play bridge, attend school growing up in Minnesota that she still thinks are of Augsburg band and choir tours, including sporting activities, and is active in Kiwanis. of it as home. Treasured memories from her a five-week tour with the choir to Norway, At Augsburg, Larry participated in the debate Augsburg experience include good friends, Denmark, and Germany. Arvid spent 30 years team and later coached debate at Detroit the International Associated Women Students as head of the music department at Oak Grove Lakes High School. He also taught history trip to Oklahoma, sporting activities, Sno Days, Lutheran High School in Fargo. He also had a there until 1968. He joined Rural Minnesota and Freshman Days. Her current interests 25-year military career, the last 19 years with the Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. and and activities include four grandchildren, book 188th Army Band of Fargo. His current interests became chairman in 2005. His high school clubs, reading, traveling, the Scottsdale Garden include fishing, hunting, traveling, music, and band instructor, David Skaar 55, initially Club, and activities at her church. his church. encouraged him to attend Augsburg. Carmen Herrick 65 passed the Certified Public If she could, Adrienne (Strand) Buboltz 65 One of the fondest memories Keith Dyrud 65, Accountant exam in 1989 and then worked would thank the Rev. Waldemar Anderson 37 for holds from his time at Augsburg is his work in public accounting. In addition to obtaining encouraging her and three of her classmates publishing the campus newspaper, The Voice. a bachelors from Western State College of from North Dakotas Portland High School Faculty who most influenced Keith were Carl Colorado, she attended the University of to attend Augsburg. She fondly remembers Chrislock 37 and Khin Khin Jensen, faculty in Oslo and Elverum Folkehgskule in Norway, serving on the freshman social committee, the history and political science department, which afforded her the opportunity to travel decorating Christmas trees, watching high and William Halverson 51 and Paul Sonnack 42, throughout Scandinavia. Among her favorite school classmate Dan Anderson 65 play faculty in the religion department. Today, Keith Augsburg memories are living with 11 other basketball, and meeting her future husband, enjoys writing history, construction, Norwegian girls in Kappa House, and her wonderful Larry Buboltz 65, at Augsburg. She especially studies, and outdoor activities. He lives with business education teacher. Current interests enjoyed being instructed by Chemistry wife, Grace, in Lauderdale, Minnesota. They include learning Norwegian, playing bridge, Professor Courtland Agre and Leif Hansen, have six children and nine grandchildren. lap swimming, and Silver Sneakers exercise her German teacher. Adrienne graduated classes. She has six grandchildren. Fall 2015 33

36 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES REUNION 1965 Don Hoseth 65 returned to Augsburg in 1971 to earn his elementary teaching degree and taught for a sophomore to a junior in one day. Morreim met his wife, Jeanne (Wanner) Morreim 66, during orientation week. She was working in and walked past a sleeping male student whose dorm mates put his bed, dresser, lamp, and chair on the Quad lawn. Gary says that 32 years in the Robbinsdale, Minnesota, The Grill. The couple has been married 50 Esther Olson, a theater and speech professor, School District. He has been retired for the years. Dennis earned his masters degree in influenced him most as a student. past 12 years and keeps busy with his 12 divinity and a doctorate of ministry degree. He grandchildren. He is grateful for the influence served churches in Manitoba and Minnesota Pat (Steenson) Roback 65 and her husband, of numerous professors as well as longtime for 38 years. During his time serving in Cloquet, Jim Roback 62, feel blessed to have chosen coaches Edor Nelson 38 and Ed Saugestad 59. Minnesota, he went to Honduras 17 times and Augsburg to get their teaching degrees and to helped to build eight schools in the Central have been surrounded by students and staff Jan (Mattson) Johnson 65 and husband, American country. He spends his time now who got to know them and helped shape them Tom, live in Alexandria, Minnesota, and enjoy as a part-time chaplain at a local hospital and as they chose their future paths. The faculty seeing their five grandchildren when they nursing home in Cloquet. He also is chaplain of member who most influenced Pat was Martha visit the Twin Cities. The Johnsons lived in the Minnesota State Senate. Mattson, an elementary education faculty the Philippines for one year and in Maine for member. Pat recalls that, She was an icon! another while Tom was in the U.S. Air Force. Dwight Olson 65 can still make a mean grilled What a wealth of information she was, and As a student, Jan worked in Augsburgs Spam sandwich and great Swedish pancakes, [she] knew so much about the world because Admissions office for Donovan Lundeen, who but cant lower his golf handicap. Olson lives she traveled and lived in many faraway had visited her home prior to her