Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: New Trees, Roundabout Traffic Guidelines

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This week’s update includes information about driving through and parking near the roundabout at the intersection of 21st Avenue South and South 7th Street. For safety — and to avoid potential parking citations — please follow guidelines in this week’s post.

In addition, this week’s update includes information and photos regarding the following:

>>Landscaping and other exterior work
>>Flexible classroom
>>Interior work on each floor of the building
>>Donor brick wall

See the full update for the week of September 25, 2017

Teaching and Learning

Find the Writing Lab in Lindell Library

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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PPIA Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (U of M, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, hear from top leaders in the field, and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2018 and August 2019. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

RSVP for “Speaking of Sabbaticals” with Matt Beckman on October 9

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What do Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Polyphemus, and Stuart the Minion have in common? Come to a lunchtime talk by Assoc. Prof. of Biology Matt Beckman for the answer. Also, you will learn about his sabbatical work in zebrafish that has enhanced the work he and students in the lab are performing to understand the molecular genetics of cyclopia. Over the past eight years Matt has built a program of research with undergraduates that focuses on Daphnia, a one-eyed (cyclopean) waterflea. In particular, the lab uses molecular biology, imaging, pharmacology and behavioral studies to explore the development and function of the eye and the motor system in Daphnia.

“Speaking of Sabbaticals”:The Hunt for Spinal Cord Dopamine Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish by Matthew Beckman
Monday, October 9
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

All faculty and staff are invited! Please see the RSVP form below.

An RSVP for this event is required. Please click here to go to the Speaking of Sabbaticals RSVP.

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming CTL workshop!

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion
Monday, October 9
OGC 100

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact after the event to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

General Announcements

Commons Cafe Extended Hours

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Because you asked for it, the Commons will be open earlier for breakfast, hot lunch served longer, and dinner served later.
The Commons is open from 7:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast: 9:45 – 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Light Lunch: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Note that the 8 p.m. closing time is a one-month pilot program for the month of September. If dining from 7 – 8 p.m. proves to be a popular option, we will be able to stay open until 8 p.m. on a permanent basis.

Diaper Awareness Week

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Did you know that 1 in 3 Minnesota families cannot afford enough diapers? With just $10, you can provide 75 diapers to families in need!

Please consider making a donation to the Diaper Bank of Minnesota or bringing diapers to the nursing department in part of this important effort. The Diaper Bank of Minnesota provides the Health Commons with over 10,000 free diapers per year. We have been asked to help them during this week to continue their successes.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Event Announcements

Make a Short Film for the Augsburg Spooky Film Fest

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Feeling haunted by the Halloween spirit? Call your friends and make a short horror film this fall! Augsburg University students are invited to submit their short films with spooky/scary content to be screened at the Augsburg Student Spooky Film Festival, hosted by Augsburg Art Club. The free screening will be held in Sateren Auditorium on Wed. October 25th, with popcorn and candy available. You will be able to vote on your favorite films at the end of the screening, and the filmmaker with the highest voted film will receive a prize. The time limit for films is 10 minutes, and films can be submitted by uploading a high-quality version of your work to Google Drive and then sharing it with Contact or with any questions!

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Focused Conversations Start Next Week

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The first Focused Conversation of 2017-18 is Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Heather Riddle will lead the session, helping us learn how endowments work and how Augsburg is building a case for an endowment campaign.

Each Focused Conversation is offered twice; the first session of each topic also will be available via remote access.

Find dates, times, locations, and topics by clicking the link below. To add a session to your calendar, click on the event listed on the All Hands page or in the Inside Augsburg calendar.

See the full 2017-18 Focused Conversations schedule

Free Japanese Taiko Drum Concert Tonight

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Taiko Arts Midwest is hosting a free Japanese taiko drum concert TONIGHT at 7:00pm at the Ordway in St. Paul, featuring Enso Daiko and special guest Yuichi Kimura of Kobe, Japan.

This is the first concert in the 2017-18 Taiko Tuesday FREE Concert Series. Mark your calendar for more of these free concerts throughout the year!

Taiko Tuesday Concert Schedule

CWC Health Fair Tomorrow 9/27

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Please join staff from the Center for Wellness and Counseling at our annual CWC Health Fair on Wednesday 9/27/17 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. Over 30 community partners will be in the Quad to share information and resources about health and mental health issues. There will be free chair massages, food, dogs and more. Please stop by the Quad – the weather will be sunny and beautiful!!

Free Yoga Classes

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Vinyasa Yoga Tu & Th @ 630PM
Vinyasa YOGA Express this Wed @ 930
All levels welcome – Open to current students, alumni, faculty & friends!

Vinyasa yoga and guided breathing meditations every Tuesday & Thursday 630PM in Si Melby 128 and WEDNESDAY’S express before the All-Hands meeting this wednesday in Si Melby 130 – mats & blocks provided.
Questions? Email monsone@augsburg

Interfaith at Cedar Commons: Lost in Translation

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This Thursday, Sept 28th 6:30-8:30pm

Religious language can carry heavy meaning. Some words hold sweet memories or deep significance for us, while other words might be associated with painful experiences, exclusion or just feel flat and dead.

Sometimes the language of our own cultural context does not translate clearly to people outside of our tradition. Even those within a religious tradition often don’t have access to the languages in which sacred texts were originally written. How much meaning is lost in translation?

Join us for a meal and an evening of discussion around the language of faith and all the complexity of communicating about deeply held values and beliefs.

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

Hosted by: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars.

(Cedar Commons, part of Augsburg, is at 2001 Riverside Ave. S – below Trinity’s offices)

Cedar Commons Facebook

Fall Blood Drive Monday 10/2

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Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for our annual fall blood drive on Monday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the East Commons in Christensen Center. Please help save lives and consider donating blood. With all of the current needs around the country your donation is much needed. You can signup online at and enter sponsor code 0027 or call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 and we can find a time. Also all donors will receive 2 tickets to Crayola Experience at the Mall of America!

TIAA Retirement Planning Seminar On Campus

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce an information session on the topic of retirement planning. Join TIAA for a presentation titled Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

Join us to understand the benefit of time, recognize essential features of retirement investments, and learn how to create or modify your retirement plan. This session is informative to all ages, where ever you might be in the planning stages of your retirement.

When: October 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch, bring a colleague, and take some time to grow toward your financial wellness in retirement!

For questions, contact Nicole at

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Cello for Sale

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My name is April Johnson and I am a senior here at Augsburg! I am selling an Amati’s Fine Arts Instrument, full size, artisan model cello. It is held in a red, light weight, molded case that can be locked. The case has wheels, backpack straps, and can be zipped closed. The cello also comes with two bows, lightly used rosin, and a rubber rock stop.

The cello has four years of use and is in excellent condition.
Please contact with any questions! 701-552-1045