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ArcGIS Workshop April 7 – Save the Date

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ArcGIS Workshop April 7 with Esri’s Joseph Kerski– Save the Date

What is ArcGIS?
ArcGIS is a software developed by the company Esri that lets users to obtain and analyze data from all over the world. It is an application of a Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows us to visualize geographic data by creating a map or other visual representation.

Thursday, April 7, 2022 9:00am-10:30am
Room: Hagfors 301 (and Zoom option for remote participants (registration required))
REGISTER WITH LINK BELOW (for both 60 minutes presentation by Joseph Kerski from ESRI, maker of ArcGIS. This will be a fantastic presentation!

+ Overview of Graphical Information Systems (GIS) for research and teaching
+ Show examples of simple projects using GIS
+ Hands-on component (bring your device): Adding data, mapping, symbolizing, classifying data, spatial analysis, creating web mapping applications, field tools
+ Show data sources, lessons, and tutorials for digging deeper
+ Q&A time at end

REGISTER HERE (for in-person or Zoom)

Recognize a Faculty Member by Nominating them for the 2022-2023 Distinguished Contribution Award

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards, and anybody at Augsburg University may nominate a candidate. Adjunct faculty are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching award specifically to recognize exceptional adjunct faculty.

For the full Call for Nominations, descriptions of criteria for each category, and the nomination form, please follow the link to the CTL Annual Awards page down below and scroll to the “Distinguished Contribution Awards” section.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Monday, March 21st (12am March 22nd) and award recipients will be announced at the April Faculty meeting as well as posted to A-mail. New this year: ALL nominees will be made public (pending award committee approval) to recognize the depth of faculty contributions.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright at or

Faculty: Tell Us What We Can Do – Take this Short Job Sustainability Survey by March 4

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The Faculty Development Committee (FDC) at Augsburg has been working on a “Faculty Balance” project for over a year so that the FDC can provide resources and advocate for things that the FDC can do to help make faculty work more sustainable now and in the future.

To that end, we’ve created a VERY short (< 5 minute) survey posted below that we would like ALL teaching faculty and staff to complete by March 4th. The information collected will be completely anonymous and will be used only by the FDC to help us focus our work. We hope to have results mostly analyzed by April and will report out then via A-mail. Thank you in advance for your time! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright at or

Reminder: Faculty Scholarship and International Grants Due FRIDAY at Noon

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The Provost and Faculty Development Committee are pleased to offer two types of grants to support Augsburg faculty scholarship in Summer 2022 and/or during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Scholarship Grant provides up to $4000 to support the scholarly endeavors of full-time Augsburg faculty.

The Provost’s Internationalization Grant provides up to $2500 to support the collaboration of full-time Augsburg faculty with an Augsburg CGEE Global site or with existing international partner institutions.

Both grant applications are open until Friday, March 4, 2022 at noon and funds awarded will be available beginning June 1, 2022. To read the full Call for Proposals for each of these grants and apply, please see the Annual Awards page of the CTL website.

As always, please feel free to contact the CTL director, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (, if you have any questions that are not answered on that page!

Fulbright Info Session TODAY– Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad

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URGO is hosting an online Fulbright info session on Thursday, March 3rd at 1 PM.

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website:

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact

Click Here to Register

URGO Academic – Year Research Funds

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URGO now has funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 80 hours of research by May 23.

Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals immediately. The URGO Advisory Committee will begin reviewing proposals February 21st.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

On-Campus Research

Postponed Webinar: Studying In Norway

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The event will now take place on March 31 at 11 am.

Please join us for an informational webinar to discuss how, where, and why you should consider Norway as your next study abroad experience. Learn about opportunities for exchange studies, summer school, degree programs, and the unique experience of a Norwegian Folk High School!

Urd Milbury, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Kristina Haarberg, Norway-America Association (NORAM)
Michele Fredrickson, Oslo International Summer School
Dorte Birch, Folkehøgskolene

And if you are serious, know that Augsburg has many exchange partner universities in Norway where you can study abroad for a semester – and all Auggies get a $1000 automatic travel grant for choosing one of them!

Explore options for your major at, contact us at or stop by the study abroad/away office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christiansen.

Webinar Registration

General Announcements

Staff and Faculty Share your Experiences from Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

Obituary and Funeral Arrangements for Claudia Murray

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We learned from Claudia Murray’s family that there will be a visitation and funeral at Mt. Olivet Church at 50th and Knox Avenue South in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday. Here are the details.

Visitation on Friday, March 4 from 3-7 p.m.
Visitation on Saturday, March 5 from 12:30-2 p.m.
Funeral service on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
Reception with light food immediately following the service.
Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery following the reception.
Gathering for friends of Claudia on Sunday, late afternoon, TBD
The funeral will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

Read Claudia’s obituary in the Star Tribune.

