Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts/Keep up with weather-related changes to classes and operations

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Decisions to cancel classes are made by 6 a.m. for daytime classes and 2 p.m. for evening classes. The university uses the Augsburg Emergency Alerts system to communicate timely information on campus emergencies and class and facility changes due to severe weather. The Augsburg Emergency Alert sends subscribers a text, email, and phone call (subscribers determine which and how many alert types they wish). Only people signed up to these alerts receive them.

After the alert is sent out, information and updates about weather-related class cancellations and closures are posted on the “News” section of the Department of Public Safety website. This information is then shared with television and radio stations, and lastly on Augsburg’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts

Summer 2019 Surface lot Parking Permit Sales information and date

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Summer 2019 Parking Permit Sales information and date:
Augsburg University Summer Parking permits will go on sale Monday, April 22nd at 9:00am.
The cost for a surface lot Summer parking permit is $50.
Summer permits will be valid from May 7th 2019 until September 5th 2019.
Summer 2019 permits can be purchased online through Inside Augsburg under the Parking Services tab.
Please note the following important details regarding Summer parking:
• If you purchased a surface lot permit during the 2018-2019 Academic year (either Fall semester, Spring semester, or Year), you may use that permit during the Summer term and not have to purchase a Summer permit. (See information on Underground parking below).
• If you do not have a surface lot Fall, Spring, or Year permit from the 2018-2019 academic year and wish to park on campus during the Summer 2019 term, you will need to purchase a Summer parking permit. (See information on Underground parking below).
• Summer parking permits will be valid in lots B, C, D, G, K, and L. If you purchased a surface lot permit for Fall, Spring, or Year of the 2018-2019 academic year and will be using that for your parking needs, the valid lots for Summer are the same as the Summer permit (B, C, D, G, K, L) even if that is not where you were assigned to park during the previous terms.

For parking related inquiries or questions about Summer 2019 parking, please email

Thank you!

Summer 2019 Underground Parking Permit sales information and date

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Summer 2019 Underground Parking Permit Sales information and date:
Augsburg University Summer Parking permits will go on sale Monday, April 22nd at 9:00am.
Cost for the Summer 2019 Underground parking permits:
• Luther Hall Underground $470
• OGC Underground $505
Summer permits will be valid from May 7th 2019 until September 5th 2019.
Summer 2019 permits can be purchased online through Inside Augsburg under the Parking Services tab.
Please note the following important details regarding Underground Parking information for the Summer:
• If you purchased an Underground parking permit for the Fall or the Spring semester of the 2018-2019 academic year but wish to park in a surface lot for the Summer 2019 term, you may use either one of those semester term permits for surface lot parking without needing to purchase a Summer parking permit. The surface lots it will be valid in are lots B, C, D, G, K, and L.
• If you purchased an Underground parking permit for the Fall or the Spring semester of the 2018-2019 academic year and wish to continue parking Underground for the Summer 2019 term, you will need to purchase a Summer 2019 parking permit for the Underground garage you wish to park in.
• If you purchased an Underground permit for the 2018-2019 academic year, you may continue to park in your space during the Summer 2019 term with no changes.

For parking related inquiries or questions about Summer 2019 parking, please email

Thank you!

Teaching and Learning

EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik

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Just prior to the April 17th Faculty Meeting, Jenny Kluznik will give her talk, “How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education”. Grab your coffee and then a seat in Hagfors 151 for your chance to hear this next EDTalk!

Zoom: Meeting ID 608-510-523

Wednesday, April 17 | EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik | 3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m., HC 151


World Drumming course 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.

Friday, May 10: Faculty Scholarship Display

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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 a.m. to set up.

