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, B and L
Faculty Staff: D, L and G

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

Where we Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks – CTL Diversity and Inclusion Book Group

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The CTL fellows for Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite you to join our fall book group where we will read and discuss Where we stand: Class matters by bell hooks. This text and our discussion of it will allow us to explore how issues of race, class, and gender are intertwined. This will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to understand how everyday interactions and social structures both reproduce and deny the class hierarchy. There are 2 choices for discussion groups:

-Friday, November 2 from 12:30-1:30 or
-Thursday, November 8 from 3:40-4:40

Please email Mike Fetting ( to reserve your copy of the book by Friday, September 28 and arrange pick up. If you reserve a book, please be sure to attend at least one of the discussion sessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

General Announcements

Save the Date: Indigenous Peoples Day Film Event

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Augsburg Native American Film Series Event! October 8, 2018
Please join us for the international opening of The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love. Our evening event will include a virtual introduction from the filmmaker (Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore), broadcast globally to supporters like the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and stories from our students and community members who participated in the fight against DAPL. We look forward to hearing your stories of Standing Rock as part of our conversation after the film.

The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Get Personalized News from Auggie Connections

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Stay up to date on the news you want to see in your inbox from our students, faculty and alumni by signing up for the Auggie Connections Newsletter:

After your initial sign up, you will be able to select the frequency and content preferences for your personalized Auggie Connections Newsletter.

For example, if you’d like to know what our alumni have been up to, you’ll get stories sent to your inbox like this one about one of our First Decade Award winners, Joshua Harris ’08:

Auggie Connections Newsletter

Come and tell your stories about Augsburg

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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

Space is still available — Batalden Book Club

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Were you worried that there were no more spaces in the Fall 2018 Batalden Book Club? Well, there is no need for additional worry, because there are still spaces available in the Fall 2018 Batalden Book Club!

We will be reading Christine Toomey’s “In Search of Buddha’s Daughters” (books provided by the Batalden program). Our discussion will be 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 are interested, please email Bibiana Koh, current Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, at (Even if you’re not interested, please help spread the word! )

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

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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Study Abroad & Away Deadlines: Oct 1 & Nov 1

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Study Abroad & Away deadlines for Spring semester programs are coming up:

October 1 – all SPRING SEMESTER 2019 program applications due

November 1 -all SPRING BREAK short-term program applications are due & Final Deadline for CGEE Spring Semester programs in Mexico, Central America & Southern Africa

For questions about your study abroad options or applications, please email, or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Study Abroad & Away homepage

Event Announcements

Transit Fair – TODAY Wed., Sept. 19

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Meet reps from HourCar, Metro Transit, Van Share, and Cycles for Change 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.
Collect stamps from participating agencies and get your name in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card. We’re drawing 4 names.
10-2 pm Christensen Center

Morning Prayer in Gundale Chapel, Hagfors

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Please join Campus Ministry intern Ole Schenk, and Student Deacon Cody Thompson for Scripture, song, and reflective and contemplative prayers in the Christian tradition. We meet Tuesday mornings for 15 minutes at Gundale Chapel, third floor of Hagfors, beginning September 25th. Take a moment to answer the linked survey for which time is best for you. Choose as many options that fit. We will follow up with the time that fits for the most people.

Audition for A Cappella

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Calling all singers, rappers, beatboxers, and everyone in between!! 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!! If you have any questions, email

Gilman Scholarship Workshop

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Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Workshops Sept 19 & 20 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. WORKSHOPS 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? Email:

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship

Spring break in New York City

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Travel to NYC. Earn Credit. Spring Break! Join the program Roots to Rap: Islam in America for a spring break you’ll never forget. Explore the neighborhoods of New York, meet with religious leaders, community organizers, and engage with the history of Islam in America!

This program will meet throughout spring semester, but much of the coursework will take place during your travel on spring break. Course options: HIS 212 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills humanities requirement), or RLN 205 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills Search for Meaning II requirement) Professor Maheen Zaman

The program cost is $1499 and covers round-trip airfare, lodging, most meals, and all program activities. There is no extra tuition charge for full-time undergraduate students.

Apply by November 1st!

More Program Info and Application

Queer Indigenous and People of Color First Meeting of the Year

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Hey everyone!

Augsburg Queer Indigenous and People of Color would like to invite you to our first general meeting of the year! We’ll be meeting September 19th (today) in Hagsfors 301 from 4:30-5:30! Come through, get to know everybody, eat some pizza and have a good time!

We hope to see you all there!

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