Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Heat and Hot Water Shut Off Monday, April 24

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Since early last week, we’ve had issues with the steam pressure valves in Urness Tower, which affects the hot water system in Urness, Mortensen Hall, Christensen Center, Old Main, and Anderson Residence Hall. We had hoped to delay scheduling the repair of this issue until after the end of the semester, but determined we need to be proactive because if the pressure valves fail to function, we would need to do an immediate shutdown of all heat and hot water on campus, with potentially a multi-day outage while we scheduled contractors for an emergency repair.

In order to repair the valves, our steam provider will need to shut off the steam system that provides heat and hot water to all buildings on campus except Hagfors Center, Luther Hall, and Oren Gateway Center. The buildings should maintain residual heat during the shut down, but students, faculty, and staff may want to plan to wear additional layers that day.

Below is a rough schedule of the repair timeline:
1) At 6 a.m. Monday, we will shut off the steam to the campus.
2) Our contractor will install isolation valves in key locations on campus in order to restore steam to the portion of campus not affected by the valves in Urness. This will take approximately six hours.
3) Once the isolation valves are installed, steam will be restored to all buildings except Urness, Mortenson, Christensen, Old Main, and Anderson Residence Hall.
4) Our contractor will then replace the pressure valves in Urness, which they anticipate will take roughly another six hours or so. Once the valves are replaced, steam will be restored to the remaining campus buildings.

Facilities Management has coordinated with several departments, including Residence Life, Dining, Athletics, and University Events, to plan ahead as much as possible for this needed repair. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s efforts to accommodate this maintenance work.

Teaching and Learning

General Education Survey and Update

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Dear Augsburg Community,

A lot has changed since the current general education was approved in 2002. We invite you to share your thoughts about learning goals for a revised general education curriculum in a brief Goals of General Education survey, ideally by Tuesday, April 25th and no later than Monday, May 1st at 5pm. Initial findings will be shared during the April 26th faculty meeting. Finalized results will be available in the online resources linked below by the end of May.

Goals of General Education Survey:


+GenEd(it) Group reviewed AAC&U essential learning outcomes and discussed goals/learning outcomes for a revised general education

+Developed the online Goals of General Education survey

+Initial planning for a Staff General Education Revision Advisory group


April: Goals of General Education survey preliminary results to be shared during the 4/26 faculty meeting

May: General Education revision Days in May workshop


GenEd(it) Comment Box:

Summary of the comments received thus far:

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page:

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

With gratitude,

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)

Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain,Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Rukia Gesaade, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit

Questions? Please contact Stacy Freiheit, General Education Director, at

Full-Time Faculty: Integrated Course Design Workshop Is Now Full

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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

The Integrated Course Design workshop is now full and anybody who would like to be on the waiting list should contact directly. Thanks!

Registration Ends TOMORROW (April 21): 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: 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!

Save the Date: Development Days in May are May 9 – May 11, 2023

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Each year, the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) create and coordinate Augsburg’s Development Days in May (DDM, formerly 3 Days in May). These three days are set-aside to allow faculty (and others) to participate in professional development opportunities on campus at no cost. This year, DDM will take place Tuesday May 9 through Thursday May 11, 8:30-3:00 pm each day. Morning sessions will typically take place on campus in person and afternoon sessions will be offered over Zoom.

Look for a preliminary schedule and program to be posted next week! If you have any questions or are interested in offering a session, please contact CTL at

Congratulations to Our 2023 Distinguished Contribution Award Winners

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The five faculty recipients of Augsburg’s 2023 Distinguished Contribution Awards were announced at the April 12th faculty meeting and will be formally recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception on April 28th. Please congratulate them when you see them on campus — especially Dr. Vela-McConnell who made Augsburg history as the first person to receive all three Distinguished Contribution awards (Scholarship 2012, Service 2012, and Teaching 2023)!

Special Award: Excellence in Leadership
Andy Aoki, Ph.D.
Political Science

Excellence in Scholarship
Jayoung Koo, Ph.D.
Business Administration

Excellence in Service
Ankita Deka, Ph.D.
Social Work

Excellence in Teaching – Adjunct Faculty
Jessica Ennis, M.S.

Excellence in Teaching
James Vela-McConnell, Ph.D.

General Announcements

Study Abroad in Africa This Fall and Get Free Airfare

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Deciding what courses to take this fall? Checkout Augsburg’s own study abroad program to South Africa & Namibia – and get free airfare!

“Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice” offers Auggies the opportunity to deconstruct environmental and racial injustices felt today by examining the legacies of apartheid and colonization. You will learn from local organizations, community members, and others who call South Africa or Namibia home.

This program is perfect for students who enjoy experiential, hands-on learning. You can use all your financial aid and receive an automatic $1,500 Travel Grant!

Highlights include:

*Travel to two countries (South Africa and Namibia) in one semester – all included in the program price!

