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

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.

World Drumming for all students, Fall 2019

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – ¬no prior musical experience necessary.

Appetizers and the new MA in Education

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April 3rd from 6:30-7:30 PM
Hagfors 150
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and less traditional educators alike (think: museum or outdoor education). This program is 30-31 credits and can be completed in less than 2 years.

To learn more, register for the event here:

Feel free to contact April Johnson ( with any questions.

How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education

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The next EDTalk will take place just prior to the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, April 17th. Jenny Kluznik will speak about, “How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education”. The physician assistant (PA) profession often is listed as a top job to have in the US, but roles in healthcare are rewarding and challenging at the same time. Come take a glimpse into how students are trained within PA education to step into the role of health provider, advocate, and leader.

Zoom: Meeting ID 608-510-523

Wednesday, April 17th | EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151

For more about this, as well as other CTL events, see the page linked below.


Faculty Scholarship Display

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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.

Display Your Scholarship

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

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

General Announcements

Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed

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Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed!

The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for volunteers for the Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 7th! This is an annual basketball tournament that Augsburg University hosts for churches in the area. It is always lots of fun for participants and volunteers alike!

There are 5 volunteer shifts and we encourage you to sign up for as many as you would like. These shifts are:

• Set-up: 10:45 am – 12 pm

• Shift 1: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

• Shift 2: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

• Shift 3: 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm

• Clean-up: 5:30 pm – 6:40 pm

*If you would like to help, but have a schedule conflict and cannot sign up for a specific time slot, please let us know and we would be more than willing to work with you!

The roles available are:

• Scorekeeper

• Timer

• 3-pt Competition Helper

• Court Host

• Go-fer / Runner / Where Needed

• Greeter / Hospitality

• Photographer

Please contact Demery Little at if you are interested in helping out.

Petition for ASAC 2019-2020

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Looking for an opportunity to make students’ lives on campus BETTER?


Hey Auggies!
Do you know that YOU can be the NEXT legacy of ASAC?

(?) What do I need to do to get my name placed on the ballot for ASAC President and Vice President?

Well, the President and Vice President must run together as a ticket. In order for a candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot, candidates must complete this petition and turn it into Campus Activities and Orientation in the Auggie’s Nest no later than April 5, 2019.

(?) Hmmm… I wonder… Who is eligible to run?

Any currently registered Day Undergraduate Student at Augsburg University who plans on staying enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year. The president must also have at least a 2.7 minimum grade point average (GPA), the Vice President must have at least a 2.5 minimum GPA, and both must maintain this GPA throughout their tenure on ASAC.

Be Golden and Be ASAC Board of 2019-2020 !!!

Contact us at if you have any question. And feel free to chat with us on our SNS @augsburgASAC !!!


Needed: Staffing for Commencement

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Help us send off our graduating seniors at the U.S. Bank Stadium this year! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal and the successful and smooth flow of the event.

There are many needs for assistance to help with checking in students, escorting students to field level, assisting with accessible seating, handing out programs and/or providing directional support at the stadium. Many of these opportunities would allow you the ability to stay and view the ceremony in its entirety.

If you’re interested in assisting with staffing this very important event and ensuring a wonderful experience for our students and their families, please fill out the Commencement Staffing Form and someone will reach out to you to discuss.

Commencement Staffing Form

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of March

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Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of March or will be volunteering before April 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

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!

Staff Senate Member Nominations Due Friday

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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

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).

Last call – 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

Neck or back causing you trouble?

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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.

Did you know that 80% of Americans struggle with chronic neck or back pain? If you are one of those people, or you just want to learn ways to prevent neck and back pain – join us:

Tuesday, April 9th
11:00 am – 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!

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

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

Teams Needed for 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!!

Brexit and the Politics of Breaking Up Talk

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Xavier Escandell, anthropologist, will be the featured speaker for the Sociology Department’s Annual Torstenson Lecture on Wednesday, April 10th from 5:45 – 6:45 pm in Hagfors Center 150 B & C. The title of his talk is “Who Wants Out? Brexit, the Scottish and Catalan Referendums, and the Politics of Breaking Up.

