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Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota – Facilitated Discussion

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One in five US adults aged 18 or older experience mental illness in a given year. Like most schools, Augsburg is seeing the impact of this trend on our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 in their sponsored event viewing the brand new exhibit: Mental Health: Mind Matters at the Science Museum of Minnesota, followed by a discussion led by campus staff/faculty on this topic. “This groundbreaking exhibition aims to build a greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for important conversations about mental illness. Hands-on experience through the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit brings you closer to the facts, feelings, and issues surrounding this topic that touches so many lives.” – from Science Museum Minnesota website

Attendees will meet at the Science Museum and will be provided free admission to the exhibit. Following the viewing, attendees will engage in a facilitated discussion of how this topic relates to Augsburg University and our students.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
9:30-11:00 am Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit viewing
11:15-12:00 pm: Facilitated group discussion at the beautiful St. Paul Public Library (4th floor)
12:00: Lunch on your own, explore the Science Museum more, or return to campus
*Attending this event counts toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

RSVP by Thursday, August 20th at the following website:

General Announcements

Sad News About a Colleague

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It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news that Michelle Nies passed away from cancer on August 9. Despite her illness, Michelle remained committed to her job and led by example. She was a strong champion of the work her staff does to create the best physical environment for our students, faculty and staff. Her positive approach to life was evident and has impacted us all.

For the past five years, Michelle served the Augsburg community first as the Custodial Services Supervisor and later as the Custodial Services Manager. Michelle also served on staff senate for two years and participated on a variety of committees during her time at Augsburg.

For many years, she was an active board member of the MN chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association. In 2017, Michelle received her bachelors degree from Metro State University. However, her biggest source of pride was her son, Christopher, who is a student at Augsburg and on the Dean’s List.

We are grateful for Michelle’s many contributions to the Augsburg community. Our heartfelt prayers go out to Michelle’s husband, Paul, her son Christopher, and her extended family.

The funeral service will be at 10 AM Saturday, August 18 at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Avenue. Visitation will be from 9-10 AM prior to the service at church.

Augsburg will also have a gathering for a time of remembrance in the coming month. Additional details will be shared as soon as they become available.

Beth Reissenweber

Cleaning Out Your Office? Join MNUDL’s Back-to-Debate Supply Drive

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Back-To-School time is Back-To-Debate time, and your office supplies will help prepare our debaters for a great year!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, our growing debate organization, serves over 800 students at 42 Twin Cities middle and high schools. We equip students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments – and of course, supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate programs grow, our needs for supplies grows, too!

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies this year. Are any of the following new or gently used items in your office, waiting to meet a debater?

Our most-needed item:

Expanding file folders/accordion folders

Other helpful items:

3-ring binders
3-hole sheet protectors
2-pocket folders

Your support will help make our season a success! If you’d like to join the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please contact us at to arrange your donation.

Metro Transit deal for new day students

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Attention new day first-years and transfer students: Metro Transit and Augsburg University are giving you a great deal on an all-you-can-ride transit pass. First-year students can purchase a year-long College Pass for just $150 – that’s a 55% discount!

Order your pass here before October 1, 2018:

College Passes can be used for unlimited bus and light rail rides all semester, meaning you’ll never have to worry about having money for a fare. When you’re not riding to school, you can use your College Pass to get to work, an internship run errands and explore the Twin Cities. Not a regular bus or train rider? No problem! Find all the places you can go using our trip planning tools. Learn more at

Important Details
The discounted passes will be available to purchase at the link above until October 1, 2018. After that, students can purchase a semester College Pass at the Bookstore for $115.00 (subsidized by Augsburg from $165.00)

Guaranteed Ride Home
Students who regularly ride transit to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which reimburses a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride when you have to leave early or late unexpectedly. To learn more and register for this free program, visit

Event Announcements

Meet with a TIAA Advisor this month

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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, August 21 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, August 23 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Augsburg Total Wellness: School Supply Drive

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The academic year is basically around the corner, which means kiddos–and young adults–are starting to get excited (and maybe a little nervous) for their first day back at school.

To kick off the academic year, Augsburg Total Wellness is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good. All donations will be delivered to People Serving People. This non-profit organization is located in Minneapolis. As the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota, your donations will have a huge impact in our community. Learn more about People Serving People at their website:

Thousands of students across the country are heading back to school in just a few short weeks. Let’s help make sure each and every one has the supplies they need to be successful! From August 13th to August 31st, donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19.

The supplies that are most requested (new items only) are listed below:

#2 Pencils
alarm clocks
colored pencils
crayons-24 pack
pencil box
pencil sharpener
school bags/backpacks
scissors–youth size
washable markers

Questions? Contact Nicole at

Nobel Peace Prize Forum Volunteer Opportunities

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Join our delegation of Peace Volunteers at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum on September 13-15 to work along side of leaders, social justice champions, and peacemakers from around the world!

This years theme is the Paradox of Water and the Paradox of Peace. Beatrice Fihn of ICAN will be on campus as a keynote speaker and we will also be exploring the peace process in Colombia under President Juan Manuel Santos.

Interested in your department playing a bigger role in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum? We are welcoming faculty and staff to be involved in this major campus event. Let us know how you would like to be involved!

If you have any questions or ideas for alternative participation, please reach out to Jessica Mendoza through email:

Thank you and we look forward to your involvement at The Forum!

To sign up for more information, click here

Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis

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Join us for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis September 13-15, 2018.

The achievements of two Nobel Peace Prize laureates will be honored and celebrated: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The program will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, justice and forgiveness, hope and fear—paradoxes both laureates have successfully navigated over the last few years.

Free admission for faculty, staff, and students.

Remember that classes on Friday, September 14 will be held at the Forum. For more details visit the official Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis website:

Register for the event

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