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Augsburg Support for Uninsured Students – The People’s Center

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Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.

The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

➢ With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:
● Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
● Annual physical exams – 1 per year
● Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered).
● X-rays performed at The People’s Center
● Tetanus immunization
● Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
● Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
● Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
● Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
● Flu shots

➢ If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPS will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.

Auggie Pass now available for day students

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The Auggie Pass is an all-you-can-ride pass for Augsburg day students. Supported by the green fee, Metro Transit and Augsburg, the Auggie Pass is good on any bus, any time, and any light rail, any time, as well as the NorthStar line to Anoka.

Students can get their Auggie Pass at the Library Circulation Desk – please bring Augsburg ID.

The passes are good August 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.

For students who use Metro Mobility, please email Mike Fetting, The Auggie Pass does not work on Metro Mobility, so we have Go To cards with pre-loaded $180 value – and will add more value as needed.

Your Cleanup Sparks Joy. Donate to the Back-to-Debate Office Supply Drive

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, equips Twin Cities students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments, and supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, East African, and financial literacy debate programs grow each year, our need for supplies grows, too.

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies in the 2019-20 school year.

Our most-needed item is expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful items:

  • 3-ring binders
  • Portable timers
  • 2-pocket folders
  • Highlighters
  • Pens

Your support will help make our debate season a success! Items can be picked up or dropped off at Augsburg University. If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please contact us at to arrange your donation.

If you’d like to make a donation of used supplies, please see our Amazon wishlist here:

Give Through Our Amazon Wishlist

Today – Adventure Lunch with Strommen Team

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We would like to invite faculty and staff to join our Career & Internship team for our next adventure lunch. Summer is a great time to catch up with colleagues, so take a break and venture out into the community for lunch this summer!

Tuesday, August 13th
Thursday, August 22nd

If you are interested, we ask that you meet in Suite 100, CC at 11:20 a.m. No need to R.S.V.P., we will determine restaurant locations based on interest.
(Cost of meal will be handled by each individual)

Looking forward to having our colleagues join us! If questions, please call 612-330-1472 or email

At that time, we will select a neighborhood restaurant to visit.

Welcome Tyler LeClear Vachta – New Admin LFC

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We have added a new member to our Admin LFC team! Tyler LeClear Vachta starts this week as the newest member of our IT team, and will be supporting both Augsburg and Luther Seminary in his new role. Tyler comes to us with a wealth of education experience as a former teacher in St. Paul Public schools, as well as some solid tech skills as Head of Marketing and Education for a manufacturing firm.

With Tyler’s addition to the team, we are back to full strength in our IT support for staff at Augsburg, and have expanded our support level for Luther Seminary! Erin, Jacob, Tyler, and Jim, along with our student support specialist, Emily, will be happy to assist you with any technology needs and questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us at our shared email address ( and our shared phone number (x1044).

We invite you to introduce yourselves and welcome Tyler to Augsburg as you see him around campus.

Welcome to Augsburg’s New Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall

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On August 13, Sarah Swindall joins the Campus Ministry team to serve as the Pastoral Intern for the 2019-2020 academic year. A native of Naperville, Illinois, and graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, Sarah is a Master of Divinity student at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC). Sarah is faithfully curious and passionate about building strong communities and engaging others in genuine dialogue. In her free time, Sarah loves to swing dance, write creatively, and crochet blankets. We give thanks to Sarah’s support team for this year of learning, ministry, and vocational engagement: Coach Keith Bateman, Prof. Doug Green, Prof. Phil Quanbeck, II, Allyson Green, and Lonna Field. Please warmly welcome Pastoral Intern Sarah in the weeks ahead!

Welcome to new librarian

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Please join me in welcoming Caroline Wack (pronounced walk) to Lindell Library. In her role as Student Success Librarian, Caroline is responsible for leading the development of a multi-faceted library instruction program, assessing the effectiveness of our instructional offerings, and collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy concepts into the curriculum.

Caroline just completed her graduate school studies at the University of Michigan School of Information where her coursework included Transformative Learning, Teaching with Technology, and Research Methods for Information Professionals. She holds a bachelor degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and won her department’s award for best thesis that year, “Literary Environmentalism in the Desert Southwest”.

Caroline can be reached at or x1262.

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Get a Free Ticket to the Sesquicentennial Gala Kick-Off Dance

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Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Gala is sold out but there are free tickets available to attend the gala dance that will kick off the celebration of Augsburg’s 150th year. How can you get a free ticket to attend the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance at the Minneapolis Depot on Friday, September 27?

Augsburg is offering free group dance lessons in Hoverston Chapel from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the days listed below. Attend one or more dance lessons and you’ll receive a free ticket to attend the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance! These dance lessons are open to alumni, parents, employees, and students who are interested in attending the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance. Space is limited so please RSVP today.

Register below or call 612-330-1512.

August 20: Foxtrot — “Fly me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

August 27: Waltz — “Moon River” by Andy Williams

September 5: Swing — “In The Mood” by Glen Miller

September 10: Rumba — “Fields of Gold” by Sting

September 17: Cha Cha — “Smooth” by Santana

Register for Free Dance Lessons

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