Monthly Archives: December 2013

Augsburg’s Strategic Vision for 2019. The President’s Perspective

With only a few weeks left in 2013, our campus is busy with preparations for final exams, final papers, and the holidays. Our 34th annual Advent Vespers services were a beautiful and profound way to usher in the Christmas season; it was terrific to see so many of you there again this year and to share the good news of Advent. Despite the bustle of activity that the holidays typically bring, I have always found the closing weeks of the year to be one of the best times for reflection. This year, my reflections focus on the unique role that Augsburg plays in the world.

This topic was at the core of the strategy discussions launched by the Board of Regents last January. And, as you may have read in the fall issue of Augsburg Now, one outcome of that strategic planning work is a vision statement that looks out to 2019, our sesquicentennial year: In 2019, Augsburg will be a new kind of student-centered, urban university that is small to our students and big for the world.

How will Augsburg achieve this 2019 vision?

1) First, we will focus on educating for lives of purpose. This is our academic distinction, the core of our work.

The statement in our 2019 vision that we are “small to our students” captures the student experience that so many of our alumni tell us made a difference in their lives. Augsburg is fundamentally student-centered. Our students work with faculty, coaches, and advisors who get to know them individually. In doing so, our faculty and staff are able to recognize each individual’s strengths and help them develop their gifts and talents in ways that provide each student with a pathway for success to graduation and beyond.

Of course, our most significant initiative in this area is the plan for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR), which, as far as we know, is the only academic building of its kind to co-locate these three disciplines. The Center will allow us to expand our science and research programs, welcoming more students into programs that have opened doors to prestigious off-campus research and graduate school opportunities. The Center will also create a signature learning environment for our business program, which comprises the largest number of undergraduates on campus. By its nature, business is an interdisciplinary field—focused on planning, execution, and management in a vast number of industries. Co-locating business with science and religion enriches the learning experience for students in all three of those areas of study. Finally, by housing our religion department, the CSBR will welcome students from every single major on campus, as each of them participates in two required religion courses as part of the core curriculum, and will equip them to understand how faith and values are central to all aspects of human experience.

2) Second, Augsburg will achieve its 2019 vision by being “at the table” in shaping education to address the world’s needs.

Augsburg is widely known as an engaged community partner in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as in Rochester and around the world. Our commitment to preparing students for lives beyond college calls us to build on that foundation and be “big for the world.” This dimension of the plan recognizes that our academic program will be distinctive because it is relevant to the needs of our community, our region, and the world.

One recent example of our work in this area is the fast-track (three-year) bachelor’s in nursing program launched this fall in partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). The program allows students to complete a single application and be admitted to both schools—finishing their first two years at MCTC, then transferring seamlessly to complete their bachelor’s degree at Augsburg. This partnership helps us to meet the growing marketplace demand in the field of nursing and, at the same time, provides nursing students an outstanding, high-value educational experience. It is a terrific example of the kind of collaborative, innovative thinking that helps us meet the needs of our region.

3) Finally, achieving our 2019 vision means that Augsburg will be “built for the future.”

Ensuring that Augsburg will thrive now and in the future requires that we maintain a welcoming and sustainable campus; organizational structures that foster collaboration, efficiency, and effectiveness; and a sound and sustainable financial footing.

An important differentiation Augsburg has in this area is our urban location. Few colleges—including those located in other parts of the Twin Cities metro area—are positioned to influence and to benefit from their location as Augsburg is. When the Central Corridor Green Line begins operation in 2014, Augsburg will be in the only neighborhood in the metropolitan area with access to both Light Rail lines, providing easy access to both downtowns and to the businesses, arts organizations, religious institutions, and civic life found there.

