Julie Ann Laudicina ’65
"Love as Well as Money" Helps Ensure The Future of Augsburg
Today, hundreds of miles and 40 years of experiences separate Julie Ann Laudicina from her days at Augsburg—but distance and time aside, Augsburg will always hold a place close to her heart.
Laudicina's parents graduated from Augsburg, as did her brother, his wife and their son. And even though she could have had an Ivy League scholarship, Laudicina also chose Augsburg, graduating in 1965 with a degree in English. "I have a lot of meaningful and heartfelt connections with the college," she says. After graduation, Laudicina worked at Augsburg for three years as Director of Student Activities. She then headed east to New York, her present-day home.
"What I learned at Augsburg helped me throughout my adult life," Laudicina says. "There was a sense of inquiry—questioning and exploration—and it was a sound setting for learning how to create relationships." As Laudicina and her husband, Joe, began planning for retirement, their attorney asked if they were interested in providing something to a charitable organization as part of their estate plan. Augsburg will receive Laudicina's only bequest—her way of ensuring the college's future.
"When the lawyer said, 'Do you want to give to what is meaningful in your life?' I thought of Augsburg," says Laudicina, who also makes yearly gifts to the college. She believes that giving to the annual fund should be as satisfying as putting one's name on a scholarship or building. A bequest is a great way to support the ever-important annual fund once a donor passes on. "I am proud to have followed in my parents' footsteps, and I am really proud to be an alum. It's the love, as well as the money," that keeps Augsburg strong, Laudicina says.
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