Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Augsburg Campus Parking Lot Designations

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As a reminder, the Augsburg community has a number of parking permits that are valid for use in specific lots only. Drivers are permitted to park as follows:
Residential Students: Lots B and L
Commuter Students: Lots C, K and L
Faculty Staff: D and L

Other designated lots are for the following users and permits ONLY:
Lot A: Carpool permit holders
Lot E: Permitted short term-visitors
Lot H: Reserved/Designated
Lot J: Reserved/Designated

Improper parking and/or violation of lot usage are subject to immediate ticketing. Violations occurring in restricted lots (A, E, H and J) are subject to immediate towing.

Teaching and Learning

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

Scaffolding Strategies for Integrative Learning Experiences – Wednesday, 9/26

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How does one create a set of assignments that build upon one another and combine into a more in-depth and meaningful learning experience? In this session, James Vela-McConnell (Sociology) will share examples of integrated assignments in both lower and upper division courses on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in OGC 100. Participants will brainstorm ideas for scaffolding learning experiences within their own courses. Adjunct instructors on contract this semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. We’ll also have this session available remotely via Zoom.

Link to Zoom session on Scaffolding

Join the Fall 2018 Batalden Book Club

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Please join us for a discussion of Christine Toomey’s “In Search of Buddha’s Daughters” on Wed., November 28th, from noon to 2pm (location TBD). The book club is open to all staff and faculty; it is limited to 15 people on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested, please email Bibiana Koh, current Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, at

For more information on the book, please see the link below. You may also watch this brief video to learn more about the book:

Faculty: Request a Study Abroad/Away Class Visit Today

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As part of the University’s increased internationalization efforts, the Center for Global Education & Experience staff are visiting classes across campus to spread the word to your students about the many study, internship and research options available to them both abroad and off-campus around the US.

Can you spare 5-10 minutes in your class(es) in Fall semester for a message about study abroad/away programs? If so, please request a visit to your class online!

We can customize our message based on your course content, and on your majors’ needs and interests. We can address questions about scholarships, various length programs (some are better for WEC/AU students, STEM, Honors, athletes, etc) and other issues you might identify. And as always, we are happy to provide content to AugSem’s with a full class period on the topic of study abroad/away.

Request a Study Abroad/Away Class visit

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the projects or innovations and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 20th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Hagfors Center 101.

Pre-Health Advising Session for New Augsburg Students

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Friday, September 21st
2 pm
Oren Gateway 112

This session for new first-year and transfer students interested in pre-health will provide information on how to explore health careers and how to plan for the courses and experiences required by professional/graduate schools such as medical, dental, PA, PT, public health, and many others. Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

General Announcements

Open Ice

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Due to current construction in the Augsburg ice arena, open ice time is available for all students at the Highland Arena (800 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116) from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m. The week of September 17th, the facility is reserved Monday and Wednesday for women’s open hockey, while Tuesday and Thursday will be for men’s open hockey. Until the completion of the rink, the M/W and T/Th schedule will alternate weekly between men’s open hockey and women’s open hockey. All students are welcome to participate and will need to provide their own gear (skates, helmet, pads, etc.).

Earn Community Service Hours + Free Pizza with MNUDL

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The MN Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is looking for debate judges and hospitality volunteers for its upcoming high school debate tournaments.

No debate experience? No problem. We train volunteers at every tournament.

What Hospitality Volunteers Do:

● Greet & guide kids, coaches, and judges as they arrive at tournaments
● Answer questions and assist with wayfinding at tournament sites
● Distribute goody bags to students and thank-you gifts to our judges

What Judges Do:

● Watch rounds and evaluate teams on logic, argumentation, and public speaking.
● Provide written feedback and assign points to each debater.
● Choose the winner of each debate!

Opportunities to Volunteer:

● October 5th & 6th: U of M (East Bank)
● October 13th: Season Opener (Humboldt HS, St. Paul)
● November 9th & 10th: Tamar Kaplan (Highland Park HS, St. Paul)
● November 17th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
● December 7th & 8th: UDL Championship (WTMS, St. Paul)

We have open evening shifts on Fridays and open morning or afternoon shifts on Saturdays.

Can’t make it this semester? We’ll need volunteers for our middle School, Spanish, and Somali debate tournaments in spring. Email us at for more information.

Come for the pizza. Stay to learn from our amazing students!

Visit us in Foss Office 18 |

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Join A Sesquicentennial Musical Story Circle

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Please join us for a Story Circle – the first step in creating a new Music-Theater piece about the Augsburg community, past and present, to be performed in the Fall of 2019 in celebration of the Sesquicentennial. We want to hear your stories about Augsburg, whether as staff, student, faculty, coach, neighbor, associate, or as an advocate or activist. If you have worked for, attended, or been involved at Augsburg in any capacity we’d love to meet you and hear whatever you’d like to share about your experiences. This is an opportunity to tell us the stories that are sometimes forgotten or left untold.

Our first Story Circle takes place Friday, September 21 at 7:00pm in the Anderson Music Hall Choir Room, M3. Space is limited to 25 people. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to Sonja Thompson at

National Suicidal Prevention Month — Resources for Support

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please know that there are many resources for support available on and off campus.

