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Distinguished Contributions to 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.

The nomination form, along with further information, can be found in the link below. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 20 at noon.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

General Announcements

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers. Become a Debate Judge for the MNUDL This Spring

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking judges for the middle school debate season.

This year’s exciting topic: Mars Colonization!
Judges rock our world! They help students learn to think critically, research thoroughly, and speak persuasively. Become a debate judge!

No experience? No problem. We train judges at every tournament.

Debate judges:

Listen Attentively
Choose a Winner
Provide Feedback

Middle School Debate Tournament Schedule


• Wed 1/22: 4:30 PM – Marcy Open School (Minneapolis)
• Tue 1/28: 3:30 PM – Clara Barton Open School (Minneapolis)
• Thu 1/30: 3:30 PM – Highland Park Senior High School (St. Paul)


• Tue 2/4: 3:30 PM – Andersen United Community School (Minneapolis)
• Wed 2/5: 4:30 PM – Washington Technology Magnet School (St. Paul)
• Tue 2/11: 3:30 PM – Clara Barton Open School (Minneapolis)
• Wed 2/19: 4:30 PM – Marcy Open School (Minneapolis)
• Thu 2/20: 3:30PM – Highland Park Senior High School (St. Paul)


• Wed 3/4: 4:30 PM – Washington Technology Magnet School (St. Paul)
• Tue 3/10: 3:30 PM – Clara Barton Open School (Minneapolis)
• Wed 3/11: 4:30 PM – Marcy Open School (Minneapolis)
• Thu 3/12: 3:30 PM – Highland Park Senior High School (St. Paul)
• Tue 3/17: 3:30 PM – Andersen United Community School (Minneapolis)
• Wed 3/18: 4:30 PM – Washington Technology Magnet School (St. Paul)

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2020 Holiday Schedule

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Benefits-eligible staff should observe the paid holiday schedule unless it is determined by their manager that the department needs to remain open to meet the needs of the campus. Being a student-centered institution, it is expected that certain offices and services will need to remain open on some or all of these days. If you have questions about whether you are scheduled to work, please see your supervisor.

2020 Holiday Schedule

Event Announcements

Registration for Alternative Spring Break is Open

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Come join the fun on the Augsburg Alternative Spring Break trip this March! A group of Augsburg students, led by the Campus Ministries office, will travel to Taos, New Mexico for a week of service, cultural exploration, learning and fun. We will partner with Habitat for Humanity to help restore and build homes for families in need and learn about the challenges that face the Taos community.

For interested students, the Alternative Spring Break trip can be taken as a Augsburg Experience. Please contact Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres for more information.

To register for the Alternative Spring Break trip, click on the link below and follow the instructions. The trip is $250 (including a $100 deposit), which includes travel, most meals, and lodging.

ASB Registration Page

MLK Convocation

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Dr. John S Wright.: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Monday, January 20, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

John S. Wright is the Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Full Professor of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota. Wright, who was born in Minneapolis, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies and the History of African peoples, an M.A. in English and American literature, and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He helped lead the student movement that founded the University’s Department of African American & African Studies, which he chaired for three terms, and its Martin Luther King Program, which he administered from 1970-73. Wright also built a major in Afro-American and African Studies at Carleton College, where he taught from 1973-83.

Speech Team meets on Monday

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Interested in contest speech activities this semester?  Boy do we have an answer for you!  The Augsburg Speech Team will be attending at least four speech meets this term, including overnight trips to Concordia/Moorhead and St. Cloud State.  If you want to be a part of this (and maybe resurrect some old high school speech team memories?) stop by Professor Lapakko’s office (178 Foss) on Monday at 10:45 for a brief meet-and-greet.

MLK Day of Action Revisited

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MLK Day of Action Revisited will provide an opportunity for Augsburg faculty, staff, and students to revisit and hear updates on various aspects of the 2019 MLK Day of Action. Attendees will also be able to participate in and/or learn from select workshops, discussions, and panels focused on topic areas related to equity and inclusion.

Date: January 20th, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Hoversten Chapel

Please feel free to contact inclusion at or (651)-330-1126 for any questions or concerns.

Note: This event will be followed by the 2020 Augsburg University MLK Day Convocation at 1:00 p.m

Cedar Fire Benefit this Saturday 1/11

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Fire Benefit at the Cedar

Augsburg and the Cedar Cultural Center (in partnership with other neighborhood organizations) have organized a benefit concert for those families affected by the horrible fire at 630 Cedar Avenue in November.

The concert will be:
Saturday, January 11th
7:30 pm
Cedar Cultural Center-416 Cedar Avenue
$10 suggested donation

Many great musicians and poets including Augsburg’s own Tatum and Tessa, the Brass Messengers, Jack Klatt, Thunder Band, and more.
Advanced tickets may be purchased by clicking on the URL link below.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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