Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Important: Door Paddles; Don’t need it, don’t touch it.

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Greetings Augsburg Community,

Augsburg Day Student Government has received multiple complaints regarding the electric door paddles. Students with accessibility needs find themselves unable to use them for reasons such as: them being broken, dead batteries, or jammed because of overuse. We have realized that there are students and faculty that use these accessibility paddles simply for convenience, and without a real need. This is a compliance failure to our campus’ accessibility.

We are asking that if you see someone using these paddles inappropriately please kindly remind of said rules and consideration to our community members who have genuine need.

Augsburg must have all door paddles functioning to remain ADA compliant, so please help us to achieve this goal. We are working for a more inclusive campus where everyone does their part. If you have any questions or concerns, please email


Augsburg Day Student Government,
Student Concerns Committee

Teaching and Learning

Gluten-Free and Vegan Cookie Experimenting

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Dietary Restrictions are some of the things that make it hard to get food on campus, but thankfully Allyson Green, Augsburg Chief of Sustainability, (who also has dietary restrictions) has taken up baking cookies that are gluten-free and vegan! Join us on February 17th, 4pm-6pm at Hagfors108, to experiment baking with Gluten-Free and Vegan recipes.

Here we’ll engage in the fun and learning of baking gluten-free and vegan cookies and you get to take these recipe’s home with you to your family and friends who have these dietary restrictions.

Spots are limited so act fast and RSVP here ( ). RSVP form WILL close upon spots fulfillment or at noon of 2/17/20.

Click here for the Kreative Cookiez Flyer!

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 2

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 14th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 2nd (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact

Register Here

EDTalk with Kathy McGillivray

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Beyond Access: Welcoming Students With Disabilities In your Courses: Kathy McGillivray, Director of the CLASS/Disability Resources office, will discuss mindsets and strategies that can move us beyond accessibility toward welcome and inclusion of our students with disabilities. She will highlight some of the recurring themes the CLASS office has heard from students about approaches faculty have taken that have helped them feel valued and motivated them to succeed.

Wednesday, February 19 | EDTalk with Kathleen McGillivray | 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm, Hagfors 151

Center for Teaching and Learning

Turn in Your Scholarship/ICD/Provost’s Grant Applications Now

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Check out for information about the different grant opportunities. The deadline for submissions for the Scholarship, ICD, and Provost’s International Travel Grants is Monday, February 17 at Noon.

A Message from Katie Clark on Scholarship Grants

Bring the Interfaith Fellows to your class

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Did you know Augsburg has three Interfaith Fellows available as resources to your class or group this academic year?

The Augsburg Interfaith Fellows are charged with deepening and extending Augsburg’s calling to inter-religious engagement, preparing students to live and serve in contexts of religious pluralism. Their work is coordinated by the newly created Interfaith at Augsburg: An Institute to Promote Inter-Religious Leadership and the Batalden Chair of Ethics.

Busshō Lahn is a Senior Priest at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. This will be Bussho’s second year as an Interfaith Fellow. “I wish to keep offering myself as a resource on Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness to classes & students in whatever capacity I can. I have a relatively flexible schedule, with normal class/working hours being especially available. I’d love to meet more Auggies!” Contact:

Chris Stedman is a humanist community organizer, interfaith activist, and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I especially love visiting classes and engaging in conversation with students about humanism, secular worldviews, interfaith work, and my own undergraduate experience at Augsburg. Please reach out if you have any ideas or questions about ways we might work together.” Contact:

Ger Vang is Hmong Shaman currently living in Saint Paul. He is from a family and culture with long history of shamanism and spiritual healers. His late father was a gifted healer; his grandfather was also a shaman. Ger began his own spiritual journey as a healer six years ago. The Power of Spiritual Healing chose him. The spiritual guides, the source of his healing gift, provide him with the necessary spiritual training in diagnosing illnesses and healing practices. Besides being a spiritual healer, he is a musician. He is also the Vice President of Training and Development for the Generational Financial Group, a local insurance firm. Contact:

General Announcements

Become an AYTI Mentor

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The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for SIX current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI).

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program. An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of July 11-17, 2020.

Apply by February 17th through Handshake!

