Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

’Til Next Year, Dome

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Spring is officially here: Augsburg’s dome is coming down next week. Contractors from Yeadon will be on campus Monday through Wednesday, April 17–19 to remove the dome and ready Edor Nelson Field for spring and summer use. Working with Augsburg Facilities and Athletic Facilities staff, crews will remove lighting and other fixtures on Monday, take the dome down on Tuesday, and re-install bleachers, wind screens, field pads, and goal posts on Wednesday. On-street parking on streets bordering the dome (Butler and 23rd) will be unavailable Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19.

Why’s It So Hot in Here?

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With temperatures reaching the 80s the past few days, many campus buildings have been uncomfortably warm this week. Unfortunately, when sudden hot weather arrives in spring, there isn’t an immediate way to switch from heating to cooling on campus. This transition is a multi-day process involving HVAC systems in buildings from very different eras, from Old Main to Hagfors.

We are currently targeting the week of April 24 to switch to cooling, pending temperatures at that time. The forecast for this weekend and next week involve significantly cooler and more seasonable temperatures. Thanks for your patience and understanding in the meantime.

Teaching and Learning

Study Participants Needed

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Hi, my name is Annabella Castillo and I am a student in Sociology. I need student participants for a research project about the relationship between Internet use and mental health. The survey asks about internet use in childhood and adulthood. It is anonymous and completely online, and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please fill out the survey if you can. Thanks!

Survey Link

Full-Time Faculty: Only 3 Seats Left for the Scholarly Writing Retreat in May

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Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat at the Dunrovin Retreat Center. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. There is no cost to you for this retreat — The Center for Teaching and Learning will cover room and board (and WiFi). We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday May 14th and ends at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 16th. Space is limited to 18 full-time faculty members.

To find out more about the Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat and to complete a registration form, click the link below. If you have any other questions, please contact CTL at

Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat Information and Registration

Full-Time Faculty: Only 2 Seats Remaining for the Integrated Course Design Workshop in May

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Participating in the Integrated Course Design (ICD) Workshop will change the way you think about teaching. It is offered to encourage faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in evidence-based, equitable, engaging, and holistic course design. Based on the work of L. Dee Fink, the workshop is designed to offer participants a reframing of their work from “teacher” to “designers of learning experiences.” More than a collection of different teaching strategies, integrated course design is an overall system for thinking about how all course elements and strategies intersect with one another to create significant learning experiences for students — experiences which engage students with your content and lead to changes in the way they live in and understand the world.

When: Wed May 17; Thu May 18; Wed May 24; Thu May 25 ; 9am-Noon all days
Where: Augsburg University Campus
Who: All full-time Augsburg faculty members are eligible to apply for one of the 8 seats in the workshop. Those accepted into the ICD Workshop will receive a $1000 stipend to support work on their course over the Summer.
How: Integrated Course Design (ICD) Grant Application

Integrated Course Design (ICD) Grant Application

Full-Time Faculty: Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop Is Now FuLL

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The ARP Workshop is offered to encourage full-time faculty to build on their personal reflection and education about racial inequities by learning about and implementing evidence-based, inclusive, anti-racist pedagogy.

When: Thu May 4; Fri May 5; 9am-Noon both days
Where: Augsburg University Campus
Who: All full-time Augsburg faculty members
The Antiracist pedagogy workshop is now full and anybody who would like to be on the waiting list should contact directly. Thanks!

Announcing the Schwartz School of the Arts

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On Thursday, Augsburg announced the creation of the John N. Schwartz ’67 School of the Arts, a destination arts hub for music, theater, and art and design. The Schwartz School of the Arts will house Augsburg’s 12 undergraduate majors in the performing and visual arts, as well as the master of music therapy program. Students and faculty in the departments of theater, music, and art and design will have new and greater opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative work across disciplines, including with other areas of the university. More information about plans for the school and its leadership will be available in the coming months.

Read the full announcement on the Augsburg news website.

Get Puffy Stickers for Visiting the Library’s Karst and Water Pollution Exhibit

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Lindell Library hosts an informational exhibit about the karst geology of southeastern Minnesota, which includes the Twin Cities area. The exhibit was created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to communicate the unique challenges for keeping groundwater clean in karst regions. It explores some of the sources of water pollution and what all of us can do to ensure safe drinking water and healthy streams.

