Friday, October 31, 2014
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Anderson Hall 100 Floorhouse Renovation

From Dennis Stuckey, director of Facilities Management:

Contractor mobilization will begin on Monday November 3, 2014 for the renovation of the Anderson Hall 100 Floorhouse. Construction is estimated to take six to seven weeks. We anticipate the Center for Counseling and Health Promotions to relocate to its new space in mid-December.
This relocation project will allow us to demolish the vacated house on 21st Avenue this coming spring as we prepare the site for the new CSBR building. Please note that while this is minor construction, there will be some noise generated while the contractors are working. We will be working with the contractors to minimize any disruption. As always, if you have concerns about safety or disruption of services, please contact dispatch in the Department of Public Safety at 612-330-1717, and they will contact the appropriate individuals.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we move forward with these important facility projects.

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Teaching and Learning

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Stop by and join ALAS as we celebrate "El Dia De Los Muertos," a day specifically dedicated to honor the passing of our loved ones. Cultivate a better understanding of this holiday by getting your face painted and snacking on Mexican candy. Feel free to ask questions while you are there!

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, Christensen Center Lobby

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Critical Thinking: How Well Are We Doing? 11/4-5

It's been 3 years since the last CTL workshop on Critical Thinking. Since that time, we've gathered evidence on our students' performance that might surprise you (and change the way you teach.) National evidence also underscores the urgency of redoubling our efforts in this area. Critical Thinking is one of the General Education skills embedded across the curriculum. This workshop will review our students' performance on nationally calibrated tests and cover strategies for effectively teaching critical thinking.

Mary Lowe and Lori Brandt-Hale will be offering two sessions on Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5, both from 3:40-5:00 in OCG 111. Katie Bishop will present a summary of assessment data during the first 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lowe

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General Announcements

Become an Orientation Leader

Would you like to:

Gain valuable leadership experience?
Receive first-rate training?
Get involved at Augsburg?
Meet new people?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, you should apply to be a 2015 Orientation Leader today! You can pick up an application in the Auggie's Nest, located in the basement of the Christensen Center.

Applications are due on Tuesday, November 11 at 12 p.m. and must be turned in to Joanne K. Reeck in room 1B in the basement of Christensen Center.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sammy Coy or Chris Wallace in CAO at or 612-330-1100

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NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

We are pleased to provide you with information concerning the 2014-15 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

We encourage you to apply for this scholarship if you:
* are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
* can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within your major area; and
* show an interest in contributing to NASA's mission.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2015. Students from traditionally under-represented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply.

For application materials and additional information, please visit or email David Murr at

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Food Service Hours

Friday 10/31/14
Nabo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Special of the Day is Macaroni & Cheese.

Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., with the late night menu starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Commons is open from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Market Place is serving Carolina Kale, Mushrooms, Black Beans & Greens, Corn Dogs, and Baked Beans. Vege is serving Horseradish Potatoes, Brown Rice with Lime & Cilantro, Carrots with Sesame Dressing, and Green Beans with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Starting on November 3 The Commons will be closing at 7:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m. on weeknights.

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Food Service Hours This Weekend

Nabo is open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

The Commons is open from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for Brunch and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for Dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

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2015 Annual Benefit Enrollment

The annual benefit enrollment period will be from November 10-November 21. Human Resources will be sending an email directly to your Augsburg email address with more details. However, in the meantime, please block off your calendar to attend one of the five benefit enrollment sessions:

Open Enrollment Information Sessions - Christensen Center, Marshall Room:
November 10 at 9:30 a.m.
November 12 at 8:30 a.m.
November 13 at 4:45 p.m., session also available streaming at:
November 18 at 2:45 p.m.
November 21 at 12:00 p.m.

Representatives from HealthPartners, OptumHealth and Hays will be at the information sessions to answer any questions you might have about our plan offerings for 2015. Please plan to attend to learn what you need to do to enroll and/or make changes to your current benefit elections. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Final TIAA Cref group transition workshop

Augsburg College and TIAA-CREF announce the final group transition workshop meeting. The workshop will help explain the changes being made to our retirement plan.