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

Friday, May 10 | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Tech Talk Tomorrow – 12:30-12:45

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Gmail is a powerful platform with many productivity-enhancing features. The trouble is that most of us use only a small percentage of the features available because finding and learning them takes time. Plan to invest 15 minutes to attend this online Tech Talk led by LFC Nathan Lind to learn a few quick tips and tricks that will help you take better advantage of what Gmail has to offer beyond the basics of sending and receiving messages. Join the Webinar via Zoom on Friday, April 12th from 12:30-12:45 pm

Zoom link for Gmail Tech Talk

Fall ‘19 Opera Workshop focuses on Sesqui Musical

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Calling all singers, actors, composers and writers! You are welcome to register for Opera Workshop in the fall! Students will have an opportunity to create and perform new works of Music Theater, facilitated by Music-Theater professionals including alum composer Aaron Gabriel, and Ben Krywosz, Artistic Director of Nautilus Music Theater. Classwork includes Improvisation, scenes, songs/arias, solos/ensembles and more. Questions? Contact Sonja Thompson at

General Announcements

Get involved with Gamers United

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Gamers United is looking for prospective officers for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Why should you do it?

Because it would be a great leadership opportunity to create a more fun and inclusive environment for the Augsburg Community while also doing something you love/are passionate about!

We would currently be looking for people to fill the following positions:

* Requisitions Officer – This officer acts as a treasurer to submit grant requests, room requests, and help manage the group finances.
* e-Gaming Officer – As the name implies, this officer specializes in organizing console and PC meetings, events, and tournaments.
* Public Relations Officer – This officer would help our event officers to advertise their events via A-mail, Screens, our Facebook Group, creating posters, group e-mails, and any other form of advertisement deemed necessary.

If you are interested, please contact us at and or find our group on Facebook! If you think that these positions would be too much of a commitment or don’t fit your expertise, but still want to get involved, please contact us and we will help to find a way for you to be involved!

Thank you!

Gamers United Facebook Group

Housing Assistance for Students in Need

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As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing program is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the program (10 spots) will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

The Auggie Basics – Housing application is for: Summer 2019 only, 2019-2020 Academic Year only, or Summer 2019 and 2019-2020 Academic Year.

To apply for Auggie Basics – Housing, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612-330-1160.

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

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We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes and equipment for all ages (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes, clothing, etc). Our goal is to donate to the Ceder Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it Out program. Last year we donated over 100 items. You can drop your items off at the collection box in the lounge located on the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center. E-mail Dr. Ana Ribeiro for more questions.

Support the Minnesota State Grant Program

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The Minnesota House is expected to propose a state budget that has very little new money for the State Grant program, which helps one out of four college students with need-based financial aid. Instead, almost all new spending on higher education would go to the public system appropriations.

I am hoping you will consider this issue and weigh whether you would be interested in speaking up about it with your state representative. One option for you is to use the link below that is provided by the Minnesota Private College Council, which advocates for our institution and 16 other nonprofit private colleges. More background information is there, along with a draft message for your Minnesota representative. You can easily change that message to reflect your thoughts and concerns about the issue before you hit send.

For decades the State Grant program has been an important way Minnesota supports low- and middle-income college students, whether they attend public universities or private nonprofit institutions, whether they’re earning two- or four-year degrees.

As a staff member at Augsburg University, you are likely aware of the impact the program has on our students too. We see 42 percent of our students receiving these grants and the grants average $5,139 per student.

While Gov. Tim Walz proposes a significant $43 million in increase in State Grant funding, the House is considering a dramatically different budget for higher education, one that would insufficiently invest in the State Grant program. That would be a lost opportunity, given how new funding would increase grants and make more students eligible, which in turn keeps college affordable.

If you are concerned, consider helping members of the Minnesota House realize the importance of supporting college students through the State Grant program.
Thank you for considering this matter.

MPCC State Grant Advocates

Curricular Inclusion Study

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The study is winding down now! 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, consider this 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).

We need your Green By 2019 stories and data

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As the Environmental Stewardship Committee is evaluating our progress on Green By 2019 commitments, we need your help! So many of you have been part of our growth in sustainability efforts, yet we don’t remember everything that has happened.

