Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Severe Weather Awareness: Tornado

Minnesota participates in Severe Weather Awareness Week during April 15-19. Please review the information posted to be prepared for severe weather this Spring and learn how to keep yourself and our campus community safe.

THURSDAY: Tornadoes

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.
Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.

Visit for a full list of the Emergency shelter locations on campus.

What To Do During a Tornado Event
Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. If you live in an apartment that is on an upper floor, get to the lowest level of the building that you can immediately. This could be an underground parking garage or a neighbor's first floor apartment. Then move to the most interior area possible, away from windows. If you live in a high-rise apartment building, you may not have enough time to get to a lower level, so picking a place in the hallway in the center of your building is the best idea such as a stairwell. If that is not available then a closet, bathroom or interior hall without windows is the safest spot in your apartment during a tornado. Power loss during a tornado storm is common, so avoid elevators and keep a flashlight handy.

In A Car or Truck
Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive away from its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can accelerate the wind while offering little protection against flying debris.

In The Open Outdoors
If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.

Augsburg Alerts: Emergency Notification System:

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to register for Augsburg Alerts, an emergency notification system operated by Augsburg College. Augsburg Alerts is an electronic communications tool to communicate timely information regarding active emergencies or weather closures via text message, voice mail, and/or email to registered personal cell phones, landlines, or personal email addresses.

Augsburg Alerts only will be used to communicate important information related to weather closings, or during an active emergency, to help individuals make sound decisions about their personal safety. Examples of situations in which Augsburg Alerts may be used could include natural weather events that lead to an unscheduled closing of the College, or for emergency situations such as a gas leak, fire, bomb threat, active shooter, power failure, or other event. Augsburg Alerts will NOT be used to notify the community of things such as enrollment deadlines, sporting events, or other non-emergency information.

For further details and registration instructions visit:

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Statewide Tornado Sirens Today (Drills)

Statewide tornado sirens will activate at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. as a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Due to the timing with finals approaching - Augsburg will not be formally participating in the tornado drill activities. We encourage you to visit the Public Safety website and review the Emergency Guidebook for tornado shelter locations and other emergency procedures information.

On Thursday April 24, 2014 simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems. All counties in Minnesota normally participate in the first drill at 1:45 p.m. unless actual severe weather is expected. The schedule is as follows:

1:00 p.m. All six weather National Weather Service offices that serve Minnesota will issue a simulated tornado watch (TOA). NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOA code.

1:45 p.m. The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning (TOR) for Minnesota counties. Note that most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning siren systems. NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOR code.

2:00 p.m. The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product. No alarm on weather radio.

6:55 p.m. The National Weather Service offices will issue another simulated tornado warning (TOR). NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOR code.

7:10 p.m. The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product. No alarm on weather radio.

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Teaching and Learning

Faculty Recognition Luncheon Materials

I am looking for materials to be displayed at the Faculty Recognition luncheon on May 1, such as journal articles, book chapters, or anything else you would like displayed. Please notify Michael Wentzel ( if you have materials for display.

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Open Moodle Lab TODAY 1-2:30 p.m. in OGC 103

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 Moodle help contact Dan McGuire (x1347) or Bonnie Tensen (x1574) or come to OGC 103 Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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Teach or Research Abroad with Fulbright

Fulbright is a competitive national fellowship that provides the opportunity to teach English, research, or study for a year (the 2015-2016 academic year) in one of 155 countries. Currently, we have three Auggies teaching English in Turkey, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree by summer 2015 to be eligible (alumni are welcome to apply as well), and generally a GPA of 3.5 or higher is needed for a competitive application. If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright, summer is the time to get started! Please contact URGO at to find out if Fulbright is a good fit for you!

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General Announcements

Internal Job Posting

Human Resources has posted two job postings for internal candidates only. Please visit the HR Moodle site to view and apply for these positions.

Thank you!
Human Resources

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Tuition Benefit Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are for classes starting Fall 2014. If you have questions regarding deadlines for spring or summer courses, please contact Human Resources at

Applications for benefits for students attending Augsburg:
Classes starting Fall 2014: Application due July 1, 2014

Applications for exchange benefits:
ACTC Schools Application due April 15, 2014
CIC, TE, ELCA schools Application due May 1, 2014

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HSA Financial Forum Webinars

Do you have a HSA? Optum Health will offer three Financial Forum webinars to help you plan, save, and pay for qualified medical expenses, and to potentially grow your savings tax-free by investing in mutual funds.

You will learn:
- Who is eligible to invest
- How to use the available educational and account management tools
- How to set up an investment account, select funds, and allocate dollars
- How to transfer money between your HSA and investment account

Financial Forums have a 20/20 format -- taking only 40 minutes out of your day. The first 20 minutes are dedicated to discussing the HSA topic, with the last 20 minutes held for Q&A.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to take full advantage of the tax-free savings your HSA offers.