decision to in San Diego with his wife of 50 years, Lois places. She even had a few of us over to her attend Augsburg. She relishes memories of (Monson) Olson 68. He founded Data Securities apartment once to teach us tatting. She was singing under the direction of Leland Sateren 35 International and is listed in Wikipedia as the very good at it, and we were not. Pat thanks in the Augsburg Choir, and feels privileged father of technology escrow. He started all of the 1965 reunion committee members to have traveled to Norway, Denmark, and Gamma Phi Omega at Augsburg and says for their dedication, ideas, time, and hard work Germany with the choir for five weeks after that Phil Quanbeck, Sr. 50, professor emeritus to make plans for Homecoming. graduating. Jans current interests include of religion, was his most influential faculty choir, golfing, quilting, reading, and travel. member. Dwight and Lois have two sons and Larry Scholla 65 and Muriel (Berg) Scholla 67 four grandchildren. He says that Lois agreed to live in Willmar, Minnesota, and winter in Naples, For Charles McCaughan 65, Professor marry him the day before graduation so that his Florida, where they enjoy the beaches of Marco Emeritus of History Donald Gustafson was the family could afford to attend both events. and Naples, as well as several biking trails. faculty member who most influenced him They have five grandchildren. Larry volunteers as a student. McCaughan lives in Bagley, The Rev. Gary Olson 65 and wife, Jean (Pfeifer) at Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Minnesota. Olson 64, reside in Maplewood, Minnesota. Willmar, and enjoys doing carpentry and general Gary spends his time in creative writing. He and maintenance. He treasures the memory of being Dennis Morreim 65 transferred to Augsburg Jean attend many school events for their three part of the football and baseball teams, and is after three years at the University of Minnesota. grandchildren. On occasion, he still preaches. grateful for the influence of Ed Saugestad 59, He remembers his advisor working to have all Garys memories from his time at Augsburg who taught a kinesiology class. of his credits accepted, and he went from being include the day when he was walking to class Augsburg alumni collaborate on touring theater production Photo credit: John Grones Augsburg College alumni and a current student We were thrilled to be performing with Auggies in jumped aboard The Hoopla Train with Yard Master historic ballrooms and other venues across Minnesota Yip and his Polkastra at multiple stops of the shows where live music and dancing originated and many of Minnesota-based summer tour, which included our parents fell in love. performances in communities ranging from St. Cloud Engen and Seifert secured four Augsburg theater to New Ulm. The Auggies sang, danced, and acted in alumni and one current student to perform, including a Vaudeville-style production, using techniques honed Lisa (Pestka) Anderson 86, David Deblieck 88, Kari on the stages of Augsburg College. (Eklund) Logan 82, Deb Pearson 83, and Riley Described as Lawrence Welk meets Hee Parham 18. Another Augsburg alumnus, Justin Haw, the production was produced by Sod House Caron 13, assisted with costumes. Theater and spearheaded by actor and director For the alumni, participating in The Hoopla Darcey Engen 88, chair of Augsburgs Theater Train offered an opportunity to reconnect with Arts Department, and Luverne Seifert 83, actor longtime friends and to recall past Augsburg theater and senior teaching specialist at the University of experiences. Minnesota. Some of my happiest memories were made on The original show featured acts performed by the stage at Augsburg, said Logan. It was wonderful a touring cast with appearances by several Augsburg to be back together with some of the people who Darcey Engen 88 and Luverne Seifert 83 alumni friends along the way, according to Engen. played a role in making them. perform as Aunt Woo and Uncle Yahoo. 34 Augsburg Now

37 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES The Rev. Clayton Skurdahl 65 spent 40 years in ministry, primarily in Colorado and Nebraska. His current interests include jogging/walking, 1972 Luther Bakken 72 was inducted into the magazine. The essay also was featured in the Times of London Sunday magazine. Raether lives and works in Berkeley, California. gardening, traveling, and serving as a visitation Augsburg Athletic pastor. He treasures his memories of Augsburg chapel times and says he was most influenced by Mario Colacci, a faculty member in the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a thrower on the mens 1982 As of July 1, Scott Ludford 82 is the senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, Wisconsin. Department of New Testament Greek and track and field team. His Latin. Skurdahl also would like to thank Joel Torstenson, professor emeritus of sociology. 50 9 outdoor shot put throw from 1972 remains a school record. Bakken also played football while at Augsburg. 