Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: Outdoor Benches, High-Profile Tours, and More

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This week’s Hagfors center post includes updates and photos about the following topics:
>>Outdoor benches
>>Interior walkthroughs
>>Operable partition walls
>>Second-level lobby area
>>The donor brick wall
>>High-profile tours of the building

See the full update for the week of October 9

Teaching and Learning

Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources TODAY

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Videos have become an integral part of how we teach, create webpages with multimedia content, as well as provide information during events. Making sure these videos are captioned for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus is essential in creating a welcoming and accessible environment. In this session, we’ll address the why-to behind captioning, and well as the how-to so you can have the resources to caption your video content.

Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources
Tuesday, October 10
Sverdrup 205

Bring earbuds if you have them!

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Learn What Makes Augsburg Unique with Phil Quanbeck

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All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this next installment in the “New Faculty Series.” Professor Phil Quanbeck II, Professor in the Religion Department, will share stories of Augsburg’s history, traditions, and his own personal experiences. He has some “skin in the game:” there has been a “Phil Quanbeck” on Augsburg’s Religion Faculty for 60+ years!

New Faculty Series: What Makes Augsburg Unique?
3:45-4:45, OGC 100

All are welcome!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Faculty Discussion on Teaching Tolerance this Thursday

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Join CTL for a discussion about the Teaching Tolerance webinar “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”. The 1-hour webinar airs on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. CDT and can be accessed any time after that.

Augsburg faculty will gather on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00-5:00 in Lindell 202 to examine the content of the webinar and discuss how we might engage this work in our classrooms. This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

Watching the webinar is not a requirement! All faculty are invited to come to this discussion about teaching tolerance and addressing difficult topics in the classroom.

Teaching Tolerance: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students
Thursday, October 12
Lindell 202

To sign up for and view the webinar:
– Visit to create a free Login to access the Webinar
– Visit
– Scroll to Webinars
– Select “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”
– Select “Login to View Webinars”
– Select “Watch This.”

Adjunct instructors on contract in the current semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this discussion event to your calendar.

Diversity Dialogue Book Group for Faculty and Staff

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This fall, CTL diversity fellows will lead discussion of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. In the novel, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins her studies at an elite liberal arts college. But the privileged world at Rawlings College feels utterly foreign to Lizet. Pulled between life at college and the needs of her family, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that change her life forever.

There are two dates for discussion – please pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Discussion #1: Thursday, November 30, 3:45-5:00, OGC 100
Discussion #2: Friday, December 1st, 11:45-1:00pm, OGC 100

To RSVP and to receive your copy of the book, please click here.

Creating Accessible Documents Workshop on Thursday

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Creating accessible documents is not only a good idea to ensure all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus have equal access, but as a result of recent changes in the legal world, it’s now the law for us to do so on our campus too. We all have the ability to make our documents accessible to everyone, once we know how to do it. In this session, we’ll go over how to create accessible Microsoft Word and Google Docs. We’ll provide easy steps to create these documents, provide resources for accessible document creation, and feature tools to help check if you are on the right track. In addition, we’ll talk about how to make your Moodle courses accessible as well. Bring a document or Moodle site, and your computer. At the end of the session we will have work time practice these skills. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green – RSVP Now

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Faculty and staff are invited to this next installment in the “Speaking of Scholarship” series featuring Professor Bill Green, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions Award in Scholarship. Professor Green has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is presently working on a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green
Thursday, October 19
Marshall Room

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green.

Good Idea: Spend Some Time in the Writing Lab This Week

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Cyclops, Teaching Tips, Good Food, and a Gift Card Raffle

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CTL had a great day yesterday. Professor Joaquin Munoz conducted an extremely useful workshop on facilitating student discussions and Professor Matt Beckman presented his sabbatical research (the academic equivalent of “what I did on summer vacation”) on one-eyed water fleas.
Congratulations to Allyson Green, winner of the first CTL workshop raffle.
Special thanks to Nishesh Chalise, John Zobitz, Bonnie Tensen, Dan Albert, and Mara Kilgore for helping to organize the events!
Check out to see what else we have planned for you.


General Announcements

Food Service Extended Hours Pilot Update

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As we analyzed the numbers of customers dining from 7-8 PM during the month of September, we have concluded that we will not be able to continue with the extended dinner hour. We will return to the normal 7 PM Commons closing time effective Monday, October 9.

The other hours changes made at the beginning of Fall semester have been very successful, so we will continue to open at 7 AM Monday-Friday, and extend hot food lunch until 2 PM Monday-Friday. Please let Daniel Meyer ( know if you have any questions or suggestions in the future.

Interview prospective students for Honors

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The Honors Program once again needs interviewers for honors scholarship candidates. Interviews will begin October 23 and run through February 3, Monday through Friday, whenever classes are in session. Go to the Honors Interview Scheduling form to sign up.

If you are selected to interview at a particular time/day, we will notify you several days before the scheduled interview. At that time, we will also send you a link to a brief training video (15 minutes), and ask that you review this before you conduct the interview.

Even doing one interview helps tremendously. Thank you for doing your part to recruit great students to the Honors Program and the University.

Honors Interview Scheduling

Start Submitting Tuition Benefit Applications

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Reminder to Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff:

The tuition benefit program is a wonderful benefit for those working at Augsburg University. If you are interested in applying for this benefit for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 courses, please remember to submit the tuition benefit application. The application deadline is May 1st, but the earlier applications are submitted, the better your chances for being awarded tuition benefit at partnering institutions.