A Discussion with Kwame Anthony Appiah — March 5, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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You are cordially invited to a “Discussion with Kwame Anthony Appiah” on Thursday, March 5th, from 2-3:15pm. Light refreshments will be served. Professor Appiah is also our convocation speaker on the 5th (see link below).

Please RSVP to by February 17th — be sure to include “Discussion event” in the subject line (so events may separate these RSVPs from another Appiah event). This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Cupboard/Share Shop Hours

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Need a water kettle, vegetables, air mattress, pasta, clothes??
Come to Campus Cupboard/Share Shop in Science Building 8!

We’re currently making efforts to be open as often as possible M-F. Current hours are as follows:
Mo: 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Tu: 10am-4pm
W: 10am-4pm
Th: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Fr: 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm

Please make note of these regular hours. Changes will be posted when needed.
Have questions or concerns?
Contact, or ask our staff there!

Join BrightSide Produce Subscription

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Are you interested in a weekly produce subscription?
Subscriptions range from $3 to $20. Your subscription will help bring fresh produce to corner stores in the Cedar Riverside area. We will be continuing our partnership with BrightSide Produce this semester.

If you are interested in being a part of Augsburg’s Buyer Club please follow the step by step instructions below.
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.

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 spread the word to other students, staff and faculty! 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

Sign up here!

Free and Open Kitchen (on campus) hours

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Looking for a space to cook/bake with friends and family, or alone? Come to Campus Kitchen’s Open Food Lab hours!
During the hours below Hagfors 108 is a public space for everyone and anyone to come and cook, gather or bake food. Occasionally we will hold food workshops to teach participants specific and fun recipes! Keep in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Below are the regular hours for Spring2020:
Mo: 4p-6p, 6p-8p
Tu: 11a-1p
Th: 7p-9p
Fr: 11a-1p

Have questions or concerns?

Free Produce Distribution Spring 2020

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Campus Kitchen will and has continued to table with free produce in Christensen Center Lobby in efforts to increase free, healthy and accessible food options. Similar to last semester this will be held weekly on Mondays 2pm-4pm. All we need from you (before you take your items) is your Augsburg ID and the total weight of the items you’re taking.

We also know that there might be confusion on when Augsburg Staff/Faculty are allowed to grab produce. Just for clarification, we welcome and encourage any Augsburg Staff/Faculty to come grab free produce after 3pm.

We’re grateful that this project is being utilized by our Augsburg community. Have any questions/comments/concerns, please email or and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Lock it in – Lock In Your Housing for Next Year Today

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Residents have the opportunity to secure an apartment for the academic year of 2020-2021 before Housing Expo with Lock It In. Lock-It-In is a special offer for apartments in Anderson, Mortensen, and Luther.

In order to Lock-It-In you must:

Submit the Lock It In Survey by February 10, 2020 at 8:00 am.
Be currently enrolled at Augsburg University
Be registered for 2020 spring semester classes
Have all the beds full and all contracts signed for the apartment by the first day of Housing Expo 2/10/20
Only one roommate needs to complete the survey

Apartments are offered in the following configurations:


2 bedroom 4 person.

2 bedroom 4 person – doubles *REPEAT RATE RISING SOPHOMORES*
1 bedroom 2 person – doubles
2 bedroom 3 person – doubles and single

All unsecured apartments will be included in the Housing Expo: February 10th-14th

Lock It In Survey

Nominations Open for Outstanding Staff Awards

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Staff Senate is now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg University! Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from February 3rd through February 21st. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or student.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of February 1, 2020) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on the afternoon of March 26th.

Click here for the nomination form :

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information:

Auggie Basics Application Now Available

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As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing initiative is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the Auggie Basics Program will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Summer housing may be an option. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

As part of the program, students will be encouraged to utilize resources on campus. These include but are not limited to the Center for Wellness and Counseling, the Center for Learning and Accessible Student Services (CLASS) office, TRiO/SSS, Academic Advising, Multicultural Student Services, Student Affairs office, etc. The Dean of Students will provide ongoing communication and support throughout the academic year to make sure students are aware of resources and may access them as necessary.

To apply, please complete the application by February, 17, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612 330 1160.

Auggie Basics Application Form

Event Announcements

D. E. (Doug) Green Reads at Midstream

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Please join us at the Midstream Reading Series for a Valentine’s Eve set:

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.

