Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Notification of Lot L access change on Tuesday, October 16th

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Walking access to campus from lot L will be closed on Tuesday, October 16th 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.

Lot Closures Thursday and Friday (October 18th and 19th)

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For the MEA event that Admissions is hosting on campus this week Thursday, and Friday, some of our lots will be closed and reserved for the guests. Beginning Thursday morning, at 6:00am, lots A and G will be barricaded and signed for the guests to use throughout their event time. Friday evening at 10:00pm, the barricades will be taken down and the lots will be available again to the authorized permit holders. If you typically park in those lots, the institution would like to encourage you to use lots D, L, M, or O. If you are able to use public transportation for your commute to work these days, that would also help reduce the volume of vehicles on campus as well. If you are a carpool permit holder at Augsburg, you will have received an email with additional parking options as well.

With large events such as this one, and the limited parking space we have, please anticipate challenges finding parking during these times.

Thank you!

Teaching and Learning

Off-campus Course Proposals Due Nov. 1

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Interested in teaching an off-campus course abroad or domestically? Proposals are now being accepted for academic year 2019-2020. The deadline for program proposals is November 1st.

You can learn more about the process and begin an online proposal at the following link:

If you have questions or would like to talk through an idea for a program, please contact Leah Spinosa de Vega ( or set up a meeting on the google calendar.

Additional Proposal Resources

Free Course Tune-up

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Faculty, mid-term is an excellent time for a course tune-up. Seventeen faculty members currently serve as classroom consultants, representing a wide variety of disciplines and pedagogical styles. The consultants have been trained to offer confidential, non-judgmental assistance through a collaborative process.

Working with a consultant may include classroom or lab observations (in person or through the use of video), review of classroom materials and learning goals, brainstorming sessions to address classroom issues, or any combination based on your goals.

For more information, please visit the Classroom Consulting page on the CTL website.

CTL Classroom Consulting

TODAY Last (large-group) Gen Ed Listening Session

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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.

The next listening session will be:

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:

We will be offering the session streamed via zoom:

Zoom Link

General Announcements

Cuban Band/Salsa Lessons at Augsburg on Saturday

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An evening of music and dance in solidarity with Cuba with the amazing Charanga Tropical band on Saturday, October 20th, 7:00pm, Foss Center. Augsburg students FREE with I.D. Also featuring a special address by Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by: MN Cuba Committee, Augsburg Spanish Department, National Network on Cuba and Witness for Peace.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for October

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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

Wondering what your body is made of?

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Find out by getting a body composition measurement in the Exercise Science department’s gold standard BodPod! This quick and easy test measures your body mass and volume to calculate how much fat mass and fat-free mass you’re made of. Augsburg’s senior Exercise Science Keystone students will walk you through every step and teach you so much along the way! Sign up outside the fitness center with your first and last name and then meet us in the Kennedy fitness center for your scheduled BodPod appointment! Appointments are available at varying times, Monday through Friday.

Earn Service Hours + Free Pizza with MN Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We’re 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: Humboldt Hawks (Humboldt HS, St. Paul)
● October 26th & 27th: Rosebowl (Roseville HS, Roseville, MN)
● 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 |

Volunteer With Us

Event Announcements

Prospective student visits during MEA – This Thursday and Friday

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It’s MEA week, and Augsburg is hosting an open house events for prospective undergraduate students and their families on Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19. We’re hoping to welcome about 200 guests to campus over the course of these two days, so we are encouraging staff and faculty to make sure our campus is as inviting as possible during that time. If you see folks on campus looking like they’re not sure where they’re going, please take a minute to greet them and offer directions, if needed.

To help our guests find parking during their campus visit, we will be dedicating a number of spots in Augsburg’s surface lots on those days. (Information about the specific parking lots affected will be posted this week.) Employees with campus parking passes are encouraged to park in Augsburg’s off-campus parking lots on Franklin Avenue, as you are able, on those two days. See the campus map for the locations of those two lots:

Employees are also encouraged to take public transit if you are able on those two days, or work from home if appropriate and approved by your supervisor.

The Admissions team will be on campus both days and is excited to meet these potential new Auggies. We’re grateful to all of you for helping make their Augsburg experience a positive one!

Thank you,

Robert J. Gould
Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
Augsburg University

Preferred pronouns: he, him, his

TODAY/TOMORROW: Focused Conversations on the Great Colleges to Work For survey results

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Discuss the university’s 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey results in Focused Conversations today and tomorrow. Dawn Miller, senior human resources business partner, will facilitate the sessions.

Join either of the following two sessions:
[1] TODAY: Tuesday, October 16, 2:00 p.m., Marshall Room
(Remote access link:

[2] TOMORROW: Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

To review the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey reports, go to the University Reports page of Inside Augsburg (see link, below).

