Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Construction: Ceilings, Walls, and Floors

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There is a lot going on inside the Hagfors Center this week. There also will be a bike lane and sidewalk closure this week on 20th Avenue South. McGough Construction has coordinated with the City of Minneapolis to effect this closure in order to complete some curb and sidewalk finishing work, dependent on weather.

This week’s post also provides updates on:
>>The flexible classroom
>>The skyway
>>The donor brick wall
>>Installation of lab tables
>>Commissioning of air handling systems
>>Preparations of corridor floors for floor coverings

See the full update for the week of October 2

Teaching and Learning

Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Remember to Use the Writing Lab

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Applying for Grad School? URGO can help

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URGO can help with all your Grad School questions!

Interested in Grad School? URGO can help! Send us an email to set up a meeting to discuss your options for graduate school. Questions? Email us at or check out our website at URGO can help with: GRE guidance and strategies, interview preparation, and can help with your individualized application process.

General Announcements

Food Service

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Pork Free Pizza

Pizza in the Commons will continue to be offered with a variety of toppings, but pork toppings have been discontinued. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination of utensils for the Commons customers who choose not to eat pork.

Extended Hours
Because you asked for it, the Commons will be open earlier for breakfast, hot lunch served longer, and dinner served later.
The Commons is open from 7:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:00-9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast: 9:45-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Light Lunch: 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-8 p.m.
Note that the 8 p.m. closing time is a one-month pilot program for the month of September. If dining from 7-8 p.m. proves to be a popular option, we will be able to stay open until 8 p.m. on a permanent basis.

Cilantro Lime Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Squash and Zucchini
Hot Turkey & Swiss Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Carrots, Baked Potato
Coconut Curry Lentil Stew
Curried Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cheesy Pasta Bake
Italian Green Beans
Tortellini Tuesday at World Flavors

Nabo Specials
Monday- Chicken Parmesan sandwich
Tue-Chicken Florentine Pasta
Wed- Veggie Wrap
Thur- Club Salad
Fri- Tenders & Fries

Study abroad in spring semester – apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online here!

Judge Debate for the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 6 high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 6-7th: U of M (East Bank)
October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

Earthquake Relief for Mexican Host Families

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On behalf of CGEE Mexico staff and Mexico Site Director Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, please consider donating to our earthquake relief campaign.

As many of you know, Augsburg has had presence in Cuernavaca, Mexico for over 35 years. Many Augsburg students along with other college students, non-profit organizations, businesses and others, have participated in our life changing programs year after year. Each experience had by our participants includes short stays with host families in the region. These families have expressed generosity, love, and support in hosting students throughout the years.

Many of our host families in the rural parts of Morelos were hit hard by the September 19th earthquake. These families and communities have lost homes in the devastation and are working to rebuild their lives.

Please consider donating to Ann’s campaign to help raise money for these families and communities in need. Even a simple $10 donation or a “share” on a facebook page can go a long way to helping those communities in need that have been so kind and generous with our students over the years.

(*Note: all host families, staff, and current students are safe, none were physically harmed during the earthquake. Our study center in Cuernavaca was not damaged. You can follow our blog and/or social media pages for updates.)

CGEE Mexico Earthquake Relief Campaign

Women and the Construction of Peace

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Carol Rojas will be on campus to give a presentation and a participatory workshop on Women and the Construction of Peace in Colombia.
Monday, October 9th at 7:15pm-9:00pm
Marshall Room-Christensen Center

About the Speaker
“In the Antimilitarist Feminist Network, she learned about working class feminism and discovered the need to collectively build forms of life that invite the transformation of the living conditions of those who have suffered war, hunger, dehumanization, lack of education, work, and health. Changing imagery, denaturalizing war and violence, working towards peace and building women’s power.

Carol Rojas is a popular educator who accompanies formative processes with men and women who live in working class neighborhoods. Her primary objective is to demilitarize and undo the patriarchy that exists in peoples’ bodies and minds so that they can transform their territories based on an antimilitarist working class feminism and the commitment towards the democratization of the Colombian state, which is a key idea for the construction of peace.”

Campus Cupboard is Now Open

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Hello people of Augsburg! Campus Cupboard is now open for ALL students.
Hours are as follows:
M- 9:30am-11am, 12pm-1:40pm, 3:30pm-6pm
T- 2pm-6pm
W- 9:30pm-11am, 12pm-1:40pm
Th- 10am-12pm
F- 10am-1:30pm
If you need groceries, please stop by the Cupboard in the Foss Lobby. Students can take up to 5 items per visit at no cost. We have lots of soups, canned veggies and fruits, dried goods like beans and rice, and a lot of other foods!

Please share with friends and spread the news about the Cupboard. We are aiming to end the stigma around using food shelves and food insecurity on campus.

We are also looking for volunteers to take shifts. Please email if you’re interested in volunteering or if you have any questions-

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation on Endowment: 2 p.m. today, Marshall Room

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Join the Focused Conversation this afternoon in person or via remote access. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Heather Riddle will discuss how endowments work and the efforts underway to grow Augsburg’s endowment, which currently is valued at around $40 million.

