Nancy (Joubert) Raymond '63: Planned Giving and Campus Connections Ensure Future Success
Nancy (Joubert) Raymond '63 never imagined one day she could afford to give a major gift to Augsburg. Years ago, she wrote Augsburg into her estate plan, designating her gift as a scholarship for women in education.
"I set that up at a time when I couldn't give much currently," she says. "I told my three children that I had added more ‘children' to my will by setting up bequests for Augsburg, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and American Association of University Women, in addition to my actual family members."
Raymond's gift ensures a positive and transformative effect on the future of Augsburg—for its students, campus, and ultimately, the world. With that commitment, Raymond became a member of Augsburg's Sven Oftedal Society, and guaranteed her legacy will live on through women in education for years to come.
Reconnecting to Classmates Reignited Interest in Giving
Attending her 50th reunion at Augsburg last year reconnected Raymond, who lives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to classmates and introduced her to the vision for the Center for Science, Business and Religion.
"I saw that I was at a place in life where I could do more and do it now. The people contact and the exposure to what Augsburg is doing today reignited my interest. I love the way Augsburg has a global focus, such as sponsoring the Nobel Peace Prize Forum," Raymond says.
Recently, Raymond pledged $25,000 for the Center for Science, Business and Religion.
"I am at a time in life where my needs are simple and I am able to give back to Augsburg and my congregation more substantially than I could years ago," Raymond says. "My car has 235,000 miles on it, yet it's running fine. I don't need to buy more stuff for myself. I would rather direct some resources to causes that matter to me. I feel good that I can give."
Raymond is sponsoring a CSBR faculty office in honor of the Rev. Philip Quanbeck Sr., Ph.D. Although she was not a religion major, Raymond took every class he taught.
"He inspired personal and spiritual growth," Raymond says. "His voice and his teachings remain with me, even after all these years. He frequently led daily chapel services, and I still remember how he had us sing ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel' every day during Advent."
Hard Work and Commitment to Augsburg Life
Raymond put herself through college by working 16 hours a week at a grocery store.
"Students today couldn't cover their entire tuition with a part-time job," she notes. "But I felt very proud that I could do that."
To keep costs low, she lived with her parents in Richfield, Minnesota, rather than in a dormitory.
"That didn't keep me from being active on campus," she says.
Raymond was a cheerleader and organized Honor Convocation. She was the first student president of Augsburg's chapter of the National Education Association.
Finding Her True Calling, a Blend of Earlier Augsburg Studies
As a first year and sophomore, Raymond pursued a social work major, and then switched to elementary education.
Later in life, after both full- and part-time teaching, she became an elementary school counselor.
She first attained a master's degree in adult counseling with a wellness focus from Mankato State University. Later, she went back for licensure in elementary counseling.
"That career didn't exist when I was at Augsburg," she says. "But it suited me best. I taught young people healthy social skills like Good Touch, led small groups on grief and loss, and also met with students individually. I helped establish a peer mediation program in Grand Rapids schools to enable children to help classmates mediate differences, to develop lifelong skills in peacemaking. Through elementary counseling, it was special to be able to draw on both areas of my study at Augsburg."
In 2006, a year before she retired, Raymond was named Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Minnesota School Counselors Association.
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