Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Annual Security Report Now Available

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The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Sexual Assault Data Report are now available on the Department of Public Safety website and can be accessed by visiting the Crime Alerts and Logs page. This information is required by law and is provided by the Augsburg University Department of Public Safety.

If you would like to receive a physical copy of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (612) 330-1717 or email a request to

Department of Public Safety Crime Alerts and Logs

Winners Selected in Raffle for Vaccinated Students

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We’ve completed the random drawing among students who entered the raffle for those who 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. The winners have been notified; we are not publishing their names to protect their privacy.

Two students received $500 in Augsburg dining services flex points OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Two students received an Augsburg commuter or resident student parking permit for the academic year OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Two students received a $500 discount at the bookstore OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Congratulations to the winners!

Teaching and Learning

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of six participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, University of Washington or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2022 and August 2023. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 1 to set up a meeting to learn more.

Eligibility and Requirements

Summer Language Study with Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 8th.

CLS Website

CTL’s Guide for Adapting to Increases in Student Absences Due to COVID-19

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In this time of COVID-19, there will likely be more student absences due to mandated quarantining and/or a positive COVID-19 test, even though a student feels well enough to continue in the class. Although the “best” way to address this situation depends upon the course structure, learning outcomes, and pedagogies used, CTL has put together some (mostly) universal “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that can maintain student learning and minimize any additional work (and stress!) for faculty. Please see the Guidelines linked below. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the CTL Fellows for a personal consultation! If they can’t help you create a possible solution, they can refer you to somebody who can.

CTL Guidelines During COVID

Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty

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Please join Ellie Olson, Director of Augsburg’s Center for Wellness and Counseling, on Tuesday, October 5, from 3:45-4:45 pm for her Zoom session “Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty”. Despite our desire to return to campus with a sense of comfort and predictability, this semester 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. 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 event will be hosted by Matthew Maruggi and Katie Clark, members of the Faculty Development Committee.

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

Impact of COVID on Faculty Zoom link

Fellowship Fridays

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How is the return to the not-so-normal classroom going? The pandemic is not over. Resilience is not a given, but we are all in this together and we need to get out of together. So, let’s get together and talk about it! Teaching staff and faculty join guest host Sarah Degner Riveros at 4:30 this Friday to talk about the ups and downs of this not-so-normal year.

General Announcements

Short Study Away in NYC or Italy on Spring Break

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Did you know you can study off-campus on spring break!? Two spring semester programs have a travel component on spring break, with various course options for each, and both programs fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

These programs are open to students in good standing: ****ISLAM IN THE USA, traveling to NYC … choose one course: HIS 195 (Humanities credit) or RLN 205 (Search for Meaning II credit) see website, linked below, for full course and program details ****WRITING LA DOLCE VITA: FOOD, CULTURE AND ART IN ITALY … choose 1 or 2 courses: ENL 221 – Writing about Art and Popular Culture ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction HIS 170 — Food: A Global History, fulfills a Humanities requirement HIS 440 — Topics: Food: A Global History see website, linked below, for full course and program details Applications for these programs are due November 1 — use the link below! Got questions? Get in touch:, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Get all the details and apply online at the Center for Global Education & Experience website.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due on Tuesday

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The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due October 5. This is for programs that start in Spring, summer, fall 2022, or go for the academic year 22-23. Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application. Feel free to contact the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions. To be eligible for the Gilman a student must be a U.S. citizen and receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship Have questions? Get in touch: or

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Mexico – Semester or Summer

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Applications for semester-long spring study abroad and away programs are due October 1. This includes all semester programs at Augsburg Exchange Partner and affiliate programs. For semester programs at Augsburg CGEE locations in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa, October 1 is the priority deadline, with a final deadline of November 1. Anyone with questions about semester-long study abroad programs should contact


To search programs and get started, visit our website

Due October 1 – Spring ‘22 Semester-long Study Abroad and Away applications

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Applications for semester-long spring study abroad and away programs are due October 1. This includes all semester programs at Augsburg Exchange Partner and affiliate programs. For semester programs at Augsburg CGEE locations in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa, October 1 is the priority deadline, with a final deadline of November 1. Anyone with questions about semester-long study abroad programs should contact

Feeling Spooky about Midterms? Use TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can access TutorMe through any of your Moodle classes. At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

HR and Payroll Forms Due Today by Noon

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HR or Payroll Forms
Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon Friday, October 1st to be processed on the October 8th 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, October 1st so your supervisor has time to approve it by the Monday, October 4th; 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

Event Announcements

Farewell for Lauren Causey

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Come celebrate Lauren Causey’s new career opportunity during an on-campus farewell event planned for Thursday, October 7, from 2:00-3:00 pm in the quad (OGC 100 if inclement weather).

