Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Robbery on campus – Jan. 21

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In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is giving notice of a criminal incident that occurred outside of Anderson Residence Hall on the Minneapolis Campus on Jan. 21.

REPORTED OFFENSE: Resident student was standing near Anderson Hall north entrance looking at phone. Resident was approached by two suspects who were asking for the time. After approaching and repeating the question, first suspect displayed a black semi-automatic pistol which was kept in his waistband. Suspect demanded wallet, shoulder bag and cell phone. Resident was told to remove the SIM card from the phone. Suspect reportedly disabled the GPS setting. Both suspects fled westbound toward 20th Avenue South. Additional witness reported a black Honda or Accura accelerating at a high rate of speed on 20th Avenue toward Riverside.
SUSPECTS: Descriptions as reported by victim:
Suspect #1 (displayed weapon): Somali male late teens-early 20s, thin, 130 lbs, 5-10 to 6-0, waist high black jacket with maroon hoodie underneath, appeared to be short black hair underneath hood, no facial hair
Suspect #2: Somali male late teens-early 20s, thin, 6-0 to 6-2, gray hooded sweat shirt and khaki pants
STATUS: This incident remains under investigation by Augsburg Department of Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police Department. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact DPS at 612-330-1717.
Augsburg’s DPS works diligently to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. We ask your assistance in working toward that goal. Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available at our website:

Scott Brownell
Director of Public Safety

Teaching and Learning

It’s Time to Find the Writing Lab

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The Augsburg Writing Lab is now open for spring semester. The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. All Augsburg students — grad and undergrad, any major — are welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. 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 faculty member who would like a tutor to visit a class to briefly discuss the WL, please contact Kathy Swanson, English.

CTL Workshop: Conversations in the Classroom

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Conversations in the Classroom: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 12:30pm – 1:40pm
Where: OGC 100


This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Hagfors Classroom Technology Training

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The IT UserSupport Team will be offering training on using the updated classroom technology that is installed in all Hagfors Center classrooms. All Faculty and Staff, especially those who plan on using Hagfors classrooms this semester, are invited to attend. We will cover the basics of using Windows 10, functionality of the interactive whiteboards, and projecting wirelessly using AirServer, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Feel free to drop-in and/or leave as your schedule allows. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, Jan 24th from 9:00-10:30am in HC 104

May Calendar – Please Reserve Dates and Propose Ideas

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Last year, Faculty Development Committee developed a new strategy for what had been known as “The May Calendar.” Our goal is to provide a predictable, accessible, convenient, useful, engaging, meaningful (shall I keep going?), etc. schedule for faculty and staff development opportunities in early May (after grading and before you take a well-deserved break).

This year, “4 Days in May” will be held May 8-11 and include the “Creating an Inclusive Campus” conference. Based on our goal to highlight faculty and staff development events over just a few days, we have three requests:

1) Mark your calendars and plan on attending.

2) Please refrain from scheduling departmental retreats, etc. during the mornings and early afternoons of May 8-11.

3) If you have any requests for workshops, discussions, or demonstrations, please contact Tim Pippert or any member of the Faculty Development Committee by February 1st.

Peace Scholars Program Applications – Due Feb 1, 2018

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Attention Augsburg sophomores and juniors!

If you are student with a strong interest in peace and justice issues please consider applying for the 2018 Peace Scholar Program. Two students will be selected to join a group of a 16 students taking courses in Oslo, Norway at the International Summer School and the Nansen Dialogue Center in June & July 2018. Program and tuition costs are covered by the program (students cover the cost of their airfare). The Peace Scholars take a leading role in promoting student participation in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, hosted each year by Augsburg University, and spend a few hours each month working in the Peace Prize Forum office.
• 2 courses at the University of Oslo Summer School (a highly international program with students from over 100 countries)
• 1‑week residency at the Nansen Dialogue Center in Lillehammer
• Visits and meetings with Norwegian politicians, peacemakers, and activists
• Once in a lifetime opportunity!
See full information, including application materials, can be found here: Application

Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Bettine Hermanson: or Joe Underhill: or at 330‑1318.


