Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Building Access for Labor Day

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Hello Fellow Auggies,

This is a reminder that Monday, September 4 is Labor Day. While the University will be observing this holiday, student, staff and faculty fobs will remain active and will be able to access buildings around campus.

Lindell Library will be closed from 6:00 p.m. Friday, until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Classrooms and meeting rooms will not be unlocked on Monday; if you need access to a classroom or meeting room, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (612) 330-1717. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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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:

08/29/2023: 1st Shift Custodian
08/29/2023: Liaison for Computing: Administrative
08/24/2023: Seasonal Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach

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New Student Positions This Week (3)

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

08/29/2023: Institutional Advancement Student Office Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24
08/29/2023: Central Services Customer Service Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24
08/28/2023: CGEE Student Office Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24

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The Annual Multicultural Dinner at Brian Coyle Needs Volunteers

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The annual Multicultural Dinner at Brian Coyle needs volunteers!

When: Thursday, September 21
Where: Brian Coyle Center – 420 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Time: Volunteer shifts are in 2-hour time blocks from 1 – 8 p.m.
Roles: Set up; Serving Food; Greeters; Clean Up; and more

This is a really wonderful community event! There will be excellent food from restaurants in the neighborhood, performances from different cultural groups, translators available to help folks communicate across language barriers and more! We’re expecting around 500 people this year and your help would be greatly appreciated!

Sign up using this link:

CWC Weekend Wellness Retreat – Open to All Students

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The CWC Wellness Retreat is a weekend retreat (September 22-24) at Camp Friendship, in Annandale, MN. The retreat is designed for students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of themselves through exploration, reflection, learning, and engaging with others and the natural world. The program features individual and group outdoor activities, including time to disconnect from distraction and the outside world, hiking, ropes courses, rock climbing, zipline, swimming, and canoeing. Students will leave the retreat with stronger connections to themselves, others and feeling more centered in their individual purpose and well-being. All identities are welcome and celebrated, and opportunities to connect with people different than yourself is an essential part of this retreat. The Retreat is FREE to Augsburg students( transportation to and from Camp Friendship, meals, and shared lodging) and all students are invited to apply.

Note: There will be one pre-trip meeting prior to departure.

Deadline: September 10th

Band Is Grand – Join the Augsburg Concert Band

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If you play a band instrument, keep making music with a great group of musicians playing new and classic band music by a variety of composers!

Haven’t played in a little while? No problem! Lessons are offered through the music department and practice space is available.

Email Dr. Charles Weise if you are interested in joining the band for Fall Semester!

Which instruments are for Band?? – Flute (piccolo), Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium (Baritone), Tuba and Percussion.

Concert Band meets from 3:10-4:40 on Mon & Wed, with monthly sectionals on Fridays

Register MUE141-A1 (Credit) or MUE141-A00 (Non-Credit)

Placement – musicians will be asked to submit a google form with a short recorded playing sample for ensemble placement. Email Dr. Charles Weise ( ) if you have questions.

Concert Band Placement

Choir Placement Auditions

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Choirs at Augsburg are open to students of any major and musical background. We perform classical concert music and folkloric music from all over the globe, collaborating with professional artists from around the world. If you love choral singing, come to our placement auditions!

When are they being held?

• Wednesday, August 30, between 10:00 and 3:00.
• Thursday, August 31, between 10:00 and 3:00.

(If you absolutely cannot come according to this schedule, please e-mail Dr. Kristina Boerger ASAP at for an accommodation.)

How long do they take?

Between 20 and 25 minutes:

• 10-15 minutes to complete an intake sheet in the hallway.
• 10 minutes to visit and sing in the classroom with vocal faculty.

Do I need to prepare anything for my audition?

We would love to hear you sing one verse of a song in any style that you feel shows your vocal talents. But if you don’t have a song, don’t let that stop you!

How do I sign up for and complete my audition?

