Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Timely Notice: Aggravated Assault on Minneapolis Campus

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In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred on 21st Ave S near 6th St S on or near the Minneapolis Campus.

On 1/12/2019 at 11:29 p.m., Public Safety received a report from an individual that a firearm was discharged at them from a vehicle driving on 21st Ave S near 6th St S. The victim, who is not a student and was not injured, stated they were walking near 6th St S on 21st Ave S when a white vehicle, possibly a Ford compact with tinted windows, was driving north on 21st Ave S when the victim heard 2 gunshots. The victim stated the vehicle performed a U-turn on 21st Ave S and they heard more gunshots. No one was injured during the incident. Public Safety staff and Minneapolis Police responded to the report, immediately patrolling the area and identified a suspect vehicle, which Minneapolis Police investigated and cleared as not involved in the incident. At this time, the Department of Public Safety and Minneapolis Police believe this to be a targeted attack and not a random incident.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Department of Public Safety and Minneapolis Police. If you have any information regarding this incident, we urge you to contact the Department of Public Safety or the Minneapolis Police.

To view the full Timely Notice, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.

Department of Public Safety website

Teaching and Learning

Seeking 2019 Peace Scholars – Applications Due February 1

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Are you a sophomore or a junior with a deep interest in central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. Then this program is for you!

Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of central issues on the global arena. If selected as a Peace Scholar you will be awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

If you have questions, please contact:
Bettine Hoff Hermanson at (ext. 1378) or
Kristian Evans, 2018 Peace Scholar from Augsburg University, at

More information, and application instructions, can be found on the Peace Scholars website.

Peace Scholars website

The Writing Lab will open January 22nd

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The Writing Lab will open for Spring semester starting on Tuesday, January 22nd. Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-9:00pm and Sundays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We are located on the main floor of Lindell Library, to the left of the circulation desk.

No appointment is needed – just show up! Tutors meet one-on-one with all students for free. They’ll talk about all kinds of writing (for any class, or even for writing that you’re doing outside of class) and can work with you at any stage of the writing process. You don’t even need to have words down on the page – tutors can help you brainstorm how to get started!

If you have questions about the Writing Lab, please email Prof. Sarah Groeneveld Kenney (

Are you a sophomore? Apply for the Phillips Scholarship

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar by January 23!

The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders by developing a project to meet an unmet need in Minnesota communities. Phillips Scholars receive scholarships during their junior and senior years, and a stipend to complete a project during the summer between junior and senior year.

This preliminary application is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalist complete their applications.

You must be a sophomore during the 2018-2019 school year to apply.

Read more about the Phillips Scholarship program here:

Preliminary application (see link, below): Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Full applications will be due February 8, 2019.

Preliminary Phillips Scholar Application Due January 23

3 Days in May: We Want to Hear Your Suggestions

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The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering 3 days of professional development workshops and discussions from Tuesday, May 14th – Thursday, May 16th. In order to make for the most useful and engaging lineup, we’d like to hear your ideas. Please send any suggestions to Get the most from your experience by helping to create it!


Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level?

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Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? Grading practices and grade inflation are topics that can evoke passionate responses from both faculty and students. However, in this session, we ask an essential question: should grades exist at the university level?

Joaquin Munoz, assistant professor of education, will facilitate what is sure to be a spirited discussion with multiple perspectives to be presented for debate and reflection. Please visit to view this post with links to videos you are invited to watch before attending this session.

Thursday, January 24th | Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? | 1:50-3:00 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for Deliberative Dialogue

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards. See the website below for details and to submit a nomination form.

CTL Awards

General Announcements

Focused Conversations on Data Analytics Framework: TOMORROW/Wednesday

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The January Focused Conversation will feature Leif Anderson, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Katy Hahn, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Nate Hallanger, Director of Academic Administration; and Chris Jacobsen, Associate Director of Shared Services Enterprise Applications discussing the development of a data analytics framework for academic, enrollment, and financial planning.

