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BUILDINGINSIDEFaculty-student research duoAuggie brews up a businessThe changing face of AuggiesCommencement memoriesFOR THEFUTURESUMMER 2015 VOL. 77, NO. 3AUGSBURG NOW

Vice President of Marketingand CommunicationRebecca John ’13 [email protected] of News andMedia ServicesStephanie [email protected] FROM PRESIDENT PRIBBENOWA college that is student readyThe 2014-15 academic year—the 146th inAugsburg’s history—was a very good year for theCollege. National honors for students. Awardsfor faculty teaching, research, and advising. Thesuccessful completion of the 50 million campaignfor the Center for Science, Business, and Religion,and the early preparation work on the constructionsite. Important conversations on and off campusabout interfaith living, race relations, demographictrends, and diversity. Remarkable outreachprograms like the Minnesota Urban Debate Leagueand Campus Kitchen receiving major supportfor their important work. A national wrestlingchampionship! And so much, much more.Reflecting on these accomplishments, I amso grateful for all our faculty and staff do for thisspecial college and its students.But I also realize that these achievementsare made possible by an increasingly clear visionof our future that says we will be “a new kind ofstudent-centered urban university, small to ourstudents and big for the world.” And the fruit ofour labors is made possible by our common effortsto live into this vision and our shared commitmentto an Augsburg education that equips our studentsfor lives of meaning, purpose, and significancein and for the world. That is what truly excitesme about Augsburg’s future—a persuasive visionthat proclaims our desire to be a college that isstudent-ready!What do I mean by student-ready? I mean thatwe are turning 21st century higher education onits head by not focusing on whether students are“college-ready.” You’ve probably read and heardthat phrase many times. Demanding that studentsare college-ready allows lots of smart people toclaim that the responsibility belongs elsewherewhen it comes to ensuring that students show upon our campuses prepared by someone else forwhat we think a higher education should look like.If students aren’t able to read or speak Englishas well as we would like, if their math skills arelacking, if they don’t participate in class like weonce did, if they demand more of us because ofdifficult personal circumstances or diverse learningand leading styles, then they are not ready forcollege. In other words, if they don’t learn andbehave like us, they are not college-ready.So here comes Augsburg offering a different—even countercultural—vision of what highereducation is all about today. And it is a visiongrounded in our faith and academic heritage. It isa vision that claims we are called to be ready forstudents with the diverse gifts and experiences theybring to our campus, gifts and experiences thatdemand changes in how we engage them, teachthem, and learn from them. It doesn’t mean thatwe lower our standards—that is the too-easy retortto our vision. It means that we define and claimeven higher standards of academic excellenceand achievement, of teaching and learning, ofcivic engagement and community life—standardsshaped not by measures imposed from without, butby a collaborative and democratic measure borneof our shared experience and engagement.And, come to find out, when you take the pathof being student-ready, when you quit measuringby someone else’s standards, you begin to witnessto a way of being in the world as educated peoplethat others want to embrace. And students andfaculty win major recognition, your campaigns aresuccessful, and you are positioned to lead in the21st century.Wow, that is exciting and inspiring. I givethanks every day for a community that embracesthis vision of a college that is student-ready andstudent-centered. A college that is faithful andrelevant. Our college—Augsburg College!PAUL C. PRIBBENOW, PRESIDENTDirector of MarketingCommunicationStephen [email protected] Copywriterand Editorial CoordinatorLaura Swanson ’15 [email protected] AssociateDenielle Johnson ’[email protected] CopywriterChristina [email protected] Manager/Now OnlineMark n [email protected] CommunicationSpecialistJen Lowman [email protected] Now is published byAugsburg College2211 Riverside Ave.Minneapolis, MN [email protected] expressed in Augsburg Nowdo not necessarily reflect officialCollege policy.ISSN 1058-1545Send address corrections to:Advancement ServicesCB 142Augsburg College2211 Riverside Ave.Minneapolis, MN [email protected]