1987 Augsburg womens basketball star Barb After David Swenson 65 completed a Blomberg 87 was masters degree in physics at the University of Minnesota, he was hired by Honeywell Aerospace where he went on to meet his 1974 Accomplished high school wrestling coach Scot inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame. She holds the wife, Bonny. He spent seven years building Davis 74 was inducted fifth-highest career points and operating a space simulation chamber into the Augsburg total in program history for testing radiometers that flew on satellites. Athletic Hall of Fame with 1,023 points. Blomberg served as team In 1974, he left engineering and moved to this year in recognition captain in both basketball and volleyball. Colorado where he partnered with Bonnys of his collegiate wrestling father to run a bicycle store, which they owned career. He earned All- Paul Rensted 87 was appointed Charles for decades. Among his favorite memories at American honors in 1973 for his sixth-place County, Marylands director of human Augsburg are influential professors, Concert finish at the NAIA National Championships, resources in August. Rensted has experience Band, the Basin Streeters Dixieland band, among other accolades. in all aspects of human resources management basketball, tennis, physics experiments, and and conflict resolution and previously served times spent with good friends. He and Bonny Family ties to Augsburgs history abound for as the director of human resources for the live in Longmont, Colorado, and David still Deborah (Fredrickson) Crawley 76. See page 18. city of Annapolis. Rensted is certified with works part time in the bicycle shop he once the International Personnel Management owned. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, Association for Human Resources. His other hiking, travel, and music. Loren Wiger 65 is in his fifth decade of 1978 Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Paul professional affiliations include the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights State Advisory Committee; County Conflict Resolution Center teaching science. Most of his years were Meissner 78 is one of Board of Directors; Baltimore Community Center at Marshall Middle School in Marshall, the top players in the Board of Directors; Public Interest Organization Minnesota. He currently teaches at Southwest history of Augsburg mens Governing Board; and Advocates for Herring Minnesota State University, where he works basketball. He is one of Bay. He received his undergraduate degree in with teacher candidates and teaches science only 18 players to score international relations and East Asian studies, methods courses. He has many treasured more than 1,000 career and a masters degree in political science from memories from his time at Augsburg including points and remains a top 5 rebounder with the University of British Columbia. dorm life, where Dan Big Dan Anderson 65 more than 725 career rebounds. He also holds was the model student-athlete. Wiger says he used the phone quite often to visit with his future wife, Ruth, who was becoming a the school record for games played, with 114. Bonnie (Lamon) Moren 78, wife of Jonathan 1988 Brad Anderson 88 received Augsburgs registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital. Moren 78, retired in June after 37 years of Excellence in Coaching teaching developmental adapted physical Award in recognition of 1968 The Rev. Mark Hanson 68 this fall served as Augsburg Colleges Special Assistant to the President for Mission education to students with special needs in Bloomington, Minnesota, Public Schools. his impressive career as a high school football coach. He won three and Identity, helping facilitate on-campus David Raether 78 recently gave a TED Talk at Minnesota State 5A conversations regarding the ways in which TEDxAmherst on the campus of the University Championships and has been selected as class the Colleges Lutheran Christian heritage of Massachusetts Amherst. Raethers talk was 5A Coach of the Year multiple times. He has and identity remain relevant to its academic based on his experience of homelessness after a coached several players who have gone on to mission and activities. This spring, Hanson will successful career as an award-winning television NFL careers. become the executive director of the Colleges comedy writer. The talk was derived from a Bernhard Christensen Center for Vocation, widely praised essay he wrote called What Its After serving for four years as the assistant working to ensure that the center fully Like to Fail that was awarded Best Nonfiction principal of Robbinsdale Armstrong High embraces its commitment to the theological of 2013 by Longform.org and cited as one of the School in Plymouth, Minnesota, Brenda concept of vocation. best pieces of journalism in 2013 by The Atlantic (Bauerly) Damiani 88 joined Cambridge-Isanti Fall 2015 35

