Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Si-Melby 128 Athletic Training Room Remodel

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Facilities will be working with A-P Construction on the project from Monday May 6th – August 16th, 2019. The racquetball court will officially be closed Monday May 6th. Parking Lot K will be the designated parking and staging area for A-P Construction for the duration of the project. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bryan Massich at

Teaching and Learning

World Drumming and Culture course, 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.

Apply to be an AugSem Student Leader

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We are looking for students who want to be peer mentors for first-year students in their AugSem class. This is a paid position with a commitment of 1-3 hours per week during Fall 2019. Student Leaders work closely with faculty and students to ensure first-year students have a smooth transition to college. Fall 2019 AugSem linked courses, faculty, and Augsburg Seminar meeting times are listed on the Records & Registration page on inside Augsburg. Interested students are encouraged to submit an application using Handshake. Applications can be found on Inside Augsburg under On-Campus Student Jobs. Questions? Feel free to contact Rebekah Dupont at

Apply for Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project

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Dear white-bodied colleagues, Are you unsure how to respond when a fellow white-bodied person says or does something with a racist impact? Do you ever find yourself, despite your best intentions, feeling uneasy or tense when the topic of race comes up? Do you ever experience the impulse to fight, flee, or freeze in racialized moments and then struggle to navigate the shame of inaction or imperfect action? Are you eager to build loving, accountable community where we can learn to cause less harm and lean into the discomfort that comes with growth?

Learn more and apply to be part of a 2019-2020 academic year cohort of white faculty and staff learning to undo the ways white supremacy shows up in our bodies, not just in our minds. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m on Monday, May 13, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Sabo Center is convening the Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project in partnership with Augsburg’s Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. Contact Rachel Svanoe ( or Allyson Green ( with questions about this opportunity.

Details and Application

Reflection and Experiential Ed: 3 Days in May Workshop with special guest

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Join the Sabo Center for an extended workshop on *reflection and experiential education* during 3 Days in May. We’ll learn about designing, incorporating, and evaluating reflection in experiential education with a special guest presenter, MN Campus Compact Associate Director Sinda Nichols!

Matt Maruggi will also provide insight.

It may be the final afternoon of 3 Days in May, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking, fulfilling, and fun! We hope you’ll join us!

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection
Hagfors 150 B/C
Thursday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection–RSVP

Meeting about Culture and Social Justice minor

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This announcement is for faculty interested in further development of the Culture and Social Justice minor. We’re going to meet in the next few weeks to discuss some additional work we need to do.

The minor was first offered a few years ago, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of marginalized groups worldwide. Those involved in the creation have already been contacted about meeting in the next few weeks, but there may be additional people interested in our discussions. If you’re in that category, please email Andy Aoki ( and we’ll let you know once we’ve set a meeting time and place.

3 Days in May Workshops (May 14 – May 16)

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Be sure to check out the schedule and descriptions for the “3 Days in May” workshops. One of the many offerings will be the “Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Conference”: “Managing the Moments”.

Arguably the best learning takes place when all students feel able to bring their full selves forward and engage in an environment that considers the historical context and current cultural climate; with the humility and promise to learn with others. This workshop will engage us in recognizing and responding to dynamic moments born out of human differences while honoring our commitments to intentional diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to examine and respond to scenarios in small groups.

Check here for more information about all of the opportunities available from Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16 Use the form below to sign up for the sessions you plan to attend.

RSVP for the 3 Days in May

General Announcements

Payroll Notice – Student Workers

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Graduating Student Workers
Please make sure your address is updated in Human Resources. This address is different from any other system that houses an address for you and this is the address used for W-2 mailings.

Summer Student Workers
For all student workers working over the summer, which begins on Sunday, May 5th, please make sure when logging into Kronos you are selecting a Summer position, if you do not see a Summer position, please notify your supervisor as it could affect you being paid timely. The first pay date for summer hours is Friday, May 24th.

Thank you and please contact if you need any further assistance.

