Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center construction during finals week

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Construction on the Hagfors Center continues during finals week for the spring term at Augsburg. This week’s Hagfors Center construction overview includes updates and photos on the following topics:

• Street closure beginning May 1 (next week)
• Green house (including photo)
• Skyway (including photo)
• Front entrance (including photo)
• Electrical yard (including photo)
• Preparations for the interior lobby wall (including photo)
• Exterior glass (including photo)

See the full Hagfors Center summary for the week of April 24, 2017.

Teaching and Learning

Still Writing/Revising? Find Help in the WL

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There are only two more days for you to 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:

Tuesday: 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m.; 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30–6 p.m.; 6:30–9 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.

Faculty and Staff, RSVP for Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop

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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
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel (general and closing sessions) & OGC 1st floor classrooms (breakout sessions)

Lunch is included – 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, the Center for Teaching and Learning & the Sabo Center.

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

Faculty and Staff, RSVP for Sustainability and Wellness Workshop

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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 CTL Workshops for Faculty and Staff

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend these upcoming May workshops from CTL. 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
More information coming soon

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

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.

General Announcements

AugSTEM Scholarship Deadline June 15

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Applications are now open for the 2017-18 AugSTEM Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DUE-1565060), AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year. (Differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need.) Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


– Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)

– Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2017 (plan to graduate with STEM major from Augsburg by Fall 2019 or earlier).

– Major GPA of 3.0 or higher

– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident

– Demonstrate financial need via FAFSA

Applications are due June 15, 2017.

AugSTEM Scholarship Information

#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign – Video Contest

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Members from across more than 3,000 U.S. universities and colleges are dedicated to extending a warm welcome to international students around the world. Do you want to show your support and build upon the coalition of welcoming campuses and organizations? If the answer is YES, we invite you to send a 2-3 minute video sharing Augsburg’s commitment to a diverse, supportive, and safe environment to all students. All submissions received by May 5 will also be entered into a drawing for a $300 travel certificate and one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.

Questions and video submissions can be sent to: Tracy How, 612-330-1359,

P.S. For ideas, check out the #YouAreWelcomeHere to see what other universities and colleges have come up with.

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 8,000 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 (including 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 p.m. (usually 5:40 p.m. 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 a.m.) 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 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 to 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Mark Sedio at

Congratulations to March’s Auggie Pride Recipients

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Congratulations to Dianne Detloff, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Wellness and Counseling, and Janet Lestock, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Read more about the winners on the Staff Senate website

Food Service Hours

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Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., with the Late Night Menu starting at 7 p.m.

Nabo is open from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., with Hot Food starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Commons is open from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Breakfast 7:30-9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 9:45-11 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Light Lunch 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30-7 p.m.

All Food Service locations will be closing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday April 28.

The Commons will be closed during the month of May.
Nabo will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F with a limited menu during the month of May.
Einsteins will be open from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. M-F with a limited menu during the month of May.

Farewell to Aaron Salasek

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It’s a busy week, but please stop by the admissions office this week to say goodbye to Aaron Salasek, who was named the Director of Outreach and Admissions at Inver Hills Community College. Aaron’s last day is Friday, and he his contributions to Augsburg has been a major reason for our success. We wish Aaron well, and he promises to work closely with Augsburg in his new leadership position!

URGENT: Need Help at Commencement

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As we gear up for the celebration and send off of our 2017 graduates for Commencement this Saturday, April 29, we are in strong need of more help at staffing the ceremonies.

Help is needed for the following:

-Adult Day/Graduate Studies Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 2:00-5:30 p.m.
High Priority: NEED at least 6 more people as Usher/Ticket Taker

-Undergraduate Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
NEED at least 5 more people as Usher/Ticket Taker

*Ushers have the opportunity to see most of the ceremony.

To sign up for a shift, contact Katie Radford at or x1329.

If you cannot assist for these times but still want to help, email Katie. There may be some additional shifts to help with, including rehearsal on Thursday 4/27 and student line-up Saturday morning before the 10 a.m. ceremony.

We can use all hands on deck!

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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In just a few weeks TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, whereever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

Wednesday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

Thursday, May 11 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

For questions, please contact Nicole at

TIAA Retirement Planning Info Session on May 16

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce a May brown bag lunch and learn information session on the topic of retirement planning. Join TIAA for a presentation titled Within Reach: Transitioning from Career to Retirement.

When: May 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us.

For questions, contact Nicole at

Physicians Neck & Back Pain Clinics Info Session on May 9

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce a May brown bag lunch and learn information session presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics. Join us to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: May 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us.

For questions, contact Nicole at

Keeping Track of Auggies

D. E. Green Poem Selected in Sidewalk Poetry Contest

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Augsburg’s own D. E. Green (aka English Professor Doug Green) is one of several winners in the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest in Northfield, MN.  Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks later this summer. This is Professor Green’s third sidewalk poem. (“I love the idea of being walked on!”) Here’s the text:

Crystal winter fog–
you hang on air, coat trees,
fur the evergreen.

Read (and hear!) more about the 2017 Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Winners here.