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 Ave., 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 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

Final call — Batalden Book Club

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Five spaces are available in the Fall 2018 Batalden Book Club!

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; we have five spaces/books remaining. Please email Bibiana Koh (, current Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, to join today! (Note: The book will be provided by the Batalden program.)

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

Scaffolding Strategies for Integrative Learning Experiences – Tomorrow, 9/26, 3:30-4:30

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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 tomorrow, 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.

Course Evaluation Form Sessions

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Course Evaluation Survey Information Sessions
Faculty, 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.

ALMA Internationalization Presentation

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Please join us for this Thursday’s presentation focusing on our internationalization efforts in Latin America in Sateren Auditorium from 12:30-1:30 p.m. where we will present a vision for a deeper level of engagement throughout the Americas by the Music Department and for the benefit of our entire Augsburg community .

¡ALMA! stands for “Augsburg Music in Latin America,” or more properly, “América Latina Música Augsburg.” We will be presenting a summary of last year’s international activities and a preview of what is being planned for the future including opportunities for student travel to Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, as well as for faculty exchanges and professional networking. (Alma means ‘soul’ in Spanish.)

We hope to see you there!

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 begin to 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

General Announcements

All Hands Meeting: Thursday at 11:30 in Hoversten Chapel

The All Hands meeting for fall 2018 is Thursday at 11:30 in Hoversten Chapel. The meeting is open to all Augsburg staff and faculty. Remote access will be available via Zoom:

Join the meeting to learn more about fall 2018 enrollment results, the 2018-19 strategic initiatives, and other campus updates.

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

The Eagle and the Condor: From Standing Rock With Love

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Augsburg Native American Film Series Event October 8: 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.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:25
Virtual Introductions and Screening begins at 6:30
Discussion with Standing Rock participants follows
This event is free to the public
For parking permits contact

Augsburg Native American Film Series

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

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, bio psychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
(1) Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
(2) US citizen or permanent resident.
(3) 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 our application (See Link Below).

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

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.).

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am to hear Lars Anderson of Young Adults in Global Mission talk about his experiences in Palestine. Musicians today are Bethany Keyl, Jake Pernsteiner, and Pauls Svalbe. The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a year-long transformative, journey in international service.

More information

We Can Be Royal

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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


Optum (United Health Group) Info Session for Students

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Plan to attend an information and networking session with Augsburg alumni
Mubarik Hassan ’18, Nazih Safi ’17, Justin Lochner ’13, and Yibralem Tesfaye ’15

They will provide an overview of Optum, including the Consulting Development Program, which they are a part of. In addition, there will be time for questions and networking!

Treats will be provided. Open to all students and majors.

Optum Info & Networking Session

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

Lessons from the civil rights movement for the crisis of our time

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Join us Tuesday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Hagfors 151 when Harry Boyte delivers the first Democracy Augsburg Teach-in of the year, Addressing the Crisis in Democracy- Lessons from the civil rights movement. Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center, served as a field secretary for Rev. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the southern freedom movement. He will lift up lessons from the movement, including the key role young people played, and relate them to our current crisis in democracy.

CWC Health Fair – Wednesday 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 East Commons in Christensen Center from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. Many community 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 (FREE). Any questions call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

MVNA 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.

National Voter Registration Day – Tuesday, Sept. 25

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National Voter Registration day is Tuesday, Sept. 25. Student Affairs, Sabo Center and Student Government reps will staff a table in Christensen, 10 am-2 pm. 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.

Annual Fall Blood Drive – 10/3

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Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual fall blood drive. Please help saves lives and consider donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons on Wednesday 10/3/18 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time or sign up at the Memorial Blood Center table at the health fair on 9/26. Please consider donating blood to help save lives.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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