Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Personal Document Destruction Event on Thursday, April 6

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Faculty, staff and students are welcome to bring their personal confidential documents to a FREE Shred Event sponsored by Augsburg Facilities Management. Bring your materials (two boxes or bags maximum please) to the Shred Right truck parked between Sverdrup and Lindell Library on Thursday, April 6 between 8:30-9:30 a.m. You must present your documents at this time. We cannot offer early pick-up and storage of your personal documents. If you are not available at this time, it is your choice if you wish to entrust one of your coworkers to bring the documents to the truck for you. An Augsburg ID will be required, as we unfortunately cannot make this a community event.

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Development Activities – Days in May

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Faculty, this May the Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering professional development workshops and discussions over a span of three days – May 9th-11th. The hope is that engaging sessions, time to share a cup of coffee, and a happy hour will provide opportunities for both professional development and community building. Here’s a teaser of the event titles:

– A Roundtable Discussion on Working with Student Researchers
– Making Good Connections: Teaching via Interactive Video Conferencing
– Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome
– Creating Documents Accessible to Everyone – It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law!
– Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Reality and 360* Video
– Open Faculty Discussion: Interpreting and Reflecting on Student Feedback
– Classroom Management Strategies to Engage Today’s Student: A Roundtable Discussion
– Open Discussion and Happy Hour on Academic Freedom

CTL’s May events will also include the annual Tenure & Promotion Portfolio Workshop, the Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference, and the Faculty Writing Retreat.

Stay tuned for more information!

Center for Teaching and Learning Website

Faculty, RSVP Now for the Scholarly Writing Retreat

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Scholarly Writing Retreat
May 21-23, 2017
Dunrovin Retreat Center

Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write / work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat.

The retreat will take place Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. (after lunch). Please e-mail to reserve your space.

Faculty Sabbatical Reflection Luncheon with Lars Christiansen

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend the final installment of “Speaking of Sabbaticals.” Sociology professor Lars Christiansen will present findings from his resent sabbatical research (and beyond), focusing on the relationship between theories of embodiment and urban design and planning. His talk will include comparisons of several U.S. cities and focus on transportation policy and practices.

“Bodies in Motion: What the Embodiment Revolution Means for How We Get Around.”
Monday, April 3
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lindell 301

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

RSVP for your spot at lunch here.

General Announcements

Help Inspire CSBR Artists

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We are looking for contributions to artwork to be installed in the new Hagfors Center. Two artists are looking for text passages to accompany three pieces designed for the new building, and we are looking for student input. Selections of text may come from any literary work or religious text of any faith tradition, as long as they are inspiring and fitting with the spirit of the artwork. Display boards depicting the artwork designs will be posted around campus, where anyone may fill out a slip and drop it in the submission box. Or check out the link below to see more information about the artists and make submissions online.

Click here for online form

Augsburg Forms University Events Department, Promotes Jodi Collen to Senior Director

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I am pleased to announce that Augsburg has established a new University Events department within the Marketing division, expanding the responsibilities of the Event and Conference Planning team and promoting Jodi Collen to senior director of University Events.

We’ve all seen how the work of Augsburg’s event planning team — Jodi, Seth Lienard, Sarah Cash-Darvell, plus their hard-working student crews — has a major impact in enhancing the event experience and reputation of the College. As the new University Events department, this core group will continue to lead the design, planning and management of Augsburg’s more than 400 annual live events — including signature events such as commencement, homecoming, scholarship weekend, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. University Events will also continue managing summer conferences and other external events that generate revenue for the College.

In addition, Jodi’s new role will include strategic leadership and project management to support major universitywide initiatives. Two significant institutional initiatives that Jodi has already taken on are the name-change transition to Augsburg University this summer and project management for the 2019 Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, co-chaired by Theater Arts Professor Darcey Engen ’88 and Athletic Director Jeff Swenson ’79. We are excited to extend Jodi’s project management expertise to these highly visible Augsburg initiatives.

We are currently in the process of updating the Inside Augsburg directory and other records with the new University Events department name. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Jodi on her new role and thanking the University Events team for its ongoing leadership in creating authentically Augsburg experiences for our students, alumni, guests and campus community.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Student Film & Screenplay Festival

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The Augsburg Student Film and Screenplay Festival is this Saturday, April 1st in Sateren Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30. It is free to all, and there will be popcorn and snacks provided along with some of the best work by Augsburg students and students from surrounding colleges. After the screening there will be an award ceremony for the winners of each category.

Link to Facebook event page

Save the Date: Medicare Info Session on April 18

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce a brown bag lunch and learn information session on the topic of Medicare in April. Medicare can be confusing and oftentimes difficult to understand. If you’re nearing the time to start thinking about Medicare and want some answers, attend this HealthPartners Medicare information session to learn more!

When: April 18th from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: OGC 100

Bring your own lunch and join us to learn more about Medicare and what it means to you!

Save the date! For questions, contact Nicole at

Citizen Politics Beyond the Manichean Mindset – 4/4

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A Civic Studies Symposium
Tuesday, April 4, 4-5:30 p.m. East Commons, Christensen Center

* Today’s idea of politics refers to what politicians, parties, and party members do. It is based on a Manichean model that sees politics as war-like, reducing others to stereotypes.

* The Manichean model is widespread, built into today’s politics and civic action. It grows from an identifiable formula which pits the forces of “good” against the forces of “evil.”

* It is increasingly dysfunctional for those committed to an inclusive, equal, and just society.

This symposium looks at the nonviolent alternative to demonizing politics. It includes small group discussion about problems we share, differences among us, and what we can do.

It addresses several questions:
* How can we combine relational power and public love?
* How can we develop the skills to meet injustice with discipline and dignity, not demonization?
* How can we bridge today’s ideological divides, engaging others in their full complexity?

Welcome and opening comments: Harry Boyte, senior scholar, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College; Convener, Augsburg Civic Studies Initiative

Joaquin Munoz, assistant professor, Department of Education, Augsburg College
Michael Grewe, director, LGBTQIA Student Services, assistant director, Campus Activities and Orientation, Augsburg College
Dee Anand, UMN Student, Citizen Student Movement
Zach Maron, UMN Student (former Augsburg Student), Beyond Polarization Student Group
Moderator Christy Mattingly, Academic Liaison for Computing, Augsburg College

Small group discussions on problems we share, differences among us, and what we can do in Augsburg and beyond.

A Civics Studies Symposium sponsored by:
• Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
• Center for Teaching and Learning
• Education Department

*Citizen here is not legal status, but contributor community.

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Theater Dept. Presents: Passing Strange 3/30 – 4/9

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Book and Lyrics by STEW

Music by STEW and Heidi Rodewald

Lead Collaborators
Jamil Jude
Sonja Thompson
Kelli Foster Warder

Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 P.M.
Friday March 31 at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 P.M.

Saturday April 8 at 3:00 P.M.
Saturday April 8 at 7:00 P.M.
Sunday April 9 at 3:00 P.M.

Part comedy. Part coming-of-age story. Full-out rock concert! PASSING STRANGE, a Tony award-winning musical, is a genre-bending exploration of an artist’s journey to find life’s truths. The story follows Youth, a young Black man raised in the idyllic hills of California, as he passes through life, learning about himself and the world around him, through music and the people he meets because of it. Throughout his journey for “the real,” he gains so much, but is what he gives up too much? Will the ends justify the means? Will everything be alright?

Reserve Tickets Now!

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Open Forum on New Environmental Action Plan

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Remember the famous Green by 2019 Climate Action Plan? It hasn’t been forgotten, but it has been reimagined as the UC Environmental Stewardship Committee’s new Environmental Action Plan! We have new goals, strategies, and initiatives for operations, curriculum, and campus culture, and we need your help in turning this reimagining into action. What’s in the Environmental Action Plan? How does your life here at Augsburg intersect with these commitments? Where do you see opportunities and challenges? Explore these questions with the ESC and find out if the rumors about composting, curriculum development, and bottled water are true! (Hint: they probably are).
Tuesday, April 4, 3-4pm
Marshall Room
Hosted by Staff Senate

Great Cedar Cultural show with Augsburg Band Opening

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The Cedar Presents Nimco Yasin ft. Iskalaji with special guest Rahmo Rose
Friday, March 31
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.
at The Cedar Cultural Center
Free with Augsburg ID
Get more information at

Nimco Yasin rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80s. Waaberi Group, or “Dawn Players,” was Somalia’s government-sponsored music and dance troupe that included the most talented singers, musicians, and dancers in the country. With more than 300 members over its 30-year existence, the group was a source of national pride and toured the world multiple times. Known for her striking voice and emotional love ballads, Yasin eloquently revives the vintage qaraami (or “Somali jazz”) sound that Waaberi was known for, while bringing it into a modern context.

Free Self Defense Seminar for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Auggies, here’s a free upcoming opportunity in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Krav Maga Minnesota is hosting a free Self Defense Seminar at Legacy Gymnastics in Eden Prairie. Develop the right mindset, confidence, verbal self-defense skills, and physical preparedness to maintain your personal safety and use practical self-protection strategies in a fun and cooperative learning environment. No previous Krav Maga experience or training is necessary to participate.

Saturday, April 8
Legacy Gymnastics
14785 Martin Dr. in Eden Prairie

The seminar is open to the public. Space is limited, so advance reservation is recommended. For more information and to make a reservation, contact or call 612-799-6035.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Swanson to Present Workshops at the HLC Annual Meeting in Chicago

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In addition to being named a member of the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council, a decision-making body of experienced peer reviewers and team chairs, Kathryn Swanson (English) will be an invited presenter at two workshop sessions the HLC Annual Meeting in Chicago. With HLC staff, she will present information for institutions on the Standard, AQIP and Open Pathways, as well as those in candidacy. Swanson’s focus will be Criterion 4, the central locus for an institution’s assurance argument regarding the use of Assessment.


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