Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Safety Tips to Avoid Thefts

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On 12/12/2019 a student had their phone stolen after giving it to someone who asked to use it to make a phone call. Be cautious when being approached by people you don’t know, and do not give them any of your personal information or items. Please review the safety tips below and always call Public Safety to report suspicious behavior.

– Never leave your items unattended or out your of sight
– Keep cell phones in a pocket or bag while walking in public areas
– If someone asks to use your phone DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR PHONE – direct them to the courtesy phone in Christensen Center or to Public Safety
– Lock all vehicle, apartment and office doors even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes
– Pay attention to your surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to Public Safety immediately

Visit the Public Safety web page for more tips and information on how to report suspicious behavior and crimes on campus.

Public Safety Website

Anderson Residence Hall Incident

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An Anderson Residence Hall sprinkler line on the third floor froze and burst on Wednesday afternoon, causing minor flooding. When the sprinkler line lost pressure, a fire alarm was triggered and fire trucks arrived and cleared the building. Maintenance and custodial workers arrived immediately and vacuumed up standing water and did other clean up within two hours. The sprinkler line should be fixed the week of December 16. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bryan Massich in Facilities Management at 612-280-7447

Teaching and Learning

Now Accepting Nominations for the CTL Teaching and Learning Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Find more information in the link below. Nominations are due February 20 at Noon.

CTL Teaching and Learning Awards

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 make an appointment with URGO staff by contacting

Applications available for URGO Summer Research 2020

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Applications available for URGO Summer Research Program

The URGO Summer Research Program is an on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
• 200 or 400 hours
• Program runs May 14-July 29, 2020
• Full-time = $4,400 plus housing stipend
• Half-time = $2,200 plus housing stipend
• Design project with a faculty mentor
• Seminars and Speaker Series for support and professional development
• Final written product and oral presentation
There is also the option to be a Research Assistant at 100 hours for the summer (stipend of $1,100), in which undergraduates assist faculty with research tasks.
Applications can be found at Send an email to to make an appointment with URGO staff and get advising on the application process!

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad

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Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad!
The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.
Scholarship amounts:
Up to $20,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $10,000 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Stop by our Joint Office Hours on Thursday, Dec 12 from 1-3pm in Andrea Dvorak’s office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen) to get advising from URGO staff on the scholarship application/essays and Study Abroad staff on program options.
• If you can’t attend office hours, let us know your interest by contacting Solveig Mebust ( or Andrea Dvorak (
• DUE January 21: send a draft of your application to – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Writing Center Holiday Hours

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The Writing Center is open for Face-to-Face and Online tutoring through December 12th.

The Online Writing Center will be closed for the semester after December 12th.

Exam Week Schedule (December 15th-19th) for Face-to-Face Tutoring:
• Sunday 2-6pm
• Monday 2-6pm
• Tuesday 2-6 pm
• Wednesday 2-6pm
• Thursday 2-6pm
• Friday CLOSED

The Face-to-Face Writing Center will be closed for the semester starting on December 20th.

General Announcements

November Auggie Pride Award Winners

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November Auggie Pride Award Winners

Staff Senate congratulates our November Auggie Pride Award winners Kelsey Richardson Blackwell and Elizabeth Kästner. Get to know our fellow Auggie staff!

Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Director of Academic Advising

– How many years have you worked at Augsburg?

13 years

– Where is your office located?
Lindell Library 227

– Describe your role at Augsburg. What do you find meaningful and positive in the work you do?

I really enjoy mentoring new advising professional advisors here at Augsburg as they help students navigate the university experience all the way from matriculation to graduation. I find working with faculty and academic affairs administration to review curriculum, course offerings, and policies extremely rewarding as I am able to provide the student perspective from years of sitting down with students to navigate all of these items. Everyone has a role here at Augsburg, and I am happy to fill mine as the Director of Academic Advising.

– What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

I really enjoy walking either across or down to the river when it is nice out.

Elizabeth Kästner, Senior Creative Associate, Design
– How many years have you worked at Augsburg?

2 years

– Where is your office located?

Anderson Hall, Suite 25

– Describe your role at Augsburg. What do you find meaningful and positive in the work you do?

We help all campus offices and departments achieve their marketing and communication goals. I enjoy getting to know folks across campus through partnering with them to work on their projects. It is meaningful for me to create work that has a positive impact on the institution – whether it be in the materials I work on for cultivating donors, creating a memorable commencement event, or elevating Augsburg’s online presence.

