Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Christensen Center Fire Recovery and Repair

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Christensen Center is on track to open the week of February 27, barring any complications with the mandatory city inspection needed prior to resuming food service from the Commons.

Staff and work crews are working around the clock to repair damage, clean, and return the kitchen to full operation.

Nabo cafe in Oren Gateway Center will continue to provide meal service to residents with meal plans and Einstein’s continues to operate for grab-and-go items. For a reminder about food service hours, see the A’viands website at

Teaching and Learning

Students, Faculty, and Staff, RSVP to Join Diversity Dialogues Reading Group

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Augsburg’s Center for Teaching Learning and Hmong Women Together, in collaboration with the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee and the Asian American Student Association are pleased to invite all interested students, faculty, and staff to join us for a book club discussion of Kao Kalia Yang’s The Song Poet.

“From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American’s Secret War. . . . The Song Poet is a love story — of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.” –Macmillan

CTL Diversity Dialogues are facilitated by Mzenga Wanyama, English, and Rachel Lloyd, Education.

A limited number of books are available for participants. Please RSVP for one of the two meeting times below.

Book Discussion Group 1:
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30 pm in Marshall Room

Book Discussion Group 2:
Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm in OGC 100

Students, faculty, and staff, click here to RSVP and receive a copy of “The Song Poet.”

Faculty, One Week Left to Apply for Grant Money from CTL

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Faculty, the application deadline for the 2017 annual CTL grants is Wednesday, February 15 – one week from today!

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.

Nominate Faculty or Staff for the 2017 Teaching and Learning Awards

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Nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning are due on Monday, February 20th. 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 a nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.

Writing Lab Hours – Open for All Writers

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The Augsburg College Writing Lab is open for the spring term and the writing tutors are ready to help. Find the Writing Lab in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Tutors will work with 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.

Free Trip to D.C. Holocaust Musuem

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The Jewish Community Relations Council and Tolerance Minnesota are sponsoring a free one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Tour the permanent exhibit and special featured exhibits. Meet with a Museum education representative. Augsburg students who are selected to participate will receive a full scholarship (flight cost, meals, entrance fee) for participation.

Must be U.S. Citizen
Must be a registered, full-time Augsburg student, with at least one year left on campus
Must be a sophomore or above
Must have a 3.0 GPA or above

Applications are due by FEBRUARY 28th.

Additional information and the application can be found at:

Faculty and Staff, RSVP for Assessment Day Workshops and Lunch

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The 2016-17 Assessment Day is on Tuesday, February 21st and no classes will be held during the assessment period of 10:50-12:50pm. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Curricular Assessment Workshop and Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop in OGC 113 and OGC 114.

To reserve a spot for lunch, please follow this link to RSVP by next Wednesday, February 15th.

General Announcements

Romantic Relationships Study ($10 Cash Compensation)

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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!

Deadline Extended–Nominate Outstanding Staff

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Staff Senate has extended the deadline for nominations of Outstanding Staff. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. and may be from any current staff, faculty, or student at Augsburg College; self-nominations are not allowed.

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

Five staff will be receive the Outstanding Staff Award and one will receive 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

Engman Writing Awards Announced

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The English Department has selected the following students to receive a Engman Writing Award for 2016-17:

Poetry: First Prize – Anne Dierberger and Malena Larson
Honorable Mention – Shantelle Fullenwiley
Fiction: First Prize – Matthew Thomas
Honorable Mention – Jason Madure
Creative Non-Fiction:
First Prize – Abigail Carpenter and Petra Shaffer-Gottschalk
Honorable Mention – Megan Johnson

Event Announcements

Building Democracy – Thursday, Feb. 9 at 12pm in OGC 100

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In an Appalachian coalfield county that voted 79% for Trump, Confederate flag-waving volunteer firefighters are working with punk anarchist environmentalists in a broad-based effort to build a democratic culture and economy. Join Ben Fink, organizer at the Appalshop, for a discussion about what’s happening in Letcher County, Kentucky, and what it could mean for us nationwide.

Building Democracy in “Trump Country”
Thursday, February 9
12-1:30 pm, OGC 100

This event is organized by CTL Diversity Fellow Rachel Lloyd (Education), and Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy Harry Boyte (Sabo Center).

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Depression Screening Walk-In TODAY

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Worried? Stressed? Sad? Stop by The Center for Wellness & Counseling office TODAY – Wednesday from 9:00 – 4:00 pm for information and an opportunity to do a short depression screening and a short face-to-face meeting with a counselor from the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) office. Drop-in when you can. It should take about 15 – 20 minutes. The CWC office is located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Call 612-330-1707 if you have questions.

Augsburg Total Wellness: Financial Wellness Lunch & Learn

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

Feel free to bring your lunch and join us in Si Melby 206!!

Questions? Contact Nicole Peterlin at

Augsburg Total Wellness: TIAA On-Site Counseling

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In just a few weeks TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions! Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, February 21 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Old Main, Room 201

Wednesday, February 22 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

Thursday, February 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Old Main, Room 201

**Please note the room changes from previous announcements due to conflicts with Christensen Center restoration.

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Walk-In Depression Screening TODAY

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Worried? Stressed? Sad? Stop by the Center for Wellness and Counseling office from 9:00 – 4:00 pm Wednesday 2/8 for information and an opportunity to do a short depression screening and a short face-to-face meeting with a counselor from the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) office. Drop-in screenings take about 30 minutes so stop by the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Questions call 612-330-1707.

