Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Impact on Lot B (behind Mortensen Hall) on 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. For clarification, lot B is located directly behind Mortensen Hall on the South side. 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

Calling all scholarship Faculty Scholarship Display

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, April 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foss Atrium, prior to the Faculty Recognition Luncheon.

Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than April 20) at the link below. Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Nishesh Chalise ( All participating faculty should arrive by 11:30 a.m. to set up.

Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat

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Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, May 18
Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat
Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write / work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1pm on Wednesday and ends at 1pm on Friday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

Reserve your spot today!

Questions? Visit our website or contact us at


Deadlines Looming? Find Help in the Writing Lab

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It is likely that you have papers, revisions, applications, personal statements, creative writing — something that is due soon — and tutors in the Augsburg Writing Lab are ready to help! 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. Here are the hours (note the adjustment for Easter):

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 WL (and library) will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and remain closed until Monday, April 2.

Questions? Contact Kathy Swanson, English

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,

3rd International Conference on One Medicine One Science

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URGO has a limited number of awards ($175 each) to cover registration for iCOMOS 2018, a global forum on science and policy at the interface of environment, agriculture, and medicine. The event, April 29 – May 2, will feature keynotes by Nobel laureates, including Augsburg’s own Nobel laureate Peter Agre, and global thought leaders; scientific sessions covering agriculture’s influence on health and the environment; interactive sessions on precision medicine, science communication, and health policy; and panel discussions among researchers on emerging, zoonotic, and other infectious diseases.

Students must be full-time undergraduates and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application to be eligible. To apply, complete the online application available at Applications must be received by April 4.

General Announcements

Vote Cody Thompson & Lourdes Juarez for Student Body President & Vice President

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Hello Auggies!

We are so excited to announce our candidacy to become Augsburg University’s next Student Body President & Vice President!!

Our mission is to empower students to find their passion through connection and collaboration with other students, faculty, staff and community members. We seek to encourage students to use their voice to enact change on campus. Together we can create a community where everyone feels heard, valued, and represented.

We would love to hear more about how we can better serve your needs as Augsburg students! Please fill out the Student Feedback form below:

Thank you all for your love and support! It means a lot to us!


Campus Cupboard Hours

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Campus Cupboard is open for all students! It’s located in the Foss Lobby (same building Hoversten Chapel is in!). Come in to check out what grocery items we have stocked. Check our hours on our Google Calendar; it will have the most current open hours for the Cupboard.

Also, don’t forget that we will be giving out bagels and other foods on Wednesday and Friday. Please stop by and grab a few food items!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at with questions or comments.

Google Calendar

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.

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!

Faculty and Staff Grants for Sesquicentennial Projects

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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.

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

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

New Director of Facilities

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Please welcome Doug Shellum the new Facilities Director at Augsburg University! Doug has many years experience in facilities management and commercial real estate services. More recently he has led facilities at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota and RESOURCE, Inc. in St. Paul.

Doug has a bachelors degree from the Carlson School of Management and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Real Property Administrator (RPA). He is also a past board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and Campfire USA.

Doug joins the Augsburg team on Monday March 26th. His office is located in the lower level of Foss (Room 17) in the Facilities Office suite. Please stop by and welcome him to Augsburg.

Go Auggies!

Beth Reissenweber
Vice President of Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Thanks to 106 scholarship recipients, 3 winners

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Congratulations to three scholarship recipients who filled out a survey about their Augsburg experience and won a drawing to receive a $100 VISA gift card.

SeAnna Rochelle Johnson ’18 from New Hope, Minn.
Jason Scheeler ’18, from Minneapolis, Minn.
Breanna Young ’19 from St. Paul, Minn.

Each year more than 325 students, out of a student body of 3500+, receive scholarships that were started by individual and corporate donors who care about students, learning, and value the unique attributes of an Augsburg education. Each year we ask these students to share their Augsburg experience with these donors as a way to demonstrate that the donations are making a difference.

Thank you to all 106 scholarship recipients who completed the survey last week and a big thank you to all scholarship donors for paying it forward. Go Auggies!

Sherilyn Young
Donor Relations Coordinator

Event Announcements

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:

Native Film Event: Native Conversations on Law Enforcement

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Join us for an evening of short films focusing on issues of racism, law enforcement, and redemption from various Native American experiences. Our hosts represent two Native American media organizations–Vision Maker Media and MIGIZI Communications–which work with filmmakers to produce and distribute Native focused documentaries and shorts on issues important to Native American communities. The evening will include conversation and a variety of short films.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows

This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series

Meet with a TIAA Retirement Advisor In April

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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:

Tuesday April 10 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, April 11from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Event TODAY: Short-term Study Abroad

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TODAY – faculty & staff tabling in Christensen Center lobby to showcase all of the short-term study abroad/away options available for the 2018/19 academic year! Come learn about these programs:

· 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

See you today in CC from 10:30 – 12:30.

For more study abroad/away information

TODAY: Dean of Arts and Sciences candidate on campus

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Dr. Andrea Easter-Pilcher, candidate for the Dean of Arts and Sciences position is on campus TODAY, 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 12:00 noon tomorrow, March 27.

Dr. Andrea Easter-Pilcher CV

Fair Trade Event, Monday, April 2

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A Two-Part Event Centered on Fair Trade
East Commons, Christensen Center
Presented by the Augsburg Fair Trade Committee

11 – 12:00 PM Fair Trade Panel
Mark Lester, Co-Site Director, Nicaragua Campus
Ibrahim Keita, Professor, Economics
Marc McIntosh, Professor, MBA, Business Administration – Finance

12-12:30 PM Light lunch provided by A’viands (limited supply)

12:30-1:30 PM Witness for Peace, Tomas Membreño Perez
(Speaker will present in Spanish with English translation)

WFP Midwest is excited to announce the spring speaking tour with Honduran labor leader, Tomas Membreño Perez. Tomas is the president of STAS or the Agroindustrial Workers Union and the secretary of FESTAGRO, the Trade Union Federation of Agribusiness Workers. Both FESTAGRO and STAS represent the first trade union and union federation in Honduran history.


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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Five Auggies qualify for undergraduate research conference

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Congratulations to Alyson Astleford, Rose Hathaway, Sarah Van Sickle, Madeline Rost, and Miranda Rasmussen, all of whose papers were selected for the St. Thomas Undergraduate Research Conference in Communication Studies. This conference is being held at St. Thomas on Friday, April 20 and features papers from more than a dozen area schools.