Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Impact on Lot B this coming Tuesday 3/27/2018

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As a heads up for those who regularly park their vehicles in Lot B, on Tuesday March 27th, there will be large utility vehicles in the Lot to perform work on the flag poles. We are requesting that the 6 immediate spaces surrounding the light poles in Lot B remain open so the utility vehicles can effectively reach their work area.
Please have your vehicle removed from this area and relocated to an additional space in lot B, or a space in lot L by Monday March 26th at 11:59pm.
If your vehicle is still in this area after the given deadline, DPS reserves the right to relocate your vehicle via Rapid Towing Services.
Thank you for your cooperation and if there are any questions, please contact DPS at 612-330-1717.

Teaching and Learning

Juniors and Seniors: Live Abroad for a Year after College

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Fulbright Info Sessions:
Wednesday, April 4th @ 10:40am in OGC 112
Thursday, April 5th @ 5pm in Riverside Room (2nd floor of Christensen Center)
Food will be provided.

The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Malaysia, Peru, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and 7 of this year’s applicants have been named semi-finalists. Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

Join URGO for one of our Fulbright information sessions to learn more about the program and hear from past applicants. If you cannot make it to one of the sessions, please contact or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May. The application opens in early April.

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.4+ is considered competitive.

Description: University Course Survey faculty feedback

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As discussed at the March 7 faculty meeting, the University Course Survey working group is looking for

1) Faculty feedback on additional domains or categories to consider when developing the survey form

2) Faculty to pilot the draft form this spring in their courses

To provide either of the above please fill out this Google Form

For more information on the working group’s activities visit

If you have questions please ask Scott Krajewski,

Four Days in May: Professional Development Workshops

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Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11 | Four Days in May

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is capitalizing on a successful run last year and is offering all professional development workshops and discussions over a span of a few days. Our hope is that engaging sessions, time to share a cup of coffee, and some experiential learning opportunities will provide opportunities for both professional development and community building.

Check our website for full event schedule and RSVP today!

CTL Website

General Announcements

Student Commencement Speaker Nominations Due Today

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Nominations are open for graduating students who would be good candidates to represent this year’s graduates at the April 28 commencement ceremonies. To nominate a student, please send an email to Nate Hallanger ( that describes why you believe the nominee would make an excellent student commencement speaker for this year. Nominations are due today, Friday, March 23.

Use Your Spanish Skills to Make a Difference

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a nonprofit of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to over 750 students in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including our nearly 100 Spanish Debate League students.

We’re looking for debate judges for 3 tournaments this spring:

Wednesday April 19th – 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday May 3rd – 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday May 16th – 3:30 to 7:30 PM

Judges will observe rounds conducted completely in Spanish, determine winners for each round, and provide comments to help students improve their reading, critical thinking and Spanish language skills.

Participation in debate helps students improve their academic skills, including reading comprehension and critical thinking, and increases their confidence. Be a part of creating these outcomes for our Spanish Debate League students!

For more information, email or use the calendar on the link below to choose your dates to volunteer:

Volunteer With Us

Gratitude Research: Participants Needed

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My name is Owen Harrison, I am a Psychology student and I am completing a research project as part of an internship. I am researching gratitude, both how it works and why it works. I am looking for participants for my study. If you are interested in participating, please drop by Hagfors 275, the new Psychology lab, during any of the following times, Monday 2-4pm, Tuesday 4-7pm, Wednesday 2-6pm, or Thursday 4-6pm. Participants are eligiable to recieve 1 research credit or $5 for participants.

Please feel free to reach out via email ( if you have any questions about the research or would like to set up a different time to complete the research.

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline May 15, 2018

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science,
environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2018
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 15, 2018 at midnight.

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

Support Professor Mzenga Wanyama

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Current and former Augsburg students have created a GoFundMe campaign for Professor Mzenga Wanyama. All contributions will go toward supporting Professor Wanyama’s representation.

Unfortunately, ICE is currently threatening to remove him from this country and we must come together as a community to stand by him and his family during this difficult time.

Please check out his GoFundMe campaign and share this link on your social media platforms! Thank you for supporting Professor Wanyama!

Vote- Professor of the Year Award

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This award will be rewarded to a professor who has exceeded the standard requirements and expectations that come with their job like teaching and discipline. Not only has this professor performed excellent in both of these areas but has demonstrated an understanding of student accommodations and has implemented them in classroom procedure.

Please consider the following criteria for nominations:
– Availability to meet with students outside of class
– Open to feedback
– Encourages engagement from students of all backgrounds
– Has engaging material
– Recognition of own privilege
– Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of expertise with course content
– Is involved with student body, student organizations, and events
– Shows genuine compassion for how students are doing in their class
– Is attentive to group dynamics in class

Please note: This award will not be limited to full-time professors, in fact, adjunct professors are also to be considered and selected.

Announcing our 2018 Peace Scholars

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We are excited to announce that Lex (Alexis) Dorfman and Kristian Evans have been selected the Augsburg University Peace Scholars for 2018. Together with 14 other students, from our Norwegian-American sister colleges, they will spend 7 weeks in Norway this summer to deepen their understanding of injustice, conflict and peace while gaining leadership skills studying in an international setting.

Lex Dorfman, who studies religion, Spanish and leadership, takes her Jewish background and the importance of Tikkun Olam (how to be of service to others) into her role as a Peace Scholar. She looks forward to continuing to build on her skills of engaging in and facilitating meaningful dialogue about core values, interfaith issues and the call to service and social justice from across traditions and perspectives.