Our location in the city has a profound effect on student opportunities. Following are examples of just a few of our recent alumni who were actively engaged in internships during their time at Augsburg—opportunities that have served them well in their early careers:

  • Dan Brandt ’11, a marketing major, landed a public affairs and community relations internship with the Minnesota Twins during his senior year. He went on to serve in community and public relations positions with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Wild before transitioning to a leading public relations firm in Minneapolis. Today, he is an assistant account manager at Karwoski & Courage, one of the top 10 public relations firms in the Twin Cities.
  • Kristi Vinkemeier ’11 majored in chemistry and minored in biology. Her internship, a joint project between Aveda and SarTec Corporation, involved synthesizing new surfactants (which are used in shampoos and soaps). Kristi discovered her love of research from this experience and joined SarTec as an R&D scientist following her internship. Today, she works as an environmental health and safety coordinator at Integrated Recycling Technology, a privately held, global company specializing in the recycling of catalytic converters and high-grade circuit boards.
  • After graduating with a sociology major, Tom Thao ’11 served as an AmericCorps fellow for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, working with a north-metro public charter school to support academic achievement in its elementary school programs. Following that, he has worked as a community organizing and public relations assistant at Cycles for Change, coordinating programs to make biking accessible to under-served communities. Tom’s interest in urban planning and sustainable transportation was ignited during his internship with the Local Initiative Support Corporation, where he conducted housing and zoning research along the Central Corridor Light Rail line.

A distinctive academic program. A commitment to being at the table. And a focus on ensuring we are built for the future. That is the framework provided by our 2019 vision. I couldn’t be more excited about this strategic plan or more optimistic about the future of Augsburg College. The support you have shown in the past year—moving the CSBR campaign past the $25 million fundraising mark and making Augsburg the top fundraising college or university on Minnesota’s online Give to the Max Day last month—has provided important momentum in making sure Augsburg can continue to offer the unique education experiences we all value so deeply.

Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Paul C. Pribbenow

Thankfulness opens us to Giving

A message from Wayne Jorgenson ’71

For many of us, this wintery season offers a time to assess, reflect and renew. We all have much to be thankful for and we can count our many blessings. As 2013 comes to a close, I am especially thankful for the remarkable increase in giving by the Augsburg alumni and friends of Augsburg who support the College. Giving is our higher purpose as it brings meaning to our lives and this is the season of giving.

Personally, I am thankful that I agreed to join with my colleague Chris Ascher ’81 in leading the Alumni Class Challenge effort for Augsburg’s campaign for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). We knew we had a great opportunity before us. We both decided we wanted to actively engage the many wonderful people who count Augsburg as a priority in their lives so we can help shape its bright future.

What we have discovered is that Auggies are generous, committed to fostering a strong College, and eager to participate.

Volunteers emerging from every corner to build the CSBR

You likely have heard about our Alumni Class Challenge goal to secure at least $1 million in campaign gifts from 50 of Augsburg’s graduating classes. The terrific results to date are shown in the table below. As the momentum builds for this essential and visionary project, we have been joined by over 170 classmates from classes across the board, each of whom has made an individual campaign commitment, and who will encourage their classmates to join them in contributing to the campaign.

Profit applied for Good
Appreciated securities may be a better way to give

This past year the stock market has soared to new highs. For many of us, our investments have grown. One very effective way to make a gift to the CSBR is through your appreciated securities. While the investment may have originally cost much less, Augsburg can receive full value of the stock while you as the donor receive the full value as a tax deduction. The cash that you effectively receive back via a tax deduction could be seen as lowering the overall cost of your gift even further. I suggest that you talk with your financial advisor about what benefits you might receive by gifting appreciated securities to Augsburg for the benefit of the CSBR.

Acting out of Thankfulness

As Auggies, we have a lot to celebrate and a lot for which to be thankful. This is the time of year when many do their philanthropic giving. Please consider a substantial donation to Augsburg’s Center for Science, Business, and Religion. No one can deny that this is a much-needed building. Giving is one essential element in the spirit of this season. Please keep the CSBR in your thoughts and prayers.  By all of us giving according to ability via both talents and dollars we will see this building become a reality soon.


