Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

How Weather Decisions Are Made

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Decisions to cancel in-person classes or move classes to an alternative format during inclement weather are made in advance and in no case later than 6 a.m. for daytime classes (including weekdays and weekends) and no later than 2 p.m. for evening classes (including weeknights and weekends).

Canceling in-person classes or moving in-person classes to alternative modalities due to weather is communicated after the decision is made in as many channels as possible including emergency notification services, media outlets, the university website, and social media. Note that no communications are shared unless the university is making a change. Students, please consult the course Moodle site for more details.

As noted in the Augsburg University Employee Handbook, complete closings of the Minneapolis campus are rare because the campus is residential. Employees with questions should contact their manager to verify if they should report to work.

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Teaching and Learning

Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are Waiting for You

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Apply by January 22, 2021

Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer
THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – Summer

HIS 170 — Food: A Global History (Humanities LAF) or HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course


ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture or ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction

–MEXICO– (Apply by March 1)

Augsburg CGEE: Language and Culture

Augsburg CGEE: Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership


Music Therapy in South Africa – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

TODAY is Fellowship Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fridays | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Zoom information (New link for Spring. Must have Augsburg login to view.)

Apply Now for the Fall 2021 River Semester

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This coming September, the next group of students, faculty, and staff will embark from Lake Itasca to begin their hundred-day expedition down the length of the Mississippi River. Students take courses in environmental justice, climate change, politics in the American heartland, outdoor leadership, and undertake individual research projects. In addition to spending time in St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, the group will visit the site of the “Line 3” protest encampment, paddle the “Wild Miles” on the Lower Mississippi, the heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor,” and finishes by paddling to the Gulf of Mexico, 2,345 river miles from the headwaters. Students interested in joining the program are invited to apply through the Augsburg Study Away web portal.

Apply here

General Announcements

Congratulations to Gilman Scholarship Winner Abby Huynh

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We are pleased to announce that Abby Huynh has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! Abby is a Music Business Major and plans to study with CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Seoul, South Korea in Fall 2021.

Since 2008, sixty-five Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $256,000. In addition, over the last 9 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 50% – of 30 completed applications in that time, we have had 16 winners! Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program.

The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors. Abby is an exemplary Auggie who will represent Augsburg very well internationally.

Congrats Abby!

more information about the Gilman scholarship:

Commuter Lockers Available for Spring Semester

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Commuter students can request an on campus locker to keep your things in. These lockers for commuter students can be requested on Auggie Life by going to the Form called “Commuter Student Locker Request Form”.

If you have any questions about Commuter Student Lockers, please email Campus Life at

Campus Kitchen Open Food Lab Hours 2021

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Starting next week on Tuesday, January 19, the food lab will be open through Campus Kitchen. Anyone is welcome to come experiment and cook. The limit of students available in the food lab is three people (this is excluding the two Campus Kitchen Student Workers). So if you are interested, please fill out the Google Form as soon as possible because these dates available are first come first serve. Additionally, do not hesitate to visit Campus Kitchen’s website or Campus Cupboard to learn more about what we do or who we are. For any questions or concerns, email

Google Form Sign Up Sheet

Event Announcements

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Celebration | Next Monday

Augsburg University Virtual Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is on Monday, January 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The virtual gathering will include student and alumni performances. Our theme is ‘Art is Activism and Healing.’

There will be a small art gallery in the library and the Christensen Center on the first floor. This gallery will be available for the Augsburg Community from Jan. 18th – Jan. 22nd.

If you are not able to come to campus, we have a 60 piece virtual gallery available on the Pan-Afrikan Website and MSS Facebook page. Which will be available from Jan. 18th – March 1st, 2021.

“The time is always right to do what is right,” Martin Luther King Jr.

Register here

Chapel: 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds/Prayer and Presence

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You are invited to join Pastor Babette Chatman on Zoom today at 10:40 am for prayer and to hold silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and our call for racial justice in the nation and in God’s world. Due to the inclement weather forecast we will not meet in Hoversten Chapel today.

Pastor Babette Chatman also offers a prayer in honor of the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. available on the Campus Ministry blog. See link below.

Epiphany: The Light Shine Through Resistance

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-Religious Conversation

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Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A.

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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