Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tornado Drill Day

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For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. A statewide tornado drill is part of that event.

On Thursday April 20, 2017 simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems. All counties in Minnesota normally participate in the first drill at 1:45 p.m. unless actual severe weather is expected. Please consider this an opportunity to familiarize yourself with designated tornado shelter areas or safe spaces in areas that you frequent.

In an Apartment, Dorm or Condo:
If you live in an apartment that is on an upper floor, get to the lowest level of the building immediately. This could be an underground parking garage or a neighbor’s first floor apartment. Then, move to the most interior area, away from windows.

If you live in a high-rise apartment building, you may not have enough time to get to a lower level, so picking a place in the hallway in the center of your building (such as a stairwell) is the best idea. If that is not available, a closet, bathroom or interior hall without windows is the safest spot in your apartment during a tornado. Power loss during a tornado storm is common, so avoid elevators and keep a flashlight handy.

In an Office Building, Hospital or Store:
Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building – away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter and, if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators so that you aren’t trapped if the power is lost.

Teaching and Learning

Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum Workshop on May 10 – RSVP Now

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend this special event held during the CTL “Four Days in May” of professional development and community-building activities.

Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome
Tuesday, May 10
OGC 113

The goal of this workshop led by Christina Erickson, Social Work, is to widen the circle of those involved in teaching activities related to Environmental Sustainability and Wellness. Based on the nationally recognized Ponderosa/Piedmont model, participants will engage in stimulating discussion and begin developing learning activities that meet our college wide student-learning outcome. Join us for lunch and an opportunity to learn more about incorporating sustainability and wellness across our academic disciplines.

Lunch is included – please click here to RSVP!

“Four Days in May” of Professional Development and Community Building with CTL

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend these upcoming May workshops from the Center for Teaching and Learning. These engaging sessions, with designated time to share a cup of coffee, will provide opportunities for both professional development and community-building in early May:

Monday, May 8
9:00 a.m. – Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop (RSVP for lunch required – see

Tuesday, May 9
9:00 a.m. – A Roundtable Discussion on Supporting Student Research and Creative Activity
10:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. – Making Good Connections: Teaching via Interactive Video Conferencing
12:30 a.m. – Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome (RSVP for lunch required – see

Wednesday, May 10
9:00 a.m. – Creating Documents Accessible to Everyone. It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law!
10:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. – Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Reality and 360* Video
12:30 p.m. – Building Resilience in Students with Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Thursday, May 11
9:00 a.m. – Open Faculty Discussion: Interpreting and Reflecting on Student Feedback
10:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. – Classroom Management Strategies to Engage Today’s Student: A Roundtable Discussion
1:00 p.m. – CTL Portfolio Workshop
4:30 p.m. – Open Discussion (Happy Hour) on Academic Freedom

Read more about these events and add them to your calendar via the CTL website.

Six Days Remain for You to Find Help in the Writing Lab

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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.

Note: The last day of spring semester in the WL is Wednesday, April 26. The lab will reopen on May 8 with reduced summer hours.

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!

Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop on May 8 – RSVP Now

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend this year’s Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) workshop, entitled “Supporting Our Students in Turbulent Times: Civic Engagement and Nonviolent Philosophy in Higher Education.”

This half day workshop will engage participants in exploring the history, philosophy and skills needed to promote a deep commitment to civic engagement, democratic principles and pedagogy in the classroom and broader community.

Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop
Monday, May 8
Hoversten Chapel (General and Closing Sessions) & OGC 1st floor classrooms (Breakout Sessions)

Lunch is included – please RSVP using the form below!

The Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop is offered as part of Augsburg’s on-going college mission commitment to “intentional diversity in our life and work.” The goals of the workshop are to provide faculty and staff participants with the opportunity for continued growth in personal intercultural competence and to build skills necessary for creating an inclusive campus community.

Co-sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee, CTL & the Sabo Center.

Please click here to RSVP for the 2017 Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop.

