Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

New Parking System: Visitors, Guests, Enforcement, and More

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Augsburg has transitioned to a virtual parking permit system this semester. Your permit status will be verified electronically based on your license plate number upon entry and exit from Augsburg lots. DPS is still providing hang tags as a backup method during the initial weeks of the semester, but they will not be used after the fall term.

MPS, our parking vendor, will begin enforcement through the new system on September 11, 2023. The fine for a parking violation is $35 for a previously registered vehicle and $52 for an unregistered vehicle.

Login to the MPS SentryLink website via the Parking Services link on Inside Augsburg using your Augsburg email address to purchase a parking permit, add or edit vehicle information, or pay a parking violation.

The new system makes it easier to purchase a $5 daily (visitor) permit. This supports a more sustainable mix of commuting methods for Auggies who bike or use public transit to get to campus and only need to park occasionally. Purchase a daily permit at or by downloading the Sentry Mobile app. Email address and license plate number are required at the time of purchase. There is a 10-minute grace period after parking begins in which to purchase a permit.

Guests on official university business park for free, but departments should contact at least one week in advance with the guest’s email address, visit details, and license plate number to obtain a permit.

Contact with any questions. Complete information and frequently asked questions are available on the DPS website:

Download a quick reference guide to the new parking system here.

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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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Give to the Max Planning and Application – 1 Week Remaining

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Planning for this year’s Give to the Max fundraising efforts are underway. We hope to raise significant funds as we have in years past, but we will be rolling out a new fundraising platform and will be asking for all proposed Augsburg Give to the Max fundraising projects to apply via the 2023 Give to the Max Application. Please submit your application by September 11.

In your Google Form application, know that we will be prioritizing projects that are budget relieving. So, please consider fundraising for a project that helps in this way when submitting your application.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Nate Berkas with any questions (

2023 Give to the Max Application

Congratulations to the New Sankofa Circle Fellowship 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

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:

Petition to Keep Our Streets MPLS the Organizer of Open Streets MPLS

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Petition to Keep Our Streets MPLS the Organizer of Open Streets MPLS

After 12 years of working on this program, we believe we can bring the best version of Open Streets Minneapolis to the City of Minneapolis and other cities in Minnesota, and we will be applying to become the organizer in 2024.

It is not an overstatement to attribute the success of Open Streets Minneapolis directly to us, Our Streets MPLS, as the organizer. We founded this event and have fostered years of community engagement and relationships to make it the success that it is. We are steadfast in the belief that we remain the event series organizers to continue the level of engagement and success of Open Streets Minneapolis.

Connecting marginalized communities to opportunities to engage in dialogue about walking, biking, and rolling has always been at the forefront of our mission and the core of the events we host. The proposal for Open Streets Minneapolis 2024 aims to fund payroll, equipment, communication, and professional fees to feature local talent, insurance, software, supplies, and printing costs so that we can elevate the richness and diversity of these communities, and highlight the incredible potential for each of these communities to thrive.

We take great care in choosing areas that have been most impacted by historically harmful transportation decisions. We prioritize communities that might not be able to afford to host an event like Open Streets Minneapolis, and we believe the City of Minneapolis should share this priority.

Follow this link to sign the petition:

Welcome, Meghan Gess, Director of University Events

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Meghan Gess joined Augsburg this week as our new director of University Events. Meghan has previously held event planning leadership positions at GameChanger Media (a Dicks Sporting Goods company), Quality Bicycle Products and Life Time Fitness. Prior to all of that, Meghan worked at Augsburg (then Augsburg College) in the Athletics department. Please join me and the University Events team in welcoming Meghan back to Augsburg!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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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

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New Student Positions This Week (4)

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

09/01/2023: TRIO/SSS Office Assistant
08/31/2023: Sabo Center & Campus Kitchen Leader, Academic Year 2023-24
08/29/2023: Institutional Advancement Student Office Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24
08/29/2023: Central Services Customer Service Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24

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Event Announcements

Annual TriBeta Plant Sale

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TriBeta and the Biology Dept. Greenhouse are holding their annual plant sale!

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 pm.
Where: Lobby of the Christensen Center

Stop by and pick up a new green friend for your dorm room or office windowsill! We’ll have a great selection of easy-care species, polka dot begonias, succulents, mature cacti, and even a few sought-after aroids and carnivorous pitcher plants. We have very limited numbers of the most desirable plants, so get there early!

Cash or PayPal accepted. Plant prices start at $5, and earnings go directly toward supporting TriBeta and Greenhouse activities.

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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

TOMORROW: Greenhouse First Thursday

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The Augsburg Biology Department’s rooftop greenhouse grows an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the plants of our planet. The greenhouse is open to the Augsburg campus community on the first Thursday of every month during the semester, from noon to 3pm. The Augsburg community is invited to come see what we’ve got growing on, enjoy the tropical atmosphere and marvel at hundreds of plant species from all over the world.

The next First Thursday is tomorrow, September 7, noon—3pm. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Stay updated on greenhouse events by following us on Instagram!

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:

“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

Sign Up to Audition for “The Clockwork Professor”

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The auditions for our production of The Clockwork Professor are this week! The sign up sheet is located on the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater door. Audition forms can be found in the Theater/Campus Ministries Office in the Foss Center. Make sure to pick up both forms!

Auditions will be taking place on:

Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30-9:30pm, Foss Center
Thursday, September 7th at 4-7pm, Foss Center
Callbacks: Friday, September 8th at 4-7pm, Foss Center
Everyone is welcome to audition – no experience necessary!

Just as a reminder, the theater department requires full vaccination in order to participate in any show. Please keep this in mind when signing up for auditions.

If you have any questions, reach out to the director, Beliza Torres Narváez at, or the Stage Manager, Kayla Mielke, at

We hope to see you there!

Soomal House of Art: Transmigrating Cassettes Workshop Saturday, September 9, 2-5:30 p.m.

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Transmigrating Cassettes
Saturday, September 9, 2 – 5:30 PM

Pillsbury Hall
University of Minnesota
310 Pillsbury Dr. SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Organized as part of the public programme for the inaugural 2023-2024 Soomaal House Archive Fellowship.

‘Tacabbir’ is a Somali nautical term referring to crossers of the sea. It is composed of the Somali word ta’ab (effort/work) and Arabic abara (to cross over).

Following their first workshop held at the historic Africa Center, SITAAD invites the public in Minneapolis to a workshop themed on their project Transmigrating Cassettes Vol. 1 which remediates Augustus F. Sherman’s Somali photographs and the troupe’s under-examined deportations.

In 1914, Chief Registry Clerk Augustus F. Sherman photographed a large group of Somali passengers from French Somaliland at Ellis Island Immigration Station. At the station, the group were processed as a performing troupe that arrived for exhibition purposes with Barnum & Bailey Circus. On the same day, in a letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Labour Ellis Island Immigration Inspector John F. Mann declared that at the “expiration of their tour,” each troupe member would leave the United States. The workshop will address the potential of uncovering colonial archives using sonic methods, along with an introduction to audio-visual methods. Workshop attendees will be invited to contribute to the project through cassette recordings and writings.

The workshop will include a Somali music cassette listening booth, dialogues, small plates, and refreshments.

*** Final presentation of this research will take place on September 15 at Soomaal House Gallery. More details to follow after the workshop.

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