summer 2015AUGSBURG NOWFeatures0208111822Ahead of the curveBY REBECCA JOHN ’13 MBACommencement memoriesBY LAURA SWANSON ’15 MBAMaking their markBY STEPHANIE WEISSDepartmentsinsidefrontcoverNotes from President Pribbenow02 Around the Quad08 Celebrating student success141814 Auggie voices20 It takes an Auggie26 My Auggie experience28 Alumni news34 Alumni class notes38 In memoriam2226On the coverA photo illustration depicts what the future Center for Science, Business, and Religionwill look like from Urness Tower; see pages 20-21. Photo illustration by Mark Chamberlain.All photos by Stephen Geffre unless otherwise indicated.Correction: In the Spring 2015 issueof Augsburg Now, the names of donorsRichard Bonlender ’78 and Mary Ahernwere listed incorrectly in the article“Torstenson legacy lives on through gifts,”which described an initiative to name agathering space for Faculty Emeritus ofSociology Joel Torstenson in the new Centerfor Science, Business, and Religion.

AROUND THE QUADPUTTING MINNEAPOLISIN THE SPOTLIGHTThis spring, hundreds of prospective Augsburg College students and theirfamilies visited campus as part of “Destination: Augsburg,” an eventdesigned to offer a glimpse into on-campus life. The event also includedguided excursions to well-known attractions in the heart of Minneapolisincluding Target Field, Nicollet Mall, and the State Theatre [above].MINNESOTA URBANDEBATE LEAGUEadds first-ever Somali Debate InitiativeThe Minnesota Urban Debate League—a program of Augsburg College—sponsoredthe first debate in the state among Somali youth. The Somali Debate Initiative servesmiddle- and high-school students from Minneapolis and St. Paul. A community forumfeaturing U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison followed the debate. MNUDL also hosted four Spanishtournaments throughout the Twin Cities, which helps make debate more accessible toSpanish-speaking communities.In May, MNUDL hosted its third Mayor’s Challenge fundraiser. St. Paul MayorChris Coleman; Donald Lewis, co-founder and shareholder of Nilan Johnson Lewis inMinneapolis; and Barb Schmitt, senior director at Microsoft, served as judges. Theevent raised 18,500 plus 3,000 in matching grants from the Pohlad Foundation.2Augsburg NowKeynote speaker and debate judge Ilhan Omarencourages Somali Debate Initiative guests topursue college degrees.

AROUND THE QUADA TEACHER’S INFLUENCENEVER ENDSEach year, the Augsburg College facultyrecognizes select colleagues with DistinguishedContributions to Teaching and Learningawards—acknowledging those who havedemonstrated outstanding support for studentsthrough teaching, advising, and mentoring.EXCELLENCE IN TEACHINGJoan Kunz, professor of chemistrySoup for You! Café Chef Judah Nataf seasons one of his signature recipes.SOUP FOR THE HEARTand soul of Augsburg’s neighborsAlumnus launches community meal programKunz is recognized for her commitment toAugsburg’s students, embodying the College’smission to educate students to be informedcitizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers,and responsible leaders. Since 1987, Kunz hasworked toward creating and sustaining a vibrantlearning community in the sciences.EXCELLENCE IN ADVISING AND MENTORINGotoCourtesy PhSusan O’Connor and Donna Patterson, assistantFive days a week, Minneapolis community members convene at Bethanyprofessors of educationLutheran Church to dine on gourmet fare prepared as part of the Soupfor You! Café—a program the Star TribuneO’Connor and Patterson are recognizedrecognized for its ability to redefinefor their work to incorporate Public“Our model is mutuality, andcommunity outreach.Achievement into the special educationwhat better way is there toAugsburg College alumnus, Chaplainteacher training program in the College’sshow mutuality than to gather Department of Education. The Publicto Student Athletes, and Linebacker Coachthe Rev. Mike Matson ’06 is the pastor atat the same table together?”Achievement model changes lives forBethany Lutheran and the driver behind thisstudents in special education by giving—The Rev. Mike Matson ’06community meal. Supported by volunteersStar Tribune, April 5them a voice to act as citizens in aand one talented chef, Soup for You! Café isdemocratic society.a chance for people of all backgrounds to come together in an environmentthat focuses on dignity. In the Star Tribune article “Church programoffers hot soup, warm welcome,” Matson underscored that the program isdesigned to bring together people from the many faithsand cultures of the Seward neighborhood.Augsburg College students, faculty, and staff find varied—andvaluable—ways to lend their time and talents to support the Soupfor You! Café. Auggie Jens Pinther ’15 contributed an article aboutthe program to the June edition of The Lutheran magazine. Thestory, available at thelutheran.org, included photos by Augsburgphotographer Stephen Geffre.The 2015 Distinguished Contributions recipients [L to R]:Donna Patterson, Susan O’Connor, and Joan Kunz.Summer 20153

