Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts/Keep up with weather-related changes to classes and operations

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Augnet ServicesDecisions to cancel classes are made by 6 a.m. for daytime classes and 2 p.m. for evening classes. The University uses the Augsburg Emergency Alerts system to communicate timely information on campus emergencies and class and facility changes due to severe weather. The Augsburg Emergency Alert sends subscribers a text, email, and phone call (subscribers determine which and how many alert types they wish). Only people signed up to these alerts receive them.

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts

After the alert is sent out, information and updates about weather-related class cancellations and closures are posted on the “News” section of the Department of Public Safety website. This information is then shared with television and radio stations, and lastly on Augsburg’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Teaching and Learning

Rescheduled: Restorative Practice Professional Development

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We had to reschedule our Professional Development opportunity for next Wednesday 2/27 @ 6pm ON CAMPUS.

RSVP by 3pm today to join us for this great event!

Educators and students will learn the history and seven guiding principles of restorative practice. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the circle process and reflect on the benefits of restorative practices in learning communities. Participants will also be given time to reflect on their own classroom, site, and district’s capacity to adopt restorative practices.

RSVP for Restorative Practice Professional Development

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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Join Audrey Lensmire, Rachel Lloyd, and Jennie Diaz in this CTL session that will historicize and describe Dr. Ladson-Billing’s work on culturally relevant teachers and her ideas about student learning, cultural competency, and sociopolitical consciousness. How might we think differently about freedom and safety on campus and in the classroom? How do we create certain kinds of communities of learners? What does it mean to teach and to learn at Augsburg University in 2019?

When: February 27 – 3:40-5:00
Where: OGC 100


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

EDTalk with Diane Pike now on March 13

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“Long Live the Lecture!” has been rescheduled to take place before the March faculty meeting.

Zoom: Meeting ID 332-435-332

Wednesday, March 13th | EDTalk with Diane Pike | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151

If you missed December talk with John Zobitz about “Data Visualization as an Ethical Act” you can watch the video here:

Katie Bishop’s November talk, “How Class Matters at Augsburg” is available to view at this link:

General Announcements

Two weeks in Hawaii – study Astronomy on the Big Island in May

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Spend two weeks on Hawaii’s Big Island, and earn your Natural Science and Math credit this summer, as well as your Augsburg Experience requirement!

SPACE MOUNTAIN: Astronomy in Hawaii (PHY 101)
May 13-27, 2019

During this 2-week program you will learn the physical and theoretical tools of astronomy, and the creative way these tools are employed to answer fundamental questions about the universe and our place in it. For decades, astronomers all over the globe have taken advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions afforded them on Hawai’i’s “Big Island” to gather the data to answer these profound questions. Now, it’s your turn.

+At the summit of Mauna Kea, you will meet astronomers at work
+At Volcanoes National Park, you will see first-hand the energy source that keeps the Earth alive—our planet’s interior heat
+Investigate why the Island of Hawai’i is a prime location to study light from space, and how this astronomical importance has impacted the ongoing conflict between colonialism and native culture in Hawai’i.

Faculty Leader: Jessica Ennis
Program Dates: May 13 – 27, 2019
Program Cost $4,700 – includes: tuition, airfare, room and board, and all program activities and excursions.

Apply by February 25!

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Learn more and apply online!!!

Summer in Slovenia & Italy – 2 week Psychology & Education course

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Spend 2 Weeks in Slovenia and Italy this summer, and earn credit!

Psychology and Education in Slovenia, May 12-27, 2019
Course Options (choose one or two courses. If two, one must be PSY 205)
–EDC 490/580(3 credits): School and Society; and/or
–PSY 205 (4 credits): Culture and Psychology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF)
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience Requirement

Faculty Leaders: Joseph Erickson & Stacy Freiheit

Cost depends on course taken. Ranges: $4,533 to $5,057
Cost includes tuition, airfare, housing, some meals, all program activities.

During this program, students will examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture, explore the Roman ruins in Croatia, and experience the canals of Venice, Italy. Students will have opportunities to engage with various host communities and interact with local faculty, teachers, mental health professionals, fellow college students, and students throughout their study abroad experience.