Executive Actions – What are they? What is their effect, and can they be stopped?

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Recent executive actions by President Trump have raised concerns, met campaign promises, and prompted protests. A panel of faculty and staff – some licensed attorneys in Minnesota – will provide brief information on executive actions – What can Congress do..or not? What can legal challenges do…or not?

Andy Aoki, and Milda Hedbloom, Political Science, Bob Groven, Communications, Ann Garvey, Student Affairs, and Katie Bishop, Student Success, will provide an opportunity for the community to get information.

Wed., Feb. 8, 11:30 am-12:30 pm , OGC 100

LinkedIn 101 Workshop – Thursday 2/9

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:30-4:30 – Presentation; 4:30-5:30 – Open Lab
SVE 205
Attend this hands-on, lab-based workshop to learn and apply techniques for using LinkedIn

Topics will include:
• Building an effective student profile and professional online presence
• Exploring career fields by connecting with alumni
• Researching companies and connecting with recruiters
• Networking and building connections in your field

Off Campus Studies Fair — THIS FRIDAY — Feb. 10

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Are you thinking about study abroad/away this summer or next year? Want to do an internship in Washington DC, or maybe an international internship? Come check out your options!

Off Campus Studies Fair
Christensen Center
Friday, Feb. 10.
10:30 to 2:30

Talk to program representatives, grab a snack, and enter to win awesome prizes such as travel gear and gift cards!

Get additional Fair details here!

Movie Screening TODAY at 7:00 pm in Sateren Auditorium

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At a moment marked by fear of Islam in a variety of global (and local) contexts, you are invited to attend a more hopeful story. Combatants for Peace (CFP), an alliance of Israeli and Palestinian ex-combatants, use theater as a tool for conflict transformation.

A new documentary film traces the origins and work of the organization. Come see the Minneapolis premiere of DISTURBING THE PEACE!

Screening will take place TODAY:
When: Wednesday, February 8th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue

The screening is a free event and is open to the public. No reservation is available so we encourage you to arrive early to claim your seats.

Post-show screening conversation will take place with CFP members Chen Alon and Mohammed Ouwa moderated by TAD Professor Sonja Kuftinec.

Co-sponsored by: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and Institute for Advanced Study, Augsburg College – Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and East Side Freedom Library

Note: The film does contain some scenes of graphic violence from the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Disturbing the Peace

Global Food in a Farm-to-Table World

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Hear from experts in the field and take away lessons for any professional, on how to balance being stewards of the resources allowing businesses to flourish and the push for growth and profitability.

Date: February 21, 2016
Time: 8–9:30 a.m.
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg College

Increasingly, consumers seek out food grown with sustainable environmental practices and a connection to the farms and growers. According to the USDA, the number of farms that sold food at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements increased 24 percent between 2002 and 2012. While many consumers purchase goods locally, there is still demand for food produced globally.

In this market, how are large agribusinesses adapting global food production to meet the demands of today’s consumers? And how are businesses succeeding in balancing social, cultural, and environmental responsibilities with a financial commitment to stakeholders?

Join Chris Farrell from MPR as he interviews three leaders working on food security and sustainability:

Mike Robach, Cargill’s Vice President of Corporate Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs
Jessica Hellmann, University of Minnesota’s Director of the Institute on the Environment
Dr. Ruth Petran, Ecolab Inc.’s Vice President for Food Safety and Public Health


TODAY — Teach In: General Strikes in History and Practice–12:30PM-1:30PM

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Please join Lars Christiansen, Jacqui deVries, and Michael J. Lansing in the Student Lounge of the Christensen Center for this teach-in on the history of general strikes as a strategy for social change. As part of Augsburg’s “100 Days of Engagement” programming, this informal event is open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Bring your lunch and learn more about how general strikes work, the ways in which they are (and aren’t) effective, and the possibilities they hold for advancing agendas.

Morning Chapel: Riverside Singers

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Join us in the chapel today at 10:40am for worship with word and song. Musicians: The Riverside Singers, directed by Nancy Grundahl.

Chapel this week:
Thursday, 2/9, 11:30am: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Riverside Church, NYC
Friday, 2/10: No Chapel Service – Batalden Convocation

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

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Still Time to Register: 2nd Annual Fosdick Lecture on Feb. 9

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Join the Augsburg College Office of Campus Ministry on Thursday, February 9, 2017, for ”Good News/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines,” the second Fosdick Lecture on Preaching. We welcome the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, New York, who will be the featured lecturer and preacher.

9:30 a.m.: Coffee & Registration
10 a.m.: Lecture
11:30 a.m.: Chapel Service

This event will be held in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Register today!

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Great Job For A College Student

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Are you looking for a fun, relaxed gig with flexibility???
Are you a motivated, reliable, honest, friendly person who loves to sell?!?

We are a locally owned clothing company in search of the best candidates to market and sell our expressive tees. We offer flexible scheduling, fair commission, and bonuses. This is a great gig for a student who has access to college campus. If you are self-motivated and would like some extra pay in your pocket this could be a good fit for you. You must have reliable transportation and be willing to work booth events in the local area as well. So if you’d like to get involved with a relaxed, fun, forward thinking brand. Contact us for details: