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 B, C, K and L
Faculty Staff: D, G 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.

Augsburg Parking Updates

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Augsburg has reached their parking capacity so Parking Services would like to notify that current requests for parking permits are unfortunately being denied. The Department of Public Safety is working to find solutions moving forward to be able to accommodate our community as best as possible. We thank you for your patience during this time and through the busy transition into the new academic year.

If you have a visitor or guest coming to campus, lot E is available for short term visits, up to 3 hours per day. Visitors need to come to the Public Safety window in the Urness/Mortensen lobby to obtain a permit. This lot is also a first come, first serve basis and there are only a limited number each day we can issue out. If it is full when they arrive, we do not have any additional on campus parking available to them.

Please refer your guest(s) to surrounding city street areas with the understanding that they will have to abide by the city’s restrictions and be subject to their enforcement if found in violation. There are pay ramps nearby at the U of M campus that your visitors will be welcome to use. We also encourage you to advise your guests and visitors to use alternate transit options.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please email The typical response time is 2 business days, but we ask for added patience with the increased volume of emails and communication we are experiencing.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Augsburg Parking Services

Teaching and Learning

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.

Due TODAY: 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.

Scaffolding Strategies for Integrative Learning Experiences – This 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

Active Learning Immersion Workshop – Thursday, 10/4, 1:50-3:00 PM

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Join us for a four-part immersion presentation showcasing faculty expertise in active learning and engagement with students on Thursday, October 4 from 1:50 to 3:00 PM in the East Commons (Christensen Center). Lori Hale (Religion), Jennifer Diaz (Education), Matthew Maruggi (Religion), and Lyz Wendland (Art) will offer immersion experiences designed to teach techniques and strategies for active learning for students. Along with experiencing the techniques directly, participants will also receive handouts outlining the strategies, and reflection time to discuss the use of the techniques.

Gen Ed Redesign Listening Sessions

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On Sept. 5 the General Education Design Team released its proposal, which sets forth a new vision for general education at Augsburg University. If approved by the faculty, it would take effect in Fall 2020. A link to the proposal can be found below.

Listening sessions are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Sept. 25 — 3:40 to 4:40 pm in Lindell 301
Monday, Oct 8 — 12:30 to 1:40 pm in Hagfors 150A
Tuesday, Oct 16 — 10-11 am in the Marshall Room

All are welcome (students, staff, faculty.) We will listen to your concerns and and answer questions.

The Gen Ed Proposal

Course Evaluation Survey Information Sessions

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Course Evaluation Survey Information Sessions
Faculty and staff, and students, are invited to any and all of 3 information sessions in advance of the October 10th faculty meeting to vote on adopting a new end of term survey form for university wide evaluation of courses. Based on over a year of analysis of research, pilot testing, and input from students and colleagues, this form is designed to measure student satisfaction with course experiences. It is not a form designed to measure teaching effectiveness or student learning; those purposes will be served through customized department and individual faculty data collection.
There are 3 information sessions: Tuesday Sept 25 from 12-1 in the Cedar Room with lunch provided. Please check in in Cedar. Wednesday Sept 26 from 1-2 pm in Cedar room (snack only) and finally October 9 at noon in Cedar Room. (No lunch that day). We welcome questions and feedback prior to the faculty meeting. If you cannot attend any of these sessions please contact a committee member directly before the faculty meeting. Send questions to The working group is: Scott Krajewski, Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Terrance Kwame-Ross, Kristin Chamberlin, Ben Denkinger and Diane Pike

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.

General Announcements

Nursing Students and Faculty Open a Health Commons in Rochester

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Starting September 24th, Augsburg University will establish a Rochester Health Commons. The Health Commons is a nursing-led free drop-in center that is dedicated to serving those in need. Augsburg first created this model of nursing care at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 1992, and now DNP students and faculty are establishing a Health Commons in Rochester. Our belief is that health is found through relationship-building and community engagement. We are here to listen and provide support. Other services include blood pressure checks, foot care, connections to community resources, and health discussions. We also have free supplies such as toiletries, oral care items, and socks. The Health Commons is located in L-7 in the basement of Bethel Lutheran Church and is open every Monday (except holidays) from 4:00-5:30. We invite you to come for a cup of coffee, to establish community, or to just get some socks! All are welcome!

Fly with ASAC Logo Design Contest

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ASAC Logo Design Contest is opened to all Augsburg students, in search for the most suitable and creative logo for ASAC. The contest encourages Auggies spirit of being inclusive and diverse.

The due date for this contest is Friday 21st September. The winner will get their design chosen as ASAC 2018-2019 logo, and will receive a $300 prize. Isn’t that awesome?

For further details as well as submission link – – – > !
For rules and restriction, please review this – – – >. !

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in mandatory University-sanctioned events, please contact us Augsburg Student Activity Council at Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

If you have any further inquiry, please contact us via email at

ASAC Logo Design Contest

Community Opportunity Fair TODAY

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Come to the Community Opportunity Fair on TODAY, 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,

LSAMP NSS Funding for Underrepresented Students in STEM

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Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
US citizen or permanent resident.
Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at or complete the following application:

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in NSS programming.

North Star STEM Application

Volunteers Needed This Weekend – Earn Service Hours & Free Pizza

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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.

You do not need debate experience to judge! We train volunteers at every tournament.

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:

● September 22nd: MDTA Jamboree (Wayzata High School)

Later Opportunities:

● 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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Prep Sessions – On-campus 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.

Prep sessions are being held today at 4:00 and 5:00 pm 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 (

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Volunteers for the Month of Sept.

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Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni, Faculty or Staff who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni, Faculty or Staff who have volunteered already in the month of September or will be volunteering before October 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date.

Environmental Stewardship Committee Annual Report

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As we start the new school year, the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) is excited to share some sustainability stories from the 2017-2018 school year!

Water, composting, transportation, student projects, and more. This report is a small reflection of the environmental stewardship efforts that each of you are integral to making happen across campus as we work towards our collective goals.

Thanks for your support in these efforts, and we look forward to sharing more successes with you this year!

Environmental Stewardship Committee Annual Report

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for September

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Event Announcements

A Capella Auditions Today and Tomorrow

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Calling all singers, rappers, beatboxers, and everyone in between!! Auditions are taking place TODAY and TOMORROW 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

CWC Annual 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.

Flu Shot Clinic – Monday 10/1

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling welcomes our community partners from the MN Visiting Nurse Association for the first of two scheduled flu shot clinics on campus. Please get your flu shot on Monday 10/1 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm in the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall. Most insurances are accepted or $38 cash or check. The clinic is a walk-in clinic and no appointment is needed. Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu shot. The second clinic will be on Thursday 10/25/18.

Free $$ 4U: Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Workshop TODAY

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Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Workshop TODAY Sept 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.


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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Torstenson Scholars Travel to Tanna Island, Vanuatu

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Torstenson Community Scholars and sociology majors, Briana Mitchell and Britta Andress, are spending this week on the island of Tanna. They are traveling with Professor Pippert and incoming member of the Board of Regents, Mark Johnson ’75. While on the island, they have been meeting with local residents and Peace Corp volunteers in an attempt to better understand the opportunities and challenges of life in a remote area with little access to power and clean water.


Help Fight Food Waste with Open Feasts this Sunday

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Open Feasts is seeking volunteers to help raise awareness about the issue of wasted food at the upcoming Open Streets festival on Nicollet Avenue this Sunday, September 23.

Find out how to volunteer here:

Find out more about Open Feasts and who we are here: