Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

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

‘Petition for 2022-2023 Day Student Government/Augsburg Student Activities Council Candidacy’ Form

Free COVID-19 Testing on Campus Returns TODAY

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Starting today, students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of free COVID-19 testing on campus as part of a new program through the state of Minnesota. Tests will be provided on a walk-in basis in Gundale Chapel on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Results from the BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests will be ready in approximately 15 minutes and can be displayed via the NAVICA mobile app to show proof of recent testing. You will need to download the NAVICA app in advance in order to receive your test results. Learn more and set up your free account here:

Gundale Chapel, third floor of Hagfors Center

– Mondays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
– Thursdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
– No testing the week of 3/14 (spring break)

You will need to provide:
– Your name and Augsburg ID number
– Your Augsburg email address
– Device with NAVICA app

Please note that this planned schedule may be subject to change based on demand for tests. As a reminder, Hagfors Center requires key fob access.

For more COVID-19 updates and resources, including information about other nearby testing locations, visit the Outbreak Planning website:

Contact with any questions.

Teaching and Learning

River Semester Advising Session – TOMORROW

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For any students interested in participating in the next River Semester, there will be an informal advising session tomorrow, Mar. 8th from noon – 1:00 in the Cedar Room (upstairs in the Christensen Center, off the Dining Commons) and, for those that can’t make it in person, on Zoom. With registration for Fall 2022 coming up, this is a chance to plan ahead and take the courses that will prepare you for this program, and allow you to integrate the River Semester courses into your four-year plan. Feel free to bring your lunch, and email any questions you have to

Optional Zoom link (for those that can’t be there in person)

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

New – Forum Podcast, Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions with Volunteers

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Wendy Vang-Roberts (Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement) and Yixiu Chen (State of Minnesota Department of Human Services) discuss the way unconscious biases show up in the form of microaggressions.

Graduate Students: Study in Costa Rica this Summer for Graduate Credits

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Housed within the Master of Arts in Leadership program, graduate students are welcome to apply and register for ML577: Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Central American Experience, a graduate Leadership course with an travel component in Costa Rica.

Dates of travel: July 9-19, 2022.
Deadline to apply is April 11, 2022.

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Monday, March 28, at 6:00 PM CT

Thursday, March 31, at 12:00 PM CT

Apply for ML577: Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Central American Experience

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

General Announcements

Mental Health and Community Support

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Tune in for a conversation with the Multicultural Coordinator of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)! on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm via zoom. Hear about the basics of mental health with a focus on cultural implications along with community-based resources.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID – 95271308254
Passcode – 408820

Ways to Support the Ukrainian People

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It is both painful and inspiring to witness the courage of the Ukrainian people as they fight for their democracy in the face of an unprovoked invasion and grapple with the resulting humanitarian crisis. Augsburg student Lucas Kurle has collected a helpful set of ways in which we might support the people of Ukraine in this difficult time.

Organizations like UNICEF (the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) and GoFundMe are seeking donations to help the Ukrainian people. You can learn more at and

There are also ways to get money directly to Ukrainians who need it. One method is to rent an AirBnB in Ukraine and leave a note in the description indicating that you aren’t coming but simply wanted to donate directly to someone who needs it and offer words of support.

Thank you to Lucas for his interest in this important cause and to those who are able to offer some help to people in crisis.

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

Call Out For Student Interviewers and Campus Partners For Multicultural Life

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We are ready to interview Program Managers for Multicultural Life! We need student interviewers and campus partners to help meet potential MLife Candidates.

Please come participate in our Candidates’ to give us your feedback on who you most feel is a good fit with Augsburg.

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.

This is a great opportunity!

To be invited to these student interviews here:

Campus Partner sessions:

If you have any questions about being a student interviewer contact

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

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

March 8, Public Presentation, Candidate for Chair and Executive Director, Interfaith

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The search committee for the inaugural El-Hibri Endowed Chair and Executive Director of Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to meet and hear from Candidate #2 on March 8th. A public presentation will be held – both in person in OGC 100 and via Zoom. The candidate’s CV is linked below.

Additionally, the search committee is asking for your input, click the link for the feedback form:

March 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., OGC 100 (Zoom access available)

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

CV – Candidate #2

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 Amazon or Target gift certificates! Don’t miss this opportunity for your voice to be heard – and for a chance for those sweet, sweet prizes!

Puerto Rico Arts and Culture – take a class in PR this 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

Interested in having Financial Transparency at the University?

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The university is facing a financial crisis in the coming year. All aspects of the university experience and its operations will be impacted in one way or another.

• Who is making the decisions, and how?
• What’s the full scope of the necessary changes?
• Will budget cuts and changes be equitably shared?

These questions, and others, have been asked by a number of working groups at faculty and staff levels, yet many remain unanswered. Augsburg’s values call us to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Unwillingness from university leadership to have a transparent budget process is an affront to these values.