Session will be:
Friday, October 31, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Marshal Room

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Health Commons Supply Drive

The Augsburg Central Health Commons is a community outreach program held at Central Lutheran Church in Downtown Minneapolis, which provides basic medical services and health education to people of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds free of charge. The mission of the Health Commons is to promote health and healing in marginalized populations. Donations are the primary way that the Health Commons is able to provide these services to its visitors.

The Health Commons will be holding a Supply Drive, sponsored by Tri-Beta, during the week of October 27-October 31, 2014. Below is a list of items requested for donation:
* men's white socks (new)
* feminine pads (not tampons)
* large size diapers (size 4, 5, 6, or pull-ups)
* travel size shampoo
* travel size conditioner
* travel size soap
* travel size toothpaste
* travel size lotion
* deodorant
* razors
* men's underwear - boxers
* baby wipes

Many of these items can be purchased for low cost at a local dollar store. Any contribution is going to be very appreciated! Drop off boxes will be in the Biology Department office (second floor science) and residence halls all week.

Questions can be directed to Tri-Beta president Michelle Grafelman Thank you!

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Retirement Plan: Additional Counseling Sessions

Augsburg College and TIAA-CREF has added additional individual counseling sessions for faculty and staff. These sessions are being held at no cost to you. At the individual meetings You can discuss your financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to pursue your financial goals, plan for retirement, and invest in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

One on One Counseling Sessions:
Tues. Dec. 9, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall Room 102
Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall Room 102
Thur. Dec. 11, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall Room 102

Make your reservation online at:

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Event Announcements

Focused Conversations: Monday/Tuesday

"Mass x Velocity: Calculating CSBR campaign momentum" -- this is the next Focused Conversation topic, which will be led by Heather Riddle, vice president for Institutional Advancement, on Monday and Tuesday. Please attend whichever session fits your schedule:

Monday, Nov. 3, 3:40 p.m. - OGC 100
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 3:40 p.m. - OGC 100

The Focused Conversation format includes a brief presentation followed by conversation among and input from attendees.

The remaining fall 2014 schedule of Focused Conversations, along with materials from past sessions and copies of "All Hands" email communications from Board of Regents Chair Paul Mueller and from President Paul Pribbenow, are available on the "All Hands 2014-2015" page in the College Reports section of Inside Augsburg. You can access the All Hands page by logging into Inside Augsburg and clicking the "All Hands" icon on the main page of Inside Augsburg.

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All Saints Day Chapel Service: Mon., Nov. 3

We invite you to a special chapel on Monday, November 3, at 10:40 a.m. when the Augsburg Community celebrates All Saints Day. On this festival day we remember with thanksgiving those who have died this past year.

During the worship service, the names of those who have gone before us will be sung during the "Litany of the Saints." The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saint's Day celebrates the people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day, together with congregations throughout the world, we remember the faithful who have died this past year.

You may send the names of those people in your life who have died and who you would like to be named and remembered during chapel to Amy Hanson in the Campus Ministry Office at Please also include the relationship of the person to you (only the name of the deceased will be sung). Information sheets will also be available during chapel. Please submit names by NOON TODAY, October 31.

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Business Open Advising Sessions

Business students who need to get their advising hold removed for spring, 2015 registration will need to come to one of the Business Open Advising Sessions.

Please come to the 3rd floor of Memorial Hall during the days and hours listed below. You will need:
1) Major/Minor Completion Checklist
2) Graduation Audit
3) List of classes you are intended to take in spring term.

Business Open Advising Fall 2014 Schedule:

Friday, October 31: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, November 3: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4: 9 - 11 a.m. & 1:30 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 4 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 6: 1 - 3:30 p.m. & 4 - 6 p.m.
Friday, November 7: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

All sessions will be on the 3rd Floor of Memorial Hall.

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WEC/AU - Academic Advising Open House Hours

Academic Advising welcomes you to drop in during our upcoming evening and Saturday open house hours with your Spring registration questions.

WHERE: 2nd floor, Lindell Library 227
WHEN: Monday-Friday, October 27-31, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday-Friday, November 10-14, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

We hope to see you!