Provost Candidate on Campus Mar. 3

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Staff and Faculty –

We will welcome Candidate #4 to campus on Thur. Mar. 3. There will be opportunities to meet and hear from the candidate as noted. A link to the candidate’s CV is posted below. Out of respect for the candidate and for the integrity of the search process, please do not share the candidate’s name or CV outside of the Augsburg community.

Link to feedback document for Candidate # 4 – survey will close Mar. 5 at 9:00 p.m.:

March 3
11:15 a.m. – Noon, OGC 100 and via Zoom access
Session with Staff and Faculty
Please register in advance – after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing Information about joining the session:

4:15 – 5:00 p.m., OGC 100 and via Zoom access
Session with Staff and Faculty (4:15-5:00 p.m.)
Please register in advance – after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session:

All participants are welcome. If you need accommodations, please call the University Events department at 612.330.1104 or email

CV – Candidate #4

Obituary and Funeral Arrangements for Kailey Mach

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Kailey Mach’s family has shared the following funeral arrangements for this coming Sunday and Monday:

Wake – Sunday, March 6 from 4–8 p.m.
Le Center Funeral Home
245 S. Maple Ave
Le Center, MN 56057

Funeral – Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
232 W. Minnesota St.
Le Center, MN 56057

View Kailey’s obituary from Le Center Funeral Home.

ADSG and ASAC Petition for Candidacy Open

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Petitions for candidacy in Augsburg Day Student Government as well as Augsburg Student Activities Council for the 2022-2023 school year are live!

Learn more about these great opportunities and how to apply below.

Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) is the official governing body of the Day Student population at Augsburg University. There are numerous positions within ADSG that any currently registered undergraduate student that meets eligibility requirements can run for. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who want to champion meaningful change on campus and advocate the concerns and needs of their peers and community.

Augsburg Student Activities Council (ASAC) is a robust student organization that seeks to build community on campus through intentional large-scale programming including but not limited to planning and executing Homecoming, Auggie Days events, Movie Nights, Seasonal Events, and much more. Be a part of creating fun and creative ways for all students to connect to our campus community.

The President and Vice President must run together on the same ticket for both ADSG and ASAC. For other ADSG positions students can run for one or multiple. The remaining ASAC board positions are selected by the President and Vice President.

If either or both of these opportunities sound interesting to you complete the ‘Petition for 2022-2023 Day Student Government/Augsburg Student Activities Council Candidacy’ form in auggie life by Friday March 25th at 4:00pm.

If you have any questions reach out to

Augsburg Leadership Awards and Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Nominations are Open

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The Augsburg Leadership Awards are given at the end of every spring semester to outstanding student leaders and student organizations. Members of the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society are inducted, graduating Act Six scholars are honored, and recent graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program are celebrated and recognized. A link to further description on awards can be found here.

The Augsburg Senior Leadership Society recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. A link to the criteria can be found here.

Nominations for both can be found in Auggie Life and will be open from this Thursday, February 10th to March 10th. The induction ceremony will take place April 3rd, in Hoversten Chapel.

Campus Partners Interview Today for American Indian Program Manager

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Hello Campus Partners! Multicultural Life would like to formally invite you all to attend our American Indian Program Manager Candidate interview today!

Below are the dates and times for the interviews through Zoom!

American Indian Program Manager interview
Date: Thu, Mar 3
Time: 1:50pm to 2:35pm
Zoom Link (make sure you join during the correct time):

If you have any questions or concerns please email Keo,

RSVP to get more information for FUTURE interviews!

Student Zoom Interviewers Needed for American Indian Program Manager Today

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Multicultural Life will be inviting candidates to interview over Zoom for Program Managers today! Students! Please join us today over Zoom to interview your potential Program Managers. Below you will find the interview times and Zoom link for today’s sessions.

MLife will be providing the interview questions and you can even come up with some questions of your own!

American Indian Program Manger
Date: 3/03/2022
Time: 1:00-1:40pm
Zoom Link (make sure you join at the right time):

If you have any questions or concerns, email!

Student Interviewers would gain these great skills:
*To gain professional experiences to add to your resume.
*To learn communication, interview, and leadership skills.
*To be able to have/practice your voice being heard as a student.
*To be able to learn a different perspective in interviewing.
*To create a social network with other people on campus.
*To build a foundation with potential Multicultural Life Staff.

RSVP Here For FUTURE Student Interviews

TODAY: Greenhouse First Thursday

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Want to see 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, March 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Follow the Augsburg Greenhouse on Instagram!

Apply For URGO Student Conference Travel Funding

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URGO has a limited amount of funds this year to support students presenting their research at conferences.

URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly to make decisions on applications.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447

Student Travel Grant Application

Prize Drawing for First Year and Seniors for NSSE Survey Completion

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Are you a first-year or senior student? Check your email for an invitation to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey helps Augsburg better understand your experiences both inside and outside the classroom. All eligible recipients who complete the survey will be entered for a prize drawing to win or Target gift certificates! Don’t miss this opportunity for your voice to be heard – and for a chance for those sweet, sweet prizes!

Auggie Basics Housing – Application Open for Summer 2022 and 2022-2023 Academic Year

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Augsburg University is accepting applications for Auggie Basics Housing for summer 2022 and the 2022-23 academic year.

Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5pm

Auggie Basics Housing is designed to address the needs of students who are experiencing housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into Auggie Basics Housing will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student.

Students are not required to have a meal plan if they are selected for Auggie Basics Housing, including those placed into buildings that require one.

To be eligible for Auggie Basics Housing, students must be returning students and not receiving other housing aid from the University. Incoming first-year and transfer students are not eligible to apply.

Students may apply for housing either for the summer term and/or for the academic year. Students must reapply each academic year, and may be part of the program for up to two academic years. Being chosen for Auggie Basics Housing one year does not guarantee participation in future years.


Questions may be directed to Michael Grewe, Assistant Dean of Students, at

Auggie Basics Housing Application

Come Into Full Bloom with 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

Event Announcements

Auggie Lotto – Food and Prizes Available This Sunday

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This Sunday, March 6th from 5-6pm, invite your friends for a fun hour of Auggie Lotto! Players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off five numbers in a row or another required pattern such as blackout. We will have multiple prize winners who will receive gift cards to local establishments! All Augsburg students are allowed to attend. Buffalo Wild Wings will be catered, 10 wings limited to each person. In addition, sampler platters and caesar salad will be available. Sign Up Link:

Summer Course: Writing for Television – Apply Now

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Do you love watching television and have ever wondered how the creators wrote their pilot for that hit TV show you love to watch? Or, are you a writer in a different medium and have always wanted to try your hand at writing for television?

Grow your writing skills this summer with the course PWC 320 “Writing for Television”. This intensive course will be modeled on a professional writer’s room and as such all students will be required to actively participate. Students will be expected to participate in the development and breaking of story while learning to pitch ideas, create outlines, and reading and providing feedback on your colleagues’ work. Each of these steps will be instrumental in aiding you with creating your own pilot!

WRITING FOR TELEVISION: Writing the Television Pilot, PWC 320

DATES: June 4 – July 30
(Please note that the course dates do not correspond to the Summer Semester Time 1 and Time 2 schedules. For drop/withdrawal dates, see the course description details in Records and Registration.)

INSTRUCTOR: Taught by Christina Ham, a highly awarded and prolific writer for both stage and screen, including Sweet Tooth for Netflix, THEM for Amazon, and Westworld for HBO. She was named one of “The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2018-19 Season” by American Theatre magazine.

COST: standard summer tuition rate for 4 credits: $1,704

Spots in this course are limited. Apply by May 2.

Get complete details and start an application online

Arts for Social Change in Puerto Rico: Study Away in May

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Sign up for the summer study away program by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico!


• Travel: May 9-27, 2022

• Course: THR 295: Community, Arts, & Culture in Puerto Rico (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits

• fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply

*** APPLY BY MARCH 18 ***

The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get full program details and start an application here

Pathways to Community – Tabling Today

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a job with flexible hours, that helps you toward your career goals and has entry level positions starting at $15/hour? If this sounds like something you have been looking for, I would love to talk to you about our exciting job opportunities at Pathways to Community. We are a Human Services organization that provides services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. We are person-centered and committed to our Servant-Leadership attitude and Core Values – it is all about the WE in everything we do, and our employees truly make a difference every day.

If you are interested in working to help provide a great quality of life for the individuals we serve, I would love to connect with you about our career opportunities. No experience is necessary to apply.

Please do not hesitate to reach out, and we look forward to seeing you on campus on Thursday, March 3rd between 10:30am-12:30pm in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

Learn more –

The 6th Annual Fosdick Lecture on Preaching: Preaching in a Time of Crisis

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Rev. Ingrid Rasmussen, Lead Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Angela Khabeb, Senior Associate Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

March 22, 2022 at 10:00 am
Live Streamed from Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg University

Register in advance for this webinar

Augsburg University Campus Ministry invites you to join us on Tuesday, March 22, at 10:00 am as Augsburg University welcomes Pastors Ingrid Rasmussen and Angela Khabeb for the sixth annual Fosdick Lecture in Preaching.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located just off of Lake Street in the 3rd Precinct, found itself at the heart of the explosive response to the brutal killing of George Floyd and the centuries of trauma that preceded his death. During the months that followed the uprising, the church responded by distributing donated food, diapers, toiletries, plywood for boarding up broken windows, cleaning supplies, and tools to the community. This remained a primary part of Holy Trinity’s work throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Pastors Rasmussen and Khabeb will share their insights on preaching during this time of crisis and reflect on how these experiences continue to shape their understanding of theology and ministry.

