Past meets present at Augustana’s Golden Alumni Brunch
On Sunday, October 6, our Augustana Forum buzzed with enthusiasm and warm greetings as we gathered to celebrate our alumni of fifty-plus years! Alumni from across the long history of Camrose Lutheran College and Augustana joined friends, family, Professors Emeritus, current students and staff for the 2013 Golden Alumni Brunch.
The day began with a beautiful worship service, hosted by Augustana Chaplaincy students and presided over by Rev. Craig Wentland and Assisting Minister, Robyn Simpson Mohr. Pianist Katrina Lexvold accompanied her fellow students to provide music. During the service, alumni who had passed away in the past year were remembered and memorialized: in his sermon, Rev. Wentland reflected on the legacy left by the “saints” (both alumni and staff) who came before us.
At the brunch that followed, Augustana’s Dean Dr. Allen Berger welcomed our guests (back) to campus. Among the alumni who joined us were four Lois Aspenes Award and two Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Dean Berger gave a brief Augustana Campus update, sharing his concerns regarding recent budgetary cutbacks and his optimism despite those cuts.
Dean Berger also acknowledged the presentation of the 2012 Lois Aspenes Award to Arlene (Skaret) Person (’53) for her significant contributions to the life of Augustana. Due to health constraints, her award – as well as a blanket imprinted with her 1953 class picture – was presented to Arlene earlier this year. Her son, John Person, and his wife Carmen extended Arlene’s appreciation and spoke of her fondness and enthusiasm for Augustana.
Agnes Hoveland (’63) and Luther Haave (’63) were thanked for planning the fifty-year reunion of the Class of 1963 that took place the evening before in Agnes’ home. Agnes and Luther described the reunion as great fun and a wonderful time of reconnecting and reminiscing.
The Golden Alumni Brunch was served by Augustana Student Ambassadors who were pleased to join each table to share our guests’ stories. Current students laughed with past students as they learned about each other’s adventures and escapades.
After brunch, amid visiting, viewing of displays and campus tours, one activity proved to be a highlight of the afternoon. We captured alumni stories and memories for future generations on video: these will be incorporated into a video that is already in development about Augustana and Founders’ Hall/Old Main.
The video – entitled “If These Walls Could Talk” – grew out of the upcoming two-year closure of Founders’ Hall for renovations. Alumni and staff desired to preserve memories of the building, and in particular the student graffiti on the ceiling of the fourth floor. The names on this “graffiti” span over 50 years of Augustana (CLC) students.
The day concluded with the screening of a rough cut of this video compiled by Alison Bortolon (’13). It was received with much laughter and squeals of delight: some of the earliest graffiti artists were present in the audience and were able to see their 50-year-old artwork!
All in all, it was a great day of connecting the generations at Augustana and reflecting upon our rich history and bright future!