Wayne Jorgenson ’71

170 Alumni Join the Challenge as Class Leaders

As the momentum builds for this essential and visionary project, we have been joined by over 170 classmates from classes across the board, each of whom has made an individual campaign commitment, and who will encourage their classmates to join them in contributing to the campaign. If you are interested in becoming a Class Challenge Leader, please contact Kim Stone at 612-330-1173 or

Class Challenge Leaders


Oliver Dahl 1945, Genevieve (Larson) Hendrickson 1945, L. Beth (Buesing) Opgrand 1945, Norman Bakken 1947, Jeroy Carlson 1948, Dora (Frojen) Quanbeck 1949


George Lanes 1950, Philip Quanbeck 1950, William Halverson 1951, Leroy Nyhus 1952, Harvey Peterson 1952, Joanne (Varner) Peterson 1952, Arvin Halvorson 1955, I. Shelby (Gimse) Andress 1956, Grace (Forss) Herr 1957, Harris Lee 1957, Gerald Mindrum 1957, Joanne (Stiles) Laird 1958, Grace (Kemmer) Sulerud 1958, Paul Almquist 1959, Martin Sabo 1959, Inez (Olson) Schwarzkopf 1959


Dale Hanka 1960, Marilyn (Saure) Breckenridge 1961, Leola (Dyrud) Furman 1961, Dean Larson 1962, Barbara (Beglinger) Larson 1963, LaVonne (Olson) Batalden 1963, Paul Batalden 1963, Jerelyn (Hovland) Cobb 1963, Marilyn (Peterson) Haus 1963, Mary Jo (Cherne) Holmstrand 1963, Robert Tufford 1963, Joyce (Leifgren) Young 1964, Daniel Anderson 1965, Mark Gjerde 1965, Paul Fieldhammer 1965, Pris (Strecker) Fieldhammer 1965, Marilee (Alne) Schroeder 1965, Larry Cole 1966, Dennis Rykken 1966, John Schwartz 1967, John Selstad 1967, David Boe 1968, Janet (Lunas) Gjerde 1968, Jonathan DeVries 1968, Lyle Malotky 1968, Susanne (Starn) Malotky 1968, Ronald Nelson 1968, Earl Sethre 1968, Jo Anne Sylvester 1968, Joan Volz 1968, Sandra (Larson) Olmsted 1969, Lawrence Turner 1969


Peter Agre 1970, LaRhae (Grindal) Knatterud 1970, Dale Pederson 1970, Richard Seime 1970, Lisbeth (Jorgensen) Sethre 1970, Michael Good 1971, Corky Hall 1971, Douglas Johnson 1971, Wayne Jorgenson 1971, Steven Larson 1971, Dean Malotky 1971, Robert Martin 1971, Bruce Nelson 1971, David Owen 1971, Kay (Hendrickson) Owen 1971, Michael Scott 1971, Ronald Weitbrecht 1971, James Agre 1972, George Dahlman 1972, Richard Ekstrand 1972, Peter Gale 1972, Thomas Howe 1972, Nancy (Olson) Hrdlicka 1972, Cheryl (Rogalla) Malotky 1972, Patrick Marcy 1972, Cheryl (Lindroos) Martin 1972, Deborah (Anderson) Miller 1972, Margie (Stoebner) Neugebauer 1972, Jonathan Nye 1972, Diane (Krueger) Weitbrecht 1972, Ray Yip 1972, Andre Lewis 1973, Karen (Dahlke) Rodda 1973, Linda (Lundeen) Dunn 1974, Cynthia (Behmer) Gale 1974, Ruth Johnson 1974, LaJune Thomas Lange 1975, H. Theodore Grindal 1976, Susan (Forsmark) Long 1976, Marilyn (Pearson) Florian 1976, Timothy Peterson 1976, Kathryn (Anderson) Wahl 1976, Norman Wahl 1976, Robert Anderson 1977, Mary (Quanbeck) Barber 1977, Inez (Schey) Bergquist 1977, Jeffrey Nodland 1977, Roselyn Nordaune 1977, Beverly (Ranum) Meyer 1978, Dennis Meyer 1978, Kristine (Peterson) Pearson 1978, Donadee (Melby) Peterson 1978, Sally (Hough) Daniels Herron 1979, Mark Moksnes 1979, Pamela (Hanson) Moksnes 1979, Jay Phinney 1979, Jeff Swenson 1979


