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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Kennedy, Ice Arena and Si-Melby shutdown

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On Monday, July 30 from 12AM-8PM the Facilities Management Department has a planned power outage scheduled for the Kennedy, Ice Arena and Si-Melby buildings.

Buildings will be locked at 10PM on Sunday, July 29 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 31 at 7AM. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bryan with Facilities Management at

Teaching and Learning

Paideia 2018 Invitational –Friday

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This year’s Paideia Invitational will be held on Friday, July 27, and is an opportunity for community members to learn about Paideia through participation in a seminar. This year, we are excited to be reading Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” a spoken word poem that has been presented as a Ted Talk and reprinted as a book. We ask that all participants read this short poem in advance of the seminar and complete the Reading Guide. Your completed Reading Guide is your ticket into the seminar circle.

Invitational Schedule
9:15 – 9:30 am Registration and Introductions
9:30 – 11:15 am Welcome and Seminar: “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch in the Commons (on us)
12:45 – 2:00 pm Breakout seminars led by returning participants

To register for this free event, please email Anne Kaufman at to indicate whether you will be able to join us for lunch. The seminar reading and reading guide will be sent with your confirmation. We hope to seminar with you soon.

Invitation: Digital Scholarship Discussion, Aug. 1 @ 1 PM

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Open invitation for anyone curious about digital scholarship* (DS) to gather on Wednesdays, August 1, 8 & 15 from 1- 2 PM.

Location: Lindell 202

Possible topics:

1. What is digital scholarship? How is it different from traditional scholarship?
2. What is the difference between “digital humanities” and “digital scholarship”?
3. What types of digital scholarship work is already happening on campus?
4. What ideas do you have for digital scholarship projects? Are any of them interdisciplinary? Do they have the potential to reach beyond the boundaries of the campus?
5. What tools and resources are available to the Augsburg community for creating these types of projects?
6. What DS examples might serve as useful resources for your courses?
7. What marketable skills could students gain from working on DS projects?

*Some examples of digital scholarship include:

• storytelling platforms
• a gallery of primary resources
• data visualizations
• mapping projects
• network visualizations
• computer-aided text analysis
• long-form, media-rich narratives
• getting published on

General Announcements

Commencement 2019 – one ceremony, new venue, new time

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The following email was sent Wednesday from the Provost.

Faculty, staff, and students:

I write to share some exciting changes in the structure, venue, and date of Augsburg’s 2019 Commencement. In 2019, there will be just one ceremony, inclusive of all undergraduate and graduate program graduates. It will be held on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m., in U.S. Bank Stadium.

This change pushes Augsburg’s commencement out by one week, as the Spring Term concludes on May 3 and commencement ceremonies have historically been held that weekend. We do not know, at present, whether we will hold future commencements on this schedule. In the upcoming year, it was the best available option.

In making this change, we respond to consistent concerns raised by graduating students regarding the limited number of tickets available for their family and friends—concerns we have thus far been unable to resolve, even with two separate ceremonies. This past spring, members of the Day Student Government asked that we move Augsburg’s commencement ceremonies off-campus in order to address this persistent issue. That request initiated a review of options that led to this decision.

The change will enable all graduates, their families, their friends, and members of the Augsburg community to celebrate together. U.S. Bank Stadium has been used as a commencement venue by other local institutions, reportedly with great success. And even though we will use only part of the stadium, the dramatic increase in the total available seats will ensure our ability to meet the needs of our graduating students.

It is true that the change will require that we rethink some established practices and traditions. There will be many details to work out in the months ahead. Soon, the Commencement Committee will begin meeting with people, departments, and offices we know will be impacted by the change. We also invite your questions and concerns, which can be forwarded to the Committee using the online Commencement Date Change Submission Form.

For now, please note the change on your calendars and know that additional information will be forthcoming.

We will use the site to post FAQs and other information as it becomes available.

Warm regards,

Karen Kaivola
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Commencement Date Change Submission Form

Event Announcements

Come to the Redeemer Block Party on Aug. 15!

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For further information, contact Redeemer: 612.374.4139

16th Annual Block Party in the Harrison Neighborhood
An annual gathering promoting community, health, and fun

Redeemer Lutheran Church invites everyone from throughout the Metro to the 16th Annual Block Party on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The celebration will be at Redeemer, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis. Join us for free, delicious foods, including produce from the community garden, grilled burgers and hot dogs, roasted corn, fresh, homemade pizza from the Harrison neighborhood outdoor bread oven, watermelon, ice cream and cotton candy. Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and activities for every age, all individuals, and entire families. There will be a “bouncing house,” dunk tank, face painting and games for the children. See the displays from the many community organizations.

The “Annual Block Party brings neighbors together in an event that inspires and grows wonderful relationships and ongoing engagement among North Minneapolis neighbors and friends from surrounding communities,” says Kelly Chatman, Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, which has been a vital part of the Harrison neighborhood for over 100 years and its non-profit partner, Redeemer Center for Life, has been active there nearly 20 years. “With our neighbors and partners, Redeemer offers attainable housing, health programs, and entrepreneurial opportunities that break the cycle of poverty and open a door to new possibilities, adds Chatman. “Together, we advance the vision of a beloved community, where everybody matters, each child is valued, and the world is a place of safety and belonging.” More than 800 people attend the Annual Block Party hosted by Redeemer and its many partners.

Everyone is welcome to the 16th Annual Block Party on Wednesday evening, August 15! Bring an appetite and be ready for fun. Come; share in the vibrant relationships and life of the Harrison neighborhood and North Minneapolis.

Redeemer’s Block Party Facebook page

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