Things are getting real, real fast and the Augsburg University name change is well underway. Large-scale physical installations and changes continue to appear. Perhaps the most exciting change in recent days is the completion of the Si Melby Gymnasium floor.
As you know, all the work that has taken place, that is underway, and that is yet to be undertaken is being done according to a work plan meant to prioritize and guide this exciting and important work.
Recent work includes:
- Si Melby Gymnasium: The gymnasium floor is finished. If you haven’t been to the gym, stop waiting and scoot on over there! The floor features our new name and updated spirit mark. Thanks to thoughtful and intentional design that supports our key messaging, the floor also showcases the Minneapolis skyline. It’s a way to underscore our urban location and our pride in being part of the City of Minneapolis. Be sure to climb the risers so you can enjoy the full impact of the new design!
- Monument Signs: Final permits are in hand for the five monument signs that will be built on campus. Demolition of current signs will begin later this month and construction of new signs is expected to be complete in mid-August. As mentioned previously, the monument signs will be brick, textured aluminum, and vinyl lettering. There will be three signs on Riverside Ave. that will be positioned in a way that makes them visible from Riverside and in a way that the current monument signs are not.
- Edor Nelson Field: Decisions about the windscreens and pads are underway, and MarComm and Athletics staff are in conversations about implementing a design that creates on-field Auggie pride.
- Communicating with Community Partners, Others: MarComm staff have drafted sample name-change informational letters that departments can send to vendors, community partners, and grantors. The files, available in MS Word, can be downloaded and customized. Visit the FAQ: Campus Partners page to get these materials.
Friendly Reminder: The official launch of Augsburg University will be September 1. In most instances, we are asking that the community hold off on distributing any “Augsburg University” gear or materials until our official celebration on September 5, the first day of classes.
Thanks for your support, excitement, and patience. It’s sometimes hard to keep a good thing semi-secret, but doing so will make our September 5 community celebration all the more special.