Monday, October 20, 2014
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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 27th - October 31st, 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
• cough drops
• 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 biology student Michelle Grafelman
Thank you!

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Deadlines for Studying Abroad

Remember the application deadlines for studying abroad!
October 30 :
Short term Winter break Chiapas, Mexico
Short term Winterbreak El Salvador
Spring Semester 2015
Spring Break 2015, Mexico
January 30:
Summer Programs
March 1:
Fall Semester, Academic Year & non-Augsburg College Summer Programs

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Food Service Hours

Monday 10/20/14
Nabo is open from 7:30am to 8:00pm. The Special of the Day is a Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Einsteins is open from 7:30am-9:00pm, with the late night menu starting at 7:00pm.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-8:00pm. Market Place is serving Baked Jojo Potatoes, Cauliflower with parsley, Sloppy Joes and Buns. Vege is serving Red Bean Curry, Asparagus with Toasted Sesame Balsamic, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, and Herb Roasted Tomatoes.

Build your own Sundaes at Dinner in the Commons Tonight!
Fall Break Hours
Einsteins will be closing at 1:30pm on Friday and Closed on Saturday
The Commons on Friday will have Brunch and Dinner hours
Nabo is Closed Friday and Saturday

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Retirement Plan Changes Are Coming: Find Out More

Augsburg College and TIAA-CREF announce group transition workshop meetings and individual counseling sessions for faculty and staff. These sessions are being held at no cost to you. These meetings will help explain the changes being made to our retirement plan. 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.

Transition Workshop Meetings
Tuesday, October 21st 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., OGC100
Wednesday, October 22nd 11:00 am - 12:30 p.m., OGC100
Thursday, October 23rd 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., OGC100
Friday, October 31st 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Marshal Room

One on One Counseling Sessions:
Mon. Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. - Augsburg Room, Christensen Center
Tue. Nov. 4, 2014 - 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. - Cedar Room, Christensen Center
Fri. Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:00 am -2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall, Room 102
Mon. Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:30 am -3:30 p.m. - Augsburg Room, Christensen Center
Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 - 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. - Augsburg Room, Christensen Center
Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 - 8:00 am -2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall, Room 102
Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 - 8:00 am -2:00 p.m. - Augsburg Room, Christensen Center
Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 - 8:00 am-2:00 p.m. - Sverdrup Hall, Room 102
Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:30 am -3:30 p.m. - Oren Gateway Center, Room 103

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can. Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET), or use the links below to register on-line.
November 3-4:

November 7:

November 10-11:

November 13:

November 18-19:

November 21:

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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 11th at 12pm 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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New Copy Request System

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce that the new copy request system is now live. The old request form as well as any direct email copy requests will be phased out by the end of this semester. Please familiarize yourself with this new system as it will become the standard for all job requests. A training guide for submitting requests can be found on the Central Services page, .

The link for the new system is located on the Inside Augsburg home page under Administrative Tasks for Faculty and Staff and on the Central Services home page for students. Training for the new copy request system has been scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays in October. These training sessions will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Listed are the available times for these training sessions:

Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in Old Main 210

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 210

If you are unable to attend any of these training sessions, you may request a personal session by calling or emailing the copy center.

For questions, please contact the copy center at 612-330-1054 or

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Accessibility at Augsburg Campus Update

The Accessibility at Augsburg committee works to ensure instructional, technological, and physical access for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Wed., Oct. 22, 1-2 p.m., Marshall Room, we'll provide an update on the areas of focus for 14-15 and a review of our work to date. All are welcome!

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Event Announcements

Focused Converation: Today/Tomorrow

Beth Reissenweber, chief financial officer and vice president for Finance and Administration, will lead a Focused Conversation, "How do we grow financial resources collectively to serve our mission?" this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon. You are invited to attend whichever session fits your schedule:

TODAY: Monday, Oct. 20, 3:40 p.m.-OGC 100
TOMORROW: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:40 p.m.-OGC 100

The format of the Focused Conversation series includes a brief presentation to share data and context followed by conversation among and input from attendees. The slides for the sessions will be available online for reference afterward, but people are encouraged to attend in person to engage in the discussion portion of the sessions.

The remaining fall 2014 schedule of Focused Conversations is 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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Wednesday: SciTechsperience-Paid STEM Internships

Wednesday, October 22
4:30-5:30, 30-minute presentation followed by Q & A
Old Main 105
Paid Internships in STEM, Hands-on Opportunities in Minnesota Business
Becky Siekmeier, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

On Wednesday, October 22, Becky Siekmeier of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) will give the presentation, "Paid Internships in STEM, Hands-on Opportunities in Minnesota Business", and answer questions about the SciTechsperience internship program.