Lockers Available for Commuter Students During Summer

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Lockers are available in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall for commuter students to utilize over the summer terms. Locker reservations start Mon, May 13 and end Fri, Aug 16. To reserve a locker, visit:

Commuter Student Lockers

Great opportunity for students in STEM, Apply before May 15th

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Empowering Underrepresented Students in STEM at Augsburg (E.U.S.S.A.) is summer enrichment program which will offer workshops on Tuesdays, 5:00-8:30 PM, June 4th-July 20th. Students who participate in the program will receive a stipend of up to $600. Food will also be provided at each session.

The aim of the program is to bring more diversity to STEM at Augsburg and to support underrepresented students academically, financially, and through professional networking.

-Underrepresented students: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Pacific Islanders
-Current first year students (sophomores in fall 2019)
-Non-transfers (enrolled fall 2018 at Augsburg)
-Pursuing a STEM major: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics
-Committed to their future college success

To sign up, please complete the E.U.S.S.A. Application (Google form) by May 15th.

Please feel free to share this information with students who you think might be good candidates.

Questions? Please feel free to contact me, Lidiya Ahmed, at

Application Form

There’s still a chance for you to help staff 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

Late Night Breakfast a success

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Thanks to A’viands food service for the Late Night Breakfast, Monday, April 29. Over 400 enjoyed great food from A’viands, and great music from KAUG. One student rode off on a new bike – the winner of a drawing sponsored by A’viands. Thanks to the servers – Paul Pribbenow, Brandon Williams, Angelia Bonfiglio, BK Kormah, Hana Dinku, and Dianne Detloff.
Omelets were cooked by Jim Trelstad-Porter and Matt Maruggi.
Strawberry shortcakes were dished by Emma Blom and Ryan Hoye.
Greeters were Sarah Griesse, Ben Smethhurst and Seth Rueter.
Thanks to EP!C Peer Mentors!

Interested in Project Management or Grant Writing?

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Interested in learning more about grant writing or project management? MAL is offering two courses this summer that you will find useful. Course descriptions and information on meeting times are below. Staff, Faculty, or graduate students who are interested in registering for either of these courses should contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at:

ML 599-B | Grant Writing
Effective grant writing skills are important for individuals working in many roles at nonprofit and government agencies – including education. This course will include an introduction to grants, budget development, and grants management, and establish an understanding of their role in supporting important community work. We will also address how to identify projects well-suited for grant support, as well as the process of prospect research, how to develop relationships with funders, and how to write a successful grant proposal. Students will build skills and practice creating letters of inquiry and competitive funding proposals.

Instructor: Lindsay Bacher
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays | Meeting Dates: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

ML 599 | Re-imagining Leadership for 21st Century Projects
Successful project management is strongly correlated to good leadership of teams. Corporate, non-profit, and public sector projects are increasing in complexity requiring the close collaboration and coordination of disparate disciplines, organizations, and teams. This course will help you unpack the critical leadership skills needed to to form and lead teams to optimal project outcomes using emotional intelligence, communication, conflict management, and clarity of strategic vision and purpose.

Instructor Mahad Ibrahim
Meeting Dates: Mondays | June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2019
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

(Check out the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship if you are 7 semesters away from graduating and/or have a major GPA of 2.75).

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

A’viands service locations and hours of operation

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On a weekly basis, I will send out the locations that are serving and the hours of operation. While we will be open at Einstein throughout the summer, The Commons will be open sporadically due to camps and off-campus groups. Nabo will be closed for the summer after the 3rd for remodeling and Kafeega will be open every other weekend to accommodate the graduate program.

Next week, 5/6 – 5/10, Einstein Bros. will be open from 7:30 to 1:30. The entire menu will be available with the exception of gourmet bagels and the sandwiches that have lox.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Johnson, or 612-359-6475.

Thank you.

Event Announcements

Creating and Inclusive Campus Workshop – May 15

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The Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop is Wed., May 15, 1-4 pm. The theme is:
Managing the Moments
Arguably the best learning takes place when all students feel able to bring their full selves forward and engage in an environment that considers the historical context and current cultural climate; with the humility and promise to learn with others. This workshop will engage us in recognizing and responding to dynamic moments born out of human differences while honoring our commitments to intentional diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to examine and respond to scenarios in small groups.

Developed and sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee. Facilitated by Joanne Reeck, Chief Inclusion Officer, with faculty and staff providing information and experiences.

