Public Safety and Facilities Announcements
Tree Trimming - Monday, March 17
Please take extra care: Tree trimmers will be around campus next Monday, March 17. They will be working in the quad and other areas.
Lot Closure - Monday, March 10
LOT B & E CLOSED MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NOON:
Lot B (large lot South Urness/Mort) and E (small lot North of Mortensen) will be closed beginning Monday night (March 10) at 10 p.m. through Tuesday morning (March 11) at 12 p.m.
Vehicles must be moved to the other approved residential parking lots such as Lots F (Anderson/Luther), and Lot L (behind dome)
This lot closure is at the request of students who have reported the frustrations of the difficult snow conditions for parking in the lot. Closing the lot and removing all vehicles for this time will allow facilities crews to do a full snow removal and clean up the lot.
Vehicles left in the parking lot will be ticketed and towed at the owner/operator expense. Public Safety will do their best to call vehicle owners before towing. We do this by looking up registered license plates. Please make sure to review that your vehicle information and cell phone are updated in the Parking Services system though Inside Augsburg.
Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult winter.
Teaching and Learning
Do you need some help
building/editing your hybrid course Moodle site?
planning the online components of your hybrid course?
creating engaging forum discussion assignments?
devising relevant online assignments?
For individualized help:
Contact Dan McGuire or Bonnie Tensen OR
Come to Lindell 119 Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Mpls Campus Building Accessibility Audits
The Accessibility at Augsburg Committee invites campus community members to help with physical accessibility audits for five buildings on the Minneapolis campus.
We have self-audits set up for five buildings. Each group is capped at 10. Please go to:
Please select a tour from one of the options - make note of the date, time and gathering location. Groups will audit their specific buildings in order to identify barriers to accessibility. If capacity for a tour is reached, that date will be removed from the list.
MNUDL Middle School Championships March 19 and 20
Looking for volunteer hours? Need extra credits for class?
Volunteer with the MN Urban Debate League! Be a judge at our Middle School Championships held at the U of M West Bank on March 19 or March 20, from 3:15 - 6:45 p.m. We will feed you, train you, and pay you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612.330.1730 if you are interested.
Total Compensation Statements
Human Resources recently mailed total compensation statements to all benefits eligible faculty and staff members. The total compensation statements were sent to provide additional information about salary benefits received. The statements are for information purposes only and it is our intent to provide the information annually. The following information gives more detail about how the figures were calculated.
BASE PAY CALCULATION
Annual Salary as of December: This figure represents the actual annual salary amount that has been entered into the system as of December 31. It may be different than the actual amount of salary earned in 2013 if you were hired after January 1, or if you received any type of salary increase throughout the year.
ADDITIONAL EARNED PAY
Additional Course Pay: This figure represents any amount of pay received for classes being taught.
Stipend: This figure represents pay received for stipend work, such as coaching.
Overtime: This figure represent the amount of overtime pay received during the year.
Shift Differential: This figure represents the amount of pay non-exempt employees received for hours worked after 2:00 p.m. that are subject to shift differential.
PAID LEAVE TIME 2013
Community Service: This figure represents the amount of pay received for hours you spent participating in community service work.
Floating Holidays: This figure represents the amount of pay received for time away from work for floating holidays.
Personal Days: This figure represents the amount of pay received for time away from work for personal days.
Sick: This figure represents the amount of pay received for time away from work for sick days.
Vacation: This figure represents the amount of pay received for time away from work for vacation days.
College Paid Holidays: This figure represents the amount of pay received for time away from work for recognized College Holiday days.
AUGSBURG PAID BENEFITS
FICA: This figure represents the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax payments paid by Augsburg on your behalf (Medicare and Social Security).
Basic Life: This figure represents the amount of premiums paid by Augsburg on your behalf for your basic life insurance coverage.
Health Premiums: This figure represents the amount of premiums paid by Augsburg on your behalf for Health insurance premiums.
Short Term Disability: This figure represents the amount of short term disability payments you received.
Long Term Disability: This figure represents the amount of long term disability payments you received.
Health Savings Account (HSA): This figure represents the amount of HSA contributions Augsburg made to your HSA account.
Wellness/Biometric: This figure represents the amount Augsburg paid for your Biometric screening.
403 (B): This figure represents the amount of contributions Augsburg made to your TIAA CREF 403(B) account.
ELCA Clergy Retiree Support: This figure represents the fees paid by Augsburg for management of your ELCA benefits.
Tuition Remission: This figure represents the amount of tuition paid for yourself, your dependents or spouse for classes taken at Augsburg College.
This figure is the cumulative of base pay as of December 31, 2013, additional earned pay, paid leave time and Augsburg paid benefits.
If you have questions about your total compensation statement please contact Katie Berggren in Human Resources at Berggren@augsburg.edu
Time 2 Class Deadline
Today is the last day to add or drop a Time 2 class in Spring Semester.
Nominations for Christensen-Justice Award Due Fri.
The Marina Christensen-Justice Award is presented to one graduating senior at commencement each year who best exemplifies Augsburg's motto "Education for Service." The student must have demonstrated a dedication to community involvement as characterized by the personal and professional life of Marina Christensen-Justice, who courageously and effectively reached out to disadvantaged people and communities.
Nomination should include:
Name of graduating senior
Person who is submitting the nomination
Description of the ways that the student has been involved in the off-campus community during his/her time at Augsburg though service-learning experiences, internships, volunteer experiences,the Bonner Program, etc.
Please send nominations to Mary Laurel True by Friday, March 14 at email@example.com
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Withdraw/Change Grade Option Deadline: March 13
Thursday, March 13 is the last day to withdraw and/or change grading option for a full semester class. Students can withdraw or change the grading option online in Augnet Records & Registration - Active Courses.
Good-bye Gathering for Brian Noy
Come for coffee and treats and say good-bye to Brian Noy, Director of the Campus Kitchen for the past 7 years.
Thursday, March 13
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Sabo House-conference room-2nd floor
624-21st Avenue South
For more information, please contact Mary Laurel True, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-330-1775.
Speaking of Scholarship with David Matz
Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and The Christensen Center for Vocation to learn more about the work of David Matz, Professor and Chair, Psychology Department.
"What are you looking at? - Inside the eye tracking lab"
Tuesday, April 1
Internship Info Session - Strommen Center 3/10 4:30
The Office of International Programs, in partnership with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, invites you to learn more about international internships! Build a global skill set and earn academic credit on Augsburg's own internship programs in Latin America and Africa - or live, learn and work in another location via a partner program. We will discuss how internships fit into your academic plan, why interning abroad is a good choice, and financial aid and scholarship options.
Summer and fall internships are still available!
Come meet with Andrea Dvorak on March 10 from 4:30-5:00 in the Strommen Center, main floor of Christensen Center. Yummy snacks will be provided.
If you want to know about what benefits you get from Intern Abroad,
Join us for worship today at 10:40 a.m. We welcome Rev. Karsten '83 as our preacher and members of the Institutional Advancement Team lead worship. Special musicians: Dave Langemo, IA, piano; and student Shannon Smith, violin.
Tuesday, 3/11, 11:30 a.m.: Service of Holy Communion, Pastor Sonja Hagander presiding
Wednesday, 3/12, 10:40 a.m.: Nick Slack '02, Assistant Wrestling Coach, preaching, (musicians: Amy Alkire, IA, piano; Michelle Grafelman, Melody Cahoon, Amber Kalina and PJ Leehey)
Thursday, 3/13, 11:30 a.m.: Sally Fifield '14 preaching,(musicians: Max Bassinson, piano; and Chris Wallace, vocalist)
Friday, 3/14, 10:40 a.m.: Commissioning of Teams and Groups for Spring Break Trips, (musicians: Karlee Adler,piano; and Colin
Doherty, vocalist & guitarist) followed by C3 [Christ, Community & Coffee]
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. Everyone is welcome!
$120 Wild Hockey Tickets for $50
Don't miss Auggie Night at the Minnesota Wild!
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Wild vs. New York Rangers, Xcel Energy Center
Cost: $50 per person (tickets retail for $120)
Tickets reserved in Sections 115 and 118.
Click the link to purchase your tickets today: http://goo.gl/LTF88R
Only a few tickets remain for this special Auggie Night at the Minnesota Wild. These lower-tier seats are normally $120 but are available to Augsburg guests for $50--a great deal! Click here to purchase your tickets. If you have any questions, please contact DJ Hamm, Volunteer and Alumni Engagement Manager, at 612-330-1329 or email@example.com.
We hope you can join us!
Putt-putt Mini Golf in Kennedy Center
The Exercise Science Club and the members of the golf team invite you to participate in the inaugural Auggie 'Masters' putt putt competition. Tuesday night, April 11. The 13 hole course will be strategically incorporated throughout Kennedy and Melby. Players may start at 6:30 p.m. and clean-up begins at 9:30 p.m. Popcorn and prizes will be attainable --> maybe even a 'green-jacket' or a trophy of sorts. 2 dollar donations per round to help fund additional events for the golf program. Putters and balls provided. Venture on over!
Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children - Augsburg Alumni Packing Session
Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join the Augsburg College Alumni Board at Feed My Starving Children to help pack meals for hungry children in 70 countries. Augsburg alumni, parents, staff, students, and friends may volunteer. Register online with the Augsburg Alumni and Friends group at www.fmsc.org (click "join existing group"). Registration code: 436490
Chanhassen location is located at 18732 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN 55317
For more information, call DJ Hamm at 612.330.1329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Augsburg 6th Traditional Powwow - March 29
The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) would like to personally invite you to come join us at the Powwow on March 29! This is a great opportunity for you to learn a little about American Indian culture and traditions and it's FREE!
