Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Oren Gateway Water

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There were water issues in Oren Gateway on Wednesday caused by a clogged kitchen sink overflowing in a residence hall room located on the second floor. Water was turned off to the entire building for approximately one hour. Water damage was sustained in classroom OGC 114 and offices in OGC 115. The drain has been repaired and all water has been turned back on. A water cleanup vendor is onsite to complete water damage cleanup in all affected areas, this should be completed by Thursday. Any questions can be directed to Bryan Massich at 612-280-7447.

Teaching and Learning

Wellness in Color Podcast Series Discussion Group

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“Wellness in Color” ( is a podcast series of the National Alliance of Mental Illness that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness. In the podcast young adults of color share their challenges and successes in mental health recovery and wellness. NAMI’s goal is “to reach collective cultural communities through positive reflections on wellness through discussions on why community members do not seek help for themselves or their loved one living with a mental illness.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts.

In the first part we will discuss three podcast episodes:
-Blurring Tradition by Houa Moua (45min)
-Never Stop Watering your Roots by Lauryn David (34min)
-The Pressures of Perfection by Aneela Kumar (44min)

Also, we invite you to choose and listen to a fourth episode and do a “show and tell” during our discussion.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 3 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Riverside Room (Christensen Center) Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or Friday, March 6 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

Part 2: Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or
Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion Group

ICD Grant Deadline Extended to Monday, February 24

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The deadline for submissions for the Instructional Course Design Grant has been extended to this coming Monday, 2/24, at noon.

About the ICD Grants:
-Designed to provide an opportunity for faculty to spend a significant amount of time on course design.
-The stipend amount is $2,000.

The 2020 ICD grants will prioritize course development which advances:
-The University mission of intentional commitment to diversity and creating more inclusive classroom experiences for students.
-Active and experiential learning opportunities.
-Interdisciplinary and problem-based modes of inquiry.

Proposals that clearly demonstrate the University’s mission of intentional commitment to diversity and creating inclusive classroom experiences for students may be eligible for an additional $500 ($2,500 total).

Find examples and further information in the link below.

CTL Grants

CTL Award Nominations Deadline Extended

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You have more time to submit your nominations for the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards.

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.

Nominations are now being accepted until Monday, March 2 at Noon.

Teaching and Learning Awards

Apply for the 2020-2021 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

More details:
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

APPLYING: Details about the process are avaialble
The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

2020 Writing Retreat for FT Faculty

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Sunday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 19 | Jessica Nathanson Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

RSVP for the 2020 Writing Retreat

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship

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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

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 14. 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 Lara Crombie,

URGO Website

General Announcements

William D. Green Receives 2020 Hognander Minnesota History Award

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The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced that Augsburg History Professor, William Green, is the winner of the 2020 Hognander Minnesota History Award for his book, “The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876”.

Green will be honored at the 32nd annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28 at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

Read more about the book, as well as the award, in the link below.

Congratulations, Bill!

Bill Green Receives 2020 Hognander Minnesota History Award

Event Announcements

February 26 Workshop on Funding Searches and Small Grants

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Workshop on Funding Searches & Small Grants – Wed., Feb. 26 (3:30 – 5pm), Lindell 301
The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs is hosting an event series to support ongoing grant proposal development among faculty and staff. The next session is Wednesday, February 26 (3:30 – 5pm) in Lindell 301.

The topic is Funding Searches & Small Grants. Mary Hollerich of Lindell Library will discuss how to conduct funding searches for grants, and how the Library can help during the lifecycle of your grant. OGSP will give numerous examples of small grants across the disciplines. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for writing, consultations, and planning.

Everyone is welcome to attend! If you have a specific interest in grant funding, please let us know in advance. You are welcome to attend even if you have not pinpointed your interest area. Please RSVP to and contact Lauren Causey with questions.


(Event was rescheduled from Feb. 12)

Queering Career Business Visit: Forensics Lab

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Saturday, March 28th, join LGBTQIA+ Student Services, TriBeta, & Strommen Center for Queering Career. This site visit, we will be traveling to the Hennepin County Crime Lab.

Within Hennepin County, the laboratory provides forensic services to over 35 local law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota State Patrol, and several federal law enforcement agencies. The laboratory is staffed by licensed peace officers and civilians serving in the following specialized areas:
Crime Scene Investigation
Latent Print (Fingerprints)
Firearm Examination

We will be touring the lab spaces and learning about each specialized area above.
Queering Career Series works to promote the visibility of local, queer-owned businesses and employees.

