Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

South 7th Street Closure

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The Department of Public Safety and Facilities Management have closed South 7th Street in support of the recovery and restoration efforts in Christensen Center. This closure is effective immediately and will conclude on Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 pm.

Please use alternate routes when driving on campus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause the Augsburg College Community.

Update on Christensen Center and campus dining

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Based on the results of a facilities review on Monday, January 30, we have more information about the repair and subsequent cleaning required following the fire this weekend in Christensen Center. To support the required work, Christensen Center third floor will be closed for repairs through Monday, February 27. The main and lower levels of Christensen Center will remain open during this time.

Environmental Assurance and other companies will monitor air quality on third floor and elsewhere in the building; no hazardous air quality conditions will result from this recovery work. The recovery work will require heavy use of the elevators in Christensen Center, but any materials transported will not affect air quality.

As a reminder:
Einstein’s will remain open during its regular hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Resident Students: Food service for resident students with meal plans will continue to be provided at Nabo, in Oren Gateway Center, during the hours posted below. Residence Life staff will communicate additional information about meal plans directly to the students with those plans.
Monday-Friday service
Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Salad & Deli: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Dinner, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday service
Brunch: 11:30am until 1:00pm, Dinner: 5:00pm until 7:00pm

Non-Resident Students, Faculty, Staff: Because Nabo will be focused on providing dining services for resident students with meal plans, all non-resident students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit Nabo only during non-meal times (see above). It will take a couple of days to get accustomed to the temporary dining service operations, which may mean some lines or delays at certain times. Students: please plan ahead based on their class schedules. Faculty: please be flexible if students are delayed in getting to class as a result of longer-than-typical waiting times for meals.

Mechanical and interior work continues on the Hagfors Center

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This week’s Hagfors Center construction update includes photos of the fourth-floor mechanical area and the interior lobby area, as well as updates on the following activities:

[1] Cooling towers
[2] Interior work
[3] Roof work
[4] Window frames and glass
[5] Brick exterior on the flexible classroom
[6] Precast exterior brick

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 30, 2017

Lot E (Visitor Lot) Closed

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The Department of Public Safety and Facilities Management will be closing Lot E (Visitor Lot) in support of the recovery and restoration efforts in the Christensen Center. The lot will be closed from Tuesday, January 31 at 5:00 am until Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 pm.

If you are planning on hosting a visitor and wish to make parking arrangements for them, please email or make an in person inquiry at the Public Safety Dispatch Center in the Urness/Mortensen Lobby.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause the Augsburg College Community.

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Grants for Scholarship, Travel, and Course Design

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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 Scholarship Grant, Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant, and Integrated Course Design Grant.

See the calls for proposals below:

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

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning – Nominate by Feb 20

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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:

– Teaching –
Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, 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).

– Service –
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.

– Scholarship –
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 your nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.

New Faculty Workshop on Wed, Feb 1 – Gen Ed 3.0

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Join Professor of History and Director of General Education Jacqui deVries in a discussion of liberal arts for the 21st century. The New Faculty Series is designed for the newest members of AugsburgÕs Faculty, but all faculty and staff are welcome.

New Faculty Series: Gen Ed 3.0
Wednesday, February 1
4:00-5:00pm, OGC 114 **note new location**

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Faculty and Staff Workshop on Thurs, Feb 2 – Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns

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Campuses across the United States have been experiencing a significant increase of students with mental health concerns. This national trend is also apparent at Augsburg College.

Staff from the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) and the Center for Learning and Accessible Student Services (CLASS), invite faculty for a session to discuss and share with colleagues strategies that work in the classroom for addressing the needs of these students. This will be an informal consultation continuing to define how faculty can be helpful to one another and how support staff can be of assistance.

Strategies for Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns
Thursday, February 2
3:45-5:00pm, Marshall Room

Co-sponsored by the CWC, CLASS, and CTL.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Have You Found the Writing Lab?

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The Augsburg College Writing Lab is now open for the spring term. Find the Writing Lab in Lindell Library, street level, just 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 – 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 Writing Lab, please contact K. Swanson, English.

