Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Scheduled Snow Removal: Lot B, Saturday, February 16th

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Augsburg has designated Saturday February 16th a snow removal day for Lot B. For the removal, all vehicles will need to be out of the lot before 6:00am on Saturday and remain out of the lot until 12:00 p.m.

If you normally park in Lot B we ask that during this time you move your vehicle to lot D or L. After 12:00 p.m. on Saturday you can move your vehicle back to lot B.

Please note that any vehicles left in Lot B at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday are subject to immediate towing.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact DPS at 612-330-1717.

Teaching and Learning

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Augsburg Asian Student Association Hosts Cultural Exploration: Japanese American History

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Hello Augsburg Community! AASA invites all students, faculty, and staff to AASA’s 4th Cultural Exploration.

The Augsburg Asian Student Association’s Cultural Exploration purposes are to explore a culture in the Pan-Asian community in a variety of ways to educate our members and to have a better understanding of a Pan-Asian culture.

Cultural Exploration: Japanese American History will take place during AASA’s 10th General Meeting from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in room Hagfors 150A on February 18th, 2019.
AASA is happy to announce that we have invited Augsburg Faculty Andrew L Aoki, Professor, Chair of Political Science and Sabo Fellow, to present on Japanese American History. AASA will also be having guest speaker Sally Sudo, from the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Education Committee, who will be speaking on their lived experience through the Japanese Internment camp during World War II.

This can be a heavy topic for some people, so we ask that you come with intentionality to learn and respect what the presenters have to share.

We hope to see everyone join us on the 18th of February.

AASA’s 10th General Meeting Facebook Event :

Andrew L Aoki :

Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Education Committee :

What brings you light?

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Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars, a group of students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action, are organizing a campus wide art project focused on the question: “What brings you light?” This is an ambiguous prompt, as our goal is to engage with folks from many different religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds and to showcase what is the “light” in our lives despite our different beliefs.

We ask the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light, and to photograph if they are able. Perhaps it is a beloved pet, a significant other, a spice rack because you love cooking, a pocket bible, a special place you spend time in, etc. If it is not something you’re able to photograph, a selfie would be a great submission! Please send appropriate content, as these photos will be displayed at the “Interfaith Art Project Showcase” on April 4th in the Gundale Chapel, located in Hagfors from 5pm-8pm.

We are also asking for an audio clip with your photo submission. You can talk about what your light is or answer one of the following questions the Interfaith Scholars has compiled. Please send your photo submission to You may submit a text description or an audio recording between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long answering any of these questions:
– What brings you light?
– What brings you meaning?
– What brings you joy?

Please feel free to interpret the question in whatever way resonates with you. Be creative, be spontaneous, and be intentional. Please let us know if you have any questions on this art project or are unsure on how to complete the submission.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing!) from you.

Augsburg Interfaith Scholars

Innovative Experiential Education Strategies

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There are a variety of ways to incorporate experiential learning into a course. Join CTL and the Sabo Center as we hear faculty (Darcey Engen, Matt Maruggi, and Ben Stottrup) talk about their successes and challenges with different experiential learning strategies from field trips and guest speakers to semester-long projects–what worked, what didn’t, what surprised them, and more!

Thursday, February 28th | Innovative Experiential Education Strategies | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Marshall Room

General Announcements

Curricular Inclusion Study

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Day Students,

If you have already completed the Curricular Inclusion Survey, thank you so much for taking the time to do so! Your feedback and input are valuable to us. If you have not yet done so, this notice is intended as a friendly reminder. Check your email for the survey and follow the link.

Because we deeply respect the time it takes to complete the survey, those who do so will automatically be entered into a raffle for one of eight gift cards (four awards valued at $25 and four awards valued at $50).

Congratulations Outstanding Staff Nominees

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Staff Senate would like to congratulate and recognize those nominated for the Outstanding Staff and Outstanding Newcomer Award. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Event on Thursday, March 7th from 3–4:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Outstanding Staff Nominees:
• Amanda Burgess
• Beth Carlson
• Mike Christianson
• Dianne Detloff
• Kristina Fruge
• Stephen Jendraszak
• Katie Koch Code
• Bryan Massich
• Kirsten O’Brien
• Kim O’Flaherty
• Eric Pegues
• Lisa Raetz
• Jennifer Simon
• Jenny Wheatley
• Ann Marie Yacobucci

Outstanding Newcomer Nominees:
• Jack Hein
• Seth Rueter
• Gita Sitaramiah
• Stewart Van Cleve

Thank you to all of those who nominated these outstanding staff members. We hope to see you all at the event!