Join the concerned staff, faculty, and university community, in demanding transparency in the budget cuts and changes. All members of the university and community are invited to show their support, and call upon the university to live up to its values, by signing this petition.

Read and sign the petition here

Age 60+? Complete this Survey for a Prize Drawing and Charitable Donation

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Augsburg community members aged 60+ are invited to participate in a short online survey on their interactions with those in other age groups. One lucky winner will win a $100 Target gift card, and for each completed survey that we receive we will donate $1 to the American Red Cross. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and helps advance student and faculty research in the Psychology Department. For more information, contact the lead investigator at, or visit the link below for additional details and contact info.

Click here to access the survey

Event Announcements

PASU Afrikan Night Event

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On March 31st,  Augsburg’s Pan Afrikan Student Union will be hosting our annual Afrikan Night Event. The theme for this year is “Taste of the Diaspora”. We would like to invite all students to attend. There will be live performances, catered food, and an African Fashion Show!

We would also like to invite all Augsburg students and local community talent to sign up to perform as well! There will be auditions held this month.

Click the link to sign up for performances and the fashion show,


DM us on Instagram @AugsburgPasu!
Best Regards,


ASAC Presents The Enchanted Ball

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Join us for a night of fun as we get together for Augsburg’s Annual Winter Formal, The Enchanted Ball. The event will be held on 3/26/22 from 7:30pm-12:00am in the Christensen Center and will feature exclusive live musical performances, an amazing DJ, photographers, entertainment, food, and more. This is a night you won’t want to miss!

Auggie Life RSVP

Hmong Women Together Info Session: Become a Board Member

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Hmong Women Together is hosting an informational session to share with those who are interested in becoming a part of HWT board for the ’22-23 academic year. Come learn about the different positions and what Hmong Women Together means to Augsburg. If you are a Hmong identified individual, interested in gaining leadership, and making new relationships– then this opportunity is for you!

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 4-5pm
Where: Oren Gateway Center 113

If you are wanting to attend, please make sure you meet the requirements and fill out the link (to order your boba).

Please also RSVP beforehand and be sure to check out our social media to stay updated.

Equity and Social Justice Training Opportunities

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As part of the 2021-2022 Institution-wide DEI Plan, two equity and social justice-based trainings are being offered this spring semester by Joanne Reeck, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. These trainings will feature education-based case studies on poverty and socioeconomic status and will take place on Wed, Mar 9 @ 3-4:30 p.m. and Tue, Apr 5 @ 3-4:30 p.m.

To sign-up, click below:

Please note that these workshops also count toward maintaining good standing and good advanced standing in the Augsburg University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. For more information, contact the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department at or 612-330-1126.

Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY – Featuring Mexico, Southern Africa and Central America

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TODAY! Study Abroad and Away Table
10:30 to 12:30pm
Christensen Center

Featuring: Augsburg’s Study Centers in:
• Central America/Mesoamerica
• Mexico – summer and semester programs!
• Mexico – Communication & Media Studies semester in fall ’22
• Namibia & South Africa: free airfare to the fall ’22 program

The study abroad opportunities at the Augsburg study centers are a great fit for many students, complete your Augsburg Experience, and have courses that help you complete major and minor requirements!

Stop by today for more info and to meet Joe Connelly from our Central America program, and Pinias Kashedi, instructor for Political and Social Change in the Namibia & South Africa program.

Learn more about these programs

No Auggie Connect Today

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No Auggie Connect meeting today. Auggie Connect will resume after Spring Break on Monday March 21 at 3:30 pm. See you then!

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 & Julia Becker and your fellow Auggies. Join in person in Sverdrup 102 near the Enrollment Center or via Zoom.

Contact for information or disability-related accommodations.

Meeting ID: 939 3706 4131
Passcode: 928317

“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the East African Community: Part 2”

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Interfaith at Augsburg and the Muslim Student Association present:
“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the East African Community: Part 2”
March 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm Central Time on Zoom

The East African community in the Twin Cities is experiencing a crisis of opioid addiction touching the lives of youth, young adults, and their families in our community. Two community leaders will share their perspectives and how they have responded to the crisis.

Mimi Sahlu – Mimi Sahlu is a small business owner. She is a community leader who helps others find resources. She is an activist and voice for East African women.

Abdirahman Mukhtar – Abdirahman Mukhtar worked with the Confederation of Somali Communities in Minnesota, as a youth diversion coordinator and as the youth program manager at the Brian Coyle Center of Pillsbury United Communities, a hub for Somali immigrants. He strives to make a human connection with youth who are homeless, often alienated from their own community. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Daryeel Youth. DARYEEL (which means “care” in Somali) is a volunteer-based Street Outreach effort to support East African youth.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Interfaith at Augsburg and the Muslim Student Association thank the Batalden Ethics Grant Program at Augsburg for sponsoring this event.

More Information

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.

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