(RE)NAME THE MAGAZINE?From Augsburg’sCAMPUS KITCHENto the community tableUnique program expands its reachThe Campus Kitchen program at Augsburg College worksto make healthy food accessible to all people living in andnear the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis. Theprogram also provides opportunities for service learning,leadership development, and genuine engagement betweenthe College and the community.Based in the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship,Campus Kitchen is a student-driven organization thataddresses hunger locally and globally. Corporate partnerssupport Campus Kitchen’s efforts, providing a solidfoundation for Auggies’ stellar work.2014-15 academic year highlights:7Augsburg student leaders took home a “Going Beyond TheMeal” award from the 2015 Food Waste and Hunger Summitin Athens, Georgia. The honor recognized Campus Kitchen’sexceptional education and outreach efforts.3413,036What do you think?Last summer, Augsburg College participated in a nationalhigher education magazine survey developed by the Council forAdvancement and Support of Education. This survey allowedmore than 600 people to share feedback on the ways Augsburg’smagazine helps them stay connected with the College.Based on the survey results, we worked to develop a clearerpicture of the roles the magazine plays and found that theAugsburg College magazine serves to: Foster inspiration and pride.Provide intellectual stimulation and ongoing education.Bridge the Augsburg of today with people’s past experiences.Define and illustrate what it means to be an “Auggie.”Help the Augsburg community learn how to talk about itselfand equip individuals to advocate for the College.Given the importance of these commitments, there was a desire tohave the magazine name align with and support the publication’spurpose. After an exploration of dozens of name options, AugsburgSpirit and Augsburg Experience stood out. It also was evident thatthe name Augsburg Now remains appropriate.To determine which of these three names is best, you’re invitedto share your opinion on the name of the magazine by voting onlinefor Augsburg Now, Augsburg Experience, or Augsburg Spirit.Go to augsburg.edu/now to share your inputto help guide our naming decision.student volunteers engaged in CampusKitchen activities per month on average.pounds of unserved, edible food were recovered fromA’viands campus dining and the Mill City Farmers Marketand thereby diverted from the waste stream.11,210total meals prepared using recovered, gleaned, andhomemade food served to youths, adults, and seniors in needin the Cedar-Riverside, Seward, and Phillips neighborhoods.KEY CORPORATE PARTNERS’YEARS OF GRANT SUPPORTLAND O’LAKESTARGETA’VIANDSGENERAL MILLSAMERIPRISE FINANCIAL 1 yearPlus, a new grant from The Campus Kitchens Project and AARP hasenabled Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen program to provide a weeklylunch for more than a dozen additional seniors living near campus.augsburg.edu/campuskitchenKNOW?DID YOUGeneral Mills has invested more than 125,000 inthe Augsburg College Campus Kitchen program.