Staff Appreciation Event Details

Staff Length of Service Awards – Check list

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Thursday, March 8th Augsburg staff who celebrated a work anniversary of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years during the calendar year 2018 will be recognized at the Staff Appreciation Event from 2-4 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel. All staff are invited to join us in celebrating these milestones as well as the nominees for the Outstanding Staff Awards.

If anyone on this list has corrections or if you feel you should be included, please email

5—Xia Xiong-Vang
5—Denielle Stepka
5—Mark Matich
5—Casey Jarvela
5—Rachel Svanoe
5—Lisa Stock
5—Amy Alkire
5—Emily Glynn
5—Bonnie Tensen
5—Charles Scott
5—Karen Kaivola
5—Kathryn Knippenberg
5—Tesfaye Kelborie
5—Kathleen Matthews
5—Thomas Annett Jr.
5—Catherine Maun
5—Ilze Vogel
5—Abby Johnson Schnedler
5—Christy Mattingly
5—Kathryn Hahn
5—Rebecca Ganzel Thompson
5—Aaron Jarson
5—Justin Lind-Ayres
5—Efa Ateya
10—Nathan Hallanger
10—David St Aubin
10—Stephen Peacock
10—Timothy Amborn
10—James Matthias
10—Josef Fortier
10—Kelly Anderson Diercks
10—Leah Spinosa de Vega
10—Michael Grewe
10—Lara Crombie
10—Joanne Reeck
10—Maria Tavera
15—Mulu Erana
15—Sandra Fevig
15—Ronald Kurpiers
15—Sherilyn Young
20—Ann Garvey
20—Sonja Hagander
25— Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

Thank you, Staff Senate 2018–19

Need help with food? Affordable housing? Money Problems?

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Students, please check out the “Student Support Guide” to identify resources for Basic Living Needs such as food and affordable housing. The Guide Includes information on Child Care, Clothing, Commuter Student resources, Food, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Part-time Jobs, Legal Problems, Money Problems, Social Services, Transportation, and Military/Veteran Support. The Student Support Guide can be found in the “A-Z Directory”, on the Student Affairs webpage, or on the Moodle Resources tab.

To access the guide, make sure you are logged into your Augnet account.

Student Support Guide

Semester stress getting to you?

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If the start of the semester has been a little stressful, remember all currently enrolled Augsburg students can get up to ten FREE mental health counseling sessions with one of our on campus counselors. If you want to talk to someone confidentially about a variety of topics (depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, etc.) please call the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment or stop in the office between 8 – 4:00 pm. An after hours emergency service is available by calling 612-330-1707 and pressing option 1 to be connected to a counselor by phone when the CWC office is closed. Check out our website for more info.

Going to the Job & Internship Fair – Have your resume reviewed

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Are you attending the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 21st? If yes, don’t forget to stop by for a 15 minute resume review (no need to schedule) at the Strommen Career & Internship Services office. (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).

Drop In Hours: Monday- Thursday – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Register for the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Augsburg Leadership application

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Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. Students will also be nominated for the Marina Christensen Justice Award, given out at Commencement. (

Applications are due on Thursday, March 14 at 5pm. Recipients will be honored at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Leadership Award nominations are now open

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Nominations for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Event Announcements

Submit your creative writing TODAY

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The John Engman Writing Prize, a literary competition sponsored by Murphy Square and the Augsburg English Department, is awarded each year to promising writers.

This year’s submission deadline is February 15th, 2019. Judges of the competition will select winners in each of the categories of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

To enter, writers must submit at least one of the following:

Short Fiction – One complete short story of not more than 15 pages.
Creative Non-fiction – One complete piece not longer than 15 pages.
Poetry – At least three poems.

All writers must be enrolled at Augsburg University and may enter each of the categories as often as they wish, but they may only win in one. Names of writers must not be on the works submitted.