Kristian Evans is a rising senior studying Political Science and Communication. As a Peace Scholar he will apply his skills of deep engagement and activism, as well as lessons learned during his fight with cancer, to deepen his understanding of creating change and establish peace. Kristian is interested in peacemaking on the global arena but is deeply engaged in making change locally.

Upon their return, Lex and Kristian, will be involved in our annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, taking place at the Augsburg University campus—September 14 and 15, 2018—as well as extend their takeaways and implement their continued peacemaking efforts throughout the academic year.

This year we had an amazing pool of candidates, and we encourage them as well as new candidates to (re)apply in 2019! See the Peace Scholars Program website for more information.

Please help us congratulate Lex Dorfman and Kristian Evans as they embark on their role as the Augsburg University 2018 Peace Scholars!

Peace Scholars Program

Event Announcements

Blood Drive Sign-Up Tabling 3/23

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Memorial Blood Center will be on campus on Wednesday 3/28 for its annual spring blood donation drive. If you have not had a chance to sign up on-line MBC will be tabling today (3/23) from 11 – 12:30 in Christensen Center. Please stop by to sign up for a donation time or go online at drives and enter sponsor code 0027. Questions? Call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Help save lives Auggies!!

Dr. Andrea Easter-Pilcher, Dean of Arts & Sciences candidate

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Our second second candidate for the Dean of Arts & Sciences position, Dr. Andrea Easter-Pilcher, will be on campus on Monday, March 26. Her public presentation will be held in the Marshall Room, from 2:30-3:30 pm. Faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of opportunities to meet with Dr. Easter-Pilcher, and are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on perceived strengths and weaknesses, using the feedback form: Access to the feedback form will close at noon on Tuesday, March 27.

Dr. Easter-Pilcher’s CV

Reminder: Feedback on Dr. Robert Knight, dean candidates

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Faculty and staff are reminded and encouraged to provide feedback from any session or meeting with Dean of Arts & Sciences candidate, Dr. Robert Knight. This form: will remain open until 12:00 noon TODAY, Friday, March 23. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

Vocation Lunch with Robert Tom – March 29th

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom, Augsburg’s Ceramics and Sculpture Professor! This event will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about Robert Tom and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

Augsburg Dance Club Dance Showcase

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Wednesday, April 11th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Sateren Auditorium (Anderson Music Hall)

Free and open to the public!
Come see talented Augsburg students demonstrate different types of dance. If interested in performing (all types of dances of all levels are welcome) please email
Deadline to register: Friday, March 30th

Facebook event link:
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Black And Funny Improv Festival, March 23-25

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The Black and Funny Improv Festival is back for its third year at Huge Improv Theater in Minneapolis!

Co-founded by Augsburg alumnus John Gebretatose, the festival features hilarious improvisers from across the United States and Canada. Black and Funny highlights performers of color and aims to create an awareness among Black community members in the Twin Cities that improv is an accessible and beneficial art form. The festival features three days of hilarious shows, plus improv workshops for beginners and experienced improvisers.

Check for details, workshop registration, and more!

Black and Funny Improv Festival, March 23-25

Short Term Study Abroad Showcase

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An Augsburg faculty-led short-term study abroad program is a great option for any students that want to get an international or off campus experience! These programs are embedded in a semester course, with a travel component, typically 7-10 days.

On Monday, March 26th, we will be showcasing the 2018/19 short term programs in Christensen Center. Come meet the faculty leaders, ask questions, and learn about your options for the 2018/19 academic year! Programs include:

· From Roots to Rap: Islam in America

· Faith, Vocation, and Social Change in Central America

· Space Mountain: Astronomy in Hawaii

· Innovation & Design in the Netherlands: Past & Present

· Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico

· Psychology and Education in Slovenia

· Music Therapy in China

For more study abroad/away information

Speaking of Sabbaticals Lunch with Laura Boisen

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Faculty and staff are invited to join the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for this special luncheon in the “Speaking of Sabbaticals” series. Laura Boisen, Professor of Social Work, will discuss her recent sabbatical leave scholarship.
Laura Boisen will describe three of her research projects that were started, continued, or completed during her sabbatical. This agenda includes projects related to intergroup dialogue, use of selves and ethical practice focused on dual relationships across cultures. If time permits, a discussion about managing multiple projects would also be welcomed.

Laura Boisen has been a professor in the social work department since 1996. The majority of Laura’s teaching is in the MSW program.

Speaking of Sabbaticals Lunch with Laura Boisen.
April 5th, 2018
Marshall Room

RSVP for Lunch

Augsburg University 10th Traditional Powwow

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Augsburg University 10th Traditional Powwow will be held Saturday, March 24 here on campus in the Si Melby Gymnasium.

Grand Entries (beginning of a dancing session) will be at 1 PM and 6 PM, however dancing/ceremony will be all day until roughly 9 PM. Honoring for Augsburg American Indian Graduates and recognition of alumni will be at 3:00 PM and Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Group will dance at 5:15 PM.

You are welcome to come, bring you family and friends, purchase some craft items from the array of vendors that will be present, come support our American Indian students here at Augsburg by showing up and learning about our rich culture and traditions at our hosted University Powwow.

NO ADMISSION COSTS – FREE! Find us on facebook and invite your friends!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! Below is the link for people to sign up to volunteer, specifically helping in the concession stand. We are asking that students/people commit to a 2 1/2 hour time slot minimally, if you can do more AWESOME! People who volunteer will get a free t-shirt for their time…and a cool experience!!

Pilamiya’ye/Miigwech/Thank you!!

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