Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Warm weather helps advance Hagfors Center construction work

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Unseasonably warm weather helped advance construction work on the Hagfors Center last week. The summary of this week’s construction activity on the Hagfors Center includes photos from the tower crane of the roof work underway on the west wing and the completed roof work on the north wing.

In addition to the roof work, this week’s summary includes updates on construction work in the following areas:

[1] Lobby (including an early morning photo of the main entrance)
[2] Brick wall on the flexible classroom
[3] Stairwell
[4] Window frames and glass
[5] Precast exterior
[6] Interior

See the full construction update for the week of February 20, 2017

Teaching and Learning

9th Traditional Powwow

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Augsburg College’s 9th Traditional Powwow will be held on Saturday, March 25, on campus in the Si Melby Gymnasium. Grand Entries (beginning of a dancing session) will be at 1 PM and 6 PM, however dancing/ceremony will be all day until roughly 9 PM. You are free to come and go throughout the day as you wish. Honoring for our Augsburg American Indian graduates will be at 3 p.m. You are welcome to come, bring your family and friends, purchase some craft items from our vendors, come support our American Indian students here at Augsburg by showing up and learning about our rich culture and traditions at our hosted Powwow on campus. Augsburg is one of the only colleges in the metro area to host a Powwow and the only private college! NO ADMISSION COSTS – FREE! Find us on Facebook and invite your friends!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If you are interested in volunteering at the concession stand, please email Athena Cloud, AISA Powwow Chair, at with your available time, t-shirt size and phone number. All volunteers get a t-shirt and much appreciation from us! We ask that people dedicate 2 1/2 hour time slots.
Time slots to choose from are:
10:00 AM-12:30 p.m.
12:00-2:30 p.m.
2:30-5:00 p.m.
5:00-7:30 p.m.
7:30-10:00 p.m. (includes clean-up)

Pilamiya’ ye/Miigwech/Thank you!

Free Tickets to Guthrie | Race Dynamics in the USA

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The Center for Global Education & Experience, and the Augsburg Theater Department are partnering with the Guthrie Theater to engage Augsburg students, faculty and staff in the production of “We Are Proud to Present” — part of the Level Nine Series, devoted to community dialogue about today’s most significant topics and questions.

Get your complementary tickets to this production in the Oyate Commons (Study Abroad/Away, ISSS and Multicultural Student Services suite) in Lower Level Christensen Center. Limit, 2 tickets per person. *See available dates/times below.

We Are Proud to Present a presentation about the Herero of Namibia, formerly known as Southwest Africa, from the German Südwestafrika, between the years 1884-1915. By Jackie Sibblies Drury. Directed by Taibi Magar

Find a seat. Any seat in the room. Watch carefully as an ensemble of six American actors — three black and three white – begins to stage a presentation about a genocide in 1900s colonial Africa. As they earnestly (and comically) stumble through their artistic process, attempting to remain true to the events in the past, they unwittingly unpack a personal and political firestorm of racial dynamics in America in the present. And even the best intentions can’t save them.

Critics have called We Are Proud to Present “90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater” (Backstage), “devastatingly funny…dangerous and primal,” (The Washington Post), and “impressive, disturbing and thought-provoking” (San Francisco Chronicle).

*Tickets for the following dates/times:
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.

The theme of this production echos the focus of CGEE’s semester study abroad program in Southern Africa: Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind.

General Announcements

Summer 2017 Job Opportunity- ACYTI Mentor

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Looking for a cool job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for six current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI).

Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) (link below) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An ACYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete 22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of June 24-30. Mentors will be paid a stipend of $1,500.

Interested in applying? You will find the job description under the Human Resources website.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at

Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and YFM

Apply for 2017-2018 Public Leadership Scholars Program

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Current sophomores and juniors:

Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In any one of the programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn four upper division semester credits in religion or political science along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.

Applying: The application for all three programs is available online through the Sabo Center or the Christensen Center for Vocation websites, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is Monday, February 27, 2017.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2017

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for fall 2017 admission. Eligible applicants will be at junior status spring 2018 and available to conduct research summer 2018. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors except most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health). STEM sophomores may also be eligible during this recruitment period; please contact us if you’d like more info on this.

The McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4,000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the summer of 2018.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income or may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, program assistant at Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

Food Service Hours

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

Einstein’s 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.-8 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.

Food Service Menu

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This menu will be served out of Nabo. Grab n Go’s and beverages will be available to purchase between meal times.

Breakfast 7:30am-9:45am
Assorted Hot and Cold Breakfast Items.

Lunch 11:00am-1:30pm
Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Tofu, Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Rice.

Dinner 4:30pm-8:00pm
Chicken Stir Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls, Mushrooms, Boca Nuggets, Chicken Nuggets, Tofu Stir Fry.

Gluten Free and Vegan Options Available. Ask your Cashier about any dietary restrictions.

Event Announcements

Net-Zero Housewarming

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Interested in low-carbon housing? Come to the open house, Friday, March 3 from 3:00-8:00 p.m., to see a renewably powered house, just three miles from campus. Stewart Herman, visiting fellow in the Christensen Center for Vocation, and his wife Linda have just renovated a 100-year-old house to be “net-zero”–that is, to make more energy than it uses, by extensive use of solar electricity, geothermal heat, and thick insulation. This is perhaps only the second such renovation in the U.S. The house is located at 2021 Harriet Avenue–just off Franklin, two blocks east of Lyndale. RSVPs by February 25 would be appreciated. For further information, contact:

Augsburg Total Wellness: Register for the March Madness Fitness Challenge!

