Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Pedestrian Bridge Closed Until Winter

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A dump truck traveling on Interstate 94 last month struck the pedestrian bridge that goes over I-94 near Augsburg. State officials hope to reopen the pedestrian bridge by early winter. As alternatives, pedestrians can take 20th and 25th avenues south and bicyclists are urged to take the Riverside Avenue Bridge. The truck also hit the 25th Avenue and Riverside Avenue bridges and the west side sidewalk on 25th will remain closed until that bridge is repaired, which is expected to be done by late fall. State officials should be implementing some traffic control changes soon that will allow pedestrians on the west side of the bridge.

Teaching and Learning

New Class: Interested in the Environment and Food Systems?

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A new course has been added for this fall in the Environmental Studies Program and it’s all about food and its impact on the environment!! Register for ENV 100-A (Fall 2019).

The course satisfies the core curriculum requirement of Liberal Arts Foundation: Social & Behavioral Sciences and is 4 credits. We meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:40-5:20pm.

General Description: Environmental Connections is an interdisciplinary introduction to current issues regarding the natural environment upon which we all depend, an environment under increasing strain. It also serves as the introductory course for Augsburg’s Environmental Studies Program and as a Social and Behavioral Sciences course in the Liberal Arts Foundation. Throughout the semester we will explore food systems and our collective challenge of balancing a sustainable society with sustainable ecologies. We all need food to survive, but current processes of cultivation, production, distribution, and waste disposal significantly, and detrimentally, impact the natural world. How serious are these challenges? How will we respond? What can be and is being done now to minimize the further damage from these human activities?

Contact Monica McDaniel at for more details or with questions.

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 19th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Hagfors 101.

URGO Website

Curious About the Sabo Center? Join Us For “snapshot” Lunches this Month

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Faculty and staff:

Curious about what the Sabo Center does and how you might connect your course, department, or program to our work? Join the Sabo Center for a brown bag lunch while we present a “snapshot” of our work. Come learn about resources for experiential education, civic skills workshops, Campus Kitchen, LEAD Fellows, Public Achievement, and more!

There are TWO opportunities to join us:

Monday, September 16, 12-1 p.m., Marshall Room
Tuesday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Bring your lunch! We hope to see you there.

Looking for experiential education ideas? Turn to the Experiential Ed Library Guide

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Looking to incorporate experiential learning into your syllabus for this fall? Check out two great resources compiled by the Sabo Center that can help you shape a course or assignment related to experiential education.

The first is the Experiential Education website. This website offers an overview of experiential learning at Augsburg, the core elements of effective experiential education, and offers examples of different kinds of experiential learning strategies:

The second is a comprehensive library guide, covering topics from theory to resources for course design, ideas for reflection activities, and more!

Professors Beckman, Lehmann, and Lowe for EDTalk

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On Wednesday, September 18 at 3:20 pm, you can listen to the talk, “Trauma: 3 Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. For 15 minutes, Professors Beckman (Biology), Lehmann (Social Work), and Lowe (Religion) will describe how trauma is currently understood in their disciplines and highlight the points of tension and coherence among these disciplinary approaches to trauma.

The EDTalk will take place in Hagfors 151, right next door to the Faculty Meeting. Enjoy your coffee and the talk before heading off to the meeting.

For more about the pre-Faculty Meeting EDTalks and other events, make sure to check the link below regularly.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Pre-Health Advising Session for New Augsburg Students

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Friday, September 20th | Hagfors 273 | 2 p.m.

This session for new first-year and transfer students interested in pre-health will provide information on how to explore health careers and how to plan for the courses and experiences required by professional/graduate schools such as medical, dental, PA, PT, public health, and many others. Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

Research Opportunities at University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Misty Pocwierz-Gaines, Cancer Research Doctoral Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present on careers in research and opportunities at the University of Nebraska for students interested in pursuing an MD/PhD and other health professions.

Tuesday, September 10
1:00-1:40 pm
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or for more information.

General Announcements

Auggie Pass Now Available for Day Students

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Over 1250 Augsburg day students have picked up their Auggie Pass!

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.

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.