Renovations are underway on a number of spaceson the Augsburg campus in Minneapolis, includingthe Sateren Auditorium in the Anderson Music Hall.The space will return to service this fall.ACCLAIMED ARTIST CREATESpainting for Hoversten ChapelThis spring, Augsburg’s Campus Ministry welcomed the Rev. PaulOman—a professional watercolorist whose artistic work drawsinspiration from his experiences, travels, and Lutheran faith—totake part in a three-day worship event on campus. Oman createda large-scale painting of Jesus during Daily Chapel services ason-campus worshipers took part in music, prayer, spoken word,and Scripture.Oman’s visual ministry, known as “Drawn to the Word,”offered the Augsburg community the opportunity to engagein conversation and reflection on race, radical hospitality,reformation, faith, and the Lutheran tradition that continues toshape the College’s identity. The painting is on display in theHoversten Chapel in Foss Center.The Rev. Paul Oman paints “Jesus Withdraws to Pray” during Daily Chapel time.Summer 20155Photo by Mark ChamberlainAROUND THE QUAD

AROUND THE QUADWhile traveling to or from campus, some Auggies have near-perfect views of the construction underway on the new MinnesotaVikings football stadium. This vantage point is near the intersection of Cedar and Riverside avenues in Minneapolis.ON THE SPOTKristin AndersonIn the discipline of art history it’s common to discuss the visualrepresentation of saints and sinners, kings and queens, and maybe evena Viking or two. At Augsburg College, Kristin Anderson teaches courses onthe history of art and architecture, and she’s prepared to talk about worksranging from the Mona Lisa to the Metrodome—may it rest in peace.Anderson’s current writing and research are focused on sportsarchitecture, and she is co-authoring a book on the history of athleticfacilities in the Twin Cities. As the St. Paul Saints baseball club settles intoits new CHS Field in Lowertown and the Minnesota Vikings football teamawaits the completion of a new stadium in Augsburg’s own backyard, hereis Anderson’s take on the region’s shifting sports scene.6Augsburg NowQ:During the past decade new sportsvenues including TCF Bank Stadium,Target Field, and CHS Field have openedtheir doors in Minneapolis and St. Paul.What factors have spurred so muchchange in such a brief period of time?A:Quite simply, we have moved outof an era of multipurpose stadiums.They were popular in the 1960s and1970s, and we got one of the last ones—the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome—in 1982. Sport-specific facilities likebaseball parks and football stadiums havebecome the standard, and that drivesall kinds of new construction. And, ofcourse, when one team gets a new space,everyone else gets in line. .

MAKING SPACEFOR AAROUND THE QUADNEW ACADEMIC BUILDINGOn May 1, the campaign for the Center for Science,Business, and Religion surpassed its 50 millionfundraising goal. To make room for the construction ofthis new academic building, the College razed two existinghouses on campus. One of the structures was occupiedby the Admissions Office from 1970-2003 beforethat department moved to a more student-accessiblelocation in Christensen Center. The house also was home for a time to the Centerfor Counseling and Health Promotion (now called the Center for Wellness andCounseling), which has relocated to the first floor of Anderson Residence Hall. Asecond house, formerly called Delta House, was first used for student housing. Itwas later home to various Admissions staff, then the Sabo Center for Democracyand Citizenship, which has moved to the Oren Gateway Center. Before these twobuildings were removed, an event was held to honor the work and experiencesof staff and residents who once occupied the spaces. There were 30 people inattendance, some even traveling from as far as North Dakota and New York.A house on 21st Avenue South is razed.Former and current staff members reminisce over a collageof names written within one of Augsburg’s former houses.Learn more about the next steps for the CSBR on page 20.Q:Q:Q:A:A:A:Today’s sports venues offeramenities that extend far beyonda wooden bleacher seat and a bag ofpopcorn sold at the concession stand.What does this mean for stadiumarchitecture and game attendees?Every new sports facility offers morethan its predecessor, and fans seemto expect this improvement. The risingexpectations are not new: fan amenitieshave been part of the discussion sincethe 1860s. Like us, people from thattime period talked about food selection,legroom, and comfort at the games.Attending to the fan experience can addcost to a project, but it is an investmentworth making. Just think about themany amazing differences between theMetrodome experience and the TargetField experience.What effect does an indoor stadium(like the new Vikings stadium) versusan outdoor stadium (like TCF) have onattendance, especially in Minnesota’sclimate?We have an amazing range of weather,from glorious to horrible—and wedon’t always agree on which is which.This raises the stakes on decisions aboutstadium design. Rather than choosing“indoor” or “outdoor,” many contemporaryfacilities combine aspects of each. The newVikings stadium will have a glass roof andenormous windows, bridging the indoorsand outdoors in space, light, air, and views.Target Field is an outdoor ballpark, but it isdesigned with sheltered areas, heat lamps,and other climate-mitigating features.Baseball is said to be America’spastime. How does new stadiumarchitecture show that the sport can remainrelevant—and sustainable—into the future?While most contemporary ballparks payhomage to the history and tradition ofbaseball, they also employ an amazing arrayof cutting-edge technologies. One of themost exciting recent developments is theemphasis on environmental sustainability.Target Field has two LEED Silvercertifications, and other sports facilities likethe Xcel Energy Center and CHS Field havealso engaged in significant sustainabilityefforts, including rainwater recyclingsystems and sophisticated trash-sorting andrecycling programs.Kristin Anderson is a professor of arthistory and the Augsburg College archivist.Summer 20157