38 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES High School in Cambridge, Minnesota, as Candidates were selected on the basis of a Retired alumna Terry Marquardt 98 worked its new principal. She obtained a special number of factors, including their business as a temp in the Alumni, Family and education emotional behavioral disability vision, community service, drive, and risk-taking. Constituent Relations department leading up license from the University of Minnesota to Homecoming 2015. She retired from 3M in in Minneapolis and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction and multicultural education from the University of St. Thomas 1995 David Boie 95 has been named ath- letic director at Richfield High School in Richfield, Minnesota. Boie spent 18 years 2008 after 34 years of service. She and her husband, Gary Donahue, divide their time between homes in Minnesota and Arizona. in St. Paul. Damiani continued her education, teaching physics and chemistry at the school and earning a K-12 administrative license from 13 seasons as its head baseball coach. Jennifer Chou 99 shares her love of wine on Hamline University in St. Paul. She is pursuing page 10. a doctorate in educational leadership from Jeff Kaeppe 95 received Bethel University in St. Paul. After 24 years in the Pacific Northwest, Dan recognition for his Augsburg football career with an induction into the 2000 Christopher McLeod 00 has joined Connexions Loyalty Travel Solutions in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, as a technology Wright 88 has moved back to Minneapolis with Augsburg Athletic Hall of director. his wife, Kristen Haglund, and their sons Johan Fame. Kaeppe was a two- and Bjorn. Wright works from home as senior time team MVP and holds The Rev. Sara Quigley Brown 00 was or- applications engineer at Nike. the school record for the dained in 2008 and has switched denomi- longest reception, a 90- national affiliation from the ELCA to Lutheran 1992 In April 2015, Terri Burnor 92 received her masters degree in divinity with a concentration in womens studies yard catch against St. Olaf College in 1992. Former mens hockey Congregations in Mission for Christ, where she is serving as ordained and open to a call. She resides with her husband, Russell Brown, in from United Theological Seminary of the Twin player Peter Rutili 95 Anchorage, Alaska. She works as a chaplain Cities. In September, she began a 10-month was inducted into the with the Alaska Police and Fire Ministries. ministerial internship at First Unitarian Augsburg Athletic Hall of Universalist Church in Portland, Oregon. Fame. Rutili earned MIAC Interim Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, City Manager All-Conference honors in Michael Sable 00 is returning to Hennepin Mike Pfeffer 92 was 1994 and 1995. He also County to work as the director of facility inducted into the was selected twice as the services. Sable worked in the northern Twin Augsburg Athletic Hall team MVP and received a Cities suburb for six years and spent most of of Fame in recognition Rookie of the Year honor. his tenure as assistant city manager. In addition of his outstanding career to the 24-story Government Center downtown, as a lightweight wrestler. In 1992, he earned both MIAC Champion and All- 1998 Kerri Kangas 98 had an outstanding the facilities director oversees personnel matters and operations at numerous facilities countywide. Sable received an MBA from the American honors and was pitching career on the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He and his selected as Augsburgs Mens Honor Athlete. Auggie softball team, an wife live in Minneapolis with their children. He also was the captain of the 1992 team. accomplishment that Sharol (Dascher) Tyra 92, a professional certified in Life Illumination Coaching and the 2015 earned her induction into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame. She holds 2004 Babylon the Great has Fallen, a book by Franchel Patton 04, was published in March 2014. In the story, President of the ICF Minnesota Charter Chapter career records for both games and innings President Obama and newly elected President of the International Coach Federation, was a pitched. She remains in the top 5 for career Hillary Clinton meet God face-to-face in this semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by wins, strikeouts, shutouts, and fewest walks. fast-paced, present-day depiction of Revelations the TwinWest (Plymouth, Minnesota) Chamber and current events. of Commerce 2015 Small Business Awards. Wubitu Ayana Sima 89, 15 MBA is the owner of Lady Elegants Tea Shoppe, a British tea room and store in St. Pauls St. Anthony Park neighborhood. Raised in western Ethiopia, Ayana Sima came to the United States to study in the mid-1980s, along with her two young sons. Since graduating, Ayana Sima has worked with the United Nations in Congo, Malawi, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe, and for the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa. Back in the U.S. again, something was missing in her life without school, and she enrolled in Augsburgs MBA program. Her husband, Admasu Simeso, helps her manage the tea room. From the [email protected] blog. Visit augsburg.edu/alumni/blog to read more. 36 Augsburg Now

