Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Fitness Centers Closed March 28

Both the Haglund and Messerer Fitness Centers will be closed on Saturday, March 28 due to the Annual Powwow.

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Lot K Closed Saturday, March 28

Please note that Lot K (the ice arena lot) will be closed for the following dates and times:
From midnight Friday, March 27th until 10 p.m. Saturday, March 28th

Everyone will be expected to have their cars removed from this lot during the times listed above. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in a ticket or tow of the vehicle at the vehicle owners expense. If you have any questions feel free to call DPS at 612-330-1717.

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Teaching and Learning

Join the Co-curricular Assessment Subcommittee

Seeking nominations for co-curricular assessment subcommittee

Are you curious about assessment of student learning? Do you wish you had better insights into what our students are learning through the co-curriculum at Augsburg? Do you dream of having evidence you can use to inform your programming for students? Would you enjoy being part of a group charged with bringing a greater focus to this work at Augsburg?

If so - we invite you to nominate yourself (or someone else) for a newly-formed group focused on co-curricular assessment of student learning. We are seeking diverse perspectives from a variety of co-curricular areas on campus. Extensive assessment experience is not required, but we hope you will bring openness to learning and a passion for growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

Committee charge:
Supporting the implementation of an established strategy for co-curricular assessment and supporting campus colleagues in growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

To nominate, please complete the online form here by April 24:

Questions? Contact Michael Grewe, Maggie Heier, or Katy Risner - members of the Augsburg College Assessment Committee.

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Thinking of Graduate School? Learn More - March 30

Graduate School: Deciding if it's right for you, finding a good fit, and getting yourself in the door.

Monday, March 30th
OGC 100 @ 3pm

Come join us for an information session about graduate school and how best to prepare yourself for the application process. Plus, get the inside scoop from Augsburg Graduate Admissions and The University of Minnesota Graduate Admissions! Students from all majors are invited to attend. Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, if you are thinking of attending graduate school in the future, this is an event you don't want to miss!

If you cannot attend the information session, please email to set up an individual appointment and check out our website for more graduate school application advice:

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General Announcements

Food Service Specials

Thursday 3/26/15

The Nabo Special of the Day Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

There are Doughnut Breakfast Sandwiches in the Commons Today!

There is a Pho Bar in The Commons Today!

Today we will be having an Iron Chef Competition in The Commons. Teams of two people will come up with their best recipe to compete against the Chef! Come out and watch at 11:15am!

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ACTC Bus Service to be Discontinued For Fall

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (Augsburg, Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas) have decided to discontinue shuttle service between our campuses at the end of the current academic year, according to a previous A-mail post by Karen Kaivola, provost and chief academic officer. This decision was reached after a year of conversation. In the course of this conversation, it became clear the ACTC shuttle, while providing real convenience to many members of our communities, has become unaffordable and unsustainable. The final day for the ACTC shuttle will be May 2.

Augsburg and ACTC remain committed to cross-registration and will continue to support students who wish to pursue opportunities to study on member campuses. Indeed, we are fortunate to be located in a vibrant urban setting with so many sustainable and affordable transportation options, which include the new Green Line, recently improved local bus routes, and car- and bike-sharing programs.

Augsburg will continue to support and work with local organizations, including Metro Transit, HOURCAR, Car2Go, and NiceRide to make available a range of affordable, sustainable transportation options for students, faculty, and staff.

If you have questions or concerns regarding cross registration, please contact the Registrar's Office, For questions about inter-campus transit, contact Ann Garvey, vice president of Student Affairs at

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Study Pottery in Guatemala: Info in CC on 3/26

Stop by Christiansen Lobby Thursday, March 26th to learn more about "Pottery and Mayan Spirituality" a faculty-led study abroad program in Guatemala coming up over winter break next year! You can meet Robert Tom, professor in Art, to hear more about the experience and ask questions.

Initial details are available online here!

Scholarships are now available! Apply early for CGE scholarships for short-term programs available here:

Also, those who have complete applications by May 15 will be entered to win $500 off the program cost!

