Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Weekly Update: New Starts and New Finishes

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With events ranging from commencement to Baccalaureate to moving-out, there was no shortage of busy activity around Augsburg last week. While students were lifting and loading their belongings out of the dorms, the lifting and loading continued at the Hagfors Center.

This week’s construction overview includes updates on the following topics:

Street closure beginning this week
Skyway construction milestones
Window fins
Bathing the building
Skip joist removal
Coffee shop framing
Interior finishes

See the full Hagfors Center summary for the week of May 1, 2017.

Teaching and Learning

Looking Ahead to the September NPPF

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The annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is scheduled for mid September 2017. On Friday, 15 September all classes will be cancelled so that you and your students can attend the forum. Please know that you must officially register, although your tickets will be free. Over the summer consult the NPPF website for information to use in planning your curriculum to best integrate with the many exciting opportunities that will unfold over the 4 days of the forum.

Forum program overview

Pre-Health Application Bootcamp

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Pre-Health Application Bootcamp is a series of guided workshops where participants work on centralized applications to health professional programs, personal statements, and secondary applications. Bootcamp begins with a personal statement workshop on Wednesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Sverdrup 205. Jo Peterson will present “Your Favorite Burger: Five Paragraph Method to Create a Snatched Personal Statement.” Contact Catherina Kipper at for more information. To register, go to:

Creating an Inclusive Campus 2017: Civic Engagement and Nonviolent Philosophy in Higher Education

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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.

Opening General Session and Breakfast: 9 to 10:15 a.m., Chapel
Harry Boyte & Joaquin Munoz: A Dialogue on Nonviolence in Higher Education

Civic Engagement Skills Development, Breakout Sessions 10:30 to 12 p.m., OGC Classrooms
One to One Relational Meetings, Facilitator: Dennis Donovan
Nonviolent Communication, Facilitators: Sarah Myers & Joaquin Munoz
Public Narrative, Facilitator: Rachel Lloyd
Lunch and Closing Conversations, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Chapel

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.

RSVP for Environmental 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
12:30-3:00 p.m.
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 Faculty and Staff Workshops

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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

Win $300 Travel Voucher: #YouAreWelcomeHere

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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.

Event Announcements

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information 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

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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Gift to Lindell Library Honors Koehler

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The Lindell Library has received a very generous monetary gift in honor of Boyd Koehler’s 50 years of service by a 1985 Augsburg graduate and former student library assistant. In accordance with the wishes of the donor and Koehler, the funds are being used to support Augsburg College’s commitment to intentional diversity and enhance teaching through the purchase of library materials in the areas of Native American studies, international writers examined in the MFA program, special education as it relates to the achievement gap and diversity studies, and social work.


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