39 REUNION 2005 Since graduating from Augsburg, Andrea (Ladda) Brown 05 attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and graduated in 2009. She works as an assistant public defender in Ramsey County and offices out of the AUGGIE SNAPSHOTS Second Judicial District. She was most influenced by James Vela-McConnell, professor of sociology, and his course titled Race, Class, and Gender. She says she uses many of the basic principles from this class in her daily arguments to the court. She would also like to thank Garry Hesser, professor emeritus of sociology, Diane Pike, professor of sociology, and Tim Pippert, associate professor of sociology. Denise Fossen 05 remembers singing in Masterworks Chorale and performing at Advent Vespers as two cherished memories from her time at Augsburg. She is most proud of receiving a masters degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and becoming a grandmother for the first time. She would like to thank David Lapakko, associate professor of communication studies, and Peter Hendrickson 76, associate professor of music, for their influences on her during her time at Augsburg. 2001 Erica Huls 01 visited Minneapolis-St. Paul for a few days in July and had a mini-reunion with some of her closest friends and former classmates who live in Minnesota. Auggies included: Huls, Amy Shes also grateful for her classmates participation Carlson 02, Merry-Ellen (Krcil) Bryers 01, Ann (Peterson) Fisher 01, Jason in discussions before, during, and after class. Since Bryan-Wegner 01, Erica Bryan-Wegner 01, and Katie Koch 01. September 22, she has served as pastor at Christ Lutheran in Hendricks, Minnesota. Keme Hawkins 05 was recognized with a First Decade Award at 2003 Kristen Opalinski 03 traveled to Turkey this summer on behalf of the Augsburgs Homecoming in Philadelphia-based Peace Islands October. She is a freelance writer, Institute, a peacebuilding think independent scholar, and yogi tank founded in the Turkish Islamic living in Atlanta. She received her tradition of Hizmet or service. masters degree from the University Opalinski provided media support of Wisconsin-Madison and her while conducting research on Sufism doctorate in English at Emory and feminism in relation to the 21st University in Atlanta. Studying and practicing various century Muslim world. After serving forms of divination and energy work continues to be the ELCA in South Africa for 4 1/2 a lifelong mission for her. Hawkins has completed her years, shes now in her final year of first screenplay, based on the lives of her parents; she is studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She hopes to pitching the writing to producers. return to international peacemaking or social justice work. Ishmael Israel 05 is focused on community development. Israel left his position as executive director of the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council in April, and he now leads the Umoja Community Development Corporation. Those who influenced Sarah Lahr 05 most at Augsburg were Curt Paulsen, professor emeritus of social work; her advisor Nancy Rodenborg, associate professor of social work; and Michael Schock, associate professor of social work. She also fondly remembers Merilee Klemp, associate professor of music, and Registrars Office staff members Wayne Kallestad and Linda and Toshimi Smith, who offered a positive work-study experience. She would most like to thank Paulsen for encouraging her to continue with a difficult internship because 2005 In August, five Auggies were among a team of 12 who ran 200 miles in less than 30 hours as part of the Ragnar Relay Series from Winona, Minnesota, to Minneapolis. Auggies included: Dan Vogel 05, Clint she still uses that experience to push herself through Agar 05, Paul Sanft 05, Riley Conway 05, and Andrea (Carlson) Conway 05. difficult tasks to promote growth. Lahr works full time at Spring Fall 2015 2014 2014 37 17

40 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES the Wilder Foundation Caregiver meetings, the Norway band tour, Dakota, where Tom was called club. As a collegiate wrestler Services Program as a care working in the Presidents Office to serve Our Saviors Lutheran for the Auggies, Johnson was a coordinator and part time as a for several years, and performing Church. Additionally, Tom and Nate four-time All-American, winning social worker at United Hospital. with the dance team at football Luong 11 wrote an article for Word national titles in 2012 and 2013 at games held in the Metrodome. and World Theological Journal heavyweight, while finishing third Lucas Olson-Patterson 05 helped Faculty members who influenced titled, Coaching as a Model for in 2014 and seventh in 2011. to establish the Minneapolis Rendell most were Bob Stacke 71, Pastoral Leadership. Johnson completed his first year Future Academic Ballers professor emeritus of music, who as an Augsburg assistant coach program in 2009 through the Neighborhood Youth Academy, a nonprofit organization that focuses she said always had faith in her and believed in her abilities and gifts, and Mark Tranvik, professor 2014 A research paper by Augsburg College Assistant Professor of Biology in 2014-15, helping to guide the Auggies to their record-12th NCAA Division III team national on fostering achievement parity for of religion, who poured himself