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Class of ’52 Couple Give $250,000 to Sponsor Electronic Modern Physics Laboratory in CSBR

“It felt like cutting off my right arm,” Harvey Peterson ’52 says about selling CATCO, the company that had been in his family for three generations. He joined his father Art’s fledgling company, Clutch and Transmission Services, in 1951 while still an Augsburg student.

By the time the family sold the renamed company in 2012, all three of his children worked in the business. The firm, selling and servicing heavy duty parts for trucks, had grown to 18 locations spread over a five-state area.

Suddenly Harvey and his spouse Joanne ’52 faced a stewardship decision. What to do with the resources God had placed in their care?

Investing in vitality, making an impact

They chose to give $250,000 to Augsburg College to sponsor the Electronic Modern Physics Laboratory in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion.

Interestingly, they do not have a personal tie to physics. Harvey, a star athlete in high school and college, double majored in business and sociology. Joanne majored in sociology with minors in English and business. Her favorite activity on campus was singing in the Augsburg Choir.

So why sponsor a physics lab?

“We want to be part of the forward momentum at Augsburg”

“The Center for Science, Business, and Religion demonstrates how Augsburg is preparing for the future with energy and vitality, and we know that the CSBR is the next step to helping the school advance,” Joanne explains. “We want to be a part of that forward momentum.”

Harvey adds: “We have been giving to Augsburg for many years, and we had an opportunity after selling our business to increase our support. This gift is about our Christian faith and about relationships. We wanted to give something back to the place that means so much to us.”

“We want to support Augsburg College because we are thrilled that young people, especially those who have very little money, can gain access to a college education,” Joanne says. “And we appreciate the college’s urban location.”

Choosing connection over differences

They have deep ties to the College beyond their own student years, when each lived with their families while commuting to campus for classes and activities. Their daughter Lia ’89 graduated from Weekend College, and Harvey served on Augsburg’s Board of Regents from 1984-1996. He was elected to the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 for his contributions as a quarterback for the football team and shortstop and third baseman for the baseball team.

Harvey says he and Joanne are more conservative than many people on campus today. That potentially could have gotten in the way of their support for Augsburg. He reflects: “Our faith teaches us to give. And now when we reach the point in our lives where we can give a more sizeable gift, we think carefully about where to put our dollars. We ask ourselves, ‘What do we love?’ And we realize how much we love Augsburg. This college has meant so much to us over the years. We feel it is a good place for us to put the money.”

Paid-up life insurance policy made a wonderful gift

They are surrendering a life insurance policy to Augsburg College, which had gained more value than they realized. Augsburg will sell the policy for the cash value to make the dollars available immediately for the CSBR. Giving this investment provided tax advantages, and the couple added a gift of cash to expand their gift. “We set up the policy years ago,” Harvey says, “but we had ignored the notices on value. Suddenly this seemed like a wonderful choice for a charitable gift.”

They live in Edina, Minn., and are members of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

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Former Physics Professor Ted Hanwick Inspires Alumni Today

A respected scholar of astronomy and astrophysics. A devoted Lutheran. A dedicated teacher. An inspiring presence on campus.  A person committed to opening doors for others to step forward and lead.

All of these describe Dr. Theodore Hanwick, a professor who gave up a higher salary at Rutgers University to lead the Physics Department at Augsburg College from 1957-78.  He told his wife Fern, when they were contemplating this move, that the voice of God settled it.

Ted Hanwick, who died in 2005, deeply influenced Dan Anderson, ’65, and helped shape his life. Now, Dan and his wife Alice invite others to join the movement and help them honor Dr. Hanwick.

Dan Anderson ’65 thinks often of his days at Augsburg and all he learned from Dr. Ted Hanwick.

The Hanwick Challenge

The Andersons created a $250,000 challenge grant to match gifts for the Theodore Hanwick, Sr., Intro to Physics Laboratory in the new Center for Science, Business and Religion at Augsburg College. In making their generous gift, they set an ambitious goal —to raise $500,000 overall to name this lab in his honor. The lab is one of seven physics labs slated for the CSBR building.

“When I was a student,” Dan says, “Dr. Hanwick was the Physics Dept. I took many classes from him and ended up with a physics minor alongside a math major. I respected him. He taught with dedication and purpose, and he influenced my life. I want to honor him for what he did for the college, as he inspired many, many students.”

Ted Hanwick’s Legacy

Today Augsburg College’s Physics Department enjoys a reputation as one of the strongest undergraduate physics programs in the country. Dan thinks the reputation rests in part on the foundation laid by Dr. Hanwick.

Dr. Hanwick emphasized the compatibility of science and faith. He attended chapel daily and spoke unapologetically about his deep Christian faith and Lutheran upbringing. Dr. Hanwick would be pleased that the new Center will house Science, Business and Religion.

Dan has served on the Board of Regents at Augsburg College for 11 years. He chuckles when he says that attending Augsburg “was almost decided by the time I was in second grade.” Dan lived in a North Dakota parsonage as a boy, and he said representatives of the Lutheran Free Church came through frequently—pastors, Augsburg development staff, and even Augsburg’s president.

They all noticed Dan’s remarkable height, even as a youngster, and encouraged him to play basketball for Augsburg. Dan’s parents Waldemar and Thora Anderson were Augsburg graduates. Ernie Anderson, the college athletic director and family friend, was persuasive, and Dan indeed chose Augsburg.

Dan is pleased that the family tradition has continued. His daughter Tracy Anderson Severson is the incoming chair of the Alumni Board.

“A liberal arts education is more important today than ever,” Dan says, “because today’s students will likely have several different careers. Augsburg students learn to think and analyze and connect ideas. This college, with a very diverse student body that is highly engaged with the city, has an important role to play in the world.”

