Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Notification of lot L access change on Tuesday, September 25th

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Walking access to campus from lot L will be closed on Tuesday, September 25th due to construction. Alternate routes that will be accessible are the sidewalk along Riverside, and also along Butler Place. Please use the alternate routes listed and contact DPS at 612-330-1717 if you have any questions or concerns.

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

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.

Teaching and Learning

Course Evaluation Discussions

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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 please contact a committee member directly. Send questions to The working group is: Scott Krajewski, Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Terrance Kwame-Ross, Kristin Chamberlin, Ben Denkinger and Diane Pike.

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

General Announcements

Volunteers Needed – Earn Community 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:

● 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, or sign up here:

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

Visit us in Foss Office 18 |

Volunteer With Us

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

Recruiting for STEM Peer Mentoring

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Are you a STEM student interested in having or being a peer mentor?
If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program and official Augsburg student organization, which focuses on providing support to first year, second year and transfer students as they navigate their academic and career life in preparation for success inside and outside of the classroom. (Augsburg’s STEM majors are: biology, bio-psychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics). Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (See link below).

Students in the program are asked to commit 5-6 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee/mentor, attend orientation and group meetings, go to STEM events and/or participate in fun, de-stress activities!

To join the STEM Peer Mentoring program please complete the application below by Thursday, 9/27. Questions can be sent to

STEM Peer Mentoring Application

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 24th, the facility is reserved Monday and Wednesday for men’s open hockey, while Tuesday and Thursday will be for women’s open hockey. Until the completion of Augsburg Rink A, 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.).

John Cerrito: The Business of Thinking Big, Episode 14 of the Augsburg Podcast

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The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Subscribe on Itunes.

Listen Here to John Cerrito: The Business of Thinking Big

Event Announcements

Homecoming Royalty with ASAC

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Make sure to stop by the Christensen Center Lobby to submit your Homecoming Court Royalty nominees. The court will be made up of 10 seniors and you may nominate up to three people.

The tabling schedule for Tuesday, September 25 – Friday, September 28 will be:

Tuesday, 11-11:55 AM
Wednesday 10:30-11:30 AM
Thursday 11-11:45 AM
Friday 11-12 PM

We want to hear from you! Find our table in between classes or lunch. Homecoming is quickly approaching and will be the week of October 7-13th.

If you have any questions please send them to

ASAC Homecoming Week

National Voter Registration Day – Tuesday, Sept. 25

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Student Affairs, Sabo Center and Student Government reps will be tabling on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10-2 pm for National Voter Registration Day. Stop by and learn about registering to vote, where to vote, who’s on the ballot – and the “Ballot Bowl.” The Ballot Bowl is hosted by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, to encourage college and university students to vote! Augsburg was 4th among private colleges last time – register to vote or pledge to vote.

4-Days left to prepare for the Career & Internship Fair

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Register and view a complete list of employers through Handshake (

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 sessions will be held in the Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center (next to Einstein Bros) The following prep sessions are being offered this week:
Monday, 9/24: 10:40-11:00, 4:00-4:20, 5:00-5:20
Tuesday, 9/25: 11:30-11:50

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 from 3:00-5:30 pm. 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!

Study in NYC this Spring Break

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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),
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 1

More Program Info and Application

Young Adults in Global Ministry at the chapel Tuesday, Sept. 25th

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Campus Ministry welcomes Lars Anderson, a recent alumni of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, to present in chapel, Tuesday 25th at 11:30. Lars served in the program in 2017-18 in Palestine. YAGMs serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth. Although YAGM is a church-based program, participants do not need to be Christian. Come, hear, and explore if YAGM is an opportunity for you.

Slovenian Professor Speaks on Wednesday evening

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This month, Dr. Nadja Zgonik of the University of Ljubljana has been at Augsburg studying the life and work of John Jager, a Slovenian-born architect who had a long and interesting career in Minnesota, from his 1902 arrival until his death in 1959. Educated in Vienna in the 1890s, Jager worked in Europe and Asia before coming to Minneapolis. His fascinating life is chronicled in materials at the Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota and especially in an extensive collection sent to Slovenia about fifty years ago.
Professor Zgonik will discuss Jager’s early work and the Slovenian archive, including interesting views of a number of Minnesota projects. Her talk will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 26, in Hagfors 150. The event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

John Jager: A Slovenian Architect in Minnesota

Fall All Hands Meeting: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

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The fall All Hands meeting is Thursday, September 27, at 11:30 in Hoversten Chapel. President Pribbenow will discuss fall enrollment results and discuss this year’s strategic initiatives, as well as the work to develop our next strategic plan, Augsburg2025, over the course of this year.

The meeting is open to all Augsburg staff and faculty. The meeting will be accessible via remote access, and a video replay of the meeting will be made available on the All Hands page within a few business days after the meeting.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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