Mark Your Calendar: Celebration of ‘Augsburg University’ on September 5

[Updated August 21, 2017]

With only weeks to go before Augsburg officially becomes “Augsburg University,” many more visual proof of this historic change are becoming apparent. Banners float above the sidewalks throughout campus by Music Hall, between Lindell Library and Oren Gateway Center, and down Riverside Avenue. Soon, signage on top of Mortensen Hall will be lit so travelers on Interstate 94 will see “Augsburg University” illuminating the night sky.

As we enter the final weeks before we change officially are recognized as Augsburg University, we want to encourage all faculty, staff, and students to save the date for a kick-off celebration on September 5, the first day of class for our incoming students.

The day will include traditional and new experiences for the full community and is intended to be a festival-like atmosphere. The schedule includes:

  • 9:20 a.m. Opening Convocation Line Up
    • Faculty are asked to line up at 9:20 a.m. to applaud students as they process into Hoversten Chapel for the Opening Convocation.
  • 9:30 a.m. Opening Convocation in Hoversten
    • The Opening Convocation, for incoming students and AugSem leaders, is starting earlier than previous years to accommodate the 10:30 a.m. festival in the Quadrangle. 
    • To ensure adequate seating for incoming first-year students, Aug Sem leaders/faculty & platform party guests, Augsburg community members and guests will be invited to view the event via livestream in Sateren Auditorium (or you can watch from any computer or mobile device via the Augsburg YouTube or Facebook channels).
  • 10:20 a.m. Line Up for Recessional
    • Faculty and staff who watched the livestream in Sateren and/or are elsewhere on campus are encouraged to congregate outside of Foss and on the sidewalk along 22nd Avenue by 10:20 a.m. to welcome our incoming class as they recess from the event and to kick off the name change activities with some special performances!
  • 10:30 a.m. Kick-Off Celebration
    • Everyone is invited to the Quadrangle for a celebration! Food stations will be set up throughout the Quadrangle. Community members will be able to have Augsburg University logo t-shirts screen printed onsite, participate in a photo-booth, make hygiene kits for the Health Commons, and check out a special “reveal” on Christensen Center. Large-party format games, stilt walkers, and more are part of the celebration.
  • 11:30 a.m.  Formal Program 
    • Augsburg University President Paul Pribbenow will provide a formal welcome to students and officially launch Augsburg University.
  • 1 p.m. First-Year Student Service Projects

Please plan to join first-year and other new Auggies, faculty, and staff to celebrate the day and to kick-off the 2017-18 academic year!

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‘Augsburg University’ starting to show up around campus

The newest vehicle for the Department of Public Safety sports the name “Augsburg University.”

Things are changing around campus, Auggies. You already know that last March, members of Augsburg Corporation approved a resolution to change our name from “Augsburg College” to “Augsburg University.” But, just in case you missed it, you can read about that on the News and Media blog.

Lots has been going on since that resolution passed … meetings to discuss how the name change would be carried out, discussions about the order in which Augsburg would prioritize where and how the name would be changed, and more.

Now we are at the point where our new name will start to pop up around campus and in accordance with the name-change rollout plan and timeline. The rollout plan was created to guide work during the name-change swap window, to categorize the types of places our name must be changed, and to prioritize the order in which we would swap our name across thousands of physical and virtual locations. 

Remember, the official launch of Augsburg University will be September 1. Then, on September 5, the first day of classes, we will celebrate becoming Augsburg University.

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