• Any time after 5:00 on Friday, August 25, stop by room M3 in Anderson Music Hall and sign up for your singing time on the sheets posted outside the classroom.

• On your appointment day, arrive 15 minutes ahead of your singing time. Grab an intake sheet, fill it out, and wait to be called in for your hearing.

• When you are invited in to sing, bring your completed intake sheet with you.

How do I get started with choir class?

• Look for an e-mail with your placement result, to be sent out by noon on 9/4.
• On receiving that e-mail, register for the class in which you have been placed.
• Report for your class according to its published schedule, beginning after Labor Day.


Orchestra Auditions

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Students who have not enrolled in Orchestra (MUE 121) but who are interested in auditioning for placement in the Orchestra should contact Dr. Rafael Rodriguez by email at All Orchestra placement auditions are by video submission.

All string players with previous experience playing in orchestra (school orchestra, community orchestra, church orchestra, etc.) or with previous experience taking lessons on a string instrument are welcome to enroll in Orchestra. The audition videos are intended for placement and seating only – they’re not “make or break” auditions. We just want a chance to get to know you musically and to see what you’re doing as a player.

Orchestra meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:40 p.m. in the Music Hall, M3 rehearsal room.

Need to Know When Elevators Are Down? Opt In Here

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As part of this new process, a new opt-in listserv will offer timely information and updates about elevator status around campus, including when normal service resumes after an elevator has been out of order. If this information would help you avoid disruptions and navigate campus more easily, please subscribe at the link below.

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Learn About Paid and Volunteer Debate Judging Opportunities with the MN Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming for middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. We want to give you a big welcome to campus! We look forward to meeting students and sharing more information about our work at upcoming events.

We’re seeking debate judges throughout the year. Learn more about our programs below:

NATIONAL TOPIC POLICY DEBATE: In our Fall season, we look for experienced speech and debate competitors to serve as judges at weekend tournaments. This year’s topic involves solutions to economic inequality.

EAST AFRICAN DEBATE LEAGUE: In late fall through January, we hold the East African Debate League for middle and high school students. We will be seeking PAID judges from the East African community for this program.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE LEAGUE: From January-March, we hold weeknight tournaments for middle school debaters. No speech or debate experience is required to judge!

SPANISH DEBATE LEAGUE: Spanish Debate League for middle and high schoolers is held during Spring Semester. We’re seeking fluent Spanish speakers to serve as judges for our Spanish Debate League. This is a PAID opportunity for fluent Spanish speakers.

FINANCIAL LITERACY DEBATES: This specialized program is for judges with extensive knowledge and experience in finance.

Why debate? Because it helps students from all backgrounds develop powerful skills like critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. Our students develop academically, personally, and socially. You can contribute to their success as a judge!

Sign up here to express your interest:

Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2023 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2024 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2024. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2024.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred). Unsure if you qualify? Please visit the link below for more information on eligibility requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Visit for more information.

Determining McNair Eligibility “Cheat Sheet”

Do You Sing or Play an Instrument?

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Do you sing and/or play an instrument? Join the worship team! This is a great opportunity to practice performing in front of a welcoming audience in a safe space. We are looking for students who are available during daily chapel time (MWF 10:40-11 or TTH 11:30-11:50) or Wednesday Nights (8-9pm). Feel free to email with any questions!

Here is the link to the interest form:

Seeking Photoshoot Student Volunteers

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The marketing and communication department is looking for students to participate in photoshoots around campus throughout the year. Photos can be used for print materials, websites, social media, and other marketing and communication efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering to be in photos for Augsburg University, please fill out the Media Sign-Up Form. Volunteers will added to a list and whenever students are needed, the marketing and communications department will send out an email asking for availability.

Sign up today!

Join Our Latinx Student Services Open House

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¡Mi casa es tu casa! Come meet our Program Manager, Erika Hernandez to learn more about the programs and services we have available for Latinx Auggies.

