Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Heat and Hot Water Shut Off – MONDAY

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

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 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

Come to the Writing Center for Your Final Papers and Projects

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The Writing Center is open!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-7pm and Monday- Thursday 2-7pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We will be open during Finals week. The center will close for the semester on April 27th.

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website

Full-Time Faculty: The 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 TODAY (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!

Film Program Receives Classroom Grant from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation

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The film program received a $1,200 grant from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Classroom Grant will be presented during a live ceremony for lighting equipment. The new lights will improve production quality, align with industry conversion to LED, and demonstrate the school’s commitment to green production practices.

This grant follows a grant earlier this year from the Environmental Action Committee to purchase lights.

General Announcements

Nominate Your Colleagues and/or Yourself for Staff Senate

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Staff Senate nominations are now open! Please nominate any colleague who you think would be a great fit! The deadline to nominate is Friday, April 28. After which a ballot will sent out in early May.

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 Student Positions This Week (1)

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

04/19/2023: Summer 2023: Native American Community Development Institute Summer Intern

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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

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El MNUDL Está Buscando Jueces Para el Debate en Español—Pagamos $55 por Torneo

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¿Quiere marcar una diferencia y promover el uso del español para los jóvenes? El Minnesota Urban Debate League está buscando jueces para el debate en español!

El debate empodera a los jóvenes a ser líderes en sus comunidades por el debate competitivo.

Pagamos $55 por torneo para juzgar el debate en español con el MN Urban Debate League. No necesita experiencia en el debate – proveemos entrenamiento antes de cada torneo.

Buscamos jueces entre las 4:00 pm y las 6:30 pm el:

jueves, 27 de abril (Roosevelt High School)
jueves, 4 de mayo (Augsburg University)
jueves, 11 de mayo (Augsburg University)

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Know a High School or Middle School Student Who Needs Affordable Summer Camp? Check Out MDAW

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The Minnesota Debate & Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) is the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Summer Speech & Debate Camp.

This year, we are offering 15 camps for middle and high school students. They are day camps hosted in-person at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and include:

• Policy Debate
• Lincoln Douglas
• Public Forum
• Speech (now with high school option!)
• Student Congress/Congressional Debate
• Basic Debate & Argumentation

We have Quick Start, 10 Day, and 15 Day sessions for several of these camps. Find information here:

IMPORTANT: We don’t want finances to be a barrier to participation!

MDAW is committed to providing financial aid for students who apply during registration. The priority date is April 23rd. There are two ways to get scholarships:

1) If the student has a C or higher average and is free and reduced lunch eligible, they can get up to $1,000 in camp tuition from the Office of Higher Education.

2) If the student is facing other financial difficulties, but doesn’t meet that criteria, they can still apply for financial aid and earn $$ to attend via MNUDL. Payment plans are also available.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions at

Learn more and sign up:

Get Your Mail Over the Summer

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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

Paid Opportunity: Seeking Judges for the East African Debate League, $55/Tournament

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We Need YOUR Help To Judge Upcoming East African Debate Tournaments!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students. We have an upcoming opportunity for folks who want to earn extra money while doing good for the community.

The East African Debate season is coming soon! In this program, middle and high school students from the East African community debate a topic they choose that is central to their identity and life in the Twin Cities.

We are seeking judges to volunteer in person on weeknights in schools across the Twin Cities, paid $55 per tournament. The East African Debate tournaments will be held on Tuesday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 23rd. Please sign up on these dates to initiate the signup process!

Augsburg Students Selected for the Intercollegiate Film Festival

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The Intercollegiate Film Festival began here at Augsburg and this year moves to the Twin Cities Film Festival for a truly big screen event!

Augsburg has 4 films in the festival this year:

butterfly, directed by Percy Bartlelt

hike, directed by Braden Williams

Jane Doe, directed by Max Helmueller

Mark, directed by Luke Manwarren

They will join students from Bethany Lutheran College, Century College, Crown College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), and the University of Minnesota on April 27th for the Intercollegiate Film Festival.

The Intercollegiate Film Festival recognizes the work of student filmmakers as part of an interconnected statewide film community. The festival provides networking opportunities and juried merit awards of distinction from industry professionals.

Thursday, April 27, 2023
Showplace ICON Theatre, 1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN

7:00 pm – Screening of the films, followed by a Q&A and awards ceremony

Tickets are $12, and include the film, Q&A and awards ceremony

(TCFF Members receive a 50% discount.)

P.S. On a bus line and plenty of free parking!

Tickets to the Festival

Event Announcements

Bike Events Today

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TODAY is Bike, Walk, Roll to Augsburg Day. Celebrate Earth Month with us by taking an active, green mode of transportation to campus. DM @sustainable_augsburgu (instagram) or email a picture of your commute to be shared on our social media for the chance to win a gift card to a local business.

There are two other exciting active transportation events on Friday 4/21:
Join Campus Ministry in Hoversten Chapel from 10:40-11 am for an Interfaith Blessing of the Bikes.

Join CASUS and EAC in Murphy Square from 3:30-5:30 pm for a Bike Maintenance and Upcycle Workshop with a bike maintenance expert from Freewheel.

Earth Month

Tuesday, April 25 4-9pm Earth Month Closing Ceremony: Bonfire and Poetry

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On Tuesday April 25th from 4-9pm in the Community Garden, we are back again this year to gather around a bonfire to find unity in community. We bring our bodies, minds, and spirits together in poetry to listen to Mother Earth and to honor our home. Our hearts are on fire for justice that is rooted in healing our planet. The collective struggle for liberation depends on how we treat one another and our environment. Join us in celebrating the close of Earth Month with a bonfire to honor our commitment to ecological stewardship.

Location: Augsburg Community Garden

Contact: Maya Merritt, Environmental Action Committee Officer (

Earth Month 2023

June 3: Support Girls and Gender Expansive Youth in Financial Literacy Leadership Debates

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Are you a woman or gender expansive person employed or studying in the field of finance?

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. We are looking for leaders to join us as volunteer debate judges for our Financial Literacy Leadership Debates program.

In this program, girls and gender expansive youth learn about core financial literacy subjects through the fun, engaging, and competitive vehicle of debate. The topic this year involves the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national bank versus a local credit union.

No debate experience is needed – we will train you. Attend our luncheon at Augsburg University, judge debates, and share your story!

The debate event will take place on June 3rd from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.

Sign up here:

Songs of Hope and Healing

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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

Faculty and Staff Wellness Event May 9 With Dr. Joi Lewis

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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.

Earth Day 2023 – Fight Environmental Racism

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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 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.

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Furever Home

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Would you like to help a cat find her furever home? Libby just turned 7 years old on 4//2016. She has been spayed. She is a domestic short hair calico (mostly white). She has all of her claws. She has a sensitive stomach and is currently eating, Hills Science Diet Sensitive Stomach &Skin. She is very smart and inquisitive. Please contact me if you are interested at .

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: