Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Wet weather shifts Hagfors construction crews to interior work

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Hagfors Center construction remains on schedule. Wet winter weather this week and last week has slowed some of the exterior work, causing crews to focus on advancing interior work. This week’s summary includes a photo of the third-floor interior on the north wing and updates on the following:

[1] Roof-top mechanical area (including a photo of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units installed there)
[2] Precast exterior brick (including a photo of the north face of the west wing)
[3] Exterior brick installation on the flexible classroom space
[4] Window frames and glass
[5] Roofing
[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 23, 2017

Teaching and Learning

It’s Time to Find the Writing Lab

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The Augsburg College Writing Lab is now open for the spring term. 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 – 6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5 – 8 p.m.

Faculty/staff – If you would like a tutor to visit your class to present information on the WL, please contact K. Swanson, English.

Students, Faculty, and Staff – Make Nominations for the 2017 CTL Awards

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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 (including adjunct!) 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.

Read about the three nominations areas – Teaching, Scholarship, and Service – on the CTL awards webpage:

The deadline to make a nomination is Monday, February 20th.

Go to the CTL awards webpage for the online nomination form.

Faculty, CTL Grant Money is Available! Apply by Feb. 15

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Faculty, applications for the 2017 annual CTL grants are being accepted now through Wednesday, February 15.

The three annual grants are the following:
– Scholarship Grant
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:

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

Pilgrimage in France – get credit this summer!

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This summer, examine the history of medieval pilgrimage through an online summer course that culminates with a one-week pilgrimage in Europe with Prof. Phil Adamo, as well as participants from around the world.

The 1230 Pilgrimage to Pluscarden Abbey, in which students will participate, recreates a pilgrimage undertaken by medieval monks from the monastery of Val-des-Choux in Burgundy, France to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. The entire pilgrimage traverses 1400 miles in 3 months, though students in the course will only participate in one of the first three weeks.

Apply by February 24!

More information and application here:

General Announcements

Romantic Relationships Study

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My name is Anabel Chavez, and I’m a Psychology major and McNair Scholar at Augsburg College. I am conducting research this semester as a part of my Psychology Honors project and I would like to invite you to participate in my study!

This study looks at how relationship memories may relate to relationship satisfaction. Therefore, the study asks for participants to disclose two personal relationship-defining memories.

WHO can participate?
Participants are required to be at least 18 years of age and are currently involved in a romantic (but not marital) relationship. Participants will also need to have been in their current romantic relationship for at least 6 months (or longer). Participants who have participated in my summer research experiment, cannot participate again.

The study will require participants to come to the Augsburg College campus to take a survey (20-30 minutes). Participants will then have the choice to either receive 1 credit for their research participation requirement in PSY105/PSY215 or receive a $10 cash compensation for their time and effort.

For any further questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment please send me an email at

Thank You!

Musicians needed

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2 Keys, 2 guitars, electric bass and drummer are needed for the spring musical “Passing Strange,” presented by the Augsburg Theater Department. Musically steeped in Blues, Gospel, and Rock and Roll, the show features a wide range of tunes, and a live band on stage. Rehearsals will take place in February and March and performances are scheduled March 30-April 9. All interested faculty, staff and student musicians should contact Music Director Sonja Thompson at

Study Abroad This Summer – Apply by January 31

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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

Event Announcements

Gathering for Melodie Lane

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Melodie Lane will be leaving her position at Augsburg at the end of January to take on a new role as Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Mille Lacs Lake area.

Please join us in celebrating a new opportunity for Melodie as well as thanking her for her many years of excellent work here at Augsburg.

Where: Si Melby 206/Lobby
When: Friday, January 27–11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Lunch will be provided!

Alternative Spring Break 2017

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Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 11th – 18th, Augsburg students will be traveling to West Virginia to work with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build community!

The cost of the trip is $250 which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.
Registration forms can be found in the Campus Ministry Office or online at
Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Emily Glaser at

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Feb. 2 Multifaith Perspectives Event

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Greetings Augsburg Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Are you interested in discussions concerning faith and interfaith dialogue? Are you curious about the various ways the term “calling” plays into the lives of people of differing faiths? If so, consider attending this thought-provoking event!

On Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Oren Gateway Center Room 100 Augsburg will be hosting “Calling in Today’s World: Multifaith Perspectives” an event aimed at discovering how and if different faiths share similar senses of calling as Christians do in their concept of vocation.

Three panelists from different faith backgrounds will come together to discuss the meaning of calling in their faiths, these panelists are Mark Berkson, Rabbi Amy Eilberg and Fardosa Hassan.

Mark Berkson is professor and chair in the Department of Religion at Hamline University. His work on Confucian and Daoist thought has appeared in numerous books and journals. His lecture series for the Great Courses, Cultivating Literacy for Religion, was released in 2012. His current project is Death, Immortality and the Afterlife: A Comparative Perspective.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, the first woman ordained a rabbi in Judaism’s Conservative Movement, teaches and practices inter-religious and intra-Jewish dialogue. Deeply involved in the work of peace and reconciliation, she is the author of From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace (Orbis Books, 2014).

Fardosa Hassan is Muslim Student Program Associate at Augsburg College. She also works as the Interfaith Youth Connection Program Coordinator at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

The event will be moderated by Martha Stortz, the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College. She is the author of A World According to God: Practices for Putting Faith at the Center of Your Life and Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes As a Compass for Discipleship.

Questions? Email Emily Glaser at

Farewell reception for Sheila Anderson

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After 26 years at Augsburg, Sheila Anderson will be leaving her position as Director of the Academic Advising Center. A reception will be held to thank Sheila for her dedication to Augsburg and its students, TODAY, Tuesday, Jan. 24th, from 9:30-10:30 in OGC 100.

I hope you will join me!

Katie Bishop
Chief Student Success Officer

All Hands Meeting is Thursday

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All members of the campus community are invited to attend the spring 2017 All Hands meeting, Thursday, January 26, at 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available; the link for remote access is posted on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

Click here to add the All Hands meeting to your calendar.

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