Robert LaFleur 1980, Lisa Novotny 1980, Gary Tangwall 1980, Christopher Ascher 1981, Pamela (Herzan) Crowell 1981, Karen (Miller) Durant 1981, David Soli 1981, Robert Wick 1981, Lisa Zeller 1981, Paul Amos 1982, Kari (Eklund) Logan 1982, Daniel Schueller 1983, Michael Schwartz 1983, Luverne Seifert 1983, Paul Mueller 1984, Nancy (Mackey) Mueller 1985, Anthony Genia 1985, Lisa Svac Hawks 1985, Sharon (McGaughey) Engelland 1987, Paul Terrio 1987, Tracey (Morris) Terrio 1987, Darcey Engen 1988, Chris Hallin 1988, Cheryl (Solomonson) Crockett 1989, Drew Privette 1989


Julie Edstrom 1990, Alexander Gonzalez 1990, Carolyn (Young) Schueller 1990, Clayton McNeff 1991, Denise (Sideen) McNeff 1994, Heidi (Wisner) Staloch 1993, Karin (Ludwigsen) Rochester 1995, Tracy (Anderson) Severson 1995, Thomas Piper LaBelle 1996, Amy Bowar 1997, Rachel (Olson) Engebretson 1998, Deborah Hutterer 1999


Ross Murray 2000, MBA 2009, Sarah Grans 2001, Nicholas Slack 2002, Thomas Bramwell 2003, Holly (Ebnet) Knutson 2003, MBA 2007, Michael Loney 2003, Chad Darr 2004, Melissa Lee 2004, Judy (Niemi) Johnson 2005, Mark Matzek 2005, Kathy (Soderbeck) Fagen 2006, David Nash 2006, Richard Garnett 2007, MBA 2009, Jen (Janda) Nagorski 2008, Sharon (Earll) Wade 2008, Joshua Hersch 2009, Jenna Mead 2009, Jill Watson MBA 2010, Helen Truax MBA 2012, Katie (Wirtz) Berggren MBA 2013, Nic Parsons 2014

Marilyn ’61 and Tom Breckenridge Sponsor Two Faculty Offices for CSBR

Gifts reflect their excitement about cross-disciplinary focus

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Saure Breckenridge ’61 is Augsburg College’s first female graduate to be ordained as a Lutheran pastor. To recognize and honor Breckenridge’s trailblazing role in the church, Augsburg awarded her the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1994.

Marilyn and her husband Tom Breckenridge are sponsoring two faculty offices in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion with their campaign gift of $50,000.

Their initial gift of one office expanded to two offices

Initially, the couple planned to sponsor just one office, located in the Religion Department space, in gratitude both for Marilyn’s undergraduate education and for the award Augsburg College bestowed on her. As their excitement about the CSBR project grew, they sponsored an additional office located in the Business Department space, reflecting an important part of Tom’s ministry.

An ordained United Church of Christ pastor who served congregations for 15 years, Tom later became a stock broker and then a financial planner. He is a partner in Rossi Dubuque Breckenridge, LLC.

The Breckenridges applaud the cross-disciplinary character of the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. “It is important that all three of these departments are in the new building,” Tom says. “The interconnecting links between the disciplines are crucial.”