Student Share Shop Opening this Fall–Looking for donations

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Hey all,

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are proud to announce a new student resource on campus: the student Share Shop. We are working towards opening this space in the sublevel of the old science building by Fall, 2019. To help us get started we are asking you—students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg—for some helpful donations.
Based off of a recent survey, here are some of the things we are looking for for the share shop:

– Household / dorm Repair (Spackle, Tool kits, poster putty)
– Recreational gear (sports equipment, out door games, hammocks, etc.)
– Office materials (calculators, sharpeners, staplers)
– First aid kits
– Twin XL sheets (new or washed)
– Weather related items (umbrellas, shovels, extra hats/scarves/mittens)
– Sewing/glasses repair kits
– Hot pots or rice cookers
– Cooking (Microwave, pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers)
– Board games, DVDs

Any donations are greatly appreciated and welcome, but please don’t feel obligated to donate. Donations can be brought to the Sabo Center located in the basement of Anderson Hall and placed in the designated bins. We appreciate your time and consideration thank you in advance.

For more informations please feel free to email me:

Campus Cupboard Looking for Donations

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Hey all,

Campus Cupboard is looking for some donations to help stock the cupboard shelves. We are currently looking for:

– Pasta
– Soup
– Dinner box mixes (hamburger helper, etc)
– Snack type item / crackers
– Ramen/Mac&cheese
– Protein: Bars/cans

Any donations you have are greatly appreciated and can be dropped of in the donation bin located next to Einstein’s cafe

For larger donations or if these times don’t work for you feel free to email me: and we can set up a meeting time that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and keeping us in mind in the future. We always appreciate your help in keeping the campus kitchen up and running

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Produce Distribution Today and Now Every Monday

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Happy to say that Campus Kitchen will resume produce distribution today, Monday September 9th from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Christiansen lobby. We will be implementing new rules this semester to insure that everyone has an opportunity to get produce. The first hour (2-3) will be reserved for students and the following hour will be open for everyone. Please bring your own bag if you are able. Thank you for your continued support.

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Hiring: Admissions Tour Guide

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Passionate about your school?! Interested in giving campus tours but don’t have a lot of extra free time? Consider applying to be an Auggie Tour Guide! This position is LOW COMMITMENT and only requires 15-30 hours of work PER SEMESTER.

Interviews are happening now so apply today!

Sabo Center Learning Opportunities this Fall

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Join the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship this fall for a wealth of opportunities to learn and connect!

Upcoming events include an open house, “snapshot” brown bag lunches for faculty and staff, the Community Opportunity Fair, a Constitution Day dialogue, workshops, trainings, and more! Check out the blog post, linked below, for more information about all our upcoming events and like us on Facebook ( for the latest updates.

Read more about upcoming opportunities to connect to the Sabo Center.

New Directors in Marketing and Communication

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This summer, two staff members moved into director-level roles in the Marketing and Communication Division. Sarah Cash-Darvell became the director of university events following Jodi Collen’s departure in June, and Laura Swanson Lindahl was promoted from assistant director to director of marketing, leading the team responsible for publications, web properties, and advertising. Laura and Sarah both report to me and bring many years of experience at Augsburg and strong relationships across the university to these new roles. They join Gita Sitaramiah, director of public relations and internal communication, and me to make up the leadership team of the Marketing and Communication Division. If you’re unsure whom to contact about a particular question or need, feel free to reach out to any one of us—we’ll happily steer you in the right direction. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues on these new positions!

—Stephen Jendraszak

Mert Strommen ’42 – Funeral Service Information

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Merton P. Strommen, age 100, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died on September 2. The Funeral service service is planned for Friday, Sept 13, 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale South, Minneapolis. Reviewal one hour prior. Internment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Luther Seminary.

Full obituary

Event Announcements

Speech Team meets TODAY

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Remember your glory days as a speech competitor in high school? You can re-live them as a member of the Augsburg Speech Team! We’re having a quick organizational meeting TODAY, Monday, from 10:40 – 11:00 in Foss 42. If you can’t make this 20-minute meeting, drop a note to or visit David Lapakko, Director of Forensics (, 178 Foss).

Taste of Augsburg Vendor Application Closes Tuesday

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The opportunity to participate in the Taste of Augsburg as a vendor is nearing a close. All groups must register using the link below and groups who do not pre-register by Tuesday, Sept 10 will not be allowed to participate as a vendor.

Please dont hesitate to contact Katie Code at if you have any questions.

Taste of Augsburg Registration Form

“SABO” the Date for the Sabo Center Open House

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SABO THE DATE! Join us on September 11 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Sabo Center for an Open House! Drop in for food and connection! Come learn about the Sabo Center, meet our staff, and eat some delicious snacks. Students, Faculty, Staff: ALL are welcome!

