Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Scooter users – please watch where you park

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Scooter users – please park away from doorways, and park where the scooter does not block sidewalk traffic.
Scooters in doorways and on sidewalks pose hazards for many individuals.
As noted on the City of Minnespolis site,, do not block pedestrian access or doorways.
To report issues with scooters, please contact 311.

Heat and Hot Water Repairs TOMORROW

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The time frame for this heat shutdown impacting several Augsburg buildings will be from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22. The reason: Steam will be shut down because of a rusted out condensate line that is located on Fairview’s property north of Riverside Ave.

Campus dining locations will remain open. Compostable plates and silverware may be used.

Heat that is normally turned down at night will not be lowered before the shutdown in hope that indoor temperatures will not drop sharply before the heat is back on. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bryan Massich with Facilities at

Here are the buildings affected:
1. Mortensen and Urness Hall – No hot water for showers or heat.
2. Ice Arena – No hot water for showers.
3. Si Melby Hall – No hot water for showers or heat.
4. Christensen Center – No hot water for kitchen sinks or heat.
5. Old Main – No hot water or heat.
6. Anderson Residence Hall – No heat
7. Lindell Library – No heat
8. Memorial Hall – No heat
9. Sverdrup Hall – No heat
10. Old Science Building – No heat
11. Foss Center – No heat
12. Anderson Music Hall – No heat

Notice from MnDOT: Upcoming Repairs, Closures

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MnDOT is going to be doing to repair the bridges over Interstate 94 at 22nd Avenue and 25th Avenue in Minneapolis. MnDOT will start repairing the 25th Avenue bridge Oct. 23. It will require overnight closures at the bridge and the closure of 25th Avenue and Riverside Avenue to motorists and pedestrians.

Pedestrians will have to go to 20th Avenue to cross the highway or to the underpass at Franklin Terrace between 8th and 9th Streets to go under the highway. A signed detour will lead people to 20th Avenue.

MnDOT also is installing a temporary pedestrian bridge at 22nd Avenue. This will require closing I-94 during two weekends for about 18 hours to demolish the existing bridge and install the temporary bridge. You will see the details as they are now for the weekend closures below. MnDOT will update the web page as details become more precise.

The web page is here

Here is a brief recap of what is happening:

I-94 Minneapolis 22nd and 25th Avenue bridges

· I-94 west is closed at the 25th Avenue bridge from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Nov. 8. Traffic will go up the Riverside ramp and down the 25th Avenue ramp.

· 25th and Riverside Avenues are closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Nov. 8.


· I-94 is closed in both directions between I-35W and Highway 280 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct 28. (The freeway will remain open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 for the University of Minnesota football game.)

Detour: I-35W, Highway 36 and I-35E

· I-94 is closed in both directions between I-35W and Highway 280 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. (The freeway will remain open during the University of Minnesota football game.)

Detour: I-35W, Highway 36 and I-35E

Teaching and Learning

Med School Info Session

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Considering medical school? Come meet Augsburg alumni who are currently medical students and physicians! Our alumni will share their insights about picking schools, the MCAT, experiences, the application process, interviews, and general advice. Food will be provided. For more info or to RSVP, contact Catherina Kipper at

Wednesday, October 23rd
6 pm
Hagfors 150A

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.

Moodle Gradebook Open Lab TODAY 3 p.m. in HC 151

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The E-Learning Team invites you to drop-in to HC 151 on Monday, October 21 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm to get help fine-tuning your Moodle gradebook prior to mid-terms. Using the Moodle Gradebook helps students track their progress since it provides immediate, private, and accurate feedback. LFC’s Eric and Christy, E-learning Specialist Bonnie, and Faculty Director of Online/Blended Learning Pedagogies Jenny Hanson will be on hand to answer questions and provide individualized help.

Before Minneapolis, There Was Good Bread: Corporations, Scientists, Vitamins, and Nutrition Capitalism

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On Monday, November 18, hear from Michael Lansing on: “Before Minneapolis, There Was Good Bread”: Corporations, Scientists, Vitamins, and Nutrition Capitalism. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP using the link below.

Monday, November 18 | Speaking of Sabbatical with Michael Lansing | 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm, Marshall Room

This event is co-sponsored by CTL and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

RSVP for “Speaking of Sabbatical with Michael Lansing”

Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus

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The goal of this session is to create greater awareness among faculty and staff about students with mental health conditions and to better equip faculty and staff with the skills to address prejudice and discrimination against students inside and outside of the classroom. This workshop will address the following points:
*What person-first language is and how it is used to describe people with mental health conditions as well as people in recovery.
*Best practices for addressing episodes of prejudice when they occur inside (and outside of) the classroom.
*Understanding intersectionality in regards to prejudice around mental health conditions.
*Exploring techniques that can help students deal with the stigma connected to discussing, seeking help for, etc., mental health within and outside of their communities.

