Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and Admission Event on 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!

Teaching and Learning

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Midsemester Formative Teaching Feedback

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

Weekly Writing Tips from the Writing Center

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1) Before a student starts writing their paper/essay, write an outline for that paper/outline. It is always better to have an idea about what to write and change it then to go into any paper without an idea. This will help eliminate writer’s block as well and being able to finish the entire paper faster as well.

2) Before submitting the final draft of the paper, take five minutes and read over the paper one more time. So many students finish their papers and want to turn it in just to get that assignment over with, however, if they read it over one more time, they will notice minor mistakes that they can fix and help the paper.

From Writing Center Tutor, Matthew Hines

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 cookie 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! 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!

Co-Curricular Assessment Day Workshop

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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.

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 25 from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm. The Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop will take place in the Marshall Room

RSVP for the Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop

Graduate Level Learning Outcomes – Assessment Day Session

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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?

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 25 from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm. The Graduate Level Learning Outcomes session will take place in OGC 114.

RSVP for the Graduate Level Learning Outcomes Assessment Day Session

Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes – Assessment Day Session

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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.

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 25 from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm. The Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes session will take place in OGC 100.

RSVP for the Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes Assessment Day Session

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

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.

Video Message

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.

Video Message

General Announcements

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

Augsburg’s New 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

Question #1: Will this club have any events in the years?

Yes. One major event will be the National Novel Writing Month celebration. NaNoWriMo is a celebration of writing in which individuals challenge themselves to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. For this event, however, the plan is to have various activities (Kahoot nights, writing sessions, etc.) to celebrate and motivate participants. This event and related activities will happen in November 2020. Many other events may be made throughout this year.

Questions #2: What are the regular functions of this club?

This is a chance to trade writing skills and works-in-progress like scripts, poems, manuscripts, and other appropriate materials at regular meetings. For the remainder of this semester, the ideal time for meetings would be on Thursdays at 7 pm. As of now, the room and location are pending. More information will be forthcoming.

Questions #3: Will I be able to bring my writing assignments?

Assignments from developmental/effective writing classes will not be accepted since our focus is on creative work. (This is subject to change.)

Please feel free to email Malachi at with any more questions you would like me to answer.

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 Spring Semester

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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 you
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 Weekly Produce Distribution

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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 (which can all be taken at the end of your shopping).

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.

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-8p
Tu: 11a-1p
Th: 7p-9p
Fr: 11a-1p

Have recipe’s you enjoy and want to share? We welcome you to facilitate a workshop! Fill out the form ( and we’ll get to you ASAP.

Have questions or concerns?

Click here for Open Food Lab’s Google Calendar!

Multicultural Worship This Wednesday

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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!

Comm Majors: fall semester in Mexico is made for you

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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 recieve 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

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

Event Announcements

Celebration of Life for Dr. Richard Nelson Friday, February 14

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The family of Dr. Richard C. Nelson, former professor and chair of Augsburg’s department of history, invites the Augsburg community to a celebration of life service on Friday, February 14 at 3:00 pm in Hoversten Chapel. The Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, and Sarah Swindall, Pastoral Intern, will preside at the service. There will be a reception in the atrium following the service.

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

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

Find *The One* at the Study Abroad and Away Fair this Friday

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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 – 1pm
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

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

Keeping Track of Auggies

PPIA Winners

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We are pleased to announce that two Augsburg students, Citlaly Escobar ’21 and Zakariya Abdullahi ’21, have been selected for the competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute for 2020. Both will attend the institute held this summer at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where they will participate in challenging policy coursework, leadership development training and graduate school preparation.

Citlaly Escobar ’21 is a Political Science and Sociology double major, an Honors Program Presidential Scholar and a McNair Scholar. She has done extensive research on the historical involvement of Mexican-American Women in the Twin Cities Chicano Movement. She is currently interning at the Minnesota Historical Society and is a Young People For Fellow.

Zakariya Abdullahi ’21 is a Political Science and International Relations double major, a Phillips Scholar, a Sabo Scholar and a Page Scholar, as well as a student of TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge. He is currently an intern with USAID doing political research analysis on Africa and the African Union. He has interned with Senator Tina Smith and Citigroup Global Government Affairs and worked for the Council on American Islamic Relations and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s campaign.

Congratulations to both of our winners!


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