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

Physician Assistant Information 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.

Health Professions Schools Visiting Augsburg in April

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Meet with admissions representatives from the following health profession schools. Food will be provided. Please contact Catherina Kipper ( to RSVP or if you have questions.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Tuesday, April 9
Hagfors 151
6 pm
LECOM has locations in Pennsylvania and Florida; a choice of careers in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy; and a choice of student-centered learning styles for medicine including traditional and problem-based learning. Learn more about LECOM and applying to medical, dental, and pharmacy school.

Des Moines University
Wednesday, April 10
Hagfors 106
6 pm
Several alumni have attended DMU which offers clinical programs in osteopathic and podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy as well as masters programs in public health, health care administration, anatomy, and biomedical sciences.

St. George’s University
Thursday, April 11
OGC 100
12 pm
St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Caribbean island of Grenada. SGU has MD, DVM, graduate, and dual degree programs. It is the number one provider of physicians to US residency positions. Learn more about applying to medical and veterinary medicine programs and what is sought in competitive applicants.

Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

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Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Augsburg GRE Prep Course Registration

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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For this “Teaching Tip Tuesday”, we invite you to watch the video linked below. Dr. Robin DiAngelo, talks about her book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.”

“Teaching Tip Tuesdays” are posted on the 2nd and 4th weeks of each month. Watch for “Tech Tip Tuesdays” on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You can also find more resources at

White Fragility

Tomorrow’s Repeat “Day of Action” Workshop Will be Live-Streamed

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For those who are unable to attend the “Day of Action” workshops that are soon to be repeated, we now have links to live stream the events.

Michael Grewe’s session, “Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom” will take place Tomorrow (Wednesday), March 27th from 2 pm-3 pm.

Join URL for March 27th:

Then on Monday, April 8th, Elaine Eschenbacher and Bob Groven will be offering “Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom” from 1:15-2:30 pm.

Join URL April 8th:

More information on these workshops, as well as other opportunities to be offered through CTL are available on the page linked below.


Faculty, Display Your Scholarship

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10th from 11:45am to 12:30pm in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 am to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30.

Friday, May 10th | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 am-12:30 pm, FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

General Announcements

Faculty of the Year Nomination Forum

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The Faculty of the Year Award is designed to honor a faculty member who has gone above beyond to contribute to the Augsburg Community, both inside and outside of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: ‘Faculty’ is defined as individuals who teach courses at Augsburg.

Focus Group Sign-Up: Inclusion/Diversity Study

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Day Students,

You are invited to participate in a focus group examining student experiences with inclusion and diversity within the Augsburg curriculum. This is an important opportunity for you to provide in-depth feedback to the University regarding your experiences in your classes, your majors/minors, the curriculum overall, and student success.

On Sunday, March 31, we will be hosting three different sessions (10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.). We will meet in Oren 113. Food and beverages will be provided.

If you would like to sign up for a focus group, please click on the link below. On the linked page, you will also find additional information about the purpose of these focus groups as well as what to expect during the focus group itself.

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 5-7:30pm shift are preferred!*

2019 Powwow Volunteer Sign-Up

Join Staff Senate 2019-20

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Be engaged in the Augsburg community by serving on Staff Senate! For the upcoming 2019–20 school year, there are four Staff Senate seats available: three elected positions and one at-large position. If you’d like to become a senator or nominate a colleague, complete the nomination form by Friday, March 29. Nominees will be contacted by April 3rd and the election will be live from April 4–11.

All nominees will be contacted before a selection is made. The selected candidate will be notified by April 30 and announced at the Spring Social on May 21.

Staff Senate Nomination Form

UC-Subcommittee Forum – Spring Session

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Join Staff Senate to hear goals, updates, and plans moving forward from the University Council subcommittees whom we didn’t hear from this Fall.

Tuesday, April 2nd
OGC 100

Resource Committee (Net Growth Revenue Update)—Beth Reissenweber
Resource Committee (Staffing Structure Update)—Karen Kaivola
Enrollment Committee—Robert Gould
Student Success Committee—Katie Bishop

This is the second of this year’s two part series to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees presented this fall (read our event recap on the Staff Senate website). We look forward to seeing you there!

Calling Departments: Register for the On-Campus Employment Fair

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Does your department hire student employees? If yes, consider registering to host a table at the On-Campus Employment Fair. The fair will be held on Monday, April 1st from 10:00-12:30 in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

The fair is open to all departments that anticipate hiring students this summer or in the future. Feel free to market your department and post your position(s) when you are ready with Human Resources and Hirezon Exchange.


Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for March

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at

LEAD Fellow Applications Due April 1st

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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

Copy Center Closing Hour Change

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

We will be putting up a drop box for copy jobs on the copy center door that will be checked daily at 7:30am if you need to drop of a copy request after hours.

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

Campus Activities and Orientation is now “Campus Life”

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We are excited to announce that Campus Activities and Orientation has officially changed its name to Campus Life, effective immediately. Our office is making this change to reflect our office’s approach to working with students in holistic ways as well as our programming, including Leadership Development, Commuter Student Resources, Student Organizations, Orientation Programs, and more. Please check out our new website at

Campus Life

Chronic neck and back pain?

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Did you know that 80% of Americans struggle with chronic neck or back pain?

Augsburg Wellbeing is excited to invite staff from Health Partner’s Physicians Neck & Back Clinic to go over some of the myths about how to deal with chronic neck and back pain.

Join us:
Tuesday, April 9th
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Christensen Center — Marshall Room

**NOTE: This will be an inter-active session where they will teach us simple exercises that we can do at home, or work, to improve our spinal fitness!**

Earn Easy Cash (New Study)

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Participants needed for psychology study on concept associations. $5 compensation for those who take part in the study. Participation will entail taking a computerized test and will take about 20 minutes. If you are interested, please click the link to reserve a time or contact Emilie Tomas at Thank you for your help!

Phillips Scholars Selected: Melissa Flores Jaimes, Taiwana Shambley, Zakariya Abdullahi

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Congratulations are in order to Melissa Flores Jaimes, Taiwana Shambley, and Zakariya Abdullahi, all three of whom were selected this year as Phillips Scholars!

A program of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation and administered by the Minnesota Private College Fund, the Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service.

Five Phillips Scholars are selected each year from a highly competitive applicant pool that includes students from all 17 private colleges in Minnesota. Phillips Scholars receive a $12,000 scholarship, plus a $4,000 stipend to support each student’s work on a summer project that serves a Minnesota community that they have designed.

These three students join a growing list of Augsburg students who have been recipients of this prestigious scholarship.

Congratulations to Melissa, Taiwana, and Zakariya for this tremendous honor!

Phillips Scholars

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

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

A Conversation with First Lady Gwen Walz and Randy Florke

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Please join us.
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.

Last Call: Amundsen Screening

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This is your last chance to register for the privat screening of AMUNDSEN, the newly released film of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Only a few more seats available!

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Place: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall

AMUNDSEN is a dramatized biopic movie about an unknown man from impoverished Norway who became one of the greatest polar explorer the world has ever seen. He was the first to reach the South Pole and the first individual to reach both the North and the South Poles.

This event is a collaboration between Norway Hub, Amundsen Sport, Sons of Norway and the Honorary Consulate General of Norway.

There will be a pre-movie reception that includes a raffle to win Amundsen Sport gear. Ann Bancroft will introduce the movie and provide us with descriptions from her own expeditions including her polar experiences. Pretty cool, huh?


Contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson with questions: x1378

Ticket Registration

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

AWAKE: 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.

Please help us advertise this event!!!

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
For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at Permits are limited in number.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Green By 2019 Evaluation Session – Tomorrow, 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!

Gen Ed Proposal Q & A TODAY

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The first of 4 Q & A sessions for the Revised Gen Ed Proposal will take place this afternoon from 3:45-5:00 in the Marshall Room. You are welcome to attend. If you can’t make it, there are three additional sessions scheduled:

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 this link will take you to the Google Folder containing information on the Gen Ed Revisions:

Questions/Comments Regarding the Revised General Education Proposal

Keeping Track of Auggies

Sip-Sustain-Stories: Zero Waste Discussion

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Please join us this upcoming Thursday on March, 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Hagfors 108 to reflect on readings about what cities and individuals are doing to move toward zero waste. Delicious food will be available. Below find link to readings we will discuss.


“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

Rehearsals start this week, so I 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. If you are interest, my email is

Writing Contest: African-American Voices in Children’s Literature

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Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Strive Publishing exists to help solve two problems: the need for culturally relevant children’s books and the underrepresentation of African American authors. While giving all children the opportunity to see African American culture from different perspectives, Strive
Publishing aims to create opportunities for emerging African American authors.

In partnership with Free Spirit Publishing, we are hosting a writing contest for African American authors of 18 years of age or older. Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) and picture books for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring contemporary African American characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development.

Contest Details