Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and Admissions 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!

Teaching and Learning

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

MINNE Fellowship 2020 Application Available

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program. Five Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.
The 2020 trip will take place on April 23rd. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.
• U.S. Citizen
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2021
• 3.0 GPA or higher

Assessment Day Workshop on Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes

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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

Grad Program 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

Invite 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 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

Co-Curricular Assessment 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

General Announcements

Christensen Chair candidate on campus – Public Presentation February 14

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Dr. Mary Lowe, a candidate for the Bernard M. Christensen Distinguished University Chair in Religion and Vocation, will be on campus Friday, February 14. Her public presentation will be held in Oren Gateway Center Room 100, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of opportunities to meet and hear from Dr. Lowe, and are strongly encouraged to provide feedback using the feedback form:
The feedback form will close at 4:30 p.m. on the next business day following the presentation (closes Feb. 17).

CV Dr. Mary Lowe

TODAY – Christensen Chair candidate on campus – Public Presentation February 13

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Dr. Robert Williamson Jr., a candidate for the Bernard M. Christensen Distinguished University Chair in Religion and Vocation, will be on campus Thursday, February 13. His public presentation will be held in Oren Gateway Center Room 100, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of opportunities to meet and hear from Dr. Williamson, and are strongly encouraged to provide feedback using the feedback form:
The feedback form will close at 4:30 p.m. on the next business day (Feb. 14).

CV Dr. Robert Williamson Jr.

Volunteers needed for “Tienda” – An opera here at Augsburg

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We’re looking for volunteers to help with the Music Department’s production of “Tienda” — Volunteers to help with tickets, doors, costumes/wardrobe, food, etc. If you are interested in music, stage management, operas or just experiencing something NEW — There’s an opportunity for you!

Dates Needed:
> Thursday, February 20 – Dress Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.
> Friday, February 21 – Show #1, 7 p.m.
> Saturday, February 22 – Show #2, 7 p.m.

Contact, Cathy Knutson ( ASAP.

The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minnesotan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled on the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. “Tienda” explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home.

The opera is composed by Augsburg Music faculty member Reinaldo Moya and will also include the Augsburg Orchestra & The Augsburg Choir.

Interested in Going? Reserve Tickets below…

Need Tickets for Tienda?

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

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation Webinar on Signature Experience and Problem-based Learning: Recording Monday

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Elaine Eschenbacher, director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, will host a webinar on signature experience and problem-based learning at Augsburg. The webinar will be recorded Monday, Feb. 17 from 10-11 a.m. and will be available to stream live at that time. The recording will be available to review by the following week.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands

TONIGHT: FAFSA Completion Workshop (Sverdrup Hall 201/4 p.m.- 6 p.m.)

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Today is the last day!

If you need help completing your FAFSA or have questions, stop by our final FAFSA completion workshop tonight!

It will be held in Sverdrup hall room 201 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Those who are planning to attend remember:
-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!

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!

Register to participate in the Sesquicentennial All-School Reunion

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As Augsburg University completes a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary, we invite all to participate in Augsburg’s first-ever All-School Reunion. We specifically chose the term all SCHOOL reunion to recognize that Augsburg is not just a community of alumni, but a community for so many people—faculty, staff, current students, parents, and friends. All are welcome to celebrate this grand finale party of the Sesquicentennial year!
Individual tickets for the All-School Reunion will be available starting Feburary 28.

To learn more or for questions you may contact Darcey Engen or Katie Code

All-School Reunion Group Host Registration Form

TOMORROW — Find Your Match at the Study Abroad and Away Fair

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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: TODAY

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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

Meet the Author?

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How often do you have the opportunity to read a book, a journal article, and/or a New York Times Magazine column (The Ethicist) AND meet the author to learn more and/or ask your questions?

On Thursday, March 5th, New York University Professor of Law and Philosophy, Professor Anthony Appiah, will be coming to Augsburg. He is the author of numerous books, including Cosmopolitanism; The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen; As If: Idealization and Ideals; and his most recent, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

Over the course of the day on March 5th, you will have several opportunities to interact with Professor Appiah. To begin, he will meet with a small group of students from 9:25-10:25am (space is still available for students if you are interested in having your class come). Next, he is the featured speaker for the Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics at 11am in Hoversten Chapel. A book signing will follow.

In the afternoon, there will be “A Discussion with Kwame Anthony Appiah” 2-3:15pm (open to faculty and staff). Please RVSP by February 18th at to indicate you are interested in attending this event. Feel free to contact Bibiana Koh if you have any questions:

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.

OLEANA Norwegian Design on campus February 13

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Join Norway Hub and the Art and Design Department in welcoming CEO and owner of OLEANA sweaters and design, Gerda Fuglerud, to campus this coming Thursday, February 12 at Noon in Old Main 101.

Gerda will discuss her own career journey in design, the story of her company and the business of design.

See website below for additional information about OLEANA events this week.

Norway Hub

Augsburg music faculty member Reinaldo Moya – MPR Interview

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Tune in to hear Reinaldo Moya discuss his opera “Tienda” on MPR , Thursday, February 13 at 11 am.
The opera will be performed at Augsburg on February 21-22!
Don’t wait any longer to book your tickets –
Augsburg University Reinaldo Moya

Blood Memory Film Event (Adoption Issues)

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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.

Native American Film Series

Free Shuttle to the MN Private College 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.


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

Echo Self-Care Writing Event

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The Echo will be collaborating with the CWC to host an event where we will teach people how to write journalistically and creatively as an outlet for stress. This event will be held in the Student Lounge from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, February 18th. Ice cream will be provided, and there will also be therapy dogs for the second half of the event. Hope to see you there!

Queering Career Business

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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

Keeping Track of Auggies

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