Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: Furniture and Final Finishings

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The first snow flurries of 2017 fell on the Hagfors Center last week as construction crews continued preparations for final walkthroughs and inspections. This week’s post includes updates and photos for the following:

>>Elmwood window sills
>>Fourth-floor flooring
>>Office furniture
>>Skyway carpeting
>>Grow room lights

See the full Hagfors Center update for the week of October 30

Teaching and Learning

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for a one-year, 2018-2019 academic year, post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical biomedical ethics as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is designed for individuals who plan to attend graduate or medical school and must receive their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 16, 2018.
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors. Letters should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director, by the recommender.

For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Faculty, Learn How Augsburg Can Support Your Research

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All faculty members, regardless of experience, are invited to attend this next installment in the New Faculty Series, “How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?” Bring your own lunch (CTL will provide the cookies) and come hear from three staff members who will share how their programs intersect faculty work here at Augsburg: Dixie Shafer from Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO), Erica Swift from Sponsored Programs, and Tina Maria Tavera from the McNair Scholars Program.

New Faculty Series: How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?
Tuesday, November 7
Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

The New Faculty Series is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV).

Click here to add “How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?” to your calendar.

Critical Thinking Workshop on Thursday

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We all say we teach critical thinking, but when was the last time we thought deeply about how to do it effectively? Critical thinking is an institutional student learning outcome. This year, it’s being assessed once again. In year’s past, our students have not performed as well as we would like. In this workshop faculty will be introduced to Bloom and Costa’s models of critical thinking. Faculty are asked to bring an assignment, quiz, exam, or activity that they are currently using and then we will work on integrating the prompts and levels of critical thinking into these assignments or exams. Mary Lowe of the Religion Department will be leading the workshop.

Critical Thinking Workshop
Thursday, November 2
OGC 100

Click here to add the Critical Thinking Workshop to your own calendar.

More Than 400 and Counting: Visit the WL Now

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! More than 400 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.

Batalden Convocation info for Spring Syllabi

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The Batalden Convocation is February 8th, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

Title: Just sustainabilities in policy, planning and practice

Professor Julian Agyeman, Tufts University

Professor Julian Agyeman will first outline his concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ – the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ He will then give practical examples in terms of his recent research into urban planning and design, food justice, sharing cities, bike equity and planning for intercultural cities. For more about his work visit

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.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2018 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-5 students will be selected. Each student will be placed with a faculty mentor for approximately 10 weeks. Students will participate in educational session on bioethics research and lunch meetings with faculty.
Interested applicants should apply to job posting 87872BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 12, 2018.
Candidates must attach the following to the online application:
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals & how bioethics research relates to those goals
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors
For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

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Dr. S. Bruce Benson, Associate Director of Professional Relations at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, brings his extensive experience as a pre-pharmacy advisor to Augsburg students. He currently supervises a mentoring course for first professional year pharmacy students and serves on the advisory committee for the state of Minnesota’s Health Professional Services Program. For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Tuesday, November 14
1-4 pm
Chemistry suite (3rd floor Science)

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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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!

Deadline for Study Away Programs is November 1st

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You can learn more about the process and begin an online application at this link: If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Johnson at the Center for Global Education & Experience (CGEE): Don’t miss the chance to propose an off-campus course in the United States or abroad!

Program Proposal Applications

General Announcements

Open enrollment for health insurance begins November 1

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Open enrollment for health insurance begins November 1!
MNSure open enrollment is November 1, 2017, to January 14, 2018. MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage.

MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

Also available to those who qualify are low-cost and free health insurance options provided through government-sponsored health insurance programs Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. If you qualify for and enroll in one of these programs, your health coverage is managed through the Department of Human Services.

For more information, go to

Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in NYC

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Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 16 – 23, 2018.

This is a 4-credit Spring Semester course, and students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 13.

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

Questions can be directed to either or
Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away page linked below to apply and register.

Model UN Program Information and Application

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 her

Free Pizza and Service 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 remaining core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (Location 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.

Apply for the Christensen Vocation Internship Program

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Current Students – Have you ever contemplated the question, “How am I called to work and serve in a community?” Are you wondering about how your talents, skills, preferences, and passions can inform your career decision making and preparations? Are you interested in exploring purpose, meaning, and vocation in a practical way?

If so, we have a spring semester internship opportunity that could be life-changing for you!

Apply for the 2018 Christensen Vocation Internship Program!
– Paid Internship with opportunity for a personalized role at a faith-based nonprofit
– Ongoing contact and mentorship with knowledgeable site supervisors
– Reflect on your internship experiences, readings, and personalized assessments with a cohort of your peers

There are three main sites available for the internship, with roles ranging from supporting community organizing to youth development to emergency rental assistance with people experiencing homelessness.
– Current students from all majors and faith backgrounds are welcome to apply

Priority deadline for applications due Nov. 9. Following that date, applications will be accepted until Nov. 17 on a rolling basis.