From Half of “Many of us have had moments when we don’t want to go on or think we just can’t deal with how we’re feeling anymore. Sometimes those thoughts go further and people start thinking seriously about ending their lives. If you or someone you know has reached that level of hopelessness, you have to speak up or reach out for help now. You aren’t alone in those feelings and there are ways to feel better.”

If you are feeling hopeless or overwhelmed, the Center for Wellness and Counseling encourages you to come in to meet with one of our counselors. Call if you can, or just come in, and tell the front desk that you need to be seen right away if you don’t feel safe. (8-4:30 M-F) 612-330-1707.

24/7 CWC Urgent After Hours Phone Support If it is after office hours and you are in urgent need of counseling support, you can call the Center for Wellness & Counseling’s Urgent After Hours Phone Counseling line. Just call CWC’s regular number, 612-330-1707, and choose “option 1” (available whenever CWC is closed, 24/7, year-round).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Textline Text MN to 741-741 to access local resources

Hennepin County COPE Team 612-596-1223 (24/7) Free service for anyone in a mental health crisis; you must be currently located in Hennepin County. The COPE Team will meet you wherever you like, to provide support and a coping plan.

Other resources are listed in the new Student Support Guide under “Suicidal Thoughts” (see A-Z Listing or Student Affairs page for Student Support Guide). Crisis resources are also available on the Center for Wellness & Counseling webpage.

Student Support Guide

Student Support Guide

Come to the Fair on campus this Thursday

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Come to the Community Opportunity Fair on Thursday, September 20th from 11am-1pm in the quad outside of Christensen Center to meet people from over 25 different community organizations and learn about service-learning, internship, volunteer and advocacy opportunities.
For more information, please contact Mary Laurel True in the Sabo Center,

Event Announcements

Give to the Max Day 2018

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Give to the Max Day 2018 begins on November 1st! If you are interested in raising money for your team, department, or student organization through this online giving event, please attend one of the following informational sessions.

1. Thursday, 9/20 – 2:00-3:00 Lindell Library 301
2. Friday, 9/21 – 9:30-10:30 OGC 112
3. Monday, 9/24 – 2:00-3:00 OGC 100
4. Tuesday 9/25, 10:00-11:00 OGC 103

If you bring a laptop we can help you set up your giving page as well!

For more information, please contact Chris Bogen ’09 at

Transit Fair, Wed., Sept. 19

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You’ll want to be at the Transit Fair! Wed., Sept. 19, 10-am – 2 pm, Quad (Rain site – Christensen Center).
Collect stamps from participating agencies and get your name in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card. We’re drawing 4 names.
Meet reps from HourCar, Metro Transit, Van Share, and Nice Ride to learn more about Transit Options. Student reps from the Environmental Action Committee will be there with information on the Bike Share and Metro Transit Card Share program.

Audition for A Cappella

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Calling all singers, rappers, and beatboxers!! Do you want to be apart of a tight-knit musical family this year? If so, try out for a cappella!! Auditions are taking place this Thursday and Friday between 6-8pm in the choir room!! All you need to do is sign up for a time slot on the audition sheet between the band and choir room (M2 and M3) in the Anderson Music building, and bring your favorite verse and a chorus to audition with!! We absolutely can’t wait to see everyone there!!

Transit Fair on Wed., Sept. 19 – Auggies love Transit.

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Join us Wednesday for the Transit Fair! Meet reps from HourCar, Metro Transit, Van Share, and Nice Ride to learn more about Transit Options. Student reps from the Environmental Action Committee will be there with information on the Bike Share and Metro Transit Card Share program.
Wed., Sept. 19, 10 am-2 pm, Quad (Rain site – Christensen Center)

Free $$ 4U: Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Workshops Sept 19 & 20

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Come learn all about how study abroad works at Augsburg, and about the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad, where you can win $5000-$8000 for your experience. You’ll leave with a great start on your essays and ideas for programs that will meet your requirements. The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizens who are Pell Grant eligible.


Wednesday, Sept 19
12:30 – 1:30pm
LIN 301

Thursday, Sept 20
3:45 – 4:45pm
LIN 301

There is a pile of money on the floor! Will you pick it up?
Questions before the workshop?


Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship

Save The Date – CWC Health Fair 9/26

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Please plan to join the Center for Wellness and Counseling staff and over 30 community partners on Wednesday 9/26 for our annual health fair which will be in the Quad (weather permitting) from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. The many organizations will be providing resources on health and mental health in our community. Also at the fair our furry friends from Paws for Learning, free chair massages, healthy snacks and a build your own healthy salad. Any questions call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Prep Sessions start this week – Career & Internship Fair

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Are you looking for an internship or entry level position? Plan to attend a
20 minute prep session to prepare for the Career & Internship Fair. Prep session dates and times can be found on Handshake in the events tab.

The first prep session is being held today from 11:30 – 11:50 am in the Strommen Center (Suite 100, Christensen Center). Attending a prep session will help you to be more confident and successful at the upcoming job fair, which will be held on Thursday, September 27th. It is free and open to all students.

A lot of organizations do their recruiting for summer internships and entry level positions (for spring graduates) in September and October. It might seem early but it’s a typical recruiting schedule for many organizations. We expect over 36 employers to attend so don’t miss this great opportunity!

Register and view a complete list of employers through Handshake (


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