Facilitated by Barbara Lehmann and Melissa Hensley

This event is a part of our 2019-2020 series designed to help students feel more connected to and supported by Augsburg.

Friday, November 8 | Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for “Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus”

Hands-on Pasta Workshop Campus Kitchen

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Campus Kitchen is offering our 2nd cooking workshop for the year! This time we will be teaching participants how to make Pasta and Tomato Sauce from scratch on November 7th from 7pm-9pm! With our facilitator being a part of the student body himself, Tenzin Rabga who loves to cook but if not a chef. He even cooked for his highschool communities through small business’ with profits all to support his passion.
Please RSVP in order to reserve yourself sufficient materials to cook with. There are limited spots so first come first serve!
Please contact if you have any questions or concerns regarding this workshop.


General Announcements

Oct. 23 is last day for the Augsburg Transportation Survey

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Student, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Augsburg University Transportation Survey. The link is in an email sent to everyone – and also is below. The survey should take about 10-12 minutes.

Survey link:

The deadline to complete is Wed., Oct. 23.

The results of this survey will be used to better understand transit choices and to identify opportunities for improvements in transit options. Your feedback is critical as we strive to understand all of the different ways Augsburg employees/students are getting to work.

On behalf of the Augsburg Transit Task Force – thank you.

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 abroad

Augsburg Study Center program information and application

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

Visit the program page for additional details and to apply!

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.


Visit the program page for additional details and to apply!

Event Announcements

Auggie Doggie Monday TODAY

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It’s mid-term break week and we can all use a little stress buster so why not start the week off by visiting with our four legged furry dog friends from Paws for Learning. Today and every Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 am Paws for Learning is in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Plan to stop by and get a little stress relief. Any questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Community Organizing Skills Workshop: One-to-Ones

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If you want to create change, few things are more important as one-to-one relational meetings. One-to-ones are at the heart of community organizing and leadership. These conversations are about establishing a public relationship with someone, and sharing stories as a way to understand their motivations and self interests. They can uncover common values and interests that might lead to collaborative work in support of the change you are trying to create. This mix of personal, sometimes intimate knowledge leading to public action holds unique value. Participants in this Sabo Center workshop will learn and practice one-to-one relationship building for organizing and public work.

Thursday, October 31
3:40-5 p.m.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

This training will be led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

1:1 Relational Meeting Training

Meet and Greet with Raziel Valino

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Communication, Film, and New Media would like to welcome you to meet Raziel Valino, who will be in town to speak at the Human Rights Forum. Valino will also be working with the Communication department on opportunities for Study Away in Mexico. Come learn about her awesome work and future opportunities.
Snacks provided.

Tuesday 10/22
3:30 – 4:30
OG 100

For more about Raziel Valiño, check out the bios on the Human Rights Forum

Queering Career-Business Visits

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As a continuation of or Queering Career series, LGBTQIA+ Student Services is sponsoring visits to local queer-owned businesses.

Tuesday, October 29th we will be visiting Real Life Coffee & Yoga
Tuesday, November 19th we will visit Mossier
Thursday, December 5th we’re visiting Urban Growler

For more information and to register for the business visits, please use this link

Focused Conversations on Student Success: TOMORROW/Wednesday

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Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop will facilitate a discussion on the university’s efforts to support student success and progress toward completion.

October 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Christensen Center, Marshall Room)
October 23, 2-3 p.m. (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)

NOTE: Location has changed from previous A-mail messages. These are the correct locations.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands

Register- Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

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FREE and open to all students and alumni. This fair is sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities.

To see what employers are participating, schedule and details of presentations visit

Special Student Presentations at the Fair

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits
Did you know that nonprofits make up 11% of Minnesota’s workforce? What is a nonprofit organization anyway? Will I get paid enough if I work at one? How do nonprofits stay in business? What types of jobs are available? What is the best way to get my foot in the door? These topics and others will be discussed at this session.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Launching a Public Sector Career
Every day tens of thousands of Minnesotans go to work driven by a desire to help others. They are social workers and environmentalists, lawyers and engineers, programmers and researchers, and they work behind the scenes to help ensure everyone is safe, healthy, and successful. This is your opportunity to meet these civil servants and learn about how you can join them in creating impactful change.

Getting to the Fair: Strommen Career & Internship Staff will be walking or driving over groups of students. Details will follow after you have registered.

Register on Handshake (free to attend)

Register on Handshake

Model UN in New York City – study away on spring break

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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.

Get more info and apply here

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