Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Parking Lot Enforcement Changes Planned

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In an effort to gain compliance with our surface lot parking spaces, DPS will begin to “ticket and tow” all vehicles that are not displaying proper permits for the specific, designated lots. Primary hours of enforcement will be 8:00am – 4:00pm during the academic year. These increased enforcement actions will begin on Monday, December 2, 2019.
As a reminder, the Augsburg community has a number of parking permits that are valid for use in specific lots only. Drivers are permitted to park as follows:
Residential Students: Lots B and L
Commuter Students: Lots B,C, K and L
Faculty Staff: D, L and G
Carpool Permit holders: Designated spaces in Lot D

Other designated lots are for the following users and permits ONLY:
Lot A: Visitor permits
Lot E: Permitted short term-visitors (3 hour or less)
Lot H: Reserved/Designated
Lot J: Reserved/Designated

Teaching and Learning

Kwame Anthony Appiah — March 5, 2020

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Kwame Anthony Appiah is coming to Augsburg on Thursday, March 5, 2020, as the Batalden convocation speaker.

In preparation for his visit, please consider integrating one of his books (Dr. Appiah will have a book signing following the 3/5/20 convocation) into your Spring 2020 course to help prepare your students. (Note: Batalden funds are available to help students purchase books.) Please see a link to his website below for more information about his books.

Dr. Appiah will also be available for one class visit during the 2nd period [9:25-10:50am (instead of 9:40-11:20)] prior to the 11am convocation. If you are interested in having him visit your class (and/or bring more than one class/section together), please email Bibiana Koh at to further discuss.

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.

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions

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November 19, 5pm in Hagfors 250

December 5, 5pm in Oren Gateway 100

Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Applications for URGO Summer Research will be available on the URGO website ( by November 19.
If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact to set up an appointment.

Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

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The URGO Summer Research Program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research and creative activity here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.
While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.
Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise and current line of inquiry.
To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:
Please encourage interested students to attend our final Summer Research Information Session, where they will hear from students who have previously completed the experience and get guidance on completing the summer research application: December 5, 5pm in OGC 100.

General Announcements

Confused about composting?

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compostingEven though we’ve had these trash, recycling, and organics bins for a while, it’s still confusing, right? Here are some tips and tricks the Environmental Stewardship crew has learned that we’ve found useful in helping make decisions when we’re tossing waste:

1. Does it say the word “compostable” anywhere on it? It’s compostable! Hooray! Look on the bottom of cups and silverware. Plates will not say “compostable,” but as long as it doesn’t feel waxy, it’s compostable. [All catering supplies from A’Viands are compostable!] “Biodegradable” is NOT “Compostable.”

2. Was it recently a living thing? It’s probably compostable.

3. Is it filmy or flashy? Does it have two different textures on different sides? It’s probably trash. Things coated in plastic (shiny) cannot be separated into their individual materials to be recycled.

4. If in doubt – TRASH IT! Contaminated dumpsters actually cost us extra money and cause problems at the sorting facilities.

If you’re still confused – don’t worry. Most of us are! Consumer products change often and are not always designed with an easy end-of-life in mind. Reducing consumption can sometimes be easier than learning how to sort waste, but when we do have waste to sort, let’s help each other out! And reach out to for support.

NOTE: The City of Minneapolis has detailed guides on what can go in each bin. If you’re googling to find out what to do with something, make sure you’re looking specifically at what Minneapolis or Hennepin County tells you to do with it. Not all municipalities have the same capacity to recycle.

Bottled Water Policy – Reminders

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Since May 2017, Augsburg has been slowly implementing its Bottled Water Policy, beginning with eliminating bottled water from on-campus catering, no longer reimbursing purchases of bottled water, and removing bottled water from vending machines. At the same time, we’re working to increase access to water through filling stations and free water bottles in the Campus Cupboard.

As you’re planning for events, please remember that bottled water purchases are not allowed through expense reports, P-Cards, Staples, petty cash, and invoices.

If you have questions or would like support finding alternatives to bottled water for your department, check out the Environmental Stewardship website below or reach out to We are happy to help brainstorm ideas as we move towards loving our local water! And please share your own creative solutions so we can celebrate together!

