Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Admission Office in Lot D on MLK Day

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In celebration of MLK, the Admission Office will be having an MLK Day Open House Visit Event on Monday, January 20th. Our visitors will have 75 spaces marked off for them in Lot D; once the remaining spots are filled, we ask that faculty and staff park in Lot L, Lot J, or in the 21st Ave Parking Ramp across Riverside (free day permits are available in the Admission Office). In addition, the Admission Office is providing Metro passes for those who wish to park further away and commute to campus using bus or light rail. Please feel free to swing through the Admission Office (LL of Christensen) to pick up your ramp pass or Metro Pass.

We thank you again for your assistance in helping to welcome visitors and future Auggies to campus!

Teaching and Learning

ICD Grants Panel Presentation

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All faculty, and particularly those interested in applying for the ICD Grant Proposal in 2020, are invited to hear from the 2019 ICD Grant awardees about the goals, process, and initial results of their course redesign projects.

Thursday, January 16 | ICD Grants 2019 Panel Presentation | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Marshall Room

Center for Teaching and Learning

2020 brings student pronouns to Moodle

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We’re excited to let everyone know that student pronouns are now displayed in moodle. They are displayed:
– On your login page next to your name and photo
– In the class roster
– In the gradebook
– In discussion board postings

Remember that you can select your pronouns in Records and Registration on the Student Information page. You may also select that you do not wish to define your pronouns (essentially opting out).

Moodle will update pronouns every night.

Become a Peace Scholar: Study in Norway this summer

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Are you interested in being a Peace Scholar in 2020/21? With a seven-week stay in Norway?

This annual summer program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace.

Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

Kristy Ornelas ( and Natalie Zavoral ( are this year’s Augsburg’s Peace Scholars, and any questions you may have can be directed to them via email.

You can also connect with our CGEE office for additional information (x1159 or

Peace Scholar applications are due February 1, 2020.

Apply to become a Peace Scholar

General Announcements

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


Business/Econ Study abroad in Greece – May 2020

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Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience! Apply by January 31

***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 12-30, 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!

New IT status page

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New for 2020, we have an IT Status service we’ve been testing internally and we’re ready to release to you.

On this page you can subscribe to receive email or text alerts about major service issues (you can even select which services you care about – moodle, telecom, internet, etc). Please keep in mind a human still has to create the alerts and in some cases solving the problem will take priority over updating the status page. Some updates may come after the fact.

Our hope is that this empowers you, if you’re interested, to receive updates about major service issues that you care about.

IT Status Page

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)

Learn More & Sign Up to Volunteer

Exam Scheduling Event with the CLASS Office

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For those registered with the CLASS Office, we are inviting you to the Stress Less: Schedule your Exams event on Wednesday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 21st from 8:30am-4:30pm in the Groves Lab (Lindell Library 216). You can get help you scheduling exams and quizzes for the entire semester as well as answer any testing questions you may have.

Snacks and fidgets will be available as well as a drawing for Barnes and Noble and Augsburg Bookstore gift cards. If you do schedule your exams and quizzes for the entire semester on your own, you can still come in and put your name in the drawing.

Please bring your course schedule, your laptop, if possible, as well as your course syllabi with dates/times of exams and quizzes.

Questions? You can come to the CLASS Office at the Groves Lab by email at or call at 612-330-7148 or go to the Groves Lab in Lindell Library 216.

CGEE Finance Assistant/Front Desk Student Job Opening

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The CGEE department is looking to hire a student employee to fill their Finance Assistant/Front Desk position for Spring 2020 & possibly Summer of 2020. This position will be focused on finance and other administrative duties, and scheduled to work 10 hours per week.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:
– Administrative duties including checking emails, answering phone calls, data entry, ordering supplies, general office work, etc.
– Preparing spreadsheets with financial information noted accurately
– Making payment deposits
– Collecting and organizing procurement card (p-card) receipts and statements monthly
-Special projects as assigned

Job Requirements:
-Passionate about cultural difference and international experience
-Strong communicator, both written and verbal, able to relate well to a wide variety of people in multiple settings
-Detail oriented and highly organized
-Maintain confidentiality with sensitive information
-Self starter and self-directed
-High customer service orientation
-Skilled in the use of Google platform, Microsoft Excel, Word

Preferred skills/experience:
-CGEE or other study abroad program alumni, or international student
-Related majors such as: Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, International Business, etc.
-Spanish language skills (speaking and writing) a plus

Application Instructions
To apply, please login to your student Augnet account and submit your cover letter and resume through Student Jobs-Handshake. Position will be opened until filled.

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Event Announcements

Explore Amsterdam this summer and earn 6 credits

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LIVING GREEN IN AMSTERDAM, Study Abroad May 7-22, 2020

Apply by January 31!

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

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.

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 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

Announcing Summer Speech & Debate Camp for Middle and High School Students this Summer

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Looking for an exciting, competitive, and educational camp for middle and high school students this summer?

Come to the Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) for middle and high school students. Registration and scholarship applications are now open!

MDAW is a collaborative effort between The Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and The University of Minnesota Debate Team. Our goal is to increase access to debate for schools, coaches, and students entering 6th – 12th grade providing a high quality summer camp experience to students in the Twin Cities Metro and the Upper Midwest region.

For our 17th year, we’ve got new camp offerings, see details to find the right camp (or camps) for your student!


Middle School (5 days each, daytime only)

– Middle School Policy Debate Camp
– Middle School Speech Camp
– Middle School Congressional Debate Camp

High School (residential and commuter options available)

– Congressional Debate Camp (1 session)
– Policy Debate Camp (2 sessions)
* Extended – for intermediate and advanced students
* Core – for beginning and intermediate (advanced students may attend as camp leaders)

Learn More about Summer Speech & Debate Camp

Inclusive Remote Work: Getting it Right.