CELEBRATING STUDENT SUCCESS 7,500 GOLDWATERSCHOLARSHIP WINNERSFikre Beyene ’16 and Lyle Nyberg ’1615 STEM researchers80 off-campusAuggies presented at ZyzzogetonResearch Festival on campusTaylor Kuramoto ’15FULBRIGHT TEACHINGASSISTANT in South Korea3ROSSING PHYSICSSCHOLARSOne of 104 to present atFikre Beyene ’16, Andris Bibelnieks ’16*,and Cain Valtierrez ’16*Also Goldwater Honorable MentionNATIONAL SCIENCEFOUNDATION GRADUATERESEARCH FELLOWSHIPHonorable Mention, Alex Sorum ’132015 WINCHELLUNDERGRADUATERESEARCH SYMPOSIUMAisha Mohamed ’16Awale Osman ’1522015 NEWMANCIVIC FELLOWKEMPER SCHOLARSMitchell Ross ’18 and Rebecca Schroeder ’18BENJAMIN A. GILMANINTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPDavid Gersten ’16 and Amal Warsame ’168Augsburg NowEDDIE PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIPFOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MENMalick Ceesay ’17

For more information aboutthese awards and recipients,go to augsburg.edu/now.Summer 20159

12HONORINGretiring faculty“I love the accessibility Augsburg students have to faculty and staff,especially when we meet students in passing in the quad or elsewherewhen conversations become more candid, genuine, and authentic.” — Gregory Krueger, Assistant Professor of EducationPAULINE ABRAHAMAssistant Professor and Director of BSNProgram, Nursing, RochesterJoined the College — 2005KATHRYN SCHWALBEFaculty EmeritaProfessor of Business AdministrationJoined the College — 1991FRANKIE SHACKELFORDFaculty Emerita, Professor of Languagesand Cross-Cultural StudiesJoined the College — 1990MARTHA JOHNSONFaculty EmeritaProfessor of Theater ArtsJoined the College — 1997BEVERLY STRATTONFaculty EmeritaProfessor of ReligionJoined the College — 1986AMIN KADERAssociate Professor of BusinessAdministrationJoined the College — 1974ELIZABETH ANKENYFaculty EmeritaAssociate Professor of EducationJoined the College — 2008GREGORY KRUEGERAssistant Professor of EducationJoined the College — 2000STEVEN LAFAVEGRACE DYRUDFaculty EmeritaProfessor of PsychologyJoined the College — 1962Faculty EmeritusProfessor of Business AdministrationJoined the College — 1991DAVID VENNEAssistant Professor of PhysicsJoined the College — 1990STEVEN NERHEIMMedical Director Instructor of PhysicianAssistant Studies ProgramJoined the College — 200510Augsburg NowTo read about what these faculty memberslove about Augsburg and teaching, go toaugsburg.edu/now.

