Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Vaccine Appointments Still Available for TOMORROW

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The People’s Center Clinic (across Riverside Avenue from Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus) still has vaccine appointments available for Augsburg students, faculty or staff on April 22/May 20. This is a 2-dose Moderna vaccination; participants need to be available on BOTH dates (the dates are not flexible) in order to be scheduled.

To request an appointment, complete the following steps before 5 p.m. today:
1) Download and complete this PDF patient form:

2) Respond to the required questions and upload your completed PDF patient form using this Google form (Augsburg login required):

The People’s Center Clinic will call individuals in the order that they receive the completed forms to confirm appointment times on the two dates.

You can also confirm an appointment for yourself or a loved one by volunteering for a shift on one of the two vaccination days. But you must sign up today! More information here:

Volunteer and Get a Vaccine Appointment for Yourself or a Loved One

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Sign up to be a volunteer at a vaccine event at People’s Center (425 20th Ave S).

Volunteers are needed Thursday, April 22 and Thursday, May 20. Shifts are 3.5 hours. Everyone who volunteers can either sign up to receive a vaccine or can give the opportunity to a loved one (Moderna). Volunteer tasks consist of directing people where to go, assisting people with form help and other activities on site.

Sign up to volunteer here: Once you sign up for a shift please send your paperwork to Sarah Cash-Darvell,

We also are in need of nurse vaccinators to distribute the vaccines. There will be a NP on site to monitor people post-injection. Nurses please sign up here:


Teaching and Learning

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Teaching

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Teaching Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Full-Time Faculty Member)
Jacqueline deVries; History
“Professor deVries is an outstanding colleague who has modeled exemplary teaching during her time at Augsburg. She sets high standards and builds courses carefully to encourage student development.Jacqui is dedicated to interdisciplinary curricula that extends beyond the classroom and across the globe. Over her tenure at Augsburg Jacqui has introduced or invented at least nine new courses, broadening the range of course offerings to meet changing student interest and needs. Her consistent willingness to create new teaching and learning experiences benefits students and the University alike.”

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Adjunct Faculty Member)
Anna Bonderson; Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
“Anna approaches each student with respect and support. She helps each student identify and remedy their gaps or misunderstanding through clearly-explained, relevant examples. Anna does an exceptional job of teaching and she cares deeply about student learning. As one student said: “Professor Bonderson is an amazing professor. She genuinely cares about all of her students and she went above and beyond to prepare us for each exam. She is the kind of professor who will not let a student fail if the student advocates for themself. I LOVED her class even though I hate math.”

Augsburg Faculty Member Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Scholarship

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship : Michael Wentzel; Chemistry
“Michael’s many research projects focus on “green chemistry”: how to make useful chemicals in ways that protect the environment, are affordable and are accessible. In 2019 he won the American Chemical Society Environmental Improvement Award for developing “Sustainable Chemistry at Augsburg University inspired by the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion.” Students actively seek to join his research because they resonate with the green chemistry goals. Michael provides a crucial research experience for students, and students have an opportunity to make a difference with their work.”

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for their Distinguished Contributions in Service

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Service Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Service (Community-Focused)
Kathleen (Katie) Clark, Nursing and Executive Director of the Health Commons
“Many of those served by the Health Commons are living on the streets of Minneapolis or are marginally housed. Katie figured out a way to continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic — she started seeing visitors outside, continuing to distribute hygiene kits and delivering food to encampments and to those who tested positive for COVID and were not allowed into the shelters. George Floyd used to visit the Augsburg Central Health Commons. Although Katie didn’t know him well, the continuing efforts of the Health Commons in the community are dedicated to the memory of George. The fight for justice will not end.”

Distinguished Contribution in Service (University-Focused)
Jenny Hanson, Communication Studies
“During these extraordinary times, Jenny has gone to extraordinary lengths to serve our students, faculty, and staff. Jenny has worked tirelessly over the past year, as the university pivoted and faculty and staff needed resources to provide high-quality remote learning and services. She provided exemplary service to the Augsburg community through her work on policy development and best emerging practices for remote teaching and learning, all in the midst of a global pandemic. The positive impact of Jenny’s service will be experienced by our students, faculty, and staff well into the future.”

Eight Augsburg Faculty Receive Augsburg Grants to Support Course Design This Summer

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Eight Augsburg faculty from seven different programs have been awarded a total of $14,500 in Instructional Course Design (ICD) Grants to support their development or major revision of a course. Each year, the selected ICD cohort attends workshops that focus on creating courses that provide more inclusive classroom experiences, active and experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary and/or problem-based modes of inquiry for students. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 recipients!

Beliza Torres Narváez THR268: Queer Theatre and Performance
Lindsay Starck ENL330: Shakespeare
Joseph Towle SPA332: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures
James Vela-McConnell SOC390: Intersections of Race and Immigration
Ben Denkinger, Henry Yoon PSY105: Psychology in a Post-Pandemic World
Leon van Eck BIO444: Genomics and Biotechnology
Mary Lowe RLN205: Trauma and Religions: Texts, Critiques, and Strategies

General Announcements

A-mail Hiatus TOMORROW

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Augsburg University will cancel classes and suspend operations on Thursday, April 22 to offer a break that our students and community needs. See details:

Publication of A-mail will resume Friday, April 23. Any submissions made April 21 and April 22 will be published on April 23.