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When: January 16, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Veronika Hucke, D&I Strategy and Solutions | Lisa Kepinski, Inclusion Institute
Cost: Free
Globally, more than half of companies allow some form of remote work and, in the U.S., it is already a commonplace reality. Remote work can positively impact how we all do work, providing benefits to the employee, the organization and society. Having access to great technology tools and solutions is a vital part of enabling this way of working now and into the future. Yet, equally as important is the experience of being a remote worker and addressing the challenges associated with creating a strong sense of belonging and inclusion in the virtual workplace.

This webinar will share insights from a recent global research study on inclusive remote work and will offer practical tips for what works. Additionally, a case study from Citrix outlining how they have created an inclusive environment for distributed teams to heighten engagement, inclusion, belonging, retention and productivity will be shared during the webinar.

Learning Outcomes
Understand the framework of remote work and the employee’s experience with this way of working
Learn about the opportunities and challenges with remote work from multiple perspectives
Receive pragmatic inspiration on what to do going forward

Register here

Global Citizenship: Whole World Sensibilities and Responsibilities

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When: February 6, 2020 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – University Area, Bridges Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 511 Huron Blvd. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, Phone: 612-504-3000
Cost: $75
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Shawntera M. Hardy, PolicyGrounds Consulting | Khadija Kali, Global Language Connections | Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota
Price of registration includes full plated breakfast buffet and coffee and specialty teas.
Global citizenship and interconnectivity allows us to experience and impact the world in more expansive ways than ever before. With this new international reach, however, comes responsibility for simultaneously caring for both our local communities and for others on the planet impacted by our actions or decisions. Given these new realities, how do we ensure our practices and solutions meet increasingly complex challenges at the local and planetary levels?

This workshop will include specific examples of what it takes to develop critical practices that satisfy individual interests while keeping in mind the needs of current and future generations – here and everywhere.

Learning Outcomes
This session will include specific examples that will have the following learning outcomes:

Communications policies and practices that satisfy individual interests while keeping in mind the needs of current and future generations – here and everywhere
Team member training approaches to developing simultaneously local and global thinking/action
Feedback mechanism to involve the broader community in this “balancing” process
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am – Welcome
9:00 am – 9:55 am – Program/Workshop
9:55 am – 10:00 am – Q&A and Close

Register Here

Animals for Smiles

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Join the Augsburg Women’s hockey team and the Physician Assistant Studies program for the third annual Animals for Smiles event! Stuffed animals will be donated to pediatric patients at Children’s Minneapolis. The toss will take place during the home hockey game against Bethel on January 17th at 7:00 pm. Stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice following the first period. Please bring a new stuffed animal, preferably wrapped or bagged so it will stay clean during the toss. Supplies will also be available to wrap toys before entering the rink.

Study in Japan – Special Info Session this Thursday

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Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan?

Come learn about the Augsburg exchange program at iCLA in Kofu, Japan. Take classes at an English-speaking university, and stay on track to graduate. Great for lots of majors!

Dr. Mike Lacktorin Will be visiting from iCLA to talk about the exchange program and Japan! This semester exchange program is open to all Auggies.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:25 – 11:55am
Nelson Room (next to Einstein’s in the Christensen Center lobby)

Get more information about the Japan semester exchange at iCLA!

Auggie Doggies Back on 1/27

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Paws for Learning and our four legged furry friends will return to regular weekly visits on Monday 1/27/2020. They will once again be in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Please mark your calendars and plan to welcome them to the new semester on Monday 1/27 from 10:30 – 11:30 am for a little stress relief.

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Room for Rent in South Minneapolis

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Come join a household of eclectic introverts. We like fine arts, film, world music and food, puzzles, laughing & dancing, card/word games, thrift shopping, sewing, improv, reading, gardening, and building. Add your well-behaved/trained cat and YOU* and we can’t go wrong. (Ok, the cat part’s optional, but we really do love animals even though none currently live with us!)

Rent per person: $448.75/month + ¼ utilities (water/trash, electric, gas, internet), 6-month lease period.
Interview, application fee, and deposit required. Room available February 1st-July 31, 2020. Potentially flexible for earlier move-in.

Cozy upstairs room in 4bd/2ba house has hardwood floors and is connected to a private 3-season porch. Approximate measurement of the interior room is 10’7″ x 7’4″. The measurements of the porch are 7′ x 14′, for a combined area of 176 square feet.

The room is available unfurnished if desired or furnished with a twin bed and frame, clothing rack, and dresser. Share a full bathroom with one other housemate (great water pressure). Washer/dryer on-site along with a well-furnished kitchen. Perks include enclosed front porch, fenced yard, and basement storage. Convenient to Powderhorn Park, Midtown Global Market, Tiny Diner, Hosmer Library, biking trails and buses #5 and #4.

* YOU don’t smoke, do drugs (weed included) or partake in illegal activities. We ask that you only apply if over 21 years old.

YOU are considerate, responsible, tidy, and drama-free. Eager (at least willing) to share in snow shoveling, mowing/yardwork, and assigned chores. Are willing to participate in monthly housemate meetings and able to uphold weekday and weekend quiet hours.

All races/religions/gender identities welcome. Please contact by email with questions, and to set up a visit –

Seeking babysitter/nanny

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I’m in need of someone who can help with before and after school care at my home, and transportation to/from school, for my 9-year-old two or three times a week. Brooklyn Center/Crystal/Robbinsdale area. (There would also be opportunities for more work during school breaks). If you’re interested, or know of someone who might be a good fit, contact Erin at .