November 2012 Newsletter

Auggies Give to the Max!

It’s almost time for the Great Minnesota Give-Together! On November 15, join Auggies across Minnesota and around the country for Give to the Max Day. Show your support for Augsburg by making a gift to The Augsburg Fund at and help provide Augsburg students with an education like no other.

As an added incentive, a $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 prize grant will be awarded to the top three Minnesota colleges or universities which receive the most dollars on Give to the Max Day—last year, Augsburg came in 8th out of 50 institutions! And each hour, one lucky donor will receive a “golden ticket” worth $1,000, which they can donate to the nonprofit of their choice!

You can also make a gift to Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen program and help them win up to $1,500 from the Finnegans Community Fund, created by Auggie alum Jacquie Berglund ’87! Check out to learn more.

Help us beat last year’s record results: 106 donors gave $21,790 to The Augsburg Fund!

Any amount counts–mark your calendars for Thursday, November 15, visit and get ready to Give to the Max!


Martha Truax
Director of Annual Giving


“Two-by-Four in my Wallet” featuring Dan Phillips
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
5 p.m., Oren Gateway Center, room 100

Join Augsburg alumni, students, and friends for this funny and insightful talk from builder Dan Phillips about the homes he has built using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Phillips’ brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.

In 1998, Phillips and his wife, Marsha, started The Phoenix Commotion, a construction company that builds affordable houses from reclaimed and recycled materials. Their mission is to divert landfill waste while creating sustainable housing for single mothers, artists, and low-income families. The Phoenix Commotion keeps labor costs low while reclaiming human potential.

Refreshments will be served.  Register at

Vocation for Life
Thursday, November 8, 2012
8 a.m. –4 p.m.
$30.00 per person

Do you wonder: What is your purpose in life, your true passion? Join alumni from various Lutheran colleges for a day to foster the discovery of your calling by considering your distinctive gifts, passions, and sense of faith and meaning. This unique workshop will take place in the Riverside Room at Miracle Lodge in Stewartville, MN.

Register at or by calling 612-330-1085. Registration fee includes meals and refreshments. The Miracle Lodge is located at 7291 Country Road 6, SW, Stewartville, MN 55976.

Brought to you by ELCA colleges and universities.

Auggie’s Birthday Celebration
Friday, November 9, 2012
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Christensen Center

In honor of Auggie Eagle’s birthday (November 10), the Alumni Association will be hosting a celebration, complete with birthday cake. Come join in the festivities!

Celebrate 40 Years of Women’s Athletics
Saturday, November 10, 2012
6 p.m., Si Melby Hall

Reconnect with your teammates and make plans to attend this great celebration together! AWE congratulates all of the female athletes in Augsburg’s history.

For more information, contact Kelly Anderson Diercks at 612-330-1245 or

Strommen Speaker Series to Feature Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
Thursday, November 15, 2012
5–6:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

The Strommen Executive Speakers Series brings top executive leaders to campus to share their experience with alumni and students. Join us to hear Sally Smith, President and CEO of one of the ten fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. Smith joined the company as CFO in 1994 and became president in 1996, leading the company to extraordinary growth and success.

Attendance is free. RSVP to by Friday, November 9, to attend the dinner (with Buffalo Wild Wings!) after the event. Participants will receive a complimentary parking permit.

Augsburg Alumni Night at the Guthrie—A Christmas Carol
Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Performance
$35.00 per person (children must be 5 years or older to attend)

Join the Augsburg College Alumni Association to enjoy this holiday classic. The event will feature a reception in the Target Lounge and a short presentation by an Augsburg faculty member, followed by a performance of A Christmas Carol.

RSVP at or by calling 612-330-1178. Seating is limited. The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Feed My Starving Children—Fall Alumni Packing Session
Saturday, November 17, 2012
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Join the Alumni Board to help pack meals for hungry children in 70 countries. Register online with the Augsburg College Alumni group at (click “join existing group”). Registration code is 247695.

Feed My Starving Children is located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 160, Eagan, MN 55121. For more information, call Sara Schlipp-Riedel at 612-330-1178.

Velkommen Jul
Friday, November 30, 2012
10:20 a.m., Hoversten Chapel
11 a.m., Christensen Center

Velkommen Jul is a celebration at Augsburg to welcome the Advent and Christmas seasons. It provides an opportunity for alumni, friends, faculty, students, and the greater Augsburg community to celebrate the Scandinavian heritage on which Augsburg was founded. The celebration begins at 10:20 a.m., with an Advent worship service in Hoversten Chapel. Serving and shopping begin at the Christensen Center at 11 a.m.  The lunch is served in the dining room of Christensen Center.