AHEADof thecurveAugsburg leads in shaping higher education forMinnesota’s increasingly diverse populationBY REBECCA JOHN ’13 MBAFor more than five years, Augsburg College has undertaken“Employers are going to have a much greater interestimportant efforts to intentionally diversify the traditionalin bringing populations who previously may have beenundergraduate student profile. This work is not only amarginalized into productive work,” Brower said. “We don’tprudent move in terms of growing enrollment, but it is alsohave the capacity, going forward, to leave anyone behind.”proving to be an important factor in sustaining the region’sFor Augsburg, this demographic reality is significanteconomic health.because about 25 percent of college-bound Minnesota highThis spring, more than 200 Augsburg College facultyschool graduates express interest in Augsburg by applying,and staff met with Minnesota Stateinquiring, or visiting campus. In orderDemographer Susan Brower toto successfully enroll and retain these“We don’t have thediscuss the “shape and scale” of thestudents, Augsburg needs to be intentionalcapacity,goingforward,demographic trends in the state thatabout meeting the educational needs ofwill influence its vitality in the comingthis diversifying population.to leave anyone behind.”decades. Two significant trends detailedAugsburg already has an important—Susan Browerby Brower were the increasing diversityadvantage in this area because, withMinnesota State Demographerand aging of the state’s population –nearly 33 percent students of color intrends that heighten the importance ofthe traditional undergraduate program,education now and into the future.the College is one of the most diverse higher educationEducation will grow in importance because the relativeinstitutions in the state. This is attractive to students of bothsize of our workforce affects economic production and theminority and majority populations because it offers them thestrength of our region. As older adults retire in the next 20opportunity to learn and work with many different types ofyears and the workforce shrinks in proportion to the overallpeople, which is increasingly important given that the pace ofpopulation, Minnesota will need the skills and talents of thedemographic change will accelerate dramatically in the nextentire working-age population.15 years.Summer 201511

1Demographic Trend #1: Growing diversity.If you went to college or lived in the Twin Cities beforethe 1990s, your experience with the diversity of the area’spopulation was different from today’s scenario.3,500,0003,000,0002,500,000Total Twin Cities population2,000,000The Twin Cities experienced accelerated growthamong populations of color from 1990 to 2010.During that time, people of color represented morethan 80 percent of the overall population growth.1,500,000Before 1980, fewer than 6 percent of theTwin Cities population were people of color,numbering only 25,000 to 115,000 people inthe total population of 1.5 million to 2 2000What’s driving the growth in diversity? Younger populations are more diverse.Approximately 25 percent of Minnesota residentsyounger than age 35 are people of color, whereaspopulations older than 65 years are predominantlywhite. So, as the entire population ages, overalldiversity grows. **Sources: 2, 32 The number of foreign-born residents inMinnesota is growing. Minnesota, today, is home tonearly 400,000 foreign-born residents—a level notseen since the 1930s. By contrast, from 1960 throughthe 1990s, just more than 100,000 foreign-bornpeople lived in the state. **Source: 4Demographic Trend #2: Our aging population. Minnesota’s foreign-born population isincreasingly diverse. In 1950, 80 percent of theforeign-born population in Minnesota was fromEurope. Today, most foreign-born residents are fromMexico, Somalia, India, and Laos. **Source: 4335Minnesota—and other regions of the United States—areexperiencing an unprecedented aging of our populations.285How dramatic is the change?Change in Minnesota populationage 65 (in thousands)Minnesota will add more than 620,000 older adults (age65 ) between 2010 and 2030. By contrast, during the60 years from 1950 to 2010, the population of olderadults grew by just 416,000. **Source: 11285551950sAugsburg 30s66562040s2050s