*Complete graduation requirements (LAF’s) in: Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Search for Meaning II, Recreational Wellness, and your Augsburg Experience

*[Optional] internships for hands-on work experience in a local organization

APPLY BY: May 1st to join the fall 2023 cohort and receive free airfare for this program!

Learn More and Apply Today

Apply by Monday April 24 – Student Position: 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!

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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

04/17/2023: Lead Custodian
04/14/2023: Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communication
04/13/2023: Staff Accountant

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Campus Boxes Closing May 15

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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

Event Announcements

Today-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

Chapel: Blessings for Hannah Sackett and Student Deacons

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am as we celebrate Hannah Sackett as she finishes her internship in Campus Ministry and the Augsburg University Student Ministry leaders who are graduating this spring. As a special musical offering, Paul Pribbenow and Hannah will sing a duet in chapel. We are grateful for Hannah and all she has done for our ministry this year.

TODAY 3:30-5:30pm Community Clean-up Competition

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On Thursday April 20th from 3:30-5:30pm, 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!

Grad Students: Attend a Zoom Roundtable Tomorrow (April 21)

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Grad students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in our upcoming Whole Leader Roundtable. Hosted by the Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole, these gatherings allow leaders the opportunity to network and provide insight to each other on today’s leadership challenges.

Our next Zoom Roundtable is Friday, April 21⋅12:00 – 1:15pm. This opportunity is open to current Augsburg Graduate Students. Contact Keri Clifton at to register or to get more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT: One individual brings a challenge for the group to explore using the Seeing Things Whole Threefold Model to understand a “whole” way forward. Advice is not given, but questions are asked as the group supports the individual to discover the many dimensions of the challenge. Challenges can be anything the individual is navigating, including how to balance work and life, how to make professional decisions about a new career path, or how sustain oneself in a challenging yet fulfilling environment. Through the Roundtable, we build trusting relationships that support leaders to reflect openly and gain insight to tackle challenges. This process supports their ability to see things whole.

Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole

Neighborhood Clean-Up; Friday, April 21

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To celebrate Earth Day, The West Bank Business Association (WBBA) is hosting a clean-up event along Cedar Avenue from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM this Friday, April 21. The clean-up will start at Edna’s Park, next to the Wienery (414 Cedar Ave.). WBBA will provide gloves, cleaning supplies, and treats for all volunteers. Stop over and support our neighborhood business district. Questions? Contact

Songs of Hope and Healing Concert

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The music therapy program is hosting, Songs of Hope and Healing on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 7 pm in Sateren Auditorium. The evening will feature songs board-certified music therapists have composed in music therapy sessions with clients. These songs reflect client’s experiences as of navigating challenges with their health and in life. These songs are artifacts that communicate and express their emotions, and experiences, and foster a connection with others. The concert is also designed to be an arts-based research experience in which concert attendees have the opportunity to hear and experience songs composed in the context of music therapy sessions. Attendees that complete informed consent will be given a brief questionnaire to complete at the end of the concert. The questionnaire will focus on their experiences of listening to and hearing the songs created by clients in music therapy sessions shared during the concert.

This event is free and open to the public


Psychological First Aid – Free Virtual and In-Person Trainings

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed 2-hour virtual training for all community members and professionals. Trainees will learn how to support healthy recovery in individuals following a traumatic event, public health emergency, natural disaster, or personal crisis. The curriculum integrates public health, community health and individual psychology by drawing upon skills the trainees probably already have. The goal of PFA is to teach trainees how to reduce distress and negative health behaviors by providing practical help and promote resilience.

Participants will learn:
· The impact traumatic experiences can have on individuals, and how burnout may impact frontline staff and first responders
· The five pillars of the PFA framework and how to apply them to support someone who has experienced a traumatic event
· How to recognize when an individual should be referred to a mental health professional

Who should attend?
Anyone can attend! This training is for community members or professionals, including community volunteers, frontline staff, nonprofit workers, direct service staff, community health workers or other professionals.

Monday, April 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 8 p.m. (in Spanish)

Wednesday, May 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

Early registration is suggested as space is limited for all programs.
Contact with questions.

Free Workshop, Refresh and Reset your Resiliency, Thursday, May 11, 12 – 1 PM

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Refresh and Reset your Resiliency, Thursday, May 11, 12 – 1 PM

Have you been working, caring for others, and juggling schedules, jobs, and family commitments? When you pause to check in with yourself do you feel exhausted, depleted, stretched and disconnected? The term, “Challenging Times” can’t capture what we have been through individually and collectively in the past few years. In addition to our lives at work, almost every facet of living has been adapted. For us to thrive in this new culture, it’s vital to be creative, intentional, and resilient as we care for ourselves and others.

This one-hour virtual workshop will include: meditation, journaling, and personal reflection.

Participants will expect to:

· review and expand wellness care tools for mind, body, and spirit

· design a personal plan for resiliency and self-care

· leave feeling grounded and refreshed


Early registration is suggested as space is limited for all programs.
Contact with questions.

