Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Receives Certificate of Occupancy

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Last week, the Hagfors Center received the official certificate of occupancy, meaning that Augsburg now will take control of the building. There are a number of projects to complete within the building — including Installation of furniture, art, signage and information technology — before the campus has general access to the building and spring-term classes begin January 8, 2018.

One of those projects is the installation of the multi-story murals in the stairwells. Work on that project will begin in the west stairwell later this week.

This week’s post also includes updates and photos about the following:
>>Chapel doors
>>Community garden

See the full update for the week of November 13

Teaching and Learning

New Course: MUS242 Jazz Improvisation 1 offered this Spring

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Expand your musicality this spring by joining this experiential class focused on the improvisation techniques used by professional improvisers. The class will benefit anyone who plays an instrument or sings, and will help you improvise in any style of music. Email with any questions!

Applying for grad school? Come see URGO

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) staff is available to provide individualized advising for students and alumni who are applying to graduate school. Applying for graduate school requires planning and involves many details, so wherever you are at in the process – picking schools, studying for the GRE, or writing your personal statements – we encourage you to make an appointment with us at or 612-330-1446. URGO can provide resources and strategies to help you build your list of programs, prep for your GRE, and craft and tailor your application essays to put your best foot forward!

Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov 28 & 29

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URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @3:30 in the Marshall Room
November 29th @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships
In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact or call 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment.

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for a one-year, 2018-2019 academic year, post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical biomedical ethics as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is designed for individuals who plan to attend graduate or medical school and must receive their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 16, 2018.
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors. Letters should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director, by the recommender.

For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

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Dr. S. Bruce Benson, Associate Director of Professional Relations at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, brings his extensive experience as a pre-pharmacy advisor to Augsburg students. He currently supervises a mentoring course for first professional year pharmacy students and serves on the advisory committee for the state of Minnesota’s Health Professional Services Program. For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Tuesday, November 14
1-4 pm
Chemistry suite (3rd floor Science)

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2018 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-5 students will be selected. Each student will be placed with a faculty mentor for approximately 10 weeks. Students will participate in educational session on bioethics research and lunch meetings with faculty.
Interested applicants should apply to job posting 87872BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 12, 2018.
Candidates must attach the following to the online application:
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals & how bioethics research relates to those goals
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors
For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

URGO Research and Travel Grants

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of student research. Students who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for students who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.
Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien ( or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

General Announcements

Free veggies at Campus Cupboard + Donations Needed

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Hi everyone! Come to the Cupboard in the Foss Lobby to grab some veggies! They are located in the fridge!

Campus Cupboard is also in need of donations. Please consider donating to us if you’re willing and able to.

Here are some items we are in need of:
– Grains like dried pasta, instant rice
– Canned soups (any kind except tomato. We are stocked on tomato!)
– Proteins like small jars of peanut butter, beans, canned tuna and chicken
– Healthy snacks like granola bars, crackers, dried fruits, popcorn
– Baking supplies like sugar, salt, 2lb bags of flour, baking soda/powder
– Spices like paprika, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, etc
– Toothpaste, toothbrushes, pads, tampons, etc.

We are also taking clothing donations! Please drop off donations at Campus Ministry, the Welcome Desk in Christensen, or the Campus Cupboard table in the Foss Lobby.

Here are the Cupboard hours this week:
M 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
T 8am-1:40pm, 2pm-6pm
W 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
Th 8am-9:30am, 10am-1:45pm, 3:30pm-6pm
F 8am-9:15am 10am-6pm

Thank you!

Contact Janet at with any questions/comments/concerns.

Campus Cupboard is the food pantry on campus, open to all students and run by students. Help keep us open by donating groceries/clothing/ and other items!

Register Your Spring Internships by January 22nd

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The last day to register your spring internship or Augsburg Experience internship is January 22nd. Internship registration requires filling out 2 forms (an online form and a paper form.) You can access forms and instructions on our Internship Registration Guide.

Contact Emily Reinert at with questions.

Internship Registration Guide

Make Your Benefit Elections Now–It’s the final week of Open Enrollment

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We are in our final week of Open Enrollment: you’re only time outside of qualifying events to make any benefit changes and elections. Your current year’s elections will not carry-over to 2018 without action on your part. Please log in and make your elections now.

If you need more information, attend one of the last two benefit info sessions below:

· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

To view last week’s recorded session, please be logged into your Augsburg account and follow this link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or at 612.330.1602.

