Monthly Archives: April 2013

CSBR Chris Ascher ’81 and Wendi Wheeler ’06 believe in the power of alumni giving

Alumni Board member Chris Ascher ’81 and Alumni of Weekend College and Augsburg staff member Wendi Wheeler ’06 discuss why alumni should join them in supporting the CSBR and give back to Augsburg.  Alumni are grateful for the influential relationships with Augsburg faculty and want to ensure that future students have similar relationships, all within an interdisciplinary educational environment in the CSBR.

$10 million gift to Augsburg College will launch new academic building

Gift from 1965 Augsburg College alumnus is largest in College’s history

Augsburg College is honored to announce that it has received an unrestricted $10 million philanthropic gift from a 1965 alumnus.

The donor’s generous contribution will support a new academic building that will house a number of the College’s academic programs including biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion.

“This tremendous gift will make possible our continued commitment to academic excellence, to the hands-on learning that is one of the hallmarks of the College, and to the continued best-use of our 23-acre campus” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Augsburg is a 143-year-old anchor institution in the heart of Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. This gift puts Augsburg on the path of being a college for the 21st century, and one that continues to deliver academic excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies.”

“Augsburg College has found many ways to innovate and evolve since I was a student – while at the same time maintaining the core values that were so appealing to me,” said Augsburg College Regent Steve Wehrenberg ’78, chief executive officer of Campbell Mithun. “This gift will ensure the College remains a caring, inspiring, and delightful place for students of all kinds to learn and grow.”

The $10 million gift brings to more than $23 million the total funds for the new building. The Augsburg College Board of Regents will continue to monitor progress on the campaign and the College’s cash position and debt capacity to determine when to set a date for groundbreaking on the first stage of the building. The total cost of the building is estimated at more than $60 million.

“In May 2012, the Regents set calendar year 2014 as a target for beginning construction, a goal they believe is feasible, especially given the excitement this lead gift will engender with other prospective donors,” Pribbenow said.

The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, is a long-time supporter of the College and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and business administration.

Lundeen Estate Gift

Augsburg College has received an unrestricted estate gift from Elwood and Lois Lundeen.  Elwood Lundeen graduated from Augsburg College in 1942 and gave generously to the college for decades.  Elwood was born on March 3, 1921 and grew up on a farm near Lindstrom, MN. During WWII he was a medic in the Army. Elwood graduated from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. He was active in Education where he worked more than 30 years in the St. Paul Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and principal. He was a resident of the eastside of St. Paul and long time member of Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church.

If you would like information about including Augsburg in your estate planning, please visit our Website or contact Vice President Heather Riddle at or 612-330-1177.