Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sustainability Stewardship – Office cleaning once a week

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On February 25, 2019 custodial services adjusted the emptying of private office trash and recycling containers to once a week. This modification of services will allow our cleaning teammates to focus on the more visible parts of the campus.

If your trash/recycling needs to be emptied other than when the cleaning staff is scheduled, you will need to empty them into the hallway trash/recycling containers which will be emptied every day.

Trash/recycling will continue to be removed from all classrooms, laboratories and rest rooms every day.

For more information, click on the link below.

Teaching and Learning

Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum

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You are invited to attend this workshop, in which participants will learn to recognize various aspects of class-based values and how they play out in policies and practices both in and out of the classroom. Discussion will further focus on disrupting the class-based norms by exploring alternative ways of thinking and acting.

Wednesday, April 3rd | Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum | 3:10-4:20 pm, OGC 111

RSVP for “Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Classroom”

Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom

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Elaine Eschenbacher and Bob Groven will repeat their MLK, Jr. “Day of Action” session, in which participants will identify the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations for implementation of four potential policies on the use of racial slurs in a college classroom setting. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the use of racial slurs in an academic environment and the varied perspectives on it.

Monday, April 8th | Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom | 1:15-2:30 pm, OGC 100

Another “Day of Action” workshop will be offered on Wednesday, March 27th, when Michael Grewe talks about “Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom.”

RSVP for “The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom”

General Announcements

Students: Need Summer Work? HR Has an Open Student Worker Position

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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.

The Writing Lab wants You to be a tutor

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Are you a biology student who enjoys crafting beautiful lab reports?
A philosophy student who sees writing as a way to produce new ways of thinking?
A future teacher who loves helping other people reach their “ah ha!” moment?
A multilingual student who wants to guide others as they find their voice in new contexts?
Someone who believes that writing can make a difference in the world?

The Writing Lab (soon to be “Writing Center”) is currently hiring tutors for the 2019-2020 school year. We are seeking a diverse range of students from different majors and backgrounds who have unique perspectives on writing. If you are intellectually curious, enjoy engaging with the ideas of others, and have an ability to establish rapport and communicate clearly and easily with those around you, we want YOU to be a part of our team.

For more details and to apply, you can access the “Writing Center Tutor” posting on Handshake or through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks → Internal Job Postings.

If you have any questions, please contact current Writing Lab Director Sarah Groeneveld Kenney ( and/or future Writing Center Director Jennifer Forsthoefel (

Faculty: Recommend a student to be a Writing Lab tutor

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The Writing Lab (soon to be “Writing Center”) is currently hiring tutors for the 2019-2020 school year. We are seeking a diverse range of students from different majors and backgrounds who have unique perspectives on writing. We especially want to hire students from a wide range of disciplines who might not necessarily think of themselves as potential writing tutors. If you have a student who excels at engaging others in complex ideas and communicates well, both verbally and in writing, we would love for you to send them our way.

For more details on the position, you can access the “Writing Center Tutor” posting on Handshake or through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks → Internal Job Postings.

If you have any questions or would like to send us names of students, please contact current Writing Lab Director Sarah Groeneveld Kenney ( and/or future Writing Center Director Jennifer Forsthoefel (

AISA Needs Powwow Volunteers

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The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association is looking for volunteers for the 11th Annual Traditional Powwow which will be held Saturday March 30, 2019 in the gymnasium. Volunteers will have a 3-hour shift to help run the concessions stand and will receive a free t-shirt! *Volunteers for the 2:30-5pm, 5-7:30pm, and 7:30-10pm shifts are preferred!*

2019 Powwow Volunteer Sign-Up

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).

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow

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LEAD Fellows (Leaders for Equity, Action, and Democracy) are undergraduates who do public work projects and paid apprenticeships at community-based organizations. Students bring energy, creativity, and commitment to the communities in which they work, while learning about public issues and developing capacity as agents of change. The program provides LEAD Fellows with a supportive cohort experience, and unique, challenging opportunities to do meaningful paid work while pursuing their education. The LEAD program is supervised by Sabo Center Staff who are committed to walking with students though their work and education experience. Applications for the upcoming fall semester are due April 1st.

Online Application

Follow Study Abroad/Away on Instagram & FB

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The Study Abroad & Away office Instagram and Facebook pages is a great way to see what your fellow Auggies are up to on their study programs around the world, and get details about events, scholarships, programs and more!

Check it out and follow us!

Global Auggies Instagram page

Nominations for Student Commencement Speaker

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Nominations are now open for student commencement speaker. This year’s commencement ceremony focuses on the theme of Augsburg’s urban and global settings. Please nominate students who can represent the graduating students and speak on this theme at this year’s commencement ceremony at US Bank Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. Given that we will have one ceremony for all programs, nominations are welcome for graduates of any program, undergraduate or graduate.

