Public Safety and Facilities Announcements
Student Gov't Tours the Hagfors Center
The final structural concrete pour within the building was complete last week. Exterior concrete pours -- for stair stoops and sidewalks -- will begin next spring or summer. A full summary of this week's construction activities is posted on http://www.augsburg.edu/hagforscenter/construction-project-updates . This week's post includes the following updates:
 Photos from the Augsburg Day Student Government tour of the site
 Exterior window framing - introducing the exterior accent colors
 Roof work
 Precast exterior brick
 Fireproofing and wall framing in the lobby
 Interior wall framing
 North stair
 Partial closure of 21st Avenue South planned next week (weather permitting) for skyway work.
To subscribe to regular emails about the Hagfors Center construction, go to http://www.augsburg.edu/hagforscenter and sign up for email updates.
Teaching and Learning
Nominate Faculty or Staff for CTL Awards 2017
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service.
All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Any member of the campus community - student, staff, or faculty - may nominate.
You may submit a nomination in one of three areas:
TEACHING - Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee's active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for FULL-TIME faculty and one for ADJUNCT faculty (2 courses per term or less).
SERVICE - Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee's impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.
SCHOLARSHIP - Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.
Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017. Submit using the online form on the CTL awards webpage: http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/awards/
The selection of the award recipients is a juried process. Nominations will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee comprised of members of the Faculty Development Committee, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Deans of Arts and Sciences and Graduate and Professional Studies. The committee may, when appropriate, consider candidate's annual reports, teaching evaluations, and other documents provided by the Dean's office. Based on the pool of nominees, the committee has discretion to offer the awards in any combination as well as to decline to offer a specific award in a given year. The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Provost for final approval.
The awards will be announced at the Honors Convocation on April 21st and at the Faculty Recognition Luncheon on April 27, 2017. The recipient of the award for excellence in teaching for full-time will be invited to give the keynote address at the Opening Convocation in September and the adjunct faculty awardee will be invited to speak at the New Faculty Orientation in August.
Faculty, Apply Now for Annual CTL Grants
Applications for the three annual CTL grants are now being accepted. The submission deadline is February 15, 2017.
See the Calls for Proposals below, and find the online applications on the CTL grants webpage: http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/grants/grant-applications/
Scholarship Grant http://web.augsburg.edu/ctl/cfp/2017_Scholarship.pdf
Provost's Internationalization Travel Grant http://web.augsburg.edu/ctl/cfp/2017_Internationalization.pdf
Integrated Course Design Grant http://web.augsburg.edu/ctl/cfp/2017_ICD.pdf
Important Changes Coming to Daily A-mail
The Office of Marketing and Communication, which is responsible for distributing the Daily A-mail, has developed an improved process for submitting and reading posts.
New features include:
* a simplified submission interface
* an email receipt confirming each successful submission, including the full content submitted
* the ability to edit a post after it has been submitted up until the submission deadline
* the optional daily digest sent via email will now include links to each individual post.
One important change to note with the new submission process is that the deadline for submitting A-mail will change. The new deadline for inclusion in a day's A-mail will be 11:59 p.m. the day prior to publication, rather than 10 a.m. on the day of publication. This means an A-mail can be submitted at any time during the day (including before 10 a.m.) in order to show up in the next business day's A-mail.
These A-mail updates will be rolled out over the winter break in partnership with IT. As part of this transition, A-mail will not be sent on December 27-29. In addition, as always, Daily A-mail will not be sent on the dates that are College holidays, which include December 23, 26, and 30, as well as January 2.
After the transition, a new "Submit to A-mail" option will be added the left-hand navigation at inside.augsburg.edu. We expect this to be available Dec. 29. The first A-mail sent using the new submission form will be Tuesday, January 3. Submissions for the January 3 A-mail can be submitted any time after the form is available and before 11:59 p.m. January 2, 2017.
Please send questions or concerns to email@example.com.
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
Continental Breakfast 9:45-11am
Light Lunch 1:30-4:30pm
Come to The Commons tonight, Monday December 12, for Late Night Breakfast from 10 to 11pm. Free food with your student ID, served to you by Augsburg Faculty.
On Thursday, December 15, Einsteins will be closing at 12pm. On Friday, December 16, all food service locations will be closing at 1:30pm. Over Winter Break, Nabo and The Commons will be closed. Einsteins will be open over break, Monday-Friday from 7:30pm-1:30pm with a Limited Menu. The Commons will reopen on Sunday, January 8, at 5pm for dinner, and normal hours will resume for all locations on Monday, January 9.
Health Insurance Important Deadline on Dec. 15
If you want coverage to start Jan 1, 2017, the deadline for that is December 15, 2016. Dec. 15 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
January 31, 2017, is the last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
You can enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance right now. Go to HealthCare.gov or CuidadDeSalud.gov and learn more. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, available 24 hours/day.
Auditions for Passing Strange, A Musical
Sign up for auditions for Augsburg theaters spring musical, (ahem) rock-n-roll musical, Passing Strange, written by STEW.