The boutique is located on the main floor of Christensen Center by the fireplace. You may find that perfect Christmas present there! The bake sale at the boutique continues to be popular. Scandinavian goodies (cookies, lefse, krumkake, sandbakkels, rosettes, kringler) are particularly popular. Other foods such as candy, caramel corn, and breads are favorites.

Make plans to attend this event. Invite your family and friends—all are welcome! It is a wonderful way to welcome the Advent and Christmas seasons.

The 33rd Advent Vespers Services
November 30, at 5 and 8 p.m.
December 1, at 2, 5, and 8 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis; 612-870-4416

Advent Vespers celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season with traditional and contemporary hymns, anthems, and carols. The Augsburg College Advent Vespers celebration is one of the largest holiday music events in the Twin Cities, with over 10,000 worshipers participating annually.

Held in the beautifully renovated Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, this celebration combines more than 300 participants, including choirs, instrumentalists, readers, and a full liturgical party.

The services highlight the majesty of the space at Central Lutheran Church. Follow the drama of the processions and capture the splendor of the sounds from the massed choirs scattered throughout the sanctuary.

Seating envelopes are required for each service and will be available beginning November 1, 2012. You may order seating envelopes at beginning November 1.


Auggie in Residence
Would you like to speak in the classroom? Here is your opportunity to connect with current students in our classroom setting through the Auggie in Residence program.

Auggies in Residence is an opportunity for alumni to reconnect to the College and our students by speaking at a fall or spring Keystone class – one of the last “Search for Meaning” courses students take before graduating. If you want to share your time and talent in this way, please contact Pat Grans, or call 612-330-1329.


The Crowning Touch
Taking an eighth-grade drafting class (rather than one in cooking) and doing estimates for construction plans brought home by her master-plasterer father moved Sarah (Wojtowicz) Bazey ’88 a step closer to ownership of her own company. Bazey started Simplex Construction Supplies, Inc. while she was still a student at Augsburg, and she continues to serve as president and CEO. The company has worked on projects across North America and with some of the most accomplished contractors in the world.

Beyond her success in the business world, however, is an even richer story about the courage and perseverance of this Scandia, Minnesota native.

On a sunny October afternoon in 1994, after completion of a large highway project, Bazey expressed her gratitude to the work team by chartering a helicopter for several tours. But on the day’s last ride—the only one that Bazey took—disaster struck. The helicopter caught some newly strung power lines, crashed, and skidded into a temporary concrete barrier before it exploded. Bazey, still strapped in, was soaked in jet fuel and in flames.

She somehow freed herself, and the pilot jumped on her back to extinguish the flames; eventually she crawled to a mud puddle and covered her face. But having sustained third-degree burns to her face and 40 percent of her body, she went on to endure 15 surgeries, 18 months of therapy, and countless medical procedures, grateful to have her loving parents and family at her side during recovery.

In time she was able to resume many of her activities, such as figure skating, yoga, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain hiking. She dedicated herself to helping other burn victims through board leadership and volunteer work for the SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program of the Phoenix Society. She also began volunteering her time, sense of hope, and listening skills at Regions Hospital, where she was once helped by an “amazing” burn team.

A 2003 graduate of Harvard Business School, she has served as a keynote speaker for the World Burn Congress, as director and chair of the Community Bank board, and in leadership roles for various construction-related associations. In 2006, her company received the Outstanding Material Supplier national award.

And the crowning touch? In March 2012, Bazey was crowned Mrs. Minnesota International. From there, she went on to Chicago to compete with women from around the world, and on July 21 (the 25th anniversary of Simplex), she was crowned Mrs. International 2012—an honor that will afford her an opportunity to promote burn awareness and education worldwide, as well as the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative. The Mrs. International competition seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of married women, importance of family, and dedication to a charitable cause or nonprofit organization.

A professional figure skater, Bazey felt right at home when she started college because she had skated on Augsburg’s campus since age 12. Also, several in the Wojtowicz family were already Auggies—brothers Guy ’81, Nick ’71, and Len ’75; two sisters-in-law, Pat (Clausen) ’77, and Sally (Tabor) ’76. Her nephew, Zachary Wojtowicz, is slated to graduate in 2014. Bazey lives in Minneapolis with her husband Joe and their special doggie, Tonka.


President Pribbenow hosts annual “State of the College” webinar for alumni and friends

CCHP convocation features Dr. Henry Emmons on “The Science of Hope”

Augsburg College hosts parliamentarian Marianne Aasen

Pribbenow receives experiential education award


Auggies reach MIAC Playoffs!

McClellans figure big in Auggie win

Auggies close year with 2-0 win

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