General Announcements

Academic leadership positions posted – help spread the word

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Dear colleagues,

This spring we are conducting searches for two important leadership roles in the Academic Affairs division: (1) a Dean of Professional Studies and (2) an Assistant Provost for Global Education and Experience. These positions are now posted on the College website and in national publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Our chances of drawing a deep and diverse pool is greatly enhanced when we all use what professional networks we have to identify potential candidates. I would like to engage each of you in this process by asking you to share our postings
with people in your networks. Please encourage those who would be strong candidates to apply. Another option, if you have names of individuals you would like to recommend for either of these positions, is to send them to the search committee chairs.

For the Dean of Professional Studies, contact Laura Boisen (

For the Assistant Provost for Global Education and Experience, contact: Leah Spinosa de Vega (

Thank you. In April, we plan to bring the top candidates for each position to campus. I hope many of you will attend the open sessions and provide your feedback then.


Food Service Update

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The Kitchen and Commons will be closed for repairs until further notice.

Einstein’s will resume regular hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
There will be limited bagel and sweets options available, due to the kitchen being closed. All students can use their meal replacements at Einstein’s throughout the week.

Resident Students: Food service for resident students with meal plans will be provided at Nabo, in Oren Gateway Center, during the following hours:
Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Salad & Deli: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dinner, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Non-Resident Students, Faculty, Staff: Because Nabo will be focused on providing dining services for resident students with meal plans, all non-resident students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit Nabo only during non-meal times (see above). During non-meal times, Nabo will offer coffee, espresso, and grab and go items. The usual menu will NOT be available, as the kitchen will be focused on providing dining services to those with meal plans.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

NODAPL Meeting – Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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There will be a meeting in OGC 103 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss how the Augsburg community can help the No Dakota Access Pipeline effort. We will be discussing creating a documentary to educate people about the pipeline. This documentary which will include interviews with people who have been to Standing Rock. We will also be discussing Augsburg’s relationship with Wells Fargo because of Wells Fargo’s involvement with funding the pipeline. All are welcome to join us on Wednesday!

Nominate Outstanding Staff

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The Outstanding Staff Award is intended to recognize exceptional Augsburg staff members who exemplify the mission statement of the College through their actions.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, February 7 and may be submitted from any current staff, faculty, or student at Augsburg College; self-nominations are not allowed.

Five staff will be receive the Outstanding Staff Award and one will received the Newcomer Award. These individuals will be recognized at the annual Staff Appreciation Awards on Thursday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Learn more and submit your nominations on the Staff Senate website.

Health Care market deadline Jan. 31 – TODAY

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January 31, 2017 is the last day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. January 31 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.

Go to or and learn more. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, available 24 hours/day. If you need help or assistance, contact Genu Vang, Community Resource Coordinator, Center for Wellness and counseling, 612-330-1707, or

If you’ve signed up for insurance – be sure to use it! If you have questions about coverage, contact Genu Vang (contact information provided above).

Study in Germany or Slovenia this summer – Applications DUE TODAY

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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

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:

Summer Study in China: Music Therapy, Social Work, Psych, Sociology students

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China has a long, rich music heritage that is well integrated into ancient healing practices. Through visits to Beijing area hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China.

This program will also spend several days at a burn camp in Chongqing. This is a free camp designed for children ages 6-18 who have experienced burns, but do not have access to outpatient treatment. The camp helps children develop communication and social skills, confidence, psychological well-being, and physical wound healing

We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

This program is designed for Music Therapy students, but would also be of interest to students in pre-med, nursing, psychology, social work, etc.

For more information, visit the program website:

Applications are due March 1.

Romantic Relationships Study ($10 cash compensation)

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My name is Anabel Chavez, and IÕm 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!

Statement from President Pribbenow and Provost Kaivola on executive orders by President Trump

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President Pribbenow and Provost Kaivola respond to the recent executive orders on immigration and their impact on the campus community.

Statement: President Pribbenow, Provost Kaivola on Executive Orders by President Donald J. Trump

Message From President Pribbenow & Provost Kaivola

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Hello Campus Community,

Please note that on Monday, January 30, President Pribbenow and Provost Kaivola issued a statement regarding recent executive orders issued by President Donald J. Trump related to immigration and to undocumented/DACA students. Please use the included link to view the statement.

Sincerely, Joanne K. Reeck

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).

Event Announcements

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 on Friday, February 10, from noon-1pm in East Commons, Christensen Center.

Save the date! Questions? Contact Nicole Peterlin at

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

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. Augsburg alumna Jenni Lilledahl, 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.

To learn more and register visit

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