One month ago Governor Walz issued our “shelter in place” order beginning a long stretch of isolation and changes that previously were unthinkable. All of us are adapting to this new, challenging reality.
Thanks to quick moving faculty and staff, Augsburg classes are now online. Most of our students left campus with the exception of about 200 who didn’t have other good living options. We’ve provided laptops and emergency aid to students in need while we continue to do everything we can to help them finish the year strong and on track to get the degrees they seek. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has helped make this transition including hundreds of donors who have given more than $385,000 to support emergency needs.
In addition to online classes, a number of other activities and events are happening via the internet for example:
Commencement on Friday, May 29
Click on the links above and join us online to check out the new ways we are connecting with students, alumni, and the community.
Work in our Advancement division continues too. Over the last couple of weeks a primary concern has been announcing and working through lay offs and transitioning responsibilities. We appreciate all the ways you and others have offered support to those impacted by these sudden and heartbreaking changes. Sustaining the mission of Augsburg and supporting the thousands of students who depend on us is critical and still, even when we know financial realities require reductions, it is hard.
We’ve launched a new series of live Facebook events which you can join in real time or watch when it in convenient for you on our Augsburg Alumni Association Facebook page.
We’ve canceled, postponed, or moved online all Advancement events and meetings for the foreseeable future including the Sesquicentennial All-School Reunion which is postponed until Homecoming 2021, all upcoming reunions and gatherings which are postponed until future notice, and I expect the next Alumni Board meeting in June will be held via Zoom. We had a number of international travel programs planned for this summer which have all been canceled. And our gift officers who normally are out meeting alumni and other donors are staying in touch by phone. video calls, and email.
As we move forward I’m sure we will find lots of new and interesting ways to build connections online. I’ll keep you posted!