Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Get Tested for COVID-19 After Spring Break Travel

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If you traveled from your home or residence hall during spring break, you are urged to get a COVID-19 test because cases are rising quickly.

The state of Minnesota offers fast and accurate at-home saliva testing, at no cost, to any person who feels they need a test. You can find more information on COVID-19 testing, including testing sites in Minnesota, on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing webpage.

Webpage links are available under the heading, “At-Home Testing and Other COVID-19 Testing Options,” at .

Information About No-Cost COVID Testing

Department of Public Safety Campus Plan for State vs. Derek Chauvin Trial

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Augsburg has planned for four levels of activity based on the experiences last year after George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. Plans include physical distancing and mask guidelines.

To communicate with you in advance of these four levels, we will need your updated information. To sign up for campus emergency notifications visit the Public Safety Website and click on Emergency Notifications. Also please keep your contact information current with Augsburg by going to Records and Registration and clicking on View/Update Contact Information in the upper-right.

Copy of Public Safety Plan

Teaching and Learning

Forum Podcast ep 59, Radically Rethinking Inclusion: A Bold New Approach to Succeeding Together

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebekah Steele(Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs) and Alison Maitland (author, speaker, coach) discuss the “INdivisible approach” as a way to radically rethink “feel good” inclusion initiatives.

Want to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad with Fulbright?

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field, including performance studies and the creative arts. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

Fulbright US Student Program Website

CTL Hosting Discussion of NAMI Minnesota Podcast

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It’s hard to ignore our emotional, psychological, and social well-being today when it’s being inundated with MAJOR stressors that affect how we think, feel, and act. Please join CTL fellows and other faculty/staff for a discussion of mental health, especially related to communities of color. We will be facilitating a discussion on NAMI Minnesota’s Wellness in Color podcasts. Please listen to three of these podcasts (available at and come discuss what you’ve learned on a Zoom meeting with other faculty and staff members. We will be meeting on Monday, April 12 from 3:10 pm to 4:10 pm to listen to so that we will have things in common that we can discuss. Please listen to the following podcasts: “Blurring Tradition,” “Flipping the Status Quo,” and “Between Two Worlds.”

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. Use the linked RSVP form to let us know you would like to join.

Wellness in Color Podcast Discussion | Monday, April 12 | 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm | ZOOM

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion

General Announcements

Last Day to Nominate, Staff, Faculty, Org Advisor Awards

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Student Organization Advisor of the Year – presented at the Student Leadership Awards

Staff of the Year – presented at the Staff Luncheon

Faculty of the Year – presented at the Faculty Luncheon

Nominate and VOTE for your favorite advisor, staff, and faculty award!!!!!! 2020-2021 Augsburg VOTE

Campus Life Student Administrative Assistant Position Applications Now Available

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Attention returning 2021-2022 Augsburg students–Job application for Campus Life’s Student Administrative Assistants positions are now available. There are two positions available, and all application materials are due April 5th.

Click on the link below for more information about the job description and access to the application page. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Life staff at


New Augsburg Experience: Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice

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Deadline Extended: April 1st

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.

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.

Here is the website to learn more information:

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

Staff Appreciation: Nominate a Colleague Before April 10

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This year, the Staff Senate will host a virtual Staff Appreciation Event on May 10. We are celebrating Augsburg staff in several ways:

– We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form:

– Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted through April 9th. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

– We are also inviting Augsburg staff to tell us: what are you proud of this year? Did you pick up a new hobby, accomplish a difficult task, or just make it through a challenging year? Share your story with the Augsburg community by filming a short (less than 1 minute) video that will be featured during the Staff Appreciation Event. Videos can be submitted through this link:

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2021) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the virtual event on May 10.

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information:

Come Into Full Bloom with TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can access TutorMe through any of your Moodle classes. At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Fall and Summer Admissions Student Workers Needed

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Interested in helping recruit the next class of Auggies?! Admissions is hiring Fall and Summer student workers. Summer work starts in May and Fall work starts in September.

We are hiring for Auggie Ambassadors and Tour Guides. Ambassadors have more office hours and help manage the front desk along with tours and events. Tour Guides focus on leading tours! The Ambassador position will give you more hours and the tour guide position is great for the busy student that still wants to represent Augsburg from time to time.

Both positions are posted on Handshake.

Apply today!!

Registrar’s Office Zoom and In-Person Services

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The Registrar’s office staff are now available to meet in-person at the enrollment center window. You can stop by Monday thru Friday between 10am – 2pm for assistance with registration, transfer, petition and graduation questions. Please make sure you wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.

Additionally, the Registrar’s office will offer zoom drop-in hours during the registration period. Please refer to the calendar for dates and details.

Registration Period Zoom Drop-In Hours

Event Announcements

2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony

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The 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony is coming up soon! The Augsburg Leadership Awards are given at the end of every spring semester to outstanding student leaders and student organizations. The award recipients will be announced at the Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Inductees of the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society and graduates of the Inclusion Scholars program will also be honored.