When: September 11
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Sabo Center, located in the lower level of Anderson Residence Hall

RSVP on Facebook

Chance to Win $25 – PT Job Fair

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Wednesday, September 11th
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Quad (weather, not permitting, Christensen Center)
Free Popcorn

The fair will feature local and on-campus employers that are seeking to hire Auggies! Learn more at

Check-in and attend the fair for a chance to win – $25 Visa Card

All are welcome. #augsburgworks

Communication, Film, and New Media Open House

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The Augsburg Communication, Film, and New Media Department is thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. Any students interested in the opportunities we have to offer are invited to our Open House. Come learn about internship opportunities, enjoy snacks, and maybe win a prize!

Welcome Back Open House
Tuesday, September 10th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Foss 171

We look forward to seeing you!

Auggie Cyclists – Join the September Coffee Clunker

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Hello fellow cyclists!

We are hoping you can join us on your bicycle for our monthly Coffee Clunker on Tuesday, September 17 starting at 4:30 p.m. Let’s burn off some beginning of the semester stress, chat over coffee and pastries, and build community!

– This is open to cyclists of all levels and abilities.
– We’ll meet on the grassy lawn area in front of Foss, and head on out shortly after 4:30.
– Feel free to leave the ride/coffee shop at any time to suit your schedule.

We’ll be taking [primarily] the trail to Coffee Bene on Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul (about 4 miles). The route can be seen in the calendar event (add it to your calendar below).

Have questions?
Send an email to Lee George ( or me (

Add to your calendar

Interfaith Ally Training

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Campus Ministry is offering three Interfaith Ally training opportunities to staff and faculty this fall on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 24 at 12:00 – 2:00 pm Lindell Library Room 301 (room change)
Wednesday, October 16 at 12:30 – 2:30 pm Riverside Room
Tuesday, November 19 at 12:00 -2:00 pm OGC 100

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of faiths and ethical traditions including Native Spirituality, Judaism, Islam, Hybrid, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Atheism. Participants will hear the stories of community members from a variety of traditions and have the opportunity to learn through case studies.

For more information about this workshop, contact Fardosa Hassan at

To register for this workshop, click here:

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Keeping Track of Auggies

URGO Welcomes Augsburg Alum to Staff

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URGO is happy to welcome Solveig Mebust, a 2009 Augsburg graduate in Music Education and Vocal and Instrumental, to our staff as Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and Fellowships Specialist. Amy Cosimini, who worked in our office over the summer, accepted a tenure track position at St. Olaf.

While at Augsburg, Solveig completed an URGO summer research project evaluating the music historical canon through analysis of pieces included in music history textbooks under the mentorship of Dr. Merilee Klemp. She also was URGO’s first student worker.

Currently, Solveig is writing her dissertation on women’s music activism in Norway, 1870-1920 on route to her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of MN. During 2016-2017, Solveig spent the year in Norway on a Fulbright Research Award.

We are pleased to welcome her back to Augsburg and look forward to the many contributions she will make to URGO and Augsburg students.


Minnesota Urban Debate League – Hiring for Scheduler/Admin Support Position

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The Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking to hire a new student for the 2019-’20 academic year. This position will be scheduled to work up to 15 hours a week.

Job Description:

* Work with Programming Staff to order, inventory and maintain supplies for debate programs
* Work with Programming Staff to order food for UDL Tournaments and Debate Kick-Off Parties
* Order, inventory and maintain UDL internal office supplies
* Schedule and set-up internal and external meetings/conference calls, printouts, and catering if necessary
* Data entry related to Volunteer Management
* Data entry related to Programming support
* Assist programming staff with tracking and completing permits for tournament locations
* Assist communications staff with mailings
* Assist with reconciling Augsburg Purchase Card reports
* Assist on Fridays (during Fall/Winter) with busing issues for tournaments
* Assist with clerical tasks
* Other duties as assigned


* Organized, timely communication needed
* Be comfortable working with youth and adults
* Be organized and possess excellent interpersonal skills; excellent customer relation skills needed
* Be 18 years of age or older – this is helpful, though most University students will qualify
* Be able to self direct, some projects will require working on your own after getting an overview
* Applicant would ideally have some work experience, whether on campus or off campus, and would be comfortable with performing some advanced tasks
* Knowledge of word processing, professional email communication, and google platform (google docs, google sheets) is important

To set up an interview, contact:

Genesia Williams, Operations and Communications Associate
Email: | Telephone: 612-330-1730 |


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