Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Jim Orchard Hired as New Facilities Director

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Augsburg has appointed Jim Orchard as the new director of facilities management, he began work on Monday, April 4.

Jim has more than 20 years of experience in leading facilities management in higher education, most recently as director of operations at Concordia University. He brings a wealth of expertise in daily facilities management, operational planning, financial management, team training and professional development, deferred maintenance, and management of new construction and capital projects.

Teaching and Learning

Teach, Study, Conduct Research Abroad for Free

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URGO is looking for Fulbright applicants to study, conduct research, carry out a creative project or teach English in over 140 countries.

We are looking for junior, seniors, graduate students, or recent alums who:
– Are U.S. Citizens
– Hold a 3.0 GPA or higher for English Teaching Assistantship
– Hold a 3.5 or higher for study and research
– Are active on campus or their home communities
– Will serve effectively as cultural ambassadors

Interested students should contact to set up an appointment to talk about the Fulbright program.

Fulbright Website

Full-time Faculty: Apply for the 2022 Integrated Course Design (ICD) Grant Program

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CTL’s annual ICD Grant program is offered to encourage faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in evidence-based, equitable course design. To that end, recipients of the grant will receive a $2000 stipend to participate in a 4-day workshop Monday May 23 through Thursday May 26, 2022 (9:00am – 12:30pm each day), optional coaching throughout the summer, and a wrap-up lunch in late August. To demonstrate application of the principles of the workshop, participants will also be asked to produce a final product that utilizes evidence-based, equitable course design (e.g. a syllabus).

Courses proposed for this grant may be new courses or courses undergoing substantial revision; preference will be given to courses being offered in the next academic year (2022-2023). Courses may be team-teaching collaborative efforts or individually-taught. Although open to full-time faculty at all stages in their career, preference will be given to early-career faculty.

The application form and samples of successful past applications are posted on the CTL Website under “Grants & Travel Funds; Annual Grants & Awards”. Applications are due Friday, April 8th at Noon.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact one or both of the ICD Workshop Coordinators: Drs. Tara Mader ( and Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

Call for “3 Days in May” Proposals from Faculty and Staff

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Augsburg’s annual “3 Days in May” (coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning) is back in person and will be held Tuesday, May 10th through Thursday, May 12th in the Hagfors Center!

The CTL Fellows are looking for interesting and engaging sessions for these three days, and we welcome your contributions. If you are interested in offering or coordinating a session/workshop/demonstration/etc., please complete the short form below and a CTL member will get back to you to find out more details and talk about specific presentation and scheduling needs.

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact

Instructional Cost Budget Work Continues

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We invite faculty to review the weekly updates regarding cuts in courses and assignments. Please submit questions to the BWG as the work continues to make additional adjustments this month. Each week Senate President Andy Aoki includes responses to these questions in the report sent directly to all faculty members. We welcome other contact as well. Difficult decisions remain ahead and things change weekly due to uncertainty in several areas relevant to budgeting. Faculty input and questions remain critical to helping everyone understand this process.

Forum Podcast Ep. 90: Building Mental Fitness: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast Amy Yip (Amy Yip Coaching) shares what mental fitness is, why it matters, skills & practices to build their own mental fitness, and how to apply it in cultivating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive workplace.

General Announcements

Extended CWC Walk-In Hours and After-Hours Phone Counseling

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Many in our community are holding grief and trauma as we learn of the tragic and violent loss of Dion Ford, a recent transfer to Augsburg and a graduate of St. Paul Central. For many in our community, the compounding losses of this semester, and of the recent years, can feel overwhelmingly heavy to process and feel. Knowing this, the Center for Wellness & Counseling wants to remind the campus community of two important support resources: our walk-in hours and our after-hours phone counseling service. Walk-in hours will be extended this week, with support being offered Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-3:00. Regular walk-in hours will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00. The after-hours phone counseling and crisis support service is available anytime CWC is closed (evenings, nights, weekends, and 24/7 over break). Just call CWC’s main number (612-330-1707) and press 1. As always, regular counseling appointments are available by calling CWC or emailing Know that CWC is here for you, we see you, we are here to sit with whatever you need to bring to the table, and we encourage you to reach out for support.

Be a Smart Student Using 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

Come to the Writing Center for Feedback on your Papers and Projects

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The Writing Center is offering online appointments to help all students with their writing needs. Tutors are available during the following online hours:

• Sunday 2-8pm
• Monday 4-8pm
• Tuesday 2-8pm
• Wednesday 2-8pm
• Thursday 4-8pm

Visit our website to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Student Worker Position: Digital Content Assistant, Marketing (Summer and Academic Year 2022-23)

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The Marketing and Communication division is seeking to hire one student employee to serve as a digital content assistant for the summer of 2022 and the 2022-23 academic year. This position will be for a minimum of 5 hours/week and a maximum of 8 hours/week.

