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Back to School Workshops TODAY and Tomorrow

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Kick off your new academic year this Wednesday and Thursday!

The Office of Faculty Development’s Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to welcome faculty and staff to the 2023-24 year with our annual Back to School Workshop, this Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily. This year’s program theme is “Cultivating Community, Belonging, and Excellence,” and offers a variety of salient topics for teaching and learning at Augsburg facilitated by experts from our own teaching community.

We ask community members to pre-register for the 2023 Back to School Workshop by this Tuesday at 4pm. Day-of and on-site registration are welcome as space allows. The full program is available on the registration form.

Back to School Workshop Pre-Registration

¡Ándale! Improve Your Spanish Skills This Fall

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Is it time to move your beginning Spanish-speaking skills to a higher level? Are you looking for another course to add into your schedule? The Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies department invites you to consider taking Spa 211 for the Fall semester. Continuing your Spanish study is a powerful way to enhance your resume and make you a more viable job candidate in a market that is looking for global competence and multilingual skills. Spa 211 is the last prerequisite course for a Spanish minor, but even if you’re not able to pursue a minor, adding another Spanish course or 2 to your transcript and resume will give you an advantage in a competitive hiring market.

SPA 211 is Intermediate Spanish, a 2nd yr. language course designed for continuing skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and exploring cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and is intended for students who’ve completed Spanish 112 or the equivalent.

This fall Spa 211 meets MWF 12:30-1:40, on campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to register. Please spread the word to your Augsburg friends! And if you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me or Professor Michael Kidd.

General Announcements

Volunteer Opportunity for Students

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Dear Augsburg Students,
We hope this email finds you well and thriving in your academic journey. At Campus Kitchen, we believe in the power of community and giving back to those in need. As we continue our commitment to supporting families of low income, we’re excited to invite you to a volunteer opportunity that will make a real impact.
To confirm your participation please follow this [Link] or if you have any questions, please reply to this email or contact Marisa Benasutti at Your involvement can be the spark that ignites positive change. We look forward to seeing you there and working together to make a meaningful difference. Volunteers can also meet directly at the warehouse at 45 W 10th St, St. Paul, MN 55102.
This event presents an excellent chance for you to contribute your time and efforts to a cause that matters. By helping to pack boxes of fresh produce, you’ll be directly aiding families facing food insecurity that consist of mostly East African elders in cedar riverside, ensuring they have access to nutritious meals. It’s a chance to come together with fellow students, build connections, and make a positive difference in our community.

Warm regards,
Alex Hernandez (Campus Kitchen Student Leader)


Multicultural Life Welcome Social on 9/1

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Hello Auggies!

Join Multicultural Life in our annual Welcome Social! We will be inside in Oyate Commons on Friday, September 1st at 3PM-5PM. Come meet and greet MLife staff over free food. If you are not able to stay, grab food on the go to class!

Make sure to RSVP through Auggie Life with the link below.

Where: Oyate Commons
When: Friday, September 1st
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

For any questions or concerns, contact

If you need any disability-related accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact university events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Urgent – Help Our Neighbors – the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute

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URGENT! Help our neighbors, the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute!

A historic environmental justice opportunity is unfolding in Minneapolis. The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute is preparing to buy the Roof Depot building and construct a cooperatively-run community hub centered around an indoor urban farm and affordable housing.

But EPNI is far from the finish line and in a critical phase of crowdfunding. Though we are pursuing grants and other long-term funding, we have immediate costs this fall that can’t wait. If you can help EPNI raise $50k by this Friday, August 25th, we’ll receive a crucial $10k matching donation, further increasing the impact of your donation.

We’re at just under $30K of our $50k goal, and we have five days left to get there!

To learn more about the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, go to their website:

Follow the link below to contribute funds–if you’ve got a spare $5 or $500 bucks hanging around!–everything helps!

Support for Victims of Queer Hate Crime

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TW// Mass Shooting, Queer Hate Crime, Mention of Death

On August 11th, a mass shooting occurred. This was a hate crime against the queer community. One person heartbreakingly lost their life, and six other people were wounded after one or more people opened fire. Nudieland is in the neighborhood of East Phillips, where the shooting occurred. It is a DIY venue that is an extremely pivotal space for Queer people, such as myself, in Southside. DIY venues like Nudieland are important for the Southside community, especially for those who are queer and marginalized. It is a space of support, community, creativity, and love. Again, this was targeted violence, not senseless as many news sources and MPD have claimed.

