Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Parking Permit sale dates Spring 2018

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Parking Registration/Sale Dates for Spring 2018:

Faculty/Staff surface lot permits on sale December 18th at 8:30 AM
Faculty/Staff Transit and Bicycle Combo packs on sale December 18th at 8:30 AM
Faculty/Staff underground lot permits on sale December 22nd at 8:30 AM
AFA/ Grad parking permits on sale December 18th at 8:30 AM
Senior Commuter & Resident permits on sale December 18th at 8:30 AM
Junior Commuter & Resident permits on sale December 19th at 8:30 AM
Sophomore Commuter & Resident permits on sale December 20th at 8:30 AM
First Year Commuter permits on sale December 21st at 8:30 AM

For questions, please email

Parking Updates

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Updates on parking lot changes:

Parking in the roundabout in front of the Hagfors center on 8th street is not permitted at any time. You must also not stop your vehicle on the roundabout or use this space to wait for anyone at any time. This is used as a traffic control circle and any violations of this will be enforced with citations up to and including towing at the owner’s expense.

Surface Lot A will remain a Carpool ONLY lot. To park in this lot, you must have a valid carpool permit. To obtain a carpool permit, you must meet all of the appropriate criteria. All of the details on this are listed on the Public Safety website.

For questions please email

Scheduled Phone Outage Dec. 17th

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IT will be servicing the campus phone system on Sunday December 17th from 8am to 8:30am, and all campus phones will be down during this time. Due to this servicing, the Department of Public Safety will not be able to be reached by dialing 612-330-1717.

If there is an emergency during this outage you should dial 911 and attempt to notify Public Safety as soon as possible. For a request for service you can contact Public Safety by using the iReport function on the 911 Shield App (see below for links to the Apple Store and Google Play store), or by walking to the dispatch center in the Urness/Mortensen lobby. If you have any questions or need help setting up the 911 Shield app you can email questions to

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Teaching and Learning

Teach in China after Graduation

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Auggies who are graduating this fall or spring are invited to apply to serve as teaching interns at Augsburg University’s exchange partner, United International College in Zhuhai, China (near Hong Kong and Macao).

Internship placements are from August 2018-June 2019. Airfare, Housing and a monthly stipend are provided. Apply by February 1st.

Job Description | Application | More Information

Speaking of Sabbaticals Lunch with Ben Stottup

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RSVP now for the first Sabbatical Lunch of 2018. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on January 17th in the Marshall Room for a talk by Ben Stottrup, Department of Physics.

For over a decade, work in the Augsburg Biophysics Lab has focused on the morphology and thermodynamics of thin soft matter films. Recently we added rheological techniques to investigate soft matter and fluid flow in Langmuir monolayers. A series of short vignettes will be presented to highlight several aspects of this scholarship – from student collaborators to the HCSBR.

River Semester Fall 2018 – Apply Now

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Students interested in a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to travel the length of the Mississippi River as part of a full semester of courses should check out Augsburg’s River Semester program for Fall 2018. Students in the program will spend 100 days paddling from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and beyond, before returning to the Twin Cities in December.

Courses offered include:

POL 241 Environmental and River Politics (meets Liberal Arts Foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ENV 310 Environmental Studies Field Seminar. Study grassroots organizing and meeting with stakeholders throughout the watershed.
ENV 120: Environmental Science (Science w/ Lab)
BIO 495: Topics
POL/ENV/BIO 499 Directed Research Project (possible Keystone credit)
POL/ENV 399 Internship (with a river-related organization; some internships are paid)
KEY 490 Keystone
Other courses and specialized curriculum available by special arrangement
This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement

The deadline for early registration is Dec. 15, 2017, which qualifies you for a $500 discount on the program fee. Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Full information and details at or by contacting the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away Office in Christensen Center or Prof. Joe Underhill at

River Semester Information and Application

Apply for Off-campus Summer Research – workshop 1/15

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Travel. Learn. Connect.

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

See URGO’s website to find hundreds of off-campus research opportunities:

Application deadlines for these programs are most often near the start of next semester (January, February), so Winter Break is the perfect time to get started! URGO will be hosting a workshop January 15th where students will receive one on one advising and feedback on their applications. Students are encouraged to send their application essays to prior to the workshop to make the most of the time.

Off-Campus Research Application Workshop
Monday, January 15th (no classes)
3-5pm in SVE 205
Pizza will be provided.

If you cannot make it to the workshop, please contact URGO at 612-330-1446 or to make an individual appointment.

URGO off-campus research page

Six More Days to Find the Writing Lab

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There are only six days left for students to use the help available from the wonderful writing tutors in the WL! If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! About 850 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. 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.
Note – The Lab will close after the Wed. night shift on Dec. 20!

