Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

General Campus Access Issues

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The Department of Public Safety discovered an issue with one of the general campus accesses provided to students, staff and faculty which allows them to access academic buildings during normal building hours. This issue will only affect those students, staff and faculty who joined Augsburg during the 2018-2019 academic year and will prevent them from gaining access to the academic buildings.

We are not able to identify all persons affected by this and request that if you experience any issues getting into the academic buildings with your fob to call Public Safety at 612-330-1717 so we are able to determine if you were affected. Our staff should be able to resolve the issue immediately.

If you have any questions, please email your question to

Teaching and Learning

Apply to be a First Year Experience Teaching Fellow

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The First Year Experience/AugSem program is seeking faculty to be a part of a pilot program for instructors teaching an AugSem during the fall 2021.

Goal: Create a cohort of instructors who will meet to discuss anti-racist pedagogy and student learning in relation to working with first year students.

Fellows will need to commit to attending all 1-hour FYE Teaching Fellows meetings in spring 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Meetings will take place in: March, April, May, September, October and November.

FYE Teaching Fellow positions are open only to those planning to teach an AugSem course in the fall of 2021.

To apply, simply submit a brief statement of why you would like to be a FYE Teaching Fellow to Lyz Wendland, Director of First Year Experience: by February 19th, 2021.

Join 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 (requires an Augsburg login to view)

General Announcements

Learn How to Create an Effective Resume

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Did you know, most employers will decide whether or not to consider your resume within six seconds? Develop a resume that demonstrates your attention to detail. Make sure your resume is formatted properly with bulleted statements and is free of errors.

Visit our student Career Peer Advisors for a resume review during virtual drop-in hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm via Zoom

Additional resume and cover letter resources are also available on the new and improved Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Strommen Community Moodle Site

HR Benefits and Payroll Change Forms: Due by Noon Today

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Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon TODAY, Friday, January 22, to be processed on the January 29 pay date. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as bank accounts or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

USPS Postal Rate Increase January 24

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Effective 1/24/21 USPS will be increasing several postage prices.
Stamp prices will be remaining the same at $.55 and large envelopes will stay at $1.00 for 1 oz.
International letters will remain at $1.20
Extra Ounce stamps will be increasing to $.20 (from $.15)
Metered letters will be receiving a $.01 increase
1st-class Packages and Priority mail will all be increasing between 3-7%

If you have any questions please contact

Thank You
Central Services

Nominate Fellow Faculty for Distinguished Contributions

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Development Committee invite your nominations for the annual Augsburg University Distinguished Contributions Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and 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 due Monday, March 1.

*Letters of support will help bolster your nomination. Make sure to email them to before March 1.

2021 Distinguished Contributions Award Nomination Form/Information

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

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers – Judge Virtual Debates for the MNUDL

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Make A Difference for Middle Schoolers! Judge Virtual Criminal Justice Reform Debates This Spring

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to middle & high school students in the Twin Cities. We are still providing middle school debate tournaments during COVID-19 pandemic – virtually! We need volunteers to make it happen.

You can judge tournaments from home. No experience required. Sign up today!

This year, middle school debate tournaments will be split into separate dates for rookie & novice (for new debaters) and JV & varsity (experienced debaters) divisions. You are welcome to judge either division, but if you’ve never debated before, it may be helpful to try a Rookie & Novice tournament first. No experience is needed to judge! We will train you virtually.

Volunteer Schedule:

January 28 (Thursday) – Rookie & Novice
February 5 (Thursday) – JV & Varsity
Feb 17 (Wednesday) – Rookie & Novice
Feb 24 (Wednesday) – JV & Varsity
Mar 9 (Tuesday) – Rookie & Novice
Mar 16 (Tuesday) – JV & Varsity
March 25 (Tuesday) – All Divisions (Championship)

Tournaments will generally begin at 3:30 PM.

Thank you for continuing to be part of the MNUDL community. We hope to see you at upcoming tournaments! See which tournament dates work with your schedule & sign up today.

Learn More & Sign Up

Athletics Sports Information is Hiring Students

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Are you looking for an on-campus job? Do you enjoy athletics? You’re in luck if you answered yes to both questions!
The Sports Information team is looking to hire students to work at our home athletic events. Our student workers help with statistics and video webcast production. There will be paid training, so there is no need for previous experience. If interested, please apply through handshake. Email Ashley Holmes ( with any questions.

