Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Facilities Management Project Updates

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Work at Oren Gateway to repair water damages continues this week. New sheet rock, paint, and carpet are being installed in classroom 114 and offices in 115. Repairs also continue in the residence hall room where the flooding began. For further facilities updates, please follow the link below.

Teaching and Learning

Submit Nominations for Faculty Awards by Noon TODAY

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You have until Noon TODAY (Monday, March 2) to submit your nominations!

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.

CTL Awards

“Wellness in Color” Discussion Group Dates to be Rescheduled

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The first part of the “Wellness in Color” Discussion Groups, set to take place next week, are being rescheduled. Please watch for more details in A-mail and on the CTL page soon.

“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.”

Center for Teaching and Learning

RSVP Now to Attend the 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

General Announcements

Apply for 2020-2021 Public Leadership Scholars Programs

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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

Nominations for LGBTQIA+ Leadership Awards and Scholarships

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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.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 27th
Recipients Notified: April 3rd

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 each award and who is eligible for them can be found in the form.

To nominate a student, staff or faculty member, or a department at Augsburg please the nomination form below.

Nomination Form

Study Abroad in Cuba May 2021

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Looking for a Short-Term Study Abroad course? Always wanted to visit Cuba? Are you interested in the relationship between arts and community? Do you want to practice or learn Spanish but are not

THR 295 Topics: Community, Arts and Culture in Cuba
Led by Beliza Torres Narváez
Theater Department

Cuba is often depicted as a mythic tropical island frozen in time. However, Cuba’s culture and history have continued to evolve since the 1950’s Revolution and are ever-changing! In this intensive course, you will study and experience Cuban arts and cultural expressions. You will witness how they are kept alive and innovating in a country where the arts are not only paramount to the development of its citizens but accessible to all. Also, you will learn about the advantages and challenges of a social system that promotes and prioritizes community social networks that intend to give agency to the people in many aspects of their lives like education, health, arts and culture.

The course may fulfill an LAF requirement and/or Augsburg Experience for any students, and requirements towards a Theatre major or minor. Most presentations, workshops and lectures will be in Spanish with an English Interpreter. Discussion with faculty will be led in English.
Stay tuned to CGEE for more information soon!

For inquiries you can contact Prof Torres Narváez:

Event Announcements

Next Week: 32nd Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Register Today

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2020 is the inaugural year of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion annual conference at Augsburg University! Augsburg faculty and staff are given a special discounted rate to The Forum’s 2020 annual conference. Visit the rates page ( for rates information. Don’t miss out in the nation’s largest workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion conference, and register with the special discounted rate!

When registering, select “Augsburg Faculty / Staff” registration type to receive the discount.

Register Here

Lavender 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.


(hair)Cutz for Queers

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Join LGBTQIA+ Student Services, Monday, March 9th, 10 am to 2 pm in the East Commons for their upcoming scholarship fundraiser, (hair)Cutz for 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.

Auggie Doggie Day – TODAY

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Need a little stress relief? Want to get a good start to your week? Stop by the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) office every Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 am to mingle and sit with our four legged furry friends from Paws for Learning. All are welcome so stop by the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Questions call the CWC office 612-330-1707.

Cost of DUI – Thursday, March 5

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The EPIC peer health educators will be hosting an interactive educational program on Thursday 3/5/2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the East Commons on the real costs of Driving Under the Influence. We will welcome a MN State Trooper who will walk through a DUI stop as well as two current Augsburg students sharing their stories and experiences with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Refreshments and a drawing for gift cards for attendees! Questions call Dianne at the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Hope to see you on the 5th and bring a friend.

Spring Blood Drive – Wednesday, March 4

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) welcomes Memorial Blood Centers for its annual Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday 3/4/2020 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Commons (upstairs Christensen Center). Blood donors are needed so please consider scheduling a blood donation. You can schedule an online appointment at and enter sponsor code 0027. Or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment time. Please help save lives and donate blood on Wednesday, March 4th! Many times are still available.

Inviting to Islam Day Workshop “The Essence of Islamic Civilization”

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Islam Day is a series of workshops dedicated to educating & helping Muslim community.
Coming up workshop is “The Essence of Islamic Civilization”:
– speaker Sheikh Jamel Ben Ameur, PhD,
– interactive activities,
– snacks and traditional food platters,
– Q&A session
Location: Al-Amaan Center, 5620 Smetana Dr., Minnetonka, MN, 55343.
Time: March 21 2020, 1.45 pm – 4.30 pm

The next Islam Day Community Workshop: "The Essence of Islamic Civilization – Part 2" This free seminar will take…

Posted by Al-Amaan Center on Thursday, February 27, 2020

March 9: Free Ethiopian Coffee and Interesting Discussions

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The Ethiopian Student’s Association at Augsburg (ESA Augsburg) is hosting a discussion event around the issue of Ethiopian identity or what it means to be an Ethiopian which has remained controversial for a long time now. The theme for this event is: What does it mean to be an Ethiopian/Ethiopian Identity? We will have the Ethiopian traditional Coffee ceremony and we will be serving snacks along with the coffee while having interesting discussions. We plan to have a time where people share their stories and reflect which we anticipate to help us compromise and move forward as a community.
When:Monday March 9th, @5:30pm
Where:Augsburg Room

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