Original poems read/performed by their creators: Jennifer Winterstein, Marc Thompson, Rita Moe and D.E. (Doug) Green.

Host: Roslye Ultan,

Music: Prior to the reading, John Kolstad, Richard Terrill and Sharon Sudman will be performing Valentine’s Day favorites like “My Funny Valentine” and other love songs: 6:45-7:15 pm.

The event link below has more information about the readers and performers.

Event Link

ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair: Monday, February 10

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ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair: Monday, February 10 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Christensen Center Lobby. Representatives from camps from all across the United States will be on campus to meet with students who are interested in working with children and youth for the summer. Working at a summer camp helps develop leadership skills and an opportunity to have a positive impact on youth. At the fair, you can interview on the spot! For more information, stop by the Strommen Center or Campus Ministry.

Nominations Open for 2020-21 Augsburg Leadership Awards

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Nominations are open for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards!

These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 21st Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

To nominate yourself or others, visit When you get to the website, click on “2019-2020 Augsburg Leadership Awards Nomination Form.”

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 12 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, please click here.

Questions? Email

Application Open for Augsburg Senior Leadership Society

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Campus Life is currently accepting applications for the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors (i.e., those graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020) for their leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg University.

To apply, visit When you get to the webpage, click on 2020 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Application.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Those accepted into the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society will be inducted and recognized at the 21st Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Questions? Email

Housing Expo is Next Week

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Housing Expo 2020: February 10-14, 2020

Housing Expo is the opportunity to decide where and with whom you want to live for the following academic year. Before Expo, students receive a selection number based on the number of credits they have, so the more completed credits you have, the higher your selection number. At Housing Expo, you and your roommates add up your selection numbers and that total number determines what day you can come and choose your housing.

Don’t forget:

Bring your student ID Bring a digital or printed copy of the email you will be receiving from Residence Life, which will contain your housing selection number and also indicates your allotted time slot for attending the Housing Expo. This email is sent at the end of January 2020. Complete the online contract. If you have not completed an online contract, your space can not be reserved.

Housing Expo Week Schedule
Before Expo: Starting Dec. 16 Lock It In and Neighborhood properties available
Monday Feb. 10th 1PM – 4PM———————————–Designated Pre-Signers: Staff, Neighborhoods
Tuesday Feb. 11th 1PM – 4PM ———————————-Lock-It-In Confirmation
Wednesday Feb. 12th 1PM – 2:00 PM————————-Single Room Sign Up for Luther Studios, Anderson Suites, Mort 1/1s
Wednesday Feb. 12th 2:30 – 4:00 PM ————————Single Room Sign Up for Mort 2/2s, Luther 4/4s
Thursday Feb. 13th 1PM – 2PM———————————Selection Number totals between 18,000-36,000
Thursday Feb. 13th 2PM – 3PM——————————– Selection Number totals between 10,000-17,999
Thursday Feb. 13th 3PM – 4PM——————————– Selection Number totals between 2,000-9,999
Friday Feb. 14th 1PM – 4PM———————————— Confirmation Day – Come ask any follow up questions

Residence Life Website

Next Week: FAFSA Completion Workshops, February 12 and 13

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Hey Augsburg Students!

Do you have questions when filling out the FAFSA?
Do you want to make sure you filled everything out correctly?

If you answered yes, then you should stop by our FAFSA & MN Dream Act Completion Workshops next week!

Through a collaboration between College Possible, LGBTQIA+, Multicultural Student Services, Student Financial Services, and TRIO/SSS there will be two workshops held for students on campus!

The workshops will both be in Sverdrup Hall, room 201 on
Wednesday 2/12 10:30am-12:30pm
Thursday 2/13 4:00pm-6pm

If you plan to attend the workshop:
-Make sure you’re able to Log in to your FAFSA account
-Have your Parents FAFSA ID’s
-Bring both yours and your parent’s 2018 tax forms(W-2’s)

If you have any questions contact the Multicultural Student Services at or 612-330-1087

We hope to see you there!

Calling Graduating Auggies- Continue your educational journey in Leadership

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Master of Arts in Leadership Connection Hour

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Finnegan’s Brewer’s Den (2nd Floor)
817 5th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Augsburg Leadership Studies is hosting a happy hour for MA in Leadership alumni and current students!

