Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign Up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will: alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine; connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area. You also may still work through your healthcare providers to try to get access to vaccines, as they become available.

Teaching and Learning

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

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Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 5

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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 VIRTUALLY on April 13th. 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 5th (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).
For questions about registration or the event, please contact

URGO Website – Zyzzogeton

Faculty and Staff Discount: 2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference

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The 2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference will be a virtual experience. Augsburg faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 70% discount off the registration fee!

Forum Podcast Ep. 56: Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Maureen Berkner Boyt (The Moxie Exchange) answers questions from listeners that attended our webinar Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal.

Recording/Invitation for Feedback: Institutional Student Surveys

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Thank you to all those who attended our Assessment Day events! In case you missed the institutional assessment session, you can catch up with this recorded presentation, “Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop”.

Have an idea to share? Please consider taking a moment to fill out this form to share your new approaches to supporting our students. Form Link:

Recording of “Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop”

Submit Your Nominations for Distinguished Contributions from Faculty

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We have extended the deadline for nominations until March 22. Please consider nominating faculty for awards.

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 22.

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching – Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Distinguished Contribution in Service

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship

*Letters of support will help bolster your nomination. Make sure to email them to before March 22.

Distinguished Contribution Awards

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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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

Sad News About Colleagues in Mexico

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Today we share the sad news that two staff members at CGEE Mexico, Isabel Sanchez Hernandez and her husband, Moisés Rios, passed away on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. Both had been in the hospital for COVID for the past month.

Isabel and Moisés were and always will be cherished members of the Augsburg community in Cuernavaca. Isabel worked as CGEE’s cleaner on and off for over 30 years, and Moisés was a night watchman and driver.

Here is a message of remembrance, written by Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, CGEE Mexico site director:

Maria Isabel Sanchez Hernandez was an amazing woman who touched the lives of students, faculty, and staff members alike. Isabel loved to sing while she worked and was known always to be smiling. She took English lessons so that she could communicate better with students, and she often stayed late, well beyond her work shift, so that she could help students with their Spanish homework. She was a colleague and a dear friend, someone who would always go the extra mile for the people around her. Her passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts.

Moisés Rios was a caring man who loved his family above all else. He didn’t speak much English, but this didn’t matter–even with those who didn’t speak Spanish, he always found ways to communicate. Words were not a barrier for Moi. Former students, visiting professors, and staff will attest to his warmth and kindness. As a driver, Moisés made countless runs to the airport, shops, community organizations, and field trip sites, showing every day that he was a critical part of the program team.

Isabel and Moisés leave behind their five children, Rosa, Andres, Diego, Miriam, and Sliri (11 years old).

Scribes (Note Takers) Needed for The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference

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The Forum needs staff or student note takers for its deep dive session on higher education, titled: Reinventing the Higher Education Workforce as a Mechanism for Disrupting Systemic Racism.

The session is scheduled from 11:30am -3:45pm on Thursday, March 11. A full conference complimentary registration is available in exchange for note taking duties. If interested, contact The Forum at

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are Now Open

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Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders, student organizations, and organization advisors for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, 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 the link below: (

Please contact Alex Abraha ( from Campus Life if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you!

Auggie Basics Housing – Applications Now Open

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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.

To apply, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612 330 1160.

Please answer all of the following questions with as much detail as you are comfortable providing.

Auggie Basics Application

New Course: Global Movement of Anti-Apartheid Southern Africa and the Murder of George Floyd

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A new program is being offered this summer by the Pan-Afrikan Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) called Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice.

The program will be offered May 17 – May 28. Students will be able to receive 2 credits and fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement OR they can take it only to fulfill the Augsburg Experience. The cost of the program is being supported by scholarships from CGEE, the Pan-Afrikan Center, and Augsburg University; therefore, we are able to offer it at a reduced price.

Time of class: May 17th -May 28th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Program participants will critically analyze the global racial unrest movements of the Southern Africa Anti-Apartheid system, and the racially motivated murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Albertina Shifotoka, Program Director of CGEE Namibia, and Azania Tripp, Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center, will facilitate a 2-week program experience that will introduce students to the understanding of how these movements became historical events and impacted policy and the visibilities on racial inequities that impact the Pan-Afrikan diaspora and all BIPOC communities. The program will be offered from May 17 – May 28, 2021 and the deadline for applying is Thurs, March 25.

If you have any questions email Azania Tripp the Pan-Afrikan Director

Deadline Extended: Apply by March 9 for Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

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Interested in study abroad, but think you can’t afford it?
The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is available to Pell grant eligible students who are US Citizens to win $5000-$8000 for an experience abroad! Deadline to apply is now March 9 if you’d like to go abroad Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022! You have an extra week!

There are some great resources to help you WIN:

1. Check out our 25 min workshop recording –
It has great info on study abroad, tips to winning the scholarship and more. There is even an accompanying worksheet linked in the description you can use to get a jump start on your essays!

2. Staff in the study abroad/away office are happy to work with students 1-1 on choosing a program and preparing essay drafts.
Book a specific Gilman Scholarship Advising Appt at

3. Gilman is hosting AMAs ( Ask Me Anything!) sessions with staff and alums of the program all through February to talk about the scholarship and answer student questions live…
Every Thurs at 2pm CST on Zoom and YouTube Live and
Every Fri at 2pm CST on Instagram live
Get links for all the live sessions here:

There is a pile of money on the floor! Will you pick it up?
Questions? Email:

Learn more about the Gilman scholarship and APPLY

10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men: The Prequel

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On behalf of the Kente Summit Planning Committee, registration for the 2020-21 10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men is now open. This event will center on finding, celebrating and sustaining wellness and joy as Black men in 2021 after a challenging 2020 and will feature a special keynote address, Brotherhood Talking Circles, and interactive workshop. The Brotherhood Talking Circles portion of the event is limited to only students and facilitators.

10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men

Saturday, March 6
1:00pm-4:30 p.m.

Registration is free.
This virtual event will take place over Zoom, and a link will be sent to those who register.
Register online here:

The Kente Summit is for undergraduate Black men who attend Colleges and Universities in Minnesota. Staff and Faculty are encouraged to attend with their students. All who attend – students, staff, and faculty – are asked to register.

Registration closes on Thursday, March 4.

Please share this information with others who may be interested.

The Kente Summit is an outstanding opportunity for collegiate Black men. The objective is to assemble male undergraduate students of African descent in order to build community across campuses, identities, experiences, and commonly faced issues while honoring identity, intersectionality, inclusion, and intentionality – the four cornerstones of the Kente Summit.
Our hope is that this event will provide a supportive space for participants to build community and strategies for success together.

Please contact Sedric McClure (, Brad Pulles ( or Carlos Sneed ( with any questions.

Augsburg Now Magazine: New Stories are Here

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The newest issue of Augsburg Now is available!

Read articles from the digital-only Winter 2020–21 issue of Augsburg University’s magazine, including:

– How Auggies are fighting the pandemic using community support and health care
– Confronting the Minnesota paradox on racial disparities
– Off-and-on sports seasons prove Auggie student-athletes’ resilience
– Augsburg’s in-house epidemiologist guides Auggies through COVID-19
– News from around campus and beyond

Visit to see these new stories and more.

Apply for the 2021-2022 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars – New Deadline is March 8

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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 2021-22 academic year.
Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2021-22 academic year.
APPLYING: Details about the process are available:
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:
The application deadline has been extended to March 8, 2021!
Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, Interfaith at Augsburg at or Matt Maruggi at, or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Student Registrar Position

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Are you a problem solver who enjoys details? Do you value organization? Consider joining our team!

The Student Assistant position in the Registrar’s Office is a customer service-driven and detail-oriented administrative position with a friendly team in an office setting. The Registrar’s Office is housed within the Academic Affairs Division. We provide services in the areas of document imaging, records retention, transfer evaluation, registration, graduation, term/curriculum records, class scheduling, grade recording, and veteran benefit certification. Our mission is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg University community. Consider joining our team and gaining meaningful experience that can be applied to many career fields.

Position available on handshake

Event Announcements

Gay in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

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Wilderness Canoe Base & Augsburg University LGBTQIA+ Services will be partnering to offer a pilot program to 7 current LGBTQIA+ students of Augsburg University. The program is designed to provide intentional community for LGBTQIA+ students to experience nature – and specifically the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA.)

When thinking about communities and identities safe and welcome to share outdoor spaces, LGBTQIA+ communities are often not included in that equation. This pilot program is offering the opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students to experience and engage in learning that doesn’t involve a ‘classroom.’ Because queer and trans+ communities haven’t historically been welcome in outdoor spaces, to engage in learning that doesn’t uphold the lens of ‘traditional education,’ this program is offering queer ways of knowing.

Being modeled from adrienne mareen brown’s book, Emergent Strategy, this program looks to biomimicry to better understand how queer movement can model nature to find ways of cooperative and collective action – resulting in queer liberation.

This trip will be led by Director, LGBTQIA+ Services – Max Poessnecker & an LGBTQIA+ identified Wilderness Canoe Base staff member. This trip requires ZERO experience in the outdoors, canoeing, or BWCA. Part of the goals of this pilot program are to create exposure, access, and dismantle gatekeeping to outdoor spaces upheld by racism, queerphobia, and capitalism.