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Hello Faculty and Staff,

Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to present, in partnership with our friends at the University of St. Thomas, the March Madness Fitness Challenge: Auggies vs. Tommies! Similar to the UST Challenge in years past, we’ve brought back this fun physical activity challenge to help inspire us to be more active and to ignite some healthy competition with our Tommie rivals. The objective is to track the most physical activity points over the course of 4 weeks, with a winner named each week. The institution with the most weekly wins will come out on top in this fitness challenge and earns bragging rights until the next year!

The competition begins on Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Tuesday, March 28.

What: 4 weeks of friendly and healthy competition

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: March 1-March 28, 2017

Where: Anywhere!

How: Earn points for every half hour of physical activity you log!

30 minutes of activity = 1 point
60 minutes of activity = 2 points

Note: Maximum of 14 points per person, per week.

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.

Join the fun–REGISTER by February 22 at the following link:

Competition rules and details will be sent to registered participants on Thursday, February 23. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

Last week for student inclusion survey!

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Finals days of the Student Inclusion survey! Survey closes on Feb. 25.
All Students! Watch for the email inviting you to complete the 2017 Student Inclusion survey. Last implemented in 2014, the results guided Augsburg’s work for the past couple of years. Led by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, it is time to re-assess what is important for students – day, graduate, Rochester, evening, and transfer!

Please watch your email for the link to the survey. Answers are anonymous – the last question invites you to another link to enter a drawing for 1 of 3 Target gift cards, each $75.

Jazz Concert – Free tickets for Auggies

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The Augsburg Jazz ensemble will take the stage with Steve Wiest for a swinging evening of jazz at Augsburg.

Augsburg JazzFest featuring Steve Wiest, trombone
Friday, February 24
7:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Do you have your ticket yet?
Every Auggie can have a free ticket for this concert, additional tickets are just $10. Reserve online today (Free ticket code when purchasing – 2017AUGGIEMUSIC).

The sooner you get your “free” ticket reserved, the better — There’s limited space!

Reserve Your Seat!

Film Event: Red Power Energy

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents on March 8, Red Power Energy, a documentary film that combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. First-person stories illustrate the complex realities of American Indian reservations grappling with how to balance their natural resources with their traditional beliefs. From the historic United Nations Climate Conference to the proliferation of non-Western countries industrializing their economies through fossil fuel production, Red Power Energy offers a rare glimpse into Indian Country while further advancing a deeper understanding of the energy debate. (Official Program Description from Red Power Energy Publicity)

Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota), the director, will host the film screening and answer questions after the screening.

Location and Time
Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Film Event: The Seventh Fire

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents “The Seventh Fire” a new documentary by Jack Pettibone Riccobono.

When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.
Together the lives of Rob and Kevin present a devastating counter-myth to textbook notions of the American dream, and they force us to confront the modern-day ramifications of what are still the most overlooked aspects of American history.

Location and Time
The University of St. Thomas
John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), which is located on the corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues.
Screening: 1:30-3:10
This event is free to the public


Immigration and DACA information session by local attorneys

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Thursday, Feb. 23, attorneys from the Contreras Law firm will provide information on executive actions, immigrant rights, and updates on immigration law, and will be available for questions from individuals afterwards.

3:30-5:00 p.m., Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building. Need more information – please contact Ann Garvey,

Public Lecture: Somali Youth and Schooling

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Join us for EAST Research Fellow Dr. Nimo Abdi’s public lecture Wednesday, February 22 at 5 p.m. in OGC 100. Dr. Abdi’s qualitative research explores the intersection of race, religion, gender, and class in immigrant and refugee education. She found that both female and male students internalized mainstream American discourses about Muslims and immigrants, which in turn, affected their worldview. Abdi’s work seeks to inform school policies geared toward creating inclusive school environments for all students. Light refreshments served.

See “Corazón Eterno” at the Mixed Blood Theater for free!

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All students, staff and faculty are invited to join us on a cultural excursion to see ”Corazón Eterno – Always in My Heart” at the Mixed Blood Theatre on Fri., 2/24/17. This production is presented in English and Spanish.

Tickets are free if you sign up on this Google Doc by 4 p.m. the day of the performance. We will walk from campus to the theater together. If you have a mobility issue, we can arrange a ride for you.

For more information and to sign up, please go to this Google doc:

If you have questions, please contact either:
Kate Reinhardt,
Sarah Degnar Riveros, or
Mary Laurel True,

More information about the play:

This event is organized by the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Dept. and the Sabo Center.

Keeping Track of Auggies

7 Auggies Named as Fulbright Semi-Finalists

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URGO is proud to announce that 7 Augsburg students/alums have been selected as Fulbright semi-finalists to the following countries: South Korea, Bulgaria (2 students), Czech Republic, Peru, Turkey, and Malaysia. The semi-finalist distinction means these applicants will be forwarded on to their host countries for further consideration. The U.S. Fulbright Commission typically sends twice the number of applicants as there are available positions to the host countries. Throughout the spring, host countries notify semi-finalists as to whether or not they have been selected as finalists. Being named a semi-finalist is considered a high level of achievement in an increasingly competitive landscape.

In addition to congratulating the semi-finalists, URGO wants to commend all students who applied for Fulbright as they worked equally diligently on their applications. We also want to thank the many faculty and staff interview panels as well as all letter writers who help provide a three-dimensional portrait of our Fulbright nominees.

Students: Please contact if you have an interest in applying for, or simply learning more about, the Fulbright experience and application process.

Faculty: Please refer current students or alumni who you think might make solid candidates to


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