Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Teaching and Learning

Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom

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Michael Grewe will host a repeat session of his “Day of Action” workshop. Participants will explore how white supremacy and racism manifest themselves within classroom and co-curricular spaces, including but not limited to the ways we process knowledge, engage with conflict, think about power dynamics, deliver content, and design assignments. Attendees will discuss ways of creating classes, programs, and events that resist white supremacy and embrace other forms of cultural knowledge and understandings.

Wednesday, March 27th | Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom | 2:00-3:30 pm, Marshall Room

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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

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PA Info Session

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PA Info Session:
Wednesday, March 27th
6:00-7:30 pm
Hagfors 106

At this information session hosted by URGO, hear from a representative of the Augsburg PA studies program, alumni who are currently PA students, and alumni who are practicing PAs. Learn how to prepare a competitive CASPA application, what the prerequisites are, and how to approach your personal statement. Contact Catherina Kipper ( to RSVP and if you have questions.

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

General Announcements

Outstanding Staff Award Recipients

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The winners of the 2019 Outstanding Staff awards are:

Outstanding Newcomer Award:
Stewart Van Cleve, Library

Outstanding Staff Awards:
Kristina Fruge, Christensen Center for Vocation
Bryan Massich, Facilities Management
Lisa Raetz, Biology
Jennifer Simon, American Indian Student Services
Ann Marie Yacobucci, Education Department

Staff Senate thanks all of the nominators for their work in gathering nominees and recommendation letters. We also thank those who were nominated and recognize the great work that all 19 staff have exhibited to be nominated by their peers.

Gen Ed Proposal Q&A Sessions

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The General Education Team will be offering Q&A sessions regarding the Revised Gen Ed Proposal. You are welcome to attend one or all of the following:

Tuesday, March 26th: 3:45-5:00 in the Marshall Room
Monday, April 1st: 9:30-10:45 in OGC 100
Wednesday, April 3rd: 3:15-4:30 in HC 150A
Monday, April 8th: 9:30-10:45 in the Marshall Room

In addition to the in-person sessions, you can ask questions and/or submit your comments via the online form linked below. If you provide an email address, you will receive a response to your question(s) from a member of the Gen Ed Team as quickly as time allows. Questions given without a contact will be posted with follow-up as we move forward. Comments and questions will be shared with the Augsburg community via Q&A sessions, faculty meetings, and other communications. For reference, here is the Google Folder containing information on the Gen Ed Revisions:

Questions/Comments Regarding the Revised General Education Proposal

Copy Center Spring Break & On-going Hours

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During spring break the copy center will be open from 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Then starting Monday March 25th the Copy Center will be closing at 5 pm instead of 6 pm. The new hours will be Mon-Fri 7:30 am-5:00 pm.

If you normally need copy jobs printed after 5 pm please contact us and we will work on making sure you still get any job you need on time.

Thank You,

Central Services Staff

Copy Center M-F 7:30 am -5:00 pm
Shipping/Receiving M-F 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mail Room M-F 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

EPIC Mocktail Competition

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Got a great idea for a non-alcoholic drink? The EPIC Peer Health Educators in partnership with Proof Alliance (formerly MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) are looking for teams of up to 4 people to compete in an inaugural mocktail competition. More information and registration can be found in this link or by calling Dianne at the CWC office at 612-330-1707. The competition will be Wednesday 4/3 and deadline to register your team is Friday 3/29. So get your creative juices flowing and sign up today!!

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.

TIAA Advisors 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 here!

LEAD Fellow Application Open for Fall 2019

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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

Event Announcements

PlantBot Workshop – bringing animatronics and biology together

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Come learn how to hack into recycled animatronics, play with plants, and invade the campus with PlantBots.
Workshops will be held Thursday, March 28th:
9:30 – 11:30 in OGC 100
1:30 – 3:30 in CC Augsburg Room

Both workshops have a maximum of 20 students spots, registration is encourage. To register, please email Jenny Moeller at

Responding to the lack of transparency and aggressive practices in food production as well as the real costs of modern farming practices PlantBot uses friendly, whimsical robot-plant hybrids and interactive public events that support ecological literacy.
PlantBots get people to think about their food, where it comes from and where it may be going when we take our remote control robotic plants to the streets. The goal is to get people to question the food they eat and how it reaches their plate in an entertaining and artistic way. To further engage the public, communities participate in PlantBot Building Workshops that cumulate in an intervention or PlantBot Invasion. Such events teach participants to hack recycled animatronics and turn them into a PlantBot that could be possibly correspond to the environment specific to the site. Once the PlantBot and its unique story is contextualized, participants don a lab coat and take their sculptures to the streets or community location. The newly created PlantBots are released to create a humorous and interactive PlantBot Invasion that each community member becomes part of to encourage further discussion.

Check out more about PlantBot Genetics at

Staff Spring Social set for May 21

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Join the Augsburg community in celebrating the work of its staff during the past academic year. Food and drink will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

Staff Spring Social
Tuesday, May 21
3-5 p.m. | The Quad

If raining location will change to the Hagfors Center Lobby/150. Email with any questions.

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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!

A Conversation with First Lady Gwen Walz and Gay Rights Advocate Randy Florke

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Randy Florke will speak about the gay rights movement in a conversation with Gwen Walz, an advocate in her own right for equality, public education, and prison education. Walz is the wife of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and recently began working at Augsburg. Walz and Florke met when they were both Congressional spouses. Florke is married to New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Program with Q and A
8:30 p.m. Reception

Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg University
2200 7 1/2 Street S., Minneapolis

*Video taping is prohibited to maintain a safe space for dialogue.

Get tickets at this link. Admission is Free.

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