General Announcements

Augsburg Student Experience Survey – Let your voice be heard because your voice matters

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My name is Cody Thompson and I am a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government. I would like to learn more about your experience at Augsburg. How can ADSG and myself work toward making the change you want to see on campus? I have a few brief questions for you. Feel free to respond to my email –!

1. How do you identify your gender?
2. What year are you at Augsburg?
3. What do you like and/or admire about Augsburg?
4. What would you like to see improved, changed, and/or implemented at Augsburg?

I am happy to talk on the phone (612-469-5174), text, email, or meet in person! I look forward to hearing from you!

String Players Needed

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String players! We are looking for 1-3 players to perform as part of a small pit ensemble for Augsburg University’s spring production of The Crucible. Rehearsals begin Jan. 29 through April 3 with performances April 4-8. There is no rehearsal spring break. Musicians would not need to be at every rehearsal. Rehearsal times can be flexible and a few hours per week.
Interested? Email with your name, instrument, and how long you’ve been playing. There will be auditions happening in January. More information is located on the Theater door in Foss.

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller, Directed by Darcey Engen
April 4 th through April 8 th, Bethany Lutheran Church
This contemporary site-specific revision of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will perform at Bethany Lutheran Church on Franklin Avenue close to the Augsburg campus. Audiences will experience the play in close proximity to the actors as they move through the sanctuary and surrounding spaces. In a time of fake news and alternative facts, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts 1692, seems more significant then ever. Written by Miller in 1953 in response to McCarthyism, the play examines the dangers of extremism, fabricated accusations, and shattered trust.

Campus Cupboard is Reopening

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Hi everyone,

Campus Cupboard is open this week!
Here are the hours for the week:
Monday- 10:30am-12:30 and 3:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday- 9am-11:45am and 2pm-3:30pm
Wednesday- 9:30am-11am and 12:30pm-3pm
Thursday- 11:30am-1pm and 1pm-3pm
Friday- 9:30am-12:30pm

Add Campus Cupboard’s Google Calendar to your own to stay up to date with the weekly schedule.
Come check out what we have in stock.

Also, we are accepting food and clothing donations.
Here are some items we are in need of:
– Grains like dried pasta, instant rice
– Canned soups (any kind except tomato. We are stocked on tomato!)
– Proteins like small jars of peanut butter, beans, canned tuna and chicken
– Healthy snacks like granola bars, crackers, dried fruits, popcorn
– Baking supplies like sugar, salt, 2lb bags of flour, baking soda/powder
– Spices like paprika, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, etc
– Toothpaste, toothbrushes, pads, tampons, etc.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have at

Campus Cupboard Schedule- Google Calendar

Take Control of Your Health: Register Now for January Biometrics Health Screening

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To kick off Augsburg Total Wellness for 2018, Augsburg Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to participate in an on-site health screening event that will include a fasting biometric test. On-campus screenings will be held from January 30th through February 1st, in East Commons, Christensen Center.

To register for the Health Screening check out the emailed registration link in the email titled–Take Control of Your Health: REGISTER NOW for January Biometrics Health Screening!

Please note that you will need to fast 8-10 hours prior to your appointment. The health screen includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and BMI.

Participation in the biometrics health screen is free, confidential, and entirely voluntary. Registration is required. All faculty and staff enrolled in the HDHP, who complete the health screening, will be eligible to receive a $50 HSA contribution. Those not eligible for an HSA contribution will be entered into a separate prize drawing.

Contact Nicole at or x. 1602 for any questions.

College Possible is recruiting low-income students

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College Possible supports low-income students with college success through 1:1 coaching on academics, financial aid, and personal development. Our hope is that students apply as soon as possible so that they will be ready to go for the semester.

Students interested in applying must be Pell grant or Dream Act eligible. In order to apply, they can use the attached link and drop by the College Possible desk (located on the 2nd floor of the Lindell library) to fill out release forms. The application process will only take around 10 minutes!

Let me know if you or any interested students have any questions.

College Possible application

Summer 2018 Job Opportunity

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Looking for a memorable job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for SEVEN current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI).

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of July 7-13, 2018.

Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at
Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and Theology and Public Leadership

Alternative Spring Break trip 2018

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Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!

We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up! During Spring Break this year, March 10th – 17th, we will be traveling to Laredo, Texas with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference in the Laredo community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is between January 8th and February 2nd.

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break”
and Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Sophie Warnberg at


Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Employers tabling TODAY

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Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm (Monday, January 22) to learn more about part-time jobs and internships from the following organizations.

MN Department of Human Services

Executive Pathways Summer Internship Program 2018
Summer 2018 · June – August · St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has paid internship opportunities for college students to explore a rewarding career in public service. Our agency helps provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. Working with many groups and people to ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Students in public policy, statistics, social work, law and other human services-related programs are encouraged to apply for DHS Executive Pathways Internships.

Alternatives for People with Autism

Alternatives for People with Autism, Inc. is seeking part-time Living Skills Instructors (LSI). Alternatives for People with Autism (APA) is a Minnesota nonprofit organization which provides residential services for adults who are severely disabled by autism and developmental disabilities. The Living Skills Instructor works to enhance the quality of life of each resident, increase the resident’s independence and teach daily living skills to each resident, usually working 1 on 1 with the residents. Living Skills Instructors are eligible to receive up to $1000 in scholarship each academic year from APA. You may find more information online at If you would like to apply, please email Nicole at to schedule an application appointment.

Register: MN Private College Job & Internship fair

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For the 42nd year, Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Tuesday, February 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

Why attend the fair?
Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
Chat with more than 260 employers – all under one roof!
Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!
Learn more about the fair and who will be attending:

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake


Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for January

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

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

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

No bottled water reimbursement beginning Feb. 1

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The first phase of implementing our Policy on Bottled Water, approved in May 2017, was to eliminate bottled water from on-campus catering (Thanks, A’Viands!). We are now on to the next phase in implementing this initiative – no longer using Augsburg funds to purchase individual bottles/cases of water: Augsburg will use already available local tap water and eliminate the sale, reimbursement, and provision of bottled water on campus. This policy aims to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and supports the provision of water as a human right and not a commodity.

Beginning February 1, 2018, Augsburg will no longer use or reimburse University funds for purchases of individual bottled water for on-campus use (except for athletic events). You may have been purchasing individual bottled water in the following ways:

Expense reports
Petty Cash
Watch for the retrofit of drinking fountains to include water filling stations in various spots on campus!

If you have questions or would like support finding alternatives to bottled water for your department, feel free to contact the Environmental Stewardship Committee: We are happy to help brainstorm ideas as we move towards loving our local water! And please share your own creative solutions so we can celebrate together!

Learn more about the Policy, our local tap water, and the network of institutions implementing similar policies on the Environmental Stewardship Committee website: Student project updates, including water quality testing in our buildings and a re-usable bottle share program, will be available soon.

Special thanks to Administrative Accounting and Purchasing for supporting implementation, and thanks to all of you for your cooperation and creativity as we #LoveLocalWater together!

Event Announcements

First SMART General Meeting tonight, 1/22

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The first general meeting of the Spring semester for SMART (The Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team) will be tonight, Monday, January 22nd at 6pm in OGC 111.
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to discuss future events, discussion ideas, and let us know what you want to see from SMART this semester! Free snacks and beverages provided.

SMART general meetings will continue bi-weekly for the rest of the semester, next meeting being Monday, February 5th. All future meetings will be held on Monday nights at 6pm in OGC 100.

Want to join SMART, be added to our email list, or have questions? Please email us at

Have a great semester SMARTies!