We want to celebrate Lauren Causey’s new career opportunity as the Executive Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Projects at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. As the Director of Augsburg’s Office of Sponsored Programs, Lauren led our campus work in all things grant-related. In the process she also became a Certified Research Administrator. Those of us who have worked closely with Lauren in grant preparation and management know her incredible capacity to write compelling narratives around Augsburg’s mission and her amazing attention to detail. Her talents and steadfast professionalism, patience, and grace created the foundation for numerous grants over the past 3 years,

We thank Lauren for her dedication to our campus and the true impact her work had in supporting our students and faculty since joining the Augsburg staff in 2018. We wish Lauren well in her new endeavors and know that she will always be a part of our Augsburg family.

Drop by, grab a goodie and wish Lauren well!

Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, October 5

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The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

All Things Are New: The Language of Our Life in the Face of Empire

Brian Bantum, PhD
Neil F. And Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

It’s difficult to remember a time when there was order and expectation. Uncertainty and chaos feel like the norm. Problems seem too big to overcome, and words are too weak to point a way forward. How do we speak of God? How do we live in the face of chaos? As we begin a new season, let us reflect on a God who creates in the chaos and becomes flesh in the face of empire.

Brian Bantum, PhD, writes, speaks, and teaches on identity, racial imagination, creating spaces of justice, and the intersection of theology and embodiment for audiences around the United States. He is a contributing editor of The Christian Century and is the author of “Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity,” “The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World,” and “Choosing Us: Marriage and Mutual Flourishing in a World of Difference,” which he co-authored with his spouse, Gail Song Bantum.

About the Christensen Symposium

The Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
• Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
• Diversity strengthens vital communities.
• Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
• The love of Christ draws us to God.
• We are called to service in the world.

Livestream link available, registration required

Chapel: Blessing of the Animals

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for the Blessing of the Animals service as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Our service will include a lively blessing ritual of animals and pets to honor St. Francis’ devotion to all God’s creatures and a slideshow of pets. Chapel services are recorded and available on the Campus Ministry YouTube Channel.

Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres’ blessing and leave taking.

Fulbright Adventures in Finland: Mathematical Models from Soil to Satellite

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All are welcome to join us for the upcoming mathematics colloquium presented by John Zobitz, Professor of Mathematics and Data Science.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:10 – 4:10 PM
Hagfors 150A

Fulbright adventures in Finland: Mathematical models from soil to satellite

The Fulbright program supports students and faculty to engage in international exchanges and scholarship abroad. Last year I was fortunate to travel abroad with my family (even during a pandemic!) to Finland to work on a project that developed mathematical models for soil carbon following forest fires. This project involved an interesting mix of mathematics, data science, and some extra persistence and perseverance. This talk will describe some of the lessons learned from Finland, describe the project results, and provide perspectives on how ecological data informs mathematical models.

Come for the opportunity to learn about a fascinating country and stay for some interesting data visualization!

Auggie Connect – Focus on Assistive Technology

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Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities and is a space to gather, support one another and find community. Join CLASS staff Cassie Charles and your fellow Auggie students on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM.
Monday come hear about Assistive Technology from our CLASS Assistive Technology & Accommodations Specialist, Lauren Dusek. Join us in person in Sverdrup 102, near the Enrollment Center, or via Zoom. Contact for disability-related accommodations.
See you Monday!
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

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Song Leader Wanted

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The First Presbyterian Church of Hastings is looking for someone to lead congregational singing on Sunday mornings. This person will work with the pastor and pianist to help our small congregation sing traditional church hymns and choruses. Our worship service is broadcast on the local community radio station KDWA. A weekly stipend is offered for this year-round position. Interested candidates should contact Pastor Steve Robertson at 612-655-7594 or Might you or someone you know be interested in this position? Or, interested in trying it out once or twice to see if it is a fit?

Rides to Augsburg Needed from North St Paul

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Looking for any ride (instead of taking public transportation) for Fall semester from North Saint Paul to Augsburg and/or return. I need to arrive on Mon-Fri by 11am (or earlier) and return Mon & Fri (done at 2pm but can leave later) and T-Th (6pm). Willing to consider any options and help pay for gas. Please email me at

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