Academic Advising
Lindell Library 227

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Tickets On Sale Now - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Augsburg College's fall production of a A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Directed by Martha Johnson

Friday, October 31 and Friday, November 7 are sold out!

Performance dates are:
November 1 & 6 at 7 p.m.
November 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

Ticket reservations can be held for A Midsummer Night's Dream at:

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CTL Theater Night - Free Tickets to Midsummer

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Theater Arts Department present
Faculty and Staff Night at the Theater.

A talkback featuring Doug Green and Robert Cowgill of the English Department, Marty Stortz of the Christensen Center for Vocation, Sarah Myers and Martha Johnson (Midsummer director) of the Theater Department, and the Midsummer Night's Dream student cast will be held immediately following the performance.

Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Free tickets for faculty and staff: only 5 more tickets available! Ticket reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis so get your tickets early! Post-show refreshments will be served.

Make reservations at
and please indicate you are faculty or staff interested in CTL Night.

Further information about the production:

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Martha Johnson
Choreography of the Fairies by Ashwini Ramaswamy
Set Design by Michael Burden
Costumes by Sandra Nei Schulte
Lighting Design by Tom Mays

With its potent mixture of love, comedy, lyricism, and stage magic, A Midsummer Night's Dream has continued to captivate audiences for over four centuries. Set in a mythical world of ancient Athens, moonlit woods, and fairy kingdoms, the play is a poignant and hilarious look at multifarious forms of human folly. Our production will imaginatively explore the play's rich and compelling themes (both overt and covert)--love, power, gender, sexuality, marriage, class, patriarchy--through a fresh, contemporary lens, as we mine the play's poetic, humorous, and magical power.

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Daily Chapel: Reformation Day

Join us for worship in the chapel today at 10:40 a.m.: Reformation Day, Josh Miller preaching, Instructor, Religion Department, "Luther on Wrestling with God" (The Chapel Brass) Friday chapel is followed by C3: Christ, Community & Coffee

Next Week:
Monday (11/3) at 10:40 a.m.: All Saints Day Festival Worship (vocalists: David Erickson '18 and Ray Makeever) Please see separate announcement regarding submitting names to be sung aloud for this festival worship.
Tuesday (11/4) at 11:30 a.m.: Dr. Lori Brandt Hale preaching, Associate Professor, Religion Dept., "Theology of the Cross" (Noah Quam, piano)
Wednesday (11/5) at 10:40 a.m.: Pastor Sonja Hagander preaching, College Pastor & Director of Ministries (Abby Salmonson, oboe)

We worship in Hoversten Chapel - Foss Center. Everyone is welcome!

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As of this morning, SEVEN people have given to either Community Shares of Minnesota or The Greater Twin Cities United Way in our AugsburgGIVES 2015 campaign. Seven out of more than 300. Did you know that $30 per pay period provides tuition for two students to attend Summer Institute, a three year leadership development program that trains teenagers to use their passion for the arts to promote social justice and equity through Penumbra Theatre? Questions about how to make a gift? Contact me at Thank you!

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Staff Present at College Personnel Conference

Several Augsburg staff presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) Conference, held Oct. 30-31.

LGBTQIA Student Services intern Mechelle Poessnecker and Dr. Penny Jo Rosenthal, Mankato State, presented "Beyond the Binary: Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces on College Campuses."

Michael Grewe, LGCBTQIA Student Services Director, and Mechelle Poessnecker, Intern, presented on "Supporting Asexual Students."

Jennifer Simon, American Indian Student Services, Dulce Monterubbio, Latino@ Student Services, and Hli Vang, Pan-Asian Student Services, presented on "Promoting Student Success and Equity amidst the Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Augsburg College's Multicultural Student Services."

Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs, Patti Klein, Hamline, and Peggy Sarnicki, St. Cloud State University, presented on "Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act: Tracking, Understanding and Complying with Federal Legislation."

Michael Grewe served as 2014 Conference Co-Chair, and Joanne Reeck, Director, Campus Activities and Orientation served on the conference committee and worked on the Programs and the Graduate Student Case Study.

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