Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: Exterior Walkways and Interior Walkthroughs

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This week’s Hagfors Center post includes updates and photos on the following:
>>Exterior walkways – sidewalks now open to pedestrians!
>>Canopy green roof
>>Skyway doors
>>Coffee shop equipment installation
>>Corridor and equipment room flooring
>>Final inspections and walkthroughs

See the full update for the week of October 23

Parking Lot closures this weekend Thursday-Sunday

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Parking Lot Closures this weekend:

This weekend beginning on Thursday night 10/26/2017 at 11:59pm, Lot K will be closed for events happening in the lot. There will be no vehicle access to this space. Please plan accordingly.

From Friday night 10/27/2017 at 11:59pm, Lots A, D, C, and J will be closed. These lots are also reserved for event use this weekend. Limited access to this space will be for authorized event vehicles only. Please plan accordingly.

For this weekend, during the above stated times, regardless of what your parking permit states, you may park in lots B, L, M, and O, or find any available city street parking. It is always a good idea to look into carpooling or metro transit for alternative options as the volume of cars will be increased significantly. Again, please plan accordingly.

We will re-open the lots for normal use which will correspond with your designated permit lot assignments on Sunday, 10/29/2017 at 5:00pm.

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Networking Event – Tomorrow Night

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Augsburg faculty, you are invited to attend “Supporting and Thriving During Difficult Times” at the University of St. Thomas.

This event is intended to provide a time to connect, share, and build a conversation with other faculty about what we need, and how we can create restorative spaces for Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty.

FOR: Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty, and White allies from the twin cities

WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30

WHERE: McNeely 100, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

WHAT: Comments by Dr. Yohuru Williams (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas) followed by facilitated discussion and networking/happy hour

~Beverages and light snacks will be served~

To attend: Please RSVP to Ann Johnson:

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Pippert:

Spend Some Time in the WL before Break

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! More than 360 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. 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.

River Semester Information Session TODAY

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Join us today from 5:00-7:00 in Oren Gateway Center 100 for pizza and conversation about plans for the next River Semester, which will launch on Aug. 20, 2018. Students will spend 100 days paddling the Mississippi River, hearing from local experts and meeting residents all along the way. This unique semester program includes 16 credits of courses in Environmental Studies, Political Science, Biology, an integrative independent study project, and other custom courses. In 2018 the River Semester will also partner with the Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition’s Access Water trip down the Mississippi, and students will participate in the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum with an international contingent of water experts joining part of the river trip. Applications are now being accepted with a $500 discount on applications approved before Dec. 15th.

River Semester

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Study abroad in spring semester – there’s still time to apply

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Study abroad this spring semester at one of Augsburg’s Global Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, or Southern Africa!

These programs offer courses great for many students including general graduation requirements, courses for some majors, internship options, and a personalized, experiential learning environment. Join other Auggies, as well as students from around the US, for an unforgettable and meaningful semester.

Auggies can use their full financial aid, and automatically receive an additional $1500 Global Scholarship for these programs. Additional scholarships are available, sometimes making it less expensive to study abroad than to study and live on campus!

Applications are open until November 1. Visit the Study Abroad office in the lower level of Christensen Center to talk with an advisor and get your questions answered.

Get the program details and application information online here.

URGO Research and Travel Grants Available

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of student research. Students who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for students who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.
Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien ( or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

General Announcements

Free Pizza and Serving Learning Hours with Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

Volunteer Sign Up

Register TODAY for Augsburg Total Wellness MŌVEmber Steps Challenge

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to put a MŌVEmber Steps Challenge to help keep us active in the month leading up to the holiday season!

Do you think you don’t have time to exercise? Think again. Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity and it fits easily into most lifestyles. Get laced up and ready to hit the road, the street, or the hallways while walking your way to improved health. The MŌVEmber Steps Challenge will help you get out of your seat and get moving as you increase your daily step count. So are you ready to walk your way to better health?

The challenge will run from November 1st through November 29th.

What: Steps Challenge, with a goal of 10,000 steps per day!

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: November 1st – November 29th

Where: Anywhere!

How: Walk. Move. Keep track of your steps. Convert movement into steps. Submit weekly totals to HR.

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.

Join the fun–REGISTER by October 27th at the following link:

*Registration is required for participation. Challenges rules, details, and tracking tips will be sent to registered participants on November 1st. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

October is Cyber Security Month – Google Drive email notification info

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October is Cyber Security Month. Come to an information session to hear briefly what the current cyber threats are, learn some tips that apply at work or home, share your experiences and strategies.

Also in December IT is adding new tool to Google Drive to protect regulated data. If faculty or staff have regulated data in Drive you will get an email notification. What is regulated data? Come and find out! Adding this tools means we will not dissuade you from keeping FERPA data in Google Drive in 2018. We want to you to be able to fully use Google Drive in your work.

There will also be a required online self-paced information security training coming for faculty and staff as part of our work on information security. Come and find out more!

We have several sessions scheduled in Lindell 202
Thursday October 26, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Thursday November 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Friday November 17, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Find out what more about we’re doing for information security at Augsburg

Theater Department: Accepting Donations for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort

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The Theater Department is gathering donations for La Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota (Coalition of Puerto Ricans in MN) to contribute to the Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort. Please consider a donation today.

Almost a month has passed since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, but, because of slow and inadequate response, residents still have limited or no access to basic necessities, including food, medicine, and drinkable water.

You can bring your donations to the Campus Ministry Office in the Foss Building between 9:00a and 5:00p, Monday through Friday. We will take care of bringing everything to one of the drop-off sites.

La Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota is asking for the following:

First aid kits
Hygiene products/toiletries
Tampons and sanitary pads
Child and adult diapers
Pet (dog/cat) food
Baby formula and Pedialyte
Non-expired canned food
Mosquito repellent
Mosquito nets
Batteries (especially size D)
Small solar chargers and inverters
Rubbing alcohol, Iodine, Peroxide
Ensure and Glucerma
Powdered Milk
Emergen-C packets
Disinfecting wipes
Fungal cream
Antibiotic cream
Portable water filters (e.g., LifeStraw)
Water purification tablets

Monetary donations to Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota are also welcome and will be distributed by ImpactLives™, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Funds will be used to respond to the immediate and urgent basic necessities of those affected by this natural disaster:

Payable to: ImpactLives
Memo Line: Puerto Rico Hurricane Support Relief
Address: 7003 Oxford Street St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Please go to
Complete the Donor Information.
At the bottom under “Select Your Event,” choose “Puerto Rico Hurricane Support Relief.”
In the Comment Box, write “Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota” (suggestion only/not required).

Event Announcements

Honduran LGBTQ and Indigenous Human Rights Speaker, Nov. 1st.

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Gaspar Sánchez, Honduran human rights defender and sexual diversity coordinator at COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras), will be on campus on Wed., Nov. 1st.
You are invited to join us at these events:

Uniting to resist attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigenous Framework in the Americas.
• 11:10-12:20 in the Chapel
• 1:50-3:00 in Old Main 105
Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures. Gaspar will also discuss what you can do in solidarity with COPINH and others facing repression in Honduras, including supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR1299). (This presentation will be translated into English.)

• 12:30-1:30: FREE LUNCH and conversation with Gaspar.
Drop in and participate in an open discussion with Gaspar and others present. Our goal is to promote the exploration of connections and shared stories of challenges across international borders. No Spanish is required.
Augsburg Room, 2nd fl. Christensen.

Co-sponsored by: Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg LGBTQIA+ Student Services, the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department, Augsburg Students for Racial Justice and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

For more information on Gaspar:

Animals for Smiles

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“Join the Augsburg Men’s and Women’s hockey teams and the Physician Assistant Studies program for their Animals for Smiles event! This is a stuffed animal toss benefiting Children’s Minnesota in appreciation for hosting PA students during their clinical rotations. Animals will be given out to Children’s patients. The toss will take place during both home hockey games against Bethel University on November 10th and 11th at 7:00 pm. Stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice following the first period. Please bring a new stuffed animal, preferably wrapped or bagged so it will stay clean during the toss. Supplies will also be available to wrap toys before entering rink,

Wild About Augsburg

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Celebrate and respect our veterans and our men and women in service by joining the Augsburg University Alumni Association for the 6th Annual Minnesota Wild Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night at the Xcel Energy Center on Thu, Nov 2 at 7:00 p.m.!

The Wild take on the Montreal Canadiens in a game that shouldn’t be missed… tickets include a new custom designed Grunt Style T-Shirt and entry into a raffle for autographed items.

Ticket collection will take place in the lobby of the Xcel Energy Center at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 2. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at:

Augsburg University Alumni Blog

Food day 2017, movie screening with Campus kitchen

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Campus kitchen at Augsburg University will be screening a film titled “food justice” on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:30p(@Oren Gateway Center 100). Please join us to watch this film and learn about food justice! You will also be able to learn about the different opportunities that we have at Campus kitchen and how you can be engaged. We hope to see you there!

Food day 2017, movie screening with Campus kitchen!

Coming up at Cedar Commons

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Thursday, Oct 26th 6:30-8:30pm

How do people who don’t believe in a god or universal spirit, or people who don’t identify with a religious tradition, make sense of their lives and work for social justice?

Join us for a meal and panel discussion with Karen Louise Hutt, Chris Stedman and a student panelist on how humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious people find meaning, build community, act on their values, and connect with others.

Hosted by Interfaith @ Cedar Commons and Interfaith Fellow Chris Stedman

Flu Shots Available Thursday

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The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus administering flu shots in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) on Thursday 10/26/17 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Stay healthy this cold and flu season – get your shot Thursday. Students, faculty and staff all welcome!!

Native American Film Series: INAATE/Se

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Save the Date! November 8, 2017 INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies.falls./] returns to Minneapolis for another FREE screening.

This experimental documentary by Zack and Adam Khalil explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity.

Place and Time:
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at Permits are limited in number.

Native American Film Series Website

Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn

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Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 1, in Old Main, Room 107, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.

Questions? Email

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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Next week, TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Save the Date: Benefits Open Enrollment

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Benefits open enrollment time is here again. This year open enrollment will be from November 6th-17th.

Benefit Information Sessions:

· November 6 at 11:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 8 at 8:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 10* at 2:30 pm (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)
· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

*We will be recording the November 10th session and making it available for those unable to attend a session in person. Access to the 2018 recorded version will be provided once posted.

You will receive additional details including an overview of what’s new in 2018, benefits plan information, and instructions for filling out the online enrollment form in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or at 612.330.1602.

Experiential Education Strategic Initiative: Brown Bag Lunch Forum

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As President Pribbenow announced at the All Hands Summit in September, experiential education is the focus for one of the university-wide strategic initiatives for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please join Elaine Eschenbacher and Green Bouzard of the Sabo Center on November 1 or 2 for a presentation on the initial goals for this strategic initiative, and participate in a conversation to help inform its early stages. Bring your lunch and join us!

When: November 1, 12-1 p.m., Riverside Room
November 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Kathy McBride’s Retirement Celebration, Thursday Oct 26

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Please join the Augsburg community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience, and she will be retiring at the end of 2017.

In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its legacy is far reaching. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

Kathy will be on campus October 23-27, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all welcome.

Thursday, October 26, 3 to 4:30 pm
**Program starts at 3:30
Location: Christensen Center, East Commons
Cake and coffee will be served

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