Tues, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wed, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands

Outstanding Staff Awards – Now Accepting Nominations

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STEP 1: Email with the name and title of the individual you wish to nominate
STEP 2: Staff Senate will confirm receipt of your message and send you an online nomination form
STEP 3: Secure at least TWO additional letters of recommendation from a current staff, faculty, or student (Note: the nomination form will also ask for your own personal recommendation.)
STEP 4: Submit your completed nomination form with two or more letters of recommendation attached as either PDF or Microsoft Word documents

ABOUT THE AWARDS: The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on March 7th.

Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for 2 years or less are eligible to receive this award.

DEADLINE: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from January 9th through January 24th. Nominees will be notified on or before February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: deadline January 18, 2019

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Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:
1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.
Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found on the link below. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

NASA Space Grant Scholarship

Discounted student membership with HOURCAR

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Get a discounted student membership with HOURCAR, the Twin Cities’ nonprofit car-sharing provider. Use the promo code AUGSBURG19 to get $40 in driving credit when you sign up for an annual membership. With a hub conveniently located on campus and many others nearby, HOURCAR connects you to the city and gives you the freedom of having a car without the hassles of owning one.

go to for more information and to sign up.

Discounted semester Metro Passes for sale in bookstore

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Discounted Metro Passes are available through the bookstore – sold at $115.00 (discounted from $165.00). Semester passes are good for both light rail lines, all buses, and the Northstar rail to Anoka.

Be sure to register your pass at If your pass is lost or stolen, the replacement costs only $5.00.

Earn Service Hours with the MN Urban Debate League

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
Earn Service Hours Using Your Skills as a Volunteer Debate Judge

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge middle school debates this spring.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at the beginning of 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:

Volunteers will judge two rounds of debate from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

• January 10th – Central High School
• January 16th – Central High School
• January 17th – Barton Open School
• January 29th – North HS
• February 7th – Roosevelt HS
• February 13th – Washington Technology MS
• February 21st – Washburn HS
• February 28th – North HS
• March 5th – Edison HS
• March 7th – University of Minnesota
• March 20th – University of Minnesota
• March 21st – University of Minnesota

Stay tuned for our Spanish Debate & Somali Debate dates!

Visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University |
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Share your Augsburg Story – Join the Staff Story Circle

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The Music Department invites all staff to join them in creating a new Music-Theater piece about, for, and with people who have been or are currently a part of the Augsburg University Community (

To gather material, the music department is hosting Story Circles, facilitated by theater professionals Leah Cooper of Wonderlust Productions and Aaron Gabriel of Interact Theater. A Story Circle is an opportunity to gather in groups to tell stories, write down thoughts, and share experiences about Augsburg. If you don’t feel like sharing, you can just listen. Nobody’s story or experiences will be used in the play directly (like a documentary); they’ll be blended together into a fictional story, protecting the privacy of those who share.

They are hosting a staff story circle on January 17th from 1-2:30pm in the Augsburg Room (you are not required to stay the entire time if you are unable to). Please attend if you are interested and able. RSVP to Sonja Thompson at

-Staff Senate

Event Announcements

Paws for Learning Returns 1/14

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CWC welcomes back Auggies for spring semester as well as our furry friends from Paws for Learning, Please stop by the Center for Wellness and Counseling office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall on Mondays from 10:30 – 11:30 for some four legged furry stress relief. Any questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

The Entire Augsburg Community is Invited to Attend the Day of Action

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Faculty, Staff, and Students, please plan to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action on January 21st from 8:30-12:15. Details are linked below. Then head back to the Chapel in time for the 1:00 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Terrance Kwame-Ross.

Tentative Schedule for the Day of Action

Join Augsburg Admissions for a Documentary Screening on January 31

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You are warmly invited to attend an on-campus showing of the documentary titled, “The Test & the Art of Thinking.” The film addresses crucial questions about the SAT/ACT college entrance exams, including the value of the test score and what the test actually measures.

In 2018, Augsburg voted in favor of piloting a test-optional admission policy. The admissions department is organizing this thought-provoking opportunity as the institution continues to better understand the impact this policy has on applicants to the university.

Watch the preview here!

When: Thursday, January 31st, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Hagfors 150A
Popcorn and beverages provided. Questions, comments, and discussion following the film.

Watch the preview here!

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