The Zoom Link is TBD, but please RSVP on Auggie Life to join the celebration of our student leaders and student organizations.

Link to Auggie Life:

Register for “Abolition Praxis as a Moral Compass: A ‘Radical Imaginary’ in Higher Education”

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April 7, 4-6pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Batalden Applied Ethics Program and Augsburg Student Day Government (ASDG).

This co-sponsored panel event will feature David Stovall (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago) and student panelists. Critical race theorist and abolition scholar Professor Stovall invites us into “a radical imaginary” that “challenges us to think about the world as it is while committing to a process that systemically changes it” (2018, p. 53). Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in traditionally White institutions (TWIs) must navigate a covert White supremacist infrastructure (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, 2005) and a White milieu in higher education (for example, “White talk moves,” see Finders & Kwame-Ross, 2020). This proposed panel seeks to move us toward abolition democracy (DuBois, 1998; Davis, 2005) using Ella Baker’s participatory democracy model.

For us to embrace abolition democracy as a TWI, we must all be held accountable. Indeed, abolitionist Bettina Love (2019) has argued for accountability: “Abolitionist teaching asks us to question the piece of the oppressor that lives in us all” (p. 122).“ Thus, there is a moral imperative to use abolition praxis – defined as a “practice theory of change” (Roberts, 2019) – to guide our collective “radical imaginary.”

Pre-registration is required:

The Batalden/ Augsburg Student Day Government planning committee includes (in alphabetical order by last name): Zoe Barany, Berlynn Bitengo, Thin Thin Kaing, Bibiana Koh and, Knaunong “Birdy” Xiong).

Funding for this public event is generously provided by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

#StopAsianHate Virtual Candlelight Vigil

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Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA), Hmong Women Together (HWT), and Pan Asian Student Services(PASS) recognizes that anti-AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) prejudice is only one form of systematic racism that continues to spread in our nation. Together, we appreciate the outpour of outreach and attention from Administration, peers and allies in support of the recent events in Georgia last week and our daily lived experiences.

We hope that there will be work in solidarity from Augsburg to take a stand against the structures that perpetuate and fuel discrimination for all BIPOC and specifically recently more heightened assaults on Pan-Asians in our communities, and to identify actionable ways to address this and all forms of prejudice, stigmatization, and racism.

We hereby recommend for you to join us in the following spaces at Augsburg to continue these conversations and to help us come together in community:
-Join us next week for our #stopasianhate Virtual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:30pm- RSVP on the Auggie Life page:
-Save the date and participate in AASA’s Pan Asian Week (PAW) on March 29-April 2, 2021-
-For BIPOC Faculty, Staff and Students, consider joining Augsburg for a discussion on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 10:30am-11:30am, holding a space via Zoom that will be centered around BIPOC students, staff, and faculty gathering in discussion to process current events regarding racial violence in the United States, including but not limited to the Derek Chauvin trail in Minneapolis and the shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian American communities. RSVP on the Auggie Life page –
-Consider attending the following conference to learn more about these AAPI issues at the 2021 APAHE national summit on April 15, 2021–

Working With Emotions Skills Group – Starting 4/7

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) will be offering for the the last time this semester, a psycho-educational group for Augsburg students starting Wednesday, April 7th via zoom from 4:30 – 6 pm. The group facilitated by CWC counselor Josh Kent will identify and help students learn about the role of emotions in our lives and skills for working with them. If you are interested in the group or learning more contact Josh at

TODAY Auggie Connect: Disability in the Workplace

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Ever wonder if/when you should disclose your disability to an employer? What if your boss says no when you request a reasonable accommodation? Should you talk about your disability in a job interview? What are some tips for finding your next job?

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. Kathy McGillivray, Director of the CLASS office, will lead a discussion on disability in the workplace, requesting accommodations, and knowing your legal rights.

Auggie Connect is available to students with disabilities each Monday 3:30-4:30 PM. If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact

Zoom Meeting ID: 9990654 4396
Passcode: 586732

Auggie Connect Zoom meeting

Conversations on Healing and Justice: Confronting Racial Violence in the US

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On Thursday April, 1 at 10:30-11:30 am Campus Life will be holding a space via Zoom that will be centered around BIPOC students, staff, and faculty gathering in discussion to process current events regarding racial violence in the United States, including but not limited to the Derek Chauvin trail in Minneapolis and the shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian American communities. RSVP on the Auggie Life page.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Mark Lester Article: Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”

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CGEE’s Central America Director, Mark Lester, has published an article in the Institute for International Education-IIE Networker. Click on the link below to read it!

Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”


Last week for Girl Scout Cookies

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My daughter Eleanor (7) is selling Girl Scout cookies online for contactless goodness. You can place an order online and have the cookies sent to you. If you purchase 6 boxes the shipping is just $6.

She asked that I share this message with you:
“Hey everyone. Eleanor here. It’s the last week to buy cookies. So, if you want some you better get buying. Bye-eee!”

Goal Update: Eleanor has sold 186/230
Sales end April 2nd

Buy Girl Scout Cookies ONLINE