You and a colleague or friend who is interested in leadership and looking to achieve a graduate degree.

Monday, February 10, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Finnegans Brewer’s Den (2nd Floor)
817 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Your colleagues and friends learn about our Leadership Studies, we support an Auggie-owned business, and your opportunity to network! Each Augsburg student or alum will receive one free drink ticket and additional drink tickets for each friend or colleague they bring.

Master of Arts in Leadership Connection Hour

Assessment Day (February 25) Details

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Tuesday, February 25 is Assessment Day! Multiple workshops are scheduled to take place between 10:50 am and 12:50 pm. See descriptions below. RSVP forms will be posted soon.

Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop
Marshall Room
Join the Co-Curricular Assessment Team for its annual Assessment Day Workshop. This year, participants will discuss the work the committee has been up to over the last year, learn about assessment results from the most up-to-date year, and engage in a professional development workshop around using data to make informed decisions around program design and implementation.

Graduate Level Learning Outcomes
Oren Gateway Center
We have two goals for our session on February 25th:
1. We will review the current set of graduate program learning outcomes for each program and discuss:
a. the ways in which graduate level learning outcomes map to the mission
b. the ways in which they are scaffolded at a higher level than our undergraduate learning outcomes.
2. We will identify if there are graduate level learning outcomes that are ‘shared’ by all graduate programs. Can we call them out explicitly as part of our commitment to graduate students at Augsburg?

Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes
Oren Gateway Center
A new, streamlined set of General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) is needed to better understand students’ learning experience in courses in the General Education curriculum. During this session we will review the proposed learning outcomes and examine how they relate to institutional outcomes. We will discuss how the proposed GELOs can accommodate the current curriculum, and yet be flexible to proposed curricular changes. This workshop will offer faculty and staff an opportunity to comment on the proposed outcomes, and help develop preliminary plans for how and where these outcomes can be assessed.

Community Organizing 101

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Interested in learning about community organizing but don’t know where to start? This Sabo Center workshop is for you!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
3:10-4:40 p.m.
OGC 113

Learn some of the foundational concepts of organizing to get started on your change making journey. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of relational power, the difference between public and private relationships, and how self-interest motivates us to act.

Community Organizing 101 will be 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.

RSVP (and share!) on Facebook for Community Organizing 101

Religion and Love: An Interfaith Dialogue

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Join the 2019-2020 Interfaith Scholars Cohort for Religion and Love: An Interfaith Dialogue. On February 13th at 6:30pm, we will be hosting an event that brings together folks from Augsburg’s campus and the surrounding community to discuss a variety of topics related to religion and love including interfaith relationships, wedding traditions, ideas regarding divorce, etc.

Please spread the word to anyone else you think might be interested!

Dinner will be provided.

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

Hope to see you there!

EPIC Sexual Health Resource Fair – Monday

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The EPIC Peer Health educators are hosting a sexual health and healthy relationship fair on Monday 2/10/2020 from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Lounge. Please join, EPIC, SMART, The Aurora Center, Planned Parenthood, Family Tree Clinic and the African American Aids Taskforce for fun, games, and interactive educational resources. Questions call Dianne at the CWC office 612-330-1707. Hope to see you Monday night.

Register to attend the Retirewise Workshop Series (starts February 18)

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Augsburg Wellbeing is inviting the Retirewise program back to campus. Retirewise is a financial and retirement education program presented by MetLife and is coordinated by our benefits broker, NFP. This program has been well received in the past, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to participate.

We invite you to learn more and see for yourself what action steps you can take to better prepare you to Retirewise. In just a few sessions you’ll be on your way to creating a realistic financial and retirement plan that works for you.

Join your colleagues for the complimentary, practical and straightforward Retirewise workshop series. It doesn’t matter how much or how little planning you’ve done, or if your retirement is many years away, you’ll find the Retirewise workshops worthwhile.

For more detailed information about the workshop series, and to register for the event, follow this registration link:

By registering, you are committing to attend each session in this 4-workshop series, which begins on February 18th. Specific dates, times, and locations are provided in the registration link.

Retirewise Information Flyer:

Registration Link

Keeping Track of Auggies

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