Entries must be submitted through Moodle. The direct link to the site is:

Winners will be notified by March 1st and will be awarded gift cards to the university bookstore.

Study Abroad & Away Fair TOMORROW

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It’s almost here! The Study Abroad & Away Fair!

Come learn about hundreds of off-campus study programs available to Auggies. Programs are around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit each student!

Pick up program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you!

Join us:
Friday, February 15
10:30 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

HabitAware: Winner of Meda’s $1 Million Challenge speaks at Augsburg University February 16

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“HabitAware, a local tech startup developing a smart awareness tracker called Keen to stop behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking, took home the top prize at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s (Meda) $1 Million Challenge startup competition Wednesday.

As the first place winner in the $1M Challenge, Minneapolis-based HabitAware will receive $400,000 to advance its business.”

Read more at:

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search welcomes Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as its keynote speaker. Jump Start offers opportunities to:

– Network with STEM industry professionals
– Attend career-oriented workshops
– Gain insights from STEM panelists
– Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
– Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

Join us!
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search today!

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search – February 16 – Register today

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Join us at the 5th annual Jump Start Your STEM Job Search!

Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

This event is perfect for all STEM majors – first year students to seniors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to:

– Network with STEM industry professionals
– Attend career-oriented workshops
– Gain insights from STEM panelists
– Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
– Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

We welcome Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as our keynote speaker. HabitAware’s Keen smart bracelet “Retrains The Brain.” Keen creates awareness of hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting, debilitating mental health conditions. Having grown up with hair pulling disorder, Aneela is now an outspoken mental health advocate. HabitAware is a HAX hardware accelerator alumnus and recently received an NIH research grant. Her life’s work (HabitAware) has been featured as a TIME Magazine 2018 Best Invention and in BuzzFeed, SELF Magazine, The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine and more.

No cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch included.

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register today!

Alumni Mathew Shannon Presents Interviewing Workshop February 16

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Mathew Shannon is the Senior Diversity Talent Acquisition Specialist at Medtronic, and will be presenting the workshop “The Interview: Embrace the Invitation” as part of the upcoming Jump Start Your Job Search event this Saturday, February 16. He has an impressive biography (see below) and we look forward to this opportunity to learn from him!

Mr. Mathew Shannon is an established human resource professional. While growing up in Minneapolis, MN, Mathew realized that one of the keys to successful communities is the presence of positive leadership. Having a few key mentors in his life during transitional times was helpful in making important decisions. Mathew led by example as an All-State and All-American student athlete in track and field throughout his high school and college careers. Mr. Shannon has his BA degree in Business and Communication Arts from Augsburg University located in Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Shannon’s professional investments are currently centered on diversity and inclusion, project management, and talent acquisition. Mathew has a successful background in insurance sales, program management, and leadership/ professional development. His sincere passion for making a difference in the lives of other people is a driving force that creates a positive synergy that Mathew shares with his colleagues and the communities he serves.
Mathew also serves on the alumni board at Augsburg University, and facilitates professional development workshops to help others make their greatest contribution to society. Wellness is an important part of life and Mathew enjoys fitness challenges, photography, and music.

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search

Keeping Track of Auggies

3 Auggies Selected for National Fellowship in Public Policy

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Three Augsburg rising seniors were selected for the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in 2019. This seven-week program prepares students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service at five of the top public policy schools in the country. Not only is this summer program fully-paid, but it promises a minimum of $5,000 scholarship to a consortium of public policy graduate schools.

Natalya Arevalo, Political Science and Philosophy, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Noah Greenfield, Political Science, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Abdul Sharif, Political Science and International Relations, will be attending Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Only 20% of applicants receive the PPIA award. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

3 Auggies named Fulbright Semi-Finalists and Advance in Competition

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two Augsburg alumni and one current student were named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Reaching semi-finalist status means that one’s application has passed the first round of evaluation and will receive further consideration by the host country. In a competition with more than 10,000 applicants per year, being named semi-finalist is an impressive honor! The Semi-Finalists include:

Madeline Kinn ‘18, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Czech Republic

Emily Knudson ’15, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Brazil

Emilie Tomas ‘19, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Indonesia

If you are a junior or senior and would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program, go to and attend one of URGO’s information sessions this spring! Dates of these sessions will be advertised in March.


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