Friday, October 21, 2016
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Teaching and Learning

No Friday Hours Today in the Writing Lab

Because the library closes early on Friday (Mid-term break), the WL will be closed Friday. You can get help, though, on Sunday this week during regular lab hours. Just show up with a hard copy of your work in progress.

Again, these are the regular hours for fall term:

Mondays - 11:10 - 1:40; 6:30 - 9:30
Tuesdays - 12:30 - 3; 3:30 - 6; 7:30 - 10
Wednesdays - 3:30 - 6; 6:30 - 9
Thursdays - 12:30 - 3; 3:30 - 6; 7:30 - 10
Fridays - 4 - 6:30 (Note: the Library will close at 5 this Friday for midterm break so there will be no WL hours on 10/ 21).)
Sundays - 5 - 8

Questions? Please contact Kathryn Swanson, English Department

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General Announcements

Amazon Packages

Attention Students/Faculty/Staff,

Please address all Amazon packages to 731 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454 with your first and last name. We have found packages being dropped off around campus by Amazon delivery drivers. We at Shipping/Receiving have no way of tracking these packages or knowing they have been delivered if they do not come through our facility.

Thank you,
Shipping/Receiving Team
731 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

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Fair Labor Standards Act Information

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Changes to this law, effective December 1, 2016, include increasing the salary threshold required for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime.

Human Resources has worked with supervisors and the President's Leadership Team to develop a plan that enables Augsburg to comply with changes to the FLSA. To learn more about the changes to FLSA and the types of positions that may be impacted, please refer to the Augsburg College FAQ's

Additional information about the FLSA can be found on the Department of Labor website:

Employees who are in positions impacted by the change in FLSA will be contacted by their supervisor by October 31. Because there are special provisions for higher education, faculty and others in positions whose primary duty is teaching will not be affected by these changes.

Human Resources will be hosting meetings to update employees about the new regulations and provide guidance on record-keeping requirements, how to determine compensable time, and Augsburg's pre-approval requirement for working overtime. These sessions will be held in the Marshall Room on:
November 3rd from 10-11 am
November 14th from 9-10 am
November 15th from 1-2 pm

All are welcome to attend.

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AISES National Conference Volunteers Needed

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is seeking volunteers for the National Conference held at the Minneapolis Convention Center this year November 8-12, 2016. The goal is to provide an opportunity for everyone to contribute to another successful AISES National Conference. Volunteers will receive a discount on National Conference registration in the form of one free day pass or a discount on full conference registration. We request volunteers commit to a full time slot within the iVolunteer database. Each slot is approximately 4 hours in length. With that commitment, volunteers will be provided a volunteer shirt and entry to the conference on the day of volunteering.

Please take a few minutes to sign up to be a AISES National conference volunteer. To see volunteer opportunities and to sign up, please go to:

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Event Announcements

2016 Government and Non-Profit Career Fair

All Augsburg students and alumni are invited to attend the 2016 Government and Nonprofit Career Fair on Friday, October 28 at the U of M.

Event Details:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (you don't need to attend for the entire time)
Friday Oct 28, 2016
Coffman Memorial Union at the U of M
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to all Augsburg students and alumni. To learn more about the fair, visit .

To register, visit the Strommen Center webpage and click on the blue registration button. *Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 26.
Contact Keith Munson at with any questions.

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Happening at Cedar Commons

NEXT TUESDAY, October 25, 4:30-6:30pm

This often feels like a heavy time in the world and many of us are right in the thick of very difficult conversations about all that is not working, sometimes feeling hopeless and discouraged. When the road to racial justice seems so long, it can be hard to picture what smaller manifestations/short-term examples of justice look like, making it difficult to continue the work beyond daily survival. 

In a college setting, we often think about racial justice work in terms of what to say and what not to say. Maybe we've been a part of protests responding to racial injustices but wondered what to do when everyone goes home. While that work is all incredibly important, the work of racial justice reaches beyond language and protest and our Twin Cities are full of powerful examples to learn from.

What does the slow, less-sexy, movement building/systems change work look like? How do artists and cultural workers play a role? How do people navigate an inside (within institutions) game and an outside (outside of institutions) game? How do we shift the balance of power in our communities? In this conversation, we want to lift up some of those stories of victory and change and power that sometimes seem hard to imagine!

PANELISTS: Nestor Garcia (15 Now Minnesota), Owen Duckworth (Council for Metropolitan Stability), Terri Thao (Nexus Community Partners, BCLI), Nicole M. Smith (Radical Healing Artist)

Hosted by: The LEAD Fellows cohort.

NEXT THURSDAY, October 27, 6:30-8:30pm

This year, every 4th Thursday we will host a training/skill-building opportunity, better equipping our community to take action around issues that matter to us! Next week we will host a training about 1:1 relational meetings as a tool for connecting across differences and building power. Come learn and build with us! Light snacks with be provided.

Do you have to be a person of faith to come? No! We welcome everyone who's interested in discussing experiences of faith and spirituality and how they intersect with the issues we care about.

For more info about Interfaith @ Cedar Commons, join our Facebook group: "Interfaith @ Cedar Commons" 

CEDAR COMMONS (2001 Riverside Ave. S., Below Trinity)

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Boren Info Session 10/24: Funding for Study Abroad

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend!

Boren Scholarship Information Session with Boren national representative
When: Monday, October 24
3:15 - 4:15: Presentation on Boren Scholarship Program
4:15 - 5: Time for questions with representative
Where: Sverdrup 206
Hosts: URGO and CGEE Off-Campus Studies

We are fortunate to have a Boren representative coming to campus on Monday, October 24. Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (who must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

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Seminary and Divinity Day

Attention Students!

Are you thinking about the possibility of attending theological graduate school? Do you see yourself expanding your knowledge of theology or having a religion-related career?

Then we have an event for you!

On Thursday, October 27 Augsburg College will be hosting this year's Seminary and Divinity School Day. This year's theme is, "Stewarding God's Call," and is a day for all students considering the possibility of future theological study to gather with students from other colleges in similar discernment stages to meet with representatives from seminary and divinity schools from all around the country!

Note that 18 top notch seminary and divinity schools have already confirmed attendance!

You can view the schedule on our website and find what parts of the day work for you to attend at

Whether you're curious to test the waters of Seminary and 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. Come, join us at Augsburg on October 27 to contemplate how you are stewarding God's call for you in the world!

If can come to any part of the day, please REGISTER at:

Additionally, if you have any questions at all, feel free to email the Christensen Center for Vocation Student Assistant Emily at

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Leads: Social Stats for Decision Makers

Augsburg Leads: Social Stats for Decision Makers

Professor Milo Schield (Dept. Business Administration) gave an invited workshop in Berlin for an invited round-table of international statistical educators (IASE) in July. He argued that most students taking statistics would be better served with a course that focused more on the social statistics typically used by decision makers. He noted that Augsburg had pioneered in developing such a course: Statistical Literacy for Managers. He argued that this type of course should be supported by statistical educators as an alternative to the traditional research-methods course. In an anonymous poll, 69% of the attendees agreed. In a separate paper presented at the American Statistical Association in August, Milo reported on the course evaluations by Augsburg students: 61% agreed that this course "should be required by all students for graduation." This combination of support by teachers and appreciation by students opens the door for a new kind of course. Wiley Publishing has contracted with Milo to produce a textbook for this course tentatively titled "Social Statistics for Decision Makers.

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