Learn More

New American Indian Student Services Director-Jamie Randall

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Jamie Randall ’14, ’19 Master of Fine Arts, is the new Director of American Indian Student Services. Jamie is an Auggie having been an undergraduate and graduate student. Her master’s degree focused on Indigenous writers and representation in creative writing. Jamie comes to Augsburg from North Hennepin Community College where she was the Diversity and Equity Success Specialist. At NHCC, Jamie developed, implemented, and coordinated programs that engaged and empowered American Indian Students. Also, she served as the advisor to the Indigenous Student & Student of Color Advisory Board. Jamie is already making an impact in her first three weeks in her role. Please join Student Affairs in welcoming Jamie Randall!

Today – EXPLO tabling – Summer Paid Opportunities

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EXPLO — a world-wide leader in summer academic enrichment — is hiring staff members for our programs on the campuses of Wheaton College (Norton, MA), Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY), and a third campus to be announced soon. We are seeking highly motivated and creative individuals to teach and advise students entering grades 2 -12 for the summer of 2020 (June 22, 2020 – August 8, 2020). Our teaching staff works to inspire a younger generation of students through a curriculum of hands-on, project-based courses and electives in fields ranging from studio and performance arts to natural sciences, social sciences, math, and international development. In addition to teaching, EXPLO staff members live on campus and serve as mentors, activity leaders, and trip leaders.

Kelsey (Jim Trelstad-Porter’s daughter) will be on campus on Friday, November 22nd. Tabling in the Christensen Center lobby from 10:00-1:30 on Friday, November 22nd to chat with Kelsey Porter, EXPLO Faculty Recruitment Coordinator. She will also be hosting informal information sessions at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to provide additional information on EXPLO positions and the application process.

Sophomores: Phillips Scholarship Pre-Application Now Open

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The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders.

A preliminary application (linked below) is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalists complete their applications.

Applicants must be a sophomore during the 2019-2020 school year.

Each year, projects must fit within a theme. This year’s application theme is “Addressing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in Minnesota.”

Scholarship recipients receive $6,000 during their junior year, a $4,000 stipend while completing a summer project, and $6,000 their senior year upon successful completion of their summer project.

Last year, 3 of the 5 Phillips Scholar recipients were Augsburg students, and many Augsburg students have received the scholarship in the past. Check out the Phillips Scholar website for more information about current and former Phillips Scholars and their projects:

Deadline for Preliminary Application: Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Augsburg finalists selected to submit full proposals will be notified by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Full applications will be due February 7, 2020.

Phillips Scholarship Pre-Application

Staff Senate News and Updates

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Greetings from Augsburg’s Staff Senate!

Here’s the latest announcements and upcoming events brought to you by Staff Senate:

*Did you know you have access to Microsoft Office 365 for free through IT? Follow the directions on this Knowledge Base Post:

*Brightside Produce: Did you know you can get a bag of low-cost produce each week via Campus Kitchen and the Sabo Center? Campus Kitchen has partnered with Brightside Produce to bring Augsburg a low-cost, weekly produce subscription. Choose your level anywhere from $3 to $20 per week, and receive a bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables! Through your subscription to Brightside, you not only receive a bag of fresh produce, but you’re supporting employment for youth and subsidizing bringing fresh produce to corner and convenience stores in areas of Minneapolis with low access to fresh vegetables and fruit. Sign up here:

*Open Position on Staff Senate: Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the open position on Staff Senate.

Staff senators help foster and promote a positive and meaningful dialogue among staff, faculty, students and administration by advising in decision making processes, by serving as an advocate for staff, by promoting professional development opportunities, and by recognizing staff members’ contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg University.

The commitment is for two years, with an optional third year. We meet every other week for approximately 60 to 90 minutes and help plan a number of staff-focused events, including informal tours, University Council updates, and the annual Staff Appreciation awards.

Please email Staff Senate at The deadline for nominations is noon on November 27th.

Staff Senate Website

Fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarship

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Each year, during Lavender Celebration, we honor and recognize LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and accomplices for their work in creating a more visible and just community for queer and trans+ folx. This year and coming years – LGBTQIA+ Student Services is looking to uplift more students by providing financial support through scholarship during the Lavender Celebration. Please help us raise funds to uplift and recognize the original work our LGBTQIA+ students are doing.

