Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Continued exterior work on the Hagfors Center

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With the continued installation of the precast exterior, window frames and glass, the north wing of the Hagfors Center is looking much like the finished building will look. This week’s summary includes photos of the progress on the exterior of the east and north sides of the north wing and updates on the following:

[1] Roof-top mechanical yard (including a photo of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units before installation)
[2] Fireproofing and roofing
[3] Precast exterior brick
[4] Window frames and glass
[5] Main lobby stairwell
[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 16, 2017

Teaching and Learning

Study Abroad This Summer – Apply by January 31

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Don’t pass up the chance to study abroad this summer with Augsburg Faculty. Earn credit and complete your Augsburg Experience Requirement! Apply by January 31 for the following programs:

May 6-20, 2017
*Choose 1 or 2 courses; if 2 are taken, one must be REL 205:
• CHM 102: LAF Natural Sciences and Mathematics w/ Lab
• SCI 490: Science Keystone
• REL 205: Humanities LAF OR Search for Meaning II

May 6-20, 2017
*Choose 1 or 2 courses:
• EDC 490/580 (Keystone) or EDC 499/599, and
• PSY 295

Looking for something else? Search for other options at

Writing Lab Opens Tuesday, Jan. 17

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The Augsburg College Writing Lab opens for the spring term on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, left of the circulation desk. Tutors will help any Augsburg student with any writing assignment during these hours:
Mondays – 11:10 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 3 p.m.; 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Wednesdays – 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30 – 3 p.m.; 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Fridays – 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Sundays – 5 – 9 p.m.

Last semester, tutors held 2,035 sessions working with students on essays, applications, resumes, and reports. Take advantage of this very effective support system!
Questions? Contact K. Swanson, English.

General Announcements

Boyd Koehler Retirement Announcement 2017

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After 50 years at Augsburg filled with inspiration from students, staff and faculty, I have decided to retire. I am especially grateful for lifelong diverse friendships with a multitude of students and supportive and close relationships with faculty and staff. Highlights have included faculty adviser to the ECHO, the Spirit of Martin Luther King and the Outstanding Faculty awards, rewarding work with StepUP students, and three consecutive awards for special service to the CLASS office. Especially gratifying was being selected as a “master librarian” by the University of Minnesota librarians and subsequently featured as such at a national American Library Association conference. This decision has been difficult, but I am convinced that the time is right. During the past year, many have been supportive of me notwithstanding health issues that I have encountered. I especially look forward to having more time to relax and spend leisure time with family and friends. Please feel free to contact me at or 612-331-7389. Gratefully, Boyd Koehler

Career Quick Stop

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

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).

Faculty Action Planning Meeting

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Wednesday, January 18 from 11:30-12:30 in the Marshall Room. Join us to continue the dialogue and action planning for how faculty can best support students in “times like these”. We are tentatively thinking of our work as the creation of an “alternative course catalogue”. Collaboratively led by Audrey Lensmire, Terrance Kwame-Ross, and Elaine Eschenbacher.

Event Announcements

Soup, Gender, Sexuality

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Soup and Sexuality: From the Same Spirit: Receiving the Theological Gifts of Transgender Christians

Prof. Mary Elise Lowe, Associate Professor of Religion, will discuss four theological gifts (creativity, faithfulness to self, coherent embodiment, and Spirit-filled-living) that transgender Christians are bringing to their communities and congregations.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5-6 p.m.
Augsburg College in the Oren Gateway Center, room 100.


1985 Hmong Film

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Hmong Women Together (HWT) and Augsburg Student Activities Council (ASAC) will be hosting a Hmong film, 1985, by Kang Vang in Sateren Auditorium on Friday, January 20 at 6 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

This coming-of-age story follows four friends in the summer of 1985, who venture out on a perilous journey to find a mythical dragon dwelling in a mysterious and forgotten lake somewhere in the great wilderness of… Minnesota. This totally rad adventure has them encounter some bad dudes, break dance battles, and run-ins with memorable characters along the way. A story about the shared journey of all Hmong-Americans, 1985 will remind you of the power of true friendship and the strength of love.

But… will our heroes find that dragon?


Morning Chapel: Duniya Drum & Dance

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Chapel series, “Our Shared (Im)migration,” Continues:

Tuesday, January 17, 11:30 a.m.: Duniya Drum and Dance – Minnesota-based Duniya Drum and Dance exists to build a diverse community in support of the arts of the African Diaspora, specifically African drum and dance. Duniya strives to provide a platform for artists to offer educational opportunities to a broad audience in MN, the Midwest and the United States.

Wednesday, January 18, 10:40 a.m.: Winnie Godi ’17 preaching

Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.: Vision Bagonza ’17 Senior Chapel

Friday, January 20, 10:40 a.m.: Interfaith Mini-Convo – Inauguration Day Interfaith Prayer Service to pray for our public leaders

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center – Everyone is welcome!

More information

Augsburg Total Wellness: Biometric Health Screens

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

Augsburg Total Wellness will be offering free, confidential health and wellness screenings this January. The biometrics health screening is completely voluntary. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more so that you can improve your health.

Registration information is in your inbox now. Sign up now as space is limited. Contact Nicole Peterlin with any questions:

Save the Date: Lunch and Learn – Financial Wellness

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Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to announce a brown bag lunch and learn to focus on Financial Wellness in February. Auggie Professor Marc McIntosh will be presenting–Friday, February 10 from noon-1 p.m.

Save the date! More information will follow. Questions? Contact Nicole Peterlin at

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