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Faculty, CTL Grant Calls for Proposals and Applications are Now Available

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Check out to read more about the Scholarship Grant, the Instructional Course Design Grant, and the Provost’s Internationalization Grant. You can read samples of successful grant applications, as well as some frequently asked questions. The deadline for all three of these applications is Monday, February 17 at Noon.

CTL Grants

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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It’s time to start thinking about who you would like to nominate for the Teaching and Learning Awards. You can read more about the awards, the nomination process, and past winners at The nomination form is linked below, and the deadline is Thursday, February 20.

Nomination Form for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

End of Semester Course Surveys: Faculty

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These next two weeks are the prime time for faculty to set aside 5-7 minutes at the beginning of class for students to complete the University Course Survey. They can do so on their phones and faculty should leave the room since as a body we decided these surveys should be voluntary. The critical feature of this design is that it complements course specific data you collect on your own (in class survey, focus group, class discussion) to improve teaching and learning. We are working to increase response rates (so if you forget and rate is low that may be why) and to change the culture of faculty and student attention to course feedback. Department and Program Chairs are asked to make sure our adjunct and new faculty are aware of our process at Augsburg. If you have specific questions, please contact Scott Krajewski or Diane Pike

General Announcements

630 Cedar Fire – Emergency Fund

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An emergency fund has been established to provide assistance to the families affected by the tragic fire in the 630 Cedar apartment building that occurred on November 27th. Five lives were lost, three people are still hospitalized and many more were displaced from their homes. Contributions to this fund will be used to help victims of the fire with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other emergency needs that may arise. Many members of our community are hurting as a result of the fire. To donate to the fund go to:

Holiday Shipping Information

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As the holidays are approaching you may want to send friends & family gifts or receive packages. Augsburg Central Services – Shipping & Receiving is here to help!

We can ship via UPS, FedEx and USPS and have discounted rates through UPS and FedEx. There are cut off dates to have packages arrive by Dec 24th which are detailed below.

If you are planning on receiving personal packages through the University we would ask that you be prompt in picking up your package from shipping/receiving as we have limited storage space.

These dates are all recommended dates to ship, NOT guaranteed! The sooner you can get mail/packages out the better.

UPS Ground : Dec 12
UPS 3 Day: Dec 19
UPS 2 Day: Dec 20
UPS Next Day: Dec 23

FedEx Ground/Home: Dec 15
FedEx Express Saver: Dec 19
FedEx 2 Day: Dec 20
FedEx Overnight: Dec 23

USPS 1st Class Mail: Dec 20
USPS Priority: Dec 21

If you have any questions or need any advice please stop into the shipping/receiving department or check the corresponding shippers website.

Campus Cupboard Food Shelf Hours

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The Campus Cupboard offers free food for all Augsburg students. Located in Science Hall sublevel (Not Hagfors), room 8, fall semester hours are:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

We also accept food donations during open hours, or outside of open hours in the drop off bin in Christensen Center near Einstein’s. For bigger donations please feel free to email me and set up a drop off time:

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Interested in a weekly fresh produce subscription?

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Hello everyone!

Campus Kitchen is proud to announce our partnership with Brightside Produce and aid in their mission to make healthy produce more accessible to food insecure neighborhoods. Starting next Tuesday, October 29, we will be launching our own Buyers Club branch here at Augsburg. This is a weekly produce subscription ranging from $3, $5, $10, & $20. Your subscription will help bring fresh produce to corner stores in the Cedar Riverside area. If you are interested in joining the buyers club please follow these step by step instructions to set up your subscription.

1.) Go to
2.) Click the menu button in the top left corner of the screen and select “join the Buyers Club”.
3.) Follow the instructions on the buyers club page (subscription size, Augsburg pick up, items you prefer to be left out of your bags, and whether or not you would like to start a weekly subscription or make a one time purchase.)
4.) You will also have the option of purchasing a reusable tote bag from Brightside for your subscriptions, if you feel inclined to do so.
5.) Pick up will be from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesdays, outside of the Sabo center, located in the basement of Anderson Hall.

Please help us pass the word to any student, staff, or faculty who might be interested! We appreciate your support in our program and mission to make healthy food more accessible in our neighborhoods. For more information feel free to email me: or our supervisor Natalie Jacobson:

Sign Up Here!

Student Share Shop Now Open

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The Share Shop is now open for students to rent out items! Located in the sublevel of Science hall (Not Hagfors), room 8. Our hours as of now are:
Mondays: 10am-Noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-Noon

We have items ranging from bedding, games, kitchenware and appliances, and other household goods.

Additionally, we also have Augsburg gear to give away, which have been thoughtfully donated by the Bookstore.

