Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Temporary Pedestrian Bridge Set for November

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation expects the damaged 22nd Avenue pedestrian bridge to be removed soon. A temporary bridge is expected to be installed in November. The 25th Avenue bridge also will be repaired allowing it to be fully open. Some overnight closures of Interstate 94 are expected. More details to come at this website:

Background: This summer, a truck struck the 22nd Avenue pedestrian bridge and 25th Avenue bridge, significantly damaging both. The 22nd Avenue bridge has been closed and the 25th Avenue bridge has had limited access. The project will replace the pedestrian bridge with a temporary, wooden-deck bridge while a plan is developed for a permanent replacement.

Teaching and Learning

Off-Campus Course Proposals Due November 1

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Any course with an overnight off-campus (domestic or international) component, must be approved through Academic Affairs (AAC, GAAC, CGEE) prior to offering the course.

Off-campus course proposals are now being accepted for academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020-Summer 2021). Proposals are due November 1st.

Learn more about the process before starting a proposal.

Please contact Leah Spinosa de Vega ( with questions. Or schedule a meeting on Leah’s calendar to discuss ideas or review draft proposals.

Begin a Proposal for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a $1,000 stipend. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

To learn more about the program, go to . The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 25th.

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447

Book Group: “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life”

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CTL (with support from the University Committee for Equity and Inclusion) are holding a book group for Faculty and Staff focused on, “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” by Melody Moezzi.

“With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts (the first half of the book will be discussed during the December meetings and the second half of the book will be discussed at the January meetings).

Part 1: Dec 2 at 1:00 pm in OGC 100 (Facilitated by Melissa Hensley) or
Dec 5 at 3:40 pm in LL 301 (Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez)

Part 2: Jan 23 at 3:40 pm in OGC 100 (Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez) or
Jan 24 at 1:00 pm in CC Riverside Room (Facilitated by Melissa Hensley)

The books are being provided by the University Committee for Equity and Inclusion. Please fill out the form linked below if you would like to reserve a book and a place in the group. By accepting a book, you are committing to attend one of the December sessions and one of the January sessions. Once you register, you will receive instructions on how to receive your copy.

*Space is limited, so sign up now. Registration closes on October 31.

Register for the Book Group

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447.

Celebrating Your Creativity Scars

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The next EDTalk will feature Dan Ibarra and Lyz Wendland speaking on: “Celebrating Your Creativity Scars: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement”.

In this session, professors Wendland and Ibarra from Art & Design will talk about engaging creativity in the pedagogical practice. This session will serve as a starting point for a longer upcoming workshop.

EDTalks are 15 minutes of information and inspiration just prior to the monthly Faculty Meetings. Make sure to check the CTL site regularly for updated information and events.

Wednesday, October 16 | EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland | 3:20 pm- 3:35 pm, HC 151

Center for Teaching and Learning

Hire (at our cost) your own consultant

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Faculty, are you interested in a course tune-up? Sixteen faculty members currently serve as classroom consultants, representing a wide variety of disciplines and pedagogical styles. The consultants have been trained to offer confidential, non-judgmental assistance through a collaborative process.

Working with a consultant may include classroom or lab observations (in person or through the use of video), review of classroom materials and learning goals, brainstorming sessions to address classroom issues, or any combination based on your goals.

For more information, please visit the Classroom Consulting page on the CTL website.

General Announcements

Welcome to Rev. Babette Chatman

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Over the past several months, Augsburg University and the Campus Ministry Office have undergone a search for a new campus pastor to join our team. It is with great joy we announce that Rev. Babette Chatman has accepted the call to serve among us! An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rev. Babette is no stranger to the Augsburg community. A 2006 graduate of Augsburg, Rev. Babette has been serving very part-time as a pastoral presence on Augsburg’s campus over the past 10 years as part of her call as Community Collaborative Partner with Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. On November 18th, Rev. Babette will be fully situated at Augsburg to help lead Campus Ministry’s student-centered mission to provide sabbath rest, to offer radical hospitality, and to shape community together for sake of neighborly justice. Rev. Babette brings remarkable gifts including her powerful Spirit-led preaching, a pastoral heart for young adults, a love for the greater Augsburg community, an unswerving commitment to racial justice and equity, her affable presence and sense of humor, and a heart for the gospel that seeks to be neighbor in the world. Please join the Campus Ministry team in welcoming Rev. Babette in the weeks ahead!

I am incredibly grateful for the Search Team that offered gave of their time to review and interview candidates for this position. The Search Team entered faithfully into this discernment process that led to our decision to extend the call to Rev. Babette. Search Team members included:

Kelly Anderson Diercks, Athletics
Lee George, Strommen Center
Allyson Green, Sabo Center
Ian Heseltine, Student representative
Eric Pegués, Residential Life
Nicole Peterlin, Human Resources
Mark Tranvik, Religion Department

In thanksgiving,
Justin Lind-Ayres
University Pastor

ASAC wants you

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Want to get involved on campus? The Augsburg Student Activity Council is looking to recruit 4 new board members for the 2019-2020 school year. We will be looking for candidates to fill the First-Year Marketing Chair, Secretary, Events Chair, and Performance Chair.