Miss. Hernandez joined Augsburg in the summer of 2022. In addition to managing our LSS program, she is also the staff advisor of Augsburg Latin American Students and Sembrando Nuestro Futuro. Hernandez is a Xicana community organizer, educator, and proud daughter of immigrant parents. Her educational background is in Chicane and Latine Studies.

Our Open House will take place on Thursday, September 7th, 1:30pm-3:00pm, at the Augsburg Room! Food will be provided to our participants. Follow us on instagram to stay updated with us!

Oyate Retreat Registration Deadline Approaching

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Hello Everyone!

Join us on our annual Oyaté Retreat! For 3 days & 2 nights, we will be engaging in building a stronger community! This is our largest program of the year where all Multicultural Life and student organizations come together to host you! Our registration deadline is approaching, so save your spot while you can!

In collaboration with:
Augsburg Asian Student Association
Augsburg Indigenous Student Association,
Augsburg Latin American Students,
International Student Organizations,
Pan-Afrikan Student Union,
Queer Indigenous and People of Color

Registration Deadline: Thursday, Sep 7th @8pm
Retreat Dates: Friday, September 15th-Sunday, September 17th

For any questions or concerns, contact

RSVP Here!

Congratulations to the New Sankofa Circle Fellows

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The following individuals have been selected as the 2023-2024 Cohort for the Augsburg University Sankofa Circle Fellowship program. Please congratulate them as you see them around campus!

Asli Ahmed
Nico Brown
Michael Harris
Fuad Hassan
Sami Hassan
Nya Jackson
Nina Makem
Tramone Nevels
Imani Perry
Ke’Nija Wallace

Augsburg Rocketry Team

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We are looking for student team members to participate in building and launching a high-powered rocket this Fall. No physics/engineering background necessary!

The group will receive ~5 weeks of rocketry lessons (offered remotely, materials will be provided) guiding them through the process of building a rocket and preparing for launch on October 28th. Timing of lessons and build sessions will be determined based on student availability. Students do not need to attend every meeting to participate.

Contact Prof. Daniel Hickox-Young ( if you’d like to participate!

Event Announcements

This Sunday: Family Archives Workshop at the Soomal House of Art – September 3, 2–5 p.m.

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THIS SUNDAY! Kaydka Reerka / Family Archives Workshop at the Soomal House of Art
Sunday, September 3, 2 – 5 PM

This workshop led by SITAAD (Leyla Degan and Naima Hassan) explores Somali family archives. It provides an opportunity to learn about archiving and will be introduced by Kaamil A. Haider, co-director and archivist at Soomaal House.

Materials from the Soomaal House Archive will prompt us to consider the conservation of Somali family photographs. In the workshop, alternative strategies of archiving connected to the centrality of Somali oral traditions will also be explored. Somali music cassettes will feature in the workshop; therefore, participants are invited to bring family cassettes.

Participants are recommended to bring 1–5 photographs to the scanning session to take advantage of this opportunity. The doors open at 2 PM and programming at 2:30.

The workshop will include light refreshments.


Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
1 – 5 PM

This Friday: Open Mic Night at the Soomal House of Art – September 1, 7:30–9 p.m.

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THIS FRIDAY! The Blooming Lotus Flower—OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Soomal House of Art!
Friday, September 1, 2023
7:30 – 9:00 PM

Please come share your story, poetry with us.

The Blooming Lotus Flower is an exhibition that captures the existing intimate bonds between Somali women to themselves and to their community at large. Khadija Charif’s project explores the profound impact women have on each other’s lives by utilizing photographs, poetry, installation, and audio to mirror real-world experiences witnessed by Charif. This exhibition is an ode to the women who are often beings sought as a space to find peace in and at times extract a piece from. A letter for the mothers who shape themselves into a home. A cry for the eldest daughters who are devoured unripe. A reminder to the sisters who extend their selflessness until there is no self left to sense.

