Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

March is National Ladder Safety Month

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A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on ladder safety showed some startling statistics. More than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year.
Don’t be a part of the statistics. Here are some safety tips from the National Safety Institute:

It is unsafe to use a ladder that is too long or too short. When using a Step Ladder, standing on the top cap or the step below the top cap is not permitted due to the increased likelihood of losing your balance. When using an Extension Ladder, the top three rungs are not to be used for climbing. An Extension Ladder is too long if the ladder extends more than three (3) feet beyond the upper support point.
Factors contributing to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user’s age or physical condition, or both, and the user’s footwear.

Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:

  • cleaning the soles of shoes to maximize traction
  • climbing slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements;
  • never attempting to move a ladder while standing on it;
  • Do not overreach or lean while working so that you don’t fall off the ladder sideways or pull the ladder over sideways while standing on it.

When climbing a ladder, it is safest to utilize Three Points-of-Contact because it minimizes the chances of slipping and falling from the ladder. At all times during ascent, descent, and working, the climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails. It is important to note that the climber must not carry any objects in either hand that can interfere with a firm grip on the ladder.

Teaching and Learning

New Theology and Public Leadership Degree

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The Religion department will be launching a new degree in Theology and Public Leadership in the fall of 2017. This degree program will be replacing the Youth and Family Ministry Degree. This new major will include concentrations in Youth Studies, Leadership and Management, Community Engagement, Worship and Music, Environmental Stewardship, Advocacy and Public Policy, Human Service, and Cross-Cultural Relations. We are excited for this new endeavor and for the leaders it will produce for our faith communities. Please visit our website for more information –

New Youth Studies Minor

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Do you plan on working with children, youth or young adults? If so, you should consider becoming a Youth Studies minor. This minor is designed to pair well with any other major including Political Science, HPE, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Theology and Public Leadership, etc. There are some great classes being offered in this minor next year, including a class in the UK! So take a look at our website to learn more.

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!

Only Two More Days until Break: Find the WL

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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.

Faculty Workshop Closing the Loop: Connecting the Classroom to the Real World TODAY

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

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.

This faculty workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Congratulations to All Faculty Recipients of the 2017 CTL Grants

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Thank you to the members of the Faculty Development Committee, the Office of Global Education and Experience, and the Office of Academic Affairs for all 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 awardees of all three CTL annual grants:

Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants

George Dierberger, Business – Hauge School of Business, Olso, Norway and the Arctic University of Norway, Harstad, Norway.
Beliza Torres Narvaez, Theater – Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) and Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR)

Scholarship Grants

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

Integrated Course Design Grants

Annie Heiderscheit, Music – Music Therapy undergraduate curriculum
Michael Kidd, Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies – HUM 120 Medieval Life in 12th-Century Europe
Matthew Haines, Mathematics & Statistics – MAT 246 Linear Algebra
Stephan Clark, English – ENL 329 Screenwriting II

Congratulations, faculty!

CTL Annual Grant Recipients

“The Song Poet” Diversity Dialogue: March 22 and 23

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Faculty and staff – two books have been made available for the upcoming Diversity Dialogue book group discussion of “The Song Poet,” by Kao Kalia Yang. Interested? Please email

Participants will attend one of the two meeting times below:

Group 1: Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Marshall Room
Group 2: Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm in the Marshall Room

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Hmong Women Together, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, and the Asian American Student Association.

Read more about this event and others on the CTL main page.

General Announcements

Recognizing Dr. Nancy Steblay’s Recent Achievements

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The Psychology Department is proud to recognize Dr. Nancy Steblay’s important work on eyewitness memory which continues to garner national attention. Recently, Dr. Steblay presented a talk entitled “An Overview on Memory: How Reliable is it?” at a conference in Plano, Texas to an audience comprised of law enforcement officials, attorneys, and judges.

This event was sponsored by The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) – a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of justice in the United States and throughout the world.

Furthermore, Dr. Steblay has also recently received the 2017 Scholarship Grant from the Center for Teaching & Learning at Augsburg College to continue her significant research.

Grants Recipients

Congratulations Dr. Steblay!

Want to Help Make a Film Come to Life?

