Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Campus Wide Steam Outage October 6 and October 13

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Facilities has been working with Metropolitan Mechanical (MMC) to develop a plan to repair the steam leaks on Riverside Avenue. After careful consideration, the recommended plan requires two campus-wide steam shutdowns. The first outage, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, will be an inspection to determine where the leak is. The work will be completed during the second shutdown, scheduled for 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 13.

A list of buildings that are affected because of the steam shutdown follows. This only affects hot water; cold water will still be available for toilets, sinks, drinking fountains, and showers.

Ice Arena – No hot water for the zamboni area, sinks, vanities, and showers
Si-Melby – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
Urness Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
Mortensen Hall – No hot water for sinks, vanities, and showers
Christensen Center – No hot water for sinks, upper floor kitchen, dishwasher, and mop sink

Facilities Project Updates Science 123 and Sverdrup 208

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Science 123 Classroom Remodeling Progress
Progress continues on the Science 123 classroom remodeling project. Carpeting will be installed October 11-15. We will announce the room’s availability for use as soon as we can do so with reasonable accuracy.

Sverdrup 208 Remodeling Is Complete
All remodeling to Sverdrup 208 has been completed. The room can be reserved through University Events. It will be added to the online booking system soon, but in the meantime, you can contact the events office at or x1104 to reserve the space.

Revised Date for New Dome Installation
Weather permitting, the new dome over the athletic field will be installed during the week of November 21.

You can visit the Facilities website listed below for more information.

Teaching and Learning

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

Earn Credits by Studying Abroad in Summer 2022

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Short-term study abroad & away programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different! Summer 2022 has several short program options, each with different course choices, and you only commit to 2-3 weeks of travel. All programs fulfil the Augsburg Experience requirement. Check them out!

****Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA

One course opton: THR 295 – Art for Social Change, fulfills a Fine Arts requirement

****Economic Crisis, Small Business, and Ethics in GREECE

Choose one course: Business, Economics, and Ethics in the Greek context: BUS 495, ECO 495, or Keystone 490

****Innovation & Design in the NETHERLANDS: Past & Present

Choose one ART and one HIS course:

Innovation in the Netherlands – HIS 195 (fulfills Humanities requirement) or HIS 440 (upper elective)


Intro or Advanced Digital Photography – ART 133 (fulfills Fine Arts requirement) or ART 333

****Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA

Choose one course: MUS 374 or 474 – Music Therapy Practicum

Grad student course options: MUS 511 and/or MUS 582

****Augsburg in MEXICO

Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry

Applications for these programs are due January 31 — use the link below!

Got questions? Get in touch:, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Get all the program details and apply online

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Mexico – Semester or Summer

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Augsburg Center for Global Education and Experience in Mexico offers Auggies the opportunity to spend a semester or summer in Mexico with a focus on experiential-style learning, social justice, and community connections. Classes are small and personalized, and programs in Mexico are among the most affordable of all our programs abroad. Check out the options:


~~Liberal Arts, Migration, and Social Change semester (fall or spring)

~~Communication and Media studies (fall only)

~~Social Work in a Latin American Context (spring only)


~~Spanish Language and Culture (all levels of Spanish available)

~~Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership (upper level Spanish required)


~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for summer or fall semester programs

Get more information and apply online

Forum Podcast ep 76 Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Samreen Vora (Children’s Minnesota) and Brittany Dahlen (Children’s Minnesota) answer questions from listeners that attended our August 19, 2021 webinar Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism.

General Announcements

TODAY- Reusable Mug Giveaway

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ATTENTION ALL AUGGIES! Einstein’s has a new deal for all Augsburg Students! Students will be given a 15 cent discount when bringing their own mug for orders on hot drinks.

To encourage students to bring their own mugs, the Environmental Action Committee is giving away free mugs to students TODAY 12-4PM in the lobby of Christensen Center. Stop by to get your reusable mug as well as some EAC stickers!

Note: EAC will be giving away two mug sizes – 16oz mugs (medium hot drink) and 20oz mugs (large hot drink).

2022 Student Leadership Applications Are Open

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Are you interested in a student leadership position for the 2022-2023 academic year? Apply to be an AugSem Leader, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Residence Life Lead, Pan-Asian Mentor, Pan-Asian Student Services Intern, Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor, and/or Strommen Peer Advisor today!

Click here to apply: ;

Applications are due by NOON ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10. ;

Undergraduate Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

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The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained, ready, and available to review your resume and/or cover letter. Drop-in hours for this fall are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9am-2pm and Thursdays 9-11am. No appointment needed! Whether you’re creating your resume and cover letter for the first time or applying for a job or internship, our Career Peer Advisors are here to support you! Stop by and visit us. Christensen Center, Suite 100. Across from Einstein’s.

View our online, on-demand Resume and Cover Letter Resources

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!

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

Volunteer Virtually or In-Person for the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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

Want to get out of the house? Or want to stay home to volunteer? We’ve got you covered! Volunteer virtually on Fridays and in-person on Saturdays this fall.

See our full tournament schedule and sign up today:
After a year of all-virtual programming, we’re heading back to in-person tournaments this fall. We need judges to make it happen! Being a judge is easy and fun. Debate judges listen to students, share feedback, and choose the winner!

Fall Tournament Dates:

* 10/8: UMN (Virtual) & 10/9: (In Person, UMN Campus)
* 10/16: Northside Invitational (In Person)
* 10/29: Roseville (Virtual) & 10/30 (In Person, Roseville)
* 11/5: Farmington (Virtual) & 11/6 (In Person, Farmington)
* 11/12: Highland Park (Virtual) & 11/13 (In Person, Highland Park)
* 11/20: UMBrooks (In Person, UMN Campus)
* 12/11: MNUDL Championships (Virtual) & 12/12 (In Person)

No experience is needed – we train judges at every tournament. If you’re interested in learning more about our special judging opportunities for experienced policy debaters, contact Jake Swede at

November 1 – Study Abroad and Away Deadline for Spring Programs

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The following Study Abroad & Away programs have an application deadline on


~~Islam in the USA, New York City – spring semester courses with travel during spring break

~~Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – spring semester courses with travel during spring break

~~Augsburg Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa – semester programs.

Contact the study abroad office with any questions about the programs or your application progress:

Get the program details here for the Augsburg Study Centers or Short-Term Programs here

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due TODAY

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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

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


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.

Event Announcements

Greenhouse First Thursday

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Want to know what we’ve got growing on? The Biology Department Greenhouse on the rooftop of the Hagfors Center is open to the Augsburg community on the first Thursday of the month.

The next First Thursday is October 7, from noon to 3PM. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Questions? Please contact the Greenhouse Curator, Dr. Leon van Eck (

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TOMORROW – 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!

TODAY: Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium

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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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

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Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.


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