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Only a few spaces left! Apply by February 25!

Learn more and apply online

Summer in Puerto Rico – 2 week course in May (scholarships available)

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Study for two weeks in Puerto Rico this May, and get a scholarship to help pay for it!

THR 295 – Art Performing Social Change, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
May 13-29, 2019

This 4-credit class examines the role of art in resistance and social change. You will have a chance to learn how artists, art organizations, activists and members of various communities in Puerto Rico use, or are dedicated to, creating art that engages issues of social justice. As Puerto Rico faces a brutal financial crisis, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, its residents have found creative ways to foster possibility and claim social justice.

Program cost:
$3,475 includes: tuition, airfare, housing, most meals, all program activities

Apply by February 25

SCHOLARSHIPS are available! The three scholarship opportunities (Mary Witt, Yackel, and Students of Color Scholarships) are open to all Auggies. Click the link below to find out more about these scholarship opportunities!
—> Scholarships applications due March 15

For more information, click the link below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen Center)

Click here for more program and scholarship information, and to apply online!

Last day to RSVP is Feb. 21

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The Ethics of Tension: Applications of Buddhist-Postmodern Ethics
Friday, March 8, 2019
Marshall Room

Presenter: Dr. Jin Y Park, Ph.D., Visiting Batalden Scholar

Workshop description: This interdisciplinary workshop for faculty and staff is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Buddhist and postmodern ethics, and to apply this knowledge to your discipline. The workshop will begin with an overview on Buddhist and postmodern ethics that builds on Dr. Park’s Batalden convocation. From there, participants will apply Buddhist-postmodern ethics to case examples in small groups (by discipline). Interdisciplinary discussions will follow. A continental breakfast will be served. (Participants may earn three social work CEUs.)

(*Note: Participants should bring a specific ethic issue and/or ethical dilemma for this small group work).

RSVP by emailing (and include “workshop RSVP” in the subject line) to by February 21st. Please also indicate if you would CEUs. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

There is still space to attend the Batalden luncheon

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Please join us in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, March 7 at 11 a.m. to hear Dr. Jin Y Park’s talk titled “Ethical Imagination: Buddhist-Postmodern Approaches”

The Batalden luncheon will follow at 12:15pm in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing (and include “Convocation luncheon RSVP” in the subject line) before the end of today. Please also inform events of any dietary restrictions.

More info:

Summer Job Opportunity for Youth Theology Institute

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AYTI Mentors needed – apply this week for priority consideration! The Christensen Center for Vocation is looking for current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI).

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on Augsburg’s campus. This year’s theme is Stewarding Creation in our Neighborhoods: Science and Theology in Action, so if you are passionate about how these work together, this year’s program is for you! Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program. An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate Christian community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of June 23-28, 2019. Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page. Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at;jsessionid=A818FCF87167A52B7E00CA84F8A06C2D;jsessionid=DA15757B1581BE0A8094D6FAE598FA20?JOBID=107129&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1549469287218

Apply for the 2019-2020 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Current students with sophomore or junior status who plan to study on campus all of the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is March 4, 2019.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance MnDRIVE Summer Research Program: apply by Feb. 25

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Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded MnDRIVE program.

To be eligible for the MnDRIVE program, students must:

-be a United States citizen or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific
Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the deadline.

The MnDRIVE program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA) to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. MnDRIVE has summer internship opportunities in four general research areas: Robotics, Global Food, Environment and Brain Conditions. Students should be available for research during Summer 2019 and have access to housing in the Twin Cities metro area. The NSSA provides $4,500 for the research opportunity.

The MnDRIVE application deadline is Monday, February 25th, 2019. Faculty reference letters are due Monday, March 4th.

For more information and to apply, please see:

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to:

North Star STEM – MnDRIVE program

Event Announcements

Time to apply for River Semester

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Starting August 25, 2019, a lucky group of students will spend their semester traveling the length of the Mississippi River–from source to sea, with stops in St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and countless small communities along the way.

Apply for one of the Pentair Scholarships, worth up to $3,000 toward the cost of the program.