– What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

Soberfish restaurant

Additional Session – Use your tuition benefit to study leadership

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Last week we hosted the information session below. Given the strong interest in this topic and the fact that some people could not attend, we have scheduled another session for next week — Tuesday December 17 at noon in the Cedar Room.

If you wanted to attend, but couldn’t, or you attended last week and would like to explore this further, please sign up. As before, lunch is on us. Just go through the line in Christensen, tell them you are with MAL, and bring your food to the Cedar Room. So we know who is coming (space in the Cedar Room is limited) please use the link below to register.

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Augsburg Colleagues –

Use your employee tuition benefit to study leadership here at Augsburg!

• Promote your professional development
• Increase your opportunities for career advancement
• Enhance your personal growth
• Already have a master’s degree? The GCLS or even a second master’s degree
will add a competitive edge to your resume. Graduate credits may even be transferred in from a previous degree.

• Have some college, but have not completed a bachelor’s degree? Come anyway! If you are interested in pursuing your education in leadership studies, we can help connect you to the resources to complete your bachelor’s degree (100% free tuition for undergraduate credits) on the way to graduate study.

We can provide you with contacts to current students and alumni working at Augsburg or on other college campuses, who have gone through the program and have become more successful in their careers.

Return your rental books to the Bookstore

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End of term is quickly approaching and that means that your rental books need to be brought back to the Bookstore! Don’t let late fees ruin your holiday, get your books back to us today! Can’t make it in? Use the FREE UPS label provided at the link below

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!

Two weeks in Greece – study abroad in May 2020

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Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience!

***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

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Examine challenges and opportunities in Greece as it has suffered from economic crisis combined with the current refugee crisis. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Through these connections, you will develop an understanding of Greece’s interaction with the European Union and the current instability in the region.

Get more info and apply online!

Spring break study abroad with a friend – get $500 off the program fee

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Interested in studying abroad on Spring break?


Study in Guatemala: apply by December 16

Human Rights Voices in Post-Conflict Guatemala
March 14-22, 2020
Choose one 4-credit course: SPA 495, CCS 495, or POL 459
Fulfills Augsburg Experience
program fee: $3,825

Click here to learn more about how to sign up with a friend!

Pan-Asian World’s Finest Chocolate Sell

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Pan Asian Student Services are selling World’s Finest Chocolate to fundraise for Spring Break Trip!


If you are interested in buying chocolate bars, it will be located in the Oyate Commons. However there are student with boxes as well. Thank you for your support!

We are selling until we’re out, so HURRY!!!

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, 1:30pm-3pm
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2pm-5:30pm

Event Announcements

Study abroad in the Netherlands in May 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

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by December 16

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break! Apply by Dec 16

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 more info and to apply!

Late Night Breakfast Monday, December 16

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A reminder and an invitation to all current Augsburg students that there will be late night breakfast on Monday 12/16 from 9:30 pm – 10:45 pm in the cafeteria. This well attended event sponsored by Aviands is open to all current Augsburg students regardless of whether you are on the meal plan. Please bring your current Augsburg student ID for admittance.

Paws for Learning on campus TODAY

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Our furry four legged friend from Paws for Learning will be on campus just a few more times this semester. Here are those times: Friday 12/13 10:30 – 11:30 am in Christensen Center Lobby. Monday 12/16 10:30 – 11:30 Center for Wellness and Counseling office as well as the Skyway Level of Lindell Library near the Gage Center. They will also be here one last time on Tuesday 12/17 time to be determined. So if you need a little stress relief before or after finals, stop by and visit with our friends and thank them for the awesome work they do every week in the CWC office on Auggie Doggie Mondays. Enjoy and good luck with the end of the semester.

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Operation Specialist Assistant – Apply Now

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The Admissionss Office is looking for detail-oriented andadaptable student worker to provide administrative support for the Office ofAdmissions by supporting the daily functions of the Operations team. Pleasereview the full job description and apply online by following these steps:

1. Log into Inside Augsburg and select “On-Campus StudentJobs’

2. Log in to or set-up your Handshake account

3. Search Jobs

4. Filter for “On-Campus” Jobs

5. Apply for the: Operation Specialist Assistant position

6. Submit the Operation Specialist Assistant Form( help us get to know you better.