All Augsburg students are welcome and encouraged to come out and audition.
Briefly, the story follows Youth, a young Black man raised in Los Angeles, California, as he passes through life, learning about himself and the world around him, through music and the people he meets because of it. Throughout his journey for "the real," he gains so much, but is what he gives up too much? Will the ends justify the means? Will everything be alright?
Don't have time to read the whole story, check out Spike Lee's documentary of Passing Strange, filmed live on stage.
A 3-day audition extravaganza will take place Jan. 11, 12 and 13, and yes, that is the week you return from winter break.
This audition will be broken into 3 segments, singing, dancing and acting, each taking place on separate days. In order to be cast, you will need to prepare for and perform each one of the parts, requiring you to be present for a portion of all 3 days. Please note, you must sign up for each day's activity.
If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, we ask that you sign up for the dates and times you are able to make and contact Jamil directly to re-schedule at an alternative date.
Jamil's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc. Del Logeais, Passing Strange stage manager, at email@example.com.
Wed., Jan. 11th, 3:30-6:30p, Sateren Auditorium, Music Building
Singing auditions with musical director, Sonja Thompson
Sonja will be hearing 4 singers every 15 minutes. Choose one of the four slots in a 15 min. block of time, provide your name, contact information, title of your song, and the producing artist/band name. Bring a copy of your sheet music, if you have one, to your audition. Please, no songs from the Passing Strange.
Thur., Jan. 12th, 7-10p, Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Building
Dancing and Movement with choreographer, Kelli Foster Warder
This will be a group call. Wear clothing and shoes to move in. Please no bare feet. Kelli will begin with a quick warm up with every one and then teach a short dance/movement combination. This will then be performed in groups. Please sign up for the evening and provide your contact information.
Fri., Jan. 13th, 4:30-7p, Tjornhom Theater, Foss Building
Prepared readings/monologues with director, Jamil Jude
Please sign up for a 7 min time slot, and provide your contact information. Prepare a short contemporary monologue of your choice, OR, a selected reading from Passing Strange. You do not need to be memorized. Readings are available at the theater desk in Foss 104 (Chapel office) on Dec. 12. It is highly recommended you choose a reading from the script. If you choose to do a monologue, you will be asked to cold read from the script during your audition.
Further information and Sign up sheets are posted on Tjornhom-Nelson theater door, in Foss.
Once you have signed up, please stop at the theater desk in Foss 104 and pick up an audition information/student planner form. Complete in advance and bring to one of the audition days.
if you have questions, contact Del at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change to A-mail Submission Deadline
The deadline for submitting A-mail will change over the winter break. The new deadline for inclusion in a day's A-mail will be 11:59 p.m. the day prior to publication, rather than 10 a.m. on the day of publication. This means an A-mail can be submitted at any time during the day (including before 10 a.m.) in order to show up in the next business day's A-mail.
This change is part of a larger A-mail transition to enable it to support new features. To make this transition, A-mail will not be sent on December 27-29. In addition, as always, Daily A-mail will not be sent on the dates that are College holidays, which include December 23, 26, and 30, as well as January 2.
A new "Submit to A-mail" option will be added the left-hand navigation at inside.augsburg.edu by Dec. 29. The first A-mail sent using the new submission form will be Tuesday, January 3. Submissions for the January 3 A-mail can be submitted any time after the form is available and before 11:59 p.m. January 2, 2017.
Please send questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Candle Light Yoga and Finals Week Stress Relief
The Augsburg Mindfulness Club invites all interested students to several additional yoga sessions with Akoni Garcia tonight and this week during finals. Please see the schedule below and come as often as you are able to join in. All are welcome!
Monday 12/12 9 - 10 pm OGC 100
Tuesday 12/13 8 - 9 pm East Commons
Wednesday 12/14 7 - 8 pm East Commons
Thursday 12/15 9 - 10 pm OGC 100
Any questions, please feel free to call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.
Paws for Learning & Finals Stress Relief
If you did not have a chance to stop by Christensen Center on Friday for some pre-finals stress relief our four legged friends from Paws for Learning will be back TODAY - Monday 12/12 from 11 - 1:00 pm on the Skyway level of the library.
Please feel free to stop by before or after your Monday finals. Questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.
Farewell to Matt Ksepka on Wednesday
Please join us in saying a fond farewell to Matt Ksepka on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Marshall Room, Christensen Center. Refreshments will be served. Matt has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer at Totino-Grace High School. His final day will be Thursday, Dec. 15.
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison Visits Campus
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison will visit Augsburg this afternoon to offer insights and thoughts on the recent election, the current political landscape, and what both may mean for our shared future. Congressman Ellison represents Minnesota's 5th District (where Augsburg is located) and serves as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. After Ellison's remarks, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Admissions Christmas & Holiday Open House
Come join the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Office in celebrating the Christmas and Holiday season! We will be hosting our annual Open House on Thursday, December 15, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Join us in the Admissions Suite for great conversation and delicious food and treats. Hope to see you there!
Keeping Track of Auggies