Send questions or concerns via email to

Graduating? Let Staffing Agencies Help You for Free

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Are you graduating this Spring, Summer or in December 2021?

Are you seeking a full-time entry level job and feeling anxious about the job search? You are not alone, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. The Strommen Career & Internship Center invites you to attend a small virtual Staffing Agency Fair powered by Handshake on Friday, April 30th.

Staffing Agencies participating in our fair specialize in working with students who have been out of college for three years or less. They specialize in recruiting and staffing for a single industry or location. These agencies are able to better understand the qualifications that candidates possess to help match them with an organization/position that’s a good fit for them. For new grads working with a staffing agency is a great way to strengthen your resume. In many cases the only way to get hired by larger employers is when you go through a staffing agency.

This fair is an opportunity for you to learn how staffing agencies can help YOU! There is NO fee paid by the candidate, so what do you have to lose?

Register for a group session where you will learn about the company and their process for helping recent grads find work or schedule 1:1 session with a representative to learn more about how they can assist you in your entry-level job search!

If you have questions, please email

Strommen Career & Internship Staff

Register and Learn More

Interested in Being a STEM Mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a rising Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2021. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to


Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Apply Here

TRIO McNair Scholars Program – Still Accepting Applications

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is still accepting applications for Fall 2021 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2022 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2022. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000+) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2022.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

McNair Website

Campus Box Closing/Survey

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As we near the end of another year please don’t forget to take care of your campus mailbox. This includes checking it for any mail, returning your lock and filing out the digital survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.

Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 16 2021) we will be closing all student campus boxes unless otherwise notified. Before the fall semester starts we will reassign campus boxes to all residential students. Commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they would like one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer, please either fill out this survey ( ) or send us an email ( with any relevant information. There is also an option to be keep your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall. If you do not fill out the survey, we will close your campus box and return to sender any mail in the box.

We are only able to forward 1st Class USPS mail and packages. Other packages (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc.), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will be returned to sender or recycled. We can also only forward to US addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted (July 16 2021). Afterward any additional mail we receive will be returned to sender.

We request that you contact the people/business sending you mail and update your address with them. Enrolling in online/electronic bills or statements can also be a smart option, it is environmentally friendly, secure and will often save you time (and sometimes money). Asking us to forward your mail does not change your mailing address with the USPS or the University, just the Mailroom.

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry:

While we have arrived at the resurrection with alleluias voiced, we also continue in a time of paradox, one with waiting and heartbreak. In the midst we hear of the Good Shepherd, who loses no one, who seeks us, who finds us.
We welcome back Michael Morris and Green Bouzard who lead us with tenderness and faithfulness.

Liturgy of the Hours

Central Services Hours on Thursday

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Due to the suspended operations on Thursday April 22nd Central Services will have reduced service but we will still be here in limited capacity.

Shipping/Receiving and the Copy Center will be open from 8:00am – 3:00pm. The mailroom will not have any open window hours but 1st class mail will still be sorted. No faculty/staff mail or package deliveries will take place unless requested.

Event Announcements

Forum Presentation, When Our Identities Conflict

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When: May 20, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation

Register here:

Presenters: Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Anderson & Rust – Borough of Allendale, NJ

What do we believe about ourselves as a people and country — the UNITED States of America? What values do we pass on to our children and their children’s children? What resonates for us, and why?

Join us for a moderated panel discussion that explores understanding our beliefs and values, what underwrites our political identities, and how to influence ourselves and our interactions in partnership and leadership across many difference points of view.

Learning Outcomes
Learn how to deeply listen to hear and recognize the humanity in ourselves and each other
Embrace paradoxes of sameness and difference, individual and group
Explore how our mindsets are shaped by our beliefs and values (what underpins our political identities)
Challenge your mindset to see bigger and broader and to go deeper to the heart level

Forum Webinar, Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce

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When: May 27, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Global Diversity
Presenter: Luiza Dreasher, Mastering Cultural Difference
Cost: Free, $15 Suggested Donation

With the trend toward a more diverse workforce continuing, so are the ways we conduct business. In the past, most U.S. businesses functioned primarily within our borders. Today, globalization is proving to be a huge game changer for many companies, big and small. With globalization and increased immigration, the potential for misunderstandings in the workplace is really high. First, language differences may lead to miscommunication and misinterpretation. Second you fail to take into account significant cultural differences. For example, during a performance review, you provide constructive criticism to an employee with the intent of helping him improve his performance. Later on you learn that he quit his job because of the shame and loss of face your feedback caused. In this interactive Webinar, you will understand the impact of cultural differences in the workplace and learn strategies to bridge those differences effectively.