Matt Beckman and alumni championship. underserved youth. The program into his students, making sure Enrico Barrozo 14 and David combines academics and athletics they were prepared for their real Fowler 14 has been accepted Lauren Windhorst 14 is working through unique strategies to life vocations. for publication in Pharmacology, as a life enrichment assistant at arm student athletes with the Biochemistry and Behavior. an assisted living facility in Eagan, tools needed to succeed beyond Anna Warnes 05 is a nurse The paper is titled Exposure Minnesota. the basketball court. After an practitioner at Crete Area Medical to D2-like Dopamine Receptor outstanding career at Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota, Olson-Patterson went Center in Crete, Nebraska. Her fondest memories from her time at Augsburg include Advent Vespers, Agonists Inhibits Swimming in Daphnia Magna. The paper captured findings from 2015 David Langemo 15 would like to thank Frankie Shackelford, professor on to average 22 points per game working in Admissions, andof the research teams work emerita of languages and cross- at Augsburg from 2003-05 and courseher lifelong friendships. during summer sessions and cultural studies, for teaching was one of the top Division III The faculty member who was academic year terms, which was him to speak Norwegian and players in the country. most influential to Warnes was supported by Augsburgs McNair Kevin Healy, former director Kathy Swanson, professor of Scholars Program and Office of of advancement services and Faith (Durham) Perry 05 says her English. She would like to thank Undergraduate Research and prospect management, for most treasured memories from her Bob Cowgill, associate professor Graduate Opportunity. This is allowing him to take the class. Augsburg days are all the girls on of English, for encouraging her the first study that definitively Langemo is very proud of this seventh floor in Urness and trips to be passionate in her work and identified a neurotransmitter accomplishment. He works as an to the bogs on Saturday mornings life. Warnes and husband, Nathan receptor signaling pathway advancement systems specialist with Bill Capman, associate Erickson, have two children: involved in Daphnia swimming in the Institutional Advancement professor of biology. She was most Gustav, 5, and Knut, 2. and will help to establish Daphnia office at Augsburg. He and influenced by faculty members as a model organism in which to husband, Drew Schmidt, enjoy Joan Kunz, associate professor of chemistry, and Dale Pederson 70, associate professor of biology. 2006 Laya Theberge 06 and her husband, Shomari OConnor, welcomed a daughter, study movement disorders such as Parkinsons Disease. Today, Barrozo is studying genetics their pets Archie, Mali, Reggie, Stuart, and Trudy. Perry received a masters degree Nefertiti, in August. She joins sister in a doctoral program at the GRADUATE in agricultural education and Hatshepsut, 4, at home. University of Florida, and Fowler a certificate in sustainable works as a medical scribe in the community development. She works at General Mills as a sustainability analyst. She is 2011 The National Institute of Health recently published research conducted by Twin Cities while applying for medical school admission. PROGRAMS married with two boys: Henry, 5, Amanda (Symmes) Mofsen 11, a Nakisha Davis 14 has accepted Tracy Keizer 07 MPA is a physician and Elliot, 3. former participant in Augsburgs a position with UCare as a assistant at an inpatient psychiatric McNair Scholars Program. Mofsen transportation specialist. She intensive care unit at Regions Anna (Ferguson) Rendell 05 joined the McNair program in hopes to attend graduate school in Hospital in St. Paul. She also is most proud of having her 2010 and conducted research the next few years. teaches Augsburg PA students children, becoming a contributing under the mentorship of Ken as a guest lecturer during their author at incourage.me, being a Winters, a psychiatry faculty Chad Johnson 14, a two-time didactic phase and as a preceptor mainstage speaker at the 2014 member at the University of NCAA Division III national during their clinical phases. Having ELCA Extravaganza, and writing Minnesota. Mofsens work champion wrestler during his emerged as a leader in the PA her first book titled, A moment examined the association between Augsburg career, placed second in profession in Minnesota, she has of Christmas: Daily devotions for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity the 125-kilogram (275.5-pound) testified at the State Capitol on a the timestrapped mom. Her Disorder and nicotine use among weight class in the freestyle bill to increase access to outpatient treasured memories of Augsburg adolescents and young adults. division at the USA Wrestling 2015 mental health services. She was include being a resident assistant ASICS UWW University Nationals, honored with the Presidential in Urness Hall her senior year, Tom Wescott 11 and his wife, Emily held in June at the University of Award given by the Minnesota late nights with housemates (Nelson) Wescott 12, recently Akron. Johnson competed for Academy of Physician Assistants. in Anderson, FCA leadership moved to Devils Lake, North the Minnesota Storm wrestling 38 Augsburg Now