The CIC is one of several sessions and workshops offered May 14-16. For a full schedule, as well as descriptions of all of the sessions, check out:
Use the form linked below to sign up for the CIC and any other session.

RSVP for the “3 Days in May”

Key Sesquicentennial Dates. Subscribe to Calendar.

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Find some key dates and event descriptions as well as a link to subscribe to the Sesquicentennial calendar. Bookmark Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning to keep up with updates about this important year-long celebration.

Auggie Cyclists – Join Us for Inaugural Coffee Clunker Ride

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Fellow Auggie Cyclists!

If you’ve got a two-wheeled chariot, we encourage you to join us for an inaugural Coffee Clunker. We’ll be supporting local coffee establishments, while celebrating the end of the semester, and getting a few extra miles under our belt. Feel free to hop off the route whenever you need to leave.

This is an open ride for any cyclist at any ability level.

When: Friday, May 3 from 4:30 p.m. – ?
Where: We’ll gather in front of the Foss Center, on the grassy area
Why: To be healthier, to create community, to support local businesses, to relieve a bit of end-of-semester stress

Can’t join us? We’d still love you to join our group, track your miles, and keep in touch for future rides — we’re hoping to have one a month over the summer. A link to the route, a picture of the route with highlighted hilly areas, and mileage tracker can be found in the calendar event below — so make sure to add it to your calendar!

Have questions?
Contact Tessa Wegenke ( or Lee George (

Add to your calendar!

Sesquicentennial Gala Tickets Are Nearly Sold Out for Faculty/Staff

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Join us September 27, 2019, at the Sesquicentennial Gala, an unprecedented event to begin a full year of festivities honoring who we have been and who we are becoming.
We will gather in recognition, remembering the many reasons we have to be grateful for the past and hopeful about our future. We will celebrate by connecting with friends old and new, alumni, faculty, and staff. Together we’ll enjoy food, drink, and moments to reflect, share, and give, all energized by the thriving relationships that have always been at the heart of our institution.
Current employees are able to purchase tickets at $75 each (limit two). Tickets are nearly sold out, so please purchase yours today!
To learn more about the Sesquicentennial yearlong festivities, go to

Purchase Gala Tickets

Keeping Track of Auggies

Avis Benson, IT, retiring May 3

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Avis Benson, system support analyst in IT, is retiring on friday after 22 years of service. She has kept Augsburg’s financial and HR data accurate, secure, and available to those who rely on it. She was a key member of the Agresso implementation team in 2002 and helped keep us focused on the impact of such a system change on the people here. She has continued to grow and expand our use of Agresso in the years since. Avis is an avid and accomplished watercolorist and now will have more time for painting and traveling with her friends. Her instantly recognizable voice and laugh will be missed in the IT offices. We wish her a wonderful retirement and appreciate all she’s done for Augsburg.


Judge East African Debate League and Earn $55

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide several debate programs to Twin Cities students, including our East African Debate Initiative. This season, East African middle and high school students will debate rent control in the Twin Cities. We are searching for judges for the upcoming tournament:

May 15th @ Augsburg University, 3:30 – 7:00 PM

Judges will receive a $55 check for judging 3 rounds of debate.

No debate experience? No worries. We will train you!

Debate is effective for improving students’ confidence, public speaking skills, and reading comprehension. We hope you will join us to help boost these outcomes for MPS & SPPS students!

Sign up below or email for more info:

Sign Up to Volunteer

Share Your Spanish Skills & Earn $55 as a Debate Judge

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, will host the season’s final Spanish Debate League tournament on May 8th, 2019.

We are seeking Spanish-fluent judges for this final tournament.

Judges will receive a $55 check for judging 3 rounds of debate, held entirely in Spanish. Dinner is provided. This tournament is held at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, MN.

Please join us in helping boost the vocabulary, public speaking skills, and confidence for local Spanish-speaking high school and middle school students!

Email for more information or sign up below:

Sign Up to Judge

Scrubs Camp Counselors Needed – Earn $500 for One Week

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Counselors are needed to work at Metro Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 8 – July 12, 2019; 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. Counselors earn $500 for the week. Metro Scrubs Camp provides opportunities for high school students from throughout the Twin Cities area to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. For the job description and application form, go to Questions? Contact Hli Vang at 612-330-1530;