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. (A plan will be developed for a permanent pedestrian bridge replacement.) The 25th Avenue bridge also will be repaired soon 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.

Teaching and Learning

Writing Center Online Tutoring Is Now Open

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Online writing center tutoring is now open and ready for students to sign up! Our hours are Sunday-Thursday 7:30-9:00pm. Details about how to sign up and get started can be found in the Augsburg Online Writing Center: FAQ document linked here and on our website. We hope to see you soon.

Augsburg Online Writing Center: FAQ

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.

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

EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland

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Don’t miss the October EDTalk just before the Faculty meeting on Wednesday the 16th!

“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 take place just prior to the monthly faculty meetings in Hagfors 151. You can enjoy your coffee and spend 15 minutes learning and gaining inspiration.

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

Center for Teaching and Learning

General Announcements

Spring 2020 study abroad – semester spots still available

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Spring semester study abroad is still available – deadline for select programs has been extended to November 1.

The three Augsburg study center programs still have spaces available for spring semester:

Augsburg in Mexico
Augsburg in Central America
Augsburg in Southern Africa

Apply by November 1

These programs, all taught in English, are a good fit for many majors. Students can earn credits in several different subjects, take Spanish language courses in Mexico or Central America, complete an internship in Mexico or Namibia, and much more.

Augsburg students participating in these programs are awarded an automatic $1,500 CGEE Travel Grant, in addition to their usual semester financial aid package. These programs are among the most affordable study abroad programs for students – costs very close to studying and living on campus.

The Study Abroad & Away Office is here to answer questions, and is happy to talk to all students about these opportunities. Stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Or, email

Augsburg Study Center program information and application

Order the paperback of Hold Fast to What is Good: Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial history book

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Hold Fast to What is Good is a history of Augsburg University told through objects—the material culture left behind by the “Auggies” themselves. This history includes tales of teachers and students, but also of whale bones and ceremonial pipes, of missionaries and prohibitionists, of sex scandals, racism, kidnapping, murder, and, of course, money. It is a story about ideas, and how those ideas evolved over time; a story of how one school both reasserted and reinvented its vocation.

Now in paper back for just $32.79. The book will also be available in the bookstore later this month.

Order Online

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 to Volunteer

Spanish Majors & Minors – Study in Guatemala 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, course information, and to apply!

Meet the Augsburg Alumni Board

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The Augsburg Alumni Board serves as an advisory committee to the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations. They meet on campus five times per year and help plan and lead events like homecoming, Alumni & Student Networking and help to bring visibility to the work of Augsburg and the Alumni Office to their peers and networks. Last year alone they participated in over 600 hours of volunteer time to Augsburg.

The 2019/2020 Alumni Board is
Yvonne Barrett ’93, ’00 MSW
Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’11 MBA
Alex Beeby ’10
​Evan Decker ’12
Derek Francis ’08
Jacquelyn Fritz ’11
Janice Gladden ’14
Robert Grace ’98
Pete Hespen ’92
Lori Higgins ’94, ’12 MAL, Alumni Board President
Jay Howard ’03
Collin Katainen ’14
Raymond Kidd ’09
Jay Lepper ‘95
Lauren (Grafelman) Lesser ’12
Teri MacNabb ’96
Matthew J McEnery JD ’10
Carissa Miller ’13
Anne O’Keefe-Jackson ’01. MAL, MBA ’18
Janeece Oatman ’05
Guillaume Paek ’00
Nick Rathmann ’03, Immediate Past President
Mathew Shannon ’04
Schuyler Tilson-Doheny ’10

Learn more about the alumni board members

Event Announcements

ASAC’s 1st General Meeting is happening TODAY

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ASAC Will be hosting our very first general meeting and we want to hear your voice! We will be going over our budget and discussing collaborations for the rest of the school year.

We want to hear your ideas for events or collaborations with other student organizations. There will be food!

Location: Marshall Room
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Last Chance for Music Therapy Conference Cost Reduction

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Music therapy club is facilitating reduced cost admission to the Music Therapy Conference happening right here in Minneapolis. At normal price this event is a hefty $365. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the in depth workings of the field of music therapy and forge connections with professionals who may even be your future employers. Music therapy students interested can contact Laura Frederiksen at to get put on the list. Email before 5 pm 10/7/19.

Augsburg Nooks and Crannies Tour: Another chance on Tuesday, October 8, at noon: RSVP required

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The Nooks and Crannies tour includes a visit to the old chapel and gymnasium in Old Main, the Old Main attic, our Art Deco filling station, and other little-known spots of interest around the campus. The tour begins outside of Old Main 105.

Access is limited: we will be walking a few blocks, and we will encounter steep stairs and some uneven surfaces. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Contact or call 612-330-1104 to get a space.

Not free for the October 8 tour? Nooks and Crannies will be offered again on Wednesday, October 30. It will be our last chance until the spring, so sign up soon.

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 advance! Please RSVP on Auggie Life or Facebook in advance (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

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

Office Hours with your Deans Tomorrow

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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

Happy Coming Out Week from LGBTQIA+ Student Services

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We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ History all month and this special Coming Out week. Our department and student organizations have planned an array of events this month, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Today October 7th:
Our office will be taking LGBTQIA+ folx and allies to Solcona Fitness. We will meet in the Auggies Nest at 2pm.
QPA will be hosting their Coming Out Social in the student lounge from 6–9 pm with mocktails provided by EPIC.

If you have any questions about these events, please email us at

Palestinian Art of Resistance spring break study abroad – apply by November 1

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

Palestinian Art of Resistance, 4-credits, fulfills Fine Arts requirement and Augsburg Experience
Course options: ART 211 or THR 295

Faculty Leader: Sarah Myers and Robert Tom
Travel Dates: March 13-23, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
Art of Resistance will immerse you in contemporary Palestinian culture and invite you to learn directly from a wide range of artists in the region. You will have the unique opportunity to experience art and performance first-hand in diverse Palestinian contexts, from a day-long excursion to cultural sites in Ramallah to a conference call with artists in Gaza. A major component of the course will be ongoing cultural exchange with students from Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. Augsburg students will also learn about the complex political, historical, social, and religious context for Palestinian art and theater through guided tours, performances, gallery talks, museum visits, readings, and discussions. Throughout these experiences, students will interrogate what it means to create art under occupation, explore various definitions of the “art of resistance,” and learn tools to make creative work that defies and reimagines the status quo.


Scholarships are available!

Visit the program page for additional details and to apply!

Spring semester Model UN – apply by Nov 1

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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.
Students are responsible for their own transportation in NYC, as well as all meals during the program.

Get more info & apply

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. If you would like to attend something similar but can’t make this date please fill out the RSVP form and select the appropriate option.


Keeping Track of Auggies

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