Adult Mental Health First Aid (In-Person) – Thursday, April 27, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) introduces the risk factors and warning signs of common mental health and substance use disorders, builds understanding of their impact, and reviews support options. The interactive course teaches participants how to offer initial help to an individual who may be experiencing a mental health concern or crisis and connect them to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-care resources. MHFA is currently being offered in a hybrid format of two hours of self-study and four to five and a half hours of live virtual group learning.

Who should attend?
This community-based education class is open to the public and intended for people interested in increasing their mental health literacy and skills. Anyone working or living in the community will benefit from this interactive class.

Adult Mental Health First Aid (in-person)

Thursday, April 27, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fairview Health and Wellness Hub
45 W. 10th Street, St. Paul MN 55102


Attendees must attend the full day training. Lunch is provided.

Adult Mental Health First Aid (Virtual) -Wednesday, June 21, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Adult Mental Health First Aid (virtual)
Wednesday, June 21, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Early registration is suggested as space is limited for all programs.
Contact with questions.

People’s Center Annual Spring Community Celebration – April 29

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The People’s Center invites you to their first event of the year, the annual Spring Community Celebration! This event will take place on Saturday, April 29th, on our front lawn at our Cedar-Riverside location (425 20th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454) from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

There will be interactive sidewalk chalk art, face painting, music, food, and free dental screenings!

For more information visit their website ( or email Sieglinde at

Remember, the People’s Center provides student health services for Augsburg students! See them for all of your health care needs!

Earth Day 2023 – Fight Environmental Racism in Phillips

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Earth Day 2023 – Fight Environmental Racism
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 AT 1 PM – 3 PM
28th Street and Longfellow Ave S, Minneapolis MN

On this Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 2023 we should make it clear to Mayor Frey and cronies that Little Earth, East Phillips and supporters say NO to the demolition of the Roof Depot and the Hiawatha Expansion project. Adding the prospect of arsenic poisoning and the toxic fumes of hundreds of heavy vehicles to one of the most polluted neighborhoods in MniSota is not addressing climate change.

The people of Little Earth and East Phillips are overwhelmingly working class and BIPOC, and do not accept that Frey’s corporate and political interests are more important than breathing clean air and drinking clean water. The massive cumulative impact of pollution sources already in East Phillips was brought about by concentrating pollution in East Phillips. Fighting climate change can only be brought about by fighting environmental racism.

Register on Facebook.

Help Right Now! (
Help Now in the Legislature! (
Learn and Share – one pager (
Learn and Share Deeper Dive (
Talking Points for Supporters (

Run for the Health of it 5k Walk/Run

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Run for the Health of It! Join us in supporting the PA Program’s Student Society and gather donations for the Health Commons!

We are hosting a 5k run/walk up at Snail Lake on May 6th at 5:30pm. Register for our in-person race and join us on the route or run from home with a virtual option!

Registration is $30/person and includes a bib and steel water bottle. Snacks and water will be provided, and we will have prizes at the end!

Donations are welcome if you cannot attend!

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Selling Insignia 24 Inch Smart TV (2022) Model for 80$ – Details Below

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Selling INSIGNIA 24 inch Smart TV (2022) Model for 80$. It’s great for dorm and comes with a remote. ( Amazon Fire TV) HD. Recently bought. Like brand new. Costs 100$ plus anywhere else so 80$ is a good deal. Call 763 352 7615 for details.

School Navigator/AGILE Afterschool Program Facilitator – Paid Half and Full-Time Position Available

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School Navigator/AGILE Afterschool Program Facilitator
MAWA, 5701 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Ctr; St. Paul and Minneapolis sites
Two positions available, one full-time and one half-time


The Minnesota African Women’s Association, MAWA, is non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of African Women and their families.

Current student or recent FEMALE graduate of a 4-year college degree in a related field plus 2 years of youth development and/or teaching.
Knowledge of youth development and issues challenging Pan-African girls.
Knowledge and experience in program development, evaluation, and community organizing.
2 or more years’ experience working with youth or after-school programs is desirable but not imperative.
Effective verbal and written communication.
Ability to work occasional morning and weekend hours. Position hours during the week are generally from 12 noon to 8pm.

Facilitate 5 (3 for half-time) of the African Girls’ Initiative for Leadership and Empowerment (AGILE) Program clubs engaging 8th- 12th grade Pan-African girls in college attendance, social enrichment, health education and skills-building programs.
Serve as School Navigator, motivating parents to participate in their children’s education, and coordinate MAWA services at satellite sites.
Facilitate quarterly parent meetings.
Oversee program evaluation, reporting, and continuous improvement of the AGILE/School Navigator programs.
Provide transportation for participants to/from AGILE sponsored activities in provided van or own vehicle when necessary.

BENEFITS AVAILABLE (depending upon eligibility and policy).

Send Cover Letter and Resume to or mail to:
Executive Director, MAWA
5701 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 240
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Learn more about the Minnesota African Women’s Association: