Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Weekly Update: Framing for the Elm Wall in the Lobby

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It’s the last week of classes before finals and commencement, which is Saturday, April 29 — the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hagfors Center. This week’s Hagfors Center construction overview includes updates on the following topics:

• Street closure beginning May 1
• Framing of the interior lobby wall (including photo)
• Exterior glass (including photo)
• Green roof
• Window accent colors
• Electrical yard
• Interior work (including photo of installation progress on lab casework)

See the full Hagfors Center summary for the week of April 17, 2017.

Teaching and Learning

May 2017 Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Institute

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The May 2017 Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Institute will concentrate on select foundational principles of creating more inclusive classrooms and interactions by focusing on improving communication and conflict resolution across cultures and by improving the success of all students through culturally responsive teaching across majors.

● The Institute will be divided into a morning session and an afternoon session.
● Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
● Institute will be led by a faculty/staff collaboration.
● There are only 36 spaces available for the institute, and participants must register by using the link below. (A waiting list will be instituted if registration surpasses 36 participants.)
● Participation in the Institute counts towards a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program requirement.
● If you have attended the Intercultural Conflict Styles Workshop, some information during the Institute may be repeated.

Attention: Please do not register for the Institute unless you are able to commit to both the morning and afternoon session.

Questions concerning the Institute should be directed to

Click here to register!

CTL Fellow Nominations Closing Soon

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is looking for faculty members interested in serving as CTL Fellows. CTL Faculty Fellows assist the CTL Director in designing and organizing programs with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at Augsburg. Fellows are also eligible for additional travel funds to spend on professional development. Nominations, both self and of your peers, should be sent to by April 20th.

Preparing for CTP and Professional Review

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Faculty who are in the queue for third year review, tenure, or promotion are strongly encourage to attend the CTL sponsored workshop on preparing for formal review. Diane Pike, Jill Dawe and Bonnie Tensen will guide the workshop including attention to how to construct the Moodle portfolio. We also welcome all faculty who will participate in annual reviews or nontenure track review who may benefit from ideas about documenting teaching and service, in particular.
The workshop is May 11 from 1-4:30 and attendees are asked to participate for the full time of the session. Room is Oren 200. We request rsvps by Monday May 8th. Any questions welcome:

Last Week of Classes Means It’s Time to Find the WL

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Deadlines are looming! Find help in the Writing Lab to finish your papers, reports, applications, resumes — whatever you need to write or revise before the term ends. The writing tutors are ready to help in the WL located 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.

General Announcements

Academy of American Poets John R. Mitchell Award Announced

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Senior English major Anne Dierberger has won the 2017 Academy of American Poets John R. Milton Award for her poem, “Them, again.” Marimar Bustos received Honorable Mention for her poem, “Recounting El Mozote.” The judge was Matt Rasmussen, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Walt Whitman Award and visiting poet at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Bike Commuter Breakfast

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Join other cyclists for breakfast on April 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commons.

As a way to build Augsburg’s bike commuter community and encourage others to bike to work instead of drive, let’s all have breakfast together. Join us if you regularly bike to work, have biked even once in the last year, or even are thinking about biking to work.

Hosted by Matt Fischer and Lee George

*Paying for breakfast is on your own.

If you have questions contact Lee at

Asst. Provost of Global Education & Experience-Finalist Presentations

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Please join the campus community to meet the 3 finalists for the position of Assistant Provost of Global Education & Experience. Finalist presentations will describe their vision for global education at Augsburg University and how their leadership style will serve as a catalyst for realizing this vision. Each presentation will be followed by QA.

• Monday, 4/17 2:45-3:30, OGC 100 | Karen Rodriguez
• Tuesday, 4/18 2:45-3:30, OGC 100 | Heidi Soneson
• Wednesday, 4/19 2:45-3:30, Lindell 301 | Patrick Mulvihill

Surveys to gather campus community feedback will be available after each presentation

CV Links:
Karen Rodriguez:

Heidi Soneson:

Patrick Mulvihill:

Donate used athletic shoes and equipment to Cedar Riverside

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The HPE Department is collecting gently used athletic shoes and equipment for the Cedar Riverside School and the Check it out program. Please drop off items at the collection boxes located in the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center and Sabo Center. We will collect items until April 21. Yard games would be greatly appreciated, but any donations would be great.

Augsburg College Bookstore Hours

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The Augsburg College Bookstore hours for this week are as follows:
Monday (April 17th) – Thursday (April 20th): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday (April 21st): 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday (April 22nd): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

**If you are still in need of Graduation Garb, please feel free to come and see us in the bookstore! We will be selling Graduation Regalia from now through Commencement.

Study Abroad/Away Is Hiring Student Workers

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Study Abroad/Away is hiring.

Calling all study abroad returnees and international students. The Center for Global Education & Experience is hiring a new Peer Advisor to start this summer.

This is a key office support position supporting students who want to study abroad or study away in the US. Responsibilities in this position include: Peer Advising, library upkeep, office management, Event Promotion, Maintenance of online application system, and study abroad/away promotion through peer-to-peer outreach, class visits, tabling, and social media.

We can offer 15-35 hours per week this summer (depending on your schedule/needs) and/or starting in August. During the semesters, we offer 10 hours per week.

Click the link below for job description and application. Contact for more information or questions.

Job Info & Application

Student Employment – Summer 2017

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Summer employment begins April 30th, 2017. If you are planning on having students working over the summer, please be sure to review the information below regarding student positions for summer employment.

Summer student rates will be as follows:

Student Rate: $9.50
Student Supervisory Rate: $10.50
Research Rates: $11.00 – $14.00

Steps to follow when hiring a student worker for summer 2017

1. Students returning into a position they held previously will only need a Student Employment Hire Form submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange.

2. Looking for a student worker to hire? Any new position will need to be posted through Human Resources to the internal student jobs board. Student Requisitions can be submitted though Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Once it’s submitted, we will post the position online. Hiring managers will be able to view applications in real time through the system.

3. When you’ve selected a student to hire, complete the Student Employment Hire Form through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Students who have never worked on campus before will need to fill out additional HR forms, including a background check, before they will be authorized to work.

Instructions for navigating Hirezon/Interview Exchange can be found at the link below.

Questions? Email HR at or 612-330-1058.

Auditions for the 2017-18 Augsburg Choir

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Auditions for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Choir will be held in the Music Building (Choir Room – M3) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24, 25 and 26.

HISTORY: The choir, now in its 84th year, is one of Augsburg’s oldest ongoing organizations. For the past 37 years it has been the anchor ensemble of the college’s Advent Vespers which is attended by some 8000 people each year.

THIS NEXT YEAR: Mark Sedio (’76) will continue as conductor for this forthcoming academic year. In addition to his role at Augsburg, Sedio is Cantor (Director of Music) at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. He is a widely published composer, choral and organ clinician, stand-up comedian, teacher and a specialist in multi-cultural/world music. This forthcoming year the choir will not only focus on choral repertoire from Europe (i.e. Iceland, Slovakia, Germany, Estonia), the United States and Latin America – but will partner with the National Lutheran Choir and Palestinian ethnomusicologist Zafer Tawil for a program highlighting music of the Middle East and North Africa.

SCHEDULE: The Augsburg Choir meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:00 (usually 5:40 to accommodate evening classes).

WHO? YOU! Membership in the choir (by audition) is open to ANY and ALL Augsburg undergraduate students – regardless of discipline/major. Over the years we’ve worked out schedules to include those involved in athletics (football, soccer, lacrosse) and theater.

HOW? Sign-up sheets for auditions will be available at the CHOIR DESK in Christensen Hall (10:30 to 11:30) and will then be posted outside the choir room in the music building. No preparation necessary.

Audition Schedule:
Monday, April 24 3:45 to 4:45
Tuesday, April 25 4:00 to 5:45
Wednesday, April 26 3:45 to 4:45

If you have questions – please contact Mark Sedio at

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Augsburg Orchestra

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Come and enjoy musical performances by the Augsburg Orchestra. Senior Greg Lewis will preach. In Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 a.m.

• Wednesday, April 19 at 10:40 a.m.: Senior Chapel with Hannah Thiry ‘17.  Borodin String Quartet featuring Erika Parvi, Kristina Krasnokutski, Dr. Reinaldo Moya, and Michael Obert.
• Thursday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.: Senior Chapel with Emma Blom ’17. Music by Handel featuring Lauren Capps, soprano and Kaylie Johnson (’17) trumpet
• Friday, April 21 at 10:40 a.m.: Come and celebrate Earth Day and the last day of classes!  Musicians include Ray Makeever (flute), the Augsburg Choir, Riverside Singers and Cedar Singers.

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How to Identify Racism Video & Discussion–Tonight

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Tonight, join Students for Racial Justice for a showing of the documentary The Angry Eyes, which follows educator Jane Elliot’s social experiment to teach her students what racism is. The video will be followed by a guided discussion. Before the event, SRJ will hold a brief info session for students interested in joining the organization. Info at 5:30, video at 6 in OGC 201. Food will be available. All are welcome!

Share a #MaroonMilestone TODAY

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Auggies: Join us TODAY between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by posting a 2016-17 #maroonmilestone on social media. Then sit back and wait for your reward. We will find you. We will caffeinate you. (Or sugar you up, whatever you prefer…you deserve it.)

Example tweet: “Sweet internship turned into a post-grad job! #maroonmilestone”

So, have fun with it, keep it real, pat yourself on the back, and inspire the world. Every one of your posts casts a vision of possibility for current Auggies and those to come! Thanks for inspiring us and thanks for sharing your life with your community!

*A #maroonmilestone can be shared via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Movie and discussion night: Precious

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On Friday April 21st, join The Women’s Resource Center for a showing of Precious (2009), which follows an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. The film will be followed by a guided discussion. Popcorn will be available. Join us from 4-6 in the Student Lounge. All are welcome!

Feedback on Asst Provost for Global Education

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Please provide your feedback on the candidates:

Assistant Provost of Global Education & Experience

Karen Rodriguez, PhD – visits on 4/17 – survey closes 4/18

Heidi Soneson, PhD – visits on 4/18 – survey closes 4/19

Patrick Mulvihill, MPA – visits on 4/19 – survey closes 4/20

You’re invited to Spring Brunch May 6

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Please join us for the annual SPRING BRUNCH sponsored by the Augsburg Associates on Saturday, May 6, in Hoversten Chapel, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. The theme is Bon Voyage – Augsburg’s Alumni Travel Program. Katie Koch ’01, director of alumni and constituent relations, will share her experiences and photos from the recent trip to Germany, which celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and will speak about the history of the travel program. Professor Kathy Swanson, who led the January 2017 trip to Thailand and Cambodia, will highlight her travel stories and photos.
The cost of this event is $30 per person. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a student for $30. Friends, family, and all Augsburg alumni welcome! Register now at or call Becky at 612-330-1085 with your credit card information.

Call for Student Hosts

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The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is seeking students who can act as hosts for visiting students in the Fall of 2017. Students are asked to step forward as hosts to other college and university students who will be visiting the Twin Cities for the Forum from the 14th-16th of September.
If you know you are living on campus next Fall, then you would make a perfect host! Anderson, Luther, and Mortensen would make great spaces for visiting students to stay, but any on campus living area would be fantastic. We are looking for students who would be willing to help out and provide space for 2-3 nights.
As a host you will have the opportunity to get to know a student outside of Augsburg. It is a great experience that allows you to meet some new faces and contribute to the college’s rich academic community. By being a host you can get to know a student from another college or university and get to know more about other colleges and how they run. You will be the student’s best introduction to the city! If you want to gain a new connection and meet students from other colleges/universities, then this is perfect for you!

If you would like to be a student host, or have any questions about hosting please email or call!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Prof. Swanson presents at Popular Culture conference

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Kathryn Swanson, professor of English, was an invited presenter in Mystery/Detective Fiction at the recent Popular Culture/American Culture conference in San Diego. She used Julie Schumacher’s epistolary novel “Dear Committee Members” as one example in her talk on “Extending the Boundaries.” Swanson discussed the world of academe as an insular community and therefore as an appropriate setting for the sub-genre of the cozy mystery.


Help Needed

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Seeking students to assist with setup/strike for the upcoming Masterworks Chorale performance. Equipment includes choral risers, choral shells, orchestra chairs/stands/percussion, etc. Please let me know if you are interested and available (full details below) ASAP.

Need 2 more students
Pay is $80 for whole thing
First preference is for students available for all 3 times listed below, but I will definitely consider Thursday only …and Friday only … If that is your only schedule option!

Thursday, April 20 – about 2:15-3:30-ish … Load truck at Augsburg
Thursday, April 20 – about 4-6 p.m. … Unload truck and set up at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (285 Dale St. N, St. Paul)
Friday, April 21 – about 8:45-10:15 p.m. … Strike and load truck at Church in St. Paul, unload at Augsburg

Cathy Knutson, M25-C –