Stop by the exhibit in the Learning Commons on the street level of the library through the end of the semester and finals to view the exhibit. Take a quick quiz on the material and receive puffy stickers as a prize! While supplies last.

Questions? Paul Lai,

Auggie Life info

General Announcements

Benefit and Payroll Forms Due Friday by Noon

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Please submit any benefits and payroll change forms by 12:00pm Friday 4/14 to be processed for the Friday, 4/21 pay date. This includes stipends, and all change forms for benefits, FSA, HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding forms.

Supervisors: Please approve timesheets by Friday.

If you have any questions, email
Thank you so much!
Your HR and Payroll Team

Human Resources Website

Where Is Your Mail Going?

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As we near the end of another year please don’t forget to take care of your campus mailbox. This includes checking it for any mail, returning your lock and filing out the survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.

Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 15, 2023) we will be closing all student campus boxes. Then in August before the fall semester starts we will reassign them (possible new numbers) to all students living on campus. Commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they would like one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer, please either fill out this survey ( or send us an email ( with any relevant information. There is also an option to be reassigned your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall.

We are only able to forward 1st Class USPS mail and packages. Other packages (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc.), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will not be forwarded. We can also only forward to USA addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted. Afterward any additional mail we receive will be returned to sender.

We request that you contact the people/business sending you mail and update your address with them. Enrolling in online/electronic bills or statements can also be a smart option. It is environmentally friendly, secure and will often save you time (and sometimes money). Asking us to forward your mail does not change your mailing address with the post office or the University, just the Mailroom.

End of the year Campus Box survey

Faculty and Staff IT Survey Returns

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After a pandemic pause, the Faculty and Staff IT Survey returns at

Please take 10 minutes and fill out the anonymous survey before the end of June. Your feedback helps us know how we’re doing and will help us in our planning. We’ve been doing this survey since 2008 and we track our satisfaction ratings over time.

IT Survey 2023

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

04/10/2023: Assistant Registrar For Curriculum
04/10/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Join the Environmental Stewardship Team This Summer

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Do you care about the environment? Do you want to be part of a dynamic, diverse team making positive change for people and planet? Then work on the Environmental Stewardship Team! We are hiring a few undergraduate student workers to join our team this summer with the potential for employment to continue into the schoolyear. Students can expect to work 8-15 hours per week on projects connected to the community garden, ShareShop, and beyond. Please review the job description before applying. Candidates must be work study eligible (email with questions about your financial aid package).

Questions? Contact Monica McDaniel, Sustainability Officer (

Review the job description & apply here!

Event Announcements

Saturday April 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Community Clean-Up Competition

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On Saturday April 15th from 10am-1pm, welcome in the spring by taking action to clean up trash and recycling on campus and in the surrounding community! We will be splitting off into teams from campus for the clean-up and then celebrating the action with lunch in Murphy Square. Join a student organization or athletic team, or create your own team of friends to compete for gift cards to local businesses!

Meet in the Urness & Mortensen Lobby

Contact: Maya Merritt, EAC Officer (

Earth Month event info can be found here!

Tuesday April 18, 11:50 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Connecting in the Face of Climate Change

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Join us on after Earth Month Chapel on Tuesday April 18th from 11:50am-1:30pm in exploring ways to address climate anxiety through connective practices. Gather together with other members of the Augsburg community to explore place-based practices for reconnecting with ourselves, each other, and the rest of the natural world. We will start with a brief introduction and then tour the Augsburg Urban Arboretum together, stopping along the way to experiment with practices for remembering and restoring connections to the larger communities of which we are a part, as well as with our own sense of grounding and vitality. A locally-sourced bag lunch from Laune Bread will be provided. Event limited to 15 participants.

Location: Meet in the lobby of Hoversten Chapel
*This event does involve walking/rolling around campus.

Contact: Christine Oliver, Counselor at the Center for Wellness & Counseling (

Please RSVP for this event here.