Forms should be returned and submitted to HR, Memorial Hall, Room 19. (Forms are available for pick-up in the HR office, and at the following link:

For questions, please contact Nicole at

TIAA Retirement Planning Seminar On Campus

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce an information session on the topic of retirement planning. Join TIAA for a presentation titled Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

Join us to understand the benefit of time, recognize essential features of retirement investments, and learn how to create or modify your retirement plan. This session is informative to all ages, where ever you might be in the planning stages of your retirement.

When: October 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch, bring a colleague, and take some time to grow toward your financial wellness in retirement!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information Session

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

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

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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This month 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, where ever 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, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Judge Debate for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Career Services Walk In Hours

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Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strommen Career & Internship Services Website

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Minimizing Unconscious Bias in Hiring Training

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All faculty and staff who may be involved in a search in the upcoming year, are invited to attend this training. This event is in the East Commons

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:00. The training will begin at noon and will feature remarks by Dr. Nancy Fisher (Department of Sociology), a video, and a discussion facilitated by Jeffrey Cookson of Language and Culture Worldwide. A number of employees have attended this training over the past several years, but we strongly urge all who haven’t had the opportunity to attend in the past to do so.

The Provost’s Office, Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and Human Resources are ​partnering to ​offer ​this training.​

​Please register by October 4, 2017. Follow this link to RSVP for the event:

Study Away Program Proposals Due Soon

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The DEADLINE for Study Away Program Proposals is COMING UP SOON! Don’t miss the chance to propose an off-campus course in the United States or abroad. The deadline is just a few weeks away: November 1st. You can learn more about the process and begin an online application on the CGEE website. If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Johnson at the Center for Global Education & Experience (CGEE):

Event Announcements

Homecoming 2017-Alumni Events

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On top of all of the great events for the student body to celebrate homecoming there are a ton of events that the entire Augsburg community is invited to take part in over Oct 12-14 and many of these events are free.

Check out Auggie Hours, Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, Homecoming dinner ($25), Reception for people in Faith majors or professions and a reception for Residence Life Alumni.

Also 8 Auggie talks, A Birthday Party for the Library, Taste of Augsburg and the Block Party ($10).

For more info or to register check out the website or you can contact the Alumni Office at x1085

Homecoming Website

Today: VP for Enrollment Management Campus Visit

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Our next Vice President for Enrollment Management candidate is on campus today. The open forum is from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Marshall Room. Following is the remote access information:

Topic: VPEM 10/10
Time: Oct 10, 2017 12:30 PM Central Standard Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Password: VPEM10/10

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,995154455# or +16465588656,,995154455#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 995 154 455
International numbers available:

Following are links to the candidate’s resume and cover letter (you must be logged in to access):

Cover letter:


After the open forum, please use the link below to provide feedback on the Oct. 10 Open Forum with VP for Enrollment Management Candidate B:

The feedback form for the Oct. 10 open forum session will be available as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, and will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.

MFA at Twin Cities Book Festival

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Howling Bird Press, the Augsburg MFA program’s student-run publishing house, will participate at the 2017 Twin Cities Book Festival at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 14, 10a-5p. The Twin Cities Book Festival is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. Look for us there!

Twin Cities Book Festival

Study abroad in spring semester – apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online here!

MAL 30th Anniversary Celebration

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The MA in Leadership Program is turning 30! Join us as we honor the MA in Leadership Program’s three decades of success, cultivating leaders who inspire others to dream more, do more and become more.

Leadership for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

To purchase tickets and confirm your spot, click on “Register for Homecoming” through Inside Augsburg. *MAL’s event will be listed towards the bottom.

Timeline of Events:
Registration & Check in: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner Program: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Dessert Social: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at or 612-330-1333.



Government & Non-Profit Career Fair

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Friday, October 20
10:00 AM-3:00 PM (come and stay for as long as you like)
U of M, Coffman Union
FREE and open to all students and alumni. Register through Handshake. The Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. Visit to see participating employers, schedule of events and more.


Make a Short Film for the Augsburg Spooky Film Fest

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Feeling haunted by the Halloween spirit? Call your friends and make a short horror film this fall! Augsburg University students are invited to submit their short films with spooky/scary content to be screened at the Augsburg Student Spooky Film Festival, hosted by Augsburg Art Club. The free screening will be held in Sateren Auditorium on Wed. October 25th, with popcorn and candy available. You will be able to vote on your favorite films at the end of the screening, and the filmmaker with the highest voted film will receive a prize. The time limit for films is 10 minutes, and films can be submitted by uploading a high-quality version of your work to Google Drive and then sharing it with Contact or with any questions!

Facebook event page

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

REGISTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

“Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation” Oct. 24

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On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Director of film, “Open Sesame” here TODAY

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The director of the film, “Open Sesame: The History of Seeds” M. Sean Kaminsky, will be here from NYC to show his film and speak on a panel with 2 Augsburg students who have worked with Dream of Wild Health on seed saving efforts this past year.

Tuesday, October 10th
6:00pm-Film screening
7:30pm-Panel discussion
Science #123-Augsburg University

Thank you to Professor Christina Erickson and Batalden funding, Professor Jacqui deVries, the Seward Co-op, the Organic Consumers Association, and the Sabo Center for making this event possible.

(2) $20 gift cards from the Seward Co-op will be raffled off at the culmination of the panel.

Thanks to the Seward Co-op for snacks.


Keeping Track of Auggies

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