We’re still looking for donations from student, staff and faculty. Due to several unusable/inappropriate donations, all donations must be dropped off at the Shop during open hours, and approved by a staff member. The items we are in need of are:
– First aid Kits/ Sewing kits
– Kitchen Appliances
– Clothing items
– XL Twin Bedding
– Water Bottles
– Tool Kits
– Poster putty/other dorm items

If you have questions as to what we accept, please email We’re excited to be up and running and hope to see y’all soon.

EAC Looking for Water Bottle Donations

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Have any excess water bottles sitting around? The Environmental Action Committee would love to take those off your hands. EAC is looking for any reusable water bottles you have and would like to donate for other students to have through Campus Cupboard. You can drop off any donations in the Sabo Center located in the lower level of Anderson Residence Hall.

Student Assistant Enrollment Counselors: Now Hiring

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Student Financial Services is seeking to hire 1-2 student employees as soon as possible for the Spring 2019 Semester.

Availability Requirements:
*Must be available to work Mondays, Thursday afternoons, and/or Friday mornings during Spring Semester.
*Must be available for training 6-12 hrs per week during last 2 weeks of winter break. Training hours are paid.

For more information and to submit an application, please apply online in Handshake for the “Student Assistant Enrollment Counselor 2019-2020” position:

Please submit a resume and optional cover letter within the application.

Any questions, please email

Are you an artist, writer, filmmaker, or musician?

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Submit your work to Murphy Square (2020), the annual campus arts magazine! There are now more submission categories, too: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Art, Music, and Short Film. Spread the word.

Submissions are open NOW and they close December 15th. To submit your work, visit

Velkommen Jul: TOMORROW

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Every year, the Augsburg Associates bring festivities to campus the first Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Velkommen Jul celebration. Please join them tomorrow, Friday, December 6, from 11am to 1pm in the Commons to celebrate.

So how do you Velkommen Jul?
1. Enjoy complimentary Norwegian treats in the Commons including waffles, lefse and a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Wear your Norwegian sweater or bunad – find one at a thrift store!
3. Shop at the holiday boutique downstairs while enjoying some music
4. Worship with Norwegian music in the Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 a.m. for the annual Velkommen Jul services

Everyone (students, staff, faculty, and friends) is welcome to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this campus-wide tradition and share in a piece of Augsburg’s heritage.

Faculty: Submit an article for “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement”

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The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is accepting submissions for their special issue “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement.”

The issue will highlight how scholars have centered social justice when designing and implementing service-learning opportunities or producing and applying engaged scholarship.

The editors invite abstracts for submissions from educators and researchers from all fields and disciplines that:

*Report research on the challenges, motivations, and experiences of practicing community engagement
*Explore the often-overlooked contributions to the field of community engaged-scholarship by educators, researchers, practitioners, community partners, and community members from historically marginalized backgrounds
*Evaluate methodologies for the practice and research of engagement based on their ability to achieve social justice
*Apply the lessons of critical theoretical and methodological lenses such as post-colonial theory, feminism, critical race theory, queer theory, disability studies, and ecocriticism, to advance community engagement pedagogies and practices.


Sophomores: $16,000 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 Required Pre-Application, Due January 10

EAC needs your clothing donations

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Have clothes you love but don’t wear anymore? Clean out your closet and give your clothes a second life by donating them! Environmental Action Committee is holding a campus clothing swap event this spring and is currently looking for donations. You can drop off any clothing you no longer want to the Share Shop in Science 8B during the following times:

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

Event Announcements

Join in Welcoming Dr. Jason Tan, Asst. Prof of Biology

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Now that we are all settled into the semester, please join us in the Biology Department Home from 2-4PM on Friday, December 6th to help welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Jason Tan. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Tan came to us from Virginia Commonwealth University where he was a postdoctoral IRACDA Fellow. He is one of two biochemists (the other being Dr. Ben Binder) who are leading our new B.S. major in Biochemistry. His research expertise is in the area of bacteriophage gene expression and protein biochemistry. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

“Building Resilient communities discussion” at 10 a.m.

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Campus Kitchen and Environmental Stewardship teams invite you to join us for a livestreamed panel discussion on “Building Resilient Communities” at the U of M Healthy Futures Summit.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 10-11:30am

Atum Azzahir – CEO, The Cultural Wellness Center
Cyrus Batheja – Chief Growth Officer for myConnections™ and Medicaid Vice President, UnitedHealthCare
Katy Kozhimannil – Associate Professor, School of Public Health

More information

Late Night Breakfast – Monday, December 16

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It’s late and it’s breakfast! Faculty and staff if you are interested in helping serve food, please contact Dianne in the CWC office ( This annual finals week event is sponsored by A’viands. Students plan to come and enjoy hearty and delicious breakfast offerings Monday, December 16th 9:30 pm – 10:45 pm.
Free to any Augsburg student with Augsburg ID

Batalden Book Club Series – Spring 2020

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Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D., is coming to Augsburg University on Thursday, March 5, 2020, as the speaker for the Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics.

