Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hot Water Shut Off Monday, August 30 at Some Minneapolis Campus Buildings

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Metropolitan Mechanical(MMC) did the annual inspection of the steam vaults on campus this week and found a leak in two of our steam vaults. This work repair will require a campus-wide steam shut down on Monday, August 30th from 6AM – 3PM.

A list of buildings that are affected because of the steam shutdown follows. This ONLY affects the hot water side of kitchen sinks, vanities and showers; cold water will still work in those locations as well as for the toilets in all restrooms.

Ice Arena
Urness Hall
Mortensen Hall
Christensen Center

Finally, during the repair work, a crew member will be stationed on the 22nd Avenue sidewalk near Memorial Hall for the duration of the work. The sidewalk is expected to still be usable during that time.

$100 Incentive for First Dose at Minnesota State Fair

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The Minnesota Department of Health, Ramsey County and Homeland Health are offering all eligible Fairgoers the chance to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine. Fairgoers can visit the community vaccination clinic at the North End Event Center to receive a Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine (based on availability), and after a short waiting period, return to the fun of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Minnesotans 12 years of age and older are eligible.  

Minnesota State Fair – North End Event Center
Aug 26 – Sep 5: 9am – 9pm
Sep 6: 9am – 8pm (Labor Day)

$100 Vaccine Incentive:
Those who receive their first dose at the Minnesota State Fair COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic will receive a $100 Visa gift card immediately after getting their shot. Gift cards will go to the first 3,600 people who receive their first-dose vaccinations at the State Fair. Don’t delay!

For your appointment:
You are required to wear a mask and comply with social distancing requirements.
You need to confirm your first name, last name, date of birth, and home address.
You do NOT need to show an ID.
You do NOT need medical insurance.
Language interpretation and American Sign Language (ASL) will be available on-site and through the language line.
ADA accommodations available on-site.
Map and location of State Fair COVID-19 Vaccination Site (PDF)
Register for an appointment at the State Fair
or call 833-431-2053.
Walk-ins are accepted and encouraged!

Lindell Library Lower Level Flooded Early Thursday Morning; Cleanup in Process

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The lower level of Lindell Library flooded with an inch of water early Thursday morning. A plug snapped off from the fire sprinkler line of Lindell Library’s water system, causing clean water to run into the mechanical room and the rest of the lower level. The entire space was flooded and nearly two feet of water filled an elevator. Public Safety learned of the flooding at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The fire department, which was alerted by sprinkler system sensors, and Augsburg’s Facilities employees were able to shut the water off about 6 a.m.

First thing Thursday morning, Augsburg’s custodial team, who have been prepping campus for the return of students, removed much of the water. A professional sanitization company is finishing removing the remaining moisture and reducing humidity in the space. Augsburg will be doing environmental testing. The librarians and archivists have been going through the collection and archives housed on the lower level. Items that were higher up on shelving weren’t damaged, but some items were impacted.

Augsburg is working with professional sanitization and environmental firms to assess when the space will be usable.

Teaching and Learning

The Impact of COVID on Faculty

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Please join Ellie Olson, Director of Augsburg’s Center for Wellness and Counseling, for her session “Preparing to Be Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty” this Tuesday, August 31st from 3-4pm on campus in the Marshall Room (Christensen Center). Despite our desire to return to campus with a sense of comfort and predictability, the semester ahead seems likely to be one of continuing challenge and transition. But we HAVE learned some things from the past eighteen months that we can use to our advantage as we approach the coming year. This session will create space for faculty to name and reflect on the emotional and cognitive impact COVID has had on them, with guidance on how to manage and respond to that impact as you enter the classroom again. The target audience for this session is teaching faculty and staff, but the session is open to all.

This session is part of the Faculty Development Committee’s “Promoting Faculty Balance” Series

Become a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Fellow– Apply by September 5

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The Center for Teaching and Learning at Augsburg is seeking TWO faculty members to join the CTL Fellows program for a 2-year term (Sep 2021-Aug 2023). The group of six CTL fellows work closely with the Director of CTL, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, to plan, coordinate, and sometimes even host the teaching and learning programming offered to Augsburg faculty throughout the year. Each fellow receives a stipend of $500 per year as well as an additional $1000 in travel funds per year to attend additional teaching and learning focused conferences and bring ideas and information back to CTL.

The minimum qualifications for these two fellowship openings are that you must:
– be a full-time faculty member at Augsburg (tenure-track or non-tenure track),
– have at least an introductory knowledge of effective pedagogies at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and
– have completed the Augsburg University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (or are on track to complete it during the Fall 2021 semester)

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please complete the linked CTL Fellow Application, below, by Sunday, September 5.

If you have any questions about the position or a question about your qualifications, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright at or

CTL Fellow Application

Reminder: 2022-23 Faculty Sabbatical Applications due September 1

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This is a reminder for faculty who are eligible for sabbatical in 2022-23, that the deadline to submit your completed application is next Wed., Sept. 1. Details on applying for a sabbatical leave (including a link to the application form) can be found on the Academic Affairs web page.