Please submit nominations using this form.

Event Announcements

Senior Chapel and Augsburg Hillel Purim Party

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am for Senior Chapel with Gabriel Glissmeyer ’19 and a celebration of Purim with Augsburg Hillel. Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates a Biblical victory involving Queen Esther. Chapel will include FREE treat bags, dancing, and learning more about this important holiday.

More information

They/Them Project Discussion – Soup, Gender, and Sexuality

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Join us for a Gallery & Gender Discussion with participants of the THEY/THEM PROJECT. Because Pronouns Matter.

APRIL 9, 11:30 a.m.
Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Join the conversation.

They/Them Project interviews individuals who currently or previously use gender nonconforming pronouns, offering a platform for them to be seen and heard while informing all who listen how words and actions affect the Trans+ community. They/Them Project is produced by photographer and activist Brent Dundore.

Hosted by the Augsburg Art Galleries, LGBTQIA+ Student Services,
Queer Indigenous People of Color, and Queer Pride Alliance.


Augsburg Hillel Purim Party – TODAY

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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.

Today 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!

Artivism: Reclaiming a Home

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The 2018-2019 Sabo Scholars present Artivism: Reclaiming a Home, an event featuring art that recognizes the current situation regarding homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the Minneapolis area. We aim to raise awareness among the student body and provide an open space for artists to share their artistic activism– in other words ‘artivism’. Through these efforts, we will emphasize the strength and resiliency within this community. We will be working with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center to send all fundraised donations from this event.

Thursday March 28, 5:30-7:30 in Hoversten Chapel

Artivism Facebook Event Page

Share your thoughts on our sustainability commitments – March 27, 4-6pm

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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…

When: March 27, 4-6pm
Where: Hagfors 108

4pm – Food and gathering
4:20 – 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!

Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this spring’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup, Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Physics Department, on Tuesday, April 9th from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Learn More and Register at:

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or

More about our speaker: Ben Stottrup
Ben Stottrup joined Augsburg’s Physics Department in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed a front row seat to watch and assist Augsburg’s science majors start their careers and pursue their own adventures. While at Augsburg, he has built a research lab focused on biomaterials, soft, and squishy interfaces. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, as well as private donors and foundations. In the classroom, he has taught across nearly the entire physics curriculum with a focus on how experiential education in science labs can build professional skills for students. Through his Science of Food and Cooking course he hopes to share his curiosity and interest in biomaterials to Augsburg’s wider community.

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

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

Satisfy your Science Requirement in Hawaii

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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

Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop – June 12-14

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Augsburg students, staff, and faculty invited to local conference! Funding available for registration. Details:

How does environmental sustainability intersect with #blacklivesmatter, police reform, immigrant student rights, Dakota Access Pipeline and indigenous sovereignty, city government, planning and visioning, and other pressing issues?
Explore this and more at the AASHE Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop!

Retreat Dates: June 12-14, 2019. The program starts at 10 a.m. on the 12th and will end at 2 p.m. on the 14th. All participants are asked to be present for the duration of the event.
Location: North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Registration Fee: $375 general, $150 students– Includes programming and meals (starting with lunch on June 12; breakfast, lunch and dinner on June 13, breakfast and lunch on June 14)

More info:

Apply for funding

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

Keeping Track of Auggies


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

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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 could direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting, as well as anyone who might want to play BJÖRN/KIM. If you are interest, my email is

TIAA Consultants on Campus

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, March 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, March 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

You can use the link below to sign up or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Space is limited, so please register soon!

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Schedule your appointment time here!

Job Opportunity

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First Nations Kitchen is looking for a part-time Director. The Program Director for First Nations Kitchen will be responsible for organizing the consistent, high quality operation of the program in a way that centers Native experience, decision-making and leadership. Through thoughtful partnership and financial development, the Program Director may also explore opportunities for growth and expansion.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
-Strong ties to Native community, and comfort working with people of all faiths & compassionate practices, races & ethnicities, genders & orientations, abilities, incomes and life experiences.
-Commitment to Social, Environmental and Food Justice and FNK’s mission of radical hospitality
2+ years experience in one or more of the following areas: program management, nonprofit management, volunteer coordination, team leadership, organizing, development/fundraising
-Organized and detail oriented with demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently on multiple projects
Interpersonal skills and leadership experience with ability to collaborate across lines of difference
-High-level oral and written communication skills
-Proficient computer skills (experience with G Suite, POS, wordpress & social media preferred)
-Experience working in restaurant industry or on membership campaigns preferred
-Must pass a criminal history and reference check prior to acceptanceHours and Compensation: $20/hour, half time regular employee position at 20 hours/week. Flexible work schedule except during program hours, Sundays from 1-7:30pm.To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and two references to Rev. Robert Two Bulls ( and Interim Program Director, Beth Wagner ( by March 21st.