Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and Admission Event Parking Feb. 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!

Teaching and Learning

Norwegian Professor visits Augsburg: Chapel Sermon Tuesday Feb 11

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Please help us welcome this week ( Feb 10 and 11) our Norwegian Partner Per Bjørnar Grande, professor in the Religious Education Department at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (in Bergen).

Not only will we discuss and promote inbound/outbound exchanges between our two institution, Grande will also hold a lecture—Norwegian Religion, Culture and Society—in Lori Brandt Hale’s class, and be our guest speaker in Chapel on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:30 am sharing his thoughts on “From Imitation to Scapegoating: Jesus as the Saving Victim.”

Grande’s research interests are within Cultural Anthropology and Ethics and Epistemology with a particular focus on Mimesis and Desire (inspired by the work of René Girard), and in 2009, Grande wrote the book titled “An Analysis of the Religion Nature of Mimesis and Desire in the work of René Girard.”

Mimesis and Desire (book summary)

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Midsemester Formative Teaching Feedback

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This week’s teaching tip from “The Scholarly Teacher” shares ideas and suggestions for mid-semester check-ins with your students. Learn the benefits of an added round of feedback, as well as some sample questions to ask.

Teaching Tips are posted on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Watch for Tech Tip Tuesdays on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You can find addition resources posted at

Midsemester Formative Teaching Feedback

A Screening and Discussion of the Short Film, Old Media Studies, with Stephan Clark

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A “Speaking of Sabbatical” Event: Stephan Clark will offer a screening and discussion of Old Media Studies, a short film shot on the campus of Augsburg University that focuses on a professor who pushes back against a proposal for a New Media Studies major by jokingly promoting the idea of an Old Media Studies major.

Wednesday, February 12 | A Screening and Discussion of the Short Film, Old Media Studies, with Stephan Clark | 11:10 am – 12:20 pm, OGC 100

Beyond Access: Welcoming Students With Disabilities

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

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.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 25

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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.

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

Invite Interfaith Scholars 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 and is on the leadership team of Aslan Institute in Eagan, MN. “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!” Contact:
Bussho Intro Video Link:

Chris Stedman is a humanist community organizer, interfaith activist, and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I 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 about ways we might work together.” Contact:
Chris Intro Video Link:

Ger Vang is Hmong Shaman currently living in Saint Paul. He is from a family and culture with a 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 spiritual guides, the source of his healing gift, provide him with the necessary spiritual training in diagnosing illnesses and healing practices. Contact:
Ger Intro Video Link:

Full Bios of Augsburg Interfaith Fellows

General Announcements

Last Week to Submit to the Mitchell/Academy of American Poets Prize

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Submit to Augsburg’s John R. Mitchell / Academy of American Poets Prize

Deadline for Submission: 17 February 2020

This competition, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of the late John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet, is for the best group of three poems composed by a current Augsburg undergraduate or graduate student. The award includes a $100 prize ($50 each, if split between an undergrad and a grad student) and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets. Carleton Professor emerita and poet Mary Moore Easter will be judging this year’s Mitchell Prize.

• A set of three well-proofread poems must be sent from your Augsburg email address as an attachment to by 17 February 2020.
• Writers should put Mitchell Prize in the subject line.
• The email must contain the titles of the poems, and the poet’s full name, pronouns, status (undergrad or grad), phone number, and mailing/permanent address.
• Winners will be announced by Augsburg University in early March. There will be a reading on campus with judge Mary Moore Easter and the prize winners on the evening of Wed, 25 March.
• In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Augsburg’s Creative Writing Club

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Malachi Owens has started a new student organization, Augsburg’s Creative Writing Club. The club promotes written work such as script writing, novels, and other written forms of art. If there are writing majors and other students interested in joining this club and participating in the events connected to it, please contact Malachi directly at

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?

Candidates for Christensen Chair in Religion 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

Communication Majors – study abroad this Fall

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Are you a Comm Major looking to study abroad? Want to get intercultural experience? Interested in using your media skills to engage in social justice issues?

Join us for the Fall 2020 semester in Mexico:


Develop yourself as a socially-conscious media professional equipped for the challenges of modern-day media! During your semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico, you will:

-Hear from experienced professionals on responsible journalism on critical issues such as (im)migration and the environment.
-Listen to the stories from those traditionally marginalized by society such as migrants, deportees, immigrant returnees from the U.S. and Canada, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income people.
-Engage deeply with critical issues facing the U.S. and Mexico.
-Learn to look at the world through the intersectional lenses of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Costs for this program are often LOWER than your costs on campus because:
-You can use your full financial aid package for semester programs off-campus
-You will receive a $1500 CGEE Travel Grant on top of your fin aid, just for being an Auggie!
-Many additional scholarship opportunities available

This program is great for Communications Majors or Minors in their Sophomore or Junior years. Check out the website for more info!