General Announcements

Support For Faculty Travel to Nicaragua

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A reminder that Steve Sheppard and Mark Lester, representatives of the Winds of Peace Foundation (WPF), will be available to meet with faculty interested in travel to Nicaragua that supports teaching and research interests. WPF has offered to provide financial support for projects; it has a particular interest in supporting work with curricular impact. Join them in the NPPF Suite (1st floor, Memorial Hall) between 2-3:15 on Friday, April 21, to learn more. All faculty are welcome. (See also Provost’s email of 4/17/2017.)

Student Employment – Summer 2017

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Summer employment begins April 30, 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.

Help Needed for Commencement-AU/Grad

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Are you wanting to take part in Commencement as we send off our graduating seniors? Help with staffing Commencement! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal as well as ushering and ticket taking at the ceremony for they strongly contribute to the success and smooth flow of the event. There is also the chance to see some of the ceremony with most ushering responsibilities.

Help is most needed at the AU/Grad Ceremony, but also:
-Rehearsal: Thursday, April 27 from 4:00-6:45 p.m.
-Undergraduate Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
-Adult Undergraduate/Graduate Studies Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Please sign up today by contacting Katie Radford at .

Business Cards, Name Badges, Letterhead and Envelopes

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Due to the name change to Augsburg University in September, we will not accept orders for new custom printed Augsburg College items beginning May 1. Order any personalized Augsburg College items you need to last through August by April 27. Please contact the Copy Center for critical business needs that arise after May 1. The general Augsburg College letterhead, notecards, and variety of envelopes will continue to be available at the Copy Center through August.

Event Announcements

Epic Stress Less Fest Tonight

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It’s the last week of classes and next week is finals week. Please join the EPIC peer health educators for an evening of stress relief for our Stress Less Fest. Come to the student lounge Thursday 4/20 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to get information and stress relief tips including free chair massages, coloring, aromatherapy, therapy dogs, Active Minds and more. There will also be a drawing for prizes for those who attend. After the stress less fest head up for some yoga in East Commons starting at 9 p.m.

Free Japanese Taiko Drumming Concert – April 29

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Mu Performing Arts will host the first Minnesota Taiko Drumming Festival on April 28 & 29 at the Guthrie Theater. FREE mini-concerts, workshops, and family activities will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

In addition, a ticketed performance will be held at 7pm on Friday and Staurday, April 28 & 29, with $20 student tickets.

Come experience the excitement and power of Japanese taiko drumming!

Get more Taiko Festival Information

Audition for the 2017-2018 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

Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-Ups

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In celebration of Earth Day there will be several neighborhood clean-ups taking place around Augsburg on Saturday, April 22. In the Seward Neighborhood, a clean-up along Franklin Avenue and the I-94 frontage road will be happening from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at the Franklin Housing Co-op at 2300 Franklin Ave. There will be three community clean-ups taking place in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood: Riverside Park (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; 2820 S. 8th Street); Bluff Street Park (9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 1 20th Ave. S.); and Currie Park (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; 500 15th Ave. S.). Bags, gloves, and other supplies will be provided.

StepUP Graduation – April 28th

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At this year’s StepUP Graduation Ceremony, we will honor the more than twenty incredible StepUP Program students who are graduating from the program or from the college this year. Their mentorship, friendship, and leadership has enriched the StepUP community, and the broader Augsburg College and Twin Cities communities as well. They are truly living examples of StepUP’s mission of championing lives of recovery. Please join us in celebrating their achievements.

Friday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium

Morning Chapel: Emma Blom ’17

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Come to chapel at 11:30 a.m. for 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.

More Info

Murphy Square Issue 42 Launch Party

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Come celebrate the authors and artists featured in this year’s edition of Murphy Square, Augsburg’s literary magazine! Come pick up a copy, meet the authors, artists, and editors! Food and refreshments will be served. Launch party takes place in Oren Gateway Center 100 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Friday April 21, 2017. All are welcome.

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Keeping Track of Auggies

D. E. Green Poem “Better in French” Celebrated on Poetry Blog

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English Professor Doug Green’s poem “Better in French,” has been selected to appear on a national poetry blog in celebration of National Poetry Month. “Better in French” first appeared online as an honorable mention in the October 2016 Goodreads Newsletter Contest. Congratulations, Doug!

Read Professor Green’s poem here.


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