The SMART Board,
Maddie Johnson
Lydia Stevens
Eve Taft
Ashley Parent
Briana Ekstrom

Come join us at the new kitchen in Hagfors Center to have fun and learn how to make Fruit leather

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Excited to see the new kitchen at Hagfors center? Please come join us to have fun with your friends while learning how to make fruit leather!
When: January 27th at 2:30p.
Where: Hagfors Center 108
Hope to see you there!

All Hands Meeting: Wednesday

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The Spring 2018 All Hands meeting will be Wednesday, January 24, 10:40 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel. The meeting will cover spring enrollment results and a discussion about long-term institutional planning beyond 2019. The meeting is open to faculty, staff, and students.

Click the link on the Inside Augsburg calendar to add this event to your schedule.

Dennis Stuckey Retirement Party on Jan. 23

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Dennis Stuckey, Director of Facilities Management, is retiring after 10 years of dedicated services at Augsburg University. Please join us in celebrating his time here with a party on Tuesday, January 23rd from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Marshall Room, Christensen Center. Dennis’ contributions to Augsburg will be felt for many years if not decades. His last major responsibility was as Augsburg’s project manager for the Hagfors Center construction project. What an amazing capstone to his career! I am also reminded of the beautiful art glass that Dennis made in tribute to Leland Sateren which hangs in the foyer of Sateren Auditorium. With the transformational Hagfors Center now complete, Dennis can step away into a retirement of hunting and fishing with his sons and grandchildren, traveling with his wife, and developing his new business venture Abrasive Art, LLC. Please note that a special presentation will occur at 2:15. Come by and say a fond farewell to Dennis and wish him much happiness and health!

Keith Ellison and Ilhan Omar on campus Tues., 1/23

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Tues. Jan. 23rd
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Foss Chapel

Congressman Keith Ellison and Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar are coming to Augsburg to offer Reflections on Feminist Resistance and Human Rights Struggles in Honduras, a report-back from their November Delegation with Witness for Peace.

Augsburg University is hosting this special report by our lawmakers and Augsburg and community delegates who traveled to meet with journalists, lawyers, indigenous communities, and other human rights defenders and social movement leaders during the November presidential elections in Honduras which have been widely criticized for fraud and state violence.

Please save the date and plan now to come to this special human rights event.

New Year, New Financial Goals: Meet with a TIAA advisor now

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Start January 2018 off on the right financial foot! Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Wednesday, January 24 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, January 25 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Friday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Auggies Networking Experience – Explore. Experience. Evolve.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Foss Center (FREE and open to all majors and students, & alumni)

Food, beverages and free headshots provided.

Spend an evening networking with students and alumni from various industries. This is a great opportunity to practice networking skills with alumni as they share their career insights and stories with students. Alumni are also able to reconnect with their peers. Attending events like this will benefit you by building relationships that can help you professionally now and in the future.

New this Year – Mock Interviews offered during the event! Please signup by emailing your name, major, career interest, and year to You will then be assigned a time for a 10-15 minute interview with an alumni. Space is limited with only 12 spots available on a first to email first serve basis.

For those alumni who want more time to network with their peers, we welcome you to gather at the Republic at Seven Corners after the event.

Alumni (even if employed by Augsburg) please register at:


Students click on the Join Event button in Handshake to register.


Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Dr. Dave Matz on recent publication

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Professor Dave Matz (Psychology) recently published an article entitled Women’s Hair as a Cue to Desired Relationship and Parenting Characteristics in The Journal of Social Psychology. The essential findings are that lighter, and to a lesser extent longer, hair on women tends to be associated with perceptions of youth, health, and attractiveness. Furthermore, these characteristics can serve as signals to less easily observable characteristics that are directly related to reproductive and relationship potential. The article has garnered attention from a number of media outlets, including PsyPost and the Daily Mail (U.K.). Please help us congratulate Dr. Matz on this important achievement!


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