Apply by March 1

Get more information and apply online

Multicultural Worship

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel on Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 PM for the Multicultural Worship Service! There will be communion (ALL are welcome at Christ’s table), exciting worship music, and pancakes (possibly heart-shaped ones) after the service during fellowship time! There will be gluten free and vegan options available.

Come get your praise on!

Questions? Contact

Event Announcements

Miracle Resume Workshop

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Are you in need of an internship this summer? Are you looking for help writing a resume or polishing an old one? Join Miracle Adebanjo, Julie Burrows, Marianne Malko, and other executive coaches who will be hosting a resume workshop to help students highlight their strengths in ways tailored to specific positions they may be seeking.

Here we will engage in the fun and learning of business professionalism, networking, and resume building to help individuals reach their intended goals in life.

Free pizza will be provided at the workshop; hosted on Monday February 17th from 4-5pm in Hagfors 151.

Event Flyer

Theatre Performance by Auggie Professor Beliza Torres

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Theater Department Professor Beliza Torres Narváez will perform her solo show
“Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret” in double feature with storyteller Javier Morillo’s “Broken English Mother Tongue.”

When: Thu Feb 20- Sat 22 @ 7:30 pm and Sun Feb 23 @ 2pm.
Where: Avalon Theatre (HOTB) 500 E Lake St, Minneapolis
Tickets: $18 (general), $15 (Student and Senior) and $12 (groups of 10+).
The event runs for 2 1/2 hours with an intermission.

In “Broken English, Mother Tongue,” Morillo weaves personal stories of growing up on a US Army base in Puerto Rico with the history of the Island’s complicated relationship to the United States. Note: the audience may be quizzed on its knowledge of Puerto Rican history—but don’t worry—like Puerto Rico, all answers are, well, complicated.

Beliza’s “Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret” is a campy mixture of song, comedy, mistranslations and social critique that follows the story of Lola Amapola, a diva-wannabe that loves her country Puerto Rico but feels attracted to the U.S. mainland. She follows the “American Dream,” but things don’t turn out quite as planned. Will she stay in the U.S.? Will she go back home? Is there a home to go back to?

For tickets click here

Concussion Awareness Weekend

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Brooke and I am a member of the Augsburg Women’s Hockey team. On February 14th at 7pm and February 15th at 2pm, we will be hosting a Concussion Awareness Weekend in support of the Headway Foundation in Ed Saugstad Arena. The Headway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to promote a safer sports culture, provide resources for patients, and enhance concussion evaluation protocols and accessibility. Many people don’t realize how concussions affect physical, mental, and emotional health. During our games, we will have a poster with information about concussions, stickers, and an area for donations. If you aren’t able to donate that is completely ok! We would still love for people to come to check out the poster and support us as we take on Concordia-Moorhead! I guarantee you will learn something new.

This past weekend we officially clinched a playoff spot and look to make a strong push to try to win the MIAC. Any support is much appreciated.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me,

Brooke Leone

Queering Career Business Visit

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As a continuation of or Queering Career series, LGBTQIA+ Student Services is sponsoring visits to local queer-owned businesses.

Monday, February 17th we will visit Jackalope Tattoo

We will meet in the Auggies Nest at 12 pm, leave no later than 12:30 pm, and will be back on campus by 2 pm. Transportation will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, please email us at

ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair Today

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ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair: Today 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.

More information

Housing Expo Starts Today

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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

This 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!

EPIC Sexual Health Fair tonight

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The EPIC Peer Health educators are hosting a sexual health and healthy relationship fair tonight – 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 tonight.

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

Blood Memory Film Event

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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

Find your match at the Study Abroad and Away Fair – Feb 14

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You want to study abroad, but there are so many choices … Short program or semester? Big city or small town? University-campus or community-based? Major classes or general requirements? How do you pick THE ONE and find your perfect match?!


Friday, February 14
10 am – 1 pm
Christensen Center lobby

There will be multiple program representatives there to answer your questions, study abroad alumni who can share their experiences and advice, and lots of information for you pick up.

See you at the Fair! Make sure to enter the prize drawing while you’re there!

Have any questions beforehand? get in touch:
Stop by our office: Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center

Get more info about study abroad and away

MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

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Are you looking for a summer internship or graduating this Spring! If yes, you will not want to miss the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair taking place on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm (come and stay for as long as you like) at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Who Should Attend:
Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Dec. 2019 graduates) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.

Why Attend:
By attending the Job & Internship Fair, you will have the opportunity to network with 300+ employers who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates! Many of the employers who will be present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other employers may anticipate hiring in the next six months. No matter what the organizations’ objectives maybe, as an attendee, you can take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career goals may fit with their hiring needs.

Registration Process:
Students must register through Handshake (link below) to attend
(no walk-ins day of fair)

Registered Employers:

If you have any questions email or call 612-330-1148.


All Hands Meeting: Thursday

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The Spring 2020 All Hands Meeting is Thursday, February 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 (log in required).

All Hands

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