To buy a shirt(s) or donate, please follow this link

Attend A Study Abroad and Away Info Session

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Interested in studying abroad? Attend one of our Study Abroad & Away information sessions!

We have the new option to watch an info session online you can watch at the link below

We also have daily in-person info sessions located in the Oyate Commons, Lower Level of Christensen Center, Suite 2.

Monday: 10:40 am
Tuesday: 3:45 pm
Wednesday: 1:45 pm
Thursday: 11:30 pm
Friday: 3:15 pm

Have any questions?
Email or visit our website

Watch the online info session now!

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by November 25

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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.

Study Abroad with a friend and get $500 off the program cost. Click below to learn more

Visit the program page for program info and to apply!

Event Announcements

Caucus for the Climate Training – Monday 7-8 p.m.

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Ready to take action on climate change? Thinking about the 2020 elections? Curious how to use your voice and power to make change and shift what elected officials are talking about and taking action on?

Join us in learning from MN350 about their strategy, along with statewide coalitions, to turnout 2,000 leaders to statewide caucuses on February 25, 2020, in order to shift party platforms and get candidates to commit to going all in for equitable climate policy. At these hour long trainings you will get keyed into the caucus strategy, learn a little about what to expect on caucus night, and get connected with tools to host your own house party where you can encourage your friends and neighbors to join you at caucuses! Together we can build the power to elect leaders accountable to us and make climate a top priority at the legislature.

7-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 – Riverside Room
7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 – OGC 11

All are welcome to come, learn, and find ways to plug-in even if you won’t be voting in 2020.

Morning Chapel: Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill

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Please join us in chapel at 10:40 am to hear Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill. Dr. Rahuldeep Gill is an award-winning educator and translator, with over a decade of experience teaching about religious ideas and cultural identities. He has appeared on public radio, lectured for the State Department, and spoken at the Church Center for the United Nations.

More information

Preprandial Poetry, or Hors d’oeuvres and Verse

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Lindell Library is graciously hosting English Professors D. E. (Doug) Green and James Cihlar, who will be reading their poetry in the Learning Commons (street level, Lindell) between 5 and 6pm on Tuesday, 3 December. Doug’s first collection Jumping the Median is available in the bookstore, and Jim’s new book The Shadowgraph is forthcoming this spring. There will be refreshments. Please join us.

Augsburg’s Christmas Celebration

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Reserve your spot now for Augsburg’s Advent & Christmas Celebration – Advent Vespers on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.
> Seating Envelopes (your ticket to get in the door) are free, but required.
> Donations are appreciated.
> Space is limited and all 4 services.
Both services on Saturday are almost full – So don’t wait!

Free shuttles are provided to/from Campus too. Full details online.

Reserve Your Spot!

Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs Working Session: Managing Your Grant Budget

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The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs is hosting an event series to support ongoing grant proposal development among faculty and staff. The next session is Thursday, December 12 (3:30 – 5pm) in Lindell 301. The topic is Managing Your Grant Budget. OGSP will cover budgeting during the grant proposal stage. Accounting will discuss managing your grant funds. An experienced grant fund manager will share pro tips.
During the second portion of the session, we will spend 30 minutes of quiet time for writing, consultations, and planning.

December 12 (Thurs., 3:30 – 5pm, Lindell 301): Managing Your Grant Budget
February 12 (Wed., 3:30 – 5pm, Lindell 301): Small Grants Across the Disciplines

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please RSVP to Please contact Lauren Causey with questions.

Retirement Celebration for Jim Trelstad-Porter

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Please join the campus community in congratulating Jim Trelstad-Porter on 30 years of service as he retires from Augsburg University. Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend.

Date: Monday, November 25
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Christensen Center, Marshall Room
Refreshments will be served.

Jim’s introduction to Augsburg came in 1988 when he participated in a CGEE semester program in Mexico. His career in global education includes holding different positions in Washington D.C.; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Minneapolis. Jim has a deep love for Augsburg, his colleagues, and the students from over 75 countries to whom he says he owes a debt of gratitude for the shared journey of seeking a better self and world.

Jim has also helped to make a better Augsburg. He assisted in developing and maintaining some of our most vital global-exchange relationships. Our international students—both degree-seeking and exchange—have consistently felt supported by ISSS under Jim’s leadership. His involvement in intercultural development work has assisted many colleagues and students in personal and professional growth. Most important of all, Jim has treated everyone around him—faculty, students, and staff—with respect, humility, and care. Jim truly embodies Augsburg’s values.

