Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Authorized for Educators and Education Staff

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The CDC has authorized boosters of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving the second dose for certain eligible groups, including educators and education staff. At this time this is only for people who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series. Officials are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and will decide when recipients will be eligible for a booster. Learn more about vaccination from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Learn more about vaccination

Lot D Parking for October 21 and 22

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The Admission Department is hosting Auggie Preview Days, a two-day campus visit event for prospective Auggies, on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22. For the convenience of our visitors, 50 parking spots will be reserved in Lot D all day Thursday and Friday.

We hope that you will help us welcome prospective Auggies and their families to campus; whether it be a friendly wave or offering directions to lost looking people, small gestures go a long way.

For displaced faculty and staff needing alternative transportation and parking accommodations for these two days, the following options are available:

– Augsburg Lot L
– Augsburg Lot J (“Future Auggie” labeled spots)
– University of Minnesota Medical Center Red Ramp, entrance at Riverside and 24th Avenue S (free passes available for pickup in the Admission Department)
– Light rail or bus (free passes available for pickup in the Admission Department)

Street parking will not be reimbursed by the Admission Department.

Please direct all questions to Robert Gould (

Teaching and Learning

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Mexico – Semester or Summer

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ugsburg 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

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: Azerbaijani Bangla Hindi Indonesian Persian Punjabi Swahili Turkish Urdu

Languages with one year prior study required: Arabic Korean Portuguese Russian

Languages with two years prior study required: Chinese Japanese

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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It’s not too early to plan for summer. Short-term study abroad away programs programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, and have a unique, off-campus experience at the same time. Summer 2022 has several opportunities, each with different course options and locations, and only travels about 2-3 weeks. Check them out!

**Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, U.S.A.

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

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

**Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA 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 details and apply online at the Center for Global Education & Experience website.

ArcGIS Prebuilt Free Lessons

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Did you know ArcGIS has prebuilt lessons you can use in the classroom? Teach with GIS is designed for educators with little-to-no GIS experience who want to add interactive tools to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum. These prebuilt lessons can challenge students’ critical thinking, spatial thinking, and data analysis skills. These guided interactive learning applications give students the chance to work with maps and data on their own. Explore the lesson gallery (filter for ArcGIS Online). Select exercises that fit the experience-level and subject matter of your class. All of the lessons are free to download and share.

Teach with GIS / prebuilt lessons / Explore the lesson gallery

Grant Funding Available for Faculty Video Captioning

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Augsburg received a Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund grant in 2020 and has set aside a portion of those funds to provide funding for the captioning of faculty course videos by CaptionSync. This is a temporary funding source and will be available until all funds are used.

You may caption videos you have recorded or YouTube videos you are using in your course that lack captions. The grant application includes instructions on how the CaptionSync process works. The application is on the CTL grant application page

CTL Grant Offerings

Fellowship Friday

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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 Bridget Robinson-Riegler, faculty member in the psychology department at 4:30 this Friday to talk about the ups and downs of this not-so-normal year.

General Announcements

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

Student Worker Wanted: Assistant Records Specialist

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Are you a problem solver who enjoys details? Do you value organization? Consider joining our team!

The Student Assistant position in the Registrar’s Office is a customer service-driven and detail-oriented administrative position with a friendly team in an office setting. The Registrar’s Office is housed within the Academic Affairs Division. We provide services in the areas of document imaging, records retention, transfer evaluation, registration, graduation, term/curriculum records, class scheduling, grade recording, and veteran benefit certification. Our mission is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg University community. Consider joining our team and gaining meaningful experience that can be applied to many career fields.

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 NOVEMBER 1

~~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


Ace Your Next Interview with Big Interview

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Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school.

Big Interview is an online platform where you can practice answering real interview questions before you have to do the real thing.

About Big Interview

Have you ever wondered how to answer the question “What is your greatest weakness” or “Why do you want to work here”? On Big Interview you will get a chance to answer these questions and more. You can video record your responses to interview questions to review yourself or send to a friend to provide you with feedback.

Big Interview includes:
-A robust Video and Written Curriculum for both visual and auditory learners
-A Virtual Interview Practice Tool that mimics a real-life interview
-Artificial Intelligence that immediately evaluates answers and provides feedback for improvement
-Quizzes and Worksheets to reinforce learning
-A Resume Builder, templates, and lessons on writing and formatting a first resume
-Lessons on professional communication skills, workplace etiquette, social media presence, wardrobe, body language and much, much more

Click here to log into Big Interview. You will use your Augsburg University Credentials to log in.

Paper Supply Issues

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Paper mills have been affected by the global pandemic and output has been down.

One of the big announcements recently is the paper manufacturer Boise has announced they are discontinuing manufacture of all colored copy paper, including the Fireworx line of papers. The Copy Center is working to ensure we keep our regular supply from other suppliers, but due to the current state of the paper industry and supply chain issues, periodically we may not have certain colors, weights, or styles available. We will consult with you if substitutions need to be made on your project. There may also be some price increases in paper. We appreciate your patience as we work through this issue.

Thank you from your Copy Center Staff!

Event Announcements

TODAY: 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 TODAY, 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 (

Follow the Augsburg Greenhouse on Instagram!

TODAY – Farewell for Lauren Causey

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Come celebrate Lauren Causey’s new career opportunity during an on-campus farewell event planned for today, 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!

Free Training for Women Interested in Politics

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Ready to Run Minnesota, which is part of a national network of nonpartisan campaign training programs designed to encourage women to run for office and to encourage all of us to support increased representation of women in politics. This year, there will be a series of monthly (October-February) virtual training sessions over the lunch hour on Fridays. You will learn how to fundraise, receive media training, and gain other important skills…all for free.
The first event is with a national speaker, Rebecca Sive, at noon on October 8. Everyone is welcome to join the free sessions on Fridays, so please use the Zoom link to sign up.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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