Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Updated Information on May 1 Robbery

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Public Safety staff received additional information regarding the robbery that occurred on 5/1 that the incident began with the suspects rear ending the victim’s vehicle. When the victims exited their vehicle to view the damage and exchange insurance information, one suspect stole a purse from the victim’s vehicle, while another got into the victim’s vehicle and drove away. One of the victims attempted to chase the suspect who stole the purse, but stopped when the suspect with the purse pulled out a gun.

– If you are involved in an accident on campus, remain in your vehicle and call Public Safety at 612-330-1717 or contact Public Safety using the CampusShield safety app
– If you are a victim of a crime, do not attempt to chase or apprehend the suspect – focus on details of the suspect(s) that could help identify them and contact Public Safety staff as soon as it is safe to do so

The timely notice on the Public Safety website has been updated with this information.

Public Safety Website

Teaching and Learning

General Announcements

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!

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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New P-card Administrator – Becky Dorscheid

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We want to welcome Rebecca (Becky) Dorscheid to the Augsburg team as our new Associate Controller! In addition to her vast responsibilities in this new role, she will also be taking over these administrative duties for P-cards starting Monday, May 10, 2021:
– Account creation/closure
– Password reset
– Monthly spending limit adjustments
– Change in Approver/Reconciler assignments

All P-card related correspondence as well as monthly reconciliation materials (receipts & statements) should be sent to

Fluent in Spanish? Judge for the MNUDL’s Spanish 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 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.

Learn More & Sign Up

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

Support MS and HS Students: Judge for the 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!

Learn More & Sign Up

Advocate for Minnesota State Grant Program

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We have one final opportunity to communicate with Gov. Tim Walz and key state legislators about the importance of helping Augsburg students by increasing funding for the State Grant program. These need-based grants impact 48% of Augsburg undergraduate students.

The current legislative session is coming to a close, and now is a critical time to ask Minnesotan policymakers to invest in college students and increase the size of the State Grant. In February, your support helped send over 1,500 messages to Gov. Walz and elected officials.

You can advocate for the State Grant program by utilizing the Minnesota Private College Council’s advocacy system, Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid, by clicking the link below. The link allows you to easily contact Gov. Walz and your elected state officials with a message supporting the State Grant program.

Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid

Event Announcements

Thursday, 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

Nancy Guilbeault Retirement Gathering Monday, May 10

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Dr. Nancy Guilbeault, Director of the Center for Wellness and Counseling is retiring from Augsburg on June 30th! Please help celebrate, honor and recognize Nancy’s 41 years of service to Augsburg on Monday 5/10 from 1 – 2:30 pm via zoom. This will be an opportunity for the community 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 hope even on Zoom, we can come together to honor the warmth, connection and healing presence Nancy has brought to our students and the entire Augsburg community these many many years.

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

Please Join CWC to Celebrate Dianne Detloff’s Retirement

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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 below

Please come join us to CELEBRATE!

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

Mary Laurel True Farewell; May 6, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom

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After more than 30 years of dedicated service to Augsburg and our surrounding communities, Mary Laurel True has moved on to a new position with the Community Action Center of Northfield. Her passion and talent for connecting campus and community in so many meaningful, creative ways will be greatly missed.

The original plan was to gather outdoors for a send-off in true Mary Laurel style, but the large number of people who want to celebrate Mary Laurel has led to shifting to a virtual event due to COVID restrictions. So, on Thursday, May 6th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM we will honor Mary Laurel in a virtual celebration on Zoom. There will be an opportunity for folks to share stories, expressions of gratitude, and best wishes. Please join friends and colleagues to celebrate all that Mary Laurel has meant to Augsburg and our neighbors!

Zoom link for the celebration:

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