In preparation for his visit, please consider joining one of the Batalden Book Club series (which includes a luncheon and book club discussion) per below. This series is open to all faculty and staff. Space is limited to twenty per group/date on a first come, first served basis.

Cosmopolitanism – Friday, January 31st, noon-2pm
The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity – Friday, February 28th, noon-2pm

Those attending a book club luncheon/discussion will also be invited to a discussion with the author on March 5th, in the afternoon. To reserve a space, please contact Deanna Davis at In your email, please let her know which book club you would like to join. Books will be available for pick up with Deanna Davis in the Academic Affairs office.

Note: For those interested in both book clubs, please let Deanna know (and indicate your first choice) when you contact her. If space is available, you may be able to join both.

Focused Conversation Webinar on Philanthropic Culture: Recording TOMORROW

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Vice President of Institutional Advancement Heather Riddle will host a webinar on strengthening Augsburg’s culture of philanthropy. The webinar will be recorded Friday, Dec. 6 from 3-4 p.m. and will be available to stream live at that time. Beginning Dec. 9 the recording will be available to review.

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

All Hands

Norwegian Christmas Events (off campus)

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Want some Norwegian inspired Christmas infusion? If so, you are in luck! Many Norwegian related events will take place in the Twin Cities in the weeks ahead. Pick your choices from the meny below.

Julefest Gala
December 5 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM | FIVE Event Center, Minneapolis.
This holiday favorite is back for its sixth year! As always, expect live music, authentic Nordic food, dancing around the Christmas tree, gift drawing, and a hosted bar, taking place at a new and exciting venue each year. Julefest is organized in partnership between the Norwegian Consulate, the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, and Norway House. Monday December 2 is the last day to get tickets on Eventbrite (see link below).

4th Annual Nordic Julemarket
December 6-8 | Utepils Brewing Co, Minneapolis | Free
Nordic Julemarket is a unique holiday market with a cultural inspiration taking root in the Christmas traditions of the five Nordic Countries. With Scandinavian-inspired shopping, traditional folk music, dancing and other festivities, Nordic Julemarket encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to attend. As always, NORDIC JULEMARKET IS A FREE EVENT and great fun for the whole family! Come be a part of the festivities!

5th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland
Now through January 5 | Norway House, Minneapolis
Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland has returned to the Gallery in all of its cinnamon coziness. You’ll recognize familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities and beyond, created by friends and neighbors—everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts. For hours and more information, visit

Julefest Gala Tickets

Seward Winter Frolic this Weekend

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The Seward neighborhood will come alive with a celebration of the season this weekend – Saturday Dec. 7; 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday, Dec. 8; 12:00 – 5:00. Join neighbors for a festival of arts and local businesses. Get out and explore all of the festivities and freebies offered at dozens of sites around the Seward Neighborhood! For more information, go to:

TODAY: Office Hours with your Deans

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Faculty, staff, and students are all invited to stop by the Hagfors Center Lobby from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm this afternoon to meet with Monica Devers, Dean of Professional Studies, and Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts and Sciences. These office hours are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

Thursday, December 5 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Hagfors Center Lobby

The theory and Practice of Code-Shifting:Fostering Equitable Intercultural Communities

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When: December 19, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Emily Clawson, Peace Corps | D’Lynn Jacobs, Peace Corps Vanuatu
Cost: Free
Note: This webinar was originally scheduled fro December 12, 2019, but it has been update and rescheduled to December 19, 2019. The date of this webinar is December 19, 2019
This webinar will detail the United States Peace Corps’ journey and approach to fostering working environments abroad in which both host country and U.S. staff can bring their full cultural selves to work.

The following questions will be explored:

– How does a U.S.-based organization adapt to host-country cultural norms and office practices?
– How much does the U.S. leadership shift to be effective and appropriate in their interactions and engagement with local staff and communities?
– How much and in what ways are host-country national staff expected to shift to work according to U.S. cultural norms?

Register Here

Climate strike this Friday

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Join the Environmental Steward Committee in marching to the capitol. We will meet at 2pm at Foss Center

“The Minnesota Youth Climate Strike’s fourth National Strike will take place on December 6, from 3pm-5:00pm at the same time as other events happening globally. You can leave/join at any time – we will be having a teach-in at the Capitol rotunda.

The event will have a bit of a twist – we will be sitting in the capitol rotunda demanding that Tim Walz, Steve Simon, Julie Blaha, and Keith Ellison – the four Democrats who manage the state pension fund – divest from dangerous fossil fuel investments. We will have speakers, chants, action steps, and more! All ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend – we need all the help we can get if we’re going to fight the climate crisis!”

Can’t go? Sign the petition!

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