What’s Happening in CCV? A brown bag lunch conversation

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Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation is entering a new chapter, with a new vision for how this center can serve our students, the mission of our institution, and a growing network of faith-based community partners. We will be hosting two brown bag information lunches in the Augsburg Room on Nov. 20 and Nov. 26 from 12:00-1:00pm to share more about the direction CCV is heading.

Our center is deeply engaged with congregational contexts doing the work of vocational discernment centered on their neighbors and neighborhoods. In our new vision for CCV, these rich learning contexts can be combined with Augsburg’s unique approach to educating leaders who are informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders. This will happen through a variety of initiatives, some new and some existing ones that are being re-imagined towards this more intentional vision. Our aim is to create mutually beneficial learning partnerships between students, faculty, ministry leaders, and congregations who share a commitment to being neighbor in real places with real people working to solve real world problems.

We hope you will consider joining us one of these days to learn more. Reach out to Kristina Fruge ( or Jeremy Myers ( for more information.

Queering Career Business Visit A-Mail

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

Thursday, December 5th we’re visiting Urban Growler

For each event, we will meet in the Auggies Nest at 2 pm, leave no later than 2:30 pm, and will be back on campus by 4 pm. Transportation will be provided.

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

International Education Week Events TODAY

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Join us for today’s events for International Education Week!

Study Abroad/Away Mini Fair

Date: Friday, November 22nd

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Christensen Lobby

Details: Come learn about the short-term options available for study abroad!

​Cultural Night​

Date: Friday November 22

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: East Commons, Christensen Center

Description: Cultural Night is an event hosted by the International Student Organization (ISO) that showcases the cultural diversity at Augsburg University. Cultural Night performances range from musical performances to a fashion show that will showcase the beauty in the diversity of our different cultures. Email if you would like to get involved.


International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Augsburg University, the Center for Global Education and Experience, and the International Student Organization (ISO) will be celebrating the week with multiple activities and events!

See the whole International Education Week schedule here

Study abroad in the Netherlands in summer 2020

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Love to explore? Have a sense of adventure? Like to walk and take trains? Like to ride bike? See cities by boat? Enjoy gardens? Markets? Architecture? Parks? Ever been interested in how the people of the Netherlands live? Do you have the desire to learn about innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges? Would you like to have new ideas and tools to make positive changes back here in the U.S.?

Join Allyson Green and Lars Christiansen on a two-week exploration of urban environmental sustainability in Amsterdam and Delft, Netherlands in May 2020! We begin with several course sessions in Minneapolis in early May, and then depart for the Netherlands on May 7. We return two weeks later. There is so much to see and discover! We hope you join us.


Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

This is a 6-credit program:

Students choose one SOC/URB course for 4 credits:
SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

All students also take INS 292 for 2 credits:
INS 292: Topics: Environmental Sustainability through an Intercultural Lens

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

Program Cost: $5,500
*This all-inclusive program fee covers: tuition for 6 credits, international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Financial Aid: Check with Student Financial Services in Sverdrup hall to learn about how your financial aid package might help cover the cost of this program.

Get more information and apply online

Last Chance to see green: an elegy to summer

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green: an elegy to summer

By Carson Kreitzer

Directed by Taous Claire Khazem

In the near future a vibrant underground community of hackers, botanists and artists live off the grid. When a young inventor shows up looking for a place to hide from the government because she figured out how to circumvent water scarcity the entire community must decide if their desire to save lives is worth the risk of destroying their own…

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00PM
Friday, November 22 at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 23 at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00PM

Ticket Prices:
General Public
Augsburg Faculty/Staff
Non-Augsburg Students
Augsburg Alumni

Get your tickets here!

Keeping Track of Auggies

English Major Brad Hagen Publishes

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English Major Brad Hagen’s creative nonfiction essay, “On Dreamcatchers,” is being published in a forthcoming issue of Transmotion, a biannual journal “inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor. Transmotion publishes new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors, as well as book reviews on relevant work in Vizenor Studies and Indigenous Studies.” Congratulations, Brad!


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