Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Library Hours for Friday

The library will be open 9-5 for mid-term break on Friday. Weekend hours will be normal: Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 2-12. For more information about hours, visit

Most library resources, including chat research help, are available 24/7 on the library website at

Have a safe break!

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Teaching and Learning

Civic Studies Symposium Next Thurs., Oct. 27

The theme of next week's Civic Studies symposium is "The Citizen Professional - Organizing Democracy Change."

Faculty, staff, students, and community members will consider questions such as: What are skills and theory of making democratic changes in professions like teaching and nursing? How can we prepare students to be civic agents of change? What are obstacles and opportunities in a time of turmoil, divisions, and growing economic and racial inequalities?

The second Civic Studies Symposium at Augsburg invites members of the Augsburg community as well as public and community partners to explore such questions. The symposium will include:

- Margaret Finders on why the education department at Augsburg is focusing on developing "citizen teachers"
- Terrance Kwame-Ross on his experiences creating a democratic school
- Katie Clark on how the Nursing Program at Augsburg has come to focus on preparing the "citizen nurse"

It will also include opportunities for small group discussions on these questions and how to operationalize civic agency (civic empowerment) practices in curricular and co-curricular life.

The symposium will also announce the 2016-17 Civic Studies Fellows, an outstanding group of staff, faculty, and community-public partners who will work over the coming year on cultural and institutional change.

Civic Studies Symposium
Thursday, October 27
OGC 100

The three year Civic Studies Initiative aims at deepening a culture of civic empowerment (civic agency) across all aspects of Augsburg and its partners. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of Education, and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo CDC, is coordinator.

Read more about the Civic Studies Initiative:

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Writing Lab Open on Thursday and Sunday This Week

Because the library closes early on Friday (Mid-term break), the WL will be closed Friday. You can get help, though, on Thursday and 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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Discuss Gen Ed Curriculum Reform next Wed., Oct. 26

Academic Affairs Campus Conversation Series: Gen Ed Reform 2016-17

Heard the rumblings about the curriculum revision underway this year? Have opinions and questions? Eager to get involved?

Come to the first in a series of focused campus conversations sponsored by Academic Affairs on Wednesday, October 26, from 3:40 to 4:40 pm in Oren Gateway 100.

A White Paper with a summary of the 2015-16 review and outline of future steps is available online:

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome.

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General Announcements

Food Service Menus

The Nabo Special Today is a Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Chips and Fountain Soda.

There are Plated Crab Cakes at Lunch in The Commons Today!

Market Place is Serving Tator Tot Hot Dish, Millet Cauliflower, Mashed Potatoes, and Buttered Corn.

Vege is Serving Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, Peas and Watercress with Green Onions, Baked Potato, and Brown Rice.

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Guidelines for Freelance Photography/Videography

College departments and offices often need to hire freelance photographers or videographers. Marketing and Communications has recently posted guidelines to help ensure that the college has the appropriate rights to the assets created, that they are taken in Augsburg's visual style, and that the college can retain them for future use. A template is available to use when contracting with a freelancer. Learn more at and please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns!

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NSF AugSTEM Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 27

AugSTEM Scholars Applications Due Thursday, October 27

Students planning to apply will need three letters of recommendation, so should be in contact with their letter-writers to give them sufficient notice.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DUE-1565060), AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year. (Differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need.) Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

* Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
* Within 5 semesters of graduating
* Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
* U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
* Demonstrate financial need via FAFSA

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

See or email Rebekah Dupont at for more information.

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Congratulations to Dr. Brian Rood

The Psychology Department wishes to acknowledge and celebrate the recent accomplishment of Dr. Brian Rood in his important research into the psychological outcomes of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals.
Just recently, Dr. Rood published his findings in a peer-reviewed journal (citation below), and has discussed this work along with his broader research interests with MinnPost - an online newspaper which features important news/events in Minnesota. The link to this interview is found at

Congratulations Dr. Rood!

Rood, B. A., Reisner, S. L., Surace, F. I., Puckett, J. A., Maroney, M. R., & Pantalone, D. W. (2016). Expecting rejection: Understanding the minority stress experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Transgender Health, 1(1), 151-164.

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Volunteers Needed: AISES National Conference

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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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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Food Service Hours

Einsteins is open from 7:30am-9pm, with the Late Night Menu starting at 7pm.

Nabo is open from 7:30am-8pm, with Hot Food starting at 10am.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7pm
Breakfast 7:30-9:45am
Continental Breakfast 9:45-11am
Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Light Lunch 1:30-4:30pm
Dinner 4:30-7pm

Due to Mid-term Break, Friday, October 21, Einsteins and Nabo will be closing at 1:30pm, and will be closed Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23. The Commons will be open for Brunch, 11:30am-1pm and Dinner, 5-7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Event Announcements

The Cedar-Midnimo Concert - Free with Augsburg I.D.

Midnimo Concert at the Cedar Cultural Center

Waayha Cusub Finale Concert
Saturday, October 22nd
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue

Waayha Cusab is a Somali hip-hop collective recognized internationally for its artistry and activism. They have spent the last 2 weeks in a residency program in collaboration with Augsburg College, with visits to St. Cloud and Mankato.