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Have you heard about Augsburg College’s Senior Film Keystone class? We are making a short independent film called “Medallion.” Our film is about Ben who is seven years into his sobriety, and loses his wife to a car accident forcing him to come to terms with his alcoholism without his anchor. He is faced with the decision to either forget the life that he has built with her or face reality and continue to honor her memory. With our film, we hope to combat the stigma surrounding alcoholics and addicts in film as we build a new narrative.

To help fund our film, we have started an IndieGoGo and we are officially halfway past our $2,000 goal with 11 days left. Please check out the site at the link below, and donate as you are able.
Your donation would help us rent equipment, secure locations, costume our characters, feed our cast and crew, purchase insurance, and submit our film to festivals.

If you would rather, please follow us and share our page on your social media!

As you see fit, please pass this message along to people that would be interested in donating or following us on social media. We want to reach as many people as possible!

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

Marina Christensen-Justice Nominations, Please

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Please nominate an Augsburg Senior for the….
Marina Christensen Justice Award

The Marina Christensen-Justice Award is given to one graduating senior each year at Commencement. This person has demonstrated a dedication to the community beyond the Augsburg College campus, working in solidarity with marginalized people, as characterized by the personal and professional life of Marina Christensen-Justice.

Please send the name of the senior that you are nominating and a brief description about why you are nominating this person to by Friday, March 24th.

Dental Hygiene Item Drive

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Are you visiting your dentist over Spring Break? How many of us actually use the items in the goodie bag given to us by our dentists? 

Bring these items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss) back to school and donate them to the Pre-Dental Student Club Hygiene Item Drive! We will be collecting donations from Monday March 20th – Friday March 31st, keep an eye out for boxes around campus!

We will be donating the items collected to local groups in need. We thank you for your support! If you have any questions about donations, please feel free to contact us at

The John R. Mitchell Academic of America Poets Prize

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Augsburg undergraduate students are invited to enter the John R. Mitchell Academic of America Poets Prize, sponsored by Jean Mitchell in honor of John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet. The best group of THREE POEMS will be awarded a cash prize of $100 and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets. A poet not affiliated with Augsburg College will judge the contest.

– Poems must be sent as separate attachments to
– Writers should put “Mitchell Prize” in the subject line.
– The email must contain the titles of the poems, the poet’s full name, campus address, and permanent address.
– Winners will be announced by Augsburg College in April.
– In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Event Announcements

Seasons of Spiritual Growth: Lent, Ramadan and the Baha’i Fast

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9th from 6:30-8:30pm

Many faith and spiritual traditions honor seasons of reflection, re-commitment and spiritual growth. Join us for a meal and discussion of these distinct but connected traditions in the Muslim, Christian and Baha’i faiths. The evening will include delicious food from each tradition, three guests who will share about these observances and lots of time to chat and connect. Hope to see you there!

See Facebook event for details:

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

This gathering is hosted by the Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith

Cedar Commons (2001 Riverside Ave. S, Below Trinity offices)

Art of Resistance / Arte de Resistencia

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Arte + Activismo = Artivismo

Wed., 3/29 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., East Commons

Join us for an open mic evening to share the art of resistance: poetry, music, visual arts and manifestos that explore the topic of political resistance of Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. Readings can be in English and/or Spanish. All are welcome to share or to simply listen and be present.

We frame resistance as cultural expressions that unite us in our opposition to oppression and that create paths to freedom and promote justice for all.

Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies faculty would be happy to help you choose a reading in Spanish or English to share or you can choose to write your own. Artwork can include posters, photos or paintings. Music can be of your own composition or created by others.
Choose something that inspires you that you want to share with others!

A Google sign up sheet will be available soon with more information. In the meantime, please direct your questions or ideas to Kate Reinhardt at or Sarah Degnar Riveros at

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Donate to Help a 5th Grade Class Canoe Trip

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The fifth-grade students at Jefferson Community School are full of life, eager to learn, and curious to experience Minnesota outside of the classroom. Many of the students have experienced serious trauma, are learning English as their second or third language, and are living in neighborhoods that limit their chances to play outside and learn about the outdoors.

Because of this, one of their wonderful teachers is raising money to send the students on a field trip with Wilderness Inquiry. Students will spend a day canoeing on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes to learn about the local environment and the water cycle. They will also learn how land forms and natural resources have effected Minnesota’s history.

If you are able and would like to contribute, please follow the provided link. Thank You!

Link to Donor’s Choose Site