Earth Month Chapels on Tuesday April 18 and Friday April 21

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Earth Month Chapel: A Multicultural Exploration of Stewardship
Tuesday April 18th from 11:30-11:50am
This Earth Month chapel is a time to reflect on what drives you to take care of the Earth. Students from multiple faith backgrounds will speak on their environment vocation and how their faith or spiritual beliefs promote stewardship.

Earth Month Chapel: Blessing of the Bikes
Friday April 21st from 10:40-11am
Roll into Hoversten Chapel with your bikes, skates, skateboards, and other beloved modes of green transportation for a fun time of community blessing and celebration around our shared commitment to care for our planet home. CASUS and EAC will help you fix your bike later in the day, but first let Campus Ministry help you bless it!

Earth Month 2023 events

Bike, Walk, Roll to Campus Day on Friday April 21

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To celebrate Earth Month, bike, walk, skateboard, rollerblade, or take another active and environmentally friendly mode of transportation to Augsburg! Send a picture of yourself commuting to campus to be shared on social media to or @sustainable_augsburgu on Instagram. Sharing a picture of your commute will enter you into a random drawing for the chance to win a gift card to a local business.

Two other Bike Events are taking place this same day…

Friday April 21st 10:40-11am Earth Month Chapel: Blessing of the Bikes

Roll into Hoversten Chapel with your bikes, skates, skateboards, and other beloved modes of green transportation for a fun time of community blessing and celebration around our shared commitment to care for our planet home. CASUS and EAC will help you fix your bike later in the day, but first let Campus Ministry help you bless it!

Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Friday April 21st 3:30-5:30PM “CASUS and EAC Bike Workshop”

Join the Club of Augsburg Sociology & Urban Studies (CASUS) and other bike enthusiasts to celebrate all things biking! Bring your bike for a basic maintenance walkthrough with a representative from Freewheel bike shop and customize your bike with a recycled milk carton basket! Additionally, we will be giving away a free bike rack to one member and their lucky ride! You can also stop by to purchase bike racks or try your hand at upcycling provided milk-crates into cargo racks to attach to your bike! Don’t have a bike? No problem! Come and meet the bikes of the Augsburg Bikeshare Program!

Location: Murphy Square

Earth Month 2023 Events

Disability In the Workplace: Tips On Getting the Job You Want and the Accommodations You Need

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Have you ever wondered how having a disability may affect your internship, summer job, or career after graduation? Should you even tell employers you have
a disability? What can you do if you experience discrimination?
Join the CLASS office on Thursday, April 20, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Lindell Library 202. During this session, we’ll discuss tools for successfully getting
and keeping your dream job or internship! The presenter, Kathleen McGillivray, has a disability herself and will share her career successes, funny moments,
and lessons learned along the way.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to meaningfully participate in this event, please email

Dr. Joi Lewis—Find Calm in Chaos: Radical Self-Care in Uncertain Times

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Title: Find Calm in Chaos: Radical Self-Care in Uncertain Times
Date: Tues., May 9th
Time: 1:30-3:00
Location: virtual

For a variety of reasons, employees across the globe are feeling deep levels of burnout and languishing that, for many, has led to “quiet quitting” or literal quitting. We know that these challenges are often experienced even more acutely by BIPOC and non-majority employees, who exist within systems of oppression and who are often called on to do the work of dismantling those systems in more emotionally laborious ways. Given the increasing complexity of our work, as well as the emotional toll of the last handful of years, many Augsburg employees have expressed desire for opportunity for connection, engagement, and time to prioritize professional and personal care. This session, provided with the support of President Pribbenow and the Health and Well-Being Task Force, offers space for employees to take time out of the demand for productivity to intentionally focus on the health and well-being of ourselves as individuals within the Augsburg community.

From Dr. Lewis:
This session is a gift of time and space to take a deep breath together in community. We explore practices of Radical Self-Care and being “awake” that help create space for wellness, and thereby interrupt the effects of toxic stress and trauma, especially related to the world pandemic and racial injustice. By the end, participants connect with themselves and others more deeply and practice healthy expressions of grief, pain, and joy. Strengthening our foundations around radical self-care can help us all show up for ourselves, our loved ones and our community.

Event Registration:

If you need any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call the University Events Department at 612.330.1104 or email in advance of your participation or visit.

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