“We want to support President Pribbenow’s vision”

“We want to support Augsburg College because of our Christian faith and our belief that the College is pursuing a living faith and not just a ‘head’ faith,” Marilyn adds. “We see that President Pribbenow has a vision for the College, and we want to support it.”

“This year we saw that not all of the CSBR faculty offices had been sponsored,” Tom says. “We think that the church must relate to business. The building is a good step in that direction, so we decided to increase our support.”

Marilyn and Tom met as summer counselors at Camp Wells in Big Lake, Minn. Marilyn was an Augsburg student then, and Tom attended the University of Minnesota. They married in 1961, immediately after Marilyn graduated, and they headed to Hartford Seminary where Tom received a Master of Divinity degree and Marilyn received a Master of Arts in Christian Education.

Saying yes to God’s call, even as it changes

At that point in their lives, Marilyn had not yet felt the call to ordained ministry. They raised three children. In 1979, she received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary. Later she received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary.

Her first call was as associate pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis. She then was Assistant to the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. Later she was senior pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena, Minn. She also has served as interim pastor for several Minnesota congregations and as a supply pastor in Lithuania.

Appreciating Augsburg’s focus on vocation

The Breckenridges appreciate Augsburg College’s emphasis on vocation. “We are very impressed with the focus on ‘calling’ at Augsburg, not of students simply preparing for a job but for their unique sense of call,” Tom says.

Marilyn and Tom simply love learning. Over the decades, both have pursued additional education to equip them for their vocations. Tom received a Master in Theology with a focus on organizational development from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn. Marilyn completed a yearlong course in Leadership and Innovation at the Humphrey Institute in Minneapolis.

They support Augsburg College to help students discover where God is calling them to make a difference in the world and to prepare for that service.

Oliver Dahl ’45 sponsors faculty office in CSBR

Oliver Dahl ’45 has had an 80-year relationship with Augsburg College. From the ages of 10-15, he went to campus to practice basketball while on a Trinity Lutheran Church youth team in Minneapolis.

The relationship between Trinity and Augsburg was very close. Several Augsburg students and esteemed professor Dr. Warren Quanbeck ’37 taught Sunday School at Trinity. Oliver’s sister Dagmar ’36 married Quanbeck.

Dahl was Augsburg’s first wrestling coach

Dahl enrolled at Augsburg in Fall 1941, and in 1942 served as the College’s first wrestling coach. He left to join the U.S. Army during WWII.  Later he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business.

Faculty office will be named for Oliver and Shirley Dahl

Recently Dahl gave a gift to sponsor a faculty office in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. The office will carry Oliver’s and his late wife Shirley’s names. He married Shirley in 1946, and they were married 55 years until her death. She operated her own clothing design business.

When asked about his career, Dahl says: “I did all kinds of things. I sold real estate and owned a precision machine shop. Later I was president of my own company, Mercury Aviation, a fixed base operator at Wold Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis, servicing private and corporate aircraft. After selling the company, he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as an administrative contracting officer. He is now retired.

Dahl’s estate gift will one day help athletics and CSBR

Augsburg College is the major beneficiary of Dahl’s estate. He has designated half of his support for the Athletics program and half for the Center for Science, Business and Religion.

“Having a will is a way to direct your assets where you want them so they can do good in the world,” he says. “I’ve been thinking about Augsburg College all of my life, so it felt natural to direct it here.”

It’s a Great Time to Give Thanks to Augsburg

Each year I welcome this season of Advent. It’s a time for inward reflection and anticipation of the coming of the Light of the world. Augsburg celebrates this season with remarkable music and varied celebrations as we enter the holy season and celebrate in the spirit of Christmas. For all of us who care about Augsburg, it is also a great time to give thanks for this College.

When I consider all that happened for Augsburg in 2013, it is a robust list of achievements including:

  • The largest freshman class in our history
  • Significant research grants to fund faculty work, especially in the sciences, and
  • The largest single philanthropic gift—$10 million—given by an anonymous alumnus.