University Reports page (login required)

RSVP For Speaking of Sabbatical: Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright – a few spots remain

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Faculty and staff are invited to the first installment in the “Speaking of Sabbatical” series featuring Professor Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright in the Department of Biology. Jennifer will discuss her sabbatical project focused on Discipline Based Education Research

Speaking of Sabbatical with Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright
Thursday, October 25, 2018;
Marshall Room

An RSVP for lunch is:

University Council Subcommittee Open Forum hosted by Staff Senate

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Wednesday, October 24
1–2 p.m. | Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Staff Senate will be hosting a forum to help continue to improve communication and create an opportunity for the Augsburg community to come together. Join us to hear:

• Staff Senate’s role and goals for the year
• Updates from the University Council staff representatives Jim Trelstad-Porter and Jeff Swenson
• University Council subcommittees: Campus Design Committee, Space sub-committee, Environmental Stewardship Committee, and Leadership Forum

Learn more about the UC-subcommittee Open Forum

Memorial Service for Michelle Nies

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A memorial service for Michelle Nies will be held on Wednesday, October 17 from 2:00-2:30 PM in the Gundale Chapel, located on the 3rd floor of Hagfors Center. Michelle passed away in August after a brave battle with cancer, and served as the Custodial Services Manager at Augsburg for five years. Her son, Christopher is a current student. All members of the Augsburg community are invited to gather in a time of scripture, prayer, music and remembrance of Michelle’s many contributions.

Walk with Strommen Staff Over to the Government & Non-Profit Career Fair

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Government & Non Profit Career Fair
Friday, October 19
10:00 – 3:00 (stop by anytime and stay for as long as you are able)
U of M, Coffman Memorial Building (7 minute walk from Augsburg)

** Getting to the Fair: Strommen Career & Internship Staff will be walking over groups of students at 9:45, 11:00 and 1:00 pm. (walk distance is 7 minutes) Meet in Suite 100, Christensen Center

FREE and open to all students and alumni. This fair is sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies.

To see what employers are participating, schedule and details of presentations and more.. visit

Register through Handshake

Give to the Max Day 2018

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Augsburg University is again participating in the annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 15th. Last year, 40+ projects raised $220,000 in funding thanks to donations made during Give to the Max.

If your academic department, athletic team, or student organization has a cause that needs funding, Give to the Max is an excellent way to raise support. Over the last five years Augsburg has raised $1.5 million.

For more information about Give to the Max Day, or to join Augsburg’s campaign, please contact Chris Bogen ’09,

Still need a Search for Meaning II course?

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If you are in need of a Search for Meaning II course, look no further! Take your course off-campus during spring break. There are TWO opportunities:

From Roots to Rap, Islam in America – TRAVEL TO NYC on Spring Break
course: RLN 205
program cost $1,499
more info & apply online:


Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – TRAVEL TO GUATEMALA on Spring Break
course RLN 409
program cost $3,200 – scholarships available
more info & apply online:

Contact Maren Stoddard Mack for more information, questions, etc.

Workshop: Identifying Graduate Opportunities in STEM (TODAY)

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“Identifying Graduate Opportunities in STEM” – presented by Dixie Shafer and Kirsten O’Brien of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO):

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3:40-4:50, Oren Gateway Center 113 or
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3:10-4:20*, Hagfors 150A
*Co-sponsored by Math Colloquium

This workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email

Workshop: StrengthsFinder – Exploring Your Strengths for Careers in STEM

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“StrengthsFinder*: Exploring Your Strengths for Careers in STEM” – presented by Emily Reinert of the Strommen Center.

Tues., Oct. 23, 3:40-4:50 Room OGC 113 or
Wed., Oct. 24, 3:10-4:20 Room OGC 113

*Please contact prior to workshop to get a StrengthsFinder code to fully participate.

Each workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email:

Workshop: Identifying Graduate Opportunities in STEM

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“Crafting Compelling Personal Statements for STEM Opportunities” – presented by Dixie Shafer and Kirsten O’Brien of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO).

Tues., Nov. 6, 3:40-4:50 Room OGC 113 or
Wed., Nov. 7, 3:10-4:20 Room OGC 111

Each workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you. Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email:

Power and Hope: Awakening Democracy through Public Work

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Awakening Democracy, a new book by Harry Boyte, tells many stories of Public Achievement and public work in the United States and around the world. Public work is a civic philosophy with deep roots in nonviolent traditions that express a generative power, never more needed than today.

Monday, November 12 6:00-8:00 pm
Hagfors, 150

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Relational Skills for Bridging Divides

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This day-long workshop will feature a skill building session in which participants will learn effective ways to communicate with others who differ from them politically. Over lunch we will have a keynote address by Dr. William J. Doherty the an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer who designed the Better Angels process. In the afternoon participants will practice their communication skills in deliberative dialogues on an array of hot topics.

Please join Sabo Center and Dr. William J. Doherty for this educational workshop from Saturday, November 3rd 9am-3:30pm at Hagfors Center, Room 150.

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Discount Tickets to Children’s Theatre

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If you would like to see “Last Stop on Market Street” at the Children’s Theatre, please send me an email so that I can send you a friends and family code to purchase discounted tickets. Great seats for only $20.

Here’s a bit about the show:
Based on the Newbery Award-winning book, the show is sweet and timely with a message of a need for more empathy in our world. Lots of great reviews. It’s a great show to get the grandparents out with the family! You don’t have to be a kid to like this show.

Runs through October 21st.

Last Stop on Market Place

A Few Shifts Left – Now Hiring MNUDL Tournament Staff

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester and middle schoolers next semester.

Pay: $11.25/hr *+ Free Food!

● (Non-Augsburg students will receive $11.25/hr; Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate)
● You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.
Job Duties:

● Post signage and tournament information throughout building
● Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
● Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
● Help greet volunteers
● Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots
Job Qualifications:

● Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
● Pass a background check
● Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
● Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

2018 – 2019 shifts are now open!
Questions? Email, call 612-330-1730, or visit us in our office (Foss 18).

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