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Finals Week Tutoring Services

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All Supplemental Instruction and Drop-in Tutoring will be ending on Friday December 15th, unless otherwise stated. Please check your course Moodle or the provided link to see if Supplemental Instruction or Drop-in Tutoring will be offered during finals week for your course.

Questions? Email

General Announcements

Paws for Learning Here Friday 12/15

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Our good friends from Paws for Learning will be on campus in preparation for finals week. Stop by Christensen Center Lobby Friday 10:30 – 12:00 pm and again finals week on Monday 12/18 from 10 – 11:30 am and Wednesday 12/20 from 9:30 – 11:00 am on the Skyway Level of Lindell Library (near Gage Center). Stop by any or all of these times to get your furry friend fix!!

Augsburg University Sesquicentennial Grant Call for Proposals

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The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form ( The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website ( and Sesquicentennial website ( Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information.

New leaders in undergraduate admissions

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Devon Ross is the new director of undergraduate admissions at Augsburg University, and Shonna Fulford has been elevated to the Associate Director role, overseeing traditional undergraduate recruitment in admissions.

As a student athlete (soccer) at Augsburg, Devon worked in housing (while living in Mort) and also career services. College access became his calling when he began a career in admissions in 1993. He has several years of experience with each of our undergraduate populations; traditional, transfer, and adult.
A 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award at Augsburg, Devon has played a large role in several major initiatives that have helped transform Augsburg into a more diverse, thriving, urban university.
He serves as the Chair of Admissions Practices for the MN Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and also for the MACAC Leadership Development Program as a mentor to new admissions professionals.
Additionally, he’s also part of the National College Fair organizing committee.
While he’s a busy father of five, wrapping up his Master of Arts in Leadership at Augsburg, Devon and his wife, Gina, also provide animal-foster housing for cats and dogs in their south-metro home.

Shonna Fulford has been promoted to the role of Associate Director of Traditional Undergraduate Admissions. Shonna hails originally from the vibrant, rural community of Perham, MN. A graduate of Augsburg in 2009, she continued on to earn her MS in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University.
One of our most successful admissions counselors in her five years in admissions, Shonna will continue to manage a significant recruiting territory and serve on Staff Senate, having been elected in 2017.
Shonna has also served on the MACAC government relations committee and currently serves on the executive board of the MN Association of Counselors of Color.

Submit your creative work for the Engman Prize

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The John Engman Writing Prize, a literary competition sponsored by Murphy Square and the Augsburg English Department, is awarded each year to promising writers. This year’s submission deadline is December 21st (the last day of finals). Judges of the competition will select winners in each of the categories of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

To enter writers must submit the following:

Short Fiction – One complete short story of not more than 15 pages.
Creative Non-fiction – One complete piece not longer than 15 pages.
Poetry – At least three poems.

All writers must be enrolled at Augsburg University and may enter each of the categories as often as they wish, but they may only win in one. Names of writers must not be on the works submitted.

Entries must be submitted through Moodle.

The direct link to the site is:

The prize was named in honor of poet and Augsburg alumnus John Engman who died in 1996. Judges for the contest are English Department faculty members. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards if entries in specific categories are not of winning quality; they may also increase the number of awards in a category that has attracted entries of obvious merit. Winners will be notified in January and will be awarded gift cards to the university bookstore.

Toys for Tots Drive – Donate in the StepUP Office

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Hello Augsburg University,

The StepUP Peer Advisors from the StepUP Program at Augsburg University have organized a toy drive to support Toys for Tots this holiday season. If you are a student, staff, or faculty member, who is willing to donate brand new toys (not used) to this great cause, please drop off any donation in the StepUP Office. The StepUP Office is located on the second floor of the Oren Gateway Center. We will be accepting donations until December 20th. If you have any friends or family who may be interested in participating, please let them know!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cody Thompson at Thank you all for your kindness and generosity this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

Denmark & Iceland: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Courses: ENL 270 or ENL 395, AND SOC 111/URB 111, or SOC 295/URB 295 The program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about two amazing cities: Reykjavik and Copenhagen and earn 8 credits at the same time! This two-course Augsburg Abroad experience explores the relationship between city and text; it is an interdisciplinary celebration of cities, with Reykjavik and Copenhagen and their environs as the sites of the celebration. Students will access the artistic heart of the city by immersing themselves in the real-life locations of Hamlet, Copenhagen Noir, and major films. Simultaneously, they will tour Copenhagen (often via bike and public transport) to learn why it is a mecca of urban sustainability and livability with some of the most inspired public spaces in the world. The program will also include a one-night stopover in Iceland, where students can explore Icelandic community life, explore its Viking history and storytelling (sagas).

Applications are due on January 31.

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants can apply their summer funds to this program!