Auggies also came together to set a record for Give to the Max Day, placing the College in the enviable #1 spot among all Minnesota colleges and universities and #4 among all Minnesota nonprofit organizations in total gifts received ($313,639 from 837 donors).

We have surpassed one of our benchmark campaign goals with total gifts and pledges to the Center for Science, Business, and Religion exceeding $25.5 million. Surely groundbreaking will be just around the corner as more and more alumni, friends and supporters commit to make Augsburg the strongest College we can be.

We enter 2014 with renewed faith and vision of the completion of a new academic building that will serve all our students and faculty. This transformational facility will position us to achieve the goals set forth in the Augsburg 2019 Strategic Vision.

Included in this issue of Good News are more stories of alumni and friends who have made their commitment to this bright future. Thank you for joining us, and for your generosity.

Another example of the College’s commitment to interdisciplinary dialog around the intersection of Science, Business, and Religion is the annual Peace Prize Forum. We were honored two years ago to be given the opportunity to host this event every year on Augsburg’s campus in partnership with the University of Minnesota and our fellow Norwegian colleges and universities.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a unique civic learning experience. This dynamic, global event brings Nobel Peace Prize winners, civic leaders, and scholars together with students and other citizens. As the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway, the Forum has a special mission: to inspire peacemaking by celebrating the work of Peace Prize winners. Please plan to attend the 26th annual Peace Prize Forum March 1 and 7-9 in Minneapolis, on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota West Bank.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Mike Good ’71
National Campaign Chair

Regent Matt Entenza Donates $100,000 to Support Intersection of Science, Business, and Religion

Why would a Macalester alumnus who attended Oxford University in England, completed law school at the University of Minnesota, and serves as Senior Advisor to Governor Dayton decide to join the Augsburg Board of Regents?

Matt Entenza took President Paul Pribbenow’s call and eagerly accepted his request that he serve.

“As a Lutheran, I could see that Augsburg plays a unique role in the community as a leader. It is a place that leads by example. That’s increasingly important in our changing urban landscape. It’s a place that is engaged with our modern world and is willing to lift up everyone. I especially appreciate the way Augsburg sets an example as an inclusive, global educational leader,” said Entenza.

He looks, too, at Augsburg’s influence statewide. Early on, Matt was inspired by debate, having debated across the state during his high school and college years. Today he is excited that Augsburg now provides a home base for the Urban Debate League. Debate offers people a way to test their perspectives and see both sides of an issue.

Connecting the dots for better Citizenship

“I decided to make my capital gift to the Center for Science, Business, and Religion because of the need I see for business and scientific leaders to connect with religion and ethics. Augsburg faculty have taken on this challenge to connect these dots for their students and it has made a real difference as they go on to work and serve our communities.”

Besides making his own capital gift, Matt also decided to take the lead on asking his fellow Regents to join him in supporting the effort to fulfill the ambitious goals of the campaign for the CSBR. Last February he put forward a motion to the Regents asking them to commit to making their own “stretch” campaign gifts, to all join in the act of making donor calls and to share widely their excitement and commitment to this essential effort. Since his motion was adopted by a unanimous board consent, the campaign has gone from $12.9 million raised to current gifts totaling more than $25 million.

Matt looks forward to continuing to work on building a strong future for Augsburg. “I am excited by the way the whole community is coming together for this facility and the people who make Augsburg such a special place for students to become active citizens.”

Mark ’53 and Jean Raabe honor legendary coach/athletic director Edor Nelson with gift to CSBR

Two years can have a profound impact on a person. That’s the length of time Mark Raabe ’53 spent at Augsburg College before transferring to the University of Minnesota for a special program where he received both undergraduate and law degrees.

Yet, Mark and his spouse Jean both get emotional talking about the bond Mark feels with his Augsburg baseball coach Edor Nelson ’38. The bond is so deep that the Raabes are naming a faculty office in Nelson’s honor in the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. They also will sponsor a second faculty office using their own names, with a total gift of $50,000 for the CSBR.