Due Today Before Midnight — Batalden Applied Ethics Grant Student Proposals

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Augsburg University’s students are invited to submit a Batalden student grant proposal to support student leadership in applied intersectional ethics on campus and/or in the local community. This student grant program defines applied ethics as work that focuses on, considers, and/or addresses public and/or private moral issues. The overarching objective of this grant is to support student work in intersectional applied ethics that promote social justice and social change. Grant funding for all student proposals is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Applied intersectional ethics: Intersectionality is a concept that emerged out of critical race and legal scholarship. This student grant supports work that explicitly addresses intersectionality and ethics. Student proposals should address how interdependent structures and systems of discrimination that perpetuate oppression are ethical issues.

Grant amount: Student proposals may request up to $3000 for the proposed work (including up to $1000 Augsburg student stipends — the proposal should include rationale for the stipend amount requested). Note: Proposals requesting more than $3000 must provide compelling rationale (along with a detailed budget) for the financial request. All funds must be used before May 31, 2021.

Eligibility: Augsburg student (undergraduate, graduate and/or alum). A staff or faculty advisors is required. *Note: Student proposals may include community members outside of Augsburg University, but non-Augsburg affiliated students are not eligible for stipends.

Priority deadline: January 22, 2021 (before midnight)

Proposal submission: To submit a student grant proposal, please complete a proposal application (using Google forms, see link below).

Questions: Contact Prof. Bibiana Koh (, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, for inquiries about this student grant opportunity.

Submit your Art, Writing, Film, or Music to Murphy Square Deadline Extended to January 29

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Submit your work to Murphy Square, the annual campus arts magazine!

Interested in curating student submissions? Then join our team of editors!

Submissions are open NOW and we’ve extended the deadline to January 29th so get your art in soon! To submit your work, visit

To join our editing team, email Jacey Mismash at and indicate whether you would like to edit for Prose, Poetry, Art/Film/Music, or all three!

Click HERE to submit 🙂

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation on Human Resources: Next Tuesday

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What We’ve Learned in Human Resources
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2-3 p.m.

Join Dawn Miller, director of human resources, and members of the HR team for a discussion about what we’ve learned over the course of 2020 in the department.

To register for this Focused Conversation, or to view the Focused Conversation schedule, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

Workshop TODAY: Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

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Dixie Shafer of URGO will lead a workshop on how to search for and apply to paid off-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in STEM fields.

This will be a virtual event designed to help students learn more about how to apply for summer research opportunities nationally as well as locally.

We will meet via Zoom on Friday, January 22, from 3:30 – 5:00PM.

All are welcome! Anyone interested in attending should complete this short registration link:

Questions? Feel free to contact Rebekah Dupont at

Fifth House Ensemble Chapel Series

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In collaboration with the Augsburg Music Department, Campus Ministry is excited to welcome the Fifth House Ensemble to chapel as part of their residency at Augsburg for a 5-part series of Deep Listening. Fifth House Ensemble taps the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs, forging meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues, artists of other disciplines, educational institutions, and audiences of every type. Fifth House Ensemble will be leading chapel on January 28 & 29, and February 2, 4 & 5. The services will be live streamed on Zoom..

Fifth House Ensemble will partner with Augsburg University to work with students from the school of music, the McPhail Music Center, and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship for a semester-long residency focused on community and co-creation. Fifth House will work directly with composition students to develop their works and provide guidance through entrepreneurship workshops focusing on life outside of school. In the spirit of community, they will introduce Deep Listening – a mindfulness practice motivated by the idea that communal music-making is everyone’s birthright. Throughout the residency, Fifth House also engages Michael Rohd, Quenna Lené Barrett, Leila Ramagopal Pertl and Brian Pertl for a community-focused project entitled We Are Good, exploring questions about our past, our present, and our future, focusing on the need for mutual respect, shared experience, and open dialogue.

Zoom link

8 Minutes 46 Seconds: Prayer and Presence

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You are invited to join us in Hoversten Chapel to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Babette Chatman will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am.

Fardosa Hassan, Fardosa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate, Assistant Director, Augsburg Interfaith Institute, offers a reflection on our need for action.

Campus Ministry Blog

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

Music Therapy: Percussion Help Night

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Augsburg Student Music Therapy Association and Mike LimBybliw MT-BC are excited to host percussion help night for music therapy students. Bring questions and any drums you have or even just a tabletop or lap. We will be recording this but would love to see as many of you as we can over Zoom!

Please join us on Tuesday, January 26th from 7-8pm over Zoom.

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