January 14, 2013


Auggies encouraged to be mindful of their health during flu season

A national rise in flu cases has garnered recent media attention and while the current strain of the flu virus is less virulent than the H1N1 virus of several years ago, it’s important to remember that any flu can easily spread from person to person. The College has posted an article to Inside Augsburg with recommendations for staying healthy and preventing the spread of flu.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation is January 21

Augsburg College will continue its tradition of honoring the calling of one of the United States’ visionary civil rights leaders on Monday, January 21, by hosting the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. The presentation “Searching for MLK: A provocative exploration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” will take place at 1 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel and will include thought-provoking archival images, song, movement, and written excerpts.

Individuals who opt to follow the event on Twitter can do so by using the hashtag #MLKConvocation and can participate in a real-time discussion with others who may be tweeting during the event.

Augsburg hosts second Native Youth Visit Day

Augsburg hosted Native Visit Day last week. It was the second campus visit event this year to welcome Native American students in grades 6-12 to tour the College, to hear how post secondary education can impact their futures, and to learn about financial aid. Last year, Olympian Billy Mills–a member of the Oglala Lakota nation–visited Augsburg for the event, and he spoke to 250 students.

Register for Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Students, staff, and faculty members have the opportunity to hear from international, national, and state leaders on topics related to peace and peacemaking March 8-10, 2013 at the 25th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota.

The program offers tracks related to business, arts and music, science and health, education, and global studies. Key speakers include:

  • 2011 Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist and the first Arab woman to win the prize.
  • Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Peace Laureate, an economist and a leading proponent of the microcredit movement.
  • Dr. Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health, and a leading thinker on health and human rights. He also serves as chair of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.
  • Robin Wright, journalist, author and foreign policy analyst.

To register, visit the Nobel Peace Prize Forum website. The Augsburg community–students, faculty, and staff–can attend for a discounted price. Student tickets are $10. Augsburg faculty and staff tickets are half price when purchased using the promo code listed in the January 15 edition of the Daily A-mail.


January 14 ACTC bus service resumes for Spring 2013 semester. Service will run through May 24, 2013.

January 15 — Legacy Student Reception for families with multiple Auggies, hosted by Alumni and Constituent Relations, 5:30-7 p.m., Augsburg House

January 21 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

January 31 Book reading by Jack El-Hai, MFA Creative Writing mentor, 6:30 p.m., Admissions Lounge, Christensen Center

Concerts and recitals: Student concerts and recitals occur throughout the year. See the full listing of dates, times, locations.

Augsburg athletic events are listed on the Athletic Department calendar.


The community gathers from 10:20 to 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Chapel is from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

On Saturdays of Augsburg for Adults classes, Chapel is from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m.

The schedule for Chapel is:

  • Tuesday, January 15: Celebration Tanzania — Music and reflection from Noel Petit who spent Fall term in Tanzania
  • Wednesday, January 16
    • 10:20 a.m. – Pastor Sonja Hagander
    • 9:09 p.m. – Songs and Communion
  • Thursday, January 17: Mark Tranvik
  • Friday, January 18: Pastor Dave Wold


Auggies telling our story – Members of the Augsburg community can help tell the story of the College in many ways, every day. Be sure to submit your events, news, and kudos to A-mail and consider sharing the Augsburg story by posting to your personal Facebook page some of the news from our community. Take a moment to check out some of these neat Auggie stories:

Augsburg partnership with Travelers EDGE hailed as ‘a model on the cutting edge’

Fourth-year Augsburg College student Mai Yang Vue ’13 and Augsburg’s Travelers EDGE Program were featured in the recent Star Tribune article, “Travelers Companies tries to close gap to college.” Augsburg has been a Travelers EDGE partner institution since 2010. The program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students attending college, to help students to graduate from college, and to build awareness of careers in the insurance and financial services industries.

Chris Stedman ’08 interviewed on MPR

On January 7, Augsburg alumnus Chris Stedman ’08 discussed his new book, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, on MPR’s The Daily Circuit radio program. The interview with Stedman–who is the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard–was one of MPR’s most emailed stories later in the day, and a review of Faitheist was also published  by the Huffington Post. Stedman previously was featured in the Spring 2011 Augsburg Now article “Talking about faith and values.”

Nancy Fischer presents on The Social Life of Secondhand Clothes

Augsburg College Sociology Associate Professor Nancy Fischer last week presented on The Social Life of Secondhand Clothes to a sold-out crowd at the Turf Club. Fischer was joined by copresenter Hayley Bush, owner of Lula Vintage Wear, in exploring the definition and history of vintage clothing through the centuries. The event was hosted as part of the Minnesota History Center’s History of Hip series.

Jeni Falkman Grangaard examines the role higher education plays in faith formation

Jeni Falkman Grangaard ’02 views faith formation as a slow-moving process. In a recent blog post, the Auggie pastor described the ways in which Augsburg College’s faculty members, pastors, and study abroad opportunities helped her discover a new way of faith that led her to appreciate her neighbors. Falkman Grangaard said she began to see the “beauty in the faith of another, and relished in the grace of God that goes beyond culture and creed,” while enrolled at the College. Falkman Grangaard was featured in the Spring 2012 Augsburg Now feature article “We Are Called. Auggie Pastors.”

Matthew Beckman discusses research at Carleton College

Augsburg College Biology Assistant Professor Matthew Beckman explained the lab research he and his Augsburg College students are conducting on water fleas during a Carleton College biology event on January 7. Beckman’s lab studies the neural mechanism of movement in Daphnia magna.

Health Commons at Dar Ul-Quba featured in Mogadishu Times

A Mogadishu Times article from December described how the Health Commons at Dar Ul-Quba promotes health and wellness in the Cedar-Riverside community. Learn about Augsburg’s involvement at the Health Commons on the College’s Master of Arts in Nursing website.

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