Learning Outcomes
Learn the importance of paying attention to cultural differences in the workplace
Recognize differences in communication styles
Apply strategies to communicate effectively with a global workforce

Dianne Detloff’s Retirement Celebration – Please Join Us

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Dianne Detloff’s retirement celebration is on Thursday, May 6th from 2:30 – 3:30 PM.
Come with your memories, stories, appreciation and good wishes for Dianne.

With more than twenty years of dedicated service, Dianne has worked as an Administrative Program Coordinator in the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC). She has welcomed thousands of students to CWC services. She provided leadership for annual CWC Health Fairs, provided leadership for the Augsburg student EPIC program, brought Paws for Learning to campus, organized blood donations with the Memorial Blood Center, arranged flu clinics, and has created a multitude of student programs and events.

Dianne’s last day on campus in May 28th. You can email Dianne at or call her at 612-330-1707.

The zoom link for this event is

Please come join us to celebrate Dianne. She is EPIC!

Keeping Track of Auggies

MN Urban Debate League Team Places in Semifinals of Tournament of Champions

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Minneapolis South High School’s debate partnership, Gabe Chang-Deutsch & Clara Conry, were Semifinalists in the Policy Debate section of the Tournament of Champions.

Conry & Chang-Deutsch debated students from Bellarmine Preparatory Academy in Tacoma, WA during the semifinal round of the tournament.

In response to COVID-19, the tournament was held entirely virtually.

The Tournament of Champions is hosted by the University of Kentucky. To qualify for the TOC, students must earn bids through strong performances at highly competitive tournaments during the season. Conry & Chang-Deutsch competed against many of the most competitive policy teams in the US, through octafinals, quarterfinals, and semifinals.

In policy debate, students across the nation research and prepare cases for the affirmative (pro) and negative (con) side of the same topic. The policy debate resolution debated at this year’s tournament was: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

South High School is a member of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. The mission of MNUDL is to empower students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active global citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

The following teams from the state of Minnesota also competed in Policy Debate at the Tournament of Champions:

Eagan HS – Li & Sen
Edina HS – Anderson McElligott & Atri

Learn More about the MNUDL


Several Items for Sale

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Selling Airpods Fully Functioning Case!!!- Only asking $20 for this fully functioning Airpod case, One of the pods drops signal here and there but one works fully. Excellent for a backup!

Vintage WW2 TAMRON Military Binoculars- $20, Great Condition, Great collectible. 8×21, Japan

NWT Ralph Lauren Nordstrom Pink Baby Outfit W Bib- $10, 3/6M Brand new 13 1/2-17 lbs. Gorgeous piece of clothing for a baby girl! Paid over $50.

UNDER DESK WORKOUT ELLIPTICAL- Only asking $15 fully functioning, great for school and work!

Adorable Porcelain Vintage Tea Set!!- Green & Pearl Techno Gorgeous unique coloring. From the 1940’s era Porcelain. Porcelanarte Parana Company, In excellent condition. -$15

Girls Adidas Classic White Size 8 Women’s- $10, good condition!

NWT GUITAR STANDS FOR SALE- Guitar Center, High Quality- $10

Selling Black Olympia Rolling Laptop Suitcase- $10, Great quality!

Gorgeous Crystal Glass Cake Case- Gorgeous crystal glass cake and food covering.
Paid over $50, only asking $10! High quality and a steal for what you get 🙂

NWOT Disney Purple Tinker Bell Blanket Small- So cuddly and sweet! Perfect gift or perfect for any situation! Adorable design. Only asking $10

Vintage Angel W/ Harps Porcelain Figurines- Both for $10, $5 each figurine.

NWOT Girls Black Modern Twin Size Comforter- Adorable pattern, modern black & white twin sized comforter, so cozy! – $5

Two Quirky Creative Lawn Decoration Pegs- $5 for both

NWOT Mobile-edge High quality Backpack- $5 These backpacks are excellent for any type of technology, heavy duty and almost military grade. These go for a lot more, but I’m only asking $5 because one of the zippers are broken, easy fix for such a quality item.

Women’s Purses for Sale

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Selling lot of Women’s Purses- $5 per purse. Great quality for throw around purses or your everyday! None have any serious issues or flaws and are at most lightly used.

Vera Bradley Green Flowered/Textured iPad/Tablet Case- Super unique design & a lot of padding to protect your tablet!- $5

NWOT Tan & Green Summer Purse- Only asking $5! Medium size fashionable. Almost a Summery Sunhat texture.

Tan & Brown Plain Purse Large W/ 70’s Orange Inside- $5

Maxx New York Medium Size Pleather Bag- Cute Staple to go with any outfit!- $5

Tommy Hillfiger Small Grey Purse- Small Shiny Grey Purse, Modern- $5

Shiny Brown Stylish Emilie M. Purse W/ Snakelike Inside- $5, Super large & lots of space!

Falchi Sport Makeup Mirror Medium Bag- Black & clear leaf design- $2

These purses are great and I hope they find amazing homes! 🙂