Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Indoor Mask Mandate in Effect at Augsburg

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All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face coverings in indoor campus spaces, except when eating in dining areas or when in one’s own residential unit or individual office with the door closed.. This applies to all U.S. Augsburg locations. (International Augsburg locations are following local protocols.) Masks or face coverings are not required outdoors.

Over the weekend of July 31-August 1, the regional case rates in both Hennepin and Ramsey counties moved to a “substantial” transmission rate (between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 population over 7 days, as defined by the CDC). As a result, Augsburg reinstated the indoor face covering requirement, effective Tuesday, August 3.

Indoor Mask Requirement Reinstated – Email from COO

Augsburg Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines for Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Augsburg is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty, and staff for fall semester. Documented medical and non-medical exemptions will apply.

Learn more in this email from Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow:

Email from Paul Pribbenow to faculty and staff.

Email from Paul Pribbenow to students.

Teaching and Learning

Forum Podcast Ep. 69: How to be an Ally While Also Being Marginalized

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Theodora Philip (TAP Consultants, LLC) and Xaulanda Simmonds-Emmanuel (The XauSky Group) explore being an ally as Black Caribbean women, and through storytelling, they share strategies to advocate and promote equity at work and in society.

First Two Faculty Members Hired in the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies

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It is with great excitement that we announce the first two faculty hired in the department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Monica Lugo-Velez and Dr. Ly Nguyen as founding faculty of CRES and new members of the Augsburg community. Each is committed to our mission and ready for the challenge of building our Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies department. Each looks forward to working with faculty, departments and students across campus to construct a program that reflects Augsburg’s vision for CRES. Dr. Lugo-Velez holds the Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and comes to us from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Nguyen completed her Ph.D. this past spring and comes to us from the Ethnic Studies department at the University of California, San Diego. Together, they bring a well-rounded set of experiences and passion for the promise of Augsburg’s new program.

I would like to thank the CRES search team for their extraordinary hard work that brought us to this point. The team was unique in many ways, not the least of which was the number of students engaged in every step of the process. Additionally, we would like to thank all the students, staff, and faculty that attended virtual campus interview events and provided feedback. Your input in the process was invaluable. As we move forward with next steps, we will communicate our progress to a broader audience. At the beginning of the new academic year, we will relaunch the Black/Africana studies search and plan to engage our new CRES faculty, as well as the rest of our campus, in that process.

General Announcements

Office of Admissions Welcomes New Counselor

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is happy to announce we have hired a new admission counselor to join our first-year admission team! We ask the campus community to help welcome Summaiah Junaid as our newest Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions (she joins the first year team along with Shonna Fulford, Josh Owens, and Ramona Tran).

Summaiah joins us from St Cloud State University, where she worked in the Center for International Studies. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Polymer Engineering (’17) at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan and is working on her Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Development (’22) at St. Cloud State University. In addition to her work with international students, she also has experience in the office of admissions and advising. Her experience in higher education, her energy, and her passion for working with first year students will make her an asset to our team and to the larger Augsburg community! Summaiah’s first day will be Monday, August 9th.

Augsburg Local: Twin Cities Black Owned Restaurants Survey

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Thank you Auggie students, faculty, and staff for taking the time to fill out this four-question survey.

Together, the Pan-Afrikan Center, Environmental Action Committee, and SABO Center are working together to spread awareness and engagement to local Twin Cities Black owned businesses. We would like your opinion on your favorite black own restaurant near the Augsburg Community.

* Complete the form by August 15th, 2021 at 7:00 pm*

Fill out form here:

Thank you Auggies!
Pan-Afrikan Center/ PAC Fellow- Tesha Mitchell

If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at

Drawing for Prizes Worth up to $500 for Vaccinated Students by August 31

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All students vaccinated by August 31 are eligible to enter a drawing for a series of prizes that include either a $200 VISA gift card, a parking pass for the 2021-22 academic year (surface lot and street parking only) or $500 discounts on Augsburg dining and bookstore purchases.

To enter the drawing, you must have received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before 11:59 p.m. on August 31. By entering this raffle, you give Augsburg University permission to confirm your vaccination status with the Minnesota Department of Health or to contact you to upload an image of your vaccination card to validate your vaccination status.

This fall, vaccinated students will no longer be required to quarantine (if no symptoms) if exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn more about the vaccines here:

As a reminder, the Augsburg University Helpline is available to answer questions from students, faculty, and staff. Email or call 612-474-3100.

Prize Details:

Two winners will receive $500 in Augsburg dining services flex points OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Two winners will receive an Augsburg commuter or resident student parking permit for the academic year OR a $200 VISA card.

Two winners will receive a $500 discount at the bookstore OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Fall Laptop and Hotspot Requests

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Fall semester laptop and hotspot requests are now being accepted for students who need technology to complete their coursework. To request a laptop or other available technology, visit

We are also excited to announce that Augsburg has become a part of the Emergency Broadband Program, which provides internet access for Pell-eligible students. Through this program, eligible students can receive a mobile hotspot free of charge for the duration of the federally funded program. To learn more, visit Augsburg’s Emergency Broadband Benefit page at

HR and Payroll Forms Due: Friday, August 6

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HR or Payroll Forms
Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon Friday, August 6th to be processed on the August 13th pay date. This includes routine forms for HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need assistance.

Reminder: You can access forms on the new HR Website which is linked below.

Time Sheets
Please submit your timesheet by the end of the day Friday, August 6th so your supervisor has time to approve it by the Monday noon deadline.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as bank accounts or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission.
Please contact and cc Payroll for questions.

Thank you!
– Your HR & Payroll Team

Human Resources Website

Pan Afrikan Student Union Open Position

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Welcome incoming first years and returning students! My name is Ilhan Ahmed and I’m the new president for the Pan-Afrikan Student Union. I believe I speak for everyone when I say the pandemic has robbed us of our college experiences and for some, it has taken much more than just an experience. PASU not only understands but is also prepared to assist our incoming first-year students and returning students in adjusting to this new life. With that being said, we’re looking for three passionate students who can help accomplish this goal. Event Coordinator, Treasurer, and First-Year Representative are the three positions available on the PASU board. Please fill out the PASU Board Application if you’re interested. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

Apply through this form

Event Announcements

First Years Only: Twin Cities Local Black Owned Businesses Scavenger Hunt Game

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Hey first years!

The Pan-Afrikan Center, Environmental Action Committee and SABO Center partner together to create a scavenger hunt game that focuses on local black owned businesses in the Twin Cities.

When: August 30th, 2021
Where: Murphy Square
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you like to participate please bring the following items:
Comfortable shoes
Water bottle
Auggie Pass
Cell phone

*If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at

Keeping Track of Auggies

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