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MFA Program Announces New Director, Derek Nikitas

Derek Nikitas, the Edgar Award-nominated author of two novels, Pyres and The Long Division, both from St. Martin's Press, and Extra Lives, a Young Adult novel forthcoming from Polis Books, will join the Augsburg College MFA Program as the MFA's new program director, beginning in August 2015.

Nikitas will be in town for the AWP Conference April 9-11 and will visit the program during the Summer Residency.

He has served as the director of the low-residency MFA Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University, and has previously taught creative writing at the State University of New York at Brockport, and the University of Rhode Island.

His short fiction has appeared in The Ontario Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Chelsea, Washington Square, New South and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD in English from Georgia State University.

Nikitas will succeed the Augsburg MFA's first director, Cass Dalglish, who will return to the classroom in the fall, continuing to serve as a mentor in the MFA and and a professor in the undergraduate creative writing program.

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Food Service Hours

Thursday 3/26/15

Nabo is open from 7:30am-8:00pm.

Einsteins is open from 7:30am-9:00pm with the Late Night Menu starting at 7:00pm.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7:00pm. Market Place is serving Cheese Burgers, French Fries, Sesame Green Beans, and Sweet Potato Mash. Vege is serving Horseradish Potatoes, Rice with Lime and Cilantro, Carrots with Sesame Dressing, and Garden Black Bean Veggie Burgers.

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It's Fulbright Week - Alumni Stories, Info Lunches

This week URGO is highlighting the Fulbright US program that provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs abroad. During their year abroad, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Check out how to learn more about this prestigious opportunity!

Augsburg Fulbright Stories: Each day this week, URGO will be posting the story on our website of an Augsburg alum who lived abroad through this program ( Follow us on twitter @AugsburgURGO or like Augsburg URGO on Facebook to find these stories!

Information Lunches - Pizza Luce:
Thursday, March 26th @11:30 in SVE 102
Friday, March 27th @12:30 in Lindell 301 (with Heidi Le '10, ETA to Vietnam)

Where are they now? Check out the posters around campus to see what exciting things Augsburg alums have gone on to do after their Fulbright year!

If you cannot make it to an information session, but are interested in the program, please contact URGO at or stop in at Science 152 for more information.

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$8K Scholarship - Study Marketing in Norway Fall '15

$8,000 Scholarship to study Marketing in Norway this Fall. Apply by April 1 (sooner to secure your spot)

Through the generous support of the High North Fellowship Grant, the Norwegian government and Harstad University College are offering a scholarship to two (2) Augsburg College students to participate in their English-language Advanced Marketing Program in Fall 2015.

The grant consists of a travel stipend of NOK 9,700 (approx., $1500 USD) plus a stipend of NOK 48,500 (approx., $5500 USD). Grantees will also receive $1000 grant in addition to all financial aid received through Augsburg College (Federal & State grants, loans, and Augsburg Aid).

* Junior or Senior Standing in Fall 2014
* Successful completion of Micro and/or Macro Economics and Principles of Marketing by Fall 2015.
* 3.0 min. GPA
* Fluency in English
* Complete Application by April 1, 2015.

Course Equivalency: Courses taken at Harstad University College will be registered as Augsburg Courses with the following equivalencies:

* MKT 466-International Marketing | 4 cr.
* MKT 355-Marketing Communications| 4 cr.
* MKT 350-Consumer Behavior | 4 cr.
* MKT 499-Topics: Business-to-Business Marketing & Branding | 4 cr.

The program will form a good basis for the student's first step towards a position in a market-oriented organization in fields of retailing, travel and tourism, export and international enterprises.

Contact Leah Spinosa de Vega | for more info.
Grantees will be chosen based 1st on eligibility requirements and then 1st apply, 1st awarded basis. Apply Today!

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AWP Women's Caucus Reading on April 8

Join the AWP Women's Caucus on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30p for a reading by poets Joy Harjo and Natalie Diaz with an introduction by Augsburg MFA Mentor Heid Erdrich. Sateren Auditorium; free!

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EDGE Scholarship Applications Due Tomorrow

The Travelers EDGE Program at Augsburg has provided professional development opportunities and scholarships to several Augsburg students over the course of the last 4 years and we are currently accepting applications from first-year students.

