Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot A Reserved March 8 for Admitted Student Event

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Friday, March 8 is one of our admitted student visit events, “Experience Augsburg.” We are excited to welcome high school seniors, transfer students, as well as friends and families to the campus. Many of them will be using this day to make their final decision about attending Augsburg.

Lot A will be reserved for our visitors. Please plan to park elsewhere. We understand that the snow has made parking and accessibility all the more limited, and we greatly appreciate your assistance. Thank you in advance for all you do to help us recruit future Auggies!

If you see a guest during this time that looks lost, please assist them. The idea of this day is to welcome families to campus, introduce them to students and faculty, and share with them a positive experience of life as an Auggie. Even small gestures like saying hello or offering directions go a long way to making a positive impression.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions. We thank you again for your support. Go Auggies!

Teaching and Learning

Tech Tip Tuesday: Search Moodle Forums

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“If you use Moodle Forums, you may want to isolate a specific student’s posts in order to provide feedback or a grade. The new “”Search Forums”” feature lets you easily isolate a student’s posts AND you can refine the search so that you only see posts submitted prior to the deadline. See link below to learn more.”

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

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Long Live the Lecture!: Everyone talks in class and doing so as effectively as possible is important. Focusing on interactive lecture pedagogy, this session introduces rationale for paying attention to lecture style and strategies for making it work.

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

Zoom: Meeting ID 332-435-332


Tomorrow: Speaking of Scholarship with Mary Lowe

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Bodies and Embodiment in Queer Theologies. Religion professor Mary Lowe will share how familiar Christian categories and concepts like the Bible, the human person, God, sin, and relationships take on new and fluid meanings when located within the discipline of emerging queer theologies.

Wednesday, March 6th | Speaking of Scholarship with Mary Lowe | 12:30-1:40 pm, Marshall Room

General Announcements

$5 for staff, faculty and students

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We are looking for staff, faculty, and/or students willing to take 10 minutes to participate in a psychological study. This study looks at criminal justice procedures. Participants are able to obtain one course credit (when applicable) or $5 for participation. Research will be conducted in Hagfors 252. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Ellenburg at or Donovan Paz at to set up an appointment, or ask questions.

Seward Coop March “Round up” – Soup for You

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During the month of March, shoppers at Seward Co-ops & Cafe may “round up” their grocery total as a donation to Soup for You Cafe at Bethany Lutheran (2511 Franklin Ave). These small donations help support the operations of Soup for You Cafe, serving the Seward/Cedar Riverside Community with free soup M-F, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. We strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all members of our communities. Augsburg students, staff, faculty and families are invited to join us!

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.

Interested in rocketry? The Aerospace club is looking for new members

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Augsburg’s unofficial Aerospace club seeks to spark students’ interests in the applications of physics, mathematics, computer science, and more, through real-world challenges, all while having fun doing so. Although currently focused on rocketry, we hope to soon broaden our work and become the Aerospace Engineering and Robotics Organization (AERO), which would encompass a broader range of passions and/or interests. Currently, we are working to build a rocket for NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) competition, and are looking to recruit new members to explore the thrill of rocketry with us!

Note: You don’t need to be in a STEM major to join us in building a rocket. All we are looking for is someone who is interested in embarking on a unique, challenging, and rewarding experience, and is dedicated to the success of the project.

If you are interested please contact Noah Aleshire by emailing

Human Resources Student Worker Position Available for Summer

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The Human Resources department is looking to hire a student worker for the summer of 2019 and into the 2019-2020 academic year. The position will be scheduled to work approximately 40 hours per week during the summer. The position will also be able to roll into the academic year at 10 hours per week.

This position is ideal for a quick learner with a can do attitude, who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. The primary focus of this position will be on assisting with the college-wide student employment process, but this position also supports the work of the entire department. This means that student employee can/will interact with all members of the department. In addition to providing general office support (excellent customer service, copying, faxing, mail distribution, filing, data entry) there is also a variety of projects that the HR department works on which may allow for new experiences. Confidentiality and dependability are essential.

If interested, please apply through Handshake.

Wednesday Info Session: INROADS Program is hiring

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Are you looking for a summer internship? If yes, we encourage you to apply to the INROADS program. Representatives will also be on campus on Wednesday, March 6th at 4:30 pm for a short presentation with time for questions. The info session will be held in the Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center.