Students enroll in a full set of college courses and full financial aid applies.

To get a feel for some of what this experience is like, check out the short videos made by Kristy Ornelas, one of the students on the 2018 River Semester:

Learn more and apply online here

Evening with alumni: Tips, Tricks, & Practicing Networking

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Wondering what networking is? Never been to a networking event?

Students are invited to join alumni on Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in the Hagfors Center.

Reasons why you should attend:
*Learn from Auggie experts who have used networking to further their career.
*Get advice on ways to feel comfortable with networking and how to put your best foot forward in professional situations.
*Practice your networking with Auggies from all professions and ages, and start to build a network in a safe and supportive environment.
The evening will consist of a panel discussion and mingling with alumni.

Panel Moderator, Matt Shannon 04′ – Medtronic
Deb Krueger Knight ’82, Founder Career Professionals
Janice Gladden ’12, Target Corporation
Mike Cunningham ’10, Richfield Middle School
Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’11 MBA, United Health Care
Registration is free and open to all students! All majors and students are welcome! Light snacks will be provided.

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Presentation by Nick Gangestad, 3M CFO, Regent and Alumni

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The Augsburg Department of Business Administration is sponsoring a presentation by Regent and Alumni Nicholas Gangestad (’86) on Monday, February 25 at 6 pm (in Hagfors 150). Nick is senior vice president and chief financial officer of 3M, an international innovation company with nearly 90,000 employees operating in 70 countries around the world. Gangestad began at 3M in 1987 as a systems analyst; a few years later he became a plant accountant, followed by financial analyst and financial manager. He has worked in a variety of 3M businesses and regions including the Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and United States. In 2011, Gangestad was appointed corporate controller and chief accounting officer. In 2014, he was named senior vice president and CFO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from Augsburg, as well as an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Gangestad serves on the board of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016, and is on the board of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts.

“I believe good leaders give their teams latitude in how they get the job done, encourage and reward curiosity and creativity, offer praise in public and deal with disappointments in private – and play to their people’s strengths.”

This free presentation will be in Hagfors Center 150. Nick will speak for about 30 minutes and then answer questions for 15 minutes. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Politics of Empowerment TODAY

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The 2018-2019 Sabo Scholars Present “The Politics of Empowerment” an event featuring facilitated round table discussions with elected officials focusing on getting marginalized communities involved in politics.

Event Info:
Date: 2/21
Time: 6-8
Location: Hagfors 151

Confirmed guests:
Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzaelz, first Latina mayor in Minnesota history
Mary Anne Quiroz, Candidate for St. Paul City council Ward 7
Kim Ellison, Clerk of Minnesota Board of Education
Latrisha Vetaw, Commissioner of Minneapolis Park Board

Study in Mexico or China this summer

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Travel and earn credit this summer! Every program ALSO fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

MUSIC THERAPY IN CHINA – Apply by March 15
July 9-22, 2019, choose one course:
• MUS 374 or 475: Practicum
• MUS 582: Transcultural Mus. Therapy II
• MUS 511: Practicum

Multiple 3-week course blocks, May to August
• Spanish classes, beginning to advanced: fulfills Modern Language Gen Ed, or electives for Spanish Majors and Minors
• SPA/ART 231: fulfills Fine Arts Gen Ed
• Internship and Independent Research opportunities
• Scholarships available

June 5 – July 21, 2019
• SPA 206: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
• INS/SPA 399: Internship, Medical Observership
• Scholarships available

Visit the study abroad office or website for more information.

Learn more and apply online

Invitation for faculty and staff of color

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Host: St. Catherine University
When: Friday, March 8, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (Followed by a Free Lecture at 7:00 pm in the O’Shaughnessy)
Where: Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

“Join us to celebrate and connect with fellow People of Color (POC) staff and faculty from area colleges and universities. Bring your authentic self and your business card.

Your St. Catherine’s colleagues also invite you to attend the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture “I Have Seen the Good Worlds” featuring Toshi Reagon. The free lecture will take place in The O’Shaughnessy at 7 p.m. “

Register for Happy Hour

Keeping Track of Auggies

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