Five students will be named Travelers EDGE scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each Scholar will receive a $2,500 scholarship and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the Insurance and Financial Services industry by participating in several professional development workshops.

Recipients must meet the following criteria:

1. Graduate of a Twin Cities metro area public high school (priority will be given to graduates of St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and college access program participants)
2. Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
3. Full-time undergraduate with first-year status, enrolled in the Day Program at Augsburg
4. Minimum GPA of 3.0
5. Demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)
6. Applicants may have any major, but should demonstrate interest in exploring careers in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry (including business, economics, mathematics, computer science, and related fields).
7. Willing and available to participate in Augsburg Travelers EDGE Program events and activities, such self-assessments, career preparation workshops, job shadows, networking opportunities, and outreach to K-12 partner schools in St. Paul.

For more information or a copy of the application, please contact Janet Morales at or 612-330-1792. Applications are due on Friday, March 27.

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Democracy's Education - Boyte Book Event

The Augsburg College Department of Education and Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship invite you to a celebration of "Democracy's Education," a new book collection edited by Harry C. Boyte, senior scholar of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

This event will feature Special Education at Augsburg College and its partners as outstanding examples of equipping students to change the world of work as civic innovators and citizen leaders.

Tuesday, March 31
4:00-6:00 p.m.
East Commons, Christensen Center

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Event Announcements

Call for Entries: All-Student Juried Show - TODAY

The Art Galleries invite all currently enrolled Augsburg Students to enter work in the juried exhibition.

Artwork Drop off: Christensen Center Art Gallery
Thursday, March 26, 2 - 5 p.m.

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Register NOW - Etiquette Dinner (Alum/Students)

Learn basic etiquette skills to help you make a great first impression and land a job or internship. Join our guest speaker Deenna Latus, Certified Etiquette Consultant, alumni, and students. The evening will be interactive and fun!

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Center, Room 303/305


Sponsored by: Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, Augsburg Business Organization, Athletic Department

Questions: Call 612-330-1148 or email

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Focused Conversations: TODAY & Next Week

The second Focused Conversation session facilitated by Beth Reissenweber, chief financial officer and vice president for Finance and Administration, and addressing the question, "What do our financial indicators tell us about the Augsburg story?" is TODAY at 3:40 p.m. in OGC 100. Click this link to add the session to your calendar:

Next week, on Monday and Tuesday, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Karen Kaivola and History Professor and Director of General Education Jacqui deVries will lead Focused Conversation discussions about the academic program. Those sessions will offer an opportunity to touch upon multiple topics relative to the academic program, including:
* Our current curriculum and institutional distinction;
* Strategies for living even more fully into our promise to educate students for lives of purpose;
* Implications of our new learning outcomes;
* National conversations on preparing students for a world of "unscripted problems;"
* Strategies for revisiting general education requirements.

Following are the two Focused Conversation sessions on the academic program. (Click the link to add the session to your calendar.)

Monday, March 30, 3:40 p.m. - Lindell 301 -
Tuesday, March 31, 3:40 p.m. - Marshall -

These sessions, and the All Hands calendar for the remainder of the academic year, are posted on the All Hands page: . (You must be logged in to access that page.)

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Auggies Connect with Employers - April 9

Auggies Connect with Employers
Thursday, April 9th (3:00-5:00 p.m.)
(Come and stay for a few minutes or the entire time)
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center

All are welcome! Dress attire - casual

Wonder what types of careers there are in non-profit organizations? There are many openings available from technology, marketing, business, accounting, psychology, social work, etc. Stop by for an informal meet and greet with representatives from United Way, Lutheran Social Services, Finnegan's, Anoka County and Hennepin County. Ask questions on your job or internship search and/or have your resume critiqued.

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Daily Chapel Series: "Our Work"

Chapel Series: "Our Work: What Does God Have to Do with It?" continues today at 11:30am: Pastor Jane Buckley-Farlee, Trinity Lutheran Congregation, preaching.