We will meet in the Auggies Nest at 10 am, leave no later than 10:30 am, and will be back on campus by 12:30 pm. We will travel as a group on the light rail; day students who want to attend and do not have their Auggie Passes should go to the circulation desk on the first floor of Lindell Library or contact Brittany Stokes at

RSVP on Auggie Life

Big Gay Snow Day

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In collaboration with QPA, LGBTQIA+ Student Services will be hosting a Big Gay Snow Day Friday, March 13th. It’s a day filled with snow tubing, hot cocoa, friends, and fun.
This event is taking the place of MBLGTACC – as we were not able to attend this year. So instead, this will be our Minnesota way of enjoying the outdoors, in the gayest way possible.
Post-snow-tubing, we will be coming back to watch a film and enjoy pizza.

We will meet in the Auggies Nest at 3:30 pm and leave no later than 4 pm.

Please dress for the weather!

Students can RSVP on Auggie Life. Please note, space is limited.

Join us for a Free and Flavorful Friendraiser. Learn More About the MNUDL, A Program of Augsburg

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to 1,200 middle school and high school students in the Twin Cities. We love being part of the Augsburg community, and we want to connect with more Auggies to our cause! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us at our free & flavorful friendraiser at Surly Brewing Company this spring.

MNUDL Friendraiser
@ Surly Brewing Company
March 12, 2020
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Bring a friend and don’t worry about bringing a donation. This will just be a fun, casual event to hang out, meet some interesting people, and learn more about ways to connect with our organization!

We hope to see you there!

Please email us at if you have any questions.

You don’t need a ticket to attend, but please RSVP below (for planning purposes):


Lavendar Celebration

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Thur, April 16th
5:00 – 7:00 PM
East Commons – Christensen Center

Lavender Celebration is a reception and annual graduation ceremony to recognize our LGBTQIA+ and Ally graduating students, along with honoring our students, staff, and faculty.
We recognize graduating students with a rainbow honor cord, award outstanding individuals for their work and contributions for Queer and Trans students at Augsburg University. Scholarships are also awarded at this time.

This event is open to all students, staff, and faculty who wish to help us celebrate graduation and LGBTQIA+ advocacy on campus and in the broader Augsburg community.

You can RSVP on Auggie Life; please be advised space is limited!

In addition to RSVPing, please take a moment to nominate student leaders, staff, faculty, or departments who work to dismantle systems of homophobia & transphobia at Augsburg and beyond.

Augsburg University LGBTQIA+ Awards & Scholarships 2020
Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 27th
Recipients Notified: April 3rd
Nomination Form

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards & scholarships:
– Karen Neitge Scholarship
– LGBTQIA+ Student Services Scholarship
– LGBTQIA+ Student Leadership Award
– Augsburg Pride Award

Descriptions of qualifications for each award can be found in the form.

Free Registration and Shuttle – 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.


Cutz 4 Queers

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Join LGBTQIA+ Student Services, Monday, March 9th, 10 am to 2 pm for their upcoming scholarship fundraiser, Cutz 4 Queerz.

We will be hosting barbers & stylists from both Prohibition Barbers and Fox Den Salon; this is an open, walk-in style event. All haircuts will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. All haircuts are free-will donation, with a suggested donation of $20. All barbers and stylists are donating their time and energy – as all proceeds made will go towards the LGBTQIA+ Student Services Scholarship, which will be awarded at Lavender Celebration, April 16th.

This event is open to all faculty, staff, students, and the community.
Cuts are available for people of all genders and hair types.

National Endowment for the Humanities — upcoming local workshops for grant funding

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There are a few upcoming, local, workshops about grant funding from National Endowment for the Humanities. Faculty are welcome to register and attend the workshops at nearby campuses:

St. Olaf is hosting NEH’s Dr. Russell Wyland in Northfield on Tuesday, March 10
2:15 – 3:30pm Overview of NEH Programs
3:45 – 5pm Tips on Writing an Application/Mock Review Panel. 
Location: Black Ballroom, Buntrock Commons
Faculty are welcome to attend the program in Northfield. One-on-one meetings with Dr. Wyland have already filled, but faculty members may request to be added to a waiting list. Please RSVP to Melissa Hager via email at <> by Friday, February 28. 
St. Thomas will host a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Application Writing Workshop on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Led by Dr. Russel Wyland
12:30 – 1pm check in
1pm – 2:15pm The 1st session will include an overview of NEH programs and initiatives,
as well as tips and strategies for preparing quality applications.
2:30 – 4pm The 2nd session will focus on strategies for writing competitive
Location: 100 McNealy Hall, Building #31
Register by 3/6 at this link

On March 27, 12:30-3:15 pm, the College of  Liberal Arts at the University of MN will be hosting a workshop led by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Program Officer Mary Macklem. While the primary focus will be the Fellowship, she will also provide an overview of funding opportunities throughout NEH.  The event will take place on the east bank of the Minneapolis campus, in Walter Library 101. Slots for individual appointments are all taken.
Register at  this link:

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