If you would like to learn more about this event, Reckon News has an article titled “Nudieland, a haven for queer and trans punks, shattered by hate-fueled mass shooting,” Otherwise please donate or share the Go Fund Me linked below to support the victims and those affected. We keep us safe <3 Support for victims of Nudieland shooting in Mpls

Say Farewell to Dom Bruno

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Augsburg Event and Conference Coordinator, Dominic Bruno, has taken a new job position at the University of Minnesota; his last day at Augsburg is Monday, August 28.

Please stop by the University Events office, suite 203 in Christensen Center, on Monday, August 28, to wish Dom well and thank him for all his contributions to Augsburg. Dom has worked with many across campus in coordinating events and summer conferences, and will be greatly missed!

ShareShop (Free Store) Opens Thursday 8/24

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Love free stuff? Are you decking out your residence hall or need a fan? Come to the ShareShop!

ShareShop opens for fall semester this Thursday August 24th! We’ll be there from 12-3pm and then again on Tuesday August 29th from 1-3pm. Regular fall hours start the week of the 4th: Mondays 3-5:30pm, Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm and Thursdays 3-5:30pm.

We’re located in Science Hall 8b. You can find free, gently-used furniture, clothes, room decor, kitchen equipment, school supplies, FANS!!, and more. Our Pop-up includes professional attire and is open in the Strommen Center from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Campus Kitchen provides us with some snacks and you can go visit them at the Campus Cupboard (foodshelf) in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall, Room 26.

Come by to browse. Record what you take. Help to divert waste. Live more sustainably. Follow us on Instagram for updates, events, and ways to get involved.


Event Announcements

Welcome Students on August 29 at 10:30 a.m. for Opening Convocation

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On Tuesday, August 29 at 10:30am, staff and faculty are invited to line up along both sides of 7 1/2 Street (between Anderson Music Hall and Murphy Square) and cheer/clap as incoming first-year and transfer students walk from the Quad to Si Melby during the Convocation Procession. Wear Auggie gear or academic regalia to welcome our newest students to campus.

Clapping tunnel participants will process into the Opening Convocation scheduled from 11am to 11:45am. Please join your fellow faculty and staff for this Auggie tradition!

“We Are Riverside” Cultural Workshops at Brian Coyle Center: Somali, Oromo, and Native American

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“We Are Riverside” Cultural Immersion Workshops at Brian Coyle Center: Somali, Oromo and Native American

Join Pillsbury United Communities at the Brian Coyle Center for their “We Are Riverside” series of cultural immersion workshops planned in partnership with neighborhood organizations and businesses. These events uplift the cultures of Cedar-Riverside to build bridges of understanding across our community.

Workshops are four hours on Saturday afternoons leading up to the Cedar-Riverside Multicultural Dinner on Thursday, September 21st–mark your calendars, this is a much-loved community gathering with great food from restaurants across the neighborhood, performances from different cultural groups, translators to help neighbors connect across language barriers and a bunch of other fun stuff!

You can register for the workshops using the links below. There is a suggested donation of $25 dollars, but you do not have to pay to register or attend–all are welcome!

Saturday, 9 September
We Are Cedar-Riverside: Somali Cultural Immersion Workshop

Saturday, 16 September
We Are Cedar-Riverside: Oromo Cultural Immersion Workshop

Saturday, 23 September
We Are Cedar-Riverside: Native American Cultural Immersion Workshop

“Let Freedom Ring: The 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington” – August 28, 2023

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“Let Freedom Ring: The 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington,” August 28, 2023.

Experience beloved community and honor the enduring legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom!

Join us Monday, August 28, 2023 for a commemorative procession and concert curated by G. Phillip Shoultz, III, associate artistic director of VocalEssence. Dynamic artists will activate memories of the Civil Rights era, inspiring each of us to stand in solidarity as we renew our commitment to do the work required to secure liberty and justice for all! Featuring Jovonta Patton, Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora, Threads Dance Project, and members of the Twin Cities Choral Consortium.

Schedule of Events:
5:30 PM Commemorative procession down Northrop Mall ending at the steps of Northrop. Remarks will be given from the steps of Northrop.

6:00 PM Seating for concert, explore local resource tables

6:30 PM “Let Freedom Ring” concert

Reservations will be available starting July 17
The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

You can find out more and reserve tickets online here:

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