Run for ISO board: 2019-2020 ISO board election

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International Student Organization is looking for future board members in the next school year. The election will be on April 3 at Oyate Commons from 6 – 7 pm. Prepare your speech and be ready to take the lead!
There are totally six positions open:
-President (must be a international student)
As the President of ISO, you will be the main decision maker for things big or small, leading your team to plan and make all interesting events, collaborating
cross-functionally with other student organizations, faculty offices, and outside groups. During the whole year, you are the most important contributor to ISO’s development, and together with your team, leave another mark in ISO’s history.
-Vice-President (must be a international student)
As the Vice-President of ISO, you will be the second fiddle and a reliable assistant to the President. You will take the lead when necessary, and help forge a harmonious relationship in the board.
As the secretary, your main job is to keep board members informed of all kinds of information that is supposed to be delivered to everyone. You are also expected to organize board meetings and take notes.
-Communication Officer
As the Communication Officer, you will be the bridge between ISO and its active members, marketing and advertising events to Augsburg students. You are going to be in charge of social media and email box of ISO.
As the Treasurer, you will control the finance of ISO. All budget and cash flows have to go through you at the end, and not going anywhere until you approved.
-Study Abroad Liaison
As the Study Abroad Liaison, you will play a big role in facilitating the relationship between ISO and Study Abroad Office. You will be needed to use your intelligence to come up with ideas to showcasing the impact of studying abroad and cultural exchange.

To contact us:
facebook: @ISOofAugsburgU

Come and join us!

Next Monday: On-Campus Employment Job Fair

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All students are invited to attend the On-Campus Employment Job Fair which will be held on Monday, April 1st from 10:00 – 12:00 in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

Staff members from a number of departments will be available to share their student worker positions for this summer and fall 2019. If you are seeking or looking for an on-campus job this is a great opportunity to learn about openings on campus. (Hourly wage for students will increase to $12.25 per hour starting summer 2019)

If you have questions, please email

Opportunity to hear Myron Dewey speak

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Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) and Temoke Shoshone) filmmaker, activist, digital storytelliner and drone operator will be speaking in Foss 43 from 1:50-3:00 Friday March 29. If you would like to join the Native Activism and Resistance class at this time, please come. Myron Dewey’s drone footage made him one of the most important journalistic voices to come out of the Standing Rock movement. Founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, Dewey is a professor, filmmaker/editor, historical trauma trainer, and journalist. Digital Smoke Signal’s goal is to help bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and indigenize media through indigenous eyes with cultural core values (Culture, Reciprocity, Respect and Family).

American Indian Studies

PlantBot Workshop

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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:
1:30 – 3:30 in CC Augsburg Room

The workshop has 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 information here

Submit Questions for the Augsburg Day Student Body Presidential Debate

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The Echo student newspaper and Augsburg Day Student Government will be hosting this years student body president and vice president debate. This form is a chance for students to submit potential questions (could be more than one) that the candidates will answer at the event. Please note that due to time constraints not all questions will be chosen.

Date : April 9th

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Student Lounge, Christensen Center

Please fill out the link below:

Faculty Discussion on proposed Faculty Handbook Changes

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Faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook at one of the open discussions:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Hagfors 150B
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in Hagfors 150C

Documents are available on the Community Moodle forum for Faculty Handbook Discussions listed under “Committees”.

If you are not able to attend and have feedback, either provide that feedback on the Moodle site or contact a member of PPC, Ankita Deka, Bob Groven, Matt Haines, Merilee Klemp, or Marc McIntosh.

Gen Ed Proposal Q&A

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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:

Monday, April 1st: 9:30-10:45 in OGC 100 (ZOOM is available for this session):

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

Congratulations, Ariel Gutierrez ’19

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At a ceremony held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Renaissance Depot in downtown Minneapolis, senior Ariel Gutierrez was named the International Live Events Association, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter’s (ILEA-MSP) Volunteer of the Year. The award, which is given annually, is given to one person in the chapter that has made a significant difference in the chapter and the local live events community with their exceptional gift of time and talent.

During the ceremony, the Chapter President related: “Ariel is a full time student, an intern in the Augsburg University Events department, and the event chair for their institution’s student activity council. If that wasn’t enough to keep busy, he is also a student in the Koehler and Dramm floristry program and a regular ILEA volunteer. He has consistently volunteered for the ILEA-MSP chapter the past two years on the programs and education committee, as a committee member for the Star Awards and is co-chairing the volunteer committee when ILEA Live (ILEA’s International convention) comes to Minneapolis this summer. He’s willing to jump in whenever needed, has a fierce work ethic and delivers each and every time.

Congratulations, Ariel! The University Events team is so proud of you and grateful for all you have done for our department and on behalf of ILEA.


“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, and we will only be presenting the first act. I’m especially interested in anyone who could play the part of LARS, which is a fairly small role in the first act, or who might want to direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is