Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: Installation of framing for lobby curtainwall is underway

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It’s the week before spring break at Augsburg, and progress on the Hagfors Center continues to advance, with exterior work on the lobby and suspended chapel providing a vision for how the main entrance to the building will enhance the campus.

This week’s summary includes a photo from the top of the tower crane as well as updates on following:

[1] Framing for lobby curtainwall (including photo)
[2] Stairwell work
[3] Framing and glass on the chapel (including photo of the beam signed during the groundbreaking ceremony)
[4] Brick wall on the flexible classroom
[5] Interior work
[6] Skyway painting and street closure scheduled next week

See the full construction update for the week of March 6, 2017

Teaching and Learning

Seniors – Still Need Augsburg Experience?

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Are you still in need of Augsburg Experience? Augsburg’s Center for Global Education & Experience has your solution!

Spend 3 weeks in Mexico this summer – take a class and finish up your Augsburg Experience requirement. The CGEE Mexico Study Center offers Spanish and Art classes (LAF Fine Arts) throughout the summer. Tuition is discounted for all Auggies, and scholarships are available.

Seniors – you can participate in the Graduation Ceremony, and still study abroad this summer. Treat yourself to an international experience before jumping into your job or grad school!

Summer course options are open to all students, first year through seniors.

Learn more about summer courses in Mexico!

Assessment Lunch & Learn TODAY, 12pm, Cedar Room

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend an Assessment Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, March 7th in the newly opened Commons! You are invited to grab lunch – it’s on us – and gather in the Cedar Room to hear a presentation of this year’s data on intercultural competency and civic engagement. All faculty and staff are welcome, even those unfamiliar with curricular assessment at Augsburg. Lunch and learns are the perfect opportunity to get acquainted!

Assessment Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, March 7
Cedar Room, Christensen Center

Please RSVP to Sponsored by Academic Affairs and Assessment.

Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire on March 24

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Faculty and staff are invited to this sabbatical reflection and luncheon featuring Education Professor Jeanine Gregoire. The title of her talk is “Immigration, Migration and More: A yearlong journey to develop an Education semester abroad program in Mexico.”

This presentation highlights Minnesota-Mexico cultural, educational, economic and environmental connections and the rationale and framework behind the Education department semester abroad program. Dr. Gregoire will talk about how a spring break service learning trip to Cuernavaca in 2003 led to her sabbatical where she had the opportunity to explore and develop a new study abroad program with CGE-Cuernavaca, Mexico faculty and staff. Co-sponsored by CTL and CGEE.

Friday, March 24
Marshall Room

Faculty and staff, please click here to RSVP.

Congratulations to Faculty Recipients of the 2017 Scholarship Grants

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Thank you to the Faculty Development Committee (Tim Pippert, Michael Burden, Jenny Kluznik, Darcey Engen, and Miles Ott) and Provost Kaivola for their hard work in determining this year’s CTL grant recipients. They reviewed an impressive collection of grant proposals and are pleased to announce the following awardees and their project titles:

– Nishesh Chalise, Social Work – Food security in Cedar Riverside: A community based participatory research approach
– Matthew Beckman, Biology – A model for manganese toxicity in Daphnia magna, the water flea
– Nancy Steblay, Psychology – Assessing Sources and Impact of Procedural Bias in Actual Police Lineups
– Lindsay Starck, English – Novel-in-Progress
– Adriane Brown, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies – Gender and Race in Cosplay and DisneyBounding
– Nancy Rodenborg and Rebekah Dupont, Social Work and STEM – The AugSTEM Program: Informing Institutional Collaboration and Change to Prepare Juniors and Seniors for Careers in STEM
– William Green, History – The Children of Lincoln: Four Minnesotans During War and Reconstruction, 1860-1876
– Joseph Towle, Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies – Sunny Places for Shady People (II) / Getting to Know Your Neighbor: Contemporary Mexican Culture
– Laura Boisen, Bibiana Koh and Susan Conlin, Social Work – Evaluation of Intergroup Dialogue

Congratulations, faculty!

CTL Grants Recipients

CTL Faculty Workshop: Connecting the Classroom to the Real World

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this CTL workshop on Thursday.

Sometimes students have a difficult time seeing the practical connections between what they’re learning and the “real world.” In this workshop, several of your colleagues will discuss how they approach this issue and you will get some practical ideas for how to close the loop: i.e., bringing pragmatic examples into the classroom and also how to apply theory to real world situations.

Thursday, March 9
Closing the Loop: Connecting the Classroom to the Real World
11:30-12:30pm, OGC 100

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Both Spring Break and the WL Are Right Around the Corner

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Finish some of your assignments before spring break! Papers, reports, applications, resumes — whatever you are writing, please remember that the Augsburg College Writing Lab is open 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.

Note: The WL will be open on Friday, March 10, and Sunday, March 19 for regular hours, but will be closed during the spring break week, March 11 – 18.

General Announcements

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

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There will be a meeting in the Riverside Room at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow 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 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 tomorrow!