This paid internship program connects talented college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines to rewarding hands-on opportunities in dynamic Minnesota businesses. Augsburg student David Fowler was one of four students to participate in a SciTecshsperience internship last year. David will be present to share his experience and help with the Q & A portion.

Eligible students must be:
* In good academic standing (2.5+ GPA)
* A college junior or senior (60 credits completed)
* At least 18 years of age
* Currently enrolled and pursuing a qualifying science, technology,
engineering or math degree.

Augsburg majors that are eligible include biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, management information science (MIS), and physics (including students doing pre-engineering).

This presentation is hosted by the mathematics department but open to all interested students, staff and faculty. See for more information on SciTechsperience.

Questions? E-mail Rebekah Dupont at

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Daily Chapel: Global Worship with Sarah Funkhouser

Join us for worship today at 10:40 a.m.: Global Worship, Sarah Funkhouser preaching, Young Adults in Global Mission (Nyssa Capman, flute)

This week in Chapel:
Tuesday (10/21): Rev. Jack Fortin preaching, Senior Fellow for Christensen Center for Vocation (Alexandra Jamieson, vocalist)
Wednesday (10/22): Pr. Justin Lind-Ayres preaching, Assoc. College Pastor (Worship Band)
Thursday (10/23): Dr. Darrell Guder preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary's Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology (Mandy Isaacson and Shannon Smith, violin)
Friday (10/24): Mid-term Break - No Chapel Service

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center - Everyone is welcome!

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Free Concert at The Cedar October 31 (Midnimo)

There will be a free concert at The Cedar on October 31, 2014. The Taleex Band will be preforming as part of the Midnimo Artist in Residency Program/partnership with Augsburg College.

Event Details
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
FREE! Partially seated; all ages.

The Music of Taleex Band combines many voices of male and female Somali artists. Though they've performed as a group for less than a year, Taleex Band may be paving the way for a revival of Somali music of the 60's and 70's, often regarded as the most innovative period in the history of Somali music. Somali artists from this era are described by Somali music historian Sanaag Samataliye as "consistently innovative without abandoning their roots." This will be Taleex's Band second performance at The Cedar, and all thirteen original members will grace our stage to wow the audience.

FREE concert with no advance tickets; all welcome!

For more information visit:

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Oct. 28 - Health Commons Celebration

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside Celebration on Tuesday, October 28. This is a Midnimo event that will feature the Taleex Band, a modest food spread, and a celebration of the community coming together around health and healing. All are welcome.

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Intl. Campus Directors - Reception - Tomorrow 10/21

Faculty and staff are invited to join the Office of International Programs/CGE to meet and greet our International Campus Directors from Central America, Mexico and Namibia.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
4-5:15 p.m.
Open House Format
Refreshments served

International/Multicultural Suite--Christensen Center Lower Level

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Stay Awake For It - Mindfulness Event Wednesday

Augsburg's Mindfulness Club and Students for Racial Justice Present: "Stay Awake for It!--Making Meaning with Mindfulness and Meditation"--an evening with local wellness activist and freedom fighter Dr. Joi Lewis. Next Wednesday (10/22) in OGC 100 5-7 p.m.

"Dr. Joi" will guide us in basic meditation (friendly to beginners) with wisdom and inspiration from bell hooks and rumi, plus some mindful eating (food from AfroDeli). Dr. Joi will facilitate the practice of being "awake" through different medians to create space for restorative social justice, mindful leadership, and radical self-care. With such space, Dr. Joi believes we are better able to gain access to deeper connections and healthy expressions of grief, pain and joy, which then, according to Dr. Joi, allows us to heal and fall in love with our Augsburg community, the larger community, and ourselves more deeply—or for the first time. Please join us. Everyone welcome!

More About Dr. Joi D. Lewis:
Dr. Joi is a wellness activist and freedom fighter who believes in interrupting her own oppressor patterns with loving kindness and invites others to do the same. She uses tools like meditation, mindfulness, chanting, song and poetry to examine how race intersects with our multiple and intersecting identities: class, gender identity, religion, nationality, ability sexual orientation, etc. She believes that the lack of exploring our multiple and intersecting identities induce isolation & disconnection within our community. So Dr. Joi offers a practice of being "awake" that requires our ultimate health not just our ultimate sacrifice.

Dr. Joi spent over 20 years as a practitioner-scholar in higher education at a variety of public and private institutions: land grant, selective private, women's college and a community college. She also served as Chief Diversity Officer at three different institutions and as Vice President of Student Affairs at two institutions. Throughout her tenure in a variety of senior administrator roles, as well as through her scholarship, she has underscored her commitment to ensuring that all people-particularly those who have been historically underrepresented--have access to the best programs, services, and experiences possible. Dr. Joi is also a certified Yoga and Zumba Teacher as well as a practitioner and facilitator of meditation.

