Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Classes resume and Hagfors Center construction continues

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As the spring semester of 2017 commences, construction on the Hagfors Center continues. This week, the Hagfors Center construction update includes a photo of the exterior of the building from the main construction gate and updates on the following:

[1] Installation of air handlers
[2] Main lobby stairwell (including a photo)
[3] West staircase
[4] Precast exterior brick – including notification of weekend installation work
[5] Window frames and glass
[6] Interior work

The full summary is on the Hagfors Center web site (see link below). You also can subscribe to regular emails about the Hagfors Center construction on that site.

See the full construction update for the week of January 9, 2017

Teaching and Learning

Peace Scholar Applications now being accepted

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Augsburg sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in peace and justice issues are invited to apply for the 2017-18 Nobel Peace Prize Scholar Program. Two students will be selected to join a group of 16 students taking courses in Oslo, Norway at the International Summer School and the Nansen Dialogue Center in June & July 2017. Travel and tuition costs are covered by the program. The Peace Scholars also take a leading role in promoting student participation in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, hosted each year by Augsburg College. Full information, including application materials, can be found at and are due by Feb. 1. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Bettine Hermanson ( or 330-1378) or Joe Underhill ( or at 330-1318).

Moodle Help Available

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It’s a new semester and it’s time to get your Moodle course and gradebook ready! Come to Lindell 202 for individualized help from your E-Learning Team on Thursday, 1/12 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Feel free to drop in for as little or as long as you’d like!
We can help you:
-import content from a previous course
-synchronize your Moodle gradebook with your grading plan
-track student participation and attendance in Moodle
-streamline your grading with Moodle rubrics and grading guides
-use VoiceThread to create interactive Web presentations
-get answers to questions about Moodle or other learning technologies
Bring your laptop and any pertinent course materials with you (in electronic docs, if possible)

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service.

All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Any member of the campus community – student, staff, or faculty – may nominate.

You may submit a nomination in one of three areas:

Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms and pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.

Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017.

Submit a nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.

Grants for Full-Time Faculty from CTL

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Faculty, applications are now being accepted for the 2017 annual CTL grants.

Scholarship grants can be used to support faculty scholarship in a variety of ways, including reimbursement for project expenses, a summer stipend, or course reassignment (with Chair and Provost approval). Grants will likely be in the form of two course reassignments, two $4,000 grants, and up to four $2,000 grants. Final award levels will be based on the merit and need of individual projects as well as the pool of applications. See the call for proposals here:

Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant:
Two travel grants of up to $2,5000 will be awarded to faculty interested in pursuing teaching, research, curriculum development/integration, or other scholarship collaboration with an Augsburg CGEE Global Site or with an existing international partner institution. See the call for proposals here:

Integrated Course Design Grant:
The ICD initiative is intended to provide an opportunity for faculty to spend a significant amount of time on course design. All proposals for course design and revision are welcome, but those that best demonstrate how their course design project would address creating more inclusive classroom experiences for students are strongly encouraged. See the call for proposals here:

Applications for all three grants will be accepted through February 15, 2017.

Visit the CTL Grants webpage for links to the online application forms.

Faculty Panel on Scholarship and Mentoring – Wed., Jan. 18

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Faculty and staff are invited to attend the first CTL event of the semester. We have all had mentors that have help support and propel us forward in our academic careers. CTL 2016 grant recipients Darcey Engen, John Zobitz, and Ann Impulittii will talk about the intersection between their CTL-funded scholarship and mentoring.

Faculty Perspectives on the Intersection between Scholarship and Mentoring
Wednesday, January 18
OGC 100

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Kemper Scholarship-Applications are due January 31.

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Apply to be a 2017 Kemper Scholar!

The Kemper Scholars Program is designed for first-year students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a business-related degree program such as accounting, data science, finance, risk management, economics, statistics, math, computer science, communications, and/or actuarial science. Scholars receive:

*Up to $10,000 yearly scholarship
*2 paid internships:
*1 paid summer internship at a nonprofit in Chicago, learning and living with 25 fellow Kemper Scholars
*1 paid summer internship at one of the many Kemper companies around the US
*Paid trip to annual Kemper Conference in Chicago; 3 summers

Augsburg is one of only 15 liberal arts colleges selected to take part in the Kemper Scholars Program. Go to to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

Please set up an appointment with URGO at or x1446 to confirm your eligibility if you plan to apply. URGO is available to provide feedback on applications as well if you wish to meet with us before submitting your application.

Applications are due January 31.

URGO phase 1 app due Feb 1

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2017 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

URGO Summer Research Program:
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 15th – July 28th.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships:
URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 1st, so start talking with your faculty before break to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Visit URGO for Advising on Grad School Apps

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Applying to grad school? Come meet with URGO staff for individualized advising on finding and selecting programs, preparing for standardized tests, securing letters of recommendation, and writing application essays. We are here to help you through the process!

To make an appointment you can call the URGO office at 612-330-1446 or email us at

General Announcements

Health Insurance Market Still Open

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There is still time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. January 31, 2017, is the last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

You can enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance right now. Go to or and learn more. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, available 24 hours/day.


Career Quick Stop – Spring 2017

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

About Quick Stop:
These drop-in hours are designed to expand access to career coaches and to accommodate impromptu student career questions as they arise. During Quick Stop hours students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis for brief, 15-minute drop-in appointments. These times are meant for quick career questions, brief resume or cover letter reviews, or help getting started with an internship or job search.
Quick Stop is not intended to replace longer appointments, and we regret we cannot accommodate career assessment requests during Quick Stop hours (please schedule an individual appointment: 612-330-1148).

November Auggie Pride Award Recipients

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Congratulations to Allison Brown and Kris Hogan for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through large projects and transitions in their departments have made a huge impact to the people around them and campus as a whole. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award. Read more at our website:

Event Announcements

Auggie Networking Experience Event

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Auggie Networking Experience Event – Using “YES” to CONNECT
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm; Hoversten Chapel
Register for this free event:

Students are invited to this dynamic experience to meet with alumni from all professions to build their Auggie network. Keynote speaker: Auggie alum and co-owner of the Brave New Workshop, will offer strategies to help you jump – start meaningful conversations and say “yes” to new experiences. Free LinkedIn headshots and appetizers provided.

Augsburg Total Wellness: Biometrics Health Screen

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Dear Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

Did you know that many Americans have significant health risks that they are not aware of? This includes:

-In 2014, 29.1 million people had diabetes or 9.3% of the U.S. population (almost 1/3 of them don’t know they have it)
-One out of three U.S. adults – 34% has high blood pressure.
-More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2014.
-About 1 or every 6 adult Americans has high blood cholesterol.

Could you have an undiagnosed health risk? Knowing your health risks is the first step in taking charge of your health.

That’s why Augsburg Total Wellness will be continuing to offer free, confidential health and wellness screenings this January! The biometrics health screening is completely voluntary. But we hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more so that you can improve your health – starting now.

Screenings will include a brief health questionnaire and the following simple tests:

-Height, Weight
-Glucose(blood sugar)
-Blood Pressure
-Body Mass Index (BMI)

Registration information is in your inbox now! Contact Nicole Peterlin with any questions:

Focused Conversations: TODAY/TOMORROW

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The January Focused Conversations on student success are scheduled today and tomorrow:

Today, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. Oren 100 (remote access is available for this session)
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

The sessions will be led by Katie Bishop, chief student success officer. Links to add these sessions to your Augsburg calendar are available on the Inside Augsburg calendar and the All Hands page (see link, below).

All Hands page (you must be logged in to access this page)

Keeping Track of Auggies

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