Times/Dates the forum is offered:
- Thursday, April 24 - 11:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 7 - 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 22 - 3:00 p.m.

Space fills up quickly, so register today. For more information or to sign up, visit:

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Students for Racial Justice Win Award

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the student group "Students for Racial Justice" won the Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award at the Minnesota Campus Compact Summit that took place on April 16, 2014. Please help me congratulate these amazing students as you see them around campus!

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Student Experience Tabling Today

Representatives from Student Experience will be on campus tabling today in the Christensen Center lobby from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

They are a Personal Care Assistant company located in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas. They specialize in matching college students with meaningful experiences as Personal Care Assistants. Student Experience gives students an opportunity to work with clients with mental and physical disabilities with a majority of their clients under the age of 20.

They are currently looking to fill 12 positions in the twin cities area this spring & are offering a SIGN ON BONUS to Students willing to begin employment the month of APRIL.

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TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

TIAA-CREF regularly offers individual counseling sessions at no additional cost to you.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Sessions will be:
Tuesday, April 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sverdrup 102)
Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sverdrup 102)
Thursday, May 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sverdrup 102)

Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as you can.
To sign up call 1-866-843-5640, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CT).

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Event Announcements

This Saturday: Best of Augsburg Film Festival

You are invited to attend the Best of Augsburg Film Festival on Saturday, April 26 in Sateren Auditorium at 2 p.m.

Selected works created by Augsburg students during the 2013-14 year will be screened. A panel of guest judges will be present and awards will be handed out. Any questions or comments, or individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations, contact Dylan Lowry, Studio and Equipment Manager at

Join the Facebook event and invite your friends and family:

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Daily Chapel: Josh Wyman '14

Please join us for worship in the chapel at 11:30 a.m. Josh Wyman '14 preaching and receiving blessing upon his graduation. Special musicians: Meaghan McConnell, flute; and Tim DeJonge vocals and guitar.

Friday, 4/25, at 10:40 a.m.: Pastor Sonja Hagander preaching, JIVE playing, directed by Cam Markworth; with a blessing of Prof. Bob Stacke; followed byC3: Christ, Community & Coffee. (Last morning chapel of this academic year.)

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center Everyone is welcome!

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Augsburg Jazz @ Famous Dave's This Saturday

Jazz and BBQ -- Sounds like a perfect Saturday to me! Join Augsburg Jazz for their spring performance in Uptown:

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Famous Dave's Calhoun BBQ & Blues Club
3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
(Located on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street)

No cover, but reservations are recommended.
Call 612-822-9900 to reserve.

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2nd Annual Grant Recognition Event - May 12, 2 p.m.

Celebrate a successful year in grant seeking at the 2nd Annual Grant Recognition Event.

Monday, May 12, 2014
2 to 5 p.m.; Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow
Christensen Center

Join us to:

-Celebrate with faculty and staff who have submitted grants and/or received grant funding within the last year
-Learn more about one of 38 currently funded projects on campus
-Identify resources on campus to support your grant seeking
-Participate in an engaging discussion on scholarship and the identity of Augsburg College with the Provost Karen Kaivola

Please RSVP by May 6 to Erica Swift at or 612-330-1184

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Two Worlds: Immigrant Experiences and Perspectives

Students in Social Problems Analysis (SOC 390) present their class project focusing on immigration in the Twin Cities. Titled "Two Worlds: Immigrant Experiences, Journeys, and Perspectives," the presentation will be today, Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in Kennedy 303. Hope to see you there! Snacks provided.

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May Eye Opener - Bishop Svennungsen

Auggie May Eye Opener, "Faith Active in Love"

Featured Speaker, ELCA Bishop Ann Svennungsen.

Bishop Ann Svennungsen was elected February 2012 as the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Synod. Bishop Svennungsen deeply values the ELCA commitment to social justice action and serves as the director of The Presidents' Pledge Against Global Poverty. She has had a variety of experiences, in addition to pastoring four very different congregations in vastly different circumstances, she also served as the CEO of the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta and the president of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

We look forward to a discussion about faith, love, and vocation from Bishop Ann Svennungsen on May 8th, at our spring Auggie Eye Opener.

Date: May 8, 2014
Breakfast and Networking: 7:00 a.m.
Speaker Presentation: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Town & Country, St. Paul, MN 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Cost: $5.00

Register here:

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Alumni Sponsor Student Research

Augsburg alumni are sponsoring student research at higher levels than ever before. Regent Wayne Jorgenson '71 shared his reflections on why this is important in a newsletter to all alumni.


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