Come, join the conversation!

10:00 am Welcome, Lecture and Q&A
11:30 am Chapel Worship

More Information


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TRIO and SFS are partnering together to make sure everyone is able to filled their 2022-23 FAFSA for next school year with ease.

Join us from 3:30 to 4:30pm in Sverdrup 201 on:

TODAY! Thursday March 3nd

If you are able: Please have you FSA ID information, your 2020 tax information, and your parents’ 2020 tax information available.

Interested? Fill this registration form out!

7 p.m. TONIGHT: Cultivating Self Compassion

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These are really hard times. We need all the support we can get- including and perhaps especially from ourselves.

Some members of the community may remember Kristin Neff from her CWC Convocation here at Augsburg in the fall of 2016.

Register tonight for a free webinar with Kristin Neff “The Power and Practice of Self Compassion.”

Sponsored by the Eating Recovery Center, Pathlight, and the Colorado Community Collaborative for Eating Disorders

Event Registration Link

Drum Workshop – This Saturday

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The Music Department invites all to participate in a Drum Workshop by Jonathan Alarcón, a professional drummer from Honduras!

WHEN: Saturday, March 5 from 10:30-12 p.m.
WHERE: M2, Music Hall
OPEN TO ALL: Please RSVP to David Schmalenberger,

This event is co-sponsored by the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Dept.

Event Details

String Quartets by Women Composers – This Sunday

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Join the Jamison Ensemble for their first of TWO performances this semester at Augsburg!

Sunday, March 6
6:30 p.m., Pre-Concert Chat — 7 p.m., Performance
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall

Free to all students; A $10 donation for all other guests is great appreciated!
Onsite registration and masks are required

Event Details

TOMORROW: Virtual STEM Alumni Research Talks: Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan and Laura Fricke

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Speakers: Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan and Laura Fricke

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

Time: 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Modality: Virtual

In this session, two current graduate students will each share about their current research, as well as their path to graduate school. This will be followed by time to ask them questions about their experiences and perspectives.

Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan ‘16 is a Ph.D. candidate in the Zasadzinski Research Group of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.

Laura Fricke ‘19 is a Ph.D. Student working with Dr. Amelia Lindsey in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota.

Registration Link and Zoom Info:

Staff Appreciation Event set for March 22: RSVP Today

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Staff Appreciation: March 22 at 3:00 pm

Each year, Augsburg University’s Staff Senate hosts a special event where staff are recognized for years of service, completion of the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, and outstanding contributions to the campus community. The event includes light refreshments and snacks. For staff members who wish to join us virtually, snacks will be available to pick up in the Events Office, 2nd Floor, Christensen, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to bring back to your office to eat while you watch.

To help plan, we ask that you RSVP to this event and let us know if you plan to attend in person or virtually and whether you plan to pick up snacks.

2022 Staff Appreciation Program
Tuesday, March 22
3–4:30 p.m. | Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel
Zoom Livestream:

As part of this event, we are encouraging attendees to bring donations for Campus Cupboard, Augsburg’s student food shelf. Campus Cupboard is currently looking for donations of the following items:
Food donations: Ramen (all flavors)
Rice and/or pasta
Mac + Cheese
Gluten free pasta
Personal care items (e.g. lotion, shampoo, mouthwash, toothbrushes, etc)
Oils (olive oil, peanut oil, etc)
Peanut butter and other nut butters
Granola bars
Trail mix
Soy sauce
Snacks (e.g. Goldfish, pretzels, etc)
Paper or cloth grocery bags
Toiletry donations: laundry detergent, dish soap, clorox wipes, hand soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, makeup products, lip balm, sunscreen

Augsburg Staff Senate Website

Interested in Learning about a CSA/ Farm Share Opportunity?

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A CSA farm-share drop-site is coming to Augsburg!!

Get 18-weeks of locally grown produce at its peak in mid-June through mid-October!
The share is a good amount of produce for two people but can easily be shared
between 3-4 people. Boxes are very seasonal, emphasizing a variety of produce when
it’s at its peak. TGA’s weekly member newsletter provides loads of great recipe ideas
and storage tips, along with information about the farmers who grew the food.

Come to the VIRTUAL INFO SESSION with The Good Acre’s Farm Share Manager Karin Davey for more information! Today at noon! Sign up and access the zoom link here.

Sign up here!

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