Interested? LGBTQIA+ Student Services will be holding two info sessions to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Info Session 1
Fri, March 5th
12 – 1pm

Info Session 2
Tue, March 9th
5 – 6pm

Info Session Zoom Link

March 1 – Summer Job Camp Fair Register now

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Are you looking for a summer job working with youth. Looking to gain leadership skills, deepen your faith, and experience an outdoor ministry setting? Spend your summer living and working at camp!”

Save the date and attend the virtual summer job camp fair on Monday, March 1, 2021. Camp representatives are looking to hire students to work over the summer with youth. Jobs vary from camp counselors, activity instructors, kitchen help, etc. Housing and food is included, as well as, as a stipend. Virtual fairs allow students to set up 1:1 meetings and/or attend short information sessions.

A few reasons why you should work at a camp:
*Camp will build teamwork skills like no other
*Grow in your faith
*You learn how to be a role model
*The kids will inspire you as much as you inspire them, if not more.
*It’s a fun yet challenging summer gig
*You will make life-long friends
*New Experiences

Questions? Contact

Hosted by: Augsburg University, Strommen Career & Internship Services

Register and Learn More

HR Virtual Open House – Tuesday, March 2

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The Human Resources department invites all Augsburg faculty, staff and student employees to join us for a virtual open house on Tuesday, March 2 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet your HR and payroll team and learn about the exciting work we are doing to better serve the Augsburg community!   This event will kick-off a variety of virtual learning and development events throughout 2021 to keep you informed of progress on the priorities outlined in our January Focused Conversation: What We’ve Learned in HR.

We are excited for you to meet our specialists in student employment and payroll/benefits, and the HR dedicated partners who support your department.  Informal break-out rooms will be available for you to “drop-in” and meet individually with a member of the team. Stay for five minutes, or as long as you like — whatever works for your schedule.  We invite you to share feedback and ideas, ask questions, and learn more about how our work is evolving to better meet your needs!

Click HERE for a link to the zoom session.

We hope to see you there!

Open Education Week is Next Week

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Open Education Week is March 1-6! Join the Lindell Librarians for quick and informal workshops that explore finding and using open materials at Augsburg. Mark your calendars for:

Open Education Coffee Break: Finding Supplemental Resources (March 1 @ 3:00) (link forthcoming)
Open Education Coffee Break: Idun, Augsburg’s Institutional Repository (March 4 @ 3:30) (link forthcoming)

And keep an eye on the library’s OER page for more information about how open resources are used right here at Augsburg!

Learn more about open education at Augsburg

Black History Month: Self-Love

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Hello Auggies,

We are excited to announce the first ever in-person event for ESA (Ethiopian Student Association). On February 26, 2021, we will be celebrating Black History Month, and in that we wanted to provide a space where we can navigate through our experiences with self-love and self-appreciation. You will have the opportunity to check-in with yourselves and bring out your creative side.

We will be having a lot of fun activities including but not limited to face mask decorating, giveaways and so much more. More details on the event will be announced in the days to come. Keep a lookout for that!


Find Your Inner Peace

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Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
The Holistic Health Series will be a monthly session facilitated by CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center. For 60 minutes, students will come together on zoom to practice a plethora of grounding activities. Covid-19 and the historical racial unrest have increased anxiety, isolation, depression, unstable housing and employment, and more. CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center will provide culturally competent sessions that will allow people to practice mindfulness through music, poetry, movement, relationship building, and more. After each session, the facilitators will ask for feedback and suggestions to increase the participants’ quality and enjoyment of Holistic Health Series.

The Intersection of Religion and Science: A Conversation with Aisha Mohamed ’16

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Date: March 2, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

You are invited to hear Aisha Mohamed ’16 explore the intersection of of religion and science as she shares her own experience of being a Muslim and a biology major at Augsburg. While at Augsburg she was active in MSA and was an Interfaith Scholar and now is a second year student at University of Minnesota Medical School. Aisha will explore ethical questions raised by the advances in science such as organ donation and stem cell research. Awareness of these ethical questions can create strong leaders in scientific and other fields while holding deep connection to their faith. Following Aisha’s presentation, two Augsburg students will offer their responses and there will be time for questions from the audience.

Sponsored by: Interfaith Institute, MSA, and Stem Peer Mentorship and supported by a Bataldan Ethics Grant.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register in advance for this webinar

TODAY: Power and Resilience in Black Communities

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Join Sabo Center staff as we commemorate Black History Month by
highlighting a history of power building and resilience in Black
Communities in the Twin Cities. We are inviting community leaders: Dr. Bill Green, author and professor of history at Augsburg, Ron Harris, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minneapolis and Mary Taris, founder of Strive Publishing. They will bring
voice to the collective story of resilience and power in historically black
communities and neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond.

This will be a virtual event on Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-5:45pm.

Here’s the link for the event:

Keeping Track of Auggies

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