The Illusion of Inclusion

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This presentation will engage participants in a group discussion centered around theories, case studies and personal experiences to deconstruct and challenge traditional institutional practices of inclusion that breed tokenism. As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be provided with resources to employ the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to support diverse populations beyond demographic representation in inclusion practices.

Announcing Spring Musical Seeking Student Directors and Stage Managers

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The Augsburg University Music-Theatre Club will be presenting a fully student run Spring Musical, performance dates to be the beginning of March, 2018. The production will be “The Drowsy Chaperone”, music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, text by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
Any student interested in the role of student director, stage manager, or assistant stage manager, please contact Kandra Rudelius-Palmer ( or Briana Ekstrom ( for more information.
For any and all students interested in auditioning or being involved in tech or pit orchestra, we are very excited to work with you to create our first production! More information about auditions, rehearsals, and performances to come in the next few weeks.

The Music-Theatre Club

Event Announcements

Make it a December to Remember and Join Augsburg for A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie, Dec. 12th 6pm

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A Twin Cities holiday tradition that is not to be missed! Guthrie Theater continues their holiday tradition for the 43rd year. A special Auggie reception will be hosted in the Guthrie Theater Target Lounge starting at 6pm with yummy appetisers, and a chance to celebrate the holiday spirit with old friends and new!

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways– Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite.

Tickets are $35 and are available today here:


Don’t be a scrooge and miss out on this great event!


Are you a student interested in becoming a part of Advent Vespers?

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Be a part of one of the biggest celebrations at Augsburg! Each December, Augsburg students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends celebrate Advent at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis with word and song. Students can join the Liturgical Team and carry bells, candle, banner or torch as part of the Gospel Processional (if not already in the choir or orchestra).

Advent Vespers is the first Friday and Saturday in December, with services on Friday at 5pm and 8pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 5pm. Practices are on Tuesday at 4:30 pm and Thursday at 6:45 pm. Transportation for the liturgical team is provided between Augsburg campus and Central Lutheran Church, as well as some meals and snacks. Many past participants have commented on how meaningful their participation in Advent Vespers is – that they feel a true sense of the Auggie spirit.

Be a part of this fun and moving experience! For more information, stop by Campus Ministries in Foss 104 or contact Janice Dames at

SMART and AURA Collaborative Panel

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Augsburg’s SMART and AURA are collaborating to create a dialogue on the intersections of substance use/abuse and sexual misconduct. This panel will take place on Tuesday, November 21 from 6-8 pm in the Marshall Room. Join us to hear stories from SMART and AURA members, learn about Title IX, and be a part of this unique and necessary discussion. All Augsburg students, faculty and staff are invited! Snacks will be provided!

Faculty/Staff Appreciation sale at the Bookstore

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Faculty and Staff, mark your calendars for November 30-December 2 for our faculty/staff appreciation sale. All regular priced clothing, trade books, gifts and school spirit merchandise will be 40% off. This is a wonderful opportunity to get some new Augsburg University gear! It is also a perfect time to do your holiday shopping. Take advantage of this great discount as a thank you for your support of the bookstore throughout the year.

Shop during store hours:
Thursday Nov. 30: 9am – 5pm
Friday Dec.1: 9am – 5pm
Saturday Dec. 2: 10am – 2pm

Flu Shots TODAY – Tuesday 11/14

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If you did not get your flu shot yet or missed the earlier MVNA flu shot clinics you still have one more opportunity to get the flu shot on campus.The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus administering flu shots in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) TODAY – Tuesday 11/14/17 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Students with no insurance or needing financial assistance to get a flu shot, please contact the CWC office for information.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Live Holiday Music for your Party or Event

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There is no better way to warm up your holiday festivities than with holiday music performed by a live band. The Yuletide Tree-O is a group of professional jazz musicians, including Augsburg staff and alumni, that have put together a specialized holiday ensemble that works with any budget for any gathering. Check out the website to hear sample tracks, view the playlist, and contact with questions or booking requests.

Yuletide Tree-O!

Wanted: House Plant Donations by 11 AM, Thursday, Nov. 16

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I am gathering donations of smaller house plants that clean the air to give away to students, staff, and faculty this Thursday, Nov. 17. If you have some baby spider plants, aloe, peace lily, or snake plant/Mother-in-Law’s tongue to give away, please contact Christy Mattingly at or ext. 1387.

Plants will be given away as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout in the Christensen lobby from noon- 1 PM on Thursday.