Mark remembers Nelson as being “larger than life, a role model. He was a hero who came out of WWII and embodies values that I admire greatly.”

A multi-faceted career in Washington, D.C.

Married for 57 years, Mark and Jean started dating when she was teaching school in Sauk Rapids, Minn., and he was a law student.

After law school, Mark served in the Navy, and then they moved to Washington, D.C., where he was an FBI agent for seven years. For much of his career he worked as counsel to a congressional committee. He concluded his career as counsel and consultant to the Washington Office of Merck, a major research pharmaceutical company. He is now retired.

Mark is a founder and board member of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, a residential “place like home” for seriously ill children from around the world who are participating in groundbreaking research protocols looking for the discovery of new medicines.

Jean, also retired, taught home economics for many years at Wakefield High School in the Arlington, Virginia, school system. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.

“Here comes my second baseman!”

Edor Nelson ’38

The first time Mark got back to campus was 25 years after his student days. He remembers going to visit Edor Nelson that day in his office. Another 25 years went by before Mark visited the Augsburg campus again. In 2001, he and Jean attended a special luncheon and program when the athletic field was being named in honor of Nelson.

According to Mark: “A huge crowd of people was present to celebrate the moment with Edor. Jean and I went forward to greet him. When we were still 20-30 feet away, he looked up and met my eyes, and said, ‘Here comes my second baseman!’ The fact that he would remember, 50 years later, who I was and what position I played for only two years is just amazing. What it says to me is that he cared about his kids. Edor is legendary in that regard.”

Another Auggie showing care and concern

Mark remembers another Augsburg person in his life who demonstrated care for him as a young person. Mark played multiple sports in high school, and intended to do so in college. However, when he showed up at football practice at Augsburg for the first time, he was told that he would not be allowed to play football. Turns out that his high school basketball coach, Ab Strommen, an Auggie who initially steered Mark to Augsburg, informed the college that Mark had been knocked out three times during football games, once suffering a severe concussion. Strommen thought it would be unsafe for Mark to continue playing football.

According to Mark: “Ab was years ahead of his time in knowledge about the seriousness of concussions and the effect they can have on the brain. He showed concern for me.”

“We were looking to do something that would be helpful to the school,” Mark says about their recent gift for the CSBR. “We wish we could do even more. We love the way the school has been integrated in the city and focuses on community. You can feel the vibrancy of the school and its programs.”

Former Regent Allen Housh and Spouse Jean Housh Sponsor Physics Faculty Office in CSBR

Allen Housh began a long relationship with Augsburg College when his congregation, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn., nominated him to serve on Augsburg’s Board of Regents. He served from 1989 to 2001.

Housh and his spouse Jean have made an estate plan commitment to Augsburg designated to sponsor a Physics faculty office in the new Center for Science, Business, and Religion.

They believe that the new CSBR will “make a statement. It will draw attention to Augsburg College’s strength in all three departments: science, business and religion.”

Gift to CSBR honors Dr. Mark Engebretson

The Houshes are honoring physics professor Dr. Mark Engebretson through their gift. Engebretson, they say, “makes a big difference for students.” He recently was awarded an NSF grant to research the dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field.

Housh spent his entire career working at Cargill. He retired as Vice President for Transportation. His first wife died in 1990. He later married Jean, who worked in public relations for Cargill.

Housh once told President Charles Anderson: “Put me in a spot that stretches me and makes me a little uncomfortable.” Anderson replied that he needed him to help with fundraising. When Housh said that would make him really uncomfortable, Anderson said, “It will be right up your alley. You want a challenge.”

Housh agreed and served as the development chair on the board, and later as Interim Vice President for Advancement. He says: “I had fun fundraising. We were working to help students of all ages and ethnicities access education. It was fun to invite people to strengthen the mission of a college at the heart of the city.”