We will be tabling in Christensen Center during chapel time on 10/1 & 10/2 feel free to stop by and meet some of the board.

If you have any questions to what each position duties pertain to, please check out our constitution on the Auggie Life website.

Contact us if you are interested in applying!

Auggie Pass still 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.

Over 1400 Augsburg day students have picked up their Auggie Pass.
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.

Thanks for attending the Study Abroad & Away Fair

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Thanks to all who stopped by at the fair! If you’re interested in any of our programs or want to get more information about studying abroad please visit our website and follow us on instagram @global_auggies

Any specific questions feel free to contact

Event Announcements

Central Services Info/Training Session Oct 15

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Have you ever wondered what does Central Services do or what they can do for you?

On Tuesday Oct 15th at 10:30 am in Lindell Library Room 301 I will be going through all the various services that the Copy Center, Mailroom, and Shipping/Receiving handles as well as the processes to make your interactions the most efficient for you and for us.

Topics covered will include:
-Copy Job requesting
-Copy center finishing services
-Student and Faculty incoming mail/package handling procedures
-Outgoing mail/packages
-Third Party ordering (Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes, Posters)
-Any other pertinent information

Please RVSP to the attached Calendar link so I know roughly how many to expect.

Session Calendar Invite

Diversity Insights Breakfast ft. Keynote Speaker Gov. Tim Walz

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Please join The Forum on Workplace Inclusion on October 31 for the first Diversity Insights Breakfast of our 2019-2020 series!

To kickoff the breakfast series, The Forum will hear from Governor Tim Walz, followed by a panel of state officials discussing the state’s efforts to build One Minnesota, where we collaborate across differences to create a state that works for everyone.

Governor Walz will be introduced by President Pribbenow. Registration is $75.

Follow the link below for details and to register. This will sell out fast!

Diversity Insights Breakfast Website

Get your Flu Shot Monday 10/7

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The MN Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus on Monday 10/7 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Residence Hall) administering flu shots. Most insurances are accepted or $39 cash or check. Please bring photo ID and your insurance card for the walk-in appointments. Questions call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Stay healthy and get your flu shot Monday.

“Holy Encounters: Four Bible Stories, One God”

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Join Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres with Campus Ministry for a 4 Week Bible Study on Wednesdays in October. We will meet from 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm in Kennedy 303A. The theme is “Holy Encounters.” All are welcome to join!

Wednesday, October 9: “Burning Bushes & Shoeless Feet” – Exodus 3:1-12

Wednesday, October 16: “God in a Headlock” – Genesis 32:22-32

Wednesday, October 23: “The (Faithful) Samaritan Woman” – John 4:3-42

Wednesday, October 30: “The (Good) Samaritan Man” – Luke 10:25-37

More Information

Human-Rights Voices in Post-Conflict Guatemala – study abroad on spring break

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break!

Human Rights Voices in post-conflict Guatemala, 4-credits
Course options: CCS/SPA 495 or POL 459

Faculty Leader: Professor Joseph Towle
Travel Dates: March 14-22, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
Many U.S. citizens know little of Guatemala and the struggles its people face although it is a nation that continuously finds its fortunes bound to the interests and intent of the United States.

This course invites you to hear Guatemalan people’s views of their country, to explore past and present US involvement, and learn from those who lived through and survived the civil war spanning four decades (1960-1996), as well as a new generation of writers and artists–all who creatively and peacefully counteract the culture of fear through art and literature.
This 4-credit course is part of the spring 2020 enrollment. It can be taken as part of, or in addition to, your usual course load, and overload fees incurred by this study abroad program will be waived.


Program cost $3,825
includes: international airfare, all meals, all lodging, all program activities and in-country transportation. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.

Scholarships are available!

Visit the program page for additional details and application

Spring break study abroad in Palestine – info & film event – TODAY

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a viewing of a short documentary film and study abroad information session on Thursday

Thursday, October 3 from 2-3 pm
in Anderson/Music room 22:

“The Living of the Pigeons”
A short documentary film documents the surreal early-morning hours and daily experience of “rush hour” at Checkpoint 300, which separates Bethlehem in the West Bank from Jerusalem.

We will also present information for the upcoming spring-break study abroad opportunity: Palestinian Art of Resistance, an art and theater course which will travel to the area March 13-23. The study abroad program is open to all Auggies, and scholarships are available to help pay for the program.

Come to view the film, learn about study abroad, and enjoy some refreshments!

