Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot A Reserved this Friday

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This Friday 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

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

Today: 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.

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


Congratulations to the CTL Grant Recipients

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The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Committee on Faculty Development, the Office of International Programs, the University Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, and Provost Kaivola are pleased to announce that $46,000 in faculty grants have been awarded for 2019-2020. These grants support summer scholarship, course design, and work with the University’s international partners.

Please see the list of 2019-2020 CTL Grant Recipients to get an idea of the amazing work being conducted by our colleagues.

2019-2020 CTL Grant Recipients

General Announcements

Employers Tabling: Nike & ACR Homes

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Are you looking for a part-time job? Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center between 10:30 am- 12:30 pm to meet with representatives from Nike and ACR Homes.

Nike, Inc. – Current positions available in Minnesota include part-time and seasonal sales associates at the Medford, Albertville, and Mall of America locations. Rate of pay varies by location, up to $12.00 per hour. Sales associates are required to be at least 18 years of age. Other responsibilities include:

*Passionate about Nike products and services.
*Eagerness to learn the fundamentals of all store roles
*Deliver the best possible service to all consumers
*Be an active member of the store community
*Maintain knowledge of various store departments and be available to operate
cash register for regular transactions, perform shipping and receiving duties,
stock the floor, perform cleaning duties, and build visual displays when
ACR Homes: has been making a difference in peoples’ lives since it was founded in 1981. It was voted a Top 5 Workplace five years in a row and voted by its employees #1 twice. (Star Tribune). ACR provides high quality residential health care and assistance for people with disabilities in over 50 locations throughout the Twin Cities. We hire caring and dependable people to work with us in bringing the best quality of life possible to those we support. At ACR, you can make a difference in the lives of some very special people while enjoying a unique and rewarding Job, Internship or Career in one of numerous fulfilling roles.

$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.

TODAY: Dr. Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts & Science Candidate

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Our next candidate for the position of Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Ryan Haaland, is on campus today. His public presentation will be held in OGC 100 from 2-3:00 pm. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to meet with Dr. Haaland. Please refer to the recent email from Provost Kaivola which contains links to Dr. Haaland’s CV and a feedback form. Access to the feedback form will close at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 7.

Description: Augsburg Senior Leadership Society application now open

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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.

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society 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.

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

Study in Mexico this summer

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Travel and earn credit this summer! Summer study abroad programs ALSO fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement!

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

Event Announcements

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.


Focused Conversations on Vocation E-Portfolio: Next Week

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The March Focused Conversations will feature Marty Storz, 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

Staff Appreciation Event – Tomorrow

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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.

Please join us – Staff Recognition Listening Sessions

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The Staff Recognition Task Force wants to hear from you! We’re looking closely this semester at opportunities to improve Augsburg’s formal recognition programs for staff. What works, what should change, and what can we try that’s new? We’re hosting two listening sessions in March to gather input from the campus community:

Tuesday, March 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hagfors Center 150A

Wednesday, March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., OGC 100

All staff are invited to attend a session. We hope to see you there.

Augsburg Hillel Purim Party

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Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Biblical victory over a bad guy from wiping us out! On Purim we dress up, listen to the story of our victory, and give each other gift baskets filled with yummy food.

On March 14 from 11:30am-12pm in the Foss Lobeck Chapel, we are having an event for you to create your OWN gift bag of FREE yummy food!

So come and join us as we create yummy gift bags and celebrate!

Free Yoga

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Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free class today and all Wednesdays of the semester 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:

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 to Attend “A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo”

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

An Invite 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 March 8th Happy Hour

Environmental justice movie screening and dinner tonight

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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.

KateLynn Hibbard Reads Tonight at SubText Bookstore

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KateLynn Hibbard reads tonight, March 6, 7:00 p.m., at SubText Bookstore in downtown St. Paul, 6 West Fifth Street. Hibbard won the Howling Bird Press prize for her poetry book SIMPLES. Howling Bird Press is staffed by graduate students in Augsburg’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Howling Bird Press website

Music Therapy in China this 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!

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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Lindsay Starck listed as Jeopardy clue

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On March 5’s episode of Jeopardy, MFA Director and Assistant Professor of English Lindsay Starck’s novel NOAH’S WIFE was the subject of a clue for $400 under the category of “Writers on the Storm”: “Lindsay Starck writes of a minister & his spouse who face a flood of biblical proportions in this man’s ‘Wife.'”


“Passage” (A Staged Reading) is Seeking Actors and a Director

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My name is Halle Chambers. For a little over a year now, I have been writing a historical fiction play called “Passage” about Swedish immigration to Minnesota in the late nineteenth century. This semester, I will be presenting a staged reading of my play for theatrical honors. I am currently looking for anyone who might be interested in being a part of the project.

In “Passage,” we follow a small Swedish family from beginning to end of their journey to America. The story mostly centers on the son, Björn, who acts as the main narrator, chronicling the family’s journey in a journal. Many characters are double-cast for effect:

BJÖRN: Son. Early teens. Main Narrator. Also KIM
JACOB: Father.
CAROLINA: Daughter. 6-8 years old
KRISTINA: LYDIA’s younger sister. Left Sweden in earlier wave. Lives in Minnesota . Family’s connection in America. Also EMMA
LARS: Good Samaritan. Also DOCTOR/DRAGON
KIM: BJÖRN’s great-grandson. Also BJÖRN
EMMA: KIM’s older cousin and BJÖRN’s great-granddaughter. Also KRISTINA.
SOLVEIG: KIM and EMMA’s grandmother, and BJÖRN’s granddaughter. Also LYDIA
TEACHER: Strict authoritarian educator. Historically, likely male. Also NÄCKEN
NÄCKEN: “male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown.’” Also TEACHER
DOCTOR: Helps family in emergency. Also LARS/DRAGON
VOICE: offstage voice. Also reads stage directions
DRAGON: Figure of CAROLINA’s imagination. Also LARS/DOCTOR

Currently, I’m just looking for people who might be interested, but will need firm commitment ASAP. This will be a staged reading, and will have less time commitment than a full play. I’m especially interested in anyone who might want to play BJÖRN/KIM, as well as anyone who could direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is