For more information and to apply, visit

2017-18 Vocation Internship Opportunity

Registration Deadline Extended: MŌVEmber Steps Challenge

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There are 2 extra days to REGISTER for the MŌVEmber Steps Challenge, which will help you get out of your seat and get moving as you increase your daily step count. Are you ready to walk your way to better health?

Join the fun–Register at the following link: (Registration closes midnight on October 31st)

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes. There also might be some other award categories to spice things up…

*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

Event Announcements

Thomson Reuters Info Session – TODAY

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Are you looking for a paid summer 2018 internship? TCI Solutions on behalf of Thomson Reuters is hiring! TCI Solutions is a certified minority and veteran-owned consulting firm committed to connecting employers to high quality, local and diverse students, and recent graduates. Thomson Reuters has 15 summer internships that are looking to fill. They are seeking students that will be entering their junior or senior year Fall 2018. They will also consider recent graduates.

Attend one of the following information sessions:
11:25 – 11:55 a.m or 4:30-5:00
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Strommen Career & Internship Center, Suite 100, Christensen

Tabling in Christensen Center – Lobby
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS: **job descriptions can be found in Handshake, by clicking on the Events tab

*Finance Intern
*Inside Sales Intern
*Marketing Intern
*Software Engineer Intern

Business casual attire

Pizza will be served – Register through Handshake by clicking on the Join Event button

Honduran LGBTQ and Indigenous Human Rights Speaker, Nov. 1

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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.

Click here for more information on Gaspar

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

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Have you been wondering about what it would be like to dedicate a year to serving others, living in intentional community, and discovering where and how you are being called to use your gifts?

If so, Lutheran Service Year Programs want to connect with you!

Each year, more than 200 LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world! LIFE in Service programs include: Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.

Representatives from these four programs will be on campus Tuesday, November 7. Please stop by the table in Christensen Center from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to learn about opportunities for you to serve through LIFE in Service programs. There will also be a special chapel at 11:30am on November 7th led by Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Leaders from each LIFE in Service Organizations work together to provide opportunities for people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to live, learn, and serve in their setting. Based in accompaniment, international community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ-affirming, and social and racial justice-centered.

Visit the link below to learn more about the following programs:
Young Adults in Global Mission
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Urban Servant Corps
Border Servant Corps

Questions? Contact

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

Tomorrow: 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

Next Week: 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 soon.

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

Minnesota Hillel–Augsburg Meeting

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Augsburg has started a Minnesota Hillel chapter! We are dedicated to enriching the lives of ALL students through an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

Join us for our kickoff event on November 2 in the Student Lounge from 4:00PM to 5:30PM. We will be serving FREE food from Naf Naf Grill and discussing our vision and ideas for the group. Feel free to bring friends, and we look forward to meeting you!

If you would like more information, you can like Minnesota Hillel – Augsburg on Facebook.
Please fill out this quick survey prior to the event:

Boren Scholarship: Fund Your Study Abroad

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Where: OGC 113
Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 3:30 – 4:30
Hosted by: URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away

Come join URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away to learn about this spectacular opportunity for students to not only receive funding for study abroad and learn a less commonly taught language, but to start a career working on important national and international issues after graduation!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (who must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Questions? Please contact URGO at or x1446.

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

Join Augsburg at Waitress at The Orpheum Theater Nov. 22, 7:30pm

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Join us as we continue our Auggies in the City series with Waitress at The Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.


Join Augsburg at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Mixed Blood Theater Nov. 12

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Join us as we kick off our Auggies in the City series with our neighbor Mixed Blood Theater’s production of the Tony award winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. Included in your ticket is a pre-theater lunch starting & conversation at nearby Town Hall Brewery at 12:30p.m. where you can also collect your tickets. Tickets for this event are only $10!

Don’t miss out on this event- buy your tickets today!

Join Augsburg at MN Wild Game- Nov 2

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Celebrate and respect our veterans and our men and women in service by joining us for the 6th Annual Minnesota Wild Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night at the Xcel Energy Center on Thu, Nov 2 (The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and ticket collection will be at 6:00 p.m.)!

The Wild will take on the Montreal Canadiens in a game that shouldn’t be missed… the ticket price even includes 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 seats are in Sections 227, 228, 229 and 230. Tickets for this event can be purchased at:

Vocation Lunch with Maria “Tina” Tavera November 15

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Fall Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, Augsburg TRIO-McNair Scholars Director! This event will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:15 AM – 12:25 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about “Tina” Maria Tavera and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

One more chance for flu shots

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If you did not get your flu shot last week or missed the clinic last week you still have one more opportunity to get the flu shot on campus.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 Tuesday 11/14/17 from 11:00 am – 1:00 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 flu shot before the Thanksgiving holiday! Students, faculty and staff all welcome!!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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