INROADS ( has paid internship opportunities in the Twin Cities for the summer of 2019. These opportunities are primarily with the related companies United Health Group, United Health Care, and Optum. The positions are in accounting, finance, marketing, project management, sales and information technology. The pay is approximately $20 per hour. These positions are filling fast. (3.0 or above GPA and Legally Authorized to work in the US. )

Representatives suggest that students begin the online application prior to attending the information session.

Prior to being interviewed with companies candidates will need to complete a candidate preparation session (which is a two hour webinar that will introduce you to the INROADS program), adjustments to your resume to highlight transferable skills, and a mock interview. After you complete the entire application process, you will be allowed to interview for a position.


Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

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How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

Event Announcements

Focused Conversations on Vocation E-Portfolio: Mar. 12-13

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The March Focused Conversations will feature Marty Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, and Elaine Eschenbacher, Director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, discussing development of a vocation-focused e-portfolio, which is designed to become a distinctive and synthesizing element of the Augsburg undergraduate program.

Tuesday, March 12, 10:30 a.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 p.m., Oren Gateway Center 100

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

All Hands page

Environmental justice movie screening and dinner – This Wednesday

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Join Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen, Environmental Stewardship Committee, and the Sierra Club for this incredible film + dinner on Weds, March 6th at 6pm in Hagfors 150.
“In the 1920’s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart.
The construction of 94 shattered homes, businesses, and families. It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit”

Please stick with us after the film for a discussion of the issues presented in “Rondo Beyond The Pavement” as well as a chance to have a conversation with different grassroots activists taking action in our communities.

Submissions are open for the Intercollegiate Film Festival

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Until the 1st of April the Intercollegiate Film Festival will be accepting submissions for their film festival. Augsburg students can wave the normal fee by using this code: “MyFilm2019”. Submit a film that has been made within the last year and you will have a chance for it too featured in the upcoming Film Festival along with films from other colleges in Minnesota. The festival itself is the 13th of April at Sateren Auditorium, hosted by the Augsburg Film Scholars

Film Freeway page

Are We Green By 2019? (March 11 & 27 events)

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Are We Green By 2019? We’ve come a long way since making a public commitment to taking action on climate change, and it’s time to reflect and look towards the next steps in our commitment to being thoughtful stewards of our place. The Environmental Stewardship Committee invites you all to attend one of the “Dinner Party Downlow” events this month, where we’ll eat together, share what’s been on our mind with environmental sustainability on campus, and begin imagining what’s next for Augsburg.

NOTE: Two identical sessions happening on March 11 and March 27. Please attend one if you can and invite friends, classmates, colleagues, etc!

NOTE #2: There will be other opportunities to share feedback throughout April if you can’t make it to one of these sessions… but there may not be as much food…

4pm – Food and gathering
4:30 – Intro, Green By 2019 overview
4:35 – Evaluation activity
5:30 – Report out
5:40 – Reflect
5:50 – Next steps

RSVP so we can plan food!

Forum 2019: Help Us Choose Speakers

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We are excited to be moving forward with the next iteration of the Forum and want to get as much input as possible from the campus community in regards to potential speakers and programming.

The new Forum will continue to bring together students, global leaders and change-makers, and local activists to explore innovative ways to take constructive action on issues identified as priorities by the Augsburg community. The survey we administered in Fall 2018 identified racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental sustainability as top priorities.

The form (linked below) provides a partial list of potential speakers (global and domestic), and we invite you to help choose the top candidates.

The Forum will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 28 and 29, 2019.

Please provide your response by Monday, March 11.

Speaker Google Form Submission

Staff Appreciation Event – Thursday March 7

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Each year, Augsburg University’s Staff Senate hosts a special event where staff are recognized for years of service, completion of the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, and outstanding contributions to the campus community. The event includes refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a “candy bar.”

2019 Staff Appreciation Program
Thursday, March 7
3–4:30 p.m. | Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel
Livestream Link for off campus colleagues:

As part of this event, we are encouraging attendees to bring donations for Campus Cupboard, Augsburg’s student food shelf. Campus Cupboard is currently looking for donations of the following items:

Food donations: Microwaveable meals, healthy snack foods, trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter and other nut butters, canned beans, canned chicken and tuna, canned fruit, dried fruit, sandwich bread, cereal, ramen, baking supplies (flour, sugar, etc.), pasta sauce

Toiletry donations: Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, pads and tampons, lotion, sunscreen, nail clippers, etc.