Please check out the spreadsheet below and add whatever stories, data, memories, useful anecdotes you have for any of the commitments listed. Add new rows as needed if you have additional information to add to existing entries. We’ve come a long way – help us celebrate and document our progress!

Green By 2019 Progress Spreadsheet

Summer Student Employment Opportunity with the Sabo Center

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This summer, the Sabo Center is hosting the Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute, a national conference for higher education institutions committed to transforming higher education and our communities through place-based community engagement.

We are seeking TWO student workers to provide support before and during the conference event as Summer Conference Hosts/Detail Managers.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:

*Work with Sabo staff to prepare materials for the conference.
*Manage registration tables, welcome and assist conference participants with on-campus housing and other details.
*Help direct participants during transitions and be responsive to their needs.
*Take photos at event and post to social media.

This is a short term job with hours as follows:
During the week of July 1-5, 10-15 flexible hours
During the week of July 8-12, 40 hours, less flexible. (must be available 8am-8pm on July 10-11 and 8am-4pm on July 12)

You can apply by clicking the link below.

Apply to work with the Sabo Center this summer

Sexual Violence Prevention Month – April

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

Learn the facts: 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime. (CDC 2010 study.)

Augsburg has an agreement with the Aurora Center (U of Minnesota), so students can contact them for assistance. They have a 24-Hour Helpline: (612) 626-9111. Students can also get assistance through the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC), 612-330-1707, and the Department of Public Safety, 612-330-1717.

Thanks to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team (SMART) for their advocacy, peer education, and events to eliminate sexual violence. To support their effort we’ll have announcements in Amail for the rest of April.

Last chance to complete the Student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics

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The deadline for the student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics is April 12.

Undergraduate day and AU students are strongly encouraged to complete the Student Survey – sent via email.

This survey is being administered by Augsburg University’s Equity in Athletics Task Force. Augsburg is committed to providing equal opportunities and effectively accommodating the athletic, recreational, and intramural interests and abilities of its students.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Results will be confidential.

The survey link is:

On behalf of the Equity in Athletics Task Force, thank you!

Saturday–Latino Power Action Coalition organizational meeting

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Latino leaders and non Latino supporters will assemble to share a vision of a Latino-led effort to address issues in common to all of us. We will form an action coalition to help each other on political-cultural-social issues in common. Latino groups will maintain their autonomy as before and still address their individual ethnic and culture related issues.

EN LA UNION ESTA LA FUERZA! Dream away what we can accomplish together!

Please invite your friends and other Latino or non-Latino supporting organizations. All Latino groups are invited to share common values and what concerted actions are possible.

First organizational meeting:
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am
El Colegio High School, 4137 Bloomington Ave. So.

Contact for details or discussion: Miguel E. Fiol MD is the Coordinator of the meeting agenda and member of PRIM, Puerto Ricans in Minnesota. 612-382-4452,

(As a non-Latina, I am posting this message in solidarity with Latinx leaders and will be attending the meeting. If you need transportation to attend, you can ride with me, Sherilyn Young, 612-330-1462. I have room for 3-4.)

Augsburg Sports Bra Drive

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Augsburg Athletics and the HPE Department have partnered with The Sports Bra Project to create the first ever, Augsburg Sports Bra Drive. Utilizing networks of organizations to collect and distribute sports bras, The Sports Bra Project works to eliminate one barrier of participation and increase the access to sports for girls and women around the world.

How can you help?
– Donate a new & unused sports bra of any size!
– We will be collecting donated sports bras until April 17th.
– A collection bin is located in the main athletic office in Si Melby Hall (across from the gym).

Our goal is to collect over 100 sports bras! Please consider helping us reach our goal and supporting such an important and impactful cause!