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Apply to be a Peer Advisor in Study Abroad & Study Away

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The Study Abroad/Away office is hiring this spring! If you enjoyed your off-campus experience and would like to share what you learned with other Auggies, this could be a perfect job for you. We offer 10 hours a week and the opportunity to stay on in the summer and next year.

Great candidates:
***are currently sophomores or juniors
***have strong organizational and public speaking skills
***are interested in sharing cross-cultural experiences with other students

Please contact Andrea Dvorak with questions about the job:

Check out the job description and apply here!

Mexico: Summer study abroad program

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Earn language, Art, Keystone, or Internship credit in Mexico this summer:

CGEE in Mexico offers five 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to five courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights.

Spanish language courses at all levels beginning to advanced, as well as specialized Spanish courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for Ministry, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals can be combined with internships in those fields to create a truly customized summer experience.

The summer is organized into five blocks, you may take anywhere from one to five blocks. Students who wish to take an internship must enroll for at least two blocks:
Block I: May 2-27
Block II: May 23-June 17 (KEY 490 offered only during Block II)
Block III: June 13-July 8
Block IV: July 5-29
Block V: July 25-August 19

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Scholarships are available!

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants, may apply the summer grant funds to this program if they attend at least two Blocks.

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details, scholarship info, and application

LSAMP NSS Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in STEM

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Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

-Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
-Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
-Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
-Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
-US citizen or permanent resident.
-Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at or complete the following application:

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in programming.

North Star STEM Application

North Star STEM Application

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship: application deadline Friday, Jan. 19

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Students can now apply for the 2017-18 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2018, in the following areas:
**Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
**Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 19, 2017.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found at the NASA Scholarship Information. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

Questions? Please contact STEM Programs at

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

Music Theatre Club: The Drowsy Chaperone Auditions

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The Music Theatre Club’s spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, is a fully student run production with the purpose of bringing new and additional performance or production opportunities to all Augsburg students. If you are interested in auditioning for a role in The Drowsy Chaperone, there is a two-day audition process for which you must sign-up and attend.

***Audition sign-ups are located on the door if the Sateren Auditorium on the main floor of Anderson Music Hall.***

Friday, December 15th (Song/Monologue Audition- Day 1)
Sign up for an audition slot between 6pm-9pm.

For the audition, please prepare the following:
1. 60 Second Monologue: Perform a monologue of your choice that is upwards of one minute in length. Memorization is not required but recommended.
2. 32 Bars of a Musical Theatre Song: Perform up to 32 bars (ex. a verse and a chorus) of a song of your choosing. You MAY choose to perform an excerpt of a song from The Drowsy Chaperone. Memorization is not required but recommended. Please bring a copy of sheet music for the accompanist.
Location: M3 (Choir Room in Anderson Music Hall)

Saturday, December 16th (Dance Audition- Day 2)
Sign up to participate in the group/small group dance audition on Saturday, December 16th at 6pm.

Callbacks: Sunday, December 17th will be 12pm-3pm

If you have any questions about the audition process, or if you are interested in participating in the technical team or pit orchestra, please email

Event Announcements

Multicultural Dinner-TODAY-Great food

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Please join colleagues, friends and community members for the annual Multicultural Dinner at the Brian Coyle Community Center this Thursday, December 14th from 5pm-7pm.

All are invited to share in a free community meal with food from over 10 restaurants in the neighborhood. Please see the attached flier for more information.

****Augsburg University is one of the co-sponsors of this event.****

Thanks to Aviands for contributing the lasagna and salad.

Intersections of Gender Identity and Spirituality

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This Thursday, December 14th 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for dinner and an evening of discussion around the intersections of gender identity and expression, and faith/spirituality.

We are excited to hear from three student panelists about their experiences and about how their journeys of gender identity and expression intersect with or inform their spiritual lives or belief systems.

Hosted by the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons.

[Cedar Commons – 2001 Riverside Ave S, Below Trinity]

AURA Presents Open Recovery Meeting TONIGHT

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Tonight from 7-8:30 pm in the Augsburg Room, AURA will be hosting an Open Recovery Meeting. We are providing a space for anyone to share their experience in recovery from substance use disorders, or how they have been affected by them. You are welcome to come listen, you do not have to share if you attend. We encourage everyone who may be interested to attend!

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Cody Thompson, Co-Founder and Co-President of AURA, with any questions that you may have! We hope to see you there!

LSAMP NSS Funding for National Society of Black Engineers Convention

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is holding its 44th annual convention March 21-25, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” ( Students who have attended in past years have found the conference to be an excellent professional development opportunity.

Augsburg students who are eligible for funding through LSAMP NSS may apply for travel funding to attend the NSBE convention. To learn more, see the “LSAMP NSS Funding” general announcement in Amail, email, or go to Students interested in attending should be in good academic standing as it will be necessary to miss some classes.

To find out more or express your interest in attending this convention, contact by Friday, December 15.

NSBE Convention Webpage

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