Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and Admission Event — Monday, February 17

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The Admission Office is excited to host “Experience Augsburg” on Monday, February 17th. 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!

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 aware that some community members may not have a visible physical disability, so there is no need to confront anyone, but to kindly remind ourselves and others about the importance of this issue.

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

Nominate for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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Call for Nominations – Due February 20, 2020

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.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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.

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.

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

Sustainability-related grants available

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Looking for funding for sustainability-related course development, conference travel, research, internships, or other ideas? The College Sustainability grant we received is in its last year of funding, and the grant team is requesting all proposals for funding be made by February 26 in order to prioritize spending for the spring and summer. Remember that we think about sustainability broadly – environmental, economic, social, and personal wellness – on our campus, in our neighboring community, and among our institutional partners. It includes stewarding a culture of sustainability alongside of our most precious resources – Air, Land, Water, Built Environment, People, Food, and Energy.

Funding is available for:
Conference Travel: up to $750 faculty/$600 students
Course Development: $1,500
Faculty Research: $4,000
Student Research with Faculty Mentor: student stipend – $4,000; faculty stipend – $1,000
Off-Campus Internship with Community Partner – up to $4,200
Other: Flexible – depends on project needs and available funding

The proposals are selected for funding based on the following criteria:
-Relevance to the grant objectives
-Significance and potential for long-term impact on campus sustainability culture
-Interdisciplinarity, multifunctionality

Learn more and apply!

Interfaith Fellow Chris Stedman – Available as a Resource to Augsburg

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Humanist community organizer, Interfaith activist, and writer Chris Stedman is in his third year as an interfaith fellow at Augsburg, and would love to visit your class and/or student group for a conversation about humanism, secular worldviews, interfaith work, and the Augsburg experience.

See link below to view his special video message to you, and visit for more information about Augsburg’s interfaith fellows. If you’re interested in having Chris visit your class, please contact him at, and feel free to email with questions.

Zen, Buddhism, Meditation, and Mindfulness with Interfaith Fellow Busshō Lahn

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Bussho, an interfaith fellow in his second year with Augsburg, will be offering himself as a resource on Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness to classes & students. Bussho can be an excellent reference point for classes and/or student groups engaging in these topics.
For a personalized message to the Augsburg community, see the link below. You can also visit for more information about Augsburg’s interfaith fellows.

If you’re interested in having Bussho visit your class, please contact him at, or feel free to email with questions.

General Announcements

Staff Appreciation: Nominate a Colleague before February 21

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On Thursday, March 26, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., Staff Senate will host the Annual Staff Appreciation Event in Hoversten Chapel. Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award. President Pribbenow, with the support of his leadership team, will also present an award to an outstanding department or group.

You can nominate a staff member to receive an award at the event!

Nominations will be accepted from February 3rd through February 21st.
Staff, faculty, and students are welcome to submit materials.
All materials are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 21st.
Visit the Staff Senate website to learn more about the nomination process:

The Staff Appreciation Program recognizes 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 member who has been at Augsburg for 2 years or less (as of February 1, 2020) and has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time.

Visit the Staff Senate website for more information about the awards:

Can’t wait until March? You can nominate a colleague to receive and Auggie Pride Award!

Visit the Staff Senate website for more information about the Auggie Pride Program:

Thank you for helping us recognize staff contributions at Augsburg!

More Information on Nominating a Colleague for Outstanding Staff Award

Auggie Basics Application Now Available – Deadline is February 17

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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

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

Candidates for Christensen Chair in Relgion and Vocation on campus

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Dear faculty and staff colleagues,

Finalists for the Bernard M. Christensen Distinguished University Chair in Religion and Vocation position will be on campus over the next two weeks, and I invite you to take advantage of the opportunities to meet and hear from each of these candidates. Your participation in the open sessions serves two important purposes: it ensures that we receive broad feedback from the community on each candidate and (just as importantly) a good showing at the open sessions helps build our candidates’ interest in joining our community. We want to share the best of Augsburg in order to recruit the most excellent candidate as well as discern the best candidate for us. Your participation in the process is crucial to both aims.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend as many presentations as possible. Presentations are scheduled, in Oren Gateway Center Room 100, as follows:

Thurs. Feb. 13, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 18, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Curriculum vitae will be shared one business day prior to each visit–please watch for a message, which will provide links to the candidate’s CV and to a feedback form. Those who meet the candidates are strongly encouraged to provide feedback. The forms will be available until 5 p.m. of the day following the interview visit. The search committee will review the feedback you share via the online forms.

I extend my gratitude to the search committee! Their excellent, diligent and time-consuming work is a vital part of this discernment process as Augsburg University prepares to welcome its next Bernard M. Christensen Distinguished University Chair in Religion and Vocation.

Sonja Hagander

Priority deadline to 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!

Learn more about AYTI

Event Announcements

All Hands Meeting: Thursday

The Spring 2020 All Hands Meeting is Thursday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel. Join the meeting to learn more about spring 2020 enrollment results, progress toward meeting our budget goals in the current fiscal year, and our ongoing discussions about organizational culture. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available. For the livestream link, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (login required).

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

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

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:

1. Bring your student ID
2. 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.
3. 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

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:

Register online now. Space may be limited.

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

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
-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!

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