*Free with an Augsburg I.D.

For more information, please go to

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Seminary and Divinity Day

Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day!

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, listed below!
Bethel Seminary- St. Paul, MN
Chicago Divinity School- Chicago, IL
Harvard Divinity School- Cambridge, MA
United Theological Seminary (UCC)- New Brighton, MN
Vanderbilt University- Nashville, TN
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary- Dubuque, IA
Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary- Waco, Texas
Trinity Lutheran Seminary- Columbus, OH
Candler School of Theology, Emory University- Atlanta, GA
Luther Seminary- St. Paul, MN
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago- Chicago, IL
Wartburg Theological Seminary- Dubuque, IA
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary- Berkeley, CA
Princeton Theological Seminary- Princeton, NJ
Union Seminary in the City of New York- New York City, NY
Pacific School of Religion- Berkeley, CA
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary- Evanston, IL
Wake Forest University School of Divinity- Winston-Salem, NC

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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Thurs: North Star STEM Research & Internship Event

The North Star STEM Alliance welcomes students at the Summer Opportunities Preview, which will take place this Thursday, October 20, 6-8 PM at the Weisman Art Museum on the UM campus. Come learn about research and internship opportunities for summer 2017.

All interested students are welcome to attend! We will meet in the STEM Programs office, Science 154, at 5:45 PM to walk over as a group. Feel free to email to let us know you are coming or with any questions.

The North Star STEM Alliance:
* 17-member partnership among Minnesota colleges, universities, and community organizations committed to supporting African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students working toward bachelor's degrees in STEM.
* STEM majors at Augsburg include biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics.
* Learn more at

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Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn: Nov. 2, 12 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Human Resources and Student Financial Services are excited to be partnering up this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 2, in Oren Gateway Center, Room 100, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.

Questions? Email

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The Wonder Project - Reception TODAY

Join us for THE WONDER PROJECT reception today!
Noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Quad.

Check out the fence on 21st Ave.
More about the project:

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Staff Senate and UC-Subcommittee Forum

Tuesday, October 25
1:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room

Based on feedback Staff Senate received seeking more communication, Staff Senate will be hosting a forum to give a overview of the role of staff senate and hosting representatives from each of the University Council subcommittees to uplift some of the amazing work going on in each committee. We invite you to join us for this great opportunity to learn what our rock star colleagues are doing for Augsburg College!

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New: Interfaith Ally Workshop, Nov. 2, 11:10 a.m.

Religious diversity is growing in our nation. As our campus becomes more religiously diverse, it's essential to engage in interfaith dialogue and understanding. This new workshop, offered by Augsburg Campus Ministries through the Diversity and Inclusion program, will explore how religious literacy and interfaith understanding can be effectively nurtured on our campus and our neighborhood. The workshop includes: current religious demographics for Augsburg students, case studies, best practices and local resources. Come prepared to engage one another in reflection and small group discussion.

We hope to see you there! You may register on the Diversity and Inclusion Events Calendar: or by contacting Amy Hanson at

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Be a Part of Advent Vespers Processional Party

The 37th Annual Advent Vespers is approaching rapidly! Ten to twelve thousand people come to the 'cathedral-like' Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis for Augsburg's Advent Vespers. Hundreds of Augsburg singers, instrumentalists and liturgical participants will lead these five services. Be a part of vespers by carrying a candle, torch banner, or bells in the gospel processional! This is a great way to settle into Advent and spend time with other Auggies.

The services are on Friday, 12/2, at 5pm & 8pm, and on Saturday, 12/3, at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Bus transportation between Augsburg campus and Central Lutheran is provided, as well as meals and snacks.

Sound like fun? It is! Sign-up in Foss 104, contact Amy Hanson at or online at

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Morning Chapel: Pastor Mike Matson '06 Preaching

Join us for worship in the chapel today at 11:30am as we conclude our series, "The Healing of Creation" with Pastor Mike Matson '06, Chaplain to Student Athletes, preaching. Music 201 Students will perform a Vocalise-Motet, directed by Dr. Reinaldo Moya.


Morning Chapel Series: The Reformation
Monday, 10/24, 10:40am: Mindful Monday 
Tuesday, 10/25, 11:30am: Dr. Mark Tranvik, Prof., Religion Dept., preaching
Wednesday, 10/26, 10:40am: Dr. Hans Wiersma, Assoc. Prof., Religion Dept., preaching. Musicians: Jaz Vallin, flute; The Augsburg Choir, directed by Mark Sedio '76.
Thursday, 10/27, 11:30am: Seminary & Divinity School Day  Pastor Ingrid Rasmussen, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, preaching
Friday, 10/28, 10:40am: Dr. Russell Kleckley, Assoc. Prof., Religion Dept., preaching. Musicians: The Riverside Singers, directed by Nancy Grundahl

We gather in Hoversten Chapel - Everyone is welcome!

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