If you cannot attend today, Heather will facilitate a second session tomorrow at 12:30 pm., also in the Marshall Room.

Additional VP for Enrollment Management Candidates Scheduled for On-campus Visits

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Two additional candidates for the vice president for Enrollment Management position are scheduled for on-campus visits on Tuesday, October 10, and Monday, October 16.

Both candidates will present in an open forum in the Marshall Room from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on those dates. See the Inside Augsburg calendar for links to add those sessions to your calendars.

Watch for A-mail posts at the end of this week and the end of next week with links to the candidates’ credentials and to the survey to collect feedback from campus community members after the open forum sessions.

The search committee will collect all the feedback and make a recommendation to President Pribbenow by October 20 about the three finalist candidates.

Aiding in Hurricane Relief

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A group of students and staff members are collecting gently used clothes to sell at the Taste of Augsburg. All proceeds will go to aiding in hurricane relief in both Texas and Florida. There are collection boxes in the StepUP office and in the Campus Ministry Office. If you have questions please feel free to email Owen at or Thenedra at

Friday Open Coffee and Conversation: Norway Edition

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Coffee and Conversations: Norway Edition
Explore Your Relationship to Social Justice while Studying Abroad in Norway

Friday, October 6
8:30 – 9:30am
Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

Join the study abroad office for coffee and conversation about HECUA’s “The New Norway” program. Come grab a cup of coffee and some refreshments while learning about study abroad in Norway with the HECUA program director, Alex Bielicki.

The HECUA Norway program provides students the opportunity to deeply explore globalization, identity, and the politics surround nationality and immigration. The program is place-based, experiential learning paired an interdisciplinary internship.

All students, faculty, staff, advisors, or community members interested in learning more about Norway are welcome to stop by for all or part of the hour.

Topics we’ll cover:
• HECUA study abroad general Information
• The New Norway themes, projects, and overall outline
• Program internship sites, past student experiences, and potential projects
• General Information about why Norway is a beneficial place for students to study away

Feel free to come with questions and ideas! We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more about the HEUCA Norway program

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

REGISTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

AugSTEM Fall Workshops: LinkedIn (10/9)

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

Join us this Monday!
Monday, Oct 9: “Creating Effective LinkedIn Profiles & Advanced LinkedIn Search Tips” [Augsburg Career & Internship Services]
Presentation by Emily Reinert, Assistant Director of Career and Internship Services (Strommen Center).

Upcoming workshops:
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

STEM Programs

“Open Sesame” October 10 on campus

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The director of the film, “Open Sesame: The History of Seeds” M. Sean Kaminsky, will be here from NYC to show his film and speak on a panel with 2 Augsburg students who have worked with Dream of Wild Health on seed saving efforts this past year.

Tuesday, October 10th
6:00pm-Film screening
7:30pm-Panel discussion
Science #123-Augsburg University

Thank you to Professor Christina Erickson and Batalden funding, Professor Jacqui deVries, the Seward Co-op, the Organic Consumers Association, and the Sabo Center for making this event possible.

(2) $20 gift cards from the Seward Co-op will be raffled off at the culmination of the panel.

Snacks will be provide by the Campus Kitchen!


Heritage Day with Mary Lowe Oct. 24

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On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Keeping Track of Auggies

Make A Short Film for the Augsburg Spooky Film Fest

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Feeling haunted by the Halloween spirit? Call your friends and make a short horror film this fall! Augsburg University students are invited to submit their short films with spooky/scary content to be screened at the Augsburg Student Spooky Film Festival, hosted by Augsburg Art Club. The free screening will be held in Sateren Auditorium on Wed. October 25th, with popcorn and candy available. You will be able to vote on your favorite films at the end of the screening, and the filmmaker with the highest voted film will receive a prize. The time limit for films is 10 minutes, and films can be submitted by uploading a high-quality version of your work to Google Drive and then sharing it with Contact or with any questions!

Facebook event page


Employment Opportunity: Tournament Staff for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester, and middle schoolers next semester.


$11.00/hr *+ Free Food! Non-Augsburg students will receive $11/hr, Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate. You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.

Job Duties:

Post signage and tournament information throughout building
Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
Help greet volunteers
Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots

Job Qualifications:

Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
Pass a background check
Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

Dates and Times:
University of MN Tournament – hiring 3 students per shift
Fri Oct. 6th
Sat Oct. 7th

Humboldt Tournament (west side of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Saturday Oct. 14th

Highland Park (Highland Park Neighborhood of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri Nov. 10th
Sat. Nov. 11th

UMBrooks (University of MN West Bank) hiring 2 students per shift
Sat Nov 18th

UDL Champs (TBD) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri. Dec. 8th
Sat. Dec. 9th

Questions? Email or call 612-330-1730. Please click on the link below to go to the calendar. You will be able to select any available shift time.

Employment Opportunities