Ideal candidates will be available to work beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:

Distributing A-mail on a daily basis by 9 a.m.
Designing digital display screens using the WordPress platform.
Performing content edits on the Augsburg University website: modifying text, creating pages, and uploading images.
Occasionally assist student/campus events to gather photos for Augsburg University’s official social media accounts.
Occasionally distribute mail/packages/notes to other staff members on campus.

View the full application here:

Department or Organization Facebook Pages: Important Security Update

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Facebook has begun disabling certain types of accounts that were used in the past to create and manage pages for Augsburg academic departments and other groups on campus. These so-called “gray accounts” do not have access to the same security features as standard accounts, and are being phased out by Facebook to increase security. Pages that only list a gray account as the Admin could be disabled by this change during the month of April.

If your department has an active Facebook page that was created by your area LFC, or if you do not know who created the page, please check to ensure that at least one person with a standard Facebook profile is listed as an Admin.

1. From your page, select Settings and then Page Roles.

2. Under Existing Page Roles, if the only Admin listed is an email alias using the format “” (e.g.,, this is a gray account and your page is at risk of being disabled.

3. Under Assign a New Page Role, add at least one person with a standard Facebook account tied to either an Augsburg or personal email address as an Admin.
Marketing and Communication and IT are developing a new set of procedures and best practices to ensure that the university retains access to Augsburg-related Facebook pages as individual employees change over time. We will share these with the community in the coming weeks.

In the short term, please contact your LFC with any questions or requests for support.

Event Announcements

The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program – April 12

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The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program welcomes Dr. Jennifer L. Ross, Professor and Physics Department Chair at Syracuse University, who will present The Future is Alive! Physics Lessons from Biology as part of the ongoing Sverdrup lecture series.

Tuesday, April 12, 11:00 – 12:00pm
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Imagine a world where potholes in roads seal themselves like cuts in your skin, your body reports directly to your doctor on pain and medication, and we can explore and inhabit other planets using pre-fabricated houses that build themselves. To reach these dreams, we must understand the physics behind biology that can already perform such exciting activities. In this talk, we will explore how the skeleton of the cell is able to arrange itself and how enzymes could move faster than expected when they perform their chemical reaction.

Please note the convocation schedule for adjusted class times on this day and in compliance with Augsburg University COVID-19 protocols, please pre-register at the Google Doc link posted below.,

Zyzzogeton Student Research Symposium – April 12

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Augsburg celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments.

This year Zyzzogeton will feature posters from about 50 undergraduate researchers in the science, social science and humanity disciplines.

Zyzzogeton will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 3 – 4:30pm in Hagfors Center. There will be a convocation schedule for that day and no classes scheduled during the event time, so we hope that all students, faculty and staff are able to attend!

Please note that due to COVID-19 protocols, attendees will be required to register in advance and follow all current University guidelines for masking and social distancing. Register to attend here:

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Register to Attend Here

Wednesday: Attend info Session with Ameriprise

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Students Save the Date: Wednesday, April 6th 4:30-5:30, Hagfors Room 351

Please join Ameriprise Financial to learn about their Intern and Leadership Development Program (LDP). Session will include a panel discussion with current members of the LDP program. Panel members will share their experience as a LDP program participant and tips and tricks for preparing for your internship and full-time job search next year. (Many Auggies have been hired by Ameriprise previously!) Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about how recruiters approach the Fall Campus Recruiting Season.

FIRST YEAR, SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS: Attending the session NOW, will help you in the EARLY APPLICATION process for future internships and/or full-time positions. (Summer 2023 recruitment season is generally August/September with offers made by October.)

SENIORS graduating this spring/summer will learn about the company and positions that are available.

Dress Attire: Casual
PIZZA will be provided
FREE Augsburg University Padfolio (engraved notebook that is useful in an interview/networking setting)

Register in Handshake so we can estimate the number of pizzas needed.

Questions? Email

Top Golf – Free Golf and Food

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Enjoy Top Golf with friends with a fajita dinner all expenses paid! Driving to and from Top Golf is the participant’s responsibility. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE TRAVEL FORM NO LATER THAN THE DAY BEFORE EVENT. The event will take place from 7-9pm. Participants are expected to show up and sign in at 6:45pm. Up to 40 students/faculty may attend.

Sign Up Link:

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 last First Thursday of the academic year is this week, on April 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

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Free Computer Chairs

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Lindell Library has dozens of orange task chairs – the kind you use at a desk or computer available for anyone who wants one. Come pick up one or two (or four) for your office or your dorm room! Chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, and are stored on the library’s street level in the back. Send questions to Mary Hollerich at

Lindell Library