A commitment to diversity and inclusionToday, the Twin Cities population is estimated at3 million residents, with nearly 800,000—about26 percent—people of color. This number isexpected to reach 30 percent in the next 10 years.*30%25%20%201020202030*Other areas of the United States are experiencing similar diversity growth.The U.S. population in 2010 was 36 percent people of color. **Sources: 2, 3The size of the labor force is expected to stagnate in the comingdecades while the 65 population will double. As a result, theratio of adults ages 18 to 64 relative to adults 65 and older willgo from nearly 5 to 1 in 2010 to less than 2.5 to 1 in the next 25years. That means there will be fewer working-age people inthe population as a whole. That’s an important considerationbecause payroll taxes are critical for funding programs like SocialSecurity and Medicare that the growing population of retired andelderly adults will increasingly draw upon. **Sources: 2, 3To learn more about the range of programs Augsburg offersto support diversity and inclusion, go to augsburg.edu/now.20102040One million adults age 65 In 2015, Augsburg graduated its most diverse traditionalundergraduate class in history, with more than 30 percentof graduates from underrepresented populations. In fact,every incoming first-year class since 2009 has included 30to 40 percent students of color.Augsburg also has identified faculty and staff diversityas a priority initiative in its Augsburg2019 strategic plan.As a first step, the College highlighted its commitment tointercultural competence, diversity, and inclusion in all jobpostings this past spring. An early result is that six of theCollege’s 10 new tenure-track faculty are from non-majoritypopulations.Augsburg also has named Joanne Reeck, directorof Campus Activities and Orientation, as chief diversityofficer. Reeck launched an intercultural competenceprogram that involved more than 100 members of thecampus community this spring and will expand to include acertificate program in the fall. These programs complementthe diversity and inclusion workshops offered each May bythe College’s Center for Teaching and Learning.Augsburg’s work in intentional diversity has garneredattention from corporations and community organizationsalike. For example, Wells Fargo recently donated 100,000to Augsburg’s Center for Science, Business, and Religionspecifically because of Augsburg’s proven work in educatingunderrepresented populations. Augsburg also recognizesthat diversity extends well beyond ethnicity and providesaward-winning programs for students who represent adiversity of ages, national origins, faith traditions, genderidentities, and learning and physical differences.“Of course, there is still much more we need todo,” Reeck said. “But we are committed to diversityand inclusion because it creates a richer educationalenvironment and prepares our students to lead, innovate,and serve in a diverse and globally connected world.”This work not only supports future graduates’ individualsuccess, it creates a diverse and well-educated generationthat’s critical to our collective future prosperity.One million adults age 18-64**Sources: 1. Minnesota State Demographic Center and U.S. CensusBureau. 2. Minnesota State Demographic Center and U.S. CensusBureau, Decennial Census and Population. 3. Estimates as presentedby Minnesota Compass, mncompass.org. 4. IPUMS version of U.S.Census Bureau’s 2010-2012 American Community Survey. Tabulatedby the Minnesota State Demographic Center.Summer 201513

Auggie Matt McGinn ’13finds innovative ways toserve an old favoriteBY CHRISTINA HALLERMatt McGinn ’13 has accomplished morein his 27 years than most. He overcamealcohol dependence to graduate fromAugsburg College and its StepUP programand then went on to become a successfulentrepreneur in the coffee industry.And when it comes to coffee, he doesit all.McGinn roasts his own beans. He usesrecovery working to earn his bachelor’sdegree in social work.“Augsburg helped me to become aleader,” McGinn said. “I showed peopleyou can go from not being capable ofholding a job and passing out in class,to working two internships, being aresident assistant, and succeeding infi

a vision that claims we are called to be ready for students with the diverse gifts and experiences they bring to our campus, gifts and experiences that demand changes in how we engage them, teach them, and learn from them. It doesn't mean that we lower our standards—that is the too-easy retort to our vision. It means that we define and claim