Academic Affairs web page (please link to these words in the last sentence)

Join Model UN in Chicago This Fall! – Apps Due September 1

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Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American Model United Nations from November 20-23, 2021, held in Chicago, IL.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in November. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The fall 2021 Augsburg delegation will be representing the countries of Guatemala, Namibia and Sweden. In addition, a focus of the class will also be the study of indigenous peoples and their connection to the United Nations, with emphasis on Canadian First Nations.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

We will accept applications until September 1, 2021 or until the program fills.

Prerequisite: students must complete the POL 160 course before Fall 2021, or have relevant equivalent academic experience.

For more information, contact Professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to Chicago.

Learn More and Apply online

Podcast Ep. 71: Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Luiza Dreasher (Mastering Cultural Differences) answer questions from listeners that attended our May 27, 2021 webinar Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce.

Forum Podcast Ep. 72: How Different Philosophies of Race Can Help Us Heal

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Sheena Mason (Theory of Racelessness) deep dives into the concept of race and how by knowing more about race philosophy, we can begin to intentionally uproot racism in our everyday lives.

General Announcements

Farewell to Mayra Medina Macias

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Mayra Medina Macias ’14, Director of Latinx Student Services, will be transitioning out of Augsburg Fall 2021. She will be relocating to Colorado to be closer to family. We wish her well as she moves on to new opportunities. Until a replacement is named, please contact Hli Vang, Assistant Dean of Students at or

Students: Do You Love Vocal Harmony? Do You Need Choir in Your Life?

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Choristers at Augsburg sing music from the cloisters of Medieval France, the fields of Bulgaria, the Township choirs of South Africa, the churches of the rural Southeastern US, the concert halls of New York City, and more. Our choral ensembles concertize with professional singers and instrumentalist from across the country and abroad, collaborate with musical youth from the Twin Cities metro area, and connect our voices to civic life and the wider society.

For information on our choirs and our audition procedures, click here:

We can’t wait to hear you!

For All Augsburg Students and Employees Who Love A Capella Singing

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You’re invited!

Join Season 2 of the Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir
and learn to sing in vocal-harmony traditions from all over the world.

Featuring direct instruction from culture-bearers in the following traditions:

Village song from Bosnia, Appalachia, and Sweden
Traditional Black Gospel hymnody
Harmonized folk melody from Madagascar and the Siberian Shtetl
Sufi devotional singing from Bosnia
Black South African choral music
Polyphony from the Republic of Georgia

Class/rehearsal held weekly onsite at Augsburg University, Fridays 4:30-6:00.

Open to all students for registration in MUS 392, by permission of instructor. (May be taken for 1 or 0 credit.) Open free-of-charge to all Augsburg employees via community registration track. All interested must contact Dr. Kristina Boerger:

For full details, visit:

Student Workers Wanted: Assistant Enrollment Counselor, Student Finances

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Student Financial Services is seeking 2-3 student employees for the 2021-22 academic year. This is a great opportunity to gain new professional skills in an office setting. Important skills that you will develop and/or cultivate are:

• Interpersonal Communications
• Problem Solving
• Project Management

If you are interested, please APPLY NOW on Handshake or through the link below. If you have any questions about the position, please email our office at

Learn more and apply today!

Student Workers Wanted: Athletics Sports Information

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Athletics Sports Information is seeking 10-15 student employees for 2021-22 academic year. If you enjoy sports, this is a great job for you! Work home athletic events and get paid. Hours are flexible, directly reflecting the home athletic event schedule. This is a great opportunity to hone your skills and gain new experiences. If you are interested in learning more, you can view the job on Handshake or email

Sports Information Student Assistant – Job Posting

Student Workers Wanted: Study Abroad and Away Office

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (study abroad & away office) is hiring students for fall! We have TWO positions available, both with a focus on marketing and outreach, among other duties.

Students interested in using and growing their communication, marketing, graphic design, and/or social media skills are highly encouraged to apply! No study abroad/away experience is required.

Look for the CGEE student jobs on Handshake, and feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to your application!

Find full details and apply online via Handshake

Spring Semester Study Abroad Scholarship Application: Due Sept 15

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The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship for study abroad, for spring semester, is due ***September 15***
Don’t delay!
Eligibility and application instructions can be found on the scholarship website below. All students planning to study abroad for the spring semester should check it out!

Study Abroad & Away is for every Auggie. It’s never too early, or too late, to learn more about how off-campus opportunities can work for you! To search programs and schedule an advising appointment, visit

FEA Scholarship information and online application

Event Announcements

River Semester Launch Ceremony Invitation

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After a busy summer of building new boats for the upcoming River Semester, we will be holding a short ceremony and launch for this year’s students as they head off for the river expedition on the morning of Friday, September 3rd. The group will depart from the Watergate Marina (2500 Crosby Farm Rd. in St. Paul) with a christening of the boats at 10am, and launch at approximately 10:30. There is some parking at the marina, with additional parking just down the road at Crosby Farm park. Once at the marina, you will want to walk down the dirt road to the river, where the two catamarans will be pulled up on shore.

Student Organizations—Sign up for Homecoming’s Taste of Augsburg

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Calling all student organizations!

Sign up to be a vendor during this year’s Taste of Augsburg Homecoming event. Interact with fellow students, alumni, and friends of the university while fundraising for your student group!

As a vendor, students are encouraged to sell a product (food, pom poms, etc.), or a service (carnival game, face painting, etc.). Groups are responsible for the cost of the product/service, but any profit made will be yours to keep.

See more important details below:

Booths tied to the football game will have an option to close at 1 pm.
Alumni Relations will be awarding up to $1,000 in seed money for student groups & athletic teams to help purchase supplies. Money will be awarded on a rolling basis until all money is spent.
Up to $100 for groups offering food—main or side dishes
Up to $50 for groups offering dessert or beverage items
$25-$50 for groups offering games or activities

Fill out the Seed Money Application by Friday, September 23, 2021.

Vendor Registration is open through Friday, September 17, 2021.

Remember, first come first serve to claim booth items—so start talking to your group now.

Questions? Contact Tia’Lana Hunter at or 612-330-1171.

Student Organization Vendor Registration

Join MN Urban Debate’s “Back to Debate” Supply Drive

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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 area.

We’re planning to shift back to in-person programming with COVID-19 precautions in place- which means we need new supplies!

Help us meet the moment by donating new or gently used supplies, including:

– Expanding file folders
– 1-inch+ binders
– Highlighters
– Sticky notes
– Legal pads
– Black, blue, and red pens

Check out our Amazon wishlist & help us equip our high school national topic debaters by the first tournament on September 25th!

If you or your workplace have gently-used supplies, please contact us at so we can set up a time for pickup/dropoff.

Or, make a flexible cash or check donation. $25 covers the entry fees for a student’s first debate tournament! Become a one-time or monthly giver now and you’ll set more students up for success in the first season.

Make a Gift

Faculty and Staff Invited to Lunch With First-Year Students on August 31

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August 31 on the Quad:

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Faculty and staff are invited to come together with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while (and to meet new ones!).

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch with students, staff, and faculty on the quad.

Paul will welcome new students. We encourage staff and faculty to stay to add your applause.

Gym if it rains.

Keeping Track of Auggies

No Postings


Now Hiring: FT and Contract Roles at the MNUDL

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Operations Coordinator:

The Operations Coordinator plays an essential role in implementing the administrative and operation systems for the Minnesota Urban Debate League program. The pay range is $38,000-42,000 yearly. Augsburg University provides full benefits; additionally after one year, employees are eligible for tuition remission – a great benefit to further a degree for yourself or a dependent.
Learn more about the job and apply via Augsburg University:

Community Debate Liaison – AmeriCorps VISTA

The Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA role deadline has been extended to October 1st. Gain professional development in the nonprofit field while expanding the capacity of our Spanish Debate League and East African Debate programs. An AmeriCorps VISTA fellowship is a great way to make a career change to the nonprofit field or prepare yourself for further education. Learn more and apply via LinkedIn:

Community Coach & Judge Roles

We are looking for community coaches for the 2020-21 season. Community coaches are experienced debaters who want to share their expertise with students and collaborate with teacher coaches at our area schools. Applicants who competed in Policy/Cross-Examination, Lincoln Douglas, or Public Forum debate as high schoolers/college students would be highly preferred. We pay our coaches $2,250 for the September-December season and we pay judges $55 a day to judge. Contact Jake Swede at if you fit the description and are interested!

Contract Photographer

We are searching for a contract tournament & event photographer. We are seeking experienced photographers with their own gear who can capture the excitement of tournaments, from rounds to award ceremonies. Weekend availability required in fall. Please contact with photo samples so we can set up a further conversation.

Employment Opportunities at the MNUDL

Now Hiring at Kendra Scott Mall of America Location

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You’ll love being a part of the Kendra Scott family if you love fashion, you cherish family and you do good.
We create quality, affordable luxury products that make fashion and its trends truly accessible. (Plus, you’ll get a generous discount on all of our jewelry.) Our employees are the heart and soul of our brand, and we are committed to them and their communities.
We facilitate lifelong relationships in our working environment, and also provide paid parental leave, competitive PTO, and access to our emergency fund.
To us, giving back is the truest form of success. We believe in a world in which all people can live their brightest, healthiest, and most empowered lives. Our employees are ambassadors of this mission through in-store Kendra Gives Back events, paid philanthropy Days and more.

If this sounds like you please apply on the Kendra Scott website under “careers”. We are currently hiring for a variety of positions at this location with flexible hours and numerous benefits.

Kendra Scott Website Under “Careers”

Personal Care Assistants Needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a second year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work some hours during this Fall semester! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!