With her own multiple identities, Dr. Joi is a trusted leader in a variety of communities--especially within our local African American and Queer communities. She is mindful of the ways in which race and ethnicity intersect with identities based on gender(s), social class, religion, national origin, sexuality, and physical ability, as she works to hold space that supports our multiple and intersecting identities. Dr. Joi believes that when individuals, institutions and organizations "practice" compassion, loving kindness and radical self-care it becomes easier to do well and do good and build sustainable and reciprocal relationships with both local and global communities.

Contact Mindfulness Club President Nik Linde at or Club Advisor, CCHP Counselor Jon Vaughan-Fier at 612-330-1337.

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Upcoming at The Common Table

1) THIS TUESDAY Oct. 21st, 5:30-7:30pm
"Community Organizing - The Strategy for Building a Powerful Public Life and Community"

What makes organizing different from other justice work? What are the Faces of Power and how do organizers build power through relationships? How will disenfranchised communities tip the balance of power in the next decade? 

Join the Organizing Apprenticeship Project and the Bonner Program for important conversation and skill-building around the tools of organizing and learn how local organizers are building towards racial equity. (The OAP is an organization that works to advance racial, cultural, social and economic justice in Minnesota through organizer and leadership training, policy research and strategic convening work and they are excited to build with Augsburg’s student body.) 

Session two, "Racial Justice – Advancing Equity Movement," will be Thursday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Trinity Lutheran Congregation hosts a free Community Supper at the Common Table space. All are welcome to share food and meet your neighbors!

3) Do you have interest in a newsroom cafe, hosted by the Twin Cities Media Alliance? Newsroom cafe is a model they use to collect, generate and workshop story ideas for publishing in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. We're hoping to begin hosting a monthly Common Table newsroom to get out important news about our amazing campus and neighborhood communities! Please contact us if you're interested in being involved - as a writer or as a person with a story.

4) Thanks to everyone who came out for the Interfaith Talk and Tea last week! The next one will be November 11th, 7-8:30 and more details will follow soon. Be in touch if you'd like to be involved in the planning.

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Tomorrow - Grad school and Peace Corps/Vista Info.

Are you interested in combining graduate school with service in either Peace Corps or VISTA? Michigan Tech offers programs in 11 departments (Biology; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Environmental and Energy Policy; Forestry; Geology; Industrial Archaeology; Mechanical Engineering; Rhetoric, Theory and Culture [humanities and social sciences]; and Science Education) that combine practical service opportunities with time on campus. Most students spend one academic year on campus, then either two years in Peace Corps or one year in VISTA, followed by one more semester back on campus. Some programs accept students from any undergraduate academic discipline.

Come to the info session to learn more!
Tuesday, October 21 at 4 p.m.
OGC 201

More information at:

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Seminary and Divinity School Day - October 28

Are you considering the idea of theological graduate school education? Is there a possibility you might want to become a pastor, a professor of religion, or work in a church-related vocation?

On Tuesday, October 28, gather with your peers for Seminary and Divinity School Day, a special day of discernment. The day includes several thought-provoking breakout sessions and the opportunity to meet with representatives from 17 top-notch seminaries and divinity schools from around the nation, from multiple denominational affiliations.

The day will also feature a keynote luncheon address - "Where Next? Vocation as Path" by Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation.

By attending Seminary and Divinity School Day, you will also have the chance to visit with students from other regional undergraduate schools who have similar questions and interests. The full schedule is available on our website: There is no charge for this event, but please register by Monday, Oct. 20. To register, please see the website or contact Lonna in the Christensen Center for Vocation, or 612-330-1467.

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Physicist Contributes to Oral History Project

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Lanzerotti of the Physics Department. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has recently posted three oral history transcripts obtained by interviews and transcriptions of her undergraduate students at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Air Force Institute of Technology and the IEEE History Center. Check them out here:

Feel free to congratulate and welcome our newest physics colleague!

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Alumna Kaia Peters Hirt Honored

Kaia Peters Hirt, Augsburg English and Education alumna, has been named the Minnesota Theater Educator of the Year by the Minnesota Educational Theater Association. This honor follows her work at Armstrong High School where she teaches English and journalism and directed the play "Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World." The play, Hirt states, is about girls who 'have agency over their lives" and about how "society views girls and women around the world." Congratulations, Kaia!

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Dorm/Apartment Furniture for Sale

Ikea furniture like new! Malm 4-drawer birch dresser and two 2-drawer night stands originally $200 for all; will sell for $50. Hemnes birch bookcase 68 1/2' x 35 5/8' originally $150; will sell for $50. You haul. Email or call 651.341.4209 for photos if interested.

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