Series Concludes:
Friday 3/27 @ 10:40am: Sr. Margaret McGuirk preaching, Executive Director Centro Guadalupano, Holy Rosary - Santo Rosario Catholic Church

Week of March 30-April 3: Holy Week - Posture of Prayer Series
Monday 3/30 @ 10:40am: Dr. Mary Lowe preaching
Tuesday 3/31 @ 11:30am: Dr. Russell Kleckley preaching
Wednesday 4/1 @ 10:40am: Service of Holy Communion, Pastor Sonja Hagander preaching
Thursday 4/2 11:30am: Maundy Thursday, President Paul Pribbenow preaching
Friday 4/3: Good Friday - Augsburg Closed/No Chapel Service

We gather in Hoversten Chapel - All are welcome!

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Minneapolis Remodeling Expo: Free Tickets in HR

The 2015 Minneapolis Remodeling Expo is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center from April 10-12th. See what's new for building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping your home.

Don't miss this opportunity--a limited number of free tickets are available in HR!

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MayKao Hang Featured Speaker for April 9

Students, Faculty & Staff,

Maykao Hang,CEO & President of the Wilder Foundation is presenting here at Augsburg April 9, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Sateren Auditorium.
The topic for Dr. Hang's presentation is Journey of 1000 Miles. She will discuss her vocation and the connection to her education, career, and what lessons and advice she would share to her younger self about the right pathway to choose. She will also share her personal leadership journey from an immigrant and first generation college student to a successful career.

The Clair & Gladys Strommen Executive Speaker Series hosts three presentations per year, and is in its fifth year. The series is an opportunity to invite key regional leaders to share their vocation and expertise with Augsburg College students, alumni, staff, faculty and the greater community. All are warmly invited to join us. RSVP at, or email

More information is found here:

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Popular Educator from Cuba to Speak on Campus

The Center for Global Education and Experience is pleased to announce an upcoming visitor, Carmen Nora Hernandez Chavez from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center (MLKC) in Havana, Cuba.

She is a popular educator, an expert on gender issues, and one of the founding members of the MLKC. As part of the MLKC, she coordinates and imparts training workshops to people involved in community projects throughout Cuba. Mrs. Hernandez Chavez has also worked as a consultant, researcher, and advisor on gender issues and the implementation of community projects for the United Nations Development Program and other international NGO's in Cuba and other Latin American countries.

CGEE partners extensively with the MLKC on study abroad programs in Cuba, so we are excited to host Mrs. Hernandez Chavez on this stop of her U.S. speaking tour.

She will make a short presentation and host a discussion on popular education and other Cuba-related topics on March 31 from 12-1 in the Augsburg Room of the Christensen Center. Feel free to bring your lunch. While an RSVP is NOT required, please consider emailing us at if you plan to attend.

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Food and Organic Farming Film Next Tuesday

Tierralismo-Cuban film on agroecology and panel discussion with:

Atina Diffley-Organic farmer and owner of Gardens of Eagan
Beth Dooley-well known food writer who took a trip to Cuba this January
Rob Czernik-food activist and member of Food Not Bombs

When: Tuesday, March 31st
Where: Science #123
Time: 7:00pm

Sponsored by: Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and Campus Kitchen in cooperation with Professor Jenny Hanson, Film Studies at Augsburg.

The Tierralismo Good Earth Film screenings of the recently released documentary, Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm. Part of the AMI Cuba catalogue, Tierralismo is about the history and practices of one of Cuba's most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). Tierralismo, introduces viewers to everyone from agronomists and senior management to workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity - farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers - has become a source of pride to coop members.

Tierralismo also covers non-farming aspects of the operation, such as human resources and accounting practices. In a land where financial resources are scarce and governmentally controlled, transparency and trust are paramount. Many of the coop's members have come from other fields - including a former pathologist, a fisherman, and an oil-industry worker. More than half are seniors - including an 82-year-old who says when it comes to hoeing, he can outwork anyone in their twenties. This is a film not only about the food and the farm but the characters who make it happen.

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Copyright and Visual Art, Friday at Noon in OGC 103

Ever wonder if you are allowed to copy a photo of a painting for use in your PowerPoint? Have you wanted to copy an image to use in your own artwork? The College Art Association just released a "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts" to help you navigate the Copyright Law in instances like this.

The library is hosting a brown bag lunch and webinar to introduce the new CAA Code this Friday at Noon in OGC 103.

You can read more about it here:

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