41 2005 Maureen (Parker) Marradino 05 fondly In 1998, Doris Acton 10 MAN moved System-Northland in Barron, Wisconsin, remembers participating to Minnesota after completing a parish as a physician assistant. Homann in the Augsburg Choir, nurse training program through Concordia previously worked as a nuclear medicine attending chapel University. As a parish nurse, also known technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, services, being a as a faith community nurse, she works at Minnesota. resident assistant, the 750-member Normandale Hylands singing at a few Methodist Church in Bloomington, Terrence Keller 15 MPA joined Lake Auggies weddings, Minnesota. She has been a camp nurse on Region Healthcare in its urology touring Seattle with the mission trips, and her mission work in 2004 department. Keller has a bachelors orchestra, performing at took her to Sierra Leone, where she later degree in athletic training and exercise her voice recital and the recitals of many close friends, helped start a clinic in collaboration with the science from Minnesota State University- and celebrating graduation day. She would like to thank Africa Uplifted organization. Moorhead. He previously worked for Lake the students and professors who walked through all the Region Healthcare as an athletic trainer tough courses with her. We did this together, and it was Casey Morris 10 MPA is a board certified and held athletic trainer positions at a pleasure getting to know all of you and building four physician assistant in an urgent care Augsburg College, Twin Cities Orthopedics, years of personal development with you. Your talents, center at Fairview Range Medical Center and Sanford Health. passions, and spirits filled me and helped me grow as in Hibbing, Minnesota. Growing up in Ely, an individual and ultimately a working professional. another city in Minnesotas Iron Range, Graduate student editors Ashley Thank you! Marradino said. Auggies: Dont forget Morris developed a lifelong passion for Cardona 15 MFA; Kevin Matuseski 16 MFA; where youve come from. Allow your past experiences the outdoors, particularly wilderness and and Amanda Symes 09, 16 MFA helped (including your Augsburg degree) to shape your future. remote medicine. She is a wilderness first publish the first book by Augsburg Colleges God bless you all. responder and is certified by Advanced Howling Bird Press. The press, housed in Wilderness Life Support. She is excited to Augsburgs Master of Fine Arts in Creative now live closer to her hometown. Writing program, chose Marci Vogels manuscript, At the Border of Wilshire Michael Grewe 12 MSW, Augsburgs & Nobody, as the winner of the 2015 director of LGBTQIA Support Services Howling Bird Press poetry prize. and assistant director of Campus Activities and Orientation, delivered a presentation titled, Supporting Transgender Communities, at a AUGGIES National Association of Social Workers Minnesota Chapter conference. HONORED Dr. Amit Ghosh 13 MBA, a Mayo Clinic Professor Emeritus physician, submitted a research study of Physics Mark paper for publication with Augsburg College co-authors and faculty members Engebretson was honored with a Spirit 2010 Congratulations to Molly (Ehling) Conover 10 and Ted Conover 11 on their July wedding. [L to R]: Hannah Ehling 15, Becky Ehling, Ted, Molly, Dave Conrad, associate professor of of Augsburg Award at Homecoming, Tim Ehling, and Abbey Ehling 12. business, and Marc Isaacson, assistant professor of business. The paper, recognizing his 2015 Employee Motivation Factors: A years as an active Taylor Comparative Study of the Perceptions teacher-scholar, Kuramoto 15 between Physicians and Physician innovative courses, pioneering research has been selected to serve Leaders, was accepted for publication in on Earths space environment, and as a Fulbright English the International Journal of Leadership in mentorship of nearly 100 undergraduate Teaching Assistant in South Public Services. research students. Korea for the 2015-16 academic year. Fulbright Meghan Peyton 14 MAL, who served as Tom Witschen was receives thousands of interim head coach for the Augsburg recognized with applications each year, and College mens and womens cross-country a Distinguished Kuramoto was selected teams in 2014, has assumed head Athletic Service by both U.S. and South coaching duties on a permanent basis. Award at this years Korean committees. In Peyton has been a part of the Augsburg Homecoming her time outside of the cross-country and track and field for his nearly 20 classroom, Kuramoto plans to create English talking coaching staffs since 2010, and she will years serving circles like those she participated in at the local Jane continue serving as an assistant coach for as the Voice of Addams School for Democracy as an Augsburg College the track and field teams. the Auggies, broadcasting Augsburg Bonner Leader. She also hopes to use her experience as baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and an Auggie soccer player to connect with students and Karlie Homann 15 MPA joined the family volleyball over the air and online. peers who also enjoy the sport. medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health Spring Fall 2015 2014 2014 39 17 37