Dan led the Augsburg team to three MIAC championships and was named MIAC Player of the Year three times. In 1977, Dan was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame. He played for both the New Jersey Nets and the Minnesota Pipers professional basketball teams in the American Basketball Association.

In 1969 Dan joined Strommen and Associates in Minneapolis. Ten years later Dan and two partners bought the firm, now known as AdvisorNet Financial, which today has approximately 250 representatives.

Dan and Alice gave a gift reflecting their love for Augsburg College and their admiration of Ted Hanwick. They invite others to join them so that a physics lab might stand as witness to this remarkable professor’s impact on the lives of students.


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Alumni Board President Chris Ascher ’81 Hosts Campaign Summit

On March 15-16 more than a dozen alumni leaders from the classes of 1980-84 participated in two days of meetings related to the Campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion.  Alumni Board Chair Chris Ascher ’81 hosted this special event.

This was part of a new effort underway to expand our base of alumni committed to achieving our vision for the Center of Science, Business, and Religion. The objective of this Summit was to educate our most engaged alumni about the importance of this transformational facility and discuss meaningful ways that they can contribute to the success of the campaign and engage our fellow classmates in the process.

The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to see the outstanding work being done by the faculty, to tour the science building and to reconnect with the school and our as classmates.

Advancement will be supporting alumni leaders like Chris who will be hosting Summits by class year and affinity groups to provide all of our fellow alumni the opportunity to return to campus, meet with our current faculty and students, learn the exciting things that are taking place here, and discover how we can play a role in the continued success of Augsburg.

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CSBR Lab Tour

Donors are on campus today for tours of Chemistry Labs with Associate Professor Vivian Feng

Associate Professor Vivian Feng has shared the following about herself and her work at Augsburg:

I am an analytical chemist by training (i.e.: organized in nature!).  I joined Augsburg in September 2008, after initiating my career as an assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), followed by two years as Research Educator at the University of Texas in Austin.  After the experience of teaching at a large research institutes, I am excited to return to a liberal arts college where faculty-students interaction is priority.  I highly value the undergraduate research experience.  Personally, two months after I started college, I began to work in a chemistry lab doing research.  Research was what kept me interested in chemistry.  With the guidance of an excellent mentor who taught me so much—of chemistry and life as a professor in a liberal arts college—I was inspired to be a chemist.  Now, I want to pass this inspiration on to my own students.

I am primarily interested in material chemistry, especially material characterization and analysis from my previous research experience in biomembranes and nanoparticles.  I have lately broadened my research interest to flow chemistry, both in microfluidic channels and bench-scale reactors.  By applying my background in analytical instrumentation and surface chemistry, I am exploring the field of catalysis in organic synthesis reactions in a flow reactor vs. the conventional batch process.

When I’m not playing in the lab with my students, I enjoy taking long road trips across the country and photography.

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Mike Good ’71 Photo Shoot

Mike Good ’71 is serving as Augsburg’s National Chair of the Campaign for The Center for Science, Business and Religion

Last week we arranged a photo shoot for Augsburg’s National Chair of the Campaign for the Center for Science Business and Religion (CSBR).  Look for his photo in an upcoming issue of The Echo and Augsburg Now.



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Campaign Update for the Center for Science, Business and Religion

Advent greetings to all of you as we prepare for Christmas and the joy of knowing once again that God is with us.  Come, Immanuel.

I have been experiencing another personal advent season in my life as I prepare for my retirement from an exciting and rewarding 36 year career in the real estate industry, the last nine as CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty.  My wife, Ann, and I will be returning to Minnesota on a permanent basis after living the last 14 years in New Jersey.

Having been actively engaged as a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents over the last 11 years, four as chair, I have become even more convinced that Augsburg has a unique calling and mission as a College of the ELCA.  I have witnessed firsthand, once again, the impact that our committed and passionate Faculty and Staff have on the lives of our students.  Augsburg is a transformational place!  It was for me 42 years ago as a student and it continues to transform lives today.

As we enter 2013, I have committed to be fully engaged with President Pribbenow, Heather Riddle, Vice President of Institutional Development and our Board of Regents as the Chair of the Capital Campaign to raise the funds needed to build the Center for Science Business & Religion.  To accomplish our vision of completing the CSBR, we will need the support of all who believe in Augsburg College:  alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the college who understand the significance Augsburg plays in our communities, business and churches as it helps develop informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders in service to our world.

Our overall goal is to raise $50 million by May, 2014.  As I write this we have over $12 million dollars committed and a number of special new gifts being considered.  I am grateful for a core group of campaign leaders including Chris Ascher ’81, Steve Anderson, Andre Lewis ’73, Wayne Jorgenson ’71, Clayton McNeff ’91 and David Tiede who are working closely with me and Augsburg leadership on fundraising activities.  As we move into this new phase in our Capital Campaign, we will expand this group of volunteer leaders in order to strengthen our focus on additional pathways to achieve our vision.

As an important friend of the college, we ask for your prayers and for your support.  The first step is to understand as much as you can regarding the importance of this transformational facility and of the significant learning that will occur in the complex intersection of the academic disciplines of the sciences, business and religion.  We will be providing you with many unique opportunities to do this in 2013.  Secondly, we need your help in raising the funds necessary to make this vision a reality.   You can make a difference and I will be counting on you!

I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you during 2013 as we build momentum in this vital campaign.  We will communicate with you on a regular basis to keep you apprised of our progress.  Thank you for your past and current support of Augsburg College.  Your gifts of prayer, dedication, encouragement and financial support are greatly appreciated by the entire college community.  All things are possible to those who…..


Mike Good ’71

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