Learn more about the Palestinian Art of Resistance program

Attention Political Science students – apply now for Model UN

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Take the spring semester POL 368 Model UN course, and travel to NYC for the Model UN conference at the end of March!

POL 368 is a regular course throughout the spring semester, with regular weekly classes. During the first half of the semester, students will prepare for the Model UN in NYC which takes place just after spring break, from March 29 to April 2.

Each year, the Augsburg delegation represents a different country with delegates assigned to particular UN committees or organizations, each with their own set of issues. Delegates have to understand the challenges of representing that country with its particular history, culture, and current foreign policy priorities and diplomatic objectives. At the same time, each delegate represents that country on a particular committee and will be researching issues such as climate change, human rights, trade, poverty, human trafficking, or arms control.


Program cost $1,300
includes: round trip airfare to NYC, hotel accommodation, Model UN registration and delegate fees. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.Students are responsible for their own transportation in NYC, as well as all meals during the program.

Visit the Model UN program page for more information and to apply

Talent Show Auditions

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The Augsburg Music-Theatre Club invites everyone to audition for our upcoming talent show! Looking for singers, dancers, actors, and everybody in between.

This is a LOW COMMITMENT talent show with NO REHEARSALS! We only ask for acts to be available on the evenings of November 1st and 2nd.

Auditions are on October 2nd and 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Anderson Music Hall M3 (the choir room).

Sign up to audition at the link below OR on the sign up sheets posted on the Foss Theatre door, Anderson Hall Music bulletin board (between the choir and band room), or Christensen stairwell bulletin board.

Culture Clash: Can Latino Culture Identity and Corporate Culture Be Reconciled?

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When: October 24, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Andres Tapia, Korn Ferry
Cost: Free, online webinar

Join us for The Forum on Workplace Inclusions October webinar with presenter Andrés Tapia, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry.

Webinar Learning Outcomes:
– Recognize the importance of Hispanic heritage and Latino Culture in shaping the workplace behavior of Latino professionals.
-Compare Latino Culture against Corporate America Culture across 6 key cultural dimensions.
-Develop solutions to the Latino and Corporate Culture Clash.

Register Here

Christensen Symposium: Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict – TODAY 10/3

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Want to support more interfaith friendships in our divided world?

Attend the Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict

11 a.m – 12 p.m, Today
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Hamdy El-Sawaf, founder and psychotherapist at the Family Counseling Center and imam of Masjid Al-Iman in Minneapolis
Munib Younan, retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation

Hamdy El-Sawaf and Munib Younan will share personal experiences and their religious faith perspectives on hope, reconciliation, and resiliency in the midst of suffering and struggles that often are intensified by religious convictions and differences.

About the Christensen Symposium:

Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
– Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
– Diversity strengthens vital communities.
– Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
– The love of Christ draws us to God.
– We are called to service in the world.

2019 Christensen Symposium Website

Tuesday: You are Invited to Attend “Office Hours with your Deans”

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Monica Devers, Dean of Professional Studies, and Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite faculty, staff and students to stop by and meet them during a series of “office hours” scheduled for this fall. These office hours are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

The times and locations will change from month to month in order to allow for greater availability to schedules.

The Fall Sessions will take place:

Tuesday, October 8th from 10 am – 11 am in the Christensen Center Lobby
Tuesday, November 5 from 12 pm – 1 pm in the Oren Gateway Center Lobby
Thursday, December 5 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Hagfors Center Lobby

Make a meal, network with staff. Join Staff Senate in the Food Lab

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Calling all staff! Join Staff Senate for an afternoon of cooking and networking in Augsburg’s Food Lab, led by Campus Kitchen. We’ll spend some time cooking, and then enjoy the fruits of our labor by eating it! Staff new to the Augsburg community are particularly invited to attend. Everyone is welcome!

Monday, October 14
4:30-6 p.m.
Hagfors 108

Warrior Women Film this Saturday

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Film Event

The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Warrior Women this Saturday October 5, 2019. Warrior Women looks at the history of Indigenous activism as lived and led by AIM activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcy. The film traces Madonna’s work for cultural sovereignty in education as she helped create the “We Will Remember” Survival School and the shared work she and her daughter have continued around environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty. Join us for the screening of WARRIOR WOMEN and video conversations with Director Elizabeth Castle and activist Marcella (Marcy) Gilbert.

Where & When:

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series

Thursday Morning Coffee & Study Abroad -October 3

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Stop by the study abroad table from 9:00am to 10:30am to grab a cup of delicious Guatemalan coffee and learn about the upcoming spring break study abroad program Human Rights Voices in Post-Conflict Guatemala.

This exciting opportunity is a 4-credit spring class (CCS, SPA or POL) with travel to Guatemala during spring break. Scholarships are available! Stop by to learn more!

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