Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Facilities Management Cleaning Practices

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As faculty and staff return to Augsburg University offices, the Facilities Department wants to share information about our cleaning practices.

Custodians are focused on cleaning classrooms, common spaces, and bathrooms. As a reminder, they will clean office suites daily and individual offices one day a week once they are made aware that the space is in use again. If your trash needs to be emptied more than that, please empty it into a commonspace trash receptacle, such as those in hallways.

A sanitization station is at most building entrances with gel hand sanitizer and foaming hand sanitizer. There also are disinfectant wipes to use in your office as well as in common and shared spaces after use.

Please put in a custodial request to refill gel hand sanitizer in building dispensers if they’re empty as well as for more disinfectant wipes or for any other custodial needs.

Timely Notice: Armed Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

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On Saturday, May 1, Augsburg’s Department of Public Safety received a report that at approximately 3:15 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the intersection of 8th St S and 20th Ave S. The victim was stopped in their vehicle at the intersection of 8th St S and 20th Ave S when they were approached by two males. One male pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim get out of their vehicle; the victim complied, and the males entered the vehicle and left on 20th Ave S, followed by the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects’ vehicle is a black Nissan with Minnesota license plate 353-PUJ.

STATUS: Augsburg Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police (MPD) are currently investigating this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

DPS is grateful to the members of the Augsburg community who promptly called x1717 to notify DPS of this incident. To all our community members, please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).

To view the full Timely Notice, please visit the Public Safety website.

Department of Public Safety website

Teaching and Learning

General Announcements

Copy Center Summer Hours

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With the end of the semester, the Augsburg Copy Center will be changing to our summer hours effective Monday, May 3.
The Copy Center will be open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
If you need assistance outside of these hours please let us know and we will work out how best to assist you.
Mail Room and Shipping/Receiving hours will remain unchanged.

Thank You,
Central Services Staff
Jeni, Cody, Billy & Mike

Student Campus Box Closure/Survey

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As the end of the academic year has arrived please make sure to check 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.

Join us at Virtual Speech and Debate Camp for Middle and High School Students This Summer

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The Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) for middle and high school students is open for registration!

MDAW is a collaborative effort between The Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and The University of Minnesota Debate Team. Our goal is to increase access to speech & debate for schools, coaches, and students entering 5th – 12th grade providing a high quality, virtual summer camp experience to students in the Twin Cities Metro, the Upper Midwest region, and across the US!

Scholarships, discounts, and payment plans are available.

2021 Virtual Speech & Debate Camp Offerings

Middle School (all online)
– Middle School Policy Debate Camp
– Middle School Speech Camp
– Middle School Congressional Debate Camp

For more details, costs, and registration visit:

High School (all online)
– Congressional Debate Camp (1 session)
– Policy Debate Camp (3 sessions)
– Extended – for intermediate and advanced students
– Core – for beginning and intermediate (advanced students may attend as camp leaders)
– Core and Extended – for intermediate and advanced students
For more details, cost and registration visit:

Sign up today! Please direct any questions to

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Fluent in Spanish? Judge for the MNUDL’s Spanish Debate League (All Virtual)

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

Our Spanish Debate League is designed to affirm & empower Spanish-speaking students. The program is held entirely in Spanish.

Spanish Debate League is being held 100% virtually this year in response to COVID-19. This year’s topic is the impact of social media on society. We need volunteer judges! Can you help?

All rounds and judging will be entirely in Spanish. Judges watch debate rounds and then evaluate teams on argumentation, logic, and public speaking skills. Judges must be fluent in Spanish, but no prior judging experience is necessary to volunteer; judges receive a short training and all necessary materials prior to the start of tournaments.

If you’re interested, please sign up below. Email with any additional questions.

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Support East African Students: Judge the MNUDL’s Virtual East African Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students.

Our East African Debate League affirms & celebrates East African identity while teaching students fundamental debate skills. This year’s debate topic is about the pros and cons of POC representation on the police force.

Are you interested in supporting students’ personal and academic growth? Sign up to judge! No experience is required. Debates are held in English. We provide training before every tournament.

Tournaments are held 100% virtually.

Please sign up for upcoming judge shifts below. Please direct questions to We hope to see you there!

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Free Groceries from Campus Cupboard this Summer

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Campus Cupboard still offers free grocery deliveries on and off campus for students during the summer! If you live on campus or can pick up your food on campus, fill out this linked form whenever you need groceries. If you live off campus and would like food delivered to you, email to get on our weekly delivery route!

Event Announcements

Forum Event – Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference

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When: May 6, 2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core  |  Jenan Mohajir, Interfaith Youth Core

Religious diversity is an incredibly important part of American public life. Controversies regarding religion and business are regularly in both the press and the courts and more Americans say that they encounter religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of their life (PRRI, 2019). However, religion is often left out of the corporate diversity conversation. Diverse identities and perspectives on a team can lead to greater outcomes or can lead to misunderstanding and conflict. It is only when diverse identities are engaged, and team members have opportunities to intentionally learn about one another, that the potential strength of workplace diversity is unlocked. Developing a company culture that proactively engages religious diversity can open doors to greater employee productivity, enhanced client satisfaction, and even new business prospects. Join IFYC to explore why engaging religion matters in the workplace, workshop challenging scenarios, and identify your interfaith skillset.

Learning Outcomes
Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
Understand and apply interfaith frameworks to common tensions in the workplace related to religious identity and diversity
Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture

Baccalaureate and Interfaith Sending for Class of 2021

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To honor the Augsburg Class of 2021 and mark the completion of their studies, Campus Ministry would like to offer two online services that would usually have been held on campus. The entire Augsburg community is invited to participate in these services.

The first is our Baccalaureate Service, which is a festive service of music and word held for the graduating class, friends, and family members celebrating the completion of your studies at Augsburg and offering our blessings to you as you go out into the world. This is a Christian worship service, open to all. The online service this year is filled with joy and thanksgiving. Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres offers a blessing sermon for the class and the service features music performed by University Organist Mark Sedio, the Global Harmony choir, and student singers. A pdf of the bulletin is available online An audio-description version of the service is also available.

You are also invited to watch the Interfaith Community Sending service. Graduating students of all religious and secular identities are invited to watch this interfaith service celebrating your educational journey. This service is a special time of reflection and blessing led by the Interfaith Scholar Cohort of 2020-21.

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Nancy Guilbeault’s Graduation Party May 10

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Nancy Guilbeault is graduating (retiring) from Augsburg! And we are having a celebration for the 41 years she dedicated to the Augsburg community. On Monday, May 10, from 1-2:30pm, we will honor Nancy in a virtual celebration. There will be an opportunity for folks to share their appreciation for Nancy’s many contributions to the Augsburg community, and to share good wishes for the next chapter of her life. We are hoping that even on Zoom, we can gather with warmth, humor, and creativity, to honor the warmth, connection and healing presence Nancy has brought to our students and the entire Augsburg community. Nancy’s graduation date is June 30.

Zoom link for the celebration (please put on your calendar)

Hybrid All Hands Meeting Thursday

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The final All Hands Meeting of the 2020-21 year will be Thursday, May 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held as a hybrid event, both in Hoversten Chapel and via Zoom. While we normally hold a longer, strategy-focused All-Hands Planning Summit at the end of the year, we have decided to move our summit conversation to the fall and use this opportunity to report on the significant accomplishments of the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and staff can email to reserve an in-person spot. Space will be limited; the maximum capacity of the chapel under current structured event guidelines is 58. Faculty and staff can also register to join the webinar on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (log in required).

Inside Augsburg

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