Have questions? Contact

More information on The Sports Bra Project

EAST Scholars Testify in Support of Teacher Diversity Legislation

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Minnesota lawmakers are again taking action to strengthen policies and programs focused on preparing the next generation of teachers in our state.

Thus far this legislative session, three Augsburg University students have testified in support of the Increase Teachers of Color Act of 2019 and other teacher diversity bills. Abdirizak Jama, Leyla Sahal, and Najma Abdille, all members of Augsburg’s East African Student to Teacher (EAST) program, were joined at the capitol by fellow EAST Scholars and by faculty from the Education department.

The EAST Program has been a recipient of the Minnesota legislature’s generous Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) funding since 2013. EAST is led by Program Director Dr. Audrey Lensmire and Program Manager Hana Salad. EAST scholars pursue Bachelor’s or Master’s Degrees in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.

Ms. Sahal is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education. Ms. Abdille is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a license in K-12 English as a Second Language. Mr. Jama is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in English as a Second Language.

The EAST Program stresses the importance of culturally relevant mentorship and leadership in the teacher preparation process as well as tutoring and other direct support. To date, 41 students have enrolled in the program.

Augsburg is particularly grateful to Rep. Jim Davnie, Rep. Mohamud Noor, Rep. Hodan Hassan, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, and Rep. Carlos Mariani, among many others, who have supported teacher diversity legislation during this and previous sessions.

Read the full blog post on the Augsburg’s Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations page

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

Opening Night: Pluma & The Tempest

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By Arístides Vargas, Translated & Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez

$3 student tickets– reserve now!

A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that tells the story of a youngster of unspecified gender who runs away after being born to a hostile world. They find themselves living in the inner city streets, meeting all kinds of people and facing all kinds of dangers. The kid fights to learn from these experiences and to assert their personhood. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.

League of Legends Meeting

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Join us for a League of Legends get together!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5-8 PM
Hagfors 201

We will spend the time catching up, talking about next year/getting involved, and playing/watching League! So please bring your set ups if possible. Food and drinks will be provided as per usual. We hope to see you there!

For more information or other, contact us at or join our facebook group: Augsburg Gamers United!

Gamers United Facebook Group


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Join us for a showing of “Pokémon the Movie 2000!”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:30-10 PM
Science 123

We will also be hosting a Pokémon Showdown mini tournament, have coloring sheets, and pokémon go lures! Food and drinks will also be available! 🙂

For more information or other contact us at or join our facebook group: Augsburg Gamers United!

Gamers United Facebook Group

Focused Conversations: Augsburg Strategic Planning

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President Paul Pribbenow and Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Leif Anderson will lead discussions on the university’s next strategic plan.

Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)

Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

For the live-stream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page

Celebrating Native Shorts: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers

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April 16, 2019
Join us for a night of short films that include films ranging from narrative fiction based on historical reality to documentary to youth produced work. Filmmakers from Canada, Norway, and the U.S. will participate in person and via zoom at the University of St. Thomas.

Location and Time: 4:00-5:30 University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium (located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave)
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Sustainability, Equity, and Action Event – April 15

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“Sustainability Is No Joke” Environmental justice storytelling and action planning series, facilitated by RFTP (, sponsored by Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee. Why does sustainability and climate change matter? Why does equity in sustainability matter? And how can we respond collectively as the Augsburg community?

On April 1, we heard recent alum and current students share their experience with sustainability and climate change, and we began responding to questions and perspectives that will carry us forward together towards a shared vision of sustainability at Augsburg. April 15 is our follow-up to storytelling where we’ll begin to move towards action.

All are welcome, even if you missed the first event! RSVP and share on facebook:

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Got a rototiller or ice auger?

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The community garden has some seriously compacted soil that’s beyond shovel-able at this point. On April 18th, we’re trying to get as many people and as many soil-breaking machines as possible out in the garden to get the soil back in good shape.

Can we borrow your (small) rototillers or ice augers? Let Allyson Green know if you have one to lend.