42 In memoriam Alice M. (Norby) Digre 40, St. Stephen L. Engelstad 51, Arden G. Wahlberg 58, Mounds Ann L. (Holmberg) Wilson 80, Paul, age 98, on July 5. St. Ansgar, Iowa, age 95, View, Minnesota, age 80, on Bronx, New York, age 57, on on July 23. June 18. August 4. Florence L. (Borstad) Hiepler 42, Camarillo, California, age 94, Daniel W. Pearson 51, Kermit L. Kvamme 60, Fergus John C. Nichols 82, on August 21. Minneapolis, age 86, on Falls, Minnesota, age 77, on Minneapolis, age 55, August 19. August 16. on April 28. LaVonne P. (Peterson) Volz 44, Blue Earth, Minnesota, age 93, Morris Moe M. Johnson 52, Larry F. Torgerson 60, OFallon, Joyce K. Cleland 86, Livingston, on August 14. St. Paul, age 86, on June 2. Missouri, age 76, on June 2 Montana, age 65, on July 19. Clara L. (Gudim) Jacobson 45, Kenneth A. Kotval 52, Morgan, Russell A. Dudero 61, Oakdale, Tammy L. Schmitt 92, Fairbury, Nebraska, age 92, on Minnesota, age 85, on August 4. Minnesota, age 77, on Minneapolis, age 45, June 2. August 12. December 24, 2014. Roger M. Nelson 52, Albert Jennine Jeni O. (Hugo) Heid 93, Marvin B. Johnson 49, North Lea, Minnesota, age 84, on Sara Sally A. Duhrkopf 61, Elk River, Minnesota, age 49, Branch, Minnesota, age 88, on May 29. Waterloo, Iowa, age 77, on on July 5. June 8. June 28. LaVon F. (Moderow) Belanger 53, Estellene A. (St. John) Zephier 93, Maynard H. Kragthorpe 49, Elk River, Minnesota, age 84, Jeanette C. (Steiger) Nichols 61, Wagner, South Dakota, age 56, Quilcene, Washington, age 92, on May 22. Roscoe, Illinois, age 76, on on May 21. on April 26. June 30. Donald J. Bennethum 53, Mary L. (Oliva) Asche 95, Circle Donna M. (Tjornhom) Tverberg 49, Columbia Heights, Minnesota, Ronald G. Moritz 63, Pines, Minnesota, age 61, on Ottertail, Minnesota, age 88, age 87, on May 22. Estherville, Iowa, age 78, on August 3. on July 20. August 23. Robert W. Jakobitz 53, Stewart, Linda Lin J. Faddler 96, George Capetz 50, Minneapolis, Minnesota, age 83, on August 7. Diane E. (Foshaug) Krogen 65, Oakdale, Minnesota, age 65, age 91, on May 30. Sherwood Park, Alberta, on July 18. Corinne L. (Rethwill) Tiegs 53, Canada, age 73, on May 10. Donald L. Hoplin 50, Glenwood, Ortonville, Minnesota, age 83, Nicholas Nick L. White 09, Minnesota, age 93, on August 4. on June 6. Lois M. Kalmoe 70, Stillwater, Minnesota, age 33, Minneapolis, age 85, on on June 8. Roger Bud K. Leak 50, Thomas Tom I. Benson 56, May 30. Excelsior, Minnesota, age 88, Bella Vista, Arkansas, age 81, Gregory A. Chubb 10, Hopkins, on August 1. on May 16. Robert Bob E. Kanne 71, Lake Minnesota, age 35, on June 30. Elmo, Minnesota, age 67, on Gordon J. Oberg 50, Bemidji, J. Sherman Boraas 56, Waconia, October 4, 2014. Louis C. Branca 15 MFA, Minnesota, age 89, on June 2. Minnesota, age 86, on May 14. Minneapolis, age 81, on Carla M. (Beyer) Viseth 71, August 30. Marion R. Roe 50, Plymouth, Joanne M. (Luttmann) Gulla 57, Fargo, North Dakota, age 64, Minnesota, age 91, on July 13. Portland, Oregon, age 79, on on June 9. Abdulkadir Farah 16 MAE, June 19. Minneapolis, age 58, on June 4. Helen E. (Green) Seline 50, JoAnn (Berg) Bablitch 73, Appleton, Wisconsin, age 87, John S. Ryden 57, Hopkins, Minneapolis, age 65, on The In memoriam listings on August 28. Minnesota, age 85, on August 1. May 25. in this publication include notifications received before L. Dwayne Thorson 50, Janice Y. (Johnson) Joul 58, Geri (Mills) Bjork 77, St. Paul, September 8. Smethport, Pennsylvania, age Jackson, Minnesota, age 79, age 60, on July 17. 91, on May 17. on June 29. 40 Augsburg Now

43 Connie, Michelle 15, Lauren 12, and Lyle Grafelman at Commencement 2015. One More Reason to PASS DOWN THE AUGGIE TRADITION Discounted Tuition with the Augsburg Legacy Scholarship The Augsburg Legacy Scholarship recognizes traditional undergraduate students who are children or spouses of Augsburg graduates, siblings of current Augsburg students, and children or spouses of current Lutheran pastors. Legacy students enrolling for the fall 2016 term receive a minimum award of $13,000 per year upon admission to the College. augsburg.edu/firstyear/scholarships

44 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID 2211 Riverside Avenue Twin Cities, MN Minneapolis, MN 55454 Permit No. 2031 An extraordinary welcome for an unprecedented incoming class Following tradition, the 2015-16 academic year kicked off with an Opening Convocation celebration where the Augsburg College community greeted incoming students and introduced them to facets of their new Auggie identity. A record 478 first-year, traditional undergraduate students arrived on campus this fall, and a talk by Associate Professor of Chemistry Joan Kunz highlighted The five essential elements of an Augsburg education with both flair and flare. Kunz is the most recent recipient of the Colleges Excellence in Teaching award.

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