Please consider bringing an item to donate to Campus Cupboard on Thursday, March 7. You can also donate any time by bringing items to the Campus Cupboard, located in Foss.

ALIVE: A Dream From Standing Rock

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Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock on March 29, 2019. The film AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.” Myron Dewey ( Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band and Temoke Shoshone)–filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist–will present the film, which he worked on, and talk about what has happened since the action and to the water protectors and other Indigenous activists.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion will follow
This event is free to the public

Augsburg Native American Film Series

A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo will be speaking at the Guthrie theater on Friday, March 15th. CTL will pay for up to 20 people to attend this early-morning event, so fill out the RSVP Form now for your chance to hear Dr. DiAngelo speak about “White Fragility”.

“Brought to you by Teach For America-Twin Cities, along with Presenting Sponsor The Minneapolis Foundation. Come hear from Dr. Robin DiAngelo talk about a term she calls “White Fragility, ” a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering defensive responses, instead of a prompt to reach for humility and grapple with how to engage in intentional action.” Further information about Dr. Robin DiAngelo and “White Fragility” can be found at:

Friday, March 15th | A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo | 7:30-9:00 am, The Guthrie Theater

Register Now For a Chance to Attend “A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo”

Faculty and Staff of Color Gathering at St. Kate’s

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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 March 8th Happy Hour

Music Therapy in July – application open

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Attention Music Therapy, PA, and MSW students!

The 2019 Music Therapy in China program will take place in July, and spaces are still available!

***** 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

Program Overview:

Through visits to hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China. Students also engage in direct dialogue with Chinese music therapists and other rehabilitation therapists. The program allows participants to reflect on their own musical roots, and to discover how their own musical preferences have developed based on cultural experiences. We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

This program will also spend several days at a burn camp in Chongqing. This is a free camp designed for children ages 6-18 who have experienced burns, but do not have access to outpatient treatment. The camp helps children develop communication and social skills, confidence, psychological well-being, and physical wound healing. Professor Jinyi Li has been providing music therapy at the Burn Camp since 2011 and music therapy students from Chongqing University have been participating as volunteers at the camp since 2015. Students from various universities and different degree programs throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia also come to volunteer at the burn camp; this course is an opportunity to volunteer alongside this global group of music therapy students.

Learn more and apply online

Apply now for River Semester – Fall 2019

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Spend your Fall 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.

During the River Semester, all students take four courses, earning a total of 16 credits.

The experiential nature of this program is a key factor to learning. Between the actual paddling of the canoes, we will also have excursions to towns along the river, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations. These activities will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.

Full financial aid applies., and students can also apply for one of the Pentair Scholarships, worth up to $3,000 toward the cost of the program.


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 about courses and program features, and apply online

2 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 March 15!

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 about Astronomy in Hawaii this summer

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

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Spend 2 Weeks in Slovenia and Italy this May, 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 March 15!

Learn more and apply online

Free Lunch time Yoga

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Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free class on Wednesdays from 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. The yoga will be accessible to any level. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. E-mail me if you have any questions:

Join us on Wednesday March 13 for another film screening

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Norway Hub continues our Norwegian movie series with Before Snowfall (Før snøen faller) created by Hisham Zaman, a Norwegian-Kurdish filmmaker.

BEFORE SNOWFALL is a nontraditional road movie about family, love, dignity and honor. Siyar is the eldest man in the family. When his sister escapes from her own wedding, he is given the task to track her down and restore the family’s reputation. The hunt after his sister becomes a dangerous journey from east to west, where the collision of traditional bound cultures and modern western living challenges Siyar to find out who he really is. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin, who is also lost between borders in Europe. They experience a budding friendship and an infatuation. Evin chooses to travel with him, unknowing of his plan.

This series is made possible by the Norwegian Film Institute in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Showings in the Twin Cities are presented as a result of a partnership between the Honorary Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, Norway Hub/Augsburg University, and Norway House.
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Place: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall

More information about the filmmaker:
Hisham Zaman, is a contemporary Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker. He graduated from the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer in 2004. He has made several award-winning short films, most notably Bawke which has received more than 20 national and international awards.


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