Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and MLK Admission Day Event

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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!

Hagfors Elevator Out of Service

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The Hagfors Center main lobby elevator is out of service to make repairs. The parts have been ordered and we anticipate repairs to be completed this week. We will continue to post updates as we get more information.
There is an alternate elevator located by the north entrance of the building that will be available while the lobby elevator is out of service. If you have any questions contact Bryan Massich at 612-280-7447.
For additional Facilities Management information click on the link below.

Teaching and Learning

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.

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!

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

Spring 2020 Writing Center Hours

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The Writing Center opens for the Spring semester on January 21st

The Spring 2020 Writing Center hours
• Sunday 2-7pm
• Monday 1-7pm
• Tuesday 2-7pm
• Wednesday 1-7pm
• Thursday 2-7pm
Online Hours will begin January 26th:
• Sunday 7-9pm
• Monday 7-9pm
• Tuesday 7-9pm
• Wednesday 7-9pm
• Thursday 7-9pm
We look forward to seeing you!

General Announcements

Attention, first-year students: What do you expect in the workplace?

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, inclusion, and equity conference, and we want to share the Augsburg student perspective with the more than 1,400 professionals from a variety of industries who attend each year. When you look forward to leaving college and entering the workforce, what’s on your mind?

Fill out this two-question survey to let us know what you think.

Fill out the survey

Zoom Security Change

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Beginning January 20th, a minor change to Zoom video conferencing security settings will be made. This change will require an additional password be used to access newly scheduled Zoom sessions when connecting from the Zoom app or via telephone. For more information on how this change may affect how you use Zoom, a support guide can be found at

Event Announcements

Send-off Celebration for Scott Brownell: Thursday

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Join us this Thursday to congratulate Scott Brownell as he takes on a new leadership role in security at 3M. Scott’s last day as Augsburg’s Director of Public Safety is Friday, January 24. I am grateful for his work for the past five years in building and leading a professional and committed Public Safety team for our campus!

We will gather at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Oren 100. Light refreshments will be served.

Blood Memory (Film Screening)

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Blood Memory on February 19, 2020.
The title “Blood Memory” is derived from the concept that the experiences of one generation are passed onto the next through DNA. Future generations live with the shared knowledge of their ancestors – meaning there is a foundation of survival instinct and cultural identity that exists within us prior to learned experience. In many ways, this is a beautiful and poetic concept, but trauma and abuse can also be transferred intergenerationally, sometimes unknown to the carrier. This film is about acknowledging and honoring all aspects of blood memory, and how we as individuals and community members heal our collective traumas and learn to pass positive ancestral knowledge to the next generation–Director’s Statement (Blood Memory, Official Film Site)
Blood Memory, a true life “dark-horse political thriller”, tells Sandy White Hawk’s story of adoption out of her home community at a young age and her work to help the “stolen generation” of the American Indian Adoption Era return home. Intertwined with her saga is that of Mark Fiddler, an ICWA lawyer whose advocacy as co-council in Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl 2013 helped to dismantle the law he once fought to protect (Vision Maker Media). Join Sandy White Hawk for an evening of screening the film and discussion.

Augsburg Native American FIlm Series

Want to make change in your community? Come to Civic Action Coaching.

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Do you want to take action? Are you working on a public project or problem and need to workshop, brainstorm, or ask for ideas about how to proceed? Bring your project to Civic Action Coaching!

There will be 4 sessions planned for the spring semester. Come to one or all of them–the most important thing is to be prepared with a project you are working on our would like to work on. For students who want to take action!

Monday, January 27, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, February 17, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, March 23, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, April 13, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114

Sessions will be led by Dennis Donovan of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities. Questions? Email or

Civic Action Coaching

Civic Skills Workshop: Public Narrative

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Public leadership to make change requires the use of both the “head” and the “heart” to mobilize others to act effectively on behalf of shared values. It engages people in interpreting why they should change the world – their motivation – and how they can act to change it – their strategy. Public narrative is the “why” – the art of translating values into action through stories. Learn about how to craft your own public narrative and relate the story of self, story of us, and story of now.

This workshop builds on other Sabo Center workshops last semester focused on change-making skills. Whether or not you attended a workshop last semester–JOIN US!

Thursday, January 23
3:40-5 p.m.
OGC 114

Led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

Public Narrative Facebook Event

2020 Augsburg MLK Convocation TODAY

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2020 Augsburg MLK Convocation
Monday, January 20, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Dr. John S Wright.: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
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.

Spring Musical Auditions

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Did you know the Music and Theater Departments are collaborating on a musical called All That we Carry which is based on stories from throughout the history of Augsburg University? Did you know it was coordinated and developed by past students, staff and faculty and will be directed by Augsburg Theater department graduate and fellow Auggie, Malick Ceesay?

Auditions will be held Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday January 23 from 3:30-9:30 pm.

Sign up on the doors of Tjornhom-Nelson Theater in the Atrium of Foss Center!

Augsburg Theater presents: Quake

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written by Melanie Marnich
directed by Emma Gustafson

It’s a big love Lucy is looking for. Her cross-country mission takes her through hilarious, but equally traumatic relationships in which time and emotion pass in a warped instant. Her quest becomes intertwined with that of a female serial killer. The two women find themselves on an exploration of the geography of the human heart.

Performances: January 30th, 31st, and February 1st at 7:00 PM, February 2nd at 3:00 PM
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

Get your tickets here!

Funding Searches and Small Grants – Wednesday, February 12 (3:30 – 5 p.m.), Lindell 301

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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 Wednesday, February 12 (3:30 – 5pm) in Lindell 301. 

The topic is Funding Searches & Small Grants. Mary Hollerich of Lindell Library will discuss how to conduct funding searches for grants, and how the Library can help during the lifecycle of your grant. OGSP will give numerous examples of small grants across the disciplines. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for writing, consultations, and planning. 

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


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: Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota | Shawntera M. Hardy, PolicyGrounds Consulting | Khadija Kali, Global Language Connections
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

Prof. Doug Green at the February Midstream Series Reading

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Midstream’s Valentine’s Eve reading features original poems read/performed by their creators: Jennifer Winterstein, Marc Thompson, Rita Moe and D.E. (Doug) Green.

Host: Roslye Ultan,

When: Thursday February 13, 2020, 7:30–8:30pm.

Where: Milkweed building, corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake. Upstairs. Entrance just west of Milkweed (the former Blue Moon coffee house); up the stairs and to the left. Not wheelchair accessible. Plentiful street parking.

Best to arrive 10-20 minutes early to get coffee and food/dessert from Milkweed, and to be seated by 7:30 so we can begin on time. The venue will easily hold about 35; after that, standing or floor-sitting room only. The early bird gets the seat. Please occupy the close seats first. Be an up-front person.

MLK Day of Action Revisited TODAY (with full schedule)

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The MLK Day of Action Revisited TODAY 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.

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Hoversten Chapel

Please feel free to contact Equity and Inclusion Initiatives at or (612)-330-1126 for any questions or concerns.

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

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