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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University Name Change: Monument Signs, Top of Mortensen

This is a rendering of the new design for the Augsburg University monument signs that will be built at key locations on the Minneapolis campus.

In fewer than 60 days, we officially will be Augsburg University.

Last week, department heads received email information specific to their department about the University Name Change. Please be sure to undertake this work so that our campus is transformed by September 1. Some of the major steps that department heads need to implement on behalf of the community include blocking time on calendars between August 28 through September 1 to implement the changes for which your department is responsible and reviewing your department’s University Name Change Checklist and download the University Name Change Master Task Tracker to track your implemented name changes

This is a rendering of the new design for the monument sign at the Rochester teaching site.
The sign on top of Mortensen Hall will look like this on the North and South sides.
The East and West sides of Mortensen Hall will feature the new Augsburg A.

Two University Name Change Help Sessions remain and are a chance to get a project update and to ask any questions about your Department Name Change Checklist, or for any other name-change related queries. Sessions are:

  • August 2, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100
  • August 23, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100

Now, here’s a look at what’s new and what’s underway right now!

Monument Signs

Deconstruction of the monument signs began this week. The size and deconstruction of the monument signs requires use of some heavy equipment to remove sign footings, prepare sites for the new signs, and more. For instance, jackhammers are needed to break up the footings and surrounding cement pads and the preparation for new signs may require the use of trenching equipment for electricity to the new signs, which will be lit. The most complex monument sign removal and installment is at the intersection of 8th Street and 20th Avenue, by Luther Hall. This site requires some regrading of the land near and around the sign.

Once the old signs are removed, new footings will be installed and is anticipated to take several weeks. Of course, this kind of work is weather dependent.  

A monument sign at the Rochester teaching site also will be replaced and work is underway to coordinate the removal of the current sign and installation of the new one.

Please be careful, as always, when approaching any construction area and use extreme caution if you are in the area of any construction work. We all have a responsibility to look out for our own safety and with so much construction throughout campus, this is as important as ever.

Top of Mortensen Hall

The current letters on top of Mortensen Hall and that say “Augsburg” and “Augsburg College” are anticipated to be removed by the end of the week of July 17. This work may require the use of a crane to safely take the letters off the building and to load  them into a truck for removal from campus.

Once the letters are removed, the facing will be repainted maroon. Then the new signage will be installed, again with the use of a crane.

At this time, we do not have firm dates for when this work will take place. Just know that if you see the crane near Mortensen Hall, it is on campus for this work. As with the monument sign work, this work is weather dependent and cannot be done in rain or if there are high winds.

Thank You

The University Name Change Project is a major undertaking that depends upon the full community’s support and participation. Thanks to all who have participated in the University Name Change Information Meetings and to department heads for their leadership of their individual community in carrying out the tasks required to meet our goal of transforming to Augsburg University by September 5.

‘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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