Khadija invites viewers to engage with the work, encouraging them to contemplate the relationships in their own lives. Her ultimate goal is to explore the full spectrum of her artistic expression, offering a glimpse into the artistic monologue of a Muslim woman, centered around the layered concepts of identity, womanhood, sisterhood, and their interconnections.

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
1 – 5 PM

Auditions for the Play, “The Clockwork Professor”

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The Theater Department invites students to audition for its Fall production of The Clockwork Professor, a steampunk comedy written by Maggy Lee and Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez.

Wednesday, September 6th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday, September 7th, 4-7 pm
Callbacks: Friday, September 8th, 4-7 pm
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater (Foss Center)

Sign-up sheets for auditions are posted on the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater door in the Foss Center.
All levels of experience and ability are welcome to audition.

Click the link for more information about auditions, what to prepare, and the rehearsal and show schedule.

For questions email:

Admissions Open House – Tuesday, September 5, 1–2 p.m.

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The Office of Admissions welcomes faculty and staff to our office on Tuesday, September 5th from 1:00pm-2:00pm to meet our admissions staff, including our new hires!, and to celebrate the remarkable year we have had! We hope to see you all there!

New Staff Members in the Office of Admissions:

Laurel Ward – First Year Admissions Counselor – Laurel is a ’23 graduate of Gustavus and comes in with experience as a peer advisor. She also is an assistant golf coach at Macalester. Laurel’s first day is Sept. 5th.

Malak Tinsley ’22 – First Year Admissions Counselor – Malak is a ’22 graduate of Augsburg. During her time here, she was very involved with Campus Kitchens and Campus Life. We are super excited for what they will bring to our office! Malak’s first day is Sept. 5th.

Angelina Masciopinto ’23 – After working in our office for years as as student, we are beyond thrilled to have her continue her work in our office as the Enrollment Communications Specialist. Her first ‘official’ day is Sept 5th.

September 1–17: Norway House Presents “Naïve.Super”

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Naïve.Super – a new adaptation of Erlend Loe’s 1995 coming-of-age novel by Kurt Engh

September 1-17, 2023

Norway House, 913 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The play is adapted from the 1995 best-selling Norwegian cult novel about a 25-year-old questioning life and purpose. Engh’s adaptation uses experimental theater techniques in a refreshing, comedic text. The play is held in Norway House’s new innovation and culture center, opened by the Queen of Norway last October.

AUTHOR | Erlend Loe
DRAMATURG | Danielle Kincs

Sliding scale/PWYC: $15-$30

Reserve your tickets here.

The YWCA Presents “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race”

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The YWCA’s 21st Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ provides an opportunity for the Twin Cities community and beyond to engage in crucial conversations on race and racism. This year’s host and keynote speaker is Marc Lamont Hill, American academic, author, activist, television personality, and professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The featured breakout speakers are Dr. Joi Lewis and Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre.

Please consider attending this free and VIRTUAL community event!

Learn More Here:

Register Here

“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

Owámniyomni Site Visit Saturday, September 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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Owámniyomni Site Visit Saturday, September 9, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join Dakota tribal members from each of the four Dakota tribes in Mnisota on Saturday, September 9 for a visit to Owámniyomni (St. Anthony Falls) and Wíta Wanáǧi (Spirit Island) in Minneapolis. These sacred places have been heavily altered, but the lock at the Falls is now closed to commercial boat traffic, and there is an opportunity to reconnect with the river and restore this place in meaningful ways.

The non-profit Friends of the Falls is engaging with Dakota tribal nations about what could happen here in the future. The visit will include a presentation by Shelley Buck, president of Friends of the Falls and vice-president of Prairie Island Indian Community, as well as a short walking tour of the area. Food & drink provided.

To register follow this link:

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MN Urban Debate League Seeks Conference Table and Chairs

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We’re hosted in the basement of Anderson Hall. If you are getting rid of a conference table, we would be happy to take it off your hands. We are in Anderson 23. Please reach out to Rebecca at to arrange. Thanks!