Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lobby Lighting is Set in the Hagfors Center

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An early morning shift was part of the work last week to position the main ceiling lights in the lobby to illuminate the 2-story elm wood wall. This week’s update includes pre-dawn photos of the warm glow of the lights from inside the lobby and outside the building. The post also includes photos and updates on the following:
> The lobby ceiling
> The electrical yard on the north side of the building
> Site work, including a photo of the exterior stairs and sidewalk on the north end of the construction lot
> Interior work, including a photo of the 4th-floor boiler room

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See the full Hagfors Center summary for the week of June 19, 2017.

Teaching and Learning

Spend Winter Break in the UK

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Spend your winter break abroad! The short-term program, From Harry Potter to Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change, is accepting applications. This 11-day, 4-credit course (WST 220) –which primarily takes place in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland—will enable students to experience the connection between place and politics and to examine techniques of visual storytelling. While traveling through and between these two cities, you will learn about the ways that mediums like film, television, music, and cartooning have been utilized to craft progressive political messages. We will converse with academic experts and youth activists about the effect of gender, race, and nationality on 20th and 21st century British politics, with a particular focus on the contemporary crisis brought on by Brexit.

We will analyze the Harry Potter series of books and films as a specific case study that illustrates the possibilities of using pop culture toward progressive ends, examining the ways that it engages with contemporary and historical patterns in British history, such as nativist sentiment, sexist politics, and labor rights. Our visits to both real-world sites used in the film and to the Warner Brothers studio will demonstrate the ways that filmmakers use place to ground fantastical stories and to embed politicized messages. In addition to more traditional methods like taking field notes, we will also utilize social media throughout our trip in order to put into practice one of the central claims of this course—that social media can be an effective and essential mechanism of distributing peer-reviewed information in an accessible manner.

Program details and application here

Remember the WL for Summer Classes

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Writing assignments are due in the summer, too, and tutors in the Writing Lab can help any Augsburg student with any writing task. The Augsburg Writing Lab is open with reduced hours during the summer. Hours through the end of SS II are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 – 6:30 p.m. There is also an online option for students who can not be on campus. Please contact Kathryn Swanson, English Department, if you have any questions.

Note: The Lab will be closed on July 4 and 5 because of the holiday and reduced library hours.

General Announcements

Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference: Vocation for Life

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff:

You are invited to attend the twenty-third annual Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference at Augsburg College from Monday, July 17 to Wednesday, July 19. Each year, five faculty members from each of the ELCA Colleges come together to explore the distinct roles that they play in higher education. This year, our theme is “Vocation for Life.”

The conference will begin with an opening session at 5 pm followed by a dinner at 7:00 pm on July 17 and conclude by 1:00 pm on July 19.

Register and learn more on the conference website:

If you have questions about registration, contact Lonna Field: or 612-330-1467

If you would like more information about the conference, contact Tom Morgan: or 612-330-1773

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore leadership through the lens of vocation!

NPPF/Hennepin County Library Book Club Fosters Dialogue Across Differences

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Hennepin County Library, in partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, launched a summer book club to explore stories and writings of leading authors and public figures in the months leading up to the 2017 NPPF. Learn more, including how to register, at

Storify Feed Issue on Inside Augsburg

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The Storify feed displayed on Inside Augsburg typically is a resource for Augsburg College community members to view campus news, updates, and achievements through a curated collection of social media posts. The Storify feed has not been loading properly since the morning of Monday, June 19, and Marketing and Communication staff are working to resolve the issue. Your patience is appreciated as staff work to identify a solution. You may send questions or concerns about Storify to

Event Announcements

Farewell Reception for Jie He

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All are invited to attend a farewell reception for Jie He on Monday, June 26, from 11-1:00 in Oyate Commons (Christensen Center – Suite 2). There will be a short program at 11:30. Jie is leaving her position as ISSS Asst Director to become the Employment for Senior Faculty Development Specialist at Capella University. Please join us as we wish Jie well in her new position, and thank her for her years of service at Augsburg!

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$10 Target Gift Card for Research Study Participants

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Hello Students,

My name is Tiffany Widseth and I am an Exercise Science student and an McNair researcher this summer at Augsburg. I am investigating a modified version of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) test in Division III female college soccer players and need healthy female Augsburg College students (ages 18-24) to participate in this study as part of the control group. You may not be currently a part of an Augsburg athletic team.
This study involves a one-hour visit to Kennedy Center Physiology lab (room 309) for Functional Movement Screen testing and a video of a drop jump. Participants will receive a $10 gift card to Target.

You can reach me at: to get more details or to schedule an appointment time.

Thank you!

$5 for Research Participants (Eye Motion)

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We are seeking research participants in a study investigating how our eyes move when locating hidden objects. Participants will have their eye movements monitored while they complete a series of computerized visual search tasks. Eligible participants will be given $5 for their participation in this brief experiment.

All adults over 18 years of age with normal or corrected-to-normal vision are eligible to participate. The task takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and there are no anticipated risks to participation.

Please contact Samantha Kong via email ( if you are interested in participating.