Augsburg CSA Drop Site

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This summer the Augsburg community will have the wonderful opportunity to purchase fresh produce that will be delivered to Augsburg College in the form of a CSA share beginning mid-June. The share will contain a variety of seasonally appropriate produce. One can expect to find treats such as basil, carrots, cilantro, sweet corn, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes at some point over the summer. Delivery begins mid-June and lasts for 18 weeks or through mid-October. The food is grown on a 140 acre farm near Plato, MN. Purchasing local produce helps to support the local economy. The farmers who grow this produce are devoted to using only natural botanical and biological methods to control pests. They use other sustainable farming practices such as biodiversity, crop rotation, cover cropping and natural fertilizers to deliver healthy and nutritious produce to the table. More information about the operation and where to order can be found at
or you can reach me, Nell, at

Upon ordering, enter promo code AUGGIES to receive a gift card!

Summer & Fall Study Abroad Application Deadline – March 15

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If you have started an application to a summer 2017, or fall 2017 study abroad/study away program, the deadline is coming up on March 15!

If you have questions about your application, contact the study abroad office as soon as possible. Stop by our office in the lower level of Christensen Center, or send us an email:

Don’t let the application deadline pass you by!

Event Announcements

Focused Conversations on General Education: TODAY/TOMORROW

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Today and tomorrow: Focused Conversations on General Education, led by Professor Jacqui deVries, director of general education.

TODAY: Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m., Oren 100 (remote access will be available for this session)
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TOMORROW: Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100
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Red Power Energy–Film Screening

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to a free screening TODAY, March 8, of 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), one of the director’s of this film, 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


The Seventh Fire (March 16 at the University of St. Thomas)

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to a free screening on March 16 at St. Thomas of The Seventh Fire. From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre comes a fascinating new documentary by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, The Seventh Fire tells the story of Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation. When Rob 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.
Building 2 on St. Thomas Campus Map
Screening: 1:30-3:10
This event is free to the public

Free Tickets to INAATE/SE at the Walker

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INAATE/Se [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies.falls./] (directors Zack and Adam Khalil, 2016
This experimental documentary is part of the INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present program at the Walker and explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity. 2016, US/Canada, 75 minutes.

As copresenters, the Augsburg Native American Film Series is proving 50 free tickets to each screening: March 17, 2017, 6:30 pm at the Walker Cinema and March 18, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Walker Cinema. Please contact M. Elise Marubbio ( or 612-330-1523) with your choice of dates and number of tickets needed and I’ll put you on a reserve ticket list.

Residence Life Awards 2017: Nominations Open

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Greetings Auggies!

The Department of Residence Life is excited to introduce out Residence Life Awards. These awards were created to honor the hard work and dedication of our staff to the Augsburg community through their involvement within Residence Life. Please take some time and nominate individuals whom you think embodies the awards described below. The recipients will be honored on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 in the Oren Gateway Atrium.

The Department of Residence Life will be giving out the following awards:

The Illumination Awards
Pickens-Opoku Social Justice Leadership Award
Resident Advisor of the Year
Lead Staff Member of the Year
Outstanding Program of the Year
Cyndy Rowe Dean’s Award

* Nominations for the Department of Residence Life Awards will be accepted from February 20th – March 20th.
* Nominators can submit more than one nomination for an award.
* Any Augsburg Student or Professional Staff Member can make nominations.

You can find more information by visiting:


Intramural Yoga

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Vinyasa Yoga Tuesdays 8PM until April 25
Exercise and meditation practices are proven to be beneficial to students and athletes by promoting healthy sleeping patterns, more restful sleep and greater memory retention.
All levels welcome – Open Current students, alumni, faculty & friends!
Join Erik Monson for an hour of Vinyasa yoga and guided breathing meditations every Tuesday this semester in Si Melby 130 – mats and blocks provided.
Questions? Email

Morning Chapel: The Augsburg Orchestra

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Join us for worship in the chapel with the Augsburg Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Klemme.

Chapel this week:
Wednesday, 3/8, 10:40am: Prof. Noel Petit, Computer Science, preaching. Dr. Petit will also receive a blessing on his retirement from Augsburg. Musician: Jacob Pernsteiner, guitar.
Thursday, 3/9, 11:30am: Hannah Schmitt ’17 Senior Chapel–Prayers for the World
Friday, 3/10, 10:40am: Spring Break Blessings with musicians Zach Sands, vocalist, and Ray Makeever, flutist.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel – Everyone is welcome!

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Organics Recycling Facility Field Trip

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The Environmental Stewardship Committee will be visiting the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility Wednesday April 5.

We are looking for others to join our group going to tour this facility. If you are interested in joining this group going to tour this facility please reach out to us by emailing

Keeping Track of Auggies

Prof. Swanson appointed to HLC Institutional Action Council

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Kathryn Swanson, Professor of English, has received notice from the Higher Learning Commission that HLC staff recommended and the HLC Board of Trustees officially approved her appointment to the Institutional Action Council (IAC) for a four-year term beginning September 1, 2017. The IAC is the HLC body that reviews reports submitted by accreditation team chairs following site visits to colleges and universities seeking accreditation or reaccreditation.


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