Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Important Announcement affecting Memorial Hall, Sverdrup Hall and Science Hall

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A steam leak was discovered on the first floor of Memorial Hall this morning at approximately 10:00am. We were able to respond quickly and isolate the issue. Beginning this evening thru Friday, October 4, the team will be working on the steam leak repair. In order to work on the leak, we have to shut off the steam line that serves Memorial Hall, Sverdrup Hall and Science Hall. With temperatures dropping as low as 38 degrees tonight, the building temperatures will be a little cooler than usual. We plan to have the heat back on by Friday
mid-day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bryan
Massich at Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Temporary Pedestrian Bridge Over I-94 Installed Next Month

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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. A plan will be developed for a permanent pedestrian bridge replacement.

Teaching and Learning

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

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.

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 an 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

General Announcements

ASAC wants you involved

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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.

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 intersted in applying!

Volunteers needed: Strommen Speedy Mock Interview Event w/ Students

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center is looking for faculty and staff to volunteer to assist with a fun and interactive event happening on Monday, October 14th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

As you know, a key component in the application process is the interview. Many Augsburg students are new to interviewing and to being able to articulate their skills and experiences as they relate to a specific position. Volunteers will prepare students for their interviews by asking a series of questions and providing some tips to help the student be successful.

No formal experience is necessary as we will provide you the necessary tools and tips, so you can provide feedback to students. The format will be round-robin, where students will move from volunteer to volunteer as they answer three interview questions. Students will be given two minutes to respond and then the volunteer will provide one to two minutes of feedback. Students will then move to the next question and interviewer. Students will register to attend one of two sessions either from 4:00-5:00 pm or 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

If you are interested in preparing Auggies for future interviews, please REGISTER.

REGISTER as a Volunteer

Campus Cupboard Opening Regular Hours for the Semester

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Campus Kitchen is happy to announce that we are opening Campus Cupboard for regular hours beginning on Monday, October 7th! We moved to our new location in Old Science 8 with the following hours weekly

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

Campus Cupboard Webpage

Auggie Love Your Melon Hats For Sale

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Fall is here and so is cooler weather, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation. Beanie hats are $35 and pom hats are $45. Purchase your hat today!

You can pay with cash, check or card. We are also able to ship hats for a $5 shipping fee per hat.

Contact with any questions or to purchase a hat.

LYM Flyer – with pictures

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 Support Guide

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Students, Faculty, & Staff: If a student is struggling with academic concerns, personal concerns, health concerns, or basic needs (like food and housing), the Student Support Guide is the place to go for a comprehensive listing of available supports, both on campus and in the community. The guide is arranged by topic/student need. If you haven’t already, please check it out. The Student Support Guide can be found in the “A-Z Directory”, on the Student Affairs webpage, or on the Moodle Resources tab.

Student Support Guide

Student Worker Training Session

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Get the most out of your experience as a student worker! Learn how the skills you use in your student worker position can help you build your resume and prepare you for a professional job after graduation!

Wednesday, October 16
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Oren Gateway Center, Room 114

Thursday, October 17
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Topics covered will include:
• How your job fits in the context of Augsburg and Society
• How to maximize the student worker experience
• How to build relationships with professional colleagues
• Worker rights
• And more!

These sessions are part of an On-Campus Employment initiative offered to you by Sabo & Strommen Centers.

Supervisor Training For Those Who Manage Student Workers

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Learn how to help student workers get the most out of their experience in your department!

Thursday, October 17
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Friday, October 18
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Topics covered will include:
• How to set goals & learning outcomes with students
• How to involve students in meaningful work
• How reflection meetings with students set up productive work experiences
• How to troubleshoot challenges encountered as supervisors
• And more!

These sessions are part of an On-Campus Employment initiative offered by Sabo & Strommen Centers.

Think ahead to summer study abroad – Greece or the Netherlands

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Short term study abroad is a great way to travel, earn credits, and still have the rest of your summer to work, play, do an internship, etc. There are a few great options coming up for Summer 2020–start planning now. Applications are open and the application deadline is JANUARY 31

***Living Green in Amsterdam***
Course options (students take ONE course):
SOC/URB111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

Faculty Leader: Lars Christiansen
Travel Dates: May 7-22, 2020

Program Description:
Today, most of the world’s population lives in metropolitan areas, whether that means a traditional city, a suburb, an exurb or a slum – this is a very recent change in human history. Humans are fundamentally social beings, and urban areas provide the space where most people are born, grow up and interact with one another throughout their entire lifetimes.. We will explore the city as a social and political phenomenon and examine how the design of cities affects social interactions in perhaps surprising ways – the placement of buildings and the design of open space may make us want to be in an area or flee it.

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***
Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates:
May 13-27, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

Visit the Augsburg Study Abroad & Away site to learn more about these programs!

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by November 1

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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, course information, and updates!

Watch Videos from the Augsburg Sesquicentennial Gala

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Thank you to everyone who helped us kick-off Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial at the Gala on Friday, September 27! The evening was filled with uniquely-Augsburg moments and our guests made a lasting impact as we raised $1.4 million in support of our mission.

Along with the guest speakers and beautiful performances by the Bob Stacke All-Star Band, The Augsburg Choir and The Sesquicentennial Singers, three videos were shown during the evening that tell the Augsburg story from our origins, to who we are today, to the impact we make for students. Please feel free to watch and share them with friends and family!

Watch the videos here

Event Announcements

MVNA Flu Shot Clinic 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

Throne of Eldraine Magic Draft

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Hey all! We will be having our first Magic draft next Saturday, October 12th, at 6 PM in Hagfors 150A. Admission is free, and both cards (for play and prizes) and pizza are provided. Please RSVP on Auggie Life or by emailing us at If you have any questions, feel free to message me on here. Hope to see you there!

Auggie Life Event Page

Morning Chapel: Blessing of the Animals

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Today, people all over the world will be celebrating St. Francis Day in honor of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. In remembrance of his love for all sentient beings, guardians sometimes take their animal companions to church for a Blessing of the Animals. You are invited to bring your pet (or a photo of your pet) to Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for a blessing.

More information

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 so I can get a rough guesstimate of how many will be attending.


Visit “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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Let’s Play: League of Legends

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Let’s play League! Come join us in person or online for a full night of League. Bring your laptops or PCs if you’re coming in person and meet us in Hagfors 150A from 7:00-10:00 PM (may run longer if there’s interest). Otherwise join us online by sending us your username in advanced! Please RSVP on Auggie Life or Facebook in advanced (not required, but encouraged)!

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
When: 7:00-10:00 PM
Where: Hagfors 150A
Other details: FREE FOOD, DRINKS, and PRIZES will be available if you’re coming in person!

Auggie Life Event Page


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