"Grand Entries", which are the start of a dance session are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and if you haven't been to a Powwow before we would encourage you to see a grand entry, however you are invited to come anytime throughout the day. We will start at 1 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. There will be Craft Vendors, information vendors about community resources/organizations, concession stand with Indian tacos for sale and a lot of fun and opportunity to learn. Please join us. Volunteers are also needed!!! Email Abby LaPlante at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL AND EVERYONE WELCOME
Screenwriter Nicole Brending, Thursday, March 13
Screenwriter Nicole Brending, Thursday, March 13
Screenwriter and MFA Mentor Nicole Brending will be screening her work on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center.
Nicole is a three-time Jerome Foundation Grand recipient, a former McKnight Screenwriting Fellow, as well as the winner of the Ezra Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting. Her feature project PRESERVATION was the only American project selected for the 2011 Berlinale Co-Production Market and her short films have garnered such awards as "Best of the Fest" (Palm Springs), "Best Short" (Hamburg and Q Cinema), the "Prix de Varti" (Ann Arbor). She graduated with honors from Columbia University's MFA Film Program and has developed projects for the Robert Evans Company, Blossom Films and Fido Features, to name a few.
This is a MFA info session event, and is open to the public.
Urban Farming: Production, Policy, and Education
Urban Farming: Production, Policy, and Education
Thursday March 13
Oren Gateway Center Room 100
The inner city presents great opportunities for urban farming, as well as interesting challenges. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College and Augsburg's Course "The Science of Food and Cooking" will host a panel of growers that have experience in urban agriculture and will address related issues around production, policy, and education. The panel will include Stefan Meyer of Growing Lots Farm, a CSA farm 3 blocks from Augsburg; Dayna Burtness, founder of the St Olaf Organic Farm and current owner of Laughing Loon Farm in Northfield; and Russ Henry, owner of Giving Tree Gardens and member of the Homegrown Minneapolis, the city's official Food Policy Advisory group.
Students with the Science of Cooking class and Campus Kitchen will prepare some locally grown treats to enjoy. Guests can also have a free currant, raspberry, or grape plant that we'll transplant from the Augsburg Community Garden.
You can see the work of our panelists at their websites. Bring your questions!
Staff Appreciation Event Set for March 11
Staff members are invited to join Staff Senate in a celebration of Augsburg College staff. We will honor those who celebrated their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th anniversaries in 2013 as well as the Outstanding Staff Award winners.
Tuesday, March 11
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center (Change in venue from last year)
This year we would request staff bring a donation of nonperishable food or a toiletry item for the Augsburg College food shelf, Campus Cupboard (see a list of needed items at http://inside.augsburg.edu/foodshelf/).
In order to honor the work of all staff nominated for the Outstanding Staff Award, below are this years nominees. There are six award recipients chosen from this list. They will be announced at the celebration event.
List of nominees for Outstanding Staff Award
Tina Brauer -- Administrative Assistant, Music Department
Amanda Burgess -- Assistant Director, Student Financial Services
Jodi Collen -- Director, Event and Conference Planning
Crystal Comer -- Registrar, Registrars Office
Amy Hanson -- Administrative Assistant, Campus Ministry
Scott Krajewski -- Director, Information Technology
Ann Lutterman-Aguilar -- Mexico Site Director, Center for Global Education
Regina McGoff -- Director, Center for Global Education
Elizabeth Peszynski -- Administrative Assistant, Physician Assistant Program
Mulugeta Sedoro -- Custodian, Custodial Services
Nancy Shaeffer -- Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
James Shropshire -- Assistant Director of Operation and Investigation, Public Safety
Eric Strom -- Academic Liaison For Computing, Information Technology
Martha Truax -- Director of Annual Giving, Development
Abennet Tulu -- Custodian, Custodial Services
Steff Weiss -- Director, News and Media Services
Keeping Track of Auggies
Poetry by D.E. (Doug) Green Mentioned on KWAR
The D. E. Green mentioned recently in a KWAR radio piece <http://wkar.org/post/exploring-magic-great-lakes-through-personal-stories> is poet and Augsburg English professor Doug Green, one of the designers of the MFA Teaching Concentration. The interview is with Walter Blake Knoblock, editor of The Great Lakes Book Project http://www.thegreatlakesbookproject.com/ which includes seven poems by Green. KWAR is a public media station out of Michigan State University, affiliated with PBS and NPR.
MFA Mentor Jack El-Hai on TPT
MFA Mentor Jack El-Hai (The Nazi and the Psychiatrist) and author David Lebedoff (Cleaning Up) compare writing styles and personal methods, from writing in longhand to working in coffee shops. They trade views on writers' block, their sources of inspiration and the advantages of writing non-fiction. Produced with Friends of the St. Paul Library.
The interview is 26 minutes long. For TV schedule:
Heid Erdrich Wins First Peoples Cultural Grant
MFA Poetry/Mixed Genre Mentor Heid Erdrich is one of this year's
First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital grantees. She will host the Turtle Mountain Writers Workshop, a weeklong residency to partner emerging writers and artists with established ones. By the end of the week, attendees will have written, critiqued and performed poetry and short stories in a collaboration with one another.
"So many